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Master of Science (M.Sc.); Public Health (Non-Thesis) (60 credits)

Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics     Degree: Master of Science

Program Requirements

Students will study the foundations and principles of epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to public health research and practice, in order to design, conduct, and analyze clinical, population-based, environmental, policy, and methodological public health-related research. The program will include a three-month practicum after the first year.

Research Project (14 credits)

  • EPIB 630 Public Health Project (14 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : Students will critically assess research and summarize the findings in a research paper on a health related topic from a public health perspective. Topic to be approved by faculty member who will direct student and evaluate the paper.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Rebecca Fuhrer (Fall) Rebecca Fuhrer (Winter) Rebecca Fuhrer, Joseph Cox (Summer)

    • Restriction: Open to students registered in the M.Sc. in Public Health; Non-Thesis and M.Sc. in Public Health; Non-Thesis - Environment

Required Courses (25 credits)

Students exempted from any of the courses listed below must replace them with additional complementary course credits.

  • EPIB 601 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (4 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : This course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to epidemiologic concepts and corresponding terms. After an introduction to the history, definition, and purposes of epidemiology, "core" concepts that are relevant in several areas of investigation (e.g., etiologic research, health care research, and community medicine practice) will be presented.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Arijit Nandi, Jean-Francois Boivin (Fall)

    • Corequisites: EPIB 602 and EPIB 607
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken EPIB 606. Open to students in Epidemiology or Biostatistics programs, or permission of instructor.
  • EPIB 602 Foundations of Population Health (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : Introduction to global population health, including causes of morbidity and mortality, surveillance systems and vital statistics, and trends over time. Overviews of epidemiology of cancer, cardiovascular, infectious, environmental, psychiatric and nutritional diseases. Fundamentals and methods for studying burden of disease in populations, and how these differ across time, space, groups.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Gilles Paradis (Fall)

  • EPIB 603 Intermediate Epidemiology (4 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : Concepts and methods for epidemiology at the intermediate level, including causation, measures of disease occurrence and effect, study designs, biases in epidemiologic research, interaction, and data analysis for categorical and survival data using statistical software.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Samuel Harper (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: EPIB 601, EPIB 602, and EPIB 607.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken EPIB 634.
  • EPIB 605 Critical Appraisal in Epidemiology (1 credit)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : This course provides the opportunity to develop skills to critically evaluate evidence presented in the biomedical and health sciences literature, based on the concepts acquired in the epidemiology introductory courses.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Maida Sewitch, Theresia Gyorkos, Elham Rahme (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: EPIB 601 and EPIB 607.
  • EPIB 607 Inferential Statistics (4 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : Introduction to the basic principles of statistical inference used in clinical and epidemiologic research. Topics include variability; methods of processing and describing data; sampling and sampling distributions; inferences regarding means and proportions, non-parametric methods, regression and correlation.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Erica Moodie, Olli Saarela (Fall)

    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): A first year course in undergraduate differential and integral calculus.
  • EPIB 612 Principles of Public Health Practice (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : Principles and methods in public health practice. Topics will include investigation in public health, public health intervention, program evaluation, public health and the health care system, society and public health.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: David Buckeridge (Winter)

    • Corequisites: EPIB 601, EPIB 602, and EPIB 607 or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Open only to students in the MSc and PhD programs in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health. Open to students in other disciplines with permission of instructor.
  • EPIB 613 Introduction to Statistical Software (1 credit)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : Introduction to statistical software and data management; including basics of entering, manipulating data and elementary statistical analysis, SAS software, with reference to other packages of potential interest to students (R, Stata, SPSS).

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Jay Kaufman, Lawrence Joseph (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: Enrolment in Epidemiology stream program or permission of instructor.
  • EPIB 614 Basics of Measurement in Epidemiology (1 credit)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : The course will review principles that can be applied to measuring a wide range of exposures, as well as outcomes. Accurate measurement is essential to the validity of epidemiological research.Topics to be covered include measurement error, and the design, analysis, and interpretation of validity and reliability studies.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Jane McCusker (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: EPIB 601, EPIB 602 and EPIB 607
    • Restriction: Open only to students in the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health.
  • EPIB 621 Data Analysis in Health Sciences (4 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : Univariate and multivariate statistical techniques for continuous categorical and survival data. Topics include generalized linear models, multiple linear and logistic regression, introductory survival analysis, model selection. Maximum likelihood and Bayesean approaches will be presented.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Aurelie Labbe (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: EPIB 601 or EPIB 606, and EPIB 607 or permission of instructor.

Complementary Courses (21 credits)

13 credits of coursework at the 500 level or higher, with a minimum of 2 credits chosen from each of the following fields:

Environmental health sciences;
Health services research policy and management;
Population and public health interventions (social and behavioural science);
Epidemiology in practice or field epidemiology.

8 credits of coursework, at the 500 level or higher.

Courses must be approved by the program's academic adviser.

Faculty of Medicine—2012-2013 (last updated Dec. 20, 2012) (disclaimer)