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Current Issues in Public Health – EPI 566

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 566

2

Course Information

This course is designed to introduce students to public health in a seminar-style (presentation-discussion) exploration of the basic principles, structures, and functions of public health, and selected important issues in the public health community. This will involve inviting public health and preventive medicine professionals from OHSU, PSU, and the community to present, and facilitate discussion of, their perspectives and current work related to these public health topics and issues.

Data Management & Analysis in SAS – BSTA 515

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

BSTA 515

3

Course Information

This course is designed for students who want to develop and expand their skills in data management, statistical analyses and graphics for the real world applications using SAS. After brief introduction, the course will cover intermediate to early advanced level programming skills in SAS. The class will be taught in a computer lab in order to give the student hand on experience using SAS to manage data, perform analyses and produce graphs. Class sessions and homework will be oriented around particular data management and analysis tasks. Health-related data sets will be provided for students to use. This course could be extremely helpful in preparation for thesis, capstone or other research projects.

Prerequisites:

  1. BSTA 511/611 Estimation & Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics
  2. BSTA 512/612 Linear Models

Design and Analysis of Surveys – BSTA 516

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

BSTA 516

3

Course Information

This course is designed to introduce basic concepts, techniques, and current practice of sample survey design and analysis with emphasis on community health surveys. Specific topics covered include introduction to instrument design and evaluation, and statistical sample design (including simple random sampling, systematic sampling, stratified random sampling, cluster sampling, multistage sampling, and replicated sampling). Examples of complex designs will be drawn from telephone surveys, the Current Population Survey and various health surveys of National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Topics in estimation and analysis include probability weighting, weight adjustments based on auxiliary data, ratio and regression estimators, and methods for estimating variance from complex surveys. Analysis of complex data will be illustrated using STATA 13 and R and taking examples from complex surveys of NCHS.

Prerequisite: BSTA 511/611 Estimation & Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics

Design of Experiments – BSTA 523

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

BSTA 523

3

Course Information

This course covers an experimental design and statistical analysis of biological/clinical data from various experiments. This course provides not only theoretical aspect of experimental design but also hand-on experience in designing and analyzing experiments. The course begins design principles that include concepts of replication, randomization, blocking, multifactor studies, and confounding. Basic matrix algebra concepts will be explored to establish the basis for linear models. Students, then, are introduced to various experimental designs including analysis of variance (ANOVA) in both single and multi-factorial setting, experiments to study variances, complete/incomplete block designs (CBD), split plot design, repeated measures ANOVA, analysis of covariance (ANOCOVA), response surface design, and diagnosing agreement between the data and model. The course also provides experience in analyzing unbalanced experimental. Computer application is included as part of the course to introduce students to data management, reading output, interpreting and summarizing results.

Prerequisites: BSTA 511/611 Estimation & Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics or equivalent.

Doctoral Research Methods Cmm Hlth I – PHE 624

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 624

3

Course Information

Approaches to community health research are explored, including the scientific method, ethics in research, theories, conceptual models and hypothesis generation, causal inference, the elements of research design, measurement (reliability, validity), developing data collection instruments, internal and external validity, and experimental methods.

 

Doctoral Research Methods Cmm Hlth II – PHE 625

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 625

3

Course Information

A second course in applied, non-experimental research designs used in epidemiological research (following PHE 624). Emphasis in this course is on quasi-experimental designs, program evaluation, sampling methods, longitudinal designs, and secondary data sources. Students will learn about research design, critical evaluation of research methods, and research proposal concepts.

 

Prerequisites

PHE 624 or consent of instructor.

Doctoral Seminar in Health Research – PHE 623

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 623

1

Course Information

Research seminar required for first- and second-year doctoral students in the community health PhD program. Students learn about critical evaluation of health research, hypothesis generation, the publication and review process, grant application process, and development an independent research program.

Doctoral Seminar in HSP – HSMP 607

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

HSMP 607

1

Drug Education – PHE 326U

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 326U

4

Course Information

Examines various approaches to drug education with an emphasis on prevention models. Epidemiology of and trends in drug use in the U.S. and effects on society. Reviews current and controversial issues and legal information on drug use effects.

Level: Undergraduate

Environmental Biology – ESHH 532

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

ESHH 532

3

Course Information

The course provides an introduction to biological processes in environmental systems and the influence of human activities on these processes. Topics include ecology and evolution, population growth, natural resources, and environmental sustainability. In addition to fundamental knowledge in biology, students will demonstrate understanding of environmental inter-relationships and contemporary environmental issues.

Environmental Chemistry – ESHH 530

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

ESHH 530

4

Course Information

This course provides an overview of chemical processes that are important in the environment and examines how they impact human health. Topics will include atmospheric chemistry, aquatic chemistry, industrial chemistry, hazardous waste chemistry, environmental restoration, as well as regulations for protecting human and environmental health from hazardous chemicals.

