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Fall 2017 Semester Course Offerings

1 – Core Requirements for MPH

2 – Core Requirements for MS-CLI

3 – Core Requirements for MS-HSRP

4 – Core Requirements for MS-EPI

Fall classes begin on Thursday, August 31 and end Wednesday December 13, Fall Break Oct. 9-10

For more information about the courses listed below, please contact the instructor or Pattie Kolomic, Graduate Programs Administrator, 275-7882.

PM 400 Data Science Practicum (CRN: 83042) 1 Credit            

Instructor: McMurray, Helene, PhD

Practicum provides a practical experience for graduate students to participate in a lab, research group, or center at the University of Rochester or one of its partners on a biomedical research topic involving data science. The experience will integrate practical, field-based methods and will include participants in a team science environment. Students can expect to apply their classroom learning during the two-semester (fall and spring semesters) practicum experience. Students work in teams on pre-approve projects and meet weekly with their mentor to review progress and plans. Students will present the results of their work at the end of the spring semester.

PM 401 (Core 1, 2, 3, 4) Quant. Methods in PH Research (CRN: 75762) 3 Credits   

Instructor: Abar, Beau, PhD

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with many of the standard statistical techniques utilized in the health sciences. By the end of the course, students should be able to understand, interpret, and communicate about statistical topics including but not limited to: descriptive statistics; displaying data in tables and figures; types of data and distributions; sampling distributions and hypothesis testing; comparing means; correlation and regression; and contingency tables and sensitivity/specificity. Monday, 6:00 – 8:30pm, SRB 1.412

PM 410 (Core 1, 2, 3, 4) Intro.  To Data Management and Analysis (CRN: 75777) 3 credits

Instructor: Thevenet-Morrison, Kelly, MS

This course provides an introduction to the SAS analytic software for Windows and a basic understanding of data management using MS Access, MS Excel and SAS. Through a mixture of lectures and applied lab sessions, students gain experience using MS Access, MS Excel for the management and analysis of public health data. Building on linkages to the department's biostatistics and epidemiology curriculum, this course emphasizes the integration of data management and analysis into the research environment and the development of statistical computing skills. Tuesday, 7:00am – 8:30am, SRB 1.412

PM 412 (Core 3) Survey Research (CRN: 75786) 3 Credits

Instructor: McIntosh Scott, PhD, Ossip, Deborah, PhD

This course presents the necessary elements of survey instrument development and survey research methods, with a focus on practical applications in health care research, epidemiology and social & behavioral science. The integrated perspective includes a qualitative approach to survey development and interpretation and practical methods for conducting valid and reliable survey research. Students participate in all stages of the survey research process through application of homework assignments, survey development and research project design. Grades will be determined through quizzes, participation, and a group survey project. Prerequisite: PM 415 Principles of Epidemiology or permission of the instructor. Thursday, 5:00 – 7:30pm, SRB 1.416

PM415 (Core 1, 2, 3, 4) Principles of Epidemiology (CRN: 75790) 3 Credits

Instructor: Jusko, Todd, PhD

PM 415 is intended to provide an overview of concepts dealing with the study of the distribution and determinants of health conditions in populations.  We will define epidemiologic terms, introduce methods to describe health conditions in populations, provide an overview of ways to determine the causes of disease, and apply epidemiologic principles to the evaluation of preventive and therapeutic interventions.  This is a hybrid course with the majority of lecture material completed outside of class via online modules. Weekly in-person course meetings will include review of selected lecture topics and problem set questions. Prerequisites: None for graduate students or PH103 for undergraduate students. Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:30pm, HWH 1W-501

PM 418 Cardiovascular Disease Epi. & Prevention (CRN: 76299, 418W: 75806) 3 Credits

Instructor: Block, Robert, MD, MPH

At the completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of cardiovascular disease epidemiology and prevention by listing and/or discussing the proven risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the seminal studies leading to their discovery. Other important topics students should be able to describe are the emerging risk factors for CVD, strategies and interventions for preventing CVD, and the difference between risk markers and risk factors. Students should also be able to demonstrate an ability to identify and verify that a risk marker is truly independent, recognize the known and suspected risk factors for stroke and the current controversies in CVD epidemiology and prevention and how they have arisen. . This is a hybrid course where attendance is required once/wk and the other requirements will involve listening to recorded lectures, answering questions, and interacting online for the purpose of discussion regarding topics.  Prerequisites: PH 103 or PM 415, Thursday, 8:00 - 9:15am, SRB 1.416

