|Wynn W. Gillan, DrPH
Office: KHS Bldg., Rm. 112
Phone: (504) 549-5252 FAX: (504) 549-5119
Tues 9-12; Thurs: 9-12 & 2-4
This course meets components
of the following Health Education Responsibilities as established by the
Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Other relevant issues:
Attendance: Attendance will be recorded for each class period, according to university policy. If you miss a class, you are responsible for all material covered. Missing class may significantly influence your grade. I will withdraw you from the class on the appropriate date if you have missed more than 10% of the class sessions. A class absence will be excused if you have contacted me before classtime or if you have experienced a rare personal event. Arriving to class more than 10 minutes late is considered an absence.
Grading: A = 90%; B = 80%; C = 70%, etc. Grades are calculated on a percentage scale with number points received over number of points possible. Grades will be posted on Blackboard. Exam make-ups will be made for excused absenses only and will be offered only once following the exam. No make-ups are allowed for missed quizzes or in-class assignments. No "extra-credit" assignments are provided. Due dates are strictly followed. Assignments turned in after the due date will NOT be accepted. Unless otherwise noted, assignments are due in-hand at class time. However, assignments may be turned in before the deadline date.
Writing Style: All assignments will be typed unless other instructions are provided. All written material should be typed in no less than Times Roman 10 point.
Academic Integrity: Your written and oral communication provided in this course should represent the best compilation of your own thinking and communication style. Obtaining ideas from other professional sources is common, however, those ideas should be used to develop your own ideas and opinions. In each case, those sources must be acknowledged or credited by an appropriate reference. Other forms of academic dishonesty include cheating on an exam, submitting the same work for two courses, collaborating with someone else on an assignment that requires independent work, and allowing others to copy or use your work. Plagiarism is failing to credit sources other than your own. This includes coping material from a book or article, downloading information from the internet, obtaining material from another source (online or purchase). Expression of dishonesty in any form are not good for your karma, and will, in this course, result in an F for the course or the assignment.
Classroom Behavior: Free discussion, inquiry and expression is encouraged in this class. Behaviors that distract fellow students or the instructor is strongly discouraged. Examples include arriving late or packing up in anticipation of leaving early; talking while others are speaking; using noisy electronic devices; or other activities that interferes with the normal flow of the class. Be mindful of these behaviors and work to reduce their occurance. Classrooms are also not the place for children, friends, or relatives that have not enrolled in the course.
SLU Email Policy: SLU policy dictates that all email correspondence between faculty and students be done using the SLU email system. As a result, the instructor will not communicate via email with you using addresses other than the SLU system. You will need to check your email frequently.
Cell phones must be turned OFF completely during class time –VIBRATE is not allowed. All students deserve a quiet environment. Five points may be deducted from your final grade each time your cell phone is seen or heard during class.
Study tips: Read the chapters ahead of time and read through your notes as soon as you can after the class. Review your notes again before the next class. Think of questions as you read the text or notes and ask them the next class period.
Modifications: If you are a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act, you are required to self-identify with the Office of Student Life, Room 203, Student Union. No accommodations will be granted without documentation from the Office of Disability Services.
|Date||Topic or assignment||Chapter Reading|
|Aug 24||Introduction of Epidemiology -Definition, terms, historical contributors||Chap 1 Framingham Heart Study | Nurses Health Study Find out about John Snow|
|Sep 7||Labor Day Holiday|
|Sep 14||Applications of Epidemiology; uses of epidemiology, natural history of disease, levels of prevention||Chap 2 Bogalusa Heart Study | Monitoring the Future|
|Sep 21||Measures of Morbidity; prevalence, incidence, surveillance||Chap 3|
|Sep 28||Measures of Mortality: rates, age adjustment||Chap 4 [Decide on title of paper]|
|Oct 5||Screening for Disease; define, characteristics, reliability & validity||Chap 5|
|Oct 12||EXAM #1|
|Oct 19||Sources of Data - Lab|| CDC
| Louisiana Office of Public
Health | State
Health Facts Online (Kaiser Foundation)
NCHS DataWarehouse | FedStats | FirstGov.gov | Kaisernetwork.org | Louisiana Census Data
|Oct 26||Study Designs: Cross-Sectional, Case-Control; odds ratio||Chap 10|
|Nov 2||Study Designs: Cohort Studies; design, relative risk calculations; attributable risk||Chap 9 & 12 Adventist Health Study|
|Nov 9||Review Case-Control & Cohort Designs; Experimental Study Designs||Chap 13; Chap 7|
|Nov 16||Clinical Trials Pharyngitis in LA; Epi Info||Chap 8|
|Nov 23||Determining Causation, bias, confounding||Chap 14 & 15 -- Paper Due|
|Nov 30||Student Presentations
|Dec 7||FINAL - comprehensive|
for Disease Control & Prevention
CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
Dictionary of Epidemiology
Epidemiology for the Unintiated (online text)
ProMED-mail (International Society for Infectious Disease)
Emerging Infectious Diseases (CDC)
Journals and Newsletters - Public Health Resources
Links to Large Health Datasets
National Library of Medicine - Search Medline
Public Health Training Network - CDC
Virtual Library - Epidemiology