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*370 Introduction to Public Health: Local to Global Perspectives. 3 cr. syllabus

*380 Contemporary Population Problems for Honors. (Cross-listed with Sociology, Rural Soc) 3 cr. Sociology Department Homepage

451 Introduction to SAS Programming for Population Health (Previously 650 Section 002). 2 cr. The course provides graduate student in the Population Health Sciences programs with a basic understanding of the use of the SAS programming language for the management and analysis of biomedical data.  The following topics are covered:  importing data into SAS, creating and redefining variables, printing and summarizing data, exporting data from SAS, use of the Output Delivery System (ODS), basic graphics and statistical analyses and the SAS macro facility. syllabus

*471 Introduction to Environmental Health. (Cross-listed with Environmental Studies) 3 cr. Impact of environmental problems on human health; biological hazards to human health from air and water pollution; radiation; pesticides; noise; problems related to food; occupation and environment of the workplace; accidents. Physical and chemical factors involved. Prerequisite: A course in biology; Junior status. syllabus
*502 Air Pollution and Human Health. (Cross-listed with Environmental Studies) 3 cr. Toxicologic, controlled and epidemiologic studies on major air pollutants. Overview of study methods, lung physiology and pathology; air pollution sources, types, meteorology, sampling methods, controls and regulations. Prerequisite: Junior status, a course in biology. syllabus
*548 The Economics of Health Care. (Cross-listed with Econ, Public Affairs) 3-4 cr. Analysis of the health care industry. Markets for hospitals and physicians' care, markets for health manpower, and the role of health insurance. Prerequisite: Econ 301, or Public Affairs 880 or cons inst. syllabus
551 Introduction to Biostatistics for Population Health. (Cross-listed with BMI) 3 cr. Course designed for population health researchers. Topics include descriptive statistics, elementary probability, probability distributions, one- and two-sample normal inference (point estimation, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals), power and sample size calculations, one- and two-sample binomial inference, underlying assumptions and diagnostic work.  Prerequisite:  College algebra; enrollment in Population Health MS or PhD program or cons inst. syllabus
552 Regression Methods for Population Health (Previously 800 Quantitative Methods in Population Health I).  (Cross-listed with Biostatistics and Medical Informatics) 3 cr.  Introduction to the primary statistical tools used in epidemiology and health services research; multiple linear regression, logistic regression, and survival analysis. Prerequisite: PHS/BMI 451 and PHS/BMI 551; or cons inst. syllabus
*553 International Health and Global Society. (Cross-listed with Med Hist, Hist Sci) 3 cr. Major problems in international health from 1750 to the present. Focus on disease epidemiology and ecology; political economy of health; migration; quarantine; race, ethnicity, and health care; international health research; cross-cultural healing; mental and maternal health; growth of international health organizations. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status, or cons inst. syllabus
*603 Clinical and Public Health Microbiology. (Cross-listed with MM&I) 5 cr. Lecture-seminar sessions. Lectures (44) describe microorganisms of clinical and public health significance. Seminar sessions (14) discuss issues and controversies of specimen receiving and processing, bacteremia, serodiagnosis of infectious agents, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, laboratory management, and novel approaches to detect infectious agents. Prerequisite: MM&I 301 & 302 or equivalent. syllabus
621 Introduction to Nutritional Epidemiology. (Cross-listed with Nutritional Sciences) 1 cr. Techniques used to evaluate relationships of diet to health and disease in human populations; integration of knowledge gained with results of animal and clinical studies toward understanding dietary risk or protective factors for disease. Includes advanced diet assessment and basic epidemiologic approaches.  Prerequisite: Statistics 301 or equivalent & Nutritional Sciences 332 or cons inst. Nutri Sci Department Homepage
