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The Department of Epidemiology offers courses on all three ColoradoSPH campuses. This page provides a complete list of Epidemiology courses.  For a list of courses available during a specific semester, use one of the following resources:

EPID 6601 A History of Public Health 1.0 cr.

(Spring: Offered in odd years)

This course provides a broad overview of public health history and the political, economic, medical, legal and ethical factors that have shaped the environment in which the public health care professional of today must function.


EPID 6622 Cancer Prevention and Control 2.0 cr.

(Spring: Offered every other year)

Prereq: EHOH 6614, EPID 6630.

Course provides overview of preventable cancers, epidemiology and contributing factors. Phases of cancer control research and appropriate methodologies are discussed. Basic principles of intervention development are reviewed. Psychosocial issues related to cancer are discussed. Students research topic related to course.


EPID 6624 Public Health Surveillance 2.0 cr.

(Fall: Offered every other year)

Prereq: EPID 6630.

This course focuses on characteristics, development, uses, and evaluation of major public health surveillance systems. History, goals, public health authority, analysis, interpretation, dissemination and privacy issues are covered. Key surveillance systems (incl. communicable diseases, STI/HIV, vital statistics, cancer, risk factor and health behaviors) are explored.


EPID 6626 Research Methods in Epidemiology 3.0 cr.

(Spring, Fall)

Prereq: BIOS 6601, BIOS 6680, EPID 6630

Principles, concepts and methods for conducting ethical, valid and scientifically correct observational studies in epidemiological research are the focus of this class. Lectures and practical experience reinforce hypothesis formulation, study design, data collection and management, analysis and publication strategies.


EPID 6629 Clinical Epidemiology 2.0 cr.

(Summer: Offered in variable years)

Prereq: EPID 6630

This course provides an overview of the design, conduct and appraisal of clinical research. Topics include study design, issues in randomized trials, measurement error, assessment of diagnostic and screening tests, measurement of health-outcomes, meta-analysis and use of questionnaires.


EPID 6630 Epidemiology 3.0 cr.

(Spring, Fall)

This course provides an introduction to descriptive and analytic methods in epidemiology and their application to research, preventive medicine and public health practice.


EPID 6631 Analytical Epidemiology 3.0 cr.

(Spring, Summer, Fall)

Prereq: EPID 6630 and BIOS 6601 or BIOS 6611

This course will provide the fundamental analytical skills for assessing and reporting disease status, determinants of disease and their impact on public health. Students will learn methods of determining rates of disease occurrence, measures of associations between exposures and disease, and techniques for identifying and correcting for misclassification, effect modifiers and confounders. This is a skill-building course. The SAS course is not a prerequisite but is strongly encouraged.


EPID 6633 Clinical Preventive Services: Evidence-Based Practice 2.0 cr.

(Spring: Offered in odd years)

Prereq: EPID 6630 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

Restriction: Prior or in-progress clinical degree or training (e.g., MD, RN, PA, LPN, EMT).

This course introduces students to evidence-based recommendations for (and against) key clinical preventive services; methods for developing evidence-based practice guidelines and implementation of clinical preventive services in diverse practice settings; and effective implementation at the individual, provider, and system levels.


EPID 6634 Applied Global Health Epidemiology 2.0 cr.

(Spring: Offered in even years)

This course provides the opportunity to apply previously gained analytic skills to “real world” examples of global public health investigations as well as US public health investigations covering topics/skill sets with global importance. It also provides opportunities to explore in depth the practical applications of skills.


EPID 6635 Communicable Disease Epidemiology 2.0 cr.


Prereq: EPID 6630

This overview course covers a broad range of topics including basic epidemiologic concepts, vaccines, emerging pathogens, hospital infection control, foodborne illness and outbreaks. Specific pathogens are also reviewed due to their public health importance or their ability to demonstrate important epidemiologic principles.


EPID 6636 Chronic Disease Epidemiology 3.0 cr.


Prereq: EPID 6630

The epidemiology of major chronic diseases of Western countries will be reviewed including heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, neurological diseases, and selected other conditions. Methodologic issues related to the study of these diseases, disease surveillance and strategies for prevention will also be covered.


EPID 6637 Injury & Violence Epidemiology and Prevention 2.0 cr.

(Spring: Offered in even years)

Prereq: EPID 6630 or permission of instructor

Students will learn the major causes of and risk factors for injuries and violence, identify and use key data sources to characterize injury problems, develop and evaluate injury control and prevention strategies, critically analyze literature and explore injury related research questions.


EPID 6638 Global Cardiovascular Epidemiology 2.0 cr.

