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EPI 801 INTRODUCTION TO CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY 2 Credit Hours

This course will review the basic concepts of cancer etiology and carcinogenesis. It will provide the background on sociodemographic magnitude of cancer, basic concepts of cancer biology and the causes of cancer. Methods for designing and implementing research studies and evaluating genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors, such as tobacco, alcohol, radiation, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, viruses and nutrition will be reviewed.

Prerequisite:  EPI 820 or permission of instructor.

Cross List: CPH 641

Typically Offered: SPRING

EPI 802 CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY IN SPECIAL POPULATIONS 1 Credit Hour

The focus of this course will be on epidemiologic, genetic, environmental, and lifestyle risk factors of cancer in international and ethnically-diverse populations. Topics will include in-depth discussion of incidence, mortality, and survival of cancer in special populations, distinct aspects of environmental, genetic, and lifestyle factors, and research methods for conducting epidemiologic studies on cancer in special populations.

Prerequisite:  EPI 820 or permission of instructor. Crosslist CPH 642

Typically Offered: SPRING

EPI 803 TOPICS IN CANCER PREVENTION I 1 Credit Hour

This seminar provides an overview of the current scientific basis for cancer prevention and control in humans, introduces current methods of determining risk factors along with their subsequent alteration, and suggest future opportunities through integration of selected areas of basic science with classic etiologic research to define and quantify risk factors. Current opportunities for early detection of preclinical cancer will also be presented.

Typically Offered: SPRING

EPI 804 TOPICS IN CANCER PREVENTION II 1 Credit Hour

This seminar provides an overview of the current scientific basis for cancer prevention and control in humans, introduces current methods of determining risk factors along with their subsequent alteration, and suggest future opportunities through integration of basic science with etiologic and prevention research to define and quantify risk factors. Current opportunities for early detection of pre-clinical cancer will also be presented.

Typically Offered: FALL

EPI 810 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: PREVENTION 3 Credit Hours

An introduction to emergency preparedness concepts such as the Incident Command System, The National Response Framework, agencies, infrastructures, and assets in place to plan for, and respond to emergencies.

Cross List: CPH 550

Typically Offered: FALL

EPI 811 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: PROTECTION 3 Credit Hours

An introduction to emergency preparedness concepts, in preparation for naturally occurring disasters, intentional acts of terrorism, and new emerging infectious disease threats. Students will explore Critical Infrastructure protection, agriculture, and food safety, surveillance and detection of biological agents among other topics.

Cross List: CPH 631

Typically Offered: FALL/SP/SU

EPI 812 CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION AND CONTROL 3 Credit Hours

The target audience for this course includes, but is not limited to, students, researchers, and practitioners in the field of public health. The course will cover risk factors for major chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, musculoskeletal disease, and chronic lung disease. Through the course, students will learn advanced concepts and methodology in chronic disease epidemiology research, including disease surveillance and etiologic and outcomes research. Students will also gain experience developing a proposal to conduct an etiological study of a selected chronic disease.

Prerequisite:  EPI 820 or EPI 821; BIOS 806 or BIOS 816. Also recommended: BIOS 808 or BIOS 818.

Cross List: CPH 620

Typically Offered: FALL

EPI 813 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: RESPONSE 3 Credit Hours

An introduction to disaster response-related concepts such as Responder Safety and Health, Citizen Evacuation, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Medical Surge among other topics.

Cross List: CPH 553

Typically Offered: SPRING

EPI 814 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: RESPOND AND RECOVERY 3 Credit Hours

An introduction to emergency preparedness concepts, focusing on disaster response-related concepts such as Medical Surge, Behavioral Health, and Mass Fatalities, in addition to short and long term disaster recovery topics.

Cross List: CPH 554

Typically Offered: SPRING

EPI 820 EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH 3 Credit Hours

his course provides an opportunity for graduate and professional students and fellows to gain knowledge and skills in basic epidemiological concepts and applications. Major topics to be covered include sources of data, study designs and analytical strategies, interpretation of findings and applications to inferring causality and controlling public health problems.

