School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Public Health Sciences

Mandatory M.Sc. Courses offered by the Department    

EPID-801*     Introduction to Epidemiology    
This course provides foundational knowledge on how human evidence relevant to public health is created, assessed, and used, with a focus on epidemiologic methods. Topics include measures of health status; risk factors and associations with health outcomes; study design including descriptive, analytical, and intervention approaches; validity issues; critical appraisal; assessment of causation; ethics; and application of epidemiologic evidence in public health decisions. Three term-hours. Fall, every year. K. Aronson.

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.

EPID-821*    Essentials of Biostatistics
This course provides an overview of basic statistical concepts, principles, and techniques essential for public health and epidemiologic research. This course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics covered include measures of association, t-tests, regression, chi-square tests, analysis of variance, and some nonparametric methods. Emphasis is on understanding and interpreting fundamental statistical analyses from health research. P. Peng.

EPID-822*     Applied Regression Analysis     
This course deals with the commonly used regression 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 modeling approach with topics including multiple regression, analysis of variance and covariance, reliability of measurements, analysis of categorical data, logistic regression, Poisson regression and survival analysis. This course includes a compulsory SAS Programming component. Winter, every year. B. Chen, K. Ding, C. O’Callaghan. Tutorial instructors: A. Day, J. Zhang- Salomons
PREREQUISITE: EPID-821* (or permission of instructor for Biostatistics students). 

EPID-899     Master's Thesis Research    

Mandatory M.Sc. Collaborative Biostatistics Courses    

  • EPID-801*
  • EPID-804*
  • MATH-896* (for students registered in Mathematics and Statistics)
  • STAT-853* (for students registered in Public Health Sciences)
  • STAT-862* or EPID-822* ( for students registered in Public Health Sciences)
  • STAT-886*
  • AND

EPID-823*     Advanced Methods in Biostatistics    
An advanced course in the theoretical issues and analytical practices in epidemiology, and biostatistics. Topics may vary but major topics include analysis of longitudinal and survival data using various regression models; Techniques and strategies for regression modeling; Novel analytic approaches in epidemiology; multivariate analysis methods including discriminant analysis, principal components and factor analysis.  Three term-hours. Winter.  D. Tu, K. Ding, W. Pickett. 
PREREQUISITE: EPID- 821* + knowledge of basic statistical modeling techniques deemed adequate by the Instructors.  

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.

Mandatory M.P.H. Courses Offered by the Department    

IMPORTANT: Please NOTE EPID-801, EPID-802, EPID-803, EPID-805, EPID-806 and EPID-821 are all core courses for the 12 month accelerated program. 

  • EPID-801*
  • EPID-821*, AND

EPID-802*     Foundations in Public Health    

This course provides an overview of theoretical and conceptual foundations of public health. It examines the social determinants of health and population health approaches to promote and protect health. It instils in students an understanding of the historical achievements, core values and ethical frameworks that guide public health action. Three term-hours. Fall. C. Davison.

EPID-803*     Public Health System in Canada    
This course provides an overview of the public health system in Canada including the provision of health care services. The first section of the course describes how health services are financed, organized and delivered in Canada. The second section of the course shows how finances and legislation influence the development of health policy. Three term-hours. Winter. D. Hunter

EPID-805*     Leading Evidence Informed Action    
The course teaches students to apply theories of leadership and change to the analysis and development of public health actions. Approaches to leading change are reviewed at a variety of levels - self, team, organization, individuals, community, government. Practical examples are drawn from the core programmatic and functional areas of public health practice and exemplify the role of the local heath unit organization in leading change. Three term –hours. Fall. E. Weir/M.Carter.

EPID-806*     Applied Research Methods for Program Planning and Evaluation    
This course provides an overview of social research methods and tools to assist students to complete the "evidence to action" program planning and evaluation cycle. Topics covered include: defining the issue,using surveillance data, engaging the community, conducting a stakeholder analysis, survey methods, handling qualitative data, building logic models, choosing indicators, communicating the results, taking action. Three term-hours. Winter. Instructor TBD

EPID-886*     Public Health Professional Development    
This course assists students to lay the foundation for continuing professional development in public health practice. Students are introduced to the personal learning portfolio and coached to chart their progress in developing skills and competencies through a combination of workshops, seminars, and on line learning modules. 1.5 term hours per week. Fall and Winter terms. B. Melles

EPID-887*     Practicum Placement    
The 400 – hour practicum placement provides MPH students with an opportunity to work in the public health field and contribute to evidence-informed public health practice. Through the practicum students demonstrate and enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes they have learned from course work as well as reflect on and advance their career development. Placement activities and roles will vary according to the needs and interests of both host organization and the student. This course is graded on a PASS/FALL basis. Spring /Summer term. Coordinator: E. Weir.

Elective Courses offered by the Department    
(NOTE THAT a course listed as core in one of the Department's three Master's programs may be taken as an elective in another of the programs if the student meets the course prerequisites.)



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. Fall. A. Johnson.

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. Three term hours. Fall. H. Richardson.

EPID-815*     Independent Study    

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 2019-20.

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 2019-20.
PREREQUISITE EPID-804* or permission of instructor

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. Instructor TBD. 

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. Fall. C. Davison

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. Three term hours. Three term hours. Winter. W. Pickett.
PREREQUISITES:  EPID-801* & EPID-821* or equivalents with permission of course coordinator     

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. Three term hours. Winter. H. Stuart.
PREREQUISITES:  EPID-801* or permission of course instructor    

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 term hours. Fall. S. Belanger

EPID-835*     Environmental Public Health    
This course provides students with a foundation for understanding, assessing and mediating environmental exposures. Methods for assessing and communicating about exposures, risks and standards in air, water, soil and food are introduced. Case studies of managing hazardous exposures are reviewed. Environmental health policy implications of global climate, energy use and disaster planning are explored.  Three term hours. Winter. H. Richardson.
PREREQUISITE:  EPID-801, EPID-821 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

EPID-836*  Critical Methods of Inquiry   
Through readings, dialogue, and practice, this course ponders how qualitative, participatory, and Indigenous modes of inquiry open up possibilities for research by confronting the socio•politico-historical power relations of knowledge production, studying the how and why of every-day lived experiences and the structures that shape/are shaped by them. Offered jointly with GPHY-836*. Three term hours. Winter. H. Castleden

EPID-837* Health Services Research
This course introduces health services research methods as they are applied to routinely collected health data. It covers methodologic approaches for assessing healthcare effectiveness, quality, and access. The course also provides an introduction to the Ontario ICES data holdings and the conduct of health services research using those data. Three term hours. Fall. P. Groome.

Mandatory Courses offered by the Department for Ph.D. Program    


(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)


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 terms. Fall term Coordinators:  W. King,  P. Groome.  Winter term Coordinator: P. Groome
PREREQUISITES:  EPID-801*, EPID-804*, EPID-821* and EPID-822* or equivalent from other institutions.

EPID-902* Advanced Public Health Research
This  course provides a conceptual and historic view of the Public Health Sciences, as well as a  look at contemporary issues in Public Health research ethics, research methodology and knowledge translation. Guided each year by student interests and advanced training needs, the course delves into specific substantive public health research areas including for example: chronic disease, environmental health, infectious disease, injury and disability, maternal and child health, occupational health, humanitarian contexts, Indigenous health and/or health services research.  Three term hours. Fall. Instructor: K. Aronson.

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 Instructor, Program Director, Department and School of Graduate Studies.