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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC7001
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2003-05-15
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2003-05-14
  2. Department: Epidemiology
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 640300020
  5. Contact Person: Amy Borenstein Graves
  6. Phone: 9746670
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 7001
  10. Full Title: Practical Issues in Epidemiology
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Practical Issues in Epidemiol
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: PHC EPB 6000 (Epidemiology)
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Provides an understanding of the everyday tasks faced by an epidemiologist working in the field from hypothesis generation to writing up of study findings. Required for Ph.D. students; elective for all other graduate students.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: xxx
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? xxx
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? xxx
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) xxx
  29. Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:1. Explain the importance of exposure measurement in epidemiology and design measures that address aspects of validity and reliability;2. Conceive of a study hypothesis and access information to study the literature and acquire the necessary background to support the hypothesis, as well as to point to weaknesses in the literature and propose what gaps need to be filled in the area of interest;3. Develop and evaluate scales and design reliable and valid measures to study exposures of interest, as well as design a questionnaire;4. Conduct focus groups and pilot test a questionnaire;5. Differentiate between successes that work differently among diverse populations by age, gender, income/education level, ethnicity. 6. Decide what type of survey method best suits the question of interest and the study design selected and how to calculate the numbers of participants for a survey;7. Train interviewers, handle study non-participation and questionnaire item non-response and be able to respond to different issues in training and data collection for diverse study populations ;8. Understand the basics of recruiting for studies in the field;9. Manage study data, including coding, entry and quality control10. Understand the limitations of a study;11. Describe ethical research methods and understand what motivates different populations to participate in research; 12. Write an Institutional Review Board (IRB) application; 13. Present data to the public, at a scientific meeting and understand the basics of writing manuscripts for scientific journals;14. Recognize ethical underpinnings of epidemiologic studies and apply them to the conduct of a study;15. Gather information to find funding for a project;16. Describe how the National Institutes of Health fund grants;17. Conceive and plan a study from inception to completion.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will:1. Identify a study hypothesis and research objectives;2. Write a paper describing the state-of-the-art literature in their chosen area of interest;3. Write an Institutional Review Board (IRB) application for study of human subjects4. Conceive of a study design that is appropriate to the question in the chosen area5. Write a questionnaire that can be administered for the question in the chosen area
  31. Major Topics: 1. Introduction: Hypothesis generation and exposure measurement; reliability, validity and development of measurement scales2. Exposure measurement: defining time windows, biological dose, cumulative measures, exposure measurement error3. Methods of exposure gathering4. Mail surveys5. Questionnaires and interviewer training6. Data management and coding7. Recruiting, response rates, statistical power; pre-testing8. Analysis and presentation of study results9. Ethics, Human Subjects and funding your study10. National Institutes of Health grant procedures
  32. Textbooks: 1. Armstrong BK, White E, Saracci R. Principles of Exposure Measurement in Epidemiology. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.2. Aday LA. Designing and Conducting Health Surveys: A Comprehensive Guide, Second Edition. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1996.
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