Courses

Below, you will find all courses offered by the Department of Epidemiology. Please visit our syllabus archive if you are looking for a syllabus from a specific semester.

Online Courses

PHC 6001: Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Epidemiology methods frequently used to study disease patterns in community and clinic-based populations. Includes distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specific populations and application to control of health problems. Syllabus

Next taught: Spring 2024

PHC 6002: Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Epidemiology, prevention, and control of infectious diseases affecting local, national, and global community health; epidemiologic methods used in disease surveillance and measures used in slowing or preventing spread of disease. Syllabus

Next taught: Summer C 2024

PHC 6003: Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Disability (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Overview of epidemiology of chronic diseases and disabilities prevalent in various populations. Introduces contemporary methods for surveillance, including risk factors, etiology, and changes over time. Syllabus

Next taught: Fall 2024

PHC 6009: Biology and Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Examining the biological process by which HIV causes infection and AIDS, including the physiologic and cellular processes involved in HIV infection and treatment. Developing skills in finding and interpreting current epidemiologic data on HIV/AIDS, including risk factors, comorbid health issues, special populations, and health outcomes. Overview of HIV prevention strategies and their effectiveness. Special emphasis on the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in the rural south. Syllabus

PHC 6041: Landmarks in Psychiatric Epidemiology (2 credits) – S/U-graded

Landmarks in psychiatric epidemiology are reviewed with an emphasis on student discovery of studies with enduring value. Syllabus

Next taught: Summer A 2024

PHC 6598: Foundations in Precision Medicine: Genetic Epidemiology (1 credit) – Letter-graded

Genetic epidemiology, a rapidly evolving field of research, utilizes specialized molecular and statistical methods to identify genetic factors that might be involved in disease etiology. This course provides an exposure to fundamental concepts, terminologies and principles in human population genetics and molecular biology relevant to understanding genetic epidemiologic approaches. Syllabus

PHC 6932: Psychiatric Epidemiology Online Seminar Series (1 credit) – S/U-graded

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. Syllabus

Next taught: Fall 2024

PHC 6939: CPE Psychiatric Grand Rounds (1 credits) – S/U-graded

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. Syllabus

Next taught: Fall 2024

PHC 7038: Psychiatric Epidemiology (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Concepts, history, measures, methods and analytical techniques to study the risks, prevalence and incidence, course, comorbidities, and consequences of major mental disorders, in general and specific populations internationally. Syllabus

Please note: Enrollment in the online section of PHC 7038 is reserved for students enrolled in the Certificate in Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Next taught: Spring 2024

PHC 7065: Advanced Skills in Epidemiological Data Management (2 credits) – Letter-graded

This 2-credit course offering in the spring semester focuses on providing critical SAS and SQL programming skills needed to manage public health data (ranging from survey data to administrative data such as electronic health records). The course covers data import, export, and visualization; basic descriptive analysis, working with numerical, character, and date variables, SQL and relationship database, SAS macro, do-loop, and array. Syllabus

Please note: Enrollment in the online section of PHC 7065 is reserved for students enrolled in the Certificate in Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Next taught: Spring 2024

In Residence Courses

PHC 6000: Epidemiology Methods I (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Overview of epidemiology methods used in research studies that address disease patterns in community- and clinic-based populations. Syllabus

Next taught: Spring 2024

PHC 6001: Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Epidemiology methods frequently used to study disease patterns in community and clinic-based populations. Includes distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specific populations and application to control of health problems. Syllabus

Next taught: Fall 2024

PHC 6011: Epidemiology Methods II (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Analytic methods in epidemiology with a foundation in applied epidemiological analysis and experience in peer-review productivity based on secondary data analysis. Syllabus

Next taught: Summer A 2024

PHC 6016: Social Epidemiology in Public Health (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Social determinants of population health, including acute and chronic disease outcomes, and health behavior. Introduces methodological approaches to the field of social epidemiology with specific attention to measurement issues. Syllabus

Next taught: Fall 2024

PHC 6194: Spatial Epidemiology (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Spatial Epidemiologic research methods, with a major focus on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA), applied to public health issues. Syllabus

PHC 6517: Public Health Concepts in Infectious Diseases (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Topics and methods used in modern infectious disease epidemiology. Syllabus

Next taught: Fall 2024

PHC 6591: Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (3 credits) – Letter-graded

This is a 3-credit course offered on campus to graduate students on the epidemiology of maternal and child health. This course is designed to provide a graduate level understanding of how epidemiological principles can be applied to maternal and child mortality and morbidity. Syllabus

Next taught: Fall 2024

PHC 6711: Measurement in Epidemiology and Outcomes Research (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Major designs and principles of measurement for epidemiology and health services outcomes research, with emphasis on use of primary data collection. Syllabus

Next taught: Fall 2024

PHC 6937: Computational Multi-omics (1 credit) – Letter-graded

This course will offer master’s and PhD students an updated introduction to well-developed and widely used computational algorithms in systems epidemiology. It will introduce the computational approaches to unravel the multi-omics (i.e., genetics, epigenetics, gene expression, and metabolite) mechanisms of complex human diseases. Statistical models and R packages allowing for both unrelated individuals and extended pedigrees in diverse populations will be inspected. This course will cover population and extended pedigree based genome-genome gene mapping, mixed effects Cox regression analyses, and surrogate variable analyses in multi-omics experiments. Public and simulated molecular and phenotypic data sets will be analyzed using the inspected methods for illustrative purposes. Syllabus

