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Description

Kelly Searle, PhD, ScM, Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of Minnesota

M. Kumi Smith, PhD, MPIA, Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of Minnesota   

This course will provide a working knowledge of two of the most widely used—yet poorly understood—methods in infectious disease (ID) research: mathematical modeling and geospatial analysis. The goals of the course are less to master these increasingly popular methods than to become informed consumers of research featuring them.

Infectious diseases now regularly dominate global news headlines, particularly whether regarding outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases like zika and, Ebola, or vaccine preventable diseases like measles. Such reports often cite highly technical methods such as transmission models, geospatial analyses, or other methods less familiar to students of classical epidemiology. This course will provide a basic understanding of such methods as they relate to the traditional regression-based methods taught in most epidemiology programs. It will also explore the motivations, basic functions, and limitations of ID methods. Students who complete this course will come away with a working literacy of these methods, justifications for their use, and an awareness of their limitations.

This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7200-118 as part of the 2019 Public Health Institute.

For more information: sph.umn.edu/public-health-institute

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Correctly use widely used terms and phrases in infectious disease epidemiology.
  2. Understand key features of infectious diseases that dictate the methods used to research them.
  3. Describe the interacting roles of biology and behavior in determining transmission of infectious diseases.
  4. Create and interpret maps of disease distribution in R.
  5. Understand and describe compartmental models for different types of infectious diseases.

Registration & Cancellation

The registration fee for this course is $595. You will receive an email letter outlining program logistics two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Requests for refunds will be honored in full if a written cancellation request is received prior to the course start date. An administration fee of $50 will be charged to all refund requests received after the first day of class. The Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach (CPHEO) reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund of the program registration fee. CPHEO is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.

The Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach will provide a certificate of attendance verifying 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 15 CPH recertification credits.

All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Contact & Questions

Meghan Taylor: 612-626-8434; tayl0427@umn.edu

 

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Section Title
Maps, Models, and Networks: Demystifying the Jargon Around Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Type
Lecture
Days
M, T, W
Time
1:00PM to 5:00PM
Dates
May 20, 2019 to May 22, 2019
Campus
Twin Cities
Building
Blegen Hall
Type
Lecture
Days
F
Time
1:00PM to 4:00PM
Dates
May 24, 2019
Campus
Twin Cities
Building
Blegen Hall
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
15.0
Location
Delivery Options
Lecture  
Course Fee(s)
Full Pay non-credit $595.00
Drop Request Deadline
May 13, 2019
Transfer Request Deadline
May 13, 2019
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