MPHS Core Courses

MPHS students are required to take these seven core courses: Click on a course title below to read a course description and syllabus.

  Core Course Title & Semester 
Clinical
Epidemiology
Series
Biostatistics for
Clinical Research
Series

Clinical
Research
Ethics

Note: Medical students in the MPHS Program are also required to take Current Topics in Public Health.

View the 2014-2015 MPHS Course Calendar


FALL 1 (August 25 to October 17, 2014) and FALL 2 (October 20 to December 17, 2014)

M19-510 Introduction to SAS for Clinical Research
Runs one week prior to the start Fall 1
B. Cooper
1.0 credit
This one-week course is designed to equip medical students, clinicians and health researchers with basic SAS programming skills. Students will learn how to operate SAS, import external data, create SAS data sets, create, format and manipulate variables, and export data and results. Upon completion of this course, students will have obtained a basic understanding of the SAS environment. Prerequisite: none.
Meets Monday 8/18/14 to Friday 8/22/14 from 9 a.m. to noon
Syllabus

M19-501 Introductory Clinical Epidemiology
Fall 1
T. Toriola
3.0 credits
This course introduces the basic principles and methods of epidemiology, with an emphasis on critical thinking, analytic skills and application to clinical practice. Topics include: outcome measures; methods of adjustment; surveillance; quantitative study designs; and sources of data. Designed for those with a clinical background, the course will provide tools for critically evaluating the literature and skills to practice evidence-based medicine.
Course activities: lectures, midterm and final exams, class participation, problem sets and papers
Meets Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon
Syllabus

M19-502 Intermediate Clinical Epidemiology
Fall 2
B. Drake, Y. Liu
3.0 credits
The second course in the Epidemiology series, this course builds upon the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and introduces additional tools and concepts that are critical to a comprehensive study design. Topics include: risk and association; sampling strategies; interaction; confounding; adjustment; lifetables; applied causal inference; validity and reliability; social epidemiology; and approaches to data analysis. Upon exiting this course, students will be prepared to approach the study design portion of a protocol, as required by the final course in the Epidemiology series.
Course activities: lectures, midterm and final exams, class participation, problem sets and papers
Course note: M19-501 required prerequisite; SAS software is required for this course.
Meets Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon
Syllabus

M19-511 Introductory Biostatistics for Clinical Research
Fall 1
M. Goodman, G. Farmer
3.0 credits
This introductory course in biostatistics is designed for medical students, clinicians and health researchers. The course will introduce students to basic statistical concepts including hypothesis testing, probability distributions and relevant basic statistical methods. Through in-class and homework assignments, students will learn to apply statistical concepts to the medical context.  Upon completion of the course, students will be able to summarize quantitative data and carry out and interpret simple data description and analyses using the SAS program. Prerequisite for the course is knowledge in SAS.
Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon
Syllabus

M19-512 Intermediate Biostatistics for Clinical Research
Fall 2
Y. Yan
3.0 credits
This intermediate course is designed for medical students, clinicians and health researchers and builds on the skills developed in Introduction to Biostatistics for Clinical Research. The course will focus on more advanced statistical concepts as applied to clinical and population-based data sets, including linear and logistic regression analyses, and survival analyses. Through applied coursework, students will learn how to analyze and interpret clinical research data. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to perform statistical data analyses for regression models with continuous, categorical, and survival outcomes using the SAS program, and will be able to use these models to address their research questions.  Prerequisite for the course is an introductory course in biostatistics and SAS knowledge.
Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon
Syllabus

M19-500 Current Topics in Public Health for Clinicians
Fall 1 and 2
A. King 
1.0 credits
Students will review public health research, interventions and problems making headlines in print and television media. Discussion of how the problem is presented and evaluated will take place and students will discuss alternate approaches.
Course activities: brief presentations, short written assignments, class participation
Course note: Required for medical students. Limited to MPHS degree candidates or with instructor permission. This course cannot be taken pass/fail.
Meets Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m.
Syllabus

 


SPRING 1 (January 12 to March 6, 2015) and SPRING 2 (March 9 to May 6, 2015)

M19-505 Ethics in Population and Clinical Health Research
Spring 1
A. James
1.0 credit
This course will expose population and clinical health researchers to the various ethical issues and situations encountered in their profession. It will also familiarize them with available ethics and compliance resources. Case studies and scenario presentations will facilitate discussion on topics such as allegations of misconduct, data objectivity and presentation, publications, collaborators’ rights and responsibilities, intellectual property, and student-mentor relationships.
Meets Mondays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Note: There are additional ethics courses offered across WU campuses that will fulfill this MPHS core requirement if other options are needed.
Syllabus

M19-600 Applied Epidemiology
Spring 1 and 2
S. Sutcliffe 
2.0 credits
The final course in the epidemiologic methods course sequence, this course provides students the opportunity to apply the methods and principles learned previously to a specific research problem of their own choosing. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the processes involved in applying their training to the design and conduct of research. Students will prepare a research grant application in the format expected for a National Institutes of Health R03/R21 grant application. Students will also learn how other organizations differ in their grant application process, with particular attention to AHRQ. The course offers students the opportunity to critically evaluate scientific research proposals for scientific merit. 
Course activities: lectures, class discussion, presentation and review of an individual grant
Course note: M19-502 and M19-511 are required prerequisites. This course cannot be taken pass/fail.
Meets Tuesday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Syllabus

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