Environmental Health – PHE 443U

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 443U

4

Course Information

Designed to enable the student to understand and evaluate complex environmental health issues induced by waste products generated by modern technology. Specific topics include water quality, air quality, solid and hazardous waste, occupational health, ionizing and nonionizing radiation, chemical contamination of foods, food additives, animal transmission of disease, noise, and selected current topics.

Level: Undergraduate

Environmental Health in a Changing World – ESHH 519

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

ESHH 519

3

Course Information

Environmental hazards that affect human health are examined in the context of current social, political and regulatory pressures.  Emphasis will be on public health security and disaster response.  Topics include the effect of environment hazards (i.e. tsunami, volcano, flooding, earthquake, storms, extreme heat and cold) on human health, environmental change and emerging and re-emerging disease, government agencies and response planning, technology and public health crises, public health response to terrorism, industrial emergencies, mental health issues, and response for special populations.

Environmental Toxicology & Risk Assessment – ESHH 529

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

ESHH 529

4

Course Information

This course covers the health effects of chemicals in the environment and regulatory risk assessment. Methods for both human health and ecological risk assessment will be presented including hazard identification, exposure assessment, dose-response relationships, risk communication, toxicity testing, and computational models in toxicology. Special emphasis will be placed upon ethical risk assessment and communication with regards to sensitive sub-populations.

Epi Doctoral Dissertation – EPI 603

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 603

1-12

Course Information

This course is intended to provide the capstone project and prepare doctoral students to achieve mastery in health & scientific content in an area of public health epidemiology.

Grade mode: Pass / No Pass.

Epi Doctoral Seminar – EPI 610

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 610

3

Course Information

The principal goals of this seminar class are to: 1) Familiarize students with the historical development, philosophy and culture of the discipline of epidemiology; 2) Explore, critique, and have in-depth discussions regarding the current state of epidemiology practice and science; and 3) Formulate innovative research questions and epidemiology study designs to answer important health-related scientific questions for the future. One additional focus of this seminar is to learn to construct research ideas and incorporate strong advanced and auxiliary methods topics and discussion based on students planned dissertations topics.

Epi Doctoral Seminar II – EPI 611

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 611

2

Course Information

This advanced elective doctoral-level course synthesizes across students’ prior training in epidemiology, biostatistics, applied research, and the disciplines/content areas that are required for students’ doctoral research. Building on this foundation, and drawing from doctoral students’ and the instructor’s expertise, this course aims to facilitate the intellectual development required to conduct and present original epidemiologic research.

Prerequisites

Epi Doctoral Seminar I

Epi Journal Club – EPI 630

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 630

1

Course Information

This is an elective course for epidemiology track masters students. Doctoral students are required to register for at least two terms (one credit each) during the first two years of their program. This course is intended to extend students’ understanding of the field of epidemiology and public health research, and their ability to explore and critique research methods with an emphasis on very current epidemiologic peer-reviewed papers. In weekly sessions, the instructor, guest faculty, and students, will prepare one peer-reviewed article for class discussion that demonstrates or involves innovative public health content or methods. A secondary goal of this class is to prepare students to perform peer-review themselves (e.g., for journals, study sections) using examples of this work from faculty.

Grade mode: Pass / No Pass.

EpiData Analysis & Interpretation – EPI 536 / 636

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 536 / 636

4

Course Information

Students will apply epidemiologic and biostatistical principles to the analysis of a public health dataset. Hypotheses are formulated based on datasets provided to the class and a brief literature review of the public health need for the research. Students work in small groups to plan, organize, and conduct analyses leading to final oral and written presentations of their findings. Class time held in the computer lab allows for hands-on experience with data quality assessment, preparation of datasets and variables for analysis, and multivariable modeling. Emphasis is on planning and communicating analytic plans that reflect the causal models generated by students and allow for assessment of confounding and interaction.

Prerequisites:

  1. EPI 512 Epidemiology I
  2. EPI 513/613 Epidemiology II: Methods
  3. EPI 514/614 Epidemiology III: Causation
  4. BSTA 511/611 Estimation & Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics
  5. BSTA 512/612 Linear Models
  6. BSTA 513/613 Categorical Data Analysis
  7. For those taking EPI 636, the additional prerequisite is BSTA 515 Data Management & Analysis in SAS.

Epidemiology – PHE 450

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 450

4

Course Information

Introduces principles and methods of epidemiological investigation of infectious/non-infectious diseases. Illustrates methods by which properly conducted studies of the distribution and dynamic behavior of disease in a population can contribute to understanding of etiologic factors, modes of transmission, and pathogenesis of disease.

Recommended prerequisite: PHE 363

Level: Undergraduate