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Graduate Studies Courses of Instruction Epidemiology


Epidemiology
Mandatory M.Sc. Courses offered by the Department
IMPORTANT: Along with other rules regarding mandatory courses, please NOTE that Health Services and Policy Applications (EPID-803*) and Health Services and Program Evaluation (EPID-812*) are mandatory for M.Sc. students who elect to take the Health Services and Policy Research stream.
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EPID-801* Introduction to Epidemiology
This course deals with the design and analysis of research in Epidemiology. Topics include measures of health status; risk factors and associations between them; study design including descriptive, analytical, experimental and theoretical approaches; validity issues; critical appraisal; sources of data, and data collection and management. Three term hours, fall; every year.  K. Aronson.
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EPID-804* Intermediate Epidemiology
This course deals with advanced methods and issues in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of epidemiologic studies. The content focuses on observational study design and analysis, and builds on epidemiologic principles presented in EPID-801. Data analysis will emphasize the application and interpretation of statistical concepts in epidemiologic research. Three term-hours, winter; every year. W. King, W. Pickett. PREREQUISITE: EPID-801*.
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EPID-821* Introductory Biostatistics

This course introduces the basic statistical concepts, principles and techniques essential for community health and epidemiologic research. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distribution, estimation, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression, correlation and measures of association, and some nonparametric methods. Three term-hours; fall; every year. B. Chen, M. McIsaac

Tutorial instructors: A.Day, J. Zhang-Salomons

PREREQUISITE: Permission of the Instructor.
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EPID-822* Intermediate Biostatistics

This course deals with the commonly used statistical methods proven useful in health services research and the epidemiologic analysis of the relationship between traits, exposures or treatments, and diseases or other medical outcomes. The course emphasizes the statistical modelling approach with topics including multiple regression, analysis of variance and covariance, reliability of measurements, analysis of categorical data, and logistic regression. Three term-hours; fall; every year. K. Ding, M. McIsaac, P. Peng.  This course includes a compulsory SAS Programming component.

Tutorial instructors: A. Day, J. Zhang- Salomons.
PREREQUISITE: EPID-821*.  
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EPID-899 Master's Thesis Research
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Mandatory M.Sc. Collaborative Biostatics Courses

EPID-801*

EPID-804*

MATH-896* (for students registered in Mathematics and Statistics)

STAT-853* (for students registered in Epidemiology)