Cross List: CPH 504

Typically Offered: FALL

EPI 821 APPLIED EPIDEMIOLOGY 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to provide advanced-level graduate students with epidemiologic data analysis, interpretation and presentation skills. The course presents advanced principles and methods of Epidemiology through the use of simulated and actual research data. The course is suitable for both advanced-level master¿s students and doctoral students in epidemiology and related fields. The primary goal is to provide working knowledge of the fundamentals of epidemiology to graduate students who wish to further their careers in public health research.

Prerequisite:  EPI 820; BIOS 806; BIOS 810.

Cross List: CPH 621

Typically Offered: FALL

EPI 825 INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY 3 Credit Hours

Methods of infectious diseases, surveillance, outbreak investigation, and the epidemiology of communicable diseases. The course also critically reviews published literature in this field.

Prerequisite:  EPI 820 or EPI 821; Permission of instructor.

Cross List: CPH 623

Typically Offered: SPRING

EPI 830 ADV INFECTIOUS DISEASE 3 Credit Hours

An advanced course that presents in-depth infectious diseases epidemiology of major global infections including tuberculosis, malaria, STls, and HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the course is to introduce infectious disease research methodology in international settings and the use of mathematical models. These models are tools to predict epidemics and to identify factors responsible for epidemics. This course will generate graduates from UNMC who will be better prepared to meet the challenges of global infectious diseases.

Prerequisite:  EPI 820; EPI 825; permission of instructor.

Typically Offered: SPRING

EPI 835 HEALTH INFORMATION AND SURVEILLANCE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE 3 Credit Hours

This course covers the role of health information and health information systems for the practice of national, state- and community-level public health.

Prerequisite:  BIOS 806 or BIOS 816 or a similar graduate-level public health research methodology course; EPI 820 or EPI 821.

Cross List: CPH 626

Typically Offered: SPRING

EPI 840 EPIDEMIOLOGICAL MEASUREMENTS AND RSCH IN MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH 2 Credit Hours

This course focuses on methodological tools for Maternal and Child Health (MCH) research and practice. It introduces key theoretical frameworks for understanding health problems, then addresses indicators and measurements of health and disease, types of studies needed or used in this field, then applies these to topical issues from fertility through quality of care.

Prerequisite:  EPI 820 or EPI 821; BIOS 806 or BIOS 816; HPRO 880.

Cross List: CPH 627

Typically Offered: SPRING

EPI 845 EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS 3 Credit Hours

This course is primarily designed for graduate students and health professionals interested in learning in-depth epidemiologic concept and methods. Methods covered in this course include approaches to minimize random and systematic error, advanced screening methods, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, nested case-control and case-cohort studies, matched case-control and cohort studies, clinical trials, longitudinal epidemiologic studies, and analyses of national surverys with multistage complex sampling. Students will practice their skills using SAS and RevMan on simulated and actual research data.PREREQ: Biostatistics I (BIOS 806); Epidemiology in Public Health (EPI 820); Introduction to SAS Programming (BIOS 810) course is strongly recommended. Students should consult their academic advisor to determine if other coursework or experience qualifies as a prerequisite.

Typically Offered: FALL

EPI 846 MENTAL HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY 3 Credit Hours

The course will give an overview of epidemiology of mental disorders and discuss epidemiologic research methods used to study mental disorders. Students will gain experience in conceptualizing and preparing a research proposal in psychiatric epidemiology. The target audience for this course includes students, researchers, and practitioners in the fields of public health, medicine, nursing and other health science disciplines.

Prerequisite:  EPI 820/CPH 504 or equivalent.

Typically Offered: FALL

EPI 896 RSCH OTHER THAN THESIS 1-6 Credit Hours

Student research that is clearly distinct from ongoing or planned thesis/dissertation work.

Typically Offered: FALL/SP/SU

EPI 898 SPECIAL TOPICS 1-4 Credit Hours

A course designed for Masters students that focuses on selected topics or problems in Epidemiology.

Cross List: CPH 649

Typically Offered: FALL/SP/SU

EPI 899 MASTERS THESIS 1-9 Credit Hours

Independent student research related to the masters thesis.

Typically Offered: FALL/SP/SU

EPI 900 EPIDEMIOLOIC ANALYSIS OF BINARY AND INCIDENCE-RATE DATA 3 Credit Hours

Analysis of data from common epidemiological study designs using logistic, proportional hazards, and Poisson regression models. Covers model building, estimation, assessment of confounding and modification and threats to validity.

