The Department of Epidemiology focuses on surveillance for disease, risk factors for disease in the general population, behavioral factors in disease, use and outcome of health interventions and care, and the establishment and evaluation of disease control measures in the community. Students are guided by faculty members whose research interests include epidemiology of communication disorders, pharmacoepidemiology, cancer epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, adverse reproductive outcome epidemiology, anatomic pathology, genetics, cardiovascular disease, nutrition, smoking cessation, epidemiology of reproduction, dental epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, neuroepidemiology, meta-analysis, intervention trials, international health, and effects of aging.
In addition to its graduate degrees, the department offers the epidemiology subprogram for the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.); see Master of Public Health in the Catalog. The subprogram focuses on fundamental concepts and methods, and provides training in the use of data and methods for disease assessment and for evaluation of programs and interventions. It also participates in a joint degree program with the Department of Biology (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences); see "Joint B.A. or B.S./M.S. in Epidemiology" under Requirements in the Master of Science in Epidemiology section.
Certificate in Translational and Clinical Investigation
The Department of Epidemiology and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science offer the graduate certificate program in translational and clinical investigation; see Translational and Clinical Investigation in the Catalog.
Related Certificate: Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology
The College of Public Health and the Graduate College offer the Certificate in Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology. The certificate program provides basic information and training related to infectious diseases. It is designed for a broad range of individuals, including graduate students, international public health professionals, laboratory professionals, physicians, nurses, veterinarians, and medical technologists. To learn more, see Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the Catalog.
The State Health Registries of Iowa, which encompasses the Iowa Cancer Registry and the Iowa Registry for Congenital and Inherited Disorders, works in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Public Health to collect medical data on Iowans. The Iowa Cancer Registry is one of 18 registries nationwide that report data to the National Cancer Institute.
The Preventive Intervention Center conducts population-based intervention trials to prevent occurrence and recurrence of disease and to promote wellness, with a focus on the elderly. It also specializes in research promoting prevention of cardiovascular disease and provides an interdisciplinary approach to risk factor interventions. The Health Effectiveness Research Center is a collaborative research enterprise with the College of Pharmacy that studies whether particular health care treatments or services are over- or underutilized. The Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases employs epidemiological methods, laboratory technologies, and clinical evaluations to achieve a better understanding of emerging infectious diseases. The Nutrition Center provides expertise in nutrition and dietary assessment, dietary interventions, and nutrition lifestyle change strategies.
Graduate Programs of Study
EPID:1000 First-Year Seminar1 s.h.
Small discussion class taught by faculty member; topics chosen by instructor; may include outside activities (e.g., films, readings, visits to research facilities). Same as CPH:1000.
EPID:3099 Evidence-Based Public Health Methods3 s.h.
How to choose, conduct, and evaluate evidence-based programs and policies in public health; finding and using scientific evidence, implementing and evaluating interventions that produce new evidence. Offered summer sessions. Requirements: Certificate in Public Health enrollment.
EPID:4110 Quality Dietary Studies for Individuals and Environment3 s.h.
Overview of current methods to evaluate the quality of nutrition in individuals, communities, and environment; methods include dietary records, dietary recalls, food frequency questionnaires and screeners, and nutrition environmental assessments. Recommendations: a basic nutrition course.
EPID:4120 Public Health Nutrition3 s.h.
Case studies of state and federal public health nutrition programs and role of public health practitioners; identifying community need for action around public health nutrition policy and environmental change; topic-specific public health nutrition programs in children; prevention of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
EPID:4210 International Health3 s.h.
Urgent health problems in the developing world and among disadvantaged populations in developed countries; biological, social, cultural, political aspects of international health problems; applications of research methods from epidemiology, environmental health, social sciences. Same as CBH:4210, GHS:4210, OEH:4210.
EPID:4314 Field Experiences in Public Health1 s.h.
Direct involvement in actions being taken at local community level; topics include environmental health, infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and pediatric health; practical examples and hands-on experiences during site visits for topic-specific field investigations. Requirements: biology or microbiology course work.
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles3 s.h.
Epidemiological concepts and methods; design of descriptive and analytic studies, such as aggregate, case series, cross-sectional, case-control, cohort studies, clinical trials; application of epidemiology to public health practice; communication and dissemination of epidemiological findings.
EPID:4450 Public Health Data2 s.h.
