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Program Plan Evaluation – PHE 471

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 471

4

Summer

Ashley Nicole Browning

On Campus

Course Information

Examines program planning models for health education. Includes needs assessment; program goals and objectives; program content and methodologies, evaluation, budgeting, and proposal writing. Students will gain practical experience in program planning and evaluation through community-based learning. Field work required.

Recommended prerequisite: twelve hours of upper-division coursework in PHE.

Level: Undergraduate

Program Planning – CPH 550 / 650

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

CPH 550/650

3

Fall

Katherine Bradley, RN, PhD

Online

Course Information

This course provides an introduction to program planning and experience in the grant writing process, with an emphasis on public health intervention programs. Students will be introduced to program planning, with an emphasis on logic models. Students will be introduced to the key areas of a proposal that must be addressed in grant writing.

Doctoral students register for the CPH 650 section.

Public Health Program Evaluation – CPH 538 / 638

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

CPH 538/638

3

Winter

Martin & Horner-Johnson

Online

Course Information

Using case study methodology, this course focuses on the acquisition of technical skills in design, data collection and analysis for the purpose of evaluating public health programs. Program justification and evaluation for policy-making purposes will be emphasized. In addition, alternative forms of evaluation will be examined including rapid assessment, participatory evaluation and historical, social networking and other techniques. Students will have the opportunity to examine public health data sets and to design an evaluation focused on a disparate population as well as develop policy based on critical analysis of several types of evaluations.

Doctoral students register in the CPH 638 section.

Qualitative Methods for Health Professionals – UNI 504

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

UNI 504

2

Fall
Winter

Lisa Marriott, PhD

On Campus

Course Information

This course is designed for students from across health and science disciplines to obtain hands-on experience in qualitative research methods. The 2 credit course is designed to promote collaboration across disciplines through an introduction to qualitative approaches, such as interviews, focus groups, and observational procedures, which can be applied across research disciplines as a sole methodology or as part of a mixed-methods design. Students will work in interprofessional teams to plan for and engage in basic data collection and analysis, with a focus on study design, sampling and selection, budgeting for qualitative tasks, data management, coding, content analysis and reporting. Attention will be paid to the specific issues of ethics and confidentiality in qualitative research, as well as the unique challenges of rigor and reproducibility as they apply to qualitative methods. At the end of the course, students will be able to select an appropriate qualitative method, implement it with their target population, analyze the results, and present it clearly.

Qualitative Research Design – PHE 520

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 520

3

Fall

Carder / Messer

On Campus

Course Information

Presents the philosophical and theoretical bases supporting the development of alternate research paradigms in human inquiry. Essential characteristics of three major alternate paradigms (interpretivist, constructivist, and critical theory) are introduced. Validity, reliability, and related concepts are examined from the perspective of each paradigm. Alternate strategies for inquiry are presented and ethical considerations related to qualitative forms of inquiry are addressed.

Quantitative Research Design & Analysis – PHE 521

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 521

3

Winter

Alexis Dinno, ScD

On Campus

Course Information

Introduction to quantitative research design and statistical analysis. Emphasis on development of a research proposal. Topics include descriptive research, experimental and quasi-experimental research, univariate statistical procedures, and methods for planning and writing a research report.

Prerequisites

"Epidemiology I" and "Introduction to Biostatistics"

Research Design in Health Services – HSMP 589 / 689

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

HSMP 589 / 689

3

Winter

Eric Einspruch, PhD, MSEd

On Campus

Course Information

Provides an introduction to traditional methods of designing and conducting health services research. It is intended that at the completion of the course students will understand multiple approaches to health services research, be able to be both participants in and consumers of the research process, and will be competent in conducting critical appraisals of the health services literature and in writing research proposals.

Doctoral students register in the HSMP 689 section.

Prerequisites

"Introduction to Biostatistics"

Research in Health & Fitness – PHE 314

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 314

4

Summer

Gary Brodowicz

On Campus

Course Information

Examines basic aspects of scientific research related to health and fitness. Topics include: reading and critically evaluating scientific research reports; reviewing interpretation of basic statistical analyses; investigating the fundamental skills for developing a research plan, including problem selection, literature review, instrumentation, ethics and sampling.

Level: Undergraduate

Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice – CPH 511 / 611

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

CPH 511 / 611

3

Spring

Marriott & Totten

Online

Course Information

The purpose of this course is to enhance students’ abilities to comprehend critique and apply research methodology and research-based evidence. Students will locate and critically evaluate evidence generated from quantitative, qualitative, and epidemiological methods, with particular attention paid to statistical significance and clinically meaningful outcomes. Students will transform their own clinical inquisitiveness into practice-based researchable questions and focus on the application of research methods in clinical settings. Students will also gain experience in using publicly available databases and displaying data in a variety of formats.

Seminar: Research Methods Comm Hlth I – PHE 507

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 507

1-9

Winter

On Campus

Course Information
(Credit to be arranged.) Maximum: 9 credits.

Seminar: Special Topics – EPI 507

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 507

1

Winter
Spring

John Stull, MD

On Campus

Course Information

This seminar is intended for medical, nursing and public health students. It will focus on various topics in the history of medicine and public health during the 19th and 20th centuries in both the United States, Europe and the developing world. The course will introduce the student to the changing face of medical ideas and concerns and will expose the student to some of the major areas of research in the academic discipline of the history of medicine. Rather than taking medicine and medical knowledge as given scientific “truth”, most reading selections will problematize that notion by looking at the social history, politics and construction of disease as well as that of medical agendas. As such, the course will offer literacy, sociological, politics and anthropological approaches to the study of medicine and public health. Through this course, students will not only learn about the major themes about which historians of medicine have written but emphasis will be placed upon learning how to read historical scholarship critically.