625 Toxicology I. (Cross-listed with Environmental Toxicology, Medicine, Oncology, Pathology, Pharmacology, AHABS, Pharmacy Science) 3 cr. Basic principles of toxicology and biochemical mechanisms of toxicity in mammalian species and man. Correlation between morphological and functional changes caused by toxicants in different organs of the body. Prerequisite: Biochemistry 501 & Physiology 335 or cons inst. Pathology 401 & Pharmacology 401 or equivalent recommended. Toxicology Department Homepage
626 Toxicology II. (Cross-listed with Environmental Toxicology, Medicine, Pathology, Pharmacology, AHABS, Pharmacy Science) 3 cr. A course surveying the basic methods and fundamental biochemical mechanisms of toxicity. Toxicity in mammalian organ systems, techniques for evaluating toxicity, as well as mechanisms of species specificity, and environmental interactions (with toxicant examples) are presented. Prerequisite: Environmental Toxicology 625 or cons inst. Toxicology Department Homepage
*640 Foundations in Global Health Practice. 1 cr. Interdisciplinary course designed to prepare graduate students in the health sciences and related fields, as well as health professionals who are special students, for specific global health field experiences. Prerequisite: Graduate or health professional students; Junior or Senior status, or cons inst. syllabus
644 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease. These courses will address topics related to maternal and child health, nutrition, infectious disease, chronic illness, environmental health, and the human-animal link in health and disease. Each section will provide a historical and cultural overview and include consideration of cultural competence and cultural humility as well as engage students in learning about country-specific health data and descriptive information about the health system. syllabus
644 Section 010: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease -- Latin America. 2 cr. This course is open to all students interested in Latin America, but it is designed to prepare students for PHS 645: Global Health Field Study in Equador or Mexico. Prerequisite: MPH or Grad Student and cons. inst. syllabus
644 Section 020: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease -- South Asia. 2 cr. This course is open to all students interested in South Asia, but it is designed to prepare students for PHS 645: Global Health Field Study in India or other credit-based field experience in South Asia. Prerequisite: MPH or Grad Student and cons. inst. syllabus
644 Section 030: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease -- Africa. 2 cr. This course is open to all students interested in Africa, but it is designed to prepare students for PHS 645: Global Health Field Study in Uganda or other credit-based field experience in Africa. Prerequisite: MPH or Grad Student and cons. inst. syllabus
644 Section 040: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease -- Southeast Asia. 2 cr. This course is open to all students interested in Southeast Asia, but it is designed to prepare students for PHS 645: Global Health Field Study in Thailand or other credit-based field experience in Southeast Asia. Prerequisite: MPH or Grad Student and cons. inst. syllabus
650 Special Topics. 1-3 cr. Variable content course. Prerequisite: Varies by topic. The Pop Health 650 course number is used for temporary courses. Each section is a distinctly separate course
650 Section 015: Writing for Scholarly Publication. 1 cr. This course focuses on the study of the development of skills and opportunities that culminate in publishable works in public health and other health science-related professional journals, area-specific journals, cross-disciplinary journals, and other publications. There will be an emphasis on writing, editing, reviewing, and other professional development skills that culminate in the publication in peer-reviewed professional journals and other publishing outlets. Prerequisite: MPH or Grad Students. syllabus
650 Section 023: Public Health Genomics. 1 cr. This course will provide an introduction to public health genetics; a background in basic genetics, genetic technology, the human genome project, and post-genome challenges; fundamentals of genetic epidemiology; a background in the use of genetics in medicine and health services; an awareness of the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genetics; and an introduction to policy implications. Prerequisite: MPH or Grad Students. syllabus
650 Section 024: Public Health Preparedness. 1 cr. Prerequisite: MPH or Grad Students. syllabus

