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The Department of Epidemiology offers courses on all three CSPH campuses.  For complete course descriptions, select the CSPH Course Book. For a complete listing of Epidemiology courses, see the Course Listings below.


Course Listings

Actual course schedules vary by semester.

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EPID 6601   A History of Public Health                                                                                     1.0 cr.
(Spring)  Offered alternate 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.
(Summer) Prereq: EHOH 6614, EPID 6630.  Restriction: Offered alternate years
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)  Prereq: EPID 6630; Restriction: Offered alternate years.
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) 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)  Prereq: EPID 6630; Restriction: Offered alternate years
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.
(Fall) Prereq: EPID 6630, BIOS 6601, BIOS 6602
Course emphasizes analytical foundations of epidemiology and its application to etiologic studies and public health practice. Topics include determining rates of disease occurrence, assessing exposure disease relationships, stratified analysis, measurement error and sampling. Final project requires analysis/interpretation of epidemiologic data.
EPID 6632   CU Advanced Epidemiology                                                                                   3.0 cr.
(Spring) 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 6633   Clinical Preventive Services: Evidence-Based Practice                                                                                                   3.0 cr.
 (Spring) Prereq: EPID 6630 or permission of instructor. Restriction: Prior or in-progress clinical degree or training (e.g., MD, RN, PA, LPN, EMT). Offered in odd years.
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 6635   Communicable Disease Epidemiology                                                                                  2.0 cr.
 (Spring) Prereq: EPID 6630.
This course considers the epidemiology of selected communicable diseases. Methods for their prevention and control, and assessment of these methods will be treated primarily through case studies.
EPID 6636   Chronic Disease Epidemiology                                                                               3.0 cr.
 (Fall) Prereq: EPID 6630; Restriction: Offered alternate years
The major chronic diseases of Western countries will be reviewed including heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, neurological diseases, and selected other conditions.  Factual information about epidemiology of these diseases will be provided with the discussion of methodological issues which arise.
EPID 6637   Injury & Violence Epidemiology and Prevention                                             2.0 cr.
 (Spring)  Prereq: EPID 6630 or permission of instructor; Restrictions: Offered in even years.
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.
(Fall) Prereq: EPID 6630.; Restriction: Offered alternate years
Course provides practical introduction to current concepts, research methods, unanswered questions in epidemiology of cardiovascular disease. It prepares students for independent work in academic/nonacademic settings in the area of cardiovascular disease surveillance, etiology and outcome research.
EPID 6640   Investigation of Disease Outbreaks                                                                       2.0 cr.
 (Spring) Prereq:  EPID 6630.; Restriction: Offered alternate years
The investigation of infectious disease outbreaks requires a range of public health and epidemiologic tools.  Students apply descriptive and analytical epidemiologic methods to the detection, investigation and control of foodborne disease outbreaks. 
 EPID 6641  Epidemiology of Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases                                                       2.0 cr.
 (Fall) Prereq: EPID 6630.; Restriction: Offered alternate years.
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) Prereq: EPID 6630; Restriction: Offered alternate years.
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 of TB/HIV/STDs                                                                                                   3.0 cr.
 (Fall) Prereq: EPID 6630; Offered alternate years
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) Prereq: EPID 6630 or permission of instructor; Restriction: Offered in odd years
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 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   Masters Research Paper                                                                                           1.0-6.0 cr.
(Spring, Summer, Fall)                                                                               
Masters research paper in epidemiology is completed under this course.
EPID 6670-2   Applied Global Health Epidemiology                                                                              2.0 cr.
In this course, students will apply analytic epidemiological skills to “real world” global public health investigations, as well as US public health investigations covering topics/skillsets with global importance. This course will provide a working understanding of the myriad skills (epi and otherwise) required to conduct public health investigations in the global environment.
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 7020   DrPH Sem in Leadership- Part I                                                                            1.0 cr.
 (Spring) Prereq:  DrPH Seminar; Restrictions:  Restricted to CSPH DrPH students; Cross-listed: CBHS 7020.
Leadership topics: vision, values, collaborative action, teamwork, and practices with skills and application at personal, interpersonal and organizational levels necessary for effective leadership.  First of two course sequence; completion of EPID 7020 and EPID 7022 required for credit and grade in EPID 7020. 
EPID 7022   DrPH Sem in Leadership- Part II                                                                          2.0 cr.
 (Summer)  Prereq:  DrPH Seminar and EPID 7020.   Restrictions:  Restricted to CSPH DrPH students. Cross-listed: CBHS7022
Leadership topics: vision, values, collaborative action, teamwork, and practices with skills and application at personal, interpersonal and organizational levels necessary for effective leadership.  Second of two course sequence; completion of EPID 7020 and EPID 7022 required for credit and grade in EPID 7022. 
EPID 7030   DrPH Directed Reading                                                                                            1.0-2.0 cr.
(Spring, Summer, Fall)  Restriction:  Permission of course director and instructor required; Cross-listed:  CBHS 7030
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) Restriction:  Offered in even years
Principles and methods for research design and analysis of secondary data sources including those designed for surveillance and those derived from practice.  Students evaluate whether specific research questions can be answered with secondary data. 
EPID 7615   Pharmacoepidemiology                                                                                           2.0 cr.
 (Fall) Prereq: EPID 6630, 2 course biostatistics series (BIOS 6601-6602 or BIOS 6611-6612); Restrictions: Offered in odd years, NA for 2 credit section.
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 7640   Genetic Epidemiology                                                                                              1.0 cr.
 (Fall) 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.
 (Spring) 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.

Doctoral thesis work Epidemiology.


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