Courses

Epidemiology | Public Health

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Students who want to add a Special Topics course for a course number that already appears on their transcript must contact the Student Affairs Office.

Instructions for McGill student from outside of our department who would like to register for one of our courses.

  • No special permission is required for PPHS 501 or PPHS 511.

  • EPIB 507 is open to graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine though space is limited.

  • EPIB 521 is open to all students who have taken EPIB 507. Students requesting an exemption for EPIB 507 must provide a syllabus for a course they have successfully completed that is similar in content to EPIB 507 in order to be granted permission to register in EPIB 521.

  • For all other courses, you should write to the course instructor to request permission to register. Once obtained, forward the permission to graduate.eboh [at] mcgill.ca and include your McGill ID number in your email. Please be sure to use your McGill email address when you contact us.

Fall 2022

Timetable

EPIB 507 Biostats for Health Sciences 3 Credits
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EPIB 601 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 4 Credits
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EPIB 607 Inferential Statistics 4 Credits
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EPIB 613 Intro to Statistical Software 1 Credits
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EPIB 627 Analysis of Correlated Data 3 Credits
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EPIB 629 Knowledge Synthesis 3 Credits
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EPIB 632 Mental Dis:Pop Perspec&Methods 3 Credits
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EPIB 635 Clinical Trials 3 Credits
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EPIB 639 Pharmacoepidemiologic Methods 4 Credits
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EPIB 648 Methods in Social Epidemiology 3 Credits
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EPIB 671 Cancer Epidemiology&Prevention 3 Credits
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EPIB 684 Princ of Envrnmntl Hlth Sci 1 3 Credits
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EPIB 702 Ph.D. Proposal
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EPIB 703 Principles of Study Design 2 Credits
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EPIB 704 Doctoral Level Epib Methods 1 4 Credits
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EPIB 707 Res Design in Health Sci 3 Credits
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PPHS 501 Population Health&Epidemiology 3 Credits
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PPHS 511 Fundamentals of Global Health 3 Credits
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Course Outline

PPHS 525 HlthCare Systems in Comp Persp 3 Credits
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PPHS 527 Econ for Hlth Serv Res&Policy 3 Credits
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PPHS 528 Economic Eval of Hlth Programs 3 Credits
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PPHS 529 Global Env Hlth&Burden/Disease 3 Credits
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PPHS 602 Foundations of Population Hlth 3 Credits
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PPHS 615 Intro:Infectious Disease Epid 3 Credits
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PPHS 624 Public Health Ethics & Policy 3 Credits
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PPHS 684 Special Topics: Pop&Pub Hlth 5 3 Credits
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Foundations of Health Promotion (A. Banerjee)
Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health and its determinants (Ottawa Charter, WHO 1986; Bangkok Charter, WHO 2005). This course introduces the foundations of health promotion theory, concepts, history, strategies and practice skills. Within the course, health is defined broadly, and the promotion of health is examined at individual, interpersonal, community and societal levels. The course reflects a critical, socio-ecological approach to health and health promotion, recognizing that health is influenced by a complex interplay of biological and social factors.

Winter 2023

Timetable

EPIB 521 Regression Anal for Health Sc. 3 Credits
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EPIB 603 Intermediate Epidemiology 4 Credits
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EPIB 605 Critical Appraisal in Epid 1 Credits
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EPIB 621 Data Analysis in Health Sci 4 Credits
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EPIB 637 AdvModel:Survl&OtherMultivData 3 Credits
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EPIB 638 Mathematical Modeling of ID 3 Credits
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EPIB 662 Pharma Basis of Pharmacoepidem 1 Credits
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EPIB 675 Special Topics 6 3 Credits
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Health Care Systems Analysis Using Administrative Data (D. Dimitra Panagiotoglou)
This course provides a theoretical and practical foundation for health care systems research and evaluation. The theory covers how we think about the performance of health care systems and how the relevant concepts of performance (e.g. access, appropriateness, and quality) are measured. The practical component provides students with the opportunity to operationalize measures of performance using administrative data and SAS.

The course does not focus on health care system policies or health research study design. Experience with SAS is not a prerequisite.

EPIB 676 Special Topics 7 3 Credits
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Section 001: Bayesian Analysis in the Health Sciences (A. Schmidt)
The goal of this course is to provide researchers with an introduction to practical Bayesian methods. Topics will include Bayesian philosophy, simple univariate models, linear and logistic regression and hierarchical models. Numerical techniques including Monte Carlo integration, sampling importance resampling (SIR), the Gibbs sampler and the Metropolis-Hastings algorithms will be covered, including programming in R, JAGS, NIMBLE, and Stan.

Section 002: Advanced topics in decision-analytic modeling for health (A. Russell)
Advanced methods used to model health policy decisions and conduct model-based health technology assessment, both theory and technical applications. Methods covered include: Markov and microsimulation models, optimization, Bayesian model calibration and evaluation, probabilistic sensitivity analyses, and value of information analysis. Application areas include: disease screening, prevention, and treatment, prioritization of clinical research, and policies to avert drug overdose deaths.

