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Survival Analysis – BSTA 514

Course Code Credit

BSTA 514

3

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

 

Teaching and Learning in Health Promotion & Social Work – PHE 626

Course Code Credit

PHE 626

3

Course Information

This course focuses on pedagogical theory and practice in professional settings. Students develop skills to design, evaluate, and implement effective curriculum and instruction across settings: academic classrooms, community contexts, and research projects. Topics include educational theory, course design, learning and teaching strategies, assessment, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

Cross Listed with SW 626.

TOP: Maternal & Child Health – PHE 410 / 510

Course Code Credit

PHE 410/510

4

Course Information
This course uses a discussion-based format to address maternal and child health as a public health issue. The course will emphasize the importance of the social, political, and economic contexts for maternal and child health. Students will read policy reports, research articles, and more contemporary articles and resources related to maternal and child health issues. In this manner, students will become familiar with both the research and political agenda that dominate the field.
Ultimately, students in this course will be exposed to the major health issues facing mothers and children today and understand how politics and social norms affect maternal and child health.

Graduate students register for the PHE 510 section.

Urban & Community Health – PHE 546

Course Code Credit

PHE 546

3

Course Information

Examines the social factors associated with urban health and quality of life, such as social class, gender inequalities, and racism. Emphasis will be placed upon community development and collective responses to the maintenance of health rather than upon individualized health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

Values & Ethics in Health – HSMP 573 / 673

Course Code Credit

HSMP 573/673

3

Course Information

This course addresses issues and questions regarding values and ethics in health, with particular attention to public health practice and health policy and management. It provides students with opportunities to consider issues in health and social services that challenge values and pose ethical issues, and assists students in addressing these issues in the context of both personal and organizational values and beliefs. Specific course content includes, but is not limited to, ethical issues such as reproductive issues, emerging diseases, product liability, pharmaceutical controls, advertising, occupational and environmental issues, and research dilemmas.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 673 section.

Prerequisites

Completion of at least 30 credits.

Women & Holistic Health – PHE 451 / 551

Course Code Credit

PHE 451 / 551

4

Course Information

Exploring the intersection of three fields –allopathic medicine, women’s health, and complementary therapies– the course examines the emerging field of integrative medicine, highlighting the contributions that women care givers and healers have made to its development. An overview of common women’s health concerns provides the opportunity to compare and contrast essential elements of holistic treatment approaches with those of allopathic medicine.

Undergraduate students register for the PHE 451 section; Graduate students register for the PHE 551 section.

Women’s Reproductive Health – PHE 453 / 553

Course Code Credit

PHE 453 / 553

4

Course Information

Critical review of current public health and socio-political issues in women’s reproductive health. Both national and international topics are discussed. Students apply health knowledge in identifying and seeking solutions to the issues which concern health care providers, consumers, and policy makers.

Graduate students register for the PHE 553 section.

Work Experience/Internship – EPI 504

Course Code Credit

EPI 504

3 or 6

Course Information

Practicum experience in on-site public health and preventive medicine organizations. Application of principles and skills in public health to real situations under the guidance of professionals in the field. A report integrating knowledge and experience will be required. Arrangements for suitable sites will be made in consultation with the student’s graduate advisor.