Introduction to descriptive and analytical epidemiology. Topics will include the distribution and determinants of disease, surveillance, outbreak investigations, measures of association, screening tests, bias, and causal reasoning.
NOTE: Regarding STAT 206 and STAT 515. I have dropped my request to add these two courses as pre/co-requisites as part of this course change proposal. Prior to this course change proposal, Epidemiology 410 listed the following STAT and BIOS courses as pre/co-requisites: STAT 201, STAT 205, and BIOS 410. I am no longer requesting that STAT 206 and STAT 515 be added as course pre/co-requisites; therefore, I have not changed anything in the original course that affects the Statistics department or STAT courses.
We have dropped BIOS 410 as a pre-requisite or co-requisite for EPID 410. BIOS 410 was added as a pre-requisite or co-requisite in error.
We have dropped PUBH 102 as a pre-requisite for EPID 410 for several reasons.
1) Students do not need an introductory course in public health to do well in EPID 410. We have master's students who matriculate into our introductory epidemiology course who have had no exposure to public health in their undergraduate curriculum, and they are successful. I have taught EPID 410 for several years, and I have always had students who have not had PUBH 102 prior to taking the course.
For example, below are the proportion of students who had NOT taken PUBH 102 prior to EPID 410. (These data were readily available to me. I was not able to quickly find statistics from other semesters, but the trends would be similar- decreasing numbers over time, but we have always had students without PUBH 102 as a pre-requisite.
Dear Dr. Bickle,
Please find this email as support for EPID 410: Principles of Epidemiology to remove PUBH 302 (formerly 102): Introduction to Public Health as a pre-requisite course. Based on data and information provided by Dr. Hazlett and other Epidemiology faculty experts/instructors of EPID 410, students do not need the content presented in PUBH 302 to be successful in EPID 410.
Moreover, because of our increasing numbers of Public Health and Exercise Science majors who are required to take PUBH 302 we often cannot guarantee students also needing EPID 410 will be able to meet the pre-req requirement before graduation. This places students at a disadvantage when they do not need the PUBH 302 content for EPID 410.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Sara Corwin (Associate Dean, Undergraduate Student Affairs)
Returning at proponent request (need to add to list of acceptable prerequisites)
Please provide a letter of concurrence from the Statistics Department.
The undergraduate dean has requested a letter of concurrence from the Statistics department.
Because they removed the two STAT courses from the pre/co-requisite list, they have not included the letter of concurrence (since there is no involvement of anything from STAT).
The removal of the two STAT courses also requires a letter of concurrence from the Statistics Department and also from the Dean's Office in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Please take a look at the comment from the Undergraduate Dean. You will have to write a longer explanation so that they know what you are doing.
Please see comment from the proponent explaining why the letter of concurrence is not necessary.
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We have approved the proposal and are moving it forward to the Faculty Senate. It is recommended someone from the department attend the next Faculty Senate meeting in case there are questions from the floor regarding your proposal.
We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
Marianne Bickle, Chair
Faculty Senate Committee on Curriclua and Courses