Prerequisite:  EPI 845, BIOS 818; BIOS 810 or equivalent experience in statistical programming.

Typically Offered: FALL

EPI 905 CRITICAL EVALUATION OF EPIDEMIOLOGIC RESEARCH 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to prepare doctoral students to better understand the advanced issues in the analysis and interpretation of epidemiologic data. This course will focus on selected theoretical and methodological issues related to the analysis of epidemiological data with the purpose of drawing casual inference. The topics covered will include long-standing fundamental issues as well as new techniques or novel epidemiologic applications of methods used in other disciplines.

Prerequisite:  EPI 821; EPI 845; BIOS 806 or BIOS 816.

Typically Offered: SPRING

EPI 910 RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT 3 Credit Hours

This course offers graduate students and professional students a practical experience writing a research grant proposal for submission to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Students will learn how to formulate research questions, develop study aims, and build research designs closely tied to analysis plans and research outcomes. Students will learn how to find and respond to various federal and non-federal funding mechanism opportunities. Students will participate in mock NIH study section, during which they will learn the NIH peer review process and they will critique research grant proposals. Throughout the course, students will work interactively with faculty members who have successfully served as principal investigators and co-investigators of multiple federally-funded research proposals or contracts in different disciplines. PREREQ: EPI 820 or equivalent introductory epidemiology course; and BIOS 806 or equivalent introductory biostatistics course.

Typically Offered: SPRING

EPI 923 EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS IN INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAK INVESTIGATIONS 3 Credit Hours

What happens when a public health professional receives the first phone call about a potential outbreak? It triggers a chain of events and activities focused on identifying and containing the outbreak in a timely manner. In this course, students will learn about the different components of an outbreak investigation. Each outbreak is a unique event that requires the expertise in field epidemiology methods. This course is designed for graduate students and health professionals to learn these skills through in-class lectures, readings, class discussions and simulations. Faculty from the Department of Epidemiology will teach this course in cooperation with professionals from State and County Health Departments to offer an authentic learning experience. Real world examples will help in translating the theoretical principles into field procedures and protocols followed during outbreak investigations.

Prerequisite:  EPI 820 Epidemiology in Public Health

Typically Offered: FALL

EPI 932 EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF DISEASE 3 Credit Hours

This course will emphasize the in depth pathophysiology of diseases and its application to epidemiologic research. This will enable students to better understand the individual disease presentations, disease biology, natural history, and disease progression in individual as well as in populations. Ultimately, course will prepare students to conduct research or practice epidemiology and public health.

Prerequisite:  Physiology course in undergraduate or permission of instructor.

Typically Offered: SPRING

EPI 936 INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND CANCER 3 Credit Hours

The objective of this course is to adapt infectious diseases epidemiology theories and methods to current relevant problems in infectious disease and cancer. The course has a focus on emerging infectious agents and health problems and also applies them to the study of infectious agents that are related to cancers. The course is designed to prepare participants to conduct research and practice infectious disease epidemiology.

Prerequisite:  EPI 820.

Typically Offered: FALL

EPI 941 EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS IN APPLIED CLINICAL GENETICS I 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student on the theory and methods of genetic epidemiology of complex diseases using association studies. Major topics including: Mendelian inheritance, design strategies for genetic association studies, bias in genetic studies and population stratification, SNP selection, genotype diplotype and haplotype analyses, linkage disequilibrium, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE), gene by environment interactions, power analysis, clinical review of genetic association manuscripts, and hands-on analysis using statistical and specialized genetics software..

Prerequisite:  EPI 820, BIOS 806 and knowledge of a statistical package (SAS or SPSS) or instructor permission.

Typically Offered: SUMMER

EPI 945 NANALYTIC EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS II 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed primarily for graduate and professional students interested in performing analyses of epidemiologic data. Topics include analyses of multinomial and longitudinal data, multiple imputation, Poisson regression, Geographic Information System (GIS) and genetic analyses. Students will practice their skills by performing SAS analyses of simulated and actual research data.

Prerequisite:  Analytic Epidemiologic Methods I (EPI 821); Biostatistics I (BIOS 806), and Introduction to SAS Programming (BIOS 810). Students should consult their academic advisor if other coursework or experience qualifies as a prerequisite.