(Offered variable terms and years)

Prereq: EPID 6630

A review of the major issues in global cardiovascular disease epidemiology, including trends, the extent of the disease nationally and internationally, implications of major epidemiologic studies, and strategies for prevention. Emphasis of the course will be on review and interpretation of the cardiovascular epidemiology literature.


EPID 6640 Investigation of Disease Outbreaks 2.0 cr.


Prereq: EPID 6630 Credit will not be given for taking both EPID 6640 and EPID 6648

This course will cover the epidemiologic steps in a disease outbreak investigation and the methods used in detection, investigation and control of disease outbreaks. Outbreak case studies will be used to illustrate concepts and approaches. Students will describe, analyze and interpret outbreak data.


EPID 6641 Epidemiology of Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases 2.0 cr.


Prereq: EPID 6630

Agents causing foodborne and diarrheal diseases have different clinical presentations, environmental niches and modes of transmission. Students will learn about important foodborne agents, surveillance and epidemiological methods used to investigate risk factors for disease, and prevention and control strategies.


EPID 6642 Genetics in Public Health 2.0 cr.

(Spring: Offered every other year)

Prereq: EPID 6630

Course introduces public health and research applications in genetics. Topics will include population genetics, genetic epidemiologic principles, screening, ethics, and the effect of genetics on population health. Interactive discussions and lectures will be based on current topics from literature.


EPID 6643 Epidemiology and Prevention of TB/HIV/STDs 2.0 cr.

(Fall: Offered every other year)

Prereq: EPID 6630

Surveillance and control of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and sexually transmitted diseases require a range of public health and epidemiologic approaches. Students will apply descriptive and analytical epidemiologic methods to the study of these infectious diseases.


EPID 6644 Maternal Child Health Epidemiology 3.0 cr.


The purpose of this course is to train public health students to use epidemiologic tools for the appropriate interpretation of data and information to drive MCH program assessment, planning, evaluation and policy development.


EPID 6646 Introduction to Systematic Reviews 1.0 cr.

(Summer: Offered in variable years.)

Prereq: EPID 6630 or permission of instructor

Introduces methods of conducting systematic reviews to identify the best available evidence about health and public health interventions. Topics will include the design and implementation of reviews, publication bias, search strategies, meta-analysis, and reporting results through the Cochrane Library.


EPID 6647 CU Denver in India: Global Health in the Heart of India 3.0 cr.

(Spring, Fall: Offered in variable years)

Prereq: Permission of instructor

This course is a two-week field-based course in which students will engage directly in a community needs assessment of 60 communities and will observe and participate in outreach activities related to breast and cancer screening of Indian women. Students will acquire knowledge and specific skills on methods and practice.


EPID 6648 Theory/Practice Foodborne Disease Outbreak Detection 1.0 cr.


Prereq: Introductory course in epidemiology or permission of instructor. Credit will not be given for taking both EPID 6648 and EPID 6640

This course focuses on the practical basis for developing and implementing methods for foodborne disease outbreak detection, investigation and control; using recent outbreaks to highlight underlying principles.


EPID 6650 MPH Research Paper 1.0-2.0 cr.

(Spring, Summer, Fall)

Restriction: Permission of department required

Independent research project resulting in a publishable paper. All projects will involve the analysis of primary or secondary data.


EPID 6651 EPID MS Research Paper 1.0-6.0 cr.

(Spring, Summer, Fall)

Masters research paper in epidemiology is completed under this course.


EPID 6652 Fundamentals of Clinical and Epidemiological Research 1.0 cr.


Restriction: Credit will not be given towards a degree for taking both this course and EPID 6630.

Designed for clinicians who are interested in rapidly learning fundamental research principles appropriate to developing new research on child abuse. Non-clinicians by permission. Creating a study question, formulating hypotheses, study designs and basics of statistical inference.


EPID 6653 Challenges and Opportunities in Child Maltreatment Research: An Introduction to Perspectives, Learnings, and Resources 1.0 cr


This intensive course is designed for trained researchers interested in examining topics related to child abuse. It will provide basic background on the child abuse problem from multiple perspectives and facilitate cross-disciplinary exploration of controversies and related unanswered research questions.


EPID 6654 Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Research and Evaluation through a Public Health Lens 1.0 cr.


This course will provide an overview of key concepts underlying prevention of child abuse and neglect from a public health perspective with an emphasis on eliminating disparities, principles of public health research and practice applied to child abuse and neglect prevention and different aspects of prevention research and evaluation.


EPID 6670 Special Topics: Epidemiology 1.0-3.0 cr.

(Spring, Summer, Fall)

Restrictions: Permission of instructor.