PHC 6937: Core Seminar in the Translational Science of Alcohol and HIV Infection (2 credits) – Letter-graded

This course will acquaint students with topics in alcohol and HIV research. The course format will include lectures, guest presentations, videos, written syntheses of readings by students, and student-initiated discussions. Seminars will be directed by Dr. Hone and will include a rotating group of faculty-level experts, primarily from here at UF, but with some external speakers. Syllabus

PHC 6937: Hospital Epidemiology (3 credits) – Letter-graded

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. Syllabus

PHC 6937: Introduction to Mixed Methods Research (3 credits) – Letter-graded

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. Syllabus

Next taught: Spring 2024

PHC 6937: Population Genetics(3 credits) – Letter-graded

This course will provide master’s and PhD students with an updated introduction to population genetics. It will introduce genetic and statistical principles in population studies. Fundamental evolutionary processes (mutation, natural selection, genetic drift, inbreeding, recombination, and migration) will be examined. Both classical and modern methods and theory will be considered.

PHC 7000: Epidemiology Seminar II: Critical Evaluation, Research Proposals, and Methods (2 credits) – Letter-graded

This course is taken in the second year of the epidemiology PhD program curriculum. 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 help students obtain skills needed for a PhD in epidemiology. Syllabus

PHC 7007: Cancer Epidemiology (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Providing students with skills to evaluate the burden associated with cancers and develop public health interventions to reduce the burden of cancer worldwide. From the population perspective, the course will familiarize students with exposures associated with cancer risk. Practical applications of genome analysis and phenotypic profiling are included. Syllabus

Next taught: Spring 2024

PHC 7017: Advanced Epidemiologic Methods III (3 credits) – Letter-graded

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. Syllabus

Next taught: Fall 2024

PHC 7038: Psychiatric Epidemiology (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Concepts, history, measures, methods and analytical techniques to study the risks, prevalence and incidence, course, comorbidities, and consequences of major mental disorders, in general and specific populations internationally. Syllabus

Next taught: Spring 2024

PHC 7065: Advanced Skills in Epidemiological Data Management (2 credits) – Letter-graded

This 2-credit course offering in the spring semester focuses on providing critical SAS and SQL programming skills needed to manage public health data (ranging from survey data to administrative data such as electronic health records). The course covers data import, export, and visualization; basic descriptive analysis, working with numerical, character, and date variables, SQL and relationship database, SAS macro, do-loop, and array. Syllabus

Next taught: Spring 2024

PHC 7083: Computational Data Science for Epidemiology (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Provides students training in computational models for epidemiology, enabling them to formulate and test appropriate modeling hypotheses for large scale and heterogeneous study designs. Syllabus

Next taught: Summer A 2024

PHC 7199: Topics in Precision Medicine and Public Health Informatics (1 credits) – Letter-graded

The course introduces methodological and translational topics in precision medicine and public health informatics and provides knowledge and skills for planning and managing such research. Syllabus

Next taught: Spring 2024

PHC 7427: Ethics in Population Science (2 credits) – S/U-graded

Covering federally mandated topics in the Responsible Conduct of Research: Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing, Ownership; Conflict of Interest/Commitment; Human Subjects; Animal Welfare; Research Misconduct; Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship; Mentor/ Trainee Responsibilities; Peer Review; and Collaborative Science. This ethics course is for those enrolled in research intensive graduate programs. Syllabus

Next taught: Summer A 2024

PHC 7594: Genetic Epidemiology (3 credits) – Letter-graded

This course covers fundamental concepts and principles in genetic epidemiology. At the completion of this course, students are expected to critically discuss literature, design and conduct basic genetic analysis, and interpret research findings. Advanced methods course for PhD program. Syllabus

Next taught: Summer A 2024

PHC 7595: Introduction to Molecular Epidemiology (3 credits) – Letter-graded

Covering the 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. Syllabus

Next taught: Fall 2024

PHC 7727: Grant Writing for Population Health Research (3 credits) – Letter-graded

This course provides practical instruction in the grant process, with a specific focus on National Institutes of Health (NIH) procedures. It provides the student with experience in writing parts of the grant application and in reviewing other’s grant applications. It also contains a Mock Grant Review session to assist students in understanding the process and content of grant review. Syllabus

Next taught: Summer C 2024

PHC 7858: Causal Artificial Intelligence for Health Research (3 credits) – Letter-graded

This course will cover foundational issues in “causal AI” embedding machine learning with causal inference methods on real-world data, and methodologies for automated causal learning. Health research approaches such as target trials, and transportability will be discussed. Artificial Intelligence fairness tackling health disparities and inequity will be explored. Syllabus

Next taught: Fall 2024

PHC 7901: Epidemiology Literature Review and Critique (Journal Club) (1 credit) – S/U-graded

Preparing 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. Syllabus

Next taught: Fall 2024

PHC 7902: Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Population Science (1 credits) – Letter-graded

Practice reviewing and critiquing research studies. Syllabus

Next taught: Spring 2024

PHC 7934: Seminar I: Epidemiology Past, Present, and Future (2 credits) – Letter-graded

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. Syllabus

Next taught: Fall 2024