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Elective Courses in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Open to graduate students in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics or approval of the department.

EPI 495 Epidemiology & Behavioral Health in Society

Summer. 3(3,0)

Introduction to epidemiology as applied to behavioral health issues in contemporary society. Life-span developmental perspective from preterm births to late life Alzheimer’s disease and the dementias. Offered first half of semester.

Section 101 is intended for undergraduate students.

Section 102 is intended for graduate students. This course may be taken as an elective with special approval of the department.

EPI 805 Readings in the Historical Roots of Epidemiological Thought

Fall. 3(3,0).

Prerequisite: EPI 810

Historical evolution of models of disease causation and population perspectives on disease.

EPI 814 Nutritional Epidemiology

Spring of even years. 3(3,0).

Prerequisite: EPI 810 and (EPI 808 and EPI 809)

Methodologies used in epidemiologic studies of diet and health in the context of the U.S. and international dietary patterns. Relationship between diet and specific diseases.

EPI 815 Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease

Spring of even years. 3(3,0)

Recommended Background: EPI 810

Survey of methodologies used in epidemiologic studies of cardiovascular diseases. Review of evidence of genetic, environmental, and behavioral causes of cardiovascular disease.

EPI 816 Perinatal Epidemiology

Fall. 3(3, 0).

Recommended Background: EPI 810

Epidemiology of adverse health states in pregnancy and the puerperium. Impact of these health states on subsequent child development.

EPI 819 Spatial Epidemiology and Medical Geography

Spring of even years 3(3,0)

Prerequisite: EPI 810 or GEO 435

Concepts, techniques, and utilization of spatio-epidemiologic analyses for human health.

EPI 823 Cancer Epidemiology

Spring of odd years. 3(3,0)

Prerequisite.: EPI 810, EPI 808 and EPI 809

Basic principles of carcinogenesis. Major etiologic factors, types of malignancies, and biomarkers for susceptibility and exposure. Prevention and early detection of cancer.

LCS/EPI 830 Epidemiologic Overview of Foodborne Diseases and Food Safety

Fall. 3(3,0)

Epidemiologic survey of important foodborne diseases addressing recent trends. Sources of surveillance data. Measurement and management of risk factors associated with major foodborne diseases. Tracking foodborne pathogens from farm to table. Introduction to Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)

EPI 835 Neuroepidemiology

Fall  3(3,0).

Prerequisite.: EPI 810

Epidemiology of neurologic conditions and discussion of the inherent difficulty in studying these disorders.

EPI 855 Biostatistical Modeling in Genomic Data Analysis

Fall  3(3,0)

Prerequisite: EPI 808B and EPI 826B

Introduction to fundamental principles and modeling of genomic/genetic data and computational techniques.

EPI 856 Statistical Consulting in Public Health

Spring  1(1,0)

Prerequisite:  EPI 826B and (LCS 829 or concurrently)

Critical appraisal of applied epidemiological studies, use of real applications to solve design and data analysis problem, and communication of findings to public health researchers, oral/written reports on intermediate and final results of case studies.

EPI 858 Clinical Trials

Spring  3(3,0).

Prerequisite.: EPI 808B or EPI 808 or EPI 809 or LCS 829

Statistical methods for design and analysis of clinical trials and epidemiological studies. Phase I, II, and III clinical trials. Principle of Intention-to-Treat, effects of non-compliance, drop-outs. Interim monitoring of clinical trials and data safety monitoring boards. Meta-analysis. Crossover designs. Sample size and power in clinical trials. Sequential designs.

EPI 880 Select Topics in Biostatistics

Summer  3(3,0)

Select topics in biostatistics including global disease distribution and estimation, causal inference, Bayesian methods in health services research.

EPI 890 Independent Study in Epidemiology

All Semesters. Variable from 1-3.

Independent Study courses must be approved by the department to count as an elective

Independent Study in areas relevant to epidemiology such as population genetics.

EPI 899 Master’s Thesis Research

All Semesters. Variable from 1-4

Master's thesis research.

EPI 910 Themes in Contemporary Epidemiology

 Spring 3 (3,0)

Reenrollment Information: A student may earn a maximum of 9 credits in all enrollments for this course.

Restrictions: Open to doctoral students in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Description: Discussion and critique of important contemporary themes in epidemiology as reflected in current publications in the field.

EPI 920 Advanced Methods in Epidemiology and Applied Statistics

Spring 3 (3,0)

Prerequisite: EPI 826

Course Description: Pattern recognition and cluster analysis, longitudinal data analysis, path analysis, repeated measures and time-series analysis.

EPI 935 Research Seminar

Summer  3(3,0).

Prerequisite.: EPI 810,  EPI 812 and LCS 829

Conceptualization, development, and writing of research proposals in epidemiology and other forms of clinical field research.

EPI 951 Latent Variable Modeling

Fall of even years  3 (3,0)

Prerequisite: EPI 808, EPI 809 and EPI 826

Latent variable models that involve quantities measured indirectly by using multiple proxy items such as factor analysis, latent trait analysis, latent profile analysis, and latent class analysis. Applications.

EPI 952 Duration and Severity Analysis

Spring of odd years  3 (3,0)

Prerequisite: EPI 808, EPI 809 and EPI 826

Analysis of data that involve time to occurrence of a single event or multiple durations between occurrences of several events; modeling techniques; survival analysis in clinical and public health studies; frailty models; experimental and non-experimental applications using major statistical software.

EPI 953 Analytical Strategies for Observational Studies

Fall of odd years  3(3,0)

Prerequisite: EPI 808, EPI 809 and EPI 826

Models and methods such as propensity scores, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity design, discrete choice analysis, and marginal structural models. Examples will be demonstrated with procedures in major statistical software.

EPI 977 Social Epidemiology

Spring of even years 3(3-0)

Prerequisite: EPI 810

Recommended Background: LCS 829 or EPI 812

Introduction to the field of social epidemiology and the social determinants of health. Contemporary theoretical and methodological issues in social epidemiology.

EPI 990 Independent Study in Epidemiology

All Semesters. Variable from 1-3.

Open only to PhD students in the Epidemiology major or approval of department.

Independent Study courses must be approved by the department to count as an elective

Special projects, directed reading, and research arranged by an individual graduate student and a faculty member in areas supplementing regular course offerings.

EPI 979 Advanced Topics in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Spring of even years 3(3-0)

Recommended Background: EPI 817

Epidemiological and public health perspectives on the etiology, transmission and prevention of infectious diseases. Key conceptual and methodological issues associated with studying infectious diseases from molecular and population based perspectives.

Undergraduate Course Offerings

EPI 289 Independent Study

All Semesters. Variable credits from 1 to 8. Students may earn a maximum of 12 credits in all enrollments for this course. Approval of Department.

Faculty supervised, introductory, planned learning for an individual student in areas supplementing regular course offerings.

EPI 475 Study Abroad in Epidemiology, Biostatistics or Public Health

All Semesters. 3(3,0)  Approval of Department.

Study abroad under MSU faculty supervision in selected countries. Epidemiology, health and behavior, and social topics in relation to cultural sites, social structures, museums, and institutions.

EPI 489 Independent Study

All Semesters.  3(3,0)  Approval of Department.

Faculty supervised, intermediate-level, planned learning for an individual student in areas supplementing regular course offerings.