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Example of Doctoral Minor in Epidemiology

The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health offers a rigorous, highly focused 12-credit hour minor in Epidemiology. The field of epidemiology is growing in national and international importance, is integral to many areas of pursuit, enhances analytic and data-based management skills that are desirable for many doctoral level research projects, offers population-based research perspectives, offers skills that are of interest to the private and public sectors, and formally acknowledges the course work that doctoral students are currently taking as electives through the School of Public Health.

The minor in Epidemiology will provide students with concepts and principles of the research, field, theory and practice of epidemiology so that they will be able to:


• Use epidemiologic methods to collect data, study, analyze, and report the patterns of disease in human populations for diverse audiences.
• Use biostatistics to analyze and report public health data.
• Understand and apply descriptive epidemiology to assess health status and the burden of disease in populations.
• Understand, apply and interpret epidemiologic research methods and findings to the practice of public health.
• Demonstrate the ability to identify and use existing sources of epidemiologic data at the local, state, national and international level.
• Understand the key components of public health surveillance and public health screening programs.
• Develop written and oral presentation based on epidemiologic analysis for both public health professionals and lay audiences.
• Demonstrate a basic level of SAS programming for data set creation, data management and data analysis.


The minor in Epidemiology offers the opportunity to draw together students from health related doctoral programs from many schools, including the Schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Medicine, Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Health and Rehabilitative Sciences, Public and Environmental Affairs, and others. Epidemiology faculty in the School of Public Health will serve as advisors for the minor.


Curriculum:


The curriculum for the 12 credit hour minor in Epidemiology is comprised of the following 3 required courses: P517, P600, P601 and one course from the following: P609, P610 or P612. This focused minor provides students with a rigorous grounding in the background and application of epidemiology.


Satisfactory completion of the requirements for the minor in Epidemiology will be monitored by the student’s minor advisor on their program/dissertation committee. Doctoral students must notify the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health before beginning their course of study for the minor.

All courses must be taken in the School of Public Health. No transfer credit is allowed. No credit will be awarded toward a minor in Public Health or Epidemiology if students earn a Master of Public Health degree or Graduate Certificate in Public Health.


Required Courses for the 12-hourMinor in Epidemiology:

P517: Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3.0 cr. Fall Semester
P600: Epidemiological Research Methods 3.0 cr. Fall Semester
P601: Advanced Epidemiology 3.0 cr. Spring Semester


Plus one course from the following:


P609: Infectious Disease Epidemiology 3.0 cr. Spring Semester
P610: Chronic Disease Epidemiology 3.0 cr. Fall Semester
P612: Health Outcomes Research 3.0 cr. Spring Semester


Course Descriptions:

PBHL P517: Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3.0 cr. Fall Semester
This course introduces basic epidemiologic concepts including determinants of health and patterns of disease in populations and implications of disease processes on prevention strategies and policy development. Among the topics to be covered are measures of morbidity and mortality, sources of data, and design of research studies and clinical trials.

PBHL P600: Epidemiological Research Methods 3.0 cr. Fall Semester
This course provides an in-depth presentation of the major research designs, analytical methods and practical issues specifically related to conducting research in the field of Epidemiology. Descriptive, observational and experimental designs are included. In addition, issues of ethics, protocol, data quality, instrument design and analysis are covered. Prerequisite: Biostatistics or Statistics.

PBHL P601: Advanced Epidemiology 3.0 cr. Spring Semester
This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of advanced epidemiologic concepts and an understanding of epidemiologic techniques not covered in other classes. Topics included will represent cutting edge techniques, philosophical issues and insights to appropriately conduct and interpret the findings of epidemiological studies. Prerequisite: PBHL P600 or equivalent.

PBHL P609: Infectious Disease Epidemiology 3.0 cr.
This course is designed to provide a basic overview of the infectious disease process, including disease agents, transmission routes, immunity and public health significance. The course introduces principles of infectious disease epidemiology, including outbreak investigation and surveillance, using case studies as examples. Concepts on globalization of disease, microbial ecology, and disease eradication are discussed. Prerequisite: PBHL H517 or equivalent.

PBHL P610: Chronic Disease Epidemiology 3.0 cr.
This course examines chronic health conditions from epidemiological perspectives. Concepts
include distribution, determinants, diagnosis, measures of severity, treatment modalities, surveillance measures, survival and prognosis, and quality of care measures. Research methods, prevention strategies and screening tests are presented. Clinical experts present diagnosis and treatment methods. Prerequisite: PBHL H517 or equivalent.

PBHL P612: Health Outcomes Research 3.0 cr.
This web-based course is evidence-based and focused on health outcomes research in contemporary health care. The different types of health outcomes assessment tools and their application in determining patient health status, changes in health status, and the effectiveness of health care interventions will be addressed. The course will focus on generic and specific health related outcomes assessment tools, looking at such issues as disease specific outcomes and patient satisfaction.

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