Typically Offered: FALL

EPI 946 EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE 3 Credit Hours

This course provides students the opportunity to explore public health problems and issues - such as infectious diseases, chronic diseases and preparedness - through the lens of epidemiology. By applying the concepts learned throughout their program coursework to current public health problems and issues, students will understand the practice of epidemiology as it relates to real life and informs public health programs and policies. This course is intended primarily for doctoral students in epidemiology and public health to apply their training to public health practice and research.

Prerequisite:  EPI 845 (Epidemiologic Methods) or equivalent epidemiologic methods courses

Typically Offered: SPRING

EPI 952 MENTAL HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY 3 Credit Hours

In this on-campus course, students will learn about epidemiology of major mental and substance use disorders, critically review the published epidemiology studies on mental and substance use disorders, and develop a proposal to evaluate a population-based intervention program to prevent and control a mental or substance use disorder. The course will promote active learning and prepare students for real-world experience. This is an advanced-level epidemiology class for students, researchers, and practitioners in public health, medicine, nursing and other health science disciplines who completed EPI 810 (or equivalent) and EPI 845 (or equivalent).

Prerequisite:  EPI 820 and EPI 845.

Typically Offered: SPRING

EPI 953 CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY 3 Credit Hours

The course covers the main concepts in cancer epidemiology, such as cancer incidence and mortality trends, cancer etiological factors, cancer prevention and control. Students will apply epidemiology research methods to the field of cancer and will learn how to identify research gaps and address them using epidemiology methods. In addition, the students will understand how cancer epidemiology contributes to policies that ultimately contribute to cancer prevention.

Prerequisite:  EPI 820 or equivalent course or instructor permission.

Typically Offered: SPRING

EPI 955 ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY 3 Credit Hours

The course is designed to provide an advanced discussion of the epidemiology of environmentally-related disease and the application of epidemiologic concepts and methods to protecting public health from environmental hazards. Substantive topics include important environmental exposures; these are used to illustrate exposure assessment methodology, the dynamic nature of environments, the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic designs and the impact of regulation of environmental hazards in public health.

Prerequisite:  EPI 821, BIOS 806 and ENV 816, or instructor permission.

Typically Offered: SUMMER

EPI 957 SURVEY RESEARCH METHODS 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to prepare the graduate students and working professionals with a strong foundation in survey research methodology. This is a comprehensive course covering the design, implementation, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of epidemiologic survey results. The coures includes hands-on experience with data analysis using SAS. In this course, students will also learn to search, access and analyze data from national surveys to conduct epidemiologic studies. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to design and analyze surveys to address particular research questions or evaluate public health policy.

Prerequisite:  Epidemiologic methods EPI 845,Biostatistics I BIOS 806, Introduction to SAS Programming BIOS 810 Students should consult the academic advisor if other coursework or experience qualifies as a prerequisite.

Typically Offered: FALL

EPI 970 SEMINAR 1 Credit Hour

A series of scientific sessions on current topics exploring advanced concepts and methods in epidemiology. The course will promote the development of knowledge of epidemiologic methods, analytic approaches, disease etiology, natural history, and current issues related to the application of these concepts for conducting epidemiologic research and practice.

Prerequisite:  Standing as a doctoral student in epidemiology.

Typically Offered: FALL/SPR

EPI 996 DIRECTED READINGS AND RESEARCH 1-9 Credit Hours

This course is specific to doctoral level work in the College of Public Health. Content of this independent study may include research other than dissertation, directed readings, and other study of a doctoral level all under the supervision of a graduate faculty member.

Prerequisite:  Doctoral student status and program permission.

Typically Offered: FALL/SP/SU

EPI 998 DOCTORAL SPECIAL TOPICS 1-4 Credit Hours

A course designed for Epidemiology PhD students and other graduate students that focuses on selected topics or problems in Epidemiology.

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.

Typically Offered: FALL/SP/SU

EPI 999 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION 1-15 Credit Hours

The dissertation represents original and significant research on a defined epidemiological problem. This research is the culmination of a training process designed to ready the student to do independent research including development of a research question, data collection, analysis and interpretation.

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.

Typically Offered: FALL/SP/SU