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Epidemiology I – EPI 512 / 612

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 512 / 612

4

Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer

Dinno / Marshall / Stull

On Campus
Online

Course Information

This is the first course in a three course sequence designed for MPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics majors. Textbook based; e.g. Gordis Epidemiology. Basic epidemiological principles applicable to infectious and non-infectious diseases, host-agent-environmental relationships, and concepts of disease causation will be reviewed. Students will gain familiarity with epidemiologic measures such as incidence, prevalence, mortality, natality, case fatality, relative risk and other rates and ratios and will use age-adjustment and other standardization techniques. Types and sources of public health data will be reviewed, their use in comparing groups, and statistical significance. Epidemic curves, outbreak investigation principles, surveillance concepts and basic designs of observational studies and sources of bias will be covered.

Students in the MPH Epidemiology and MPH Biostatistics programs should take the on-campus Epi I course.

Doctoral students register for the EPI 612 section.

Epidemiology II: Methods – EPI 513/613

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 513/613

4

Winter

William Lambert, PhD

On Campus

Course Information

This course is the second in a three course sequence designed for the MPH in Epidemiology and MPH in Biostatistics majors. Students will develop skills in recognizing strengths and weaknesses of various epidemiologic study designs; describing sources of bias that can distort measures of effect/association; and designing case-control studies, cohort studies, and randomized clinical trials. The class will also explore additional study designs used less frequently, such as nested case-control studies and case-crossover studies. Students will gain experience in recognizing and evaluating the role of confounding in data derived from epidemiologic studies. Additional tutorial sessions, to be scheduled at a time convenient for the students, will include problem-solving exercises focused on study design and analysis. Written homework assignments and problem-oriented learning will occupy a central role in facilitating mastery of epidemiologic methods and issues.

Prerequisites:

  1. EPI 512/612 Epidemiology I
  2. BSTA 511/611 Estimation and Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics

Epidemiology III: Causation – EPI 514 / 614

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 514 / 614

4

Spring

William Lambert, PhD

On Campus

Course Information

This is the third course in the epidemiology research methods series and is designed to develop your ability to apply your knowledge and skills to the evaluation of cause. Students will become familiar with epidemiologic concepts of disease causation, develop skills in assessing the epidemiologic literature to arrive at causal conclusions, and learn to use those assessments and conclusions to arrive at justifiable plans for action. Early in the academic quarter, lecture presentations and readings will provide the key epidemiologic concepts and principles involved in making judgments about causation. Discussions in Small Groups will focus on seminal journal articles to reinforce students’ understanding of these concepts. Case studies will also be covered in Small Groups, in which students will review and discuss sets of papers on public health topics that require a rigorous assessment of cause. For each of these topics, students will complete formal written papers (assessments) and participate in discussions using an evaluation framework developed for this course. This framework involves assessing the quality and validity of the epidemiologic evidence to support causation and recommending a course of action to protect public health. Students will share the responsibility of leading the Small Groups, and will be assigned a week to lead the class discussion.

Prerequisites:

  1. EPI 512/612 Epidemiology I
  2. EPI 513/613 Epidemiology II: Methods
  3. BSTA 511/611 Estimation & Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics
  4. BSTA 612/612 Linear Models

Epidemiology of Aging and Chronic Disease – CPH 526 / 626

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

CPH 526/626

3

Fall

Anette Totten, PhD

Online

Course Information

This course introduces the application of epidemiologic methods to the study of older persons and chronic disease. The course will examine concepts and topics including trends in aging and the health of aging populations; health transition, and explanations and consequences of mortality decline; determinants of health and survival; distinctions between normal aging, disease and disability; health promotion and primary, secondary and tertiary prevention as applied to older persons, and the epidemiology of selected diseases, syndromes and conditions common to older age and chronic illness.

Doctoral students register for the CPH 626 section.