PM 419 Recruitment and Retention of Human Subj. in Clinical Res. (CRN: 75819) 3 Credits

Instructor: Dozier, Ann, PhD, Dykes, Carrie, PhD

Recruitment and retention of research subjects typically focuses on determining eligibility, minimizing risk to research subjects and designing protocols that are not overly burdensome for the subject or participant. While these concerns are important, successful and sustainable recruitment and retention extends well beyond protocol design. This course focuses on strategies to recruit and retain subjects from groups known to be 'hard to recruit' such as individuals from disenfranchised communities (racial/ethnic minorities, homeless) and other sub-groups such as the elderly. This course combines on-line class time and work with in-class discussion. Participants will critique and design recruitment strategies from published reports and local research, interview individuals responsible for clinical research recruitment and retention, develop feasibility assessments and draft a recruitment plan. The Recruitment class will be a hybrid course.  About half of the classes will be in person and half will be on Blackboard.  In class there will be guest presentations, small and large group discussion, and in class exercises.  In Black board there will be asynchronous lectures and asynchronous chats/discussions. Thursday, 5:30 - 7:00pm, SRB 1.404

PM 421 (Core 1, 3) Intro to US Health Care System, (CRN: 75835) 3 Credits

Instructor: Green, Theresa, PhD       

In this course, we examine the organization, financing, delivery, and performance of the US health care system.  The inherent tradeoffs between access to care, cost, quality, and outcomes are considered from the perspective of the main actors in the system, i.e., patients, providers (physicians, hospitals, etc.), health plans, insurers, and payers. Topics include: need for and access to care; health care insurance and financing; Medicare and Medicaid; managed care; service delivery; long-term care; public health; quality of care, and others. The aim of the course is to help students deepen their understanding of the health care system, strengthen their ability to synthesize the literature and assess key current policy issues, and to further develop their critical thinking skills.

Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:30pm, SRB 1.404

PM 428 Health Services Research Workshop (CRN: 75841) 1 Credit

Instructor: Veazie, Peter, PhD

A one-credit course required of all Health Services Research doctoral students.  A variety of topics will be presented for discussion by faculty and students.  Prerequisite: HSR doctoral student or permission of instructor. Friday, 2:00- 3:15pm, SRB 1.416

PM 430 Psychology in Health Services Research (CRN: 83050) 3 Credits       

Instructor: Veazie, Peter, PhD

As health services research moves from descriptive to explanatory work for informing policies and interventions, the use of theory becomes essential. Psychology provides theories for explaining individual and social behavior that can underlie many phenomena of interest. For example, psychological theories have been used to understand patient and physician communication and decision making, medical errors, healthcare disparities, and patient engagement of preventive care or persistence with treatment regimens.  This course has two objectives: (1) to introduce students to basic and health-related psychological and social-psychological theories germane to health services research, and (2) to introduce the process of creating theory-based explanations. Mon. 2:00 – 5:00, SRB 1.404

PM 431 Advanced Methods in Health Services Research (CRN: 76217) 3 Credits

Instructors: Hill, Elaine, PhD, Intrator, Orna, PhD

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a strong understanding of, and experience in, advanced quantitative methods for health services research. Topics covered will be longitudinal models (e.g. fixed and random effects, conditional, marginal and structural models), causal inference (e.g. difference-in-differences, propensity score methods, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, and quantile/nonlinear regression), and practical considerations for handling data (e.g. missing data, data structures, effective programming). Time permitting, we will also cover spatial methods and some topics in “Big Data”. The course will be taught by lecture and hands-on sessions. The emphasis of the course will be on applications that will be useful for students to implement in their thesis work.  Prerequisite: HSR doctoral student or permission of instructor. Tuesday, 9:00 – 10:30am/Friday, 9:00-10:15am, SRB 1402

PM 445 (Core 3) Introduction to Health Services Research and Policy (CRN: 75853) 3 Credits

Instructor: Dolan, James, MD

This course will provide a hands-on introduction to field of health services and policy research. We will review the nature and scope of health services and policy research, learn about organizational and systems theories, compare different conceptual frameworks for guiding health services and policy research, and discuss research studies addressing current topics of interest including:  health system planning and policy, effectiveness and quality of care, efficiency of care, equity of care/disparities research. Upon completion of this course, students will:1)  Be familiar with the multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted nature of health services and policy research; 2) Have a basic understanding of systems research and organizational theories; and 3)  Have an understanding of the HSR research methods and their respective advantages and disadvantages. The course will be taught using a mixture of face to face and online activities (hybrid format). Tuesday, 5:00 – 6:30pm, SRB 1.410

