Epidemiology (Graduate Group)

Lorena Garcia, M.P.H., Dr.P.H. Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. 1022 SVM Administrative Building; 530-752-2657; Fax 530-754-0225; http://www.epi.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/gge/faculty/


Lorena Garcia, M.P.H., Dr.P.H. Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. 1022 SVM Administrative Building; 530-752-2657; Fax 530-754-0225; http://www.epi.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/gge/faculty/

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Epidemiology offers programs of study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Areas of emphasis include environmental/occupational epidemiology; infectious disease epidemiology; zoonotic and vector-borne diseases; epidemiologic methods and biostatistics; health services and health economics; nutritional epidemiology; reproductive, perinatal, developmental and pediatric epidemiology; wildlife epidemiology; and social and behavioral epidemiology. For detailed information regarding the program, address the chairperson of the group or see the website.

Graduate Advisors. Christopher Barker, (Population Health & Reproduction) Diana Cassady (Department of Public Health Sciences), Janet Foley (Medicine and Epidemiology), Lihong Qi (Public Health Sciences)

Required Courses for the Program
Units: 58.5-65.5
Prerequisite Courses
 
Prerequisites may be taken concurrently with required courses below.
 
MAT 016A
Short Calculus (Active)
3
MAT 016B
Short Calculus (Active)
3
or
MAT 021A
Calculus (Active)
4
MAT 021B
Calculus (Active)
4
STA 106
Applied Statistical Methods: Analysis of Variance (Active)
4
STA 108
Applied Statistical Methods: Regression Analysis (Active)
4
or
MPM 402
Medical Statistics I (Active)
5
MPM 403
Medical Statistics II (Discontinued)
3
Required Courses
 
Required of all students in the program; M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Requirements cannot be waived and must be met before a student's Qualifying Examination.
 
EPI 202
Quantitative Epidemiology I: Probability (Active)
5
EPI 203
Quantitative Epidemiology II: Statistical Inference (Active)
4
EPI 204
Quantitative Epidemiology III: Statistical Models (Active)
4
EPI 205
Principles of Epidemiology (Active)
4
EPI 206
Epidemiologic Study Design (Active)
4
EPI 207
Advanced Epidemiologic Methodology (Active)
4
EPI 208
Analysis and Interpretation of Epidemiologic Data (Active)
3
EPI 290
Seminars in Epidemiology (Active)
0.5
Choose one:
 
PHR 202
Sampling in Health-Related Research (Active)
3
STA 144
Sampling Theory of Surveys (Active)
4
Related Courses
 
For additional course work in Epidemiology, see Medicine and Epidemiology, Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Population Health and Reproduction, Public Health Sciences, and Statistics.
 
Total: 58.5-65.5

Lorena Garcia, M.P.H., Dr.P.H. Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. 1022 SVM Administrative Building; 530-752-2657; Fax 530-754-0225; http://www.epi.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/gge/faculty/

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Epidemiology offers programs of study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Areas of emphasis include environmental/occupational epidemiology; infectious disease epidemiology; zoonotic and vector-borne diseases; epidemiologic methods and biostatistics; health services and health economics; nutritional epidemiology; reproductive, perinatal, developmental and pediatric epidemiology; wildlife epidemiology; and social and behavioral epidemiology. For detailed information regarding the program, address the chairperson of the group or see the website.

Graduate Advisors. Christopher Barker, (Population Health & Reproduction) Diana Cassady (Department of Public Health Sciences), Janet Foley (Medicine and Epidemiology), Lihong Qi (Public Health Sciences)

Required Courses for the Program
Units: 58.5-65.5
Prerequisite Courses
 
Prerequisites may be taken concurrently with required courses below.
 
MAT 016A
Short Calculus (Active)
3
MAT 016B
Short Calculus (Active)
3
or
MAT 021A
Calculus (Active)
4
MAT 021B
Calculus (Active)
4
STA 106
Applied Statistical Methods: Analysis of Variance (Active)
4
STA 108
Applied Statistical Methods: Regression Analysis (Active)
4
or
MPM 402
Medical Statistics I (Active)
5
MPM 403
Medical Statistics II (Discontinued)
3
Required Courses
 
Required of all students in the program; M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Requirements cannot be waived and must be met before a student's Qualifying Examination.
 