650 Section 063: Principles of Enviromental Health for Public Health Practice.  3 cr. Students in this course will define environmental health and describe its’ history as a crucial aspect of the history of public health, describe unique elements of environmental health as a public health discipline, describe the U.S. and world health status and issues as background framework to environmental health, describe the major classes of toxic substances and regulations currently in place to manage risks, learn to apply risk principles and weight of evidence to develop environmental health metrics/indicators for environmental management and decision-making, learn to communicate indicator findings using multiple modes, text, data and maps, develop three environmental health indicators for use in environmental health management and policy/decision-making including undertanding the genetic, physiologic, and psychosocial factors that affect susceptibility to adverse outcomes, understand differences in scale of use and its impact on availability and use of environmental health data, discuss solutions to environmental health problems: risk assessment and HIA that integrate across disciplines and account for feedbacks and side-effects of interventions, and develop effective risk communication strategies related to environmental health. syllabus

650 Section 073: Public Health Law. (Cross-listed with Law, Med Hist.) Prerequisite: Population Health, Epidemiology, MPH student or consent of instructor.

650 Section 074: Special Topics in Environmental Health Epidemiology. 2 cr. This course will introduce students to a variety of environmental health topics and methods used for conducting epidemiologic studies in environmental health.  Prerequisite: at least one introduction to epidemiology and/or study design course and consent of instructor. syllabus

650 Section 076: Community Health in Conflict Situations. 1 cr.  As internal conflict and political turmoil are impacting populations around the world on a daily basis, it is crucial for UW-Madison students, both graduate and undergraduate, to be aware of the problem, understand the impact on vulnerable populations and have the competency to articulate strategies towards health and wellness through the different tiers of government and organizations, both local and international. Prerequisite:  Must be enrolled in a graduate program at UW-Madison or be an upper level undergraduate student at UW-Madison. syllabus

650 Section 077: Introduction to Survey Sampling. 2 cr. Students to sample survey methods and principles, as well as the applied skills necessary to design a sample survey. Students will learn basic sampling techniques, such as simple random sampling, systematic sampling, stratification, cluster sampling, probability proportional to size, weighting, and variance estimation. Hands-on practice constructing sampling frames from census data and other auxiliary sources, selecting samples using SAS, and evaluating the efficiency of sample designs and their underlying assumptions.  Prerequisites: PHS/BMI 452, 551 or consent of instructor.

651 Advanced Regression Methods for Population Health (Previously 900 Quantitative Methods in Population Health II). (Cross-listed with Biostatistics and Medical Informatics) 3 cr. Extension of regression analysis to observational data with unequal variance, unequal sampling and propensity weights, clusters and longitudinal measurements, using different variance structures, mixed linear models, generalized linear models and GEE. Matrix notation will be introduced and underlying mathematical and statistical principles will be explained. Examples use data sets from ongoing population health research. Prerequisite: PHS 798 and 552; or cons inst. syllabus

652 Topics in Biostatistics for Epidemiology. 1-3 cr. The course will consist of multiple modules covering a variety of statistical topics. The length of modules will vary based on the breadth and depth of the specific topic.  Each module will adopt an in-depth focus on a biostatistical method of particular relevance to epidemiology such as measurement error, missing data, intermediate variables, complex study designs, meta-analysis, splines, propensity scores, causal inference, spatial statistics and resampling. One or more modules will be offered every spring semester. Prerequisites: BMI/PHS 551 and PHS/BMI 552; and Stat 850 or PHS/BMI 651; or consent of instructor. syllabus
661 State Level Health System and Coverage Reform Course Overview and Syllabus 1 cr. Overview of the state initiatives in health care coverage, access, and costs, trends in the public and private sectors, and current issues and debates about reform nationally and in Wisconsin. syllabus
662: Intro to Social Marketing. 1 cr.  This course is designed to give students an orientation to social marketing and its specific applications in public health.  It is appropriate for current and future practitioners in the public health field.  Class sessions will combine didactic presentations with group discussion and in-class exercises. syllabus
664: Prevention of Overweight and Obesity. (Previously 650-049) 2 cr. In this course, students will focus on overweight and obesity prevention, with a strong focus on pediatric obesity. Prerequisite: Graduate student or student in healthcare professional program; PHS 797 or cons inst. syllabus

699 Independent Reading. 1-5 cr. To gain additional information on specific research problems or advanced training in the areas covered by Population Health staff. Prerequisite: Graduate student and cons inst.
703 Quality of Health Care: Evaluation and Assurance. (Cross-listed with ISYE) 1-3 cr. Implementation, oversight and management of quality-oriented activities in health care settings.  Overview of current and historical activities, approaches, and issues confronting health care related to quality assessment, assurance, and improvement.  Prerequisite:  Major or minor in Population Health, or cons inst. syllabus