STAT-862*

STAT-886*

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EPID-823* Advanced Methods in Biostatistics
An advanced course in the theoretical issues and analytical practices in epidemiology, and biostatistics. Major topics include the life-table method, demography and confounding and its solutions. Detailed design and analysis of cohort, case-referent and experimental studies shall be performed. Multifactor techniques including log-linear logistic and Cox's proportional hazards models will be discussed in detail.  Three term-hours. Fall every year. K. Ding, P. Groome, W. King, D. Tu. PREREQUISITE: EPID-822*  or equivalent+ (+ "equivalent" option applicable to M.Sc. Collaborative Biostatistics students only)
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EPID-888 Master’s Practicum
Under the guidance of the supervisor, students will carry out a practicum project in a health research group/site and practice bio statistical methods and data analysis, or conduct methodology research in a bio statistical project. Students will summarize the results of the project in a written report that will be reviewed and orally defended.
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Mandatory M.P.H. Courses Offered by the Department
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EPID-803* Public Health & Policy in the Canadian Health System
This course will provide an overview of the provision of health care and public health services in Canada. The first section of the course will describe how health services are organized and delivered in Canada. The second section of the course emphasizes the key functions of public health, namely: disease prevention, health promotion, health protection, emergency preparedness, health status assessment and surveillance. The final section of the course describes the policy context in which public health and health services are administered in Canada. Three term-hours, fall; every year. D. Hunter
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EPID-812* Health Services and Program Evaluation
Health services and program evaluation are applied, multi-disciplinary activities aimed at producing systematic knowledge about the structure and functioning of health services at the program, policy, and system levels. Health service and program evaluation form the basis for evidence based service delivery and for quality improvement. This course will survey the major methodological approaches used in health service and program evaluation. It is required for all MPH students and for MSC students who wish to specialize in the Health Services Research stream. PREREQUISITE: EPID-801 and EPID-821 or permission of the instructor. Three term-hours; winter; every year. D. Hunter
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EPID-825* Foundations of Public Health
The course will introduce students to health promotion and health protection strategies at various levels, including the individual, community, region and nation. Examples will be drawn from chronic disease and injury prevention, reproductive and child health, infectious disease prevention and control, and environmental health. Students will also be introduced to the role of surveillance in determining public health priorities. Three term hours; Winter every year. P. Belanger
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EPID-826* Determinants of Health
This half term course (involving 36 hours of instruction) is required for students enrolled in the Masters of Public Health Program in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in the second year of their program. This course examines the determinants of health from a population health perspective including social, cultural, and economic factors; physical environmental factors; personal health practices; individual coping skills; and health services. Three term hours, fall; every year. B. Alvarado-Llano.
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EPID-827* Public Health Leadership and Administration
This course provides an introduction to public health leadership and administration. The intent is to familiarize with the main components of the organization, financing, and delivery of public health services in Canada. Students will also learn principles of strategic planning, public health marketing, the legal and ethical basis for public health interventions, and systems thinking for resolving community health and organizational problems. Finally, the course will build competencies in critical thinking and communication skills necessary for public health practice. Three term hours; Winter, every year.  E. Weir.
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EPID-886* Practicum I – Community Health Systems
EPID-886* is the first of two required practica. The aim of this course is to provide students with the technical skills necessary to perform a variety of professional functions in a community agency. Through a combination of workshops, seminars, and guest lectures, students will acquire some of the essential public health skills in preparation for their placement in a public health agency (Practicum II). This course is graded on a PASS/FAIL basis. 1.5 term hours  per week, Fall and Winter terms, every year. Coordinator: B. Melles
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EPID-887* Practicum 2- Public Health 
This four-month practicum is the second of two which are requirements of the program. It is offered in the Spring/Summer term and is intended to provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills acquired from their course-work in a supervised public health setting. Students will have an opportunity to work as part of an interdisciplinary public health team in a substantive area that is of interest to the student and of importance to the sponsoring public health agency. This course is graded on a PASS/FAIL basis. Spring/Summer term each year. Coordinator: C. Davison
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Elective Courses offered by the Department

