Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Epidemiology: Population Dynamics

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Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics     Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Requirements

Students admitted to the Ph.D. in Epidemiology; Population Dynamics degree program with the equivalent of the M.Sc. in Epidemiology at McGill will be required to take a minimum of 31 credits of Ph.D. courses.

In addition to the Ph.D. requirements, students admitted to the Ph.D. in Epidemiology; Population Dynamics degree program without the equivalent of an M.Sc. in Epidemiology at McGill will, in their first year, have to complete required coursework equivalent to the Master's Epidemiology program, excluding thesis research course(s), as determined by the Department.

Thesis

A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses (22 credits)

  • EPIB 701 Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : The comprehensive examination is a written examination. The objective is to assess the degree to which students have been able to assimilate and apply the principles of epidemiologic research. Examinations held twice yearly.

    Terms: Summer 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • EPIB 702 Ph.D. Proposal

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : Essential skills for thesis writing and defence, including essential elements of research protocols, formulation of research objectives, the design, and strategies.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Michael Kramer, Michal Abrahamowicz (Fall) Michael Kramer, Michal Abrahamowicz (Winter)

    • Note: Required for Ph.D. students.

  • EPIB 703 Principles of Study Design (2 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : This course will provide an overview of the concepts and principles underlying epidemiologic study design. Focus will be on the importance of appropriately formulating the research question, identifying the target population, defining the relevant entities, and on how these factors affect the validity of study findings. Examples from the published literature will be extensively used to illustrate the crucial points and will be discussed in class.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Olga Basso (Fall)

    • Restriction(s): Registration in the Ph.D. Epidemiology program, or permission of the instructor.

  • EPIB 704 Doctoral Level Epidemiologic Methods 1 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : Estimation of epidemiologic effect measures and their confidence intervals in a variety of different study designs. Emphasis on analysis of sample data sets using regression models, graphical and tabular presentation of results, causal interpretation of effect estimates, writing reports for scientific publications, and sensitivity analyses for violated assumptions.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Jay Kaufman (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): EPIB 603 and EPIB 621 or equivalent

    • Restriction(s): Open to Ph.D students in Epidemiology or Biostatistics programs only.

    • Not open to students who have taken EPIB 604.

  • EPIB 705 Doctoral Level Epidemiologic Methods 2 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : The course has a conceptual and analytical causal inference perspective. The nature of specific study biases resulting in non-causal components in the observed association between exposure and outcome are discussed, including endogenous selection bias, measured and unmeasured confounding, and measurement error. Methods to recover the causal effect with such biases are presented. Causal mediation analysis is discussed. Models for survival analysis are discussed as well as the problem of- and some solutions to missing data. A brief overview of genetic epidemiology principles is covered.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Claire Infante-Rivard, Jonathan Chevrier (Winter)

    • Prerequisite(s): EPIB 704

    • Restriction(s): Open to Ph.D. students in Epidemiology or Biostatistics programs only.

    • Not open to students who have taken EPIB 608.

  • EPIB 706 Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : This course aims to provide an opportunity to students who have completed the Epidemiology course series in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, to optimize their training in ways that will be helpful to their thesis research and to the development of their career as epidemiologists. The content of this interactive course and the delivery of the material is primarily determined by students based on the knowledge gaps that they identify. The course will allow students to expand their methodological tool box, explore controversies in epidemiology, and gain experience synthesizing and communicating complex concepts to an informed audience.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Jonathan Chevrier (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): EPIB 701

    • Restriction(s): Enrolment in PhD Epidemiology or permission or instructor.

    • Not open to students who have taken EPIB 609.

  • EPIB 707 Research Design in Health Sciences (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : Lectures and discussions and student oral and written presentations with the aim of providing guidance and experience in the development of objectives, background and methods for both the formulation of, and the constructive peer criticism of, research protocols in the health sciences.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Christina Wolfson (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): EPIB 701

    • Restriction(s): Registration in the PhD program in Epidemiology.

    • Not open to students who have taken EPIB 623.

  • SOCI 545 Sociology of Population (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : The classic literature of sociology of population. Drawing reciprocal linkages between social and population processes: Historical, family and labour force demography, demographic and fertility transitions, mortality, ethnic and race relations, gender, macro-structural interaction theory, and the relation of population and the environment.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Shelley Clark (Fall)

  • SOCI 626 Demographic Methods (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Introduction to demographic measurement and modeling. Course covers direct and indirect estimation, standardization, life table construction, and population projections.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Shelley Clark (Fall)

    • Specific topics may vary from semester to semester.

Complementary Courses (9 credits)

9 credits of coursework, at the 500 level or higher, with a minimum of 3 credits in biostatistics, 3 credits in epidemiology, and 3 credits from courses approved for the Population Dynamics Option from the list below:

  • ECON 622 Public Finance (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : A survey of the role of government in the economy (excluding the macroeconomic side - stabilization, etc.). Topics include markets and market failure; public goods; externalities; the theory of the second-best and the study of collective choice, including voting; and the collection of revenue to finance government activity, including optimal taxation of commodities and income.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • ECON 634 Economic Development 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : A systematic treatment of the characteristics and problems of economic development in underdeveloped countries.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Matthieu Chemin, Franque Grimard (Fall)

  • ECON 641 Labour Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : A synthesis of theoretical developments in the area of labour economics with stress upon problems of empirical testing.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Fabian Lange (Winter)

  • ECON 734 Economic Development 4 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Problems of economic growth and planning in selected underdeveloped countries. Topics covered vary from year to year in response to student interests; growth, poverty and income distribution, LDC labour markets and institutions, trade and development, international debt problems, issues in trade policy.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Matthieu Chemin, Franque Grimard (Winter)

