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Fall 2022 Course Offerings: BSHES 520, BSHES 579

In the Fall 2022 semester, the following courses will be open to all students. If you have any interest in taking these courses, please contact Rachel Corbett at rachel [dot] whitney [dot] corbett [at] emory [dot] edu

BSHES 520 – Theory Driven Research and Practice

    • Section 3 – Friday 1pm-3:50pm 
    • Introduces an array of conceptual theories that posit different patterns of association among a variety of behavioral, psychological, and social antecedents that together can influence health outcomes. The theories covered in this course align with aggregating levels of influence at the individual, interpersonal, organizational/community and macrosocietal levels. In-class discussion and assignments will enable the learner to understand the value of theory for ethical practice, research design, and intervention development, to gain skills in applying theories for program/intervention design, implementation and evaluation. 
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  • BSHES 579 – Applied History of Public Health
    • Section 4 – Friday 10am-11:50am 
    • In this course, we critically examine the history of public health to gain perspective on current health problems. Students analyze the history of public health institutions, concepts, and practices in the contexts of the history of the social determinants of health, culture, and changing ecologies of health and disease. This course also uses history to analyze health inequities with the goal of promoting health equity.

Fall 2022 Course Offering, NRSG 736: Quantitative Analysis of Clinical Research Data

Course Description:

This course focuses on practical application of statistics addressing clinical research questions. Analyzing data is the major emphasis of the course including examining if assumptions of the statistical analyses are being met and interpreting the findings. Course assignments and a final project focus on using statistical software and computing resources to analyze data sets from actual clinical research studies and literature with interpretation and assessment of conclusions.

Prerequisites: BIOS 500 and 501

Course Objective:

To build and expand upon the statistical theory and methods learned in BIOS 500 and 501 and improve the student’s statistical software experience and programming skills (course includes analysis using SAS, SPSS or R) to improve research scholarship and dissemination.

Planned Topics:

  • Computing Environment (SAS, SPSS, R, Other Supporting Software)
  • Getting data into and out of statistical software (import, export features)
  • Reproducible Research Principles (documentation, reporting, version control)
  • Initial data assessments: univariate and bivariate methods, parametric and non-parametric
  • Regression methods: linear, logistic and introduction to “generalized”
  • Analysis of (co)Variance: univariate and multivariate, ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANOVA, MANCOVA
  • Longitudinal analysis: repeated measures with introduction to multi-level models (MLM)
  • Assessment and testing of data & model assumptions (including missing data)
  • Brief introduction to Factor Analysis, Reliability, Discriminant Analysis, and SEM (structural equation modeling)

Updated Certificate Application Information: ID, SDOH, and GME

Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ID) Certificate

  • Application will be open from August 1 through August 19.  
  • The link to the application will be on the website page on August 1st.
  • Decisions will be made prior to the start of the Fall Semester.
  • If you applied and have been accepted, you will receive a congratulations letter as well as an invitation to the certificate Canvas site. 
  • At that time, you will be enrolled in EPI 512 as that is the first required course for the Certificate.  Please be sure to leave the class time slot open when making your schedule.  EPI 512 is offered this fall on Fridays at 1:00-1:50 PM.
  • Be sure to register for EPI 517 this Fall as well.  There are no registration blocks on that course so you should be able to register with no issues during summer registration.  
  • When you are meeting with your advisor this summer to register for the fall, be sure to let your advisor know that you plan to apply to the ID Certificate.
  • If you have any questions, you may contact Brenda Hardy at Brenda [dot] l [dot] hardy [at] emory [dot] edu.

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Certificate

  • Application will be open from August 1 through August 19.  
  • The link to the application will be on our website page on August 1st.
  • Decisions will be made prior to the start of the Fall Semester.
  • If you applied and have been accepted, you will receive a congratulations letter as well as an invitation to the certificate Canvas site.
  • When you are meeting with your advisor this summer to register for the fall, be sure to let your advisor know that you plan to apply to the SDOH Certificate.
  • Be sure to register this summer for EPI 511 which will be offered Tuesday, 9:00-9:50 AM.
  • If you have any questions, you may contact Brenda Hardy at Brenda [dot] l [dot] hardy [at] emory [dot] edu

Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology (GME) Certificate

  • Application will be open from August 15 through September 15. 
  • The link to the application will be on the certificate website page on August 15th.
  • Decisions will be made by September 30.
  • If you applied and have been accepted, you will receive a congratulations letter as well as an invitation to the Canvas site.
  • If  you are interested in the GME Certificate, you should take EPI 510 Introduction to Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, Friday 3:00-3:50 for 1 credit hour.
  • If you have any questions, you may contact Brenda Hardy at Brenda [dot] l [dot] hardy [at] emory [dot] edu.