EPI 202
Quantitative Epidemiology I: Probability (Active)
5
EPI 203
Quantitative Epidemiology II: Statistical Inference (Active)
4
EPI 204
Quantitative Epidemiology III: Statistical Models (Active)
4
EPI 205
Principles of Epidemiology (Active)
4
EPI 206
Epidemiologic Study Design (Active)
4
EPI 207
Advanced Epidemiologic Methodology (Active)
4
EPI 208
Analysis and Interpretation of Epidemiologic Data (Active)
3
EPI 290
Seminars in Epidemiology (Active)
0.5
Choose one:
 
PHR 202
Sampling in Health-Related Research (Active)
3
STA 144
Sampling Theory of Surveys (Active)
4
Related Courses
 
For additional course work in Epidemiology, see Medicine and Epidemiology, Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Population Health and Reproduction, Public Health Sciences, and Statistics.
 
Total: 58.5-65.5
Courses in EPI:
EPI 202Quantitative Epidemiology I: Probability (5) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s); Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ((MAT 016A, MAT 016B) or (MAT 017A, MAT 017B) or (MAT 021A, MAT 021B)); STA 102; STA 108; or Population Health and Reproduction 402 and 403 or equivalent of any listed course; concurrent or previous enrollment in a basic epidemiology course (e.g., course 205). Foundations in probability for epidemiologists. Emphasis on properties of and relationships between distributions and application of probability concepts to epidemiology. Includes a mathematical skills laboratory to assist in solution of epidemiologic problems. (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
EPI 203Quantitative Epidemiology II: Statistical Inference (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (EPI 202 or STA 130A or STA 131A or STA 133); EPI 205; A basic course in Epidemiology (EPI 205 or equivalent). Provides the mathematical statistics foundation for statistical models, methods, and data analysis. (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Winter Quarter.
EPI 204Quantitative Epidemiology III: Statistical Models (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (EPI 203 or STA 130B or STA 131B or STA 133); EPI 205; STA 108 recommended; a basic course in Epidemiology (EPI 205 or equivalent); consent of instructor. Introduces statistical models, methods, and data analysis in the areas of generalized linear model and survival analysis methodology. (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Spring Quarter.
EPI 204AFoundation of Statistical Models, Methods, and Data Analysis for Scientists (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): STA 130A or STA 131A or STA 133; EPI 228 recommended. Provides the mathematical statistics foundation for statistical models, methods, and data analysis. (Letter.) Effective: 2006 Winter Quarter.
EPI 204BStatistical Models, Methods, and Data Analysis for Scientists (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EPI 204A; STA 108 recommended. Introduces statistical models, methods, and data analysis in the areas of generalized linear, survival, and correlated data methodology. (Letter.) Effective: 2006 Winter Quarter.
EPI 205Principles of Epidemiology (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MPM 202; or Consent of Instructor. An introductory statistics course. Basic epidemiologic concepts and approaches to epidemiologic research, with examples from veterinary and human medicine, including outbreak investigation, infectious disease epidemiology, properties of tests, and an introduction to epidemiologic study design and surveillance. (Same course as MPM 205.) (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
EPI 205BIntegration of Epidemiologic Concepts (2) Active
Discussion—2 hour(s). In-depth analysis and integration of basic epidemiologic concepts and approaches to epidemiologic research presented in Preventive Veterinary Medicine 405/course 205A, with more mathematical and theoretical basis and examples from veterinary and human medicine, including outbreak investigation, infectious disease epidemiology, properties of diagnostic tests, study design, and surveillance. (Letter.) Effective: 1999 Fall Quarter.
EPI 206Epidemiologic Study Design (4) Active
Lecture—30 hour(s); Discussion—9 hour(s); Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EPI 205; or Consent of Instructor. Builds on concepts presented in course 205. Concepts of epidemiologic study design—clinical trials, observational cohort studies, case control studies—introduced in course 205A are covered in more depth, using a problem-based format. Discussion of published epidemiologic studies. (Same course as MPM 206.) (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Spring Quarter.
EPI 207Advanced Epidemiologic Methodology (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EPI 206. In-depth integration of advanced epidemiological concepts. Theory, methods, and applications for observational studies including random and systematic error, confounding, counterfactuals, causal inference, effect modification, internal and external validity, estimability, and interpretation of effect measures, and advanced study designs. (Same course as SPH 207.) (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
EPI 208Analysis and Interpretation of Epidemiologic Data (3) Active