Concepts and methods of obtaining and using public health data in community settings; how public health data are used for epidemiologic investigations and prevention programs. Offered spring semesters of odd years. Corequisites: EPID:4400.
EPID:4510 Injury and Violence Prevention3 s.h.
Theory, research, and practice of injury control; unintentional and intentional injuries; local, national, international injury issues. Same as OEH:4510.
EPID:4990 Practicing Evidence-Based Public Health3 s.h.
How epidemiologic and other scientific studies underlie public health practice; relationship between evidence and action; controversies at interface of science and policy. Offered spring semesters of even years.
EPID:5200 Principles of Public Health Informatics3 s.h.
Systematic applications of information science, computer science, and technology to public health practice, research, and learning; methods of disease surveillance, data collection, analysis, and reporting with health informatics. Offered fall semesters. Same as IGPI:5220.
EPID:5214 Meta-Analysis of Epidemiologic Studies3 s.h.
Methods for quantitative pooling of analytic study associations (cohort and case-control) between exposure and a dichotomous outcome; literature searches, data abstraction, test of homogeneity, publication bias and consideration of adjusted risk ratios (effects of confounding). Offered spring semesters of odd years. Prerequisites: EPID:4400 and BIOS:5120.
EPID:5241 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology4 s.h.
Overview of methods to analyze data from epidemiologic investigations; estimation of relative measures of risk, attributable risk, stratified analysis; model-fitting approaches using linear, logistic, and Poisson regression analysis; confounding and effect modification; analysis of epidemiologic data sets.
EPID:5300 Food Safety3 s.h.
Current issues and concepts of food safety in the United States, from plant to table; foodborne illness from microbial agents, food toxins, adulterants; disease investigation, risk analysis, risk mitigation, prevention. Offered summer sessions.
EPID:5320 Exotic and Emerging Diseases of Animals1 s.h.
Major exotic and emerging animal diseases; veterinarian's role in recognizing and diagnosing such diseases; how outbreaks affect economies and veterinary medicine; public health concerns; responding agencies and their roles in control and eradication. Offered fall semesters.
EPID:5470 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology/Biostatistics3 s.h.
Epidemiology and biostatistics applied to veterinary public health; outbreak investigations, surveillance, analyzing and evaluating diagnostic tests, translation methodology, risk assessment, data analysis software programs. Offered summer sessions. Prerequisites: EPID:4400.
EPID:5500 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology3 s.h.
Epidemiologic applications and methods used in clinical settings to evaluate clinical medicine and other health profession disciplines, including health measurement, health outcome determination, diagnostic process, risk assessment and communication, prognosis, study design, patient surveys, clinical trials, decision analysis and meta-analysis, health services research. Offered fall semesters. Corequisites: EPID:4400, if not taken as a prerequisite.
EPID:5540 Surveillance Mechanisms and Applications: Cancer and Other Registries2 s.h.
Sources of data necessary for operation of a population-based cancer registry; potential uses of data; methods and personnel required for collecting, editing, storing, reporting, and assuring quality of data. Offered fall semesters. Prerequisites: EPID:4400.
EPID:5550 Diagnostic Microbiology for Epidemiology3 s.h.
Introduction to microbiological culture, antigen detection, immunological and molecular amplification laboratory techniques for bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi. Offered spring semesters. Prerequisites: MICR:2157 or MICR:3112 or MICR:3164 or MICR:8202.
EPID:5560 Introduction to Molecular Epidemiology3 s.h.
Introduction to basic techniques of molecular biology (DNA, RNA, protein techniques) and their use in epidemiological research (e.g., diagnosis of disease, biomarker discovery and validation). Corequisites: EPID:4400, if not taken as a prerequisite.
EPID:5570 Zoonotic Diseases2-3 s.h.
Introduction to the epidemiology and control of zoonotic diseases; zoonoses endemic to the midwestern United States. Offered summer sessions. Prerequisites: EPID:5550 or EPID:6550 or MICR:2157 or MICR:3112 or MICR:3164 or MICR:8202.
EPID:5580 Public Health Laboratory Techniques1 s.h.
Common laboratory techniques in emerging infectious respiratory disease research and epidemiologic surveillance laboratories; emphasis on techniques for culturing, characterization, and serological surveillance of exposure to influenza viruses. Offered spring semesters. Requirements: completion of online Basic Biological Safety and Blood-Borne Pathogens courses; completed certificates must be brought to class.