Special interest areas of current epidemiology research and practice are presented and analyzed. The course format is lecture and discussion or seminar. Check the CSPH website for offerings and topics for this course each semester.


EPID 6840 Independent Study: Epidemiology 1.0-3.0 cr.

(Spring, Summer, Fall)

Restrictions: Permission of department required

Faculty directed independent study in topics related to epidemiology.


EPID 6950 Masters Thesis 1.0-6.0 cr.

(Spring, Summer, Fall)

Epidemiology thesis work is completed under this course.


EPID 6990 MPH Capstone Preparation 1.0 cr.

(Spring, Summer, Fall)

Prereq or Coreq: EPID 6626 Research Methods in Epidemiology

MPH Capstone Preparation will focus on developing the basis for a strong capstone project, culminating in the finalization of the capstone proposal that meets the expectations of the concentration.


EPID 7020 DrPH Seminar in Leadership 3.0 cr.


Prereq: DrPH Seminar

Restrictions: Restricted to CSPH DrPH students; Cross-listed: CBHS 7020 and EHOH 7020

Leadership topics: vision, values, collaborative action, teamwork, and practices with skills and application at personal, interpersonal and organizational levels necessary for effective leadership.


EPID 7030 DrPH Directed Reading 1.0-2.0 cr.

(Spring, Summer, Fall)

Restriction: Permission of course director and instructor required

This course will prepare DrPH students for comprehensive exams and dissertation research by becoming an expert in specific areas of research, including understanding of the historical development of specific areas, current research findings in specific areas, and current practice.


EPID 7605 Research Methods with Secondary Data Sources 3.0 cr.

(Spring: Offered in alternate years)

Covers the principle methods of research design and analysis specific to secondary data use including surveillance, population and community-based data, national surveys, and medical record data. Methods explored include: identifying and working with secondary data, complex sampling design and weighting, triangulation, handling missing data, non-random allocation/propensity score, and power/sample size.


EPID 7615 Pharmacoepidemiology 2.0-4.0 cr.

(Spring: Offered in even years)

Prereq: EPID 6630, 2 course biostatistics series (BIOS 6601-6602 or BIOS 6611-6612);

This course builds upon fundamental concepts and methods of epidemiology, applied to the study of pharmaceuticals. Topics include: The FDA approval process, mechanisms of adverse drug effects, methods and data systems for studying drug-effect relationships, and evaluating published pharmacoepidemiology studies.


EPID 7632 Advanced Epidemiology 3.0 cr.


Prereq: EPID 6630, EPID 6631, BIOS 6601

This is an advanced course on epidemiologic methods designed to improve the student's ability to conduct and interpret observational epidemiologic studies.


EPID 7640 Genetic Epidemiology 2.0 cr.

(Spring: Offered alternate years)

Prereq: EPID 6630, BIOS 6601

This course will be a problem-based class, covering basic genetic principles and teaching epidemiologic methods employed in the investigation of the genetic susceptibility to chronic disease.


EPID 7911 Epidemiologic Field Methods 1.0-4.0 cr.

(Spring, Summer, Fall).

Prereq. EPID 6626, EPID 6630, EPID 6631, EPID 6632, BIOS 6611, BIOS 6612.

Restriction: Enrollment in Epidemiology PhD program or permission of instructor.

PhD students have the opportunity to work with faculty on current epidemiologic projects to develop skills in field research, proposal writing, budget development, staff hiring and training, protocol and instrument development and implementation, and specific methods topics.


EPID 7912 Developing a Research Grant 3.0 cr.


Prereq: Enrollment in a doctoral program and permission of Instructor.

PhD/DrPH students prepare high quality, successful, research grant applications through development of cogent research questions & appropriate study designs. Students familiarize themselves with grant writing and review process and improve critical thinking skills and quality of scientific writing.


EPID 7915 Analytic Methods in Epidemiology 1.0-4.0 cr.

(Spring, Summer, Fall)

Prereq: EPID 6626, EPID 6630, EPID 6631, EPID 6632, BIOS 6601/ 6602 or

BIOS 6611/ 6612.

Advanced treatment of techniques in the analysis of epidemiological studies, including longitudinal, time dependent, survival data, casualty, missing data, etc. Students will analyze data sets currently on file using contemporary epidemiological methods.


EPID 8990 Doctoral Thesis 1.0-10.0 cr.

(Spring, Summer, Fall)

Restriction: Permission of Instructor.

PhD Doctoral thesis work Epidemiology.


EPID 8991 DrPH Dissertation – Epidemiology 1.0-10.0 cr.

DrPH Dissertation work in Epidemiology​

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