 


GRAD 700: Pandemic Reflections Fall 2022 Course Offering

This fall semester, Dr. Jodie Guest will be teaching a 3 credit course open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

CFDE University Course – Fall 2022

Pandemic Reflections 

Tuesday 1-4pm

Course Convener: Dr. Jodie Guest

Course Description: 

Often discussions of pandemics focus on infectious diseases, public health outreach and communication, and perhaps even vaccine development and roll out. But pandemics are also like mirrors. They offer a reflection of both who we are and who we can be as a global community. What can they teach us about ourselves, our society, and even our world?  

This course will focus on the HIV/AIDS and Covid-19 pandemics as two (ongoing) events that have taught us about science and disease. But they have also brought a sharper focus on issues surrounding stigma, religion, communication, inequity, and politics. Drawing on these two pandemics, we will begin to ponder how they help explore our current context more deeply and shape our responses to future pandemics.   What were our lessons learned? How might we carry them forward? 

Space is limited in this course, not all that apply are guaranteed a place in the course. 

To apply for the course, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/kkVaRdXRr6ERDEfb7 


BSHES 560R: Firearm Injury Theory & Prevention Course Offering

The Department of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences at Rollins will offer an elective course (BSHES 560R) in Firearm Injury Theory & Prevention this fall. 

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the concept of firearm-related injury and death as a public health crisis and focuses on the social, structural, and behavioral aspects of interpersonal and self-directed violence. From theory to practice, students will integrate basic and comprehensive public health concepts with data to influence novel violence prevention strategies and policies. 

Course Instructors:

Dr. Randi Smith: Dr. Smith received her MD degree from the University of California San Francisco, and her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her general surgery residency at the University of California San Francisco – East Bay, and her fellowship in trauma and critical care surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Smith serves as a trauma surgeon and surgical ICU doctor at Grady Memorial Hospital. Her special interests include violence prevention, clinical outcomes with a focus on understanding the social determinate of health that lead to trauma and health disparities. 

In 2017, Dr. Smith joined the Violence Prevention Task Force, based out of the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE), and became a core faculty member. She spearheads many community outreach efforts and has gained a national reputation for her involvement in hospital-based violence prevention strategies. 

Dr. Lauren Hudak: Lauren Hudak, MD, MPH is an attending physician of Emergency Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA, and an Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Hudak’s clinical interests include the care of trauma and injury patients with a focus on victims off sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and firearm injured patients. Her research interests include the impact of violence and injury on mental health and the community, as well as firearm injury prevention in the clinical environment. She is the Assistant Director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE) where she is the Co-Chair of the Violence Prevention Task Force collaborating with multiple Atlanta area research and community organizations. 

Dr. Haduk serves as the Emergency Medicines Sexual Violence curriculum director, coordinating training for the sexual assault forensic examination as well as comprehensive advocacy focused clinical care. Her current research projects include examining the effectiveness of firearm safety discussions with patients as well as assessing firearm injury trends, risk and protective factors, and hospital based violence intervention in the healthcare setting. 

 


Master’s in Development Practice Program Course Offerings

The Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) Program is a Laney Graduate School program that welcomes all students in course offerings as space is available.  They have reserved five spaces in each MDP offering for RSPH students.  Please see below should you be interested in learning more about the courses.  Should you have questions about whether any of these classes can be applied towards your degree, please email your ADAP.

If you are interested in enrolling in one or more courses please do the following prior to July 15:

1)      Check that there is not a course conflict between your current registration and the MDP course you are interested in being enrolled in.  Alternately, if there is, by indicating your interest, you are noting you would drop the course that is the conflict should enrollment in the MDP course be available.

2)      Email Rebeca Quintana (rebeca [dot] quintana [at] emory [dot] edu), MDP Program Administrator, with the following information:

·         EMPL ID

·         Course Number/Name you are interested in enrolling

·         Grading Status you are requesting (i.e. graded, S/U, etc.)

The MDP program will begin offering seats to students on August 1 and will maintain a waitlist until the start of class.  For any questions about the courses, please email Rebeca Quintana directly.

