EPID 6210 Principles of Epidemiology
[3 Credits, Fall] This course provides an introduction to epidemiology as a basic science for public health and clinical medicine. It will address the principles of the quantitative approach to public health and clinical problems. The course will discuss measures of frequency and association, introduce the design and validity of epidemiologic research, and give an overview of data analysis. It is an introduction to the skills needed by public health professionals to interpret critically the epidemiologic literature and will provide students with the principles and practical experience needed to develop these skills. Lectures are complemented by seminars devoted to case studies, exercises, or critiques of current examples of epidemiologic studies. Prerequisite: None.
EPID 6211 Intermediate Epidemiology
[3 Credits, Spring] This course provides an integrated coverage of the principles of epidemiologic design, analysis, and interpretation at an intermediate level, suitable for epidemiologists and other public health professionals interested in a more thorough understanding of these concepts. Prerequisite: EPID 6210, BIOS 6100 and Pre- or Co-requisite: BIOS 6102 or equivalent.
EPID 6213 Epidemiology Seminar
[1 Credit, Spring] This seminar series provides exposure to current research and special topics of interest in epidemiology. Prerequisite: EPID 6210.
EPID 6214 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
[3 Credits] This introductory course provides an overview of infectious disease epidemiology. It is a companion course to Chronic Disease Epidemiology (EPID 6223). The course addresses the most important groups of infectious diseases, including respiratory and enteric infections, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. It focuses on the biological basis, incidence, prevalence, morbidity and mortality of infectious diseases. Students will learn how to conduct outbreak investigations, learn about hospital acquired infections and antibiotic sensitivity. Prerequisite: EPID 6210.
EPID 6216 Biological Basis of Health
[3 Credits, Spring] This course is designed to provide a background in the biologic basis of disease for MPH students who do not have a background in health sciences. The course will focus on the most salient topics and diseases. Prerequisite: None.
EPID 6217 Database Management
[3 Credits, Fall] This course provides students with the basic skills to design good relational databases through hands-on experience in creating and managing databases using Microsoft Access. It also introduces sources of information for the construction of databases in public health. Prerequisite: EPID 6210 and BIOS 6100.
EPID 6218 Spatial Analysis
[3 Credits, Fall] This course introduces students to a range of geospatial analyses uses and methods. Students will apply problem-solving abilities, critical thinking skills, and creative thinking to diverse examples of medical geography and spatial epidemiology. Content will focus on the management of geographic data and the interpretation of spatial analysis. Students will develop a critical and creative approach to questions that can benefit from spatial epidemiology. Prerequisite: EPID 6210 and BIOS 6100.
EPID 6219 Nutritional Epidemiology
[3 Credits, Spring] This course is an introduction to the methodological issues related to the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of studies investigating the relationship between nutritional status, diet, and disease. An emphasis will be placed on the types of dietary and nutritional status assessment methods and their advantages and disadvantages in epidemiologic research. Students will gain a practical experience in the actual collection, analysis, and interpretation of dietary intake. The interpretation of studies in nutritional epidemiology given the dietary instrument used and the study design will be considered. Issues such as intra- and inter-individual variation, measurement error, misclassification, homogeneity of intake within populations, and correlations among nutrients, micronutrients, and food groups will be discussed. Prerequisite: EPID 6210 and BIOS 6100.
EPID 6220 Molecular Epidemiology*
[3 Credits] This course covers the theoretical concepts and practical issues involved in conducting research involving molecular biomarkers in human populations. Class topics include the theoretical advantages of biomarkers, criteria for evaluating potential markers, sample collection and storage, laboratory quality control considerations, issues in epidemiologic study design and analysis, ethical/legal concerns, and discussion of specific examples of research involving molecular markers of internal dose, susceptibility, early pathological alteration, and prognosis. The course will emphasize examples from the cancer research literature. Prerequisite: EPID 6210 and BIOS 6100.
EPID 6222 Cancer Epidemiology*
[2 Credits] This course provides students with an understanding of the theory of carcinogenesis and major etiologic factors for cancer, including tobacco, diet and nutrition, alcohol, viruses and bacteria, drugs, occupation, and radiation. The epidemiology of major cancer sites (e.g., lung, breast, prostate, colon and rectum, cervix and uterine corpus) and selected cancers of specific interest to the class will also be presented. Study design and methodology used in cancer research are discussed throughout the course. Prerequisite: EPID 6210 and BIOS 6100.
EPID 6223 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
[3 Credits] This introductory course provides an overview of chronic disease epidemiology and prevention strategies. It is a companion course to Infectious Disease Epidemiology (EPID 6214). The course addresses the most important groups of chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, hypertension, cancer, diabetes, lung diseases and neurologic diseases. It focuses on the biological basis, incidence, prevalence, morbidity and mortality of chronic diseases as well as etiologic factors accounting for differences in incidence and mortality. Students will learn how to apply epidemiologic methods in studies of chronic disease prevention and control and to understand the importance of surveillance and applied research as a basis for Public Health interventions. Prerequisite: EPID 6210.