709 Translational and Outcomes Research in Health and Health Care. 3 cr. This course seeks to review the conceptualization of translational and outcomes research in health and health care settings; to illustrate basic concepts and methods in research as applied to current issues in health and health care settings; and to understand the diverse perspectives that can be used to inform translational and outcomes research in different organizations, including those based within communities. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. syllabus

713 Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS. 1 cr.  This course provides an overview of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the United States and worldwide. Topics covered include a review of the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, the natural history of HIV disease, strategies to prevent and treat HIV, and local and global health impact with a focus on historically significant milestones as well as promising current and future research. Prerequisite: PHS 797 Introduction to Epidemiology or consent of instructor.
714 Leadership for Population Health Improvement. 3 cr. This course is designed to deepen participants' understanding of their own leadership attributes and style, refine core leadership skills including communication, collaboration, negotiation, and advocacy, and build a framework for advancing population health improvement within and across organizations. Prerequisites: Students must be in the Leadership in Population Health Improvement on-line Certificate and must have taken PHS 780, PHS 785, and PHS 879.
718 International Health Systems. 2 cr. Addresses and analyzes differences in health status and methods of organizing and providing health services in countries with varying levels of development and types of sociopolitical systems. Develops an understanding of the various avenues of international cooperation in health. Prerequisite: Graduate student or cons inst. syllabus 
740 Health Impact Assessment of Global Environmental Change. (Cross-listed with Environmental Studies) 3 cr. Covers contemporary methods of impact assessment in a framework to address global environmental health threats (e.g., global climate change, deforestation and biodiversity loss, and urban sprawl). Issues dovetail well (but do not overlap) with Introduction to Environmental Health.  Prerequisite:  Graduate student; Population Health 797 or 471; or cons inst. syllabus