EPID:5590 Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology2 s.h.
Introduction to infectious disease surveillance, outbreak investigations, interventions, biodefense, emerging infectious diseases, subject recruitment, mathematical modeling, and analytic approaches pertaining to infectious disease prevention and control; emphasis on practical knowledge and how to apply basic infectious disease epidemiology to real-life scenarios and research projects.
EPID:5600 Introduction to Epidemiology Data Management and Analysis3 s.h.
Organization, collection, management, and analysis of epidemiological data using computer programs. Offered fall semesters. Corequisites: EPID:4400, if not taken as a prerequisite.
EPID:5610 Intermediate Epidemiology Data Analysis with SAS and R3 s.h.
Basic principles of data analysis and collaborative research; SAS fundamentals; data manipulation and interpretation techniques. Offered spring semesters.
EPID:5630 Seminar in Clinical and Translational Research1 s.h.
Presentation of ongoing clinical research projects, grant applications, and methodological articles, with emphasis on works in progress.
EPID:5900 Problems and Special Topics in Epidemiologyarr.
Didactic material in epidemiology; may include tutorial, seminar, faculty-directed independent work (e.g. literature search, project, short research project).
EPID:5925 Epidemiology Journal Club: Evaluating the Literature0 s.h.
Critical evaluation of primary epidemiologic methods and research papers; informative, challenging, and current topics from scientific literature. Requirements: epidemiology M.S., M.P.H., or Ph.D. standing.
EPID:5950 Preceptorship in Epidemiologyarr.
Quantitative research-oriented project performed with a preceptor; preparation of prospectus, presentation of research results in a publication-quality report and a scientific poster session.
EPID:6000 Independent Study in Epidemiologyarr.
In-depth pursuit of an area of special interest in epidemiology requiring substantial creativity and independence.
EPID:6050 Research in Epidemiologyarr.
Research that may lead to a dissertation.
EPID:6070 Social Epidemiology3 s.h.
Introduction with global focus and emphasis on methodological issues, including definition/measurement of social constructs, appropriate research designs, analytic approaches. Prerequisites: EPID:4400.
EPID:6075 Health Equity, Disparities, and Social Justice3 s.h.
Introduction to the concept of health equity and an overview of U.S. health disparities; students gain a better understanding of research and interventions through readings, lectures, reflection papers, in-class exercises, and research assignments. Same as CBH:6230.
EPID:6100 Writing a Grant Proposal3 s.h.
Small group projects to develop grant proposals using epidemiological study designs; presentation and defense of proposals before faculty site visitors.
EPID:6110 Grant Writing for Clinical Investigatorsarr.
Development of skills for writing effective, scientifically sound applications for external research grants; for students who have completed the literature review section for their topic. Prerequisites: EPID:4400.
EPID:6150 Writing for Medical Journals1 s.h.
Skill development in writing medical journal articles for publication. Offered spring semesters.
EPID:6200 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology3 s.h.
Overview of methods to interpret and perform environmental and occupational epidemiologic studies with focus on exposure assessment; valuable insights into identifying regional, national, global environmental, and occupational health-related issues. Prerequisites: EPID:4400. Same as OEH:6510.
EPID:6250 Genetics and Epidemiology3 s.h.
Basic human molecular genetics and population genetics principles; methods of integrating genetic principles into epidemiological studies; advancing genomic technologies, hot topics in genetics research. Prerequisites: EPID:4400.
EPID:6330 Global Nutrition Policy1-3 s.h.
Concepts and methods used in setting public health nutrition policy; evidence-based aspects of nutrition policy formation in public health settings; evaluation of nutritional public health policy implementation and ways of changing policy in China, Korea, Micronesia, Hawaii, Italy, and the United States. Offered spring semesters.
EPID:6350 Nutritional Epidemiology2 s.h.
Application of epidemiology study designs to nutrition variables and chronic disease; analysis of nutrition epidemiology studies; research protocol design. Offered spring semesters. Recommendations: a basic nutrition course.
EPID:6360 Nutrition Intervention in Clinical Trials Research2 s.h.
Nutrition interventions in clinical trials; disease related to nutrition variables; research that links effects of diet on chronic diseases. Offered fall semesters. Recommendations: a basic nutrition course.
EPID:6370 Nutrition Intervention in Research Lab3 s.h.