EPID 6226 Epidemiologic Design and Analysis
[3 Credits] The course is designed to integrate and apply concepts learned in previous biostatistics and epidemiologic methods courses as they relate to epidemiologic studies. The conceptual basis for the design, conduct, and analysis of observational and experimental studies will be covered, focusing on providing students with data analysis, interpretation, and presentation skills. Students will gain hands-on experience in designing and analyzing studies through classroom sessions and homework assignments. Prerequisites: EPID 6210, EPID 6211, BIOS 6100, and BIOS 6102.
EPID 6301 Epidemiology of Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases
[3 Credits] Designed for doctoral and master’s degree students, this course covers the theories and methodologies related to the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Students will gain an understanding of important issues in the epidemiology of HIV and STIs in the US and internationally, and will increase their understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of various epidemiologic study designs and the interpretation of data. Also addressed will be implications for transmission, prevention, and the psychosocial, behavioral, and economic aspects of STIs, particularly HIV. Prerequisites: EPID 6210 and BIOS 6100.
EPID 6352 Social Epidemiology
[3 Credits] This course will provide students with a systematic and selective overview of the conceptual approaches necessary to investigate the impact of social context on the health of populations. Among the social processes to be examined are social inequalities (including social class differences as well as the effects of income inequality per se), social capital and social cohesion, social networks and neighborhood characteristics. The course will include discussion of methods related to the study of social factors across multiple levels. The course will be taught as a seminar. Some analytic writing will be required. Previous exposure to social science methods and theory is advised, but not required. Prerequisite: EPID 6211.
EPID 6400 Independent Study
[1-3 Credits] This course provides the student an opportunity to study a topic in depth while under the guidance of a faculty member. The focus of the course will be a specific aspect of a public health discipline, which is not the primary focus of exiting public health courses. The course will involve directed readings and may require completion of a paper or study project that provides evidence of comprehension and professional proficiency in the area studied. Independent Study may only be taken for a maximum of 3 credit hours toward the MPH Degree.
EPID 7200 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods
[3 Credits] Students will explore methodological issues in epidemiology like measurement error, missing data, intermediate variables, complex study designs, meta-analysis, splines, propensity scores, and simulation. Exercises with provided data sets and the student’s own data will be included. Prerequisites: EPID 6226, BIOS 6210.
EPID 7202 Grantsmanship and Proposal Development for Epidemiologic Research
[3 Credits] This course covers the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for effective proposal development and grant writing. Included are sources of grant opportunities and funding and how to find them as well as identification of appropriate study questions and approaches for a given grant or funding target. Development and articulation of effective background documentation, rationale, research design, budgeting and budget justification and IRB process will be covered in the context of the mechanics of the grant submission process, including the key elements that reviewers use in evaluating a grant. As part of the course, students will develop a research question and prepare a grant application and budget, addressing the selected topic including the relevant IRB and HIPAA documents.
EPID 7350 Evolution of Epidemiologic Theory and Methods
[2 Credits] This course will examine the development of modern epidemiological concepts from the 19th to the 21st century. The course will utilize weekly readings and discussions of original key papers. Emphasis will be placed on exploring the links between epidemiological methods, concepts of disease and public health practice. Prerequisites: EPID 6226, BIOS 6102.
EPID 7351 Sampling and Survey Methods
[2 Credits] Designed for doctoral degree students, this course will focus on sampling and survey methodology. First, sampling will be covered with emphasis on the practical problems of sample design, which will provide students with an understanding of principles and practice in skills required to select subjects and analyze sample data. Topics covered include stratified, clustered, systematic, and multi-stage sample designs, unequal probabilities and probabilities proportional to size, area and telephone sampling, sampling errors, and practical designs and procedures (e.g., non-response, coverage). The second phase of the course will focus on data collection, including the design of questions and questionnaires used in survey research as well as various survey techniques.
EPID 7410 Teaching Practicum
[0-3 Credits] This course will provide doctoral students in epidemiology with supervised teaching experience to develop their teaching skills. This experience will come primarily from serving in the role of teaching assistants for epidemiology courses. Developmental workshops and materials offered by the LSU Health Sciences Center’s Academy for the Advancement of Educational Scholarship and other resources will be incorporated as part of the training experience. Prerequisites: EPID 6226.
EPID 7700 Epidemiology Seminar II – Doctoral
[1-2 Credits] This seminar series provides exposure to current research and special topics of interest in epidemiology. Doctoral students participating for credit will be expected to lead at least one session. Prerequisite: EPID 6210.
EPID 7900 Dissertation Research
[1-9 Credits] For PhD candidates who are conducting research for their dissertation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the oral qualifying examination.