Epidemiology Courses (EPI)

Epidemiology Course Catalog 2014-2015

(*) Indicates the course may be taken more than once for credit.

EPI 600. Introduction to Epidemiology.-Principles of epidemiologic thinking. Measures of disease frequency and association. Determinants of disease and distribution of factors influencing health and disease in populations. Epidemiology of diseases of public health importance today. Core requirement for Non-Epidemiology MPH majors. 3 hours. Fall (MacLennan)

EPI 600QL/Online. Introduction to Epidemiology.-Principles of epidemiologic thinking. Measures of disease frequency and association. Determinants of disease and distribution of factors influencing health and disease in populations. Epidemiology of diseases of public health importance today. Core requirement for Non-Epidemiology MPH majors. 3 hours. Fall (Aslibekyan)

EPI 602. Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases. - Application of epidemiologic principles to assess the causes of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and other chronic diseases. Emphasis on biological basis, rates, association, etiology, prevention, and control. Pertinent literature critically reviewed. 4 hours. Fall (Waterbor)

EPI 603. Injury-Epidemiologic Principles and Prevention Strategies.-Concepts and methods of epidemiology applied to injury; epidemiology of major injury types, utilization of injury data sets; development and evaluation techniques of preventive strategies. Prerequisite: EPI 600 or EPI 610 recommended but not required. 3 hours. Summer (Waterbor)

EPI 605. Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases.- Introduction to basic principles of infectious disease epidemiology, surveillance, and control. This course will also include critical analysis of the magnitude, distribution, risk factors, and public health significance of selected infectious diseases in community and institutional settings. While the primary geographic focus is the U.S., international comparisons and perspectives will be offered.  Primary attention is neither on research methods nor on clinical and pathologic aspects of disease. Prerequisites: EPI 600, EPI 610 or an equivalent introductory epidemiology course or permission of instructor. 4 hours. Spring (Chamot)

EPI 607. Fundamentals of Clinical Research.- This course will provide an overview of principles and practices related to the study of determinants and outcomes of medical interventions. Methods for conducting epidemiologic research in the "clinic", assessing the validity of diagnostic and screening tests, measuring therapeutic efficacy and safety, and describing the natural history of disease will be reviewed. Prerequisite: Introductory training in epidemiology (e.g., EPI 600 or EPI 610) is recommended but not required. 3 hours. Spring (Glasser)

EPI 609. Pharmacoepidemiology & Comparative Effectiveness Research.- This course is open to graduate students registered in the masters or doctoral program at the UAB School of Public Health and residents and fellows in the School of Medicine, and it may also be of interest to students from graduate health-related programs outside the UAB School of Public Health.  The course provides an overview of epidemiologic methods applied to the study of utilization and safety of drugs in large numbers of individuals and an overview of issues and methods used in comparative effectiveness research on drugs, other medical interventions and medical care delivery. Lecturers will present examples of methodological problems and studies based on ongoing research at UAB. 3 hours. Fall (Zhang)

EPI 610. Principles of Epidemiologic Research.-Concepts and methods of epidemiology.  Measures of disease frequency, association and impact; study design and analysis, indices of disease and health; overview of major categories of acute and chronic disease, analysis of epidemiologic data sets.  Track requirement for EPI majors. Co- requisite: EPI 610L (computer laboratory course) must be taken with EPI 610. 4 hours. Fall (Muntner)

EPI 614. Epidemiologic Methods Applied to Comparative Effectiveness Research.- This course will focus on methodological issues pertaining to the design, analysis and interpretation of comparative effectiveness research studies. Special focus will be placed on comparative effectiveness research studies using a non-experimental design and large data base analyses. 2 hours. Spring (Yun)

EPI 616. Environmental Epidemiology.-Design and conduct of studies examining health effects of environmental exposures.  Strengths and limitations of research strategies and interpretation of study results. Areas of interest include air and water pollution, lead, and biological marker outcomes. Prerequisite: EPI 600 or EPI 610. 3 hours. Course offered even calendar year in Summer (Sathiakumar)

EPI 618. Fieldwork in Public Health.- Application of public health principles in the communicable disease control and environmental health programs carried out at Jefferson County Department of Health. Prerequisites: EPI 610, EPI610L, and EPI 605 or Permission of instructor. Pass/No Pass. 2 hours. Course offered based on student intereste/enrollment during the Summer (Arnett)

EPI 621/721. HIV/AIDS and STD's.-Basic biology and pathogenesis, historical and current trends, domestic and international epidemiology, determinants of spread, immunogenetics and host susceptibility, options for prevention, surveillance and control of sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) and HIV/AIDS. Prerequisite: Clinical doctoral degree (MD, DDS, DVM, DSN, or other similar degrees with approval); or be at least a second year masters student, or permission of instructor. 3 hours. Fall (Jolly)