EPID-823*

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EPID-807* Health Economics
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to economic concepts and analysis relevant to health, health care and health care systems. Topics include: health as an economic variable; health production models; uncertainty in health and its effects; the behaviour and influence of various participants (health care providers, patients, government) on health care utilization and health status. No prior economics background is required, although students must have basic quantitative skills. Three term hours. Offered twice in 2014-15, Fall and Winter terms.  A. Johnson.
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EPID-810* Controlled Clinical Trials
This course will cover material relevant to the design and conduct of controlled clinical trials. Design topics will include methods used to achieve unbiased results with improved precision, such as adequate sample size, randomization, blinding, pre- and post-stratification, cross-over designs, placebos and the counting of relevant events. Attention will be given to the problems of conducting multi-centre clinical trials. Topics covered will include drafting of protocols, design of data forms, logistics of data flow, methods of follow-up, data management and quality control, periodic reporting, final data analysis and the production of final reports. Ethical issues and the role of randomized trials in clinical investigation will be discussed. Not offered 2014-15.
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EPID-813* Survey Methods
This course provides a practical understanding of how to plan, conduct and manage a sample survey. Topics covered will include: developing survey objectives, stratification, sampling frames, drawing the sample, questionnaire design, pilot testing, sampling and non-sampling errors, interviewing skills. Each student will prepare a survey proposal. Six hours per week for six weeks.  Not offered in 2014-15. PREREQUISITE: EPID-801* or EPID-821* or equivalent.
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EPID-815* Independent Study
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EPID-817* Foundations of Cancer Control
This course is intended for graduate students, clinical fellows and postdoctoral fellows who are engaged or interested in cancer research. The course will focus on concepts and methodological issues central to the conduct of epidemiologic studies of cancer etiology and control. Topics will include: an introduction to basic epidemiologic concepts; biologic and clinical concepts central to the investigation of cancer; study design; clinical epidemiology; molecular epidemiology; and cancer control and prevention. Not offered 2014-15.
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EPID-819* Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
This course will demonstrate the way in which epidemiological principles guide the practice of medicine and the design of clinical research. Topics will include how to select the correct design for a study that addresses a clinical question, how to evaluate the quality of clinical publications and research proposals, and how to prepare a clinical research proposal. Not offered 2014-15. PREREQUISITE EPID-804* or permission of instructor
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EPID-828* Infectious Diseases
This course provides an introduction to the principles of infectious disease prevention and control relevant to public health practice. The course focuses on the etiology, history, societal impacts, and determinants of infectious diseases of major public health importance. There is an emphasis on modern prevention and control efforts that can be applied at the local, national and international levels. Three term hours, winter; every year. B. Alvarado-Llano.
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EPID-829* Foundations of Global Health
Students will be exposed to various global health concepts and be trained to work through potential solutions in a public health context. The course will be taught through formal lecture, seminar and small group learning, and online modules. Topics may include: health, public health, and development; Aboriginal health; health systems and policies; Canada’s role in global health and social justice; and special populations. Three term hours, winter; every year. TBA.
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EPID-831* Chronic Disease Epidemiology
This course will provide an overview of the epidemiology of some of the leading non-infectious causes of morbidity and mortality in Canada and will highlight the key methodological considerations for the study of each disease or health problem.

Will be offered in the winter term every year. L. Levesque.

PREREQUISITES:  EPID-801* & EPID-821* or equivalents with permission of course coordinator    
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EPID-832* Mental Health/Critical Inquiry
This course will provide students with in-depth substantive knowledge about the evolution of health issues that have shaped policy and mental health services. Winter term every year. H. Stuart. PREREQUISITES:  EPID-801* or permission of course instructor   
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EPID-833* Issues in Military and Veteran Health Research
Students are exposed to health issues associated with military experience which includes both veterans and military families. As a weekly webinar, the course will include presentations from Canadian subject matter experts who will contextualize military mental and physical health needs and introduce theoretical and methodological approaches to conducting applied health research among this population. Three hours weekly, fall; every year. S. Belanger.
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Mandatory Courses offered by the Department for Ph.D. Program

EPID-823*

(NOTE: Ph.D. students who have already completed Advanced Methods in Biostatistics [EPID-823*] as part of their M.Sc. program in Epidemiology at Queen's University may be exempt from this requirement)

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EPID-901 Advanced Epidemiology
This course provides in-depth integration of advanced concepts in epidemiology, with theory and examples, including causation and causal inference, study design and conduct, alternate designs, confounding, effect modification, internal and external validity, misclassification, source populations, statistical power and sample size, epidemiologic data analysis and interpretation, meta-analysis and selected specific research areas. This is an advanced course intended primarily for Ph.D. students. Sessions consist of lectures, seminars, student presentations and discussions. Three term- hours, fall and winter. W. King, W. Pickett, fall term; P. Groome,winter term.  PREREQUISITES:  EPID-801*, EPID-804*, EPID-821* and EPID-822* or equivalent from other institutions.
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Courses Offered Outside the Department for M.Sc. and M.P.H. programs
Selected graduate courses from other Departments can be taken as electives upon permission of the Department in which the course is offered. 
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Graduate Studies Courses of Instruction Epidemiology
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