750 Cancer Epidemiology. 3 cr. This course will cover current knowledge on cancer occurrence and control in human populations. Design and analysis approaches appropriate for cancer epidemiology will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Prev Med 797, 798; & H Oncol 721 or cons inst. syllabus
780 Public Health: Principles and Practice. 3 cr. An interdisciplinary graduate-level course addressing population-based approaches to community health improvement, and features problem-based learning. A focus on contemporary issues; opportunities to work with a public health mentor and lectures by local, state and national figures.  Prerequisite:  MPH student, graduate student, or cons inst. syllabus
781: Intro to Public Health Seminar. 1 cr. The purpose of this seminar is to introduce MPH students to various aspects in the field of public health.  Students, Faculty, Staff, and Public Health specialists will contribute to the seminar through presentations, workshops, and discussion sessions.  These seminars will serve to familiarize MPH students to the various opportunities the program provides and to facilitate frequent conversation and dialogue between faculty, staff, and students. In addition, various public health speakers will be invited to discuss their areas of expertise and to describe potential field placement sites. Prerequisite: MPH students. Section 001: syllabus, Section 002: syllabus, Section 003: syllabus, Section 004: syllabus
785: Health Systems, Management, and Policy. (Cross-listed with Physical Therapy)3 cr. This course will cover topics including healthcare system structure, health policy, management and organization, and healthcare reform. syllabus
786: Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health. 3 cr. Covers the predominant theories to describe, explain, or predict human behavior to address the social and behavioral determinants of health and promote behavior change.  Prerequisite: MPH students, graduate standing, or cons inst. syllabus
787: MPH Field Experience Seminar. 1 cr. This seminar outlines the policies, procedures and expectations for students undertaking the MPH field work requirement. Students will learn basic field work skills to assist them in the implementation of a MPH field placement project. Prerequisite: MPH students. syllabus
788 MPH Field Experience. 1-6 cr. The Field Experience is a required component for all students in the Master of Public Health program.  This requirement provides students with practical experience; allowing them to apply and incorporate skills and knowledge learned during their study in a public health setting.  Students participate in a population-focused field experience following the completion of the majority of their coursework. Prerequisite: MPH student and cons inst. Field and Capstone Project Handbook
791 Physical Activity Epidemiology. ( Cross listed with Kinesiology) 3 cr. Recommendations for and surveillance of physical activity in the U.S., and associations with health and disease at the population level. Emphasis on measurement techniques, study design and research considerations.  Prerequisite:  Grad student or cons inst. Kinesiology Department Homepage
794 Biological Basis of Population Health. 2 cr. This course covers the physiology, biology and biochemistry of selected disease processes deemed to be important to students of Population Health Sciences by virtue of their clinical significance including incidence, mortality and morbidity. Prerequisite:  Graduate student or cons inst. syllabus
795 Principles of Population Health Science. 3 cr. Introduces students to the multiple determinants of health including medical care, socioeconomic status, the physical environment and individual behavior, and their interactions. Also covered will be the definition and measurement of population health, economic concepts in population health, and ethical and managerial issues in population health improvement. Prerequisite: Graduate student in Population Health or cons inst. syllabus
796 Introduction to Health Services Research. 3 cr. Introduces students to a variety of perspectives, substantive areas and methodological approaches to health services research that provide the foundation for understanding the structure, process and outcomes of the U.S. health care system. Prerequisite: Population Health 795; or cons inst. syllabus
797 Introduction to Epidemiology. (Cross listed with Sociology.) 3 cr. Lectures and discussions on design, implementation and interpretation of epidemiologic studies; emphasis on methodologic problems in the measurement of disease frequency, natural history and risk factors. Prerequisite: Graduate student or health care profession student or cons inst. syllabus
798 Epidemiologic Methods. 3 cr. The main emphasis of this course is the design and interpretation of epidemiologic studies. The course includes hands-on experience in the evaluation of epidemiologic evidence, the analysis of epidemiologic data, and the discussion of strategies aimed to improve study validity and efficiency. Prerequisite: Population Heath 797; or cons inst. syllabus
801 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease. 3 cr. This course introduces basic methods to studying the epidemiology of infectious diseases and reviews infectious diseases of major public health importance. The course will cover the basics of microbiology, immunology, and laboratory-based methods and the principles of disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, mathematical models of disease transmission, and prevention strategies. The etiology, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of ancient, modern, and emerging infectious diseases will be examined. Prerequisite: Pop Health 797; or cons inst. syllabus
802 Advanced Epidemiology: Etiology and Prevention. 3 cr. The course addresses the epidemiological basis for understanding the etiology and prevention of major diseases. Students integrate information about disease patterns, epidemiological methods, and published studies to identify research questions and design a project. Prerequisite: Graduate student, Population Health 797 & 798 or cons inst. syllabus
PHS 803 Monitoring Population Health.  3 cr. This course is designed to help you learn about using and collecting both quantitative and qualitative data to inform your public health/population health work. The course will provide a very practical approach to analyzing and using existing data sources such as the census, BRFSS, the state's searchable health data system, and others. syllabus
PHS 805 Epidemiologic Methods IV. 3 cr. This course 4 is directed to PhD and MS students and expands on the knowledge and abilities developed in POP HLTH 797 and POP HLTH 798. The goal of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the rationale and use of study designs that built upon but are substantially different from the most common designs used in epidemiologic research (experimental studies, case-control studies, and cohort studies). The main emphasis of this course is on the design and interpretation of epidemiologic tudies. The course will include hands-on experience on the assessment of non-traditional designs as tools to improve the validity and efficiency of epidemiologic studies. Most lectures will be followed by a lab session. Prerequisites: Graduate Student Standing, Population Health 797 & 798. syllabus

806 Advanced Epidemiology: Practice of Epidemiology. 3 cr. The goals of the course are to apply and extend methodological knowledge learned in prior courses in the Population Health Sciences epidemiology methods sequence (PHS 797, 798, 805) to selected key activities of a practicing epidemiologic researcher including: study implementation; scientific writing and presentation; manuscript and grant peer reviewing; measurement validation, simulation studies and sensitivity analyses; and, commonly-used epidemiology field instruments and methods. Prerequisites: PopHealth 797, 798 and 805. syllabus

820 Graduate Research Seminar. 1 cr. Research seminar for students in the Population Health graduate program. Presentations by graduate students, professors, public health professionals and experts designed to cover the depth and breadth of research in the field of population health.  Prerequisite: Graduate student in Population Health graduate program. syllabus

845 Seminar in Health and Mental Health Economics.  1-3 cr.  This doctoral seminar provides an overview of current topics in health and mental health economics. The main objectives of this seminar are to acquaint students with important current topics, literature, and scholarship in this field.  Prerequisite: predoctoral trainees in the NIMH Training Program; students studying health economics, enrollment is by consent of instructor; Graduate level study in microeconomics and econometrics is expected.