EPI 625. Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology.-An introduction to multivariate techniques and survival analysis as they pertain to epidemiologic data and critical reading of corresponding literature, specifically, logistic regression, log-linear modeling, Poisson regression, life tables, Kaplan-Meier survival curves, and Cox proportional hazards modeling. Track requirement for EPI majors. Prerequisites: BST 612 and EPI 611. 3 hours. Spring (Griffin)

EPI 626. Introduction to Data Analysis with SAS.-The general content will be basic SAS programming focused on fundamental statistical procedures.  Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to do simple analysis and programming when given a SAS data set, and complete exercises from more advanced classes in epidemiology and biostatistics.2 hours. Fall (Griffin)

EPI 627. Data Analysis and Presentation of Epidemiologic Studies.-The students will analyze data from an epidemiologic study, addressing a specific question, and prepare a manuscript from their analysis.  There are 3 possibilities regarding choice of data: 1) from a list of the instructor's datasets, 2) public use data, 3) from the student's research. Students working on an MSPH or another degree project may use data for that degree-project with approval of their advisor and course master.  Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to analyze data from an epidemiologic study and prepare a manuscript. Prerequisites: BST 612, EPI 611, EPI 625 and BST 626 or EPI 626. 3 hours. Fall. (McGwin)

EPI 635. Genetics in Public Health.- This course will provide a topical overview of issues in public health genetics. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the complex issues involved in applying and integrating genetic technology and information into public health. Through a series of lectures, students will learn about the history of public health genetics, the role that genetics play in public health, and issues involved in applying genetic technology in clinical and research settings. Lectures will also address the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic testing in populations and research designed to identify susceptibility genes in diverse ethnic and racial groups. Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in a Master’s program. Undergraduates will need permission of instructor. 2 hours. Course offered every odd calendar year in Summer. (Shrestha)

EPI 680. Topics in Clinical Research.-Provide health sciences professionals interested in clinical trials, clinical epidemiology, and other forms of population research with both essential principles and specific technical knowledge in a variety of areas relevant to the conduct of biological and behavioral investigation of human subjects.  Prerequisite: Limited to health professionals planning clinical research careers who have been accepted into the MSPH in Clinical Research Program. 2 hours. Irregular course that starts in January and ends in June. Register for this course during the Summer term. (McGwin)

EPI 681. Special Topics in Epidemiology.- Discussion of infectious disease research and practice encompassing design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation. Students participate in supervised research and/or in research design. Prerequisite: EPI 605 and permission of instructor for enrolling in EPI 681, and permission of instructor for enrolling in EPI 781. 3 hours 

EPI 682. Gorgas Course in Tropical Medicine. Hands-on exposure to tropical diseases and emerging pathogens in various teaching formats: didactic lectures, roundtables, laboratory work, clinical and hospital rounds, case conferences, computer training, field trips and independent study. Course is held in the Spring Term in Lima, Peru. 9 hours (3 or 6 hours are also accepted with evaluation restricted to selected sections of the course). Study Abroad course offered in Spring (Freedman)

*EPI 695/795. Epidemiology Seminar Series. This lectureship series is a forum for scientific dialogue on current topics in epidemiology, biostatistics and public health. The course will promote the development of knowledge about epidemiology methods, analytic approaches, disease etiology as well as natural history and current issues related to the application of these concepts to conducting epidemiologic research and public health practice. Pass/No Pass. 1 hour. Fall and Spring (Arnett)

EPI 697. Internship.-Field experience under joint direction of appropriate public health faculty member and qualified specialists working in selected aspects of public health. Pass/No Pass. 3 hours  (240 contact/working hours required). Fall, Spring, Summer

*EPI 698. Master's Directed Research, Epidemiology.-Independent study with guidance of appropriate public health faculty. Pass/No Pass. 1 - 9 hours. Fall, Spring, Summer

*EPI 699. Project Research, Epidemiology. - Research for project under direction of research committee. Pass/No Pass.1 - 9 hours. Fall, Spring, Summer

EPI 703. Grant Proposal Writing.-To provide the student with information about grant proposal writing and practice in preparing a grant proposal for submission.  The proposal must relate to an epidemiologic topic.  Human subject issues are discussed. Prerequisite: Must be a doctoral student or with permission of instructor. 3 hours. Course offered every even calendar year. Fall (Arnett)

EPI 704. Advanced EPI Methods.-This course provides an advanced introduction to fundamental epidemiologic concepts and methods, including causal inference, bias, and study design.  This course is the first course in the sequence of the three required core epidemiology courses for doctoral students in epidemiology. 3 hours. Fall (Carson)

