Applied Epidemiologic Methods (Jiyoung Ahn, PhD): The purpose of this course is to provide practical experience in development of hypotheses and analyzing epidemiologic data, and present scientific results. The goal is to familiarize students with various analytic methods and their uses to answer specific epidemiologic research questions. Brief reviews of relevant analytic approaches, their applications in epidemiologic research and interpretation of results will be covered step by step in this course. Students will be provided with several data sets (e.g., diet and lifestyle factors and large scale genomic data) from epidemiologic case-control and cohort studies, and will be asked to conduct analyses of these data. Required course for epidemiology MS/PhD student, offered spring odd year
Global Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Control (Richard B. Hayes, DDS, PhD): Non-communicable diseases are the leading causes of mortality in the world, accounting for 60% of deaths. The prevalence of chronic diseases is increasing. The majority of the burden is in the developing world. Despite the enormous global impact, governments, non-governmental organizations, and other key stakeholders have not developed sufficient programs for the prevention, surveillance, and treatment of these diseases. This course will focus on the epidemiology and control of the most common chronic diseases—including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer—and the preventable risk factors underlying many of these diseases.