Development, demonstration of group counseling skills in ongoing nutrition research projects at the University of Iowa. Offered fall semesters. Corequisites: EPID:6360, if not taken as a prerequisite.
EPID:6400 Epidemiology II: Advanced Methods4 s.h.
Epidemiologic study design and analysis; bias, confounding, effect modification; case-control studies; cohort studies; field methods; measurement principles; exposure and disease classification; acute and chronic disease examples. Offered spring semesters. Prerequisites: EPID:4400 and EPID:5600.
EPID:6510 Injury Epidemiology3 s.h.
How epidemiology can be applied to injury prevention and control: epidemiology literature, specific methodological problems involved in the epidemiology of injuries, critical evaluation of research articles. Offered spring semesters of odd years. Prerequisites: EPID:4400. Same as OEH:6520.
EPID:6530 Epidemiology of Occupational Injuries3-4 s.h.
EPID:6550 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases3 s.h.
Underlying epidemiological concepts of infection disease, including causation and surveillance; prevention and control; case studies. Offered fall semesters. Prerequisites: EPID:4400. Same as GHS:6550.
EPID:6560 Hospital Epidemiology2 s.h.
Health care-associated infections; surveillance, investigative methods, resistant organisms, molecular epidemiology; methods for preventing spread of pathogens, including isolation precautions; environmental issues, construction, sterilization; interactive exercises. Offered spring semesters of odd years. Prerequisites: EPID:4400.
EPID:6570 Infectious Causes of Chronic Disease3 s.h.
Evidence linking various infectious agents with the development of different types of chronic disease. Offered even years. Corequisites: EPID:4400, if not taken as a prerequisite.
EPID:6600 Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases3 s.h.
Chronic disease epidemiology; survey of leading chronic diseases, including measurement of disease, lifestyle, nutrition, occupation, family history. Offered spring semesters. Prerequisites: EPID:4400.
EPID:6620 Neuroepidemiology2 s.h.
EPID:6630 Epidemiology of Reproductive Diseases2 s.h.
Evaluation of methodological issues and current findings for reproductive diseases and conditions; etiological mechanisms, including behavioral and genetic. Offered fall semesters of odd years.
EPID:6640 Epidemiology of Maternal and Infant Health2 s.h.
Overview of maternal and infant epidemiologic and methodologic issues; prevalence and trends; risk factors; data sources, including limitations and availability; relevant measurement issues; directions for future research. Offered spring semesters of odd years. Prerequisites: EPID:4400.
EPID:6650 Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology3 s.h.
Natural history of atherosclerotic disease in humans and risk factors affecting its development; atherosclerotic disease by age, sex, and in varied populations worldwide; recent guidelines and clinical trials to delay onset, reduce incidence, improve outcome of cardiovascular disease. Offered fall semesters of odd years. Prerequisites: EPID:4400.
EPID:6670 Psychiatric Epidemiology3 s.h.
Population-based studies of psychiatric disorders and associated etiologic tools; diagnostic criteria used in psychiatric research, common structured interviews and rating scales; recent research relevant to common psychiatric disorders; experience writing a research idea using NIH PHS grant form. Offered spring semesters of even years. Recommendations: EPID:6400 or two years of resident training in psychiatry. Same as PSYC:8267.
EPID:6700 Cancer Epidemiology and Control3 s.h.
Incidence, mortality, survival; risk factors for major cancer sites; comprehensive cancer control; introduction to SEER*Stat and its application. Offered spring semesters of even years. Prerequisites: EPID:4400 and PATH:8133.
EPID:6900 Design of Intervention and Clinical Trials3 s.h.
Methodologic introduction to rationale and design of clinical trials; basics of clinical trial design, variety of designs, and examples from clinical trials. Offered fall semesters. Prerequisites: EPID:4400.
EPID:6910 Pharmacoepidemiology3 s.h.
Drug approval process, methods for identification and attribution of adverse drug events, current understanding of the epidemiology of adverse drug events; study designs, data sources for pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics. Offered fall semesters of even years. Prerequisites: EPID:4400.
EPID:6950 Clinical Research Ethics2-3 s.h.
Ethical and regulatory aspects of clinical research; historical background, current regulations, Institutional Review Board requirements related to human subjects protection issues. Requirements: K30 training grant or enrollment in degree program with clinical research project.
EPID:7200 Teaching in Epidemiology3 s.h.