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Epidemiology Minor

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Contact Information
School of Public Health, MMC 819, A395 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-3500 OR 1-800-774-8636, Fax: 612-624-4498)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 8
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Note: The minors in epidemiology are open to students in master's and doctoral programs that allow a minor, and who want to take some focused coursework in epidemiology. For the doctoral minor, there is the expectation that an aspect of epidemiology is incorporated into the student's doctoral thesis, and a requirement that an epidemiology faculty member represent the minor on the student's preliminary oral and final oral committees.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Admission to the epidemiology graduate minor is contingent upon prior admission to a University of Minnesota master's or doctoral degree-granting program. Students should first consult with their major program advisor about the advisability of a minor in epidemiology. They will then need to contact the program level assistants about the minor and how to get approval to complete it. For the master's minor, please contact Shelley Cooksey at cooks001@umn.edu; for the doctoral minor, please contact Andrea Kish at kish@umn.edu.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Required Courses
PUBH 6341 - Epidemiologic Methods I (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6342 - Epidemiologic Methods II (3.0 cr)
Take 2 or more credit(s) from the following:
· PUBH 6381 - Genetics in Public Health in the Age of Precision Medicine (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6385 - Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6386 - Public Health Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6387 - Cancer Epidemiology (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6389 - Nutritional Epidemiology (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6605 - Reproductive and Perinatal Health (2.0 cr)
Doctoral
Doctoral Minor Options
The doctoral minor can be completed in one of two ways: Option 1 is for students with prior epidemiology training; Option 2 is for students without prior epidemiology training.
Option 1
Option 1 is for students with prior training in epidemiology.
Required Coursework
Take the following courses for a total of 10 credits:
PUBH 8341 - Advanced Epidemiologic Methods: Concepts (3.0 cr)
PUBH 8342 - Advanced Epidemiologic Methods: Applications (3.0 cr)
PUBH 7401 - Fundamentals of Biostatistical Inference (4.0 cr)
Electives
Take at least 2 credits in an epidemiology- or biostatistics-related area, as approved by the epidemiology director of graduate studies.
PUBH 5xxx
PUBH 6xxx
PUBH 7xxx
PUBH 8xxx
-OR-
Option 2
Option 2 is for students without prior training in epidemiology.
Required Coursework
Take the following 3 courses for at least 10 credits:
PUBH 6341 - Epidemiologic Methods I (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6342 - Epidemiologic Methods II (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I (4.0 cr)
Electives
Take at least two credits in an epidemiology- or biostatistics-related area, as approved by the epidemiology director of graduate studies.
PUBH 5xxx
PUBH 6xxx
PUBH 7xxx
PUBH 8xxx
 
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PUBH 6341 - Epidemiologic Methods I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02236 - PubH 6320PubH /6341
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to epidemiologic concepts and methods: (1) Study design (randomized trials and observational studies); (2) Measures of exposure-disease association; (3) Casual inference and bias; (4) Confounding and effect modification.
PUBH 6342 - Epidemiologic Methods II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Methods and techniques for designing, implementing, analyzing, and interpreting observational epidemiologic studies, including cohort, case-control, and cross-sectional studies.
PUBH 6381 - Genetics in Public Health in the Age of Precision Medicine
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Mechanisms of molecular genetics. Issues related to medical/public health genetics, including basis of human diversity, Human Genome Project, novel genetic mechanisms underlying diseases, ethical/legal issues. prereq: Grad student or professional school student or instr consent
PUBH 6385 - Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles and/ methods. Strategies for disease control and prevention, including immunization. Relevance of modes of transmission of specific agents for disease spread and prevention. Public health consequences of infectious diseases at local, national, and international levels.
PUBH 6386 - Public Health Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Well-established risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), prevention of CVD, and national recommendations for treatment/prevention. Emerging risk factors, current controversies in CVD.
PUBH 6387 - Cancer Epidemiology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Epidemiologic aspects of cancer. Theories of carcinogenesis, patterns of incidence and mortality, site-specific risk factors. Issues of cancer control and prevention.
PUBH 6389 - Nutritional Epidemiology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Nutrition/disease relationships through application of epidemiologic methods. Characterization of various exposures to food/nutrient intakes, biological basis for nutrition/disease relationships. Studies of specific chronic diseases and nutritional intake. Design/interpretation of studies using nutritional measures. prereq: [[6320 or 6330 or 6341], [Epidemiology MPH or Public Health Nutrition MPH or Epidemiology PhD student]] or instr consent
PUBH 6605 - Reproductive and Perinatal Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Epidemiology, programs, services, and policies. Social, cultural, psychological, physiologic, environmental, economic, and political factors that affect reproductive health, pregnancy, and childbearing. prereq: Public health student or grad student or instr consent
PUBH 8341 - Advanced Epidemiologic Methods: Concepts
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Conceptual foundations of fundamental issues in epidemiologic methodology. How/why a given method, design, or approach might help explain population health. Strengths, limits, and potential alternatives for a given approach.
PUBH 8342 - Advanced Epidemiologic Methods: Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Applied methodology course designed for students in the Epi PhD program. Examples and readings are aimed at clinical/biological and social/behavioral track students.
PUBH 7401 - Fundamentals of Biostatistical Inference
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Part of two-course sequence intended for PhD students in School of Public Health who need rigorous approach to probability/statistics/statistical inference with applications to research in public health. prereq: Background in calculus; intended for PhD students in public hlth and other hlth sci who need rigorous approach to probability/statistics and statistical inference with applications to research in public hlth
PUBH 6341 - Epidemiologic Methods I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02236 - PubH 6320PubH /6341
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to epidemiologic concepts and methods: (1) Study design (randomized trials and observational studies); (2) Measures of exposure-disease association; (3) Casual inference and bias; (4) Confounding and effect modification.
PUBH 6342 - Epidemiologic Methods II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Methods and techniques for designing, implementing, analyzing, and interpreting observational epidemiologic studies, including cohort, case-control, and cross-sectional studies.
PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics. Gaussian probability models, point/interval estimation for means/proportions. Hypothesis testing, including t, chi-square, and nonparametric tests. Simple regression/correlation. ANOVA. Health science applications using output from statistical packages. prereq: [College-level algebra, health sciences grad student] or instr consent