Lecture—16 hour(s); Laboratory—21 hour(s); Project (Term Project). Prerequisite(s): EPI 204 (can be concurrent); EPI 207; (STA 144 or PHR 202); And entry level skill in standard statistical software (eg. SPSS, BMDP, SAS, Stata, MinTab, S-Plus). Application of theory and concepts of statistics and epidemiology to analysis and interpretation of data typically found in veterinary and human epidemiologic research. (Letter.) Effective: 2001 Spring Quarter.
EPI 209History of Epidemiology in Public Health (2) Active
Lecture—0.5 hour(s); Discussion—1.5 hour(s). Introduction to the history of epidemiology in solving major public health problems. Original historical articles will be read/discussed. Topics may include: infectious disease, accidents/adverse events, nutritional deficiencies, community vaccination trials, occupational exposures, cancer, birth defects, cardiovascular disease, and smoking. (Same course as SPH 209.) (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
EPI 220Problems in Epidemiologic Study Design (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): MPM 405; STA 102; STA 106; or the equivalent; MPM 406 or the equivalent; PHR 207 required concurrently. Design and development of research protocols and funding applications for peer review. Application of research methods data collection and management and statistical analysis in research proposals. Methods of evaluating research proposals, mechanisms of funding, specifying human subjects considerations. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
EPI 222Epidemiological Modeling (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MPM 405. Techniques of model building and simulation of infectious diseases will be explored. Epidemiologic modeling philosophy, construction and validation will be emphasized. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
EPI 223Spatial Epidemiology (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EPI 205A or MPM 205. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial statistics. Students are expected to complete a term project based on their graduate research. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
EPI 224Health and Ecological Risk Analysis (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—4 hour(s). Methodological approach to risk analysis for human and animal-related health and ecological issues. Basic principles of risk analysis, including perception, communication, assessment and management. Emphasis on the assessment of risk. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
EPI 225Advanced Topics in Epidemiology Methods (2) Active
Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EPI 205B; EPI 206; EPI 207; Or equivalents, with consent of instructor. An in-depth study of topics in epidemiology theory and methods, selected from: causal inference, confounding, study design, or other related areas, with year to year variation. Readings are assigned and students are expected to lead discussions on them. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2006 Winter Quarter.
EPI 226Methods for Longitudinal and Repeated Measurement Data (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EPI 204; or Consent of Instructor. Mixed models for longitudinal data (LD)/repeated measurements; Mean and covariance models; General linear LD models; Random coefficients models; Linear mixed effects models for continuous outcome; Generalized linear mixed effects model for discrete outcome including binary, ordinal and count data. (Letter.) Effective: 2009 Fall Quarter.
EPI 227Meta Analysis (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): A course in basic statistics or consent of instructor. Systematic review, standard and advanced statistical methods for meta-analysis and syntheses of knowledge and evidence. Quantitative analysis of published data, primarily in aggregate form. Students demonstrate skills in study design, protocol, analysis, and results reporting through presentation of drafted first author paper. (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
EPI 229Geographic Information Systems for Health Professionals (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—6 hour(s). Emphasis on basic geographic and data management principles. Focus on software proficiency in application to analyzing/solving health-related problems. For graduate and professional students in epidemiology, public health, preventive veterinary medicine, health informatics with interest in spatial techniques in research. (Letter.) Effective: 2010 Spring Quarter.
EPI 230Introduction to Molecular Epidemiology (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EPI 205. Overview of the modern field of molecular epidemiology. Integrates molecular biology into traditional epidemiologic research by identifying pathways, molecules and genes that influence the risk of developing disease. (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
EPI 231Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Introductory epidemiology course (e.g., EPI 205). Infectious disease epidemiology and prevention, with emphasis on human and veterinary diseases of global health importance. Major global health epidemics and challenges of infectious diseases, by mode of transmission. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
EPI 232Advanced Data Analysis with SAS (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EPI 202; EPI 203; EPI 204; or the equivalent, or Consent of Instructor. Provide an overview of common advanced statistical methods as well as a treatment of how to use SAS to implement them. Learn the ideas of reproducible research and reporting of statistical analyses. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