Epidemiology of Disease – CPH 527 / 627

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

CPH 527 / 627

3

Spring

Online

Course Information

Using case study methodology, this course will explore disease and disability and the epidemiologic methods used in their study, prevention and control. Students will understand disease states from cultural, population and systems perspectives and will examine prevention and control in terms of the biological sciences as well as sociologic, cultural and political mechanisms.

Doctoral students register for the CPH 627 section.

Estimation / Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics – BSTA 511 / 611

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

BSTA 511/611

4

Fall

Thuan Nguyen, PhD

On Campus

Course Information

This course covers a broad range of basic statistical methods used in the health sciences. The course begins by covering methods of summarizing data through graphical displays and numerical measures. Basic probability concepts will be explored to establish the basis for statistical inference. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing will be studied with emphasis on applying these methods to relevant situations. Both normal theory and nonparametric approaches will be studied including one- and two-sample tests of population means and tests of independence for two-way tables. Students will be introduced to one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), correlation, and simple linear regression. The course focuses on understanding when to use basic statistical methods, how to compute test statistics and how to interpret and communicate the results. Computer applications are included as part of the course to introduce students to basic data management, reading output from computer packages, interpreting and summarizing results.

Doctoral students register for the BSTA 611 section.

Field Experience – BSTA 507

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

BSTA 507

3 or 6

Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer

Byung Park, PhD

On Campus

Course Information

The Field Experience provides the opportunity to apply the statistical methods learned in the classroom to important public health problems and to develop the ability to synthesize and integrate knowledge. With the assistance of faculty and Biostatistics Field Experience Coordinator, students will select a field experience that is aligned with their interests and goals, and will be required to have some data analysis and/or study design component. Placements may include, but not limited to, state and county health departments, health policy research institutes, practice networks and public health activities conducted by non-Biostats OHSU investigators. The 6 credits may be taken over two quarters. The Field Experience is part of the culminating experience for the MPH in Biostatistics degree and will require a minimum of 200 hours.

Field Experience – ESHH 509

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

ESHH 509

3 or 6

Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer

Johnson / Lambert

On Campus

Course Information

The objective of the MPH program is to develop environmental health leaders who can synthesize the technical, environmental, economic, health, and social issues involved in the design and operation of complex environmental health systems, and organizations. The purpose of the public health practicum is to provide students with a work-related experience designed to integrate environmental health theory and practice in an applied setting under supervision. Students will develop and demonstrate their skill at synthesis through participation in the public health practicum. At the end of the practicum students will present their projects in an open forum accessible by community members. ESHH 509 may be taken as two 3-credit courses during subsequent terms.

Film & Health – PHE 351U-001

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 351U-001

4

Summer

Richard Lockwood

On Campus

Course Information

Critically explores public health issues as they are portrayed in popular films and discusses the scientific, social, and political underpinnings of the public health issues portrayed in these movies. Covers diseases such as AIDS, hemorrhagic fever, MS, cancer, leukemia, and multiple chemical sensitivity from both biomedical and social perspectives. Guest speakers from the community will contribute to the discussion.

Level: Undergraduate

Financial Management of Health Services – HSMP 587

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

HSMP 587

3

Winter

Neal Wallace, PhD

On Campus

Course Information

Focuses on the analysis and administration of resources in the health care field. Among the specific topics included in this course are financial statements, budgeting, cash flow, costing, capital decision making, sources of capital and operating funds, depreciation and government reimbursement schemes, and human resources planning and management.

Prerequisites

HSMP 574. Recommended corequisite: HSMP 586.

Food Systems and Public Health – PHE 527

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 527

3

Spring

Betty Izumi, PhD, RD

On Campus

Course Information

Examines public health effects of industrial and alternative food systems. Designed as an introductory course for students interested in exploring issues at the intersections of public health, equity, and the environment. Key course themes include: food consumption patterns, health inequities, food insecurity and hunger, healthy food environments, food animal production.