EPIB 677 Special Topics 8 3 Credits
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Section 001: Critical Perspectives on Global Health (A. Koski)
This seminar course encourages students to interrogate and critique fundamental aspects of contemporary global health practice. Topics include the historical origins of global health, processes for identifying global health priorities, the role of multinational funding structures, and the ethical and pragmatic challenges of intervening in an effort to improve the health of populations. Throughout the course, discussions will examine how the implicit assumptions of global health practice give rise to growing critiques of it, such as recent calls to decolonize the field.

Section 002: Vaccines (N. Basta)
Vaccines are one of the most successful public health interventions ever developed. From the eradication of smallpox worldwide to ongoing efforts to eradicate polio to the development of fast-tracked Ebola vaccines, vaccination as a key public health intervention has taken center stage in the field of infectious diseases because of the impact vaccination programs have had on saving lives, preventing disease, and preserving health. However, despite the successes, challenges to designing, evaluating, delivering, and maintaining trust in vaccines persist worldwide. Vaccine epidemiology is a subfield of infectious disease epidemiology that employs core epidemiologic methods and study designs to advance our understanding of both the individual- and population-level impact of vaccines from a public health and population health perspective.

In this course, students will master critical concepts in vaccinology and utilize tools and methods from epidemiology, infectious diseases, and public health to: 1) understand principles of infectious disease transmission dynamics that determine how and why vaccines reduce the burden of disease, 2) learn about study designs that can assess both individual-level vaccine efficacy/effectiveness and evaluate the population-level impacts of vaccination programs, and 3) gain insight into the development and implementation of strategies to achieve and maintain high vaccine coverage and reduce vaccine hesitancy in diverse communities across the globe. The course will consist of a mixture of lectures, readings from the primary literature, case studies, group discussions, and in-class and take-home exercises.

Prerequisites: One graduate course in Epidemiology and one graduate course in Biostatistics or permission of the course instructor.

EPIB 678 Special Topics 9 3 Credits
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Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research (A. Banerjee)
The focus of this course is qualitative and mixed methods research, with a particular emphasis on the role of mixed methods in public health practice. Integrating quantitative and qualitative methods can be fostered and sustained in health systems or community settings. Mixed methods are becoming more essential in public health because they enable an in-depth consideration of the dynamic context of institutional structures, stakeholder groups’ interests and interactions, human-technology interactions, and political, economic, legal, and social conditions. Students will gain skills in conducting interviews, focus groups, and observations, qualitative and mixed methods data analysis, and innovative approaches such as rapid analysis and feedback and joint display of qualitative and quantitative findings. The course will also cover philosophical foundations, theory, and methodological topics including sampling, generalization, and validity.

EPIB 679 Special Topics 10 3 Credits
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Genetic Epidemiology (A. Grant)
This course will provide students with an overview of the state of the art in genetic and genomic epidemiology with a focus on important or key concepts, study design and interpretation aspects that are specific to these fields. A condensed treatment of the molecular basis of human genetics and classic approaches including family- and population- based studies will be followed by an in-depth exploration of genomewide association studies, with a view to the critical evaluation of such studies. The use of genetic data and multiple disease phenotypes and quantitative traits integrated with other sources of genomic data will be presented in the context of big data biobank cohorts. Considerations when using genetic data for disease outcome prediction and investigation of causal pathways will be presented. References will be made to the larger context of the explosion of genetic data in the public sphere, including policy and ethics implications.

EPIB 681 Global Health: Epid. Research 3 Credits
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EPIB 685 Princ of Envrnmntl Hlth Sci 2 3 Credits
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EPIB 702 Ph.D. Proposal
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EPIB 705 Doctoral Level Epid Methods 2 4 Credits
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EPIB 706 Doctoral Seminar:Epidemiology 3 Credits
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PPHS 612 Principles/Pub Hlth Practice 3 Credits
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PPHS 613 The Practice of Global Health 3 Credits
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PPHS 614 Knowl Transl&Pub Hlth Ldrship 3 Credits
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PPHS 616 Princ&Prac of Pub Hlth Survl 3 Credits
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PPHS 617 Impact Evaluation 3 Credits
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PPHS 618 Prgrm Planning&Eval: Pub Hlth 3 Credits
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PPHS 683 Special Topics: Pop&Pub Hlth 4 3 Credits
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Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Health (A. Banerjee)
This is a practice-based course in which the associations between and the impacts of race, ethnicity, and culture in health will be examined from interdisciplinary perspectives in public health research and practice. Students will be introduced to how race, ethnicity, and culture and the interrelationships with the determinants of health influence individual and population health and services. The students will be presented with principles of community-based research; the existence of many worldviews; anti-oppression frameworks; cultural safety, competency, sensitivity, and awareness as practices; and health promotion. We will be embedding into the lectures intersectionality, critical race theories, and social constructionism to reflect how race intersects other historical, social, political and economic factors such as gender, class, sexuality, and ability as the major determinants of the health of Indigenous and racialized communities.

 

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