  • Winter: “Seminar in Medicine and Public Health”
  • Spring: “Seminar: Intro to Community Health”

 

Pre-requisite – MD-MPH students

Social Context of Public Health Policy – CPH 531 / 631

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

CPH 531/631

3

Fall

Kirstin Crusoe, EdD, MSN

Online

Course Information

Public health ethics is a weighing and balancing of the needs of the community with the rights of the individual. Therefore, this course will involve both intrareflective and inter-reflective examination of the social and structural inequalities and injustices within our society, locally and globally, and how they impact policy and ethical practice in public health. The relationship of human rights to health and how human rights cut across law, ethics, policies and advocacy in public health is examined. The role of a human rights perspective will also be addressed as an important part of international health practice.

Doctoral students register for the CPH 631 section.

Social Determinants of Health – CPH 521 / 621

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

CPH 521 / 621

3

Fall

David Hurtado, SD

Online

Course Information

How do socioeconomic factors “get under our skin”? Why and how socioeconomic inequalities translate into biological outcomes thus shaping health inequalities? What are the drivers of population health and what can we do about it? Such questions are analyzed and debated in this online course.

The overarching aim of this course is to comprehend how socioeconomic and cultural factors shape the health of populations. This course is based on individual and collective discussions of current events guided by landmark scientific articles in public health and the Social Epidemiology textbook. The goal of these discussions is to acquire elements to analyze and interpret complex issues based on theories, methods and evidence regarding the powerful influence of social and economic factors on health.

Doctoral students register for the CPH 621 section.

Social Epidemiology Methods & Theory – PHE 524

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 524

3

Fall

Alexis Dinno, ScD

On Campus

Course Information

Surveys social epidemiology practice including measurement, study design, analysis and translation for researching behavioral, social, economic, and cultural determinants of population distributions of health outcomes. The course emphasizes the application of social epidemiology methods tightly coupled to theory salient to community health practice & policy.

Prerequisites

"Epidemiology I" and "Introduction to Biostatistics"

Statistical Learning & Big Data – BSTA 522

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

BSTA 522

3

Winter

Dongseok Choi, PhD

On Campus

Course Information

This course is designed to introduce statistical methods for machine learning and new emerging challenges in big data analysis. In recent years, statistical machine learning has played a crucial role in informatics and data science. Ever increasing data size creates new challenges for traditional statistical learning and this is an active research area. This course will cover traditional statistical learning methods as well as newer methods for such challenges.

Prerequisites:

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

Statistical Methods for Next Generation Sequencing Data – BSTA 524

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

BSTA 524

3

Winter

Dongseok Choi, PhD

On Campus

Course Information

This course is designed to introduce the statistical theory and methods for next generation sequencing data (NGS). In recent years, NGS has been the choice of platform for genomic studies. Due to the high dimensionality of NGS, it provides unique challenges in statistical analysis and requires different statistical methods. Although NGS data are the main focus, the theory and methods are applicable to other high dimensional data such as microarray and proteomics. This course will cover statistical theory and methods specialized for NGS and other high dimensional data. It is strongly recommended that students bring their own laptop computers to classes given.

Prerequisites

BSTA 512 / 612, "Linear Models"

Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials – BSTA 517

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

BSTA 517

3

Summer

Yiyi Chen, PhD

Online

Course Information

This is an online course designed for students and researchers who are interested in learning statistical methods in the design and analysis of clinical trials. Students are expected to have certain statistical background in order to gain deep understanding to the topics covered in this course. Topics to be discussed in the course include introduction to clinical trials, fundamentals of Bayesian statistics, sample size computation for trials with dichotomous, continuous and time-to-event outcomes, methods of randomization, design challenges for oncology clinical trials, Bayesian methods in clinical trials, adaptive clinical trial design and designs for predictive biomarkers.

Prerequisites

BSTA 511 / 611, "Estimation & Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics"

Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations – HSMP 576

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

HSMP 576

3

Spring

TBD

On Campus

Course Information

This course provides prospective and current health care managers with the tools necessary to successfully manage their departments/organizations in a strategic manner. Course content will build upon the basic methods of strategic planning and management, with special attention paid addressing and managing the problems and challenges specific to the health care industry.

Prerequisites

HSMP 541, "Organizational Behavior in Public Health Service Organizations"; HSMP 574, "Health Systems Organization"; and co-requisite HSMP 587, "Financial Management of Health Services."

Stress Management – PHE 275

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 275

4

Summer

Erin Currie

Online

Course Information

An overview of the physiology of stress, stress triggers, assessment of stress, and stress management techniques and strategies.

Level: Undergraduate

Survival Analysis – BSTA 514

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

BSTA 514

3

Winter

Jodi Lapidus, PhD

On Campus

Course Information

This course introduces students to analysis of survival (i.e. time-to-event) data, covering methods for estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression methods for censored data with covariates.  Methods widely used in the health sciences are covered, including Kaplan-Meier (empirical) estimate of the survival function and its associated statistical tests. The Cox proportional hazards regression model is presented in detail, along with some extensions of this model. As time allows, other topics will be introduced including parametric survival models, frailty models and/or models incorporating competing risks.  Power and sample size computations for time-to-event data will also be introduced.  Most assignments will be completed using statistical computing software.  Contextualizing results in the context of health sciences problems and research questions is stressed throughout the course.

Prerequisites: 

A standard pre-calculus course in probability & statistics (e.g. BSTA 511)
A course in applied linear regression models (e.g. BSTA 512)
Calculus is preferred