PM 450 (Core 1) MPH Practicum (CRN: 75864) 3 Credits

Instructor: Alio, Amina, PhD

The intent of this practicum is to engage students in activities aligned with their career goals, as well as activities that demonstrate application of public health science concepts and critical thinking relevant to the student’s area of interest within community organizational settings. Students will partner with a community agency to conduct evidence-based activities that meet a programmatic goal of the partnering agency addressing population-health issues. These activities will further develop the student’s skill set in program design, implementation and/or evaluation. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to provide evidence of application of these skills to potential employers. Students will work independently with a faculty supervisor to create and outline an appropriate plan for an onsite practicum experience.

PM 451 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (CRN: 83039) 3 credits

Instructor: Munsiff, Sonal S, MD

This course will review the epidemiology of infectious diseases of national and international importance, including acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis, influenza, sexually transmitted diseases, parasitic diseases, vector-borne diseases, vaccine preventable diseases, and antibiotic resistance. Students will learn how to assess the public health implications of specific pathogens in the United States and worldwide.   Emphasis will be on epidemiologic methods for disease surveillance, outbreak investigations, case-control studies, cohort studies, molecular epidemiology, dynamics of transmission, impact of host immunity, and assessment of various control methods including vaccinations.  Prerequisites: PH103 or PM415 and BST463, or PM401, or STT216 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Wed/Fri, 9:00 – 10:30am, SRB 1.406 or 4.414A/B

PM 456 Health Economics I: Introduction to Health Economics (CRN: 76265) 3 Credits

Instructor: Li, Y, PhD

This is an introductory course that will cover the basic principles of economics and their variations used to understand the production of health, the supply and demand for medical care and health insurance, and market competition in medical care, including the markets for health insurance, medical services, hospital services, pharmaceuticals, medical education, physicians, and nurses. The course will use graphs and calculus-based mathematical models to communicate main concepts and principles. Prerequisite: HSR doctoral student or permission of instructor.  Wed: 9:30am 12:00am, SRB 3.432

PM 460 (Core 1, 2, 4) Master’s Essay

This research project is designed, carried out, analyzed, and written up by the student under the supervision of, and in consultation with, an essay advisor and an advisory committee.

PM 463 (Core 3) Introduction to Mathematical Statistics, Part I (CRN: 76037) 3 Credits

Instructor: Intrator, Orna, PhD

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with basic elements of probability and mathematical statistics. At the completion of this course the student will be familiar with set theory and notation, understand probability theory, be familiar with special distributions, both discrete and continuous understand how to approach functions of random variables, and understand limit theorems in statistics. Prerequisite: HSR doctoral student or permission of instructor. Wednesday, 9:30am – 11:00, Thursday 1:00 – 2:30,  SRB 1.410 or 2.420A/B

PM 469 (Core 4) Multivariate Models for Epidemiology (CRN: 76188) 3 Credits

Instructor: Seplaki, Christopher, PhD

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a strong understanding of, and experience in, advanced quantitative methods for the analysis of epidemiologic studies.  Coverage includes analytic issues (e.g., confounding and interaction) within a broad survey of important methods for multivariable analysis of epidemiologic data.  Though some lectures may include somewhat technical material, the general approach and emphasis of the class is applied. Prerequisite:  PM416 Epidemiological Methods, knowledge of SAS or other statistical software, or permission of the instructor.  Wednesday 11:05am – 1:45pm, SRB 1.404

PM 470 (Core 1) Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (CRN: 76243) 3 Credits

Instructors: Rich, David, ScD, Jusko, Todd, PhD

This is an intermediate-level course designed to familiarize students with the conduct of environmental and occupational epidemiology studies. Students will become familiar with specific environmental and occupational research areas, as well as the unique epidemiologic or exposure methodologies used in those studies. This is not a survey course of broad content areas. The focus will be on the application and interpretation of epidemiologic methods and findings in environmental and occupational health. Students will be asked to analyze, evaluate, summarize, and present published studies used to investigate health effects related to environmental and occupational exposures. Prerequisites: PM 415 or equivalent, Monday, 5:00–7:30pm, SRB 1.402

PM 485 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics (CRN: 86161) 3 Credits

