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Fall 2018

Dr. Catalina Lopez-Quintero PHC 6001: Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health
Format: In Residence
Catalina Lopez-Quintero, MD, PhD
Credits: 3 Tuesdays, 10:40a-12:35p or 1:55p-3:50p
Grading Scheme: Letter HPNP 1102
Prerequisites: None.
This course provides and understanding of epidemiologic methods frequently used to study disease patterns in community and clinic-based populations. Course topics include distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specific populations and application to control of health problems.
Dr. Krishna VaddipartiDr. David Sheps PHC 6003: Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Disability
Format: Online
Instructors: David S. Sheps, MD, MSPH, and Krishna Vaddiparti, PhD, MPE, MSW
Credits: 3 Online
Grading Scheme: Letter
Prerequisites: PHC 6001 and PHC 6052 or PHC 6050, or permission from the instructor.
This course is an overview of the epidemiology of chronic diseases and disabilities prevalent in various populations; it includes the introduction of contemporary methods for surveillance, including risk factors, etiology, and changes over time.
Dr. Krishna Vaddiparti PHC 6016: Social Epidemiology
Format: In Residence
Instructor: Krishna Vaddiparti, PhD, MPE, MSW
Credits: 3 Thursdays, 8:30a-11:30a
Grading Scheme: Letter HPNP G-108
Prerequisites: PHC 6000, PHC 6001, and PHC 6410, or permission from the instructor.
This course explores the social determinants of population health, including acute and chronic disease outcomes, and health behavior. The course introduces methodological approaches to the field of social epidemiology with specific attention to measurement issues.
Dr. Diana Rojas Alvarez PHC 6517: Public Health Concepts in Infectious Diseases
Format: In Residence
Instructor: Diana Rojas Alvarez, MD, PhD
Credits: 3 Mondays, 10:40a-11:30a; Wednesdays, 9:35a-11:30a
Grading Scheme: Letter HPNP G-111
Prerequisites: PHC 6001 and PHC 6002, or permission from the instructor.
In this course, students will learn to analyze the epidemiologic research methods used to obtain evidence of emergence of infectious diseases, transmission pathways, prevention strategies, and the range of factors that influence the severity of individual health outcomes; will be able to systematically examine research evidence related to a number of relevant emerging and existing infectious diseases of the 21st century; and will design an original research study to answer a specific research question.
Dr. Ting-Yuan (David) Cheng PHC 6711: Measurement in Epidemiology and Outcomes Research
Format: In Residence
Instructor: Ting-Yuan (David) Cheng, PhD
Credits: 3 Wednesdays, 12:50p-3:50p
Grading Scheme: Letter COM CG-56
Prerequisites: PHC 6001 and PHC 6050 or equivalent, or permission from the instructor.
This course focuses on principles of measurement in epidemiologic/health outcomes research studies, particularly in the use of primary data collection studies. Special emphases include: reliability and validity studies; ROC curves; reducing and adjusting for measurement error; questionnaire design and interviewing methods; use of record resources (e.g., medical records, administrative data); and measurement using biomarkers, environmental measures, and molecular methods. Measurement in outcomes research in infectious diseases, physical activity, neuropsychology, psychopathology, addictions, and environmental epidemiology will be examined as examples in the course.
Dr. Catherine Striley PHC 6932: Psychiatric Epidemiology Online Seminar Series
Format: Online
Instructor: Catherine W. Striley, PhD, MSW, ACSW, MPE
Credits: 1 Online
Grading Scheme: S/U
Prerequisites: None.
Epidemiology seminars from the Department of Epidemiology and other epidemiology departments, and associated publications, will be used to provide students with an understanding of new developments in the field of epidemiology as applied to psychiatric epidemiology.
Dr. Robert Leeman PHC 6937: Core Seminar in the Translational Science of Alcohol and HIV Infection
Format: In Residence
Instructor: Robert Leeman, PhD
Credits: 1 Mondays, 12:50p-1:40p
Grading Scheme: Letter FLG 225
Prerequisites: None.
In addition to alcohol and HIV research, this course will also cover several professional development topics including the academic job search process, non-academic jobs and “How to be a professor.” Seminars will be led by a rotating group of faculty-level experts, primarily from here at UF, but with some external speakers.
Dr. Cindy Prins PHC 6937: Hospital Epidemiology
Format: Blended
Instructor: Cindy Prins, PhD, MPH, CIC, CPH
Credits: 3 Tuesdays, 11:45a-1:40p
Grading Scheme: Letter HPNP G-108
Prerequisites: PHC 6001, or permission from the instructor.
This course will discuss major topics in Hospital Epidemiology related to research on the control and prevention of healthcare-associated infections. Topics will be presented through online lectures in-class discussions of journal articles and CDC Guidelines, and through experiential learning with visits to UF Health Shands.
Dr. Catherine Striley PHC 6939: CPE Psychiatric Grand Rounds
Format: Online
Instructor: Catherine W. Striley, PhD, MSW, ACSW, MPE
Credits: 1 Online
Grading Scheme: S/U
Prerequisites: None.
World-renowned experts are invited to address a wide spectrum of specialties and sub-specialties and often introduce new and interesting developments. Mental health care professionals and epidemiologists will receive up-to-date information on trends and techniques in psychiatry.
Dr. Lusine Yaghjyan PHC 7595: Introduction to Molecular Epidemiology
Format: In Residence
Instructor: Lusine Yaghjyan, MD, MPH, PhD
Credits: 3 Tuesdays, 9:35a-12:35p
Grading Scheme: Letter HPNP G-110
Prerequisites: PHC 6001 and knowledge of basic concepts in epidemiology and study designs, or permission from the instructor.
This course will explore theoretical concepts in molecular epidemiology and use of biomarkers in epidemiologic studies. Class topics include: basics of molecular epidemiology, potential uses and limitations of biomarkers, sample collection and storage, issues in epidemiologic study design and analysis, and discussion of specific research examples involving molecular markers.
Dr. Linda Cottler PHC 7901: Epidemiology Literature Review and Critique (Journal Club)
Format: In Residence
Instructor: Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE
Credits: 1 Fridays, 9:35a-10:25a
Grading Scheme: S/U CTRB 4240C
Prerequisites: Graduate student standing, or permission from the instructor.
This course will prepare students to perform peer-review and to think critically. In weekly class discussion sessions, students will review peer-reviewed, published research studies that demonstrate innovative or faculty epidemiologic content or methods. Feedback will be given by student peers and faculty.
Dr. Lusine Yaghjyan PHC 7934: Seminar I: Epidemiology Past, Present, and Future
Format: In Residence
Instructor: Lusine Yaghjyan, MD, MPH, PhD
Credits: 2 Fridays, 10:40a-12:35p
Grading Scheme: Letter HPNP 1101
Prerequisites: PhD standing, or permission from the instructor.
The principal goals of this doctoral seminar include becoming familiar with major programs of research in epidemiology, discussing findings and implications of classic/prominent epidemiologic studies, reviewing the strengths and weakness of major epidemiologic study designs, and applying knowledge of epidemiologic study design to students’ formulation of their own research studies.