EPI 240Principles of Injury Epidemiology (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Overview of the epidemiology of human injury, including general principles, surveillance methods, behavioral factors, environmental factors, treatment issues and engineering and legal interventions related to vehicular injuries, drownings, falls, fires and burns, poisonings, firearm injuries, and other intentional injuries. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
EPI 242Critical Thinking in Epidemiology (3) Active
Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EPI 205 B or better; EPI 206 B or better; EPI 207 (can be concurrent). Open to Epidemiology Graduate Group students or advanced medical students only; limited to 15 students. Critical thinking in Epidemiology. (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
EPI 251Environmental Epidemiology (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MPM 405 (can be concurrent); Upper division undergraduates who have completed EST 126; or the equivalent. Examination of the human health effects and the risk of disease from community, occupational, and personal exposure to toxic substances. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
EPI 252Social Epidemiology (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EPI 205A; and Consent of Instructor. Social determinants of health; psychosocial and physiological pathways; health and social inequality; gender and racial/ethnic disparities in health; social support, social cohesion and health; social gradient in behavioral risk factors; social ecological approaches to health intervention; interventions addressing social determinants. (Same course as SPH 252.) (Letter.) Effective: 2009 Spring Quarter.
EPI 260Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Aging (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Overview of the epidemiology of chronic disease in old age. Topics include biology of aging, epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, neoplasms, osteoporosis and fractures, psychosocial factors and health in old age, dementias, functional status and prevention of disease. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
EPI 270Research Methods in Occupational Epidemiology (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): (EPI 205A or MPM 205); (MPM 202 or STA 102). Methods used in epidemiologic research on occupational hazards. Topics include design and analysis of cohort and case-control studies, sample size, measuring dose, choosing a control group, validation of employment and health data, interpreting negative studies, and analysis software. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
EPI 272Cancer Epidemiology (2) Active
Recitation—1 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): EPI 205A; EPI 205B; EPI 206 (can be concurrent); STA 102; Must have basic understanding of epidemiologic and statistical concepts covered in the above courses. We will cover the underlying concepts essential to understanding cancer epidemiology, such as trends in incidence and survival, epidemiologic methods used to assess cancer etiology, prevention and control, and an introduction to the cancer initiation and progression multi-stage model. (Letter.) Effective: 2005 Winter Quarter.
EPI 277Mathematical Models in Epidemiology (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MPM 403; MPM 405; and Consent of Instructor. Although not required, students encouraged to refresh their knowledge of high school calculus and differential equations. Class size limited to 30 students. Theory of epidemics and mathematical modeling concepts for infectious diseases to include discrete and continuous time models, their use to explore disease dynamics and investigate prevention and control strategies for human and veterinary infectious diseases. (Same course as PHR 277.) (Letter.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
EPI 280Introduction to SAS Programming (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Introductory statistics course (e.g., MPM 402, STA 102). Introduction to SAS, an integrated software system for data retrieval and management, data manipulation and programming. (Same course as SPH 280.) (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
EPI 290Seminars in Epidemiology (0.5) Active
Seminar—0.5 hour(s). Faculty and students will present and lead discussion of ongoing or published epidemiologic research. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
EPI 291Seminars in Human Health Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Critical review, evaluation, and discussion of research in health services and clinical epidemiology. Presentation of statistical, epidemiologic, and econometric methods. Students present their own research and critique the work of others. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. (Same course as GMD 291.) (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1998 Fall Quarter.
EPI 298Group Study (1-5) Active
Seminar—1-5 hour(s). Group study in selected areas of epidemiology. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
EPI 299Research (1-12) Active
Variable. Research in selected areas of epidemiology. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.