  • ECON 741 Advanced Labour Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Selected theoretical and policy issues in labour economics.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Theodore Papageorgiou (Fall)

  • ECON 742 Empirical Microeconomics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : Surveys the empirical techniques used in applied microeconomic fields, particularly development and labour economics. Focus is on the formulation of empirical models derived from economic theory, and on various estimation methodologies, including panel data econometrics, limited dependent variable models, and duration analysis. A "hands on" approach is emphasized.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Saraswata Chaudhuri (Winter)

  • ECON 744 Health Economics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The emphasis will be on describing and analyzing the structure and performance of the Canadian health system, though some attention will be given to recent attempts by the federal and provincial governments to deal with current problems in this field. Readings will be selected from the economics and health literature.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • EPIB 648 Methods in Social Epidemiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : Methods for conducting studies in social epidemiology and population health will be covered. Topics will include causal inference; measurement and concepts of social exposures; methods for study design and analysis. Techniques for descriptive and etiologic investigations of socioeconomic position, gender, race and ethnicity, geography, and social policies will be discussed.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Samuel Harper, Jay Kaufman (Fall)

  • EPIB 681 Global Health: Epidemiological Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Epidemiology & Biostatistics : A review of selected epidemiological research focussing on global health and disease topics. Research will be mostly from developing countries and research methods will be highlighted. Case studies will be used to illustrate specific applications and challenges.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Theresia Gyorkos (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: With permission of instructor.

  • PPHS 525 Health Care Systems in Comparative Perspective (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Overview

    PPHS : Comparative perspective to illustrate processes involved in the development and evolution of health care systems around the world. Countries examined will represent different welfare state regimes, health care system typologies, levels of development and wealth.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Amélie Quesnel Vallée (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken EPIB 525. Not open to students who are taking or have taken SOCI 525.

    • Note: This course is cross-listed in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and in Sociology

  • PPHS 528 Economic Evaluation of Health Programs (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Overview

    PPHS : Concepts and methods used to carry out economic evaluations of health programs and interventions, including public health interventions, pharmaceuticals, and other health care interventions. Includes topics such as calculation of unit costs, measurement of quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) and assessment of uncertainty in cost-effectiveness analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Eric A Latimer (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken EPIB 528.

    • No prior background in economics is required.

    • Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates from all departments.

  • PPHS 529 Global Environmental Health and Burden of Disease (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Overview

    PPHS : This course presents the grand challenges in global health from environmental and occupational risks along with the multi-disciplinary methods used to identify, control, and prevent them. It will introduce students to knowledge and skills in core disciplines of environmental health and approaches to environmental risk recognition, control and prevention in a global context.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Scott Andrew Weichenthal (Winter)

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken EPIB 529.

    • 1. Permission of instructor required for undergraduate students.

    • 2.This course is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates from all departments.

    • 3. Previous coursework in statistics and environmental science is useful, though not required.

  • PPHS 615 Introduction to Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    PPHS : Introduction to the field of infectious disease epidemiology taught from a public health perspective. Topics include analytic methods, study design, outbreak investigations, surveillance, vaccine development and evaluations, screening, modelling, and infectious causes of cancer or chronic diseases.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: EPIB 601 or Permission of Instructor.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken EPIB 615.

    • Note: An undergraduate level biology course is highly recommended.

  • SOCI 502 Sociology of Fertility (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : An upper-level course that will cover the major theories and findings from the social scientific study of fertility behavior. Readings and discussion will focus on the causal linkages between social change and transitions in fertility behavior. We will examine contemporary and historical fertility behavior and transitions across the globe.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Restriction(s): Open to graduate students and final year undergraduates

  • SOCI 512 Ethnicity & Public Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Major themes in the theoretical literature on ethnicity. Public policies with direct and indirect implications for inter-ethnic relations will be studied. Policies affecting areas such as language, education, immigration, employment and promotion, multiculturalism and welfare. Examples drawn from several multi-ethnic societies. Political, constitutional, and economic problems associated with these policy initiatives.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 230 or permission from the instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken SOCI 629.

  • SOCI 513 Social Aspects HIV/AIDS in Africa (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Examination of the social causes and consequences of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Gender inequality, sexual behaviours, marriage systems, migration, and poverty are shaping the pandemic as well as how the pandemic is altering social, demographic and economic conditions across Africa.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • SOCI 520 Migration and Immigrant Groups (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Review of the major demographic, economic and sociological theories of internal and international migration. The main emphasis will be on empirical research on migration and immigrant groups.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Thomas Soehl (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: 15 credits in the Social Sciences

  • SOCI 525 Health Care Systems in Comparative Perspective (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Comparative perspective to illustrate processes involved in the development and evolution of health care systems around the world. Countries examined will represent different welfare state regimes, health care system typologies, levels of development and wealth.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Amélie Quesnel Vallée (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken EPIB 525. Not open to students who are taking or have taken PPHS 525.

    • Note: This course is cross-listed in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and in Sociology.

  • SOCI 535 Sociology of the Family (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This seminar reviews literature on major research areas in family. The course examines families in the past, the study of family using a life course approach, and considers selective areas which may have had significant influences on contemporary family such as work and family, family violence, and cultural variation in families.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Undergraduate students require permission of instructor

  • SOCI 588 Biosociology/Biodemography (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This course will explore linkages between social and biological systems, their influence on health and well-being over the life course, and on health disparities. Topics include classical sociological approaches to biosocial processes, sociobiology (reductionist, but population-based), and newer demographic studies on gen-environment, epigenetic, and stress-metabolic/allostatic processes.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Courses must be chosen in consultation with the student's supervisor and/or the degree program's director or adviser.

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