EPI 710. The Analysis of Case-Control Studies.-This course is designed to provide doctoral students in epidemiology with practical experience in the analysis and interpretation of data from case-control studies.  Specific aims are: To outline a strategy for data analysis and review relevant methodologic issues and to apply stratified analysis methods and regression models in the study of diseases of multifactorial etiology. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. 3 hours. Spring (Irvin)

EPI 713. Cancer Epidemiology and Control.- This course will address methodology and substantive issues in cancer epidemiology. Content will include definitions, biological origins and pathological and clinical aspects of cancer; an introduction to information sources and methods in cancer epidemiology; the global burden of cancer; descriptive epidemiology and major risk factors for various forms of cancer; strategies for cancer prevention and the role of epidemiology developing and evaluating those strategies. Prerequisite: Doctoral student status in any Public Health discipline. Permission of instructor for students in other programs and schools. 3 hours. Summer (Waterbor)

EPI 720. The Analysis of Follow-up Studies.-Designed to provide doctoral students in epidemiology with practical experience in the analysis and interpretation of data from follow-up studies.  Specific aims are: to outline a strategy for data analysis and review relevant methodologic issues and to apply stratified analysis methods and regression models in the study of diseases of multifactorial etiology. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. 3 hours. Summer (Levitan)

EPI 721/621. HIV/AIDS and STD's.-Basic biology and pathogenesis, historical and current trends, domestic and international epidemiology, determinants of spread, immunogenetics and host susceptibility, options for prevention, surveillance and control of sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) and HIV/AIDS. Doctoral students will be responsible for writing a critical review paper or a grant application based on a STD/HIV topic of significant public health importance. Prerequisite: Clinical doctoral degree (MD, DDS, DVM, DSN, or other similar degrees with approval); or be at least a second year masters student, or permission of instructor. 3 hours. Fall (Jolly)

EPI 731. Genetic Epidemiology.-This course will cover core concepts of designs, methods and statistical tools in genetic epidemiology studies for determining the contribution of genes to disease risk.  Methods for incorporating genetic markers into conventional epidemiologic study designs as risk factors including genetic risk models, familial correlations, migration and admixture, quantitative and qualitative traits, association and linkage analyses in family based designs, allele/haplotype frequency estimation, Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium and linkage disequilibrium and application in both family and population based studies will be discussed.  Methods for gene-gene and gene-environment interaction assessment, genome wide association studies are also presented.  Prerequisites: College level genetics course; basic biostatistics (BST 600 or BST 611 or BST 621 or equivalent); and basic epidemiology (EPI 600 or EPI 610 or equivalent).  Students not meeting these pre-requisites may enroll only with the permission of the instructor. 4 hours. Course offered every even calendar year during the Spring (Shrestha)

EPI 731L. Genetic Epidemiology-Lab.-Genetic EPI lab. Co-requisite: Lab must be taken concurrently with EPI 731. 0 hours. Spring (Shrestha)

EPI 781. Special Topics in Epidemiology. Discussion of infectious disease research and practice encompassing design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation. Students participate in supervised research and/or in research design. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor for enrolling in EPI 781. 3 hours 

EPI 788. Principles and Methods in Molecular Epidemiology.- Molecular biology and its relevance to the epidemiology, etiology and natural history of human diseases. The course will develop knowledge and skills in molecular biology, genetics and epidemiology methods, and facilitate the application of this information to evaluate susceptibility, etiology, natural history, treatment, and prevention of diseases. 4 hours. Summer (Brown)

*EPI 790. Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology.-In depth study and discussion of several areas of epidemiologic methodology not covered in other courses.  Students are responsible for selecting and presenting topics.  Considerable reading and outside preparation required.  Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Pass/No Pass. 2 hours. Fall (Wright) Summer (TBA)

EPI 793. DrPH Practicum.-. Field experience practicum which bridges professional academic preparation and advanced public health practice. Pass/No Pass. Fall, Spring, Summer. 6 hours (480 contact/working hours required).

*EPI 795/695. Epidemiology Seminar Series. This lectureship series is a forum for scientific dialogue on current topics in epidemiology, biostatistics and public health. The course will promote the development of knowledge about epidemiology methods, analytic approaches, disease etiology as well as natural history and current issues related to the application of these concepts to conducting epidemiologic research and public health practice. Pass/No Pass. 1 hour. Fall and Spring (Arnett)

*EPI 798. Doctoral Directed Research, Epidemiology.-Independent study with guidance of appropriate faculty. Pass/No Pass. Fall, Spring, Summer. 1 - 9 hours

*EPI 799. Dissertation Research, Epidemiology. - Research for dissertation under direction of dissertation committee. Pass/No Pass. Fall, Spring, Summer. 1 - 9 hours