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Master of Public Health

Epidemiological & Biostatistical Methods for Public Health & Clinical Research

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Olga Joos
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Gregory Tung
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Luca Passerini
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Marie Curry
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The MPH concentration in Epidemiological and Biostatistical Methods for Public Health and Clinical Research is designed for students with quantitative backgrounds who wish to pursue a rigorous curriculum in epidemiologic study design and statistical data analysis.

The goal of this concentration is to help students to participate in the design, conduct and analysis of research studies in public health and put concepts into practice. This concentration is best suited for students who have already worked in a particular substantive area and have identified specific research questions.

The objectives of this concentration are to outline the necessary didactic course work, group meetings and seminars, and opportunities to present the specification of a hypothesis of interest, conduct appropriate univariate, bivariate and multivariate statistical analysis of an appropriate data set and a written manuscript or research report.  There are two tracks within this concentration: the Epidemiology track and the Biostatistics track, which are distinguished by the specific coursework required (see below).

Competencies Gained

Course of Study

Students are required to complete and obtain a passing grade (minimum of C) in a four-term sequence in both epidemiology and biostatistics.

All students complete each of the following four epidemiology courses:
340.601Principles of Epidemiology*5 creditsSummer term
340.751Epidemiologic Methods I5 credits1st term
340.752Epidemiologic Methods II5 credits2nd term
340.753Epidemiologic Methods III5 credits3rd term
For the Epidemiology track, students take the following biostatistics sequence:
140.621Statistical Methods in Public Health I*4 credits1st term
140.622Statistical Methods in Public Health II*4 credits2nd term
140.623Statistical Methods in Public Health III*4 credits3rd term
140.624Statistical Methods in Public Health IV4 credits4th term
For the Biostatistics track, students take the following biostatistics sequence:
140.651Methods in Biostatistics I*4 credits1st term
140.652Methods in Biostatistics II*4 credits2nd term
140.653Methods in Biostatistics III*4 credits3rd term
140.654Methods in Biostatistics IV*4 credits4th term

*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

In consultation with their advisors, students may take other courses of Interest (Optional):

Several other courses are recommended depending upon the students' interests and research needs in specific areas such as meta-analysis, health survey methods, clinical trials, study design and grant proposal development, survival analysis, data management, and other special topics.

330.603Psychiatric Epidemiology3 credits2nd term
340.620Principles of Clinical Epidemiology2 credits2nd term
340.645Introduction to Clinical Trials3 credits2nd term [Internet - 1st & 3rd terms]
340.717Health Survey Research Methods4 credits2nd term
380.603Demographic Methods for Public Health4 credits2nd term [Internet - 3rd term]
340.606Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis6 credits3rd term
140.641Survival Analysis I3 credits1st term
340.607Introduction to Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology4 credits3rd term
380.650Fundamentals of Life Tables4 credits3rd term
340.616Epidemiology of Aging3 credits4th term
340.715Problems in the Design of Epidemiologic Studies4 credits4th term
223.672Data Management Methods in Health Research Studies5 credits[Internet Only – 1st and 4th terms]
340.680Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology4 credits4th term
340.754Methodologic Challenges in Epidemiologic Research5 credits4th term
380.651Methods and Measures in Population Studies4 credits4th term

Capstone Experience

The MPH capstone experience in Epidemiologic and Biostatistical Methods involves the application of skills and competencies acquired to problems in epidemiology and data analysis. Preparation for the capstone experience will start during the 1st term and be integrated throughout the year. A total of 3 credits of research special studies (XXX.840 - one each in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd terms) will be allotted to this activity under the direction of the student’s capstone advisor or other concentration-affiliated faculty.

There will be required small group seminars for informal discussion of issues relevant to public health research and research in progress sessions. The final product will be a written paper based on a student's research question of interest and corresponding data analysis.  The student’s advisor will approve the written paper. In addition, each student will register for the required two credit MPH Capstone Course (XXX.800) in the 4th term and prepare and present the work in a short oral presentation in a special MPH symposium in May.

Concentration Seminar

The 3 credits of research special studies are for attending the required small group seminars. These seminars typically meet weekly on Thursdays from 12:15-1:20 p.m. during the academic year. Topics will include: getting started on a research project, how to identify data sets, managing data, writing a scientific paper and oral presentation skills. Most of these seminars will be used as research in progress sessions where students are expected to formally report on the progress to date of their capstone projects. These seminars typically begin in August; no more than two excused absences are allowed.

Expectations

Students are expected:

  1. During the first term, to identify a research question, hypotheses and data set to be used (November 1).
  2. During the second term, to submit and obtain IRB approval (December 4).
  3. To attend and participate in small group seminars (no more than 2 excused absences).
  4. To complete at least two research in progress presentations.
  5. To complete a formal presentation of the final report of their project using a format typical of a scientific meeting presentation.
  6. To write a formal paper summarizing the data analyses and findings from their capstone project, using the guidelines of a relevant journal.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Rosa Crum, MD, Professor, Epidemiology, 410-614-2411, rcrum@jhsph.edu

Marie Diener-West, PhD, Professor, Biostatistics, 410-502-6894, mdiener@jhsph.edu