FALL 2021 SPECIAL TOPIC COURSES OPEN TO NON-MDP STUDENTS

MDP 585R: Special Topics – Elements of Advocacy
Instructor: Ed Lee III

  • Credits: 2
  • Class number: 5376
  • Enrollment minimum: Eight
  • Enrollment limit: 5 – A waiting list will be maintained for excess enrollment requests
  • Grading basis: Letter grade or S/U
  • Meeting dates: August 26th – December 2nd
  • Meeting day, time, method: Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, in person

The quest for cultural, political, and social change requires an understanding of the various components that comprise advocacy. Effective decision-making and leadership require an understanding of argumentation and advocacy. This is particularly the case for heterogeneous organizations and communities. In addition to exploring the element of effective advocacy, the course will equip students with the skills to analyze audiences and construct compelling arguments for change.


MDP 585R: Special Topics – Identity, Development, and Social Change
Instructor: Ms. Candace Stanciel

  • Credits: 1
  • Class number: 5363
  • Enrollment minimum: Four
  • Enrollment limit: 20 – a waiting list will be maintained for excess enrollment requests
  • Grading basis: Letter grade or S/U
  • Meeting dates: October 14th – December 2nd
  • Meeting day, time, method: Thursday, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, in person

For individuals seeking to drive social impact and the mission-driven organizations they work and serve within, understanding the challenges and opportunities related to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is a critical need and skill. Identity, Development and Social Change will help leaders interested in philanthropy and social change develop a greater understanding of identity and its impact on their personal and professional development, highlight ways to operationalize equity inside organizations and provide opportunities to apply models for solutions to challenges they are observing in the field. This course seeks to lift critical issues that intersect with EDI such as program design and development, data and measurement, theories of change, coaching across difference, stakeholder engagement and fundraising to understand what’s possible in the ways we both understand and practice social change.


MDP 585R: Special Topics – Organization & Management: Social Sector
Instructor: Mr. Randy Martin

  • Credits: 1
  • Course number: 5362
  •  Enrollment minimum: Four
  • Enrollment limit: 5 – A waiting list will be maintained for excess enrollment requests
  • Grading basis: Letter grade or S/U
  • Meeting dates: August 26th – October 7th
  • Meeting day, time, method: Thursday, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, in person

This course will introduce you to many of the most important concepts of organization and management within the context of the evolving role that nonprofits and other purpose-based organizations play in delivering social impact. Today’s successful leaders – whether in for-profit or nonprofit organizations – need to understand not only business issues but must also grasp concepts related to organizational effectiveness and people dynamics.

This course is designed to increase your understanding of those factors and dynamics that affect the performance of organizations and, as a result, enhance your ability to operate effectively – as a participant and leader — in socially complex environments. Some of the topics we will explore include: systems thinking and the dynamics of human systems; historic roots of the nonprofit sector and intrinsic creative tensions in philanthropy; governance models (traditional and hybrid) and the emergence of purpose-based organizations; the importance of mission and adaptive
strategy; and organization concepts and practices around issues such as leadership, human capital, DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion), and culture.

This course uses a combination of readings, lectures, visiting speakers, videos, exercises, cases, individual and team assignments, and class discussion. The readings and videos will introduce key concepts and ways of thinking about common situations in complex organizations. Case studies and class exercises will provide opportunities both to apply theories, concepts, and research findings and to help you proactively identify and address organizational issues. The
written assignments are designed to help you consolidate your insights and develop your analytical skills. Finally, guest lecturers will be active in the social sector and provide a pragmatic, real-life context to bring many of the concepts to life.


Become a Second Year Epi Buddy

Description

The epi buddy program is a student-to-student mentoring program which pairs incoming first-year EPI/GLEPI students with students from the second-year EPI/GLEPI cohort.  The program itself is a 1–2-hour commitment each month and will consist of periodic check-ins with your 1st-year mentee(s) and attending one or two optional events with your mentee(s) throughout the semester. 

This is a great opportunity to get more involved, give back to our little epi community, personally grow as a leader, and overall expand your network – plus, it is going to be a lot of fun!   Each incoming student will be paired with a second-year mentor; therefore, we would like to get as many second years as possible to keep the ratio of mentors to mentees as close to 1 to 1 as possible.

We would like to get pairings done over the next few weeks so that 1st-year students can ask their buddy any questions which may come up over the summer. Therefore, if you would like to participate as a second-year mentor for the program, please fill out this form ASAP. 

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Epi student representatives, Sandra Amouzou and Katy Krupinsky via email or on GroupMe.