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Spring 2019

Dr. Lusine Yaghjyan PHC 6000: Epidemiology Methods I
Format: In Residence
Lusine Yaghjyan, MD, MPH, PhD
Credits: 3 Thursdays, 9:35a-12:35p
Grading Scheme: Letter COM C1-4
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: PHC 6001 and PHC 6050 or PHC 6052, or permission from the instructor.
This course provides an understanding of the methods of epidemiological study designs and their analyses, including issues of bias, confounding, and effect modification. The goal of this class is to provide a strong background in analytic reasoning and research design, study execution, analysis, and result interpretation.
Dr. Kelly Gurka PHC 6001: Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health
Format: Online
Instructor: Kelly K. Gurka, MPH, PhD
Credits: 3 Online
Grading Scheme: Letter
Prerequisites: None.
This course is an introduction to epidemiology for students majoring in any aspect of the health sciences. This course presents the principles and methods of the epidemiological investigation of both infectious and non-infectious diseases. The purpose of this course is to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to explain the place of epidemiology in the general health thinking and to communicate and apply the basic principles of epidemiology.
Dr. Thomas Pearson PHC 6003: Epidemiology of Chronic Disease
Format: In Residence
Instructor: Thomas A. Pearson, MD, MPH, PhD
Credits: 3 Tuesdays, 3:00p-6:00p
Grading Scheme: Letter Location TBD
PHC 6001 and PHC 6052 or PHC 6050, or permission from the instructor.
This course is an overview of the epidemiology of chronic diseases and disabilities prevalent in various populations; it includes the introduction of contemporary methods for surveillance, including risk factors, etiology, and changes over time.
Dr. Hui Hu PHC 6194: Spatial Epidemiology
Format: In Residence
Instructor: Hui Hu, PhD
Credits: 3 Wednesdays, 12:50p-3:50p
Grading Scheme: Letter Location TBD
Prerequisites: PHC 6000, PHC 6011, PHC 6052, and PHC 6053 (or equivalent), or permission from the instructor.
This course introduces the concepts and methods of spatial epidemiology. Students will gain hands-on experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial data analyses. Recent developments in location intelligence applied to healthcare and public health research will also be introduced.
Dr. Robert Leeman PHC 6937: Core Seminar in the Translational Science of Alcohol and HIV Infection
Format: In Residence
Instructor: Robert Leeman, PhD
Credits: 1 Mondays, 10:40a-11:30a
Grading Scheme: Letter FLG 275
Prerequisites: None.
In addition to alcohol and HIV research, this course will also cover several professional development topics including the academic job search process, non-academic jobs and “How to be a professor.” Seminars will be led by a rotating group of faculty-level experts, primarily from here at UF, but with some external speakers.
Dr. Deepthi Varma PHC 6937: Introduction to Mixed Methods Research
Format: In Residence
Instructor: Deepthi Varma, PhD, MPhil, MSW
Credits: 3 Mondays, 8:30a-11:30a
Grading Scheme: Letter Location TBD
Prerequisites: PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health and PHC 6000 Epidemiology Methods I (or equivalent research methods coursework). Students with no prior instruction in epidemiology but with methodological coursework from another related discipline may be admitted with permission from the instructor.
This 3-credit, on-campus course will introduce mixed methods research concepts to master’s and doctoral level students. This course focuses on the design and implementation of research that combines qualitative and quantitative data collection, and will discuss the purpose of “mixing methods” and ways to integrate qualitative and quantitative data.
Dr. Mattia Prosperi PHC 6937: Topics in Precision Medicine and Public Health Informatics
Format: In Residence
Instructor: Mattia Prosperi, MEng, PhD
Credits: 1 Every other Tuesday, 10:40a-12:35p
Grading Scheme: Letter Location TBD
Prerequisites: PHC 6000, PHC 6011, and a SAS course, or equivalent graduate statistical and quantitative research courses in any relevant department, or permission from the instructor.
This course blends methodological, practical, and translational aspects of computational epidemiology. The course is not intended to provide statistical training, but rather to teach students to recognize suitable computational approaches to handle data. The practice sessions will acquaint students with statistical and machine learning software capable of processing big data.
