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EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 credits):
This course presents basic concepts in Epidemiology concerning the distribution and determinants of disease frequency in human populations and their investigation. Familiarity with epidemiologic principles is essential to the student’s understanding of the important health problems faced by our society, scientific and clinical activities designed to ameliorate these problems, strategies to promote health and prevent disease, and the lifestyle-related behaviors, disease-producing agents, and environmental exposures related to serious health problems. Topics covered will include basic demography, measures of disease frequency, disease screening and surveillance, descriptive and analytic study design, introduction to clinical trials, analysis of epidemiologic studies, sources of error in investigations, and investigation of disease outbreaks.
EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics I (4 credits):
This course offers students a focused introduction to the field of biostatistics. An introduction to the basic principles of inferential statistics as applied to public health will be the primary focus of the course. Finally, the course also provides students with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to perform analysis of public health data using statistical software.
EPH 641 Environmental Health (3 credits):
This course is a survey course directed specifically at providing an overview of the broad topic of environmental health. Lectures and discussions focus on local as well as international environmental health problems. The course is comprised of a broad range of topics, including environmental regulation and ethics, toxicology, global change, food safety, sanitation, different forms and media of pollution, built environment, and occupational disease and injury.
EPH 631 Public Health Administration (3 credits):
This course provides an overview of the philosophy and the historical background and development of public health. Topics covered include the legislative basis, the organization and the function of public health services in the United States at the federal, state and local level; intergovernmental and interagency relationships and policy-making; basic concepts in public health management including planning, organization, financing, quality assurance, and program evaluation; a brief overview of global health and the role of the World Health Organization, and current issues in public health and the future of public health in the 21st century.
EPH 620 Health Education and Behavior (3 credits):
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the social and behavioral theories that provide a framework for the practice of health education and promotion in public health. Emphasis is placed on understanding the social, cultural, and psychological factors that influence health behaviors, and how changes in health behaviors can be related to disease acquisition and transmission. The attitudes, intentions, values, knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors of individuals, groups, and communities are explored.