Foundations of Public Health – PHE 511

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 511

3

Fall

Dawn Richardson, DrPH

On Campus

Course Information

Provides students with an understanding of the field of public health. It provides knowledge about public health principles, concepts, values, tools, and applications. Key topics in the class include the mission of public health, the politics of public health, determinants of health in the United States, major models and strategies for health promotion, and community perspectives on public health interventions.

Gender/Race/Class/Health – PHE 452U

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 452U

4

Summer

Ryan Petteway

On Campus
Online

Course Information

Emphasizes how the gender-, race-, and class-based organization of society affects the health of our communities. Covers an introduction and historical framework for social inequities in health; describes disparities in health by gender, race, and class; and explores the interplay between these major social forces and the biological mechanisms that influence the occurrence of disease.

Delivery: This is a Hybrid course and is taught partially online (D2L) with reduced in-class time.

Level: Undergraduate

Geographic Information Systems for Public Health – CPH 510 / 610

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

CPH 510 / 610

3

Spring

Rick Johnson, PhD

Online

Course Information

Public health practitioners have to track data on populations to plot disease trends and associated patterns of social and biological determinants of health disparities. This course will cover concepts of basic mapping using Geographic information System (GIS) software. Types and sources of data will be reviewed, along with their uses. Students will gain familiarity with spatial data and its usefulness in making sense of demographic and socioeconomic trends. In selected case studies students will examine the impact on population health of factors in the local environment such as the location of social and health services, urban density, and known contaminants.

Doctoral students register in the CPH 610 section.

Global & Planetary Health Concepts – ESHH 512 / 612

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

ESHH 512 / 612

3

Spring

Joseph Needoba, PhD

On Campus

Course Information

This course provides an introduction to Global Health. It will focus on the factors that make public health a priority at regional and global scales. It will also address the underlying processes that determine public health in a range of regional settings.

Doctoral students register in the ESHH 612 section.

 

Global Health – PHE 444U

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 444U

4

Summer

Dawn Richardson

Online

Course Information

Critically explores global public health issues as they pertain to different populations throughout the world, such as global disease eradication initiatives, environmental and infectious diseases from an international perspective, and discusses health needs of special populations.

Level: Undergraduate

Global Health Program Evaluation & Mgmt – HSMP 590

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

HSMP 590

3

On Campus

Course Information

Program evaluation is a field of study and practice that is applicable across areas and disciplines. This course provides students with the theoretical and practical bases for the trans-discipline of program evaluation. The course emphasizes evaluation in the context of global health programs. Students will develop basic skills in a variety of approaches to evaluation, including techniques that are particularly suitable for evaluating global health programs.

Grad Intern Integrative Sem – CPH 507C

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

CPH 507C

1

Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer

Katherine Bradley, PhD, RN

On Campus

Course Information

Grade mode: Pass / No Pass.

Graduate Internship in Public Health – CPH 509A

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

CPH 509 A/B

3 or 6

Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer

Katherine Bradley, PhD, RN

Online

Course Information

The purpose of the graduate internship is to provide students with a work-related experience designed to integrate theory and practice in an applied setting under supervision. The internship experience permits the student to demonstrate her/his ability to apply knowledge of theory and practice to specific activities in a real-world setting. The internship provides students with a professional experience where they can apply existing and new skills and become more socialized into the field of community/public health. Existing skills are those the student brings from his/her life experience and previous education. New skills include those the student has gained through her/his educational experience in the MPH PHCHD program. Socialization occurs through mentoring of the student in the work site and professional arena by the preceptor for the internship.

Prerequisites

Completion of all MPH coursework in the Primary Health Care & Health Disparities program.

Health & Health Systems – PHE 350-002

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 350-002

4

Summer

Bernie Lau

Online

Course Information

An overview of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services in the United States, with particular emphasis on analysis from professional, organizational, community, and systems perspectives.

Level: Undergraduate