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Courses Taught

PH704: Principles and Methods of Epidemiology

This course introduces students to the quantitative study of patterns and determinants of health and illness in human populations applying both biomedical and social epidemiology perspectives and with an emphasis on applying epidemiologic methods for the promotion of health equity. Topics covered include contemporary epidemiologic theories, interpretation of surveillance and population health data, hypothesis formation, study design, measurement, causal inference, estimation accuracy, study validity, use of epidemiologic methods in applied settings, critical assessment of epidemiologic literature and quantitative evidence for informing programs, interventions, and policies aimed at improving population health and promoting health equity.

PH758: Social Epidemiology

This course provides an overview of key concepts, theoretical frameworks and methodological considerations relevant to the study of social and structural determinants of population health and health inequity. Students will compare and contrast different social epidemiologic theories of disease distribution, review basic epidemiologic principles of study design and analysis and discuss strengths and limitations of different methodological approaches in the context of empirical studies from the social epidemiology literature. Students will also have the opportunity to consider various biological pathways by which social factors “get under the skin” to cause health inequities across the lifecourse and across generations.

PH868: Epidemiologic Links Between Infectious and Chronic Disease

This course discusses historical perspectives and epidemiologic evidence related to the role of infections in the etiology of chronic diseases across the lifecourse. Topics covered include distinguishing characteristics of viral and bacterial pathogens, transmission dynamics, burden of infection and epidemiologic transitions, role of social patterning of infection in shaping health disparities, etiologic links between infections and chronic disease and methodological considerations in the evaluation of such associations.

PH800: Capstone in Public Health

The Capstone Course is the integrative and culminating learning experience of the MPH Program. Through a project-based format, students will have the opportunity for sustained deep learning on a particular topic and for application of classroom and practical skills across multiple domains of public health. The projects will be linked to specific MPH Program and Track competencies focusing on a real-world public health issue or problem.

PH790: Field Experience in Public Health

The Field Experience is an integral component of the Master of Public Health (MPH) curriculum. The purpose of the Field Experience is to provide a practical public health experience that allows students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real world public health problems. The Field Experience is a mentored placement engaging both faculty advisors and site preceptors.

PH791: Leadership in Public Health

The Leadership in Public Health course complements the Field Experience by providing students with lectures and presentations on topics related to leadership and opportunities to engage in group workshops with case studies and role playing. Accompanying writing assignments will foster the integration of core concepts as well as critical thinking and personal reflection skills. The leadership, governance, and management; negotiation; and interprofessional teamwork competencies are connected by their inherent value in the creation of communities of public health professionals who are both leaders and team players with the ability to advocate with diverse and vulnerable populations.

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