848 Health Economics. (Cross listed with Econ) 3 cr. Health economics issues including demand, supply and pricing, market structure, medical malpractice, technological change, value of life, role of insurance, and other aspects of uncertainty. Prerequisite: Graduate student. syllabus
875 Assessment of Medical Technologies. (Cross-listed with Industrial Engineering) 2-3 cr. Basic ideas and tools of cost effectiveness analysis as applied in evaluating medical technologies. Addresses special problems and methods in assessing diagnostic technologies, including ROC analysis, and in measuring health for technology assessment. Uses "classical" and current journal literature. Prerequisite: Graduate student in Population Health & Population Health 797 & 552; or cons inst. syllabus
881 Benefit-Cost Analysis. (Cross-listed with LaFollette School of Public Affairs) 3 cr.  This course will present the welfare economics underpinnings for evaluating the social benefits and costs of government activities. Issues such as uncertainty, the social discount rate, and welfare weights will be discussed; case studies from the environmental, social policy, and agricultural areas will be studied. Prerequisite: Graduate student, Pub Affr 818 & 880 or Pop Hlth 875 & at least one course in econ or cons inst. syllabus
904 Special Topics in Epidemiology. 1-3 cr. Variable content course. Prerequisite:  Varies by topic. The Pop Health 904 course number is used for topics courses in Epidemiology. Each section is a distinctly separate course. Courses provide in-depth focus on current areas of epidemiologic investigation.  Each semester multiple modules (e.g., cardiovascular, cancer, infectious diseases, women’s health, international, etc.) will be offered.
904 Section 001: Cardiovascular Diseases Epidemiology. 1 cr.  This course is directed to graduate students interested in the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases.  The main emphasis of this course is the discussion of the population distribution, health impact, risk factors, treatment, and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. syllabus

904 Section 003: Analytic Methods in Genetic Epidemiology. 2 cr. This course offers a unique opportunity to take part in the international Genetic Analysis Workshop (GAW16 for 2008) ( The purpose of the GAW is to provide an opportunity for statisticians, epidemiologists, geneticists, and other scientists to interact to address methodological issues in genetic analysis.

904 Section 004 Global Health Epidemiology.  2 cr. The purposes of this course are to explore the relationship between globalization and health and provide students with an understanding of: (a) major indicators and determinants of health and health disparities across populations, from less to more developed countries; (b )the role of epidemiology in developing proven and potential interventions to improve global health and reduce health disparities; and (c )methodological and ethical considerations in international health research. syllabus
904 Section 102 Genetic Epidemiology.  2 cr. This course will provide an introduction to genetic epidemiology, particularly genetic association studies. Topics will include a general overview of genetics and Mendelian and complex inheritance. We will discuss the various elements of study design, including definition of study population, participant ascertainment, phenotype definition, selection of genetic markers, determination of the type of biologic sample to be collected for extraction of the DNA, data collection and management, and choice of analytic methods. syllabus

915 International Health Systems and Policy. 2 cr. The course is designed as an independent study, allowing students considerable flexibility in scheduling the work and reporting the lessons learned. All readings and other materials are available in portable, electronic format. The intellectual approach is highly interdisciplinary, encouraging students to examine health systems from the perspectives of philosophy, history, sociology, demography, epidemiology, economics, and politics as well as clinical medicine. Prerequisite: 4th year Med Student. syllabus
955 Seminar - Physical Activity Epidemiology. (Cross-listed with Kinesiology) 1 cr.  Current research developments in physical activity epidemiology. Prerequisite graduate student or cons inst. Kinesiology Department Homepage
990 Research. 1-8 cr. cons inst. Prerequisite: cons inst.