Instructor: Chang, Jack, MS

This course serves as an introduction to biomedical informatics, as applied in research and in clinical practice. This course will provide a study of the nature of biomedical information and its capture, collection, storage, and use. Of particular interest in this course is the use of the electronic medical record (EMR) its use for research and its impact on health care delivery, the Internet and mobile computing, custom Health Care Information Systems, their development, selection and implementation, and the importance of the computing or informatics specialists in medicine and research and the various roles they can play, privacy, confidentiality and information security including health care regulatory and accreditation issues and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The course will also introduce students to concepts of Biorepositories, Big Data, Data Science, and Health Care Analytics, particularly from the perspective of the informaticist responsible for managing data sources in these domains. Where relevant, the course will introduce students to additional information technologies (e.g., cloud storage, parallel computing, data visualization) useful in informatics practice.  Monday, 2:00 - 4:40pm, SRB 1.406

PM 488 Experimental Therapeutics (CRN: 76333) 3 Credits

Instructor: Augustine, Erika, MD, MS, Venuto, Charles, PharmD

This course is designed for individuals interested in the process for identifying novel interventions for diseases, and for their eventual introduction into humans.  Topic areas covered will include:  preclinical assessment of an intervention's ability to modulate disease, the preclinical safety data needed before initiating human experimentation, the appropriate techniques for extrapolating dosages from animals to humans; types of human experimentation (Phase 1-Phase 3 clinical trials), the level of animal and human evidence necessary to progress from one phase of experimentation to the next, and the ethical underpinnings of human experimentation. (Including CTSI Skill-Building Workshop Series Seminar: Good Advice: Case Studies in Clinical Research, Regulation, and the Law). Wednesday, 2:00 - 4:40pm, SRB 1.410

PM 489 Injury Epidemiology & Emergency Care Research Methods (CRN: 76046) (PM 489W; CRN: 76058) 3 Credits

Instructor: Jones, Courtney, PhD, MPH

The course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the fields of injury epidemiology and emergency care research.  This course will provide an overview of the epidemiology of traumatic injuries and how epidemiologic methods are applied to study injury, including issues of exposure and outcome measurement, study design and analysis.  Students will also be introduced to the unique challenges and opportunities when conducting research in the emergency care setting (e.g., emergency departments and ambulance-based pre hospital care) including approaches to subject recruitment, consent, and risk adjustment. Prerequisites: PH103 or PM415 or permission of instructor. Friday, 1:30 – 4:00pm, SRB 1.412

PM 494 Building Blocks of Public Health (CRN88434) 3 Credits


PM 895:  Continuation of Master’s Enrollment (CRN: 76410)



BST 463 (Core 2) Introduction to Biostatistics (CRN: 72318) 3 Credits

Instructor:  TBA

Introduction to statistical techniques with emphasis on applications in the health sciences. Summarizing and displaying data; introduction to probability; Bayes’ theorem and its application in diagnostic testing; binomial, Poisson, and normal distributions; sampling distributions; estimation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing involving means and proportions; simple correlation and regression; contingency tables; use of statistical software Basic statistical and data-analysis methods in medical research. Monday/Wednesday, 10:00 -11:15am, SRB 1412

IND 501 (Core 1, 2, 4) Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research (CRN: 73873) 1 Credit

Instructor: Freeman, Robert, Ph.D.

This course covers a broad range of topics and attempts to address issues that many researchers are likely to face in their careers. A very practical approach is adopted in order to avoid deep philosophical debates, which, although of great interest, are unlikely to be helpful.  A description of the University's policies and procedures in dealing with misconduct in research is included.  Tuesday, 3:30 - 5:30pm, Class of 62 Auditorium, G-9425    Attendance is mandatory at all Sessions

PH 101 Introduction to Public Health I CRN# 33663

Instructor: Chin, Nancy, Ph.D., M.P.H.

This is a broad survey course designed to introduce beginning students to public health history, concepts, and contemporary issues locally, nationally, and globally. The 15 week course is divided into 4 sections: What is Public Health (history and definitions); Public Health Concepts (health disparities; gender and health; social class and health); Issues in Public Health (food practices and obesity; tobacco addiction; childhood lead poisoning) and Global Health Issues (HIV/AIDS; malaria; maternal mortality). Students are responsible for weekly readings, films, two in-class exams, and two short essays.

PH 103 Concepts of Epidemiology, CRN# 33559

Instructor: Rich, David, ScD

This course provides beginning students with an understanding of the fundamental concepts to understand health-related information and health policy. The course will introduce students to the history of epidemiology, and the basic methodological principles used to describe disease occurrence in populations and identify causes of disease. These concepts are subsequently discussed in the context of health policy, outbreak investigations, and epidemiological specialties. Students are responsible for weekly readings, two in-class exams, and two short essays.