INFO 534: Applied Machine Learning, Fall Course Offering

Description

The elective course gives an introduction to machine learning techniques and theory, with a focus on its use in practical applications. The Applied Machine Learning course teaches you a wide-ranging set of techniques of supervised and unsupervised machine learning approaches using R as the programming language. During the course, a selection of topics will be covered in supervised learning, such as linear models for regression and classification, or nonlinear models such as neural networks, and in unsupervised learning such as clustering. The uses and limitations of these algorithms will be discussed, and their implementation will be investigated in programming assignments. The course also covers theoretical concepts such as inductive bias, the PAC and Mistake-bound learning frameworks, minimum description length principle, and Ockham’s Razor. 

There will be a strong emphasis on the real-world context in which machine learning systems are used. The use of machine learning components in practical applications will be exemplified, and Public health realistic scenarios will be studied in application areas such as hospitalization metrics using electronic medical record data, clinical trials, natural language processing, image processing, and bioinformatics. The importance of the design and selection of features, and their reliability, will be discussed.  In order to ground these methods the course includes some programming and involvement in a semester-long research project.  This is a programming course: you will be required to write code.

 

Other Course Information

  • Prerequisite: BIOS 500, BIOS 544 (or BIOS 545) or permission of instructor.
  • Click here to view a copy of the syllabus!
  • Meeting time: Tuesdays from 10:10am-12:00pm

NRSG 736: Quantitative Analysis of Clinical Research Data, Fall Course

Course Description

The course objective is to build and expand upon the statistical theory and methods learned in BIOS 500 and 501 and improve the student’s statistical software experience and programming skills (emphasis on SAS, SPSS or R) to improve their research scholarship and dissemination. All exercises and homeworks provide the analysis codes in SAS, SPSS and R which is a great way for students who know one programming language to easily learn the others at the same time (this is a benefit not a requirement).

The course focuses on practical application of statistics addressing clinical research questions. Analyzing data is the major emphasis of the course including examining if assumptions of the statistical analyses are being met and interpreting the findings.  Course assignments and a final project focus on using statistical software and computing resources to analyze data sets from actual clinical research studies and literature with interpretation and assessment of conclusions.

 

Course Details 

  • Instructor: Melinda Higgins, Ph.D.
  • Meeting Times: Mondays 11:00-11:50am; Wednesdays 1:00-2:50pm 
  • In class/computer lab time: 1 hour lecture; 2 hours computer lab per week 

 


Emory Foundations for Online Teaching Course

Description 

Emory Foundations for Online Teaching (EFOT) is a professional development opportunity for graduate students offered through a joint partnership between the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. Emory graduate students from any school are welcome to enroll. EFOT introduces best practices for online teaching and is designed for graduate students who are preparing to TA or teach partially or wholly in an online environment.* All course sessions use Canvas, and the participant learns from the point of view of an online student. Participants must have a computer with Internet and Zoom access. This course and its sessions are taught 100% online.

Successful completion of the program may be helpful to students interested in teaching or serving as a teaching assistant in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences.

Participants will learn about:

  • best practices for and methodology behind online teaching
  • instructional design
  • tools and technologies
  • Emory resources for online education.

Modules focus on:

  • teaching using a learning management system
  • pedagogically sound course design
  • developing learning objectives and assessments for the online environment
  • synchronous and asynchronous communication techniques
  • building an online community.

 

Course Schedule

  • May 24th- July 5th, 2021

 

How to Apply 


Upcoming Events

  • The Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID) July 15, 2024 – July 31, 2024 Conference / Symposium Event Type: Conference / SymposiumSeries: The Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID)Speaker: Leaders in the FieldContact Name: Pia ValerianoContact Email: pvaleri@emory.eduLink: https://sph.emory.edu/SISMID/index.htmlThe Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID) is designed to introduce infectious disease researchers to modern methods of statistical analysis and mathematical modeling.
  • The Second Annual RSPH Staff and Post-Doctoral Ice Cream Social August 14, 2024 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Networking and Special Event Event Type: Networking,Special EventContact Name: Staff CouncilContact Email: rsphstaffcouncil@emory.eduRoom Location: RRR_Terrace 2nd FloorRSPH staff and post-docs are invited to join us for ice cream and delightful conversation. This event is hosted by the RSPH Staff Council.
  • Tricks and Treats with the Council, hosted by the RSPH Staff Council October 31, 2024 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am Networking and Special Event Event Type: Networking,Special EventContact Name: Staff CouncilContact Email: rsphstaffcouncil@emory.eduRoom Location: CNR_8030 Lawrence P. &Ann Estes Klamon roomRSPH staff and post-docs are invited to join the RSPH Staff Council for a festive gathering featuring sweet treats and refreshments. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

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