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Epidemiology of Aging

This concentration provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to conduct studies on the health and well-being of older populations. Required concentration-specific course are offered through the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and include offerings courses in epidemiological concepts, study design and methods, as well as a series of courses in biostatistics and biostatistical computing. An introduction to the epidemiology of aging also is required as one of the core course of the gerontology doctoral program, as are courses on specific diseases and conditions that are prevalent in the older population. Students