Dr. Krishna Vaddiparti PHC 7000: Epi Seminar II: Critical Evaluation, Research Proposals, and Methods
Format: In Residence
Instructor: Krishna Vaddiparti, PhD, MPE, MSW
Credits: 2 Tuesdays, 8:30a-10:25a
Grading Scheme: Letter CTRB 4217
Prerequisites: PHC 6001 and PHC 6000, one semester of biostatistics, and PhD student status in epidemiology, or permission from the instructor.
This course is taken in the second year of the epidemiology PhD program curriculum. The seminar series is designed to introduce students to a range of advanced epidemiologic concepts and research methods to help PhD students advance their dissertation ideas and obtain the skills needed for a PhD in epidemiology.
Dr. Volker Mai PHC 7007: Cancer Epidemiology
Format: In Residence
Instructor: Volker Mai, PhD, MPH
Credits: 3 Mondays, 11:45a-12:35p; Wednesdays, 10:40a-12:35p
Grading Scheme: Letter Location TBD
Prerequisites: PHC 6001 and PHC 6050 or PHC 6052, or permission from the instructor.
This course is designed to help students develop the interdisciplinary skills required for evaluating various existing and hypothetical public health interventions aimed at reducing the burden of cancer in the US and worldwide. The course will familiarize students with various exposures associated with the risk of developing cancer with emphasis on a population perspective. While a focus will be on opportunities for prevention; we will explore cellular mechanisms contributing to the development of various cancers and describe associated pathologies. Cancer epidemiology is taught in a combined lecture and discussion format.
Dr. Xinguang (Jim) Chen PHC 7017: Advanced Epidemiologic Methods III
Format: In Residence
Instructor: Xinguang (Jim) Chen, MD, PhD, FACE
Credits: 3 Fridays, 9:35a-12:35p
Grading Scheme: Letter Location TBD
Prerequisites: GMS 6800 and GMS 6810, or permission from the instructor.
This advanced course will focus on the application of six advanced analytical and modeling methods through lectures, actual data analysis, student presentation and discussion to expand the methodology inventory by introducing advanced and new statistical and modeling methods to address measurement, descriptive, comparative, associative and causal relations in modern epidemiology.
Dr. Catherine Striley PHC 7038: Psychiatric Epidemiology
Format: In Residence; Online (CPE Only)
Instructor: Catherine W. Striley, PhD, MSW, ACSW, MPE
Credits: 3 Thursdays, 12:50p-3:50p
Grading Scheme: Letter Location TBD
Prerequisites: PHC 6000 and PHC 6011, or permission from the instructor.
This advanced epidemiology methods course in Psychiatric Epidemiology will cover concepts, history, measures, methods and analytic techniques to study the risks, prevalence and incidence, course, comorbidities and consequences of major mental disorders (mood and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, alcohol and drug abuse and dependence). Psychiatric epidemiology studies in general and specific populations internationally will be discussed for their methods, measures and findings.
Dr. Hui Hu PHC 7065: Critical Skills in Data Manipulation for Population Science
Format: In Residence; Online (CPE Only)
Instructor: Hui Hu, PhD
Credits: 2 Mondays, 12:50p-2:45p
Grading Scheme: Letter Location TBD
Prerequisites: PHC 6052 and PHC 6000 or the equivalent and PhD student status, or permission from the instructor.
This course focuses on providing basic knowledge and skills needed in data manipulation for population science. Included will be: data context and concepts; relational databases; data collection and extraction; Parallel manipulation of massive datasets; NoSQL systems and concepts. The course is designed for advanced students to learn the “code of best practice” for data engineering in population science.
Dr. Linda Cottler PHC 7902: Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Population Science
Format: In Residence
Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE
Credits: 1 Mondays, 6:00p-7:30p
Grading Scheme: Letter CTRB 4240C
Prerequisites: Graduate student status, or permission from the instructor.
This course will prepare students to perform peer review and to think critically. In weekly class discussion sessions, students will review each other’s work and bring work to edit and share. Feedback will be given by student peers and the course instructor. The principal goals of this Epidemiology Writing Circle are to: 1) improve the student’s academic writing style, 2) write, complete, and submit papers – with at least one as a first author, and 3) edit colleague’s manuscripts, regardless of topic area.

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Course Syllabi

Fall 2018

PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (in residence)
PHC 6003 Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Disability (online)
PHC 6016 Social Epidemiology
PHC 6517 Public Health Concepts in Infectious Diseases
PHC 6711 Measurement in Epidemiology and Outcomes Research
PHC 6932 Psychiatric Epidemiology Online Seminar Series
PHC 6937 Core Seminar in the Translational Science of Alcohol and HIV Infection
PHC 6937 Hospital Epidemiology
PHC 6939 CPE Psychiatric Grand Rounds
PHC 7595 Introduction to Molecular Epidemiology
PHC 7901 Epidemiology Literature Review and Critique (Journal Club)
PHC 7934 Seminar I: Epidemiology Past, Present, and Future

Summer 2018

PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (online)
PHC 6002 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (in residence)
PHC 6002 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (online)
PHC 6009 Epidemiology and Biology of HIV/AIDS
PHC 6011 Epidemiology Methods II
PHC 6041 Landmarks in Psychiatric Epidemiology
PHC 6937 Genetic Epidemiology
PHC 7083 Computational Epidemiology in Population Science
PHC 7427 Ethics in Population Science
PHC 7727 Grant Writing for Population Health Research

Spring 2018

PHC 6000 Epidemiology Methods I
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (online)
PHC 6003 Epidemiology and Prevention of Chronic Diseases (in residence)
PHC 6008 Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases
PHC 6194 Spatial Epidemiology
PHC 6370 Public Health Biology
PHC 6937 Topics in Precision Medicine and Public Health Informatics
PHC 6939 CPE Psychiatric Grand Rounds
PHC 7000 Epidemiology Seminar II: Critical Evaluation and Methods in Epidemiology
PHC 7007 Cancer Epidemiology
PHC 7017 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods III
PHC 7038 Psychiatric Epidemiology
PHC 7065 Critical Skills in Data Manipulation for Population Science
PHC 7902 Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Population Science (Writing Circle)

Fall 2017

PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (Dr. Cheng)
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (Dr. Séraphin)
PHC 6003 Epidemiology and Prevention of Chronic Diseases (online)
PHC 6016 Social Epidemiology
PHC 6517 Public Health Concepts in Infectious Disease
PHC 6937 Hospital Epidemiology
PHC 6937 Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology
PHC 7595 Molecular Epidemiology
PHC 7901 Epidemiology Literature Review and Critique (Journal Club)

Summer 2017

PHC 6009 Biology and Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PHC 6937 Computational Epidemiology in Population Science
PHC 6937 Genetic Epidemiology
PHC 7727 Grant Writing Skills for Clinical and Health Research

Spring 2017

PHC 6000 Epidemiology Methods I
PHC 6711 Measurement in Epidemiology and Outcomes Research
PHC 6937 Public Health Surveillance
PHC 7007 Cancer Epidemiology
PHC 7065 Critical Skills in Data Manipulation for Population Science
PHC 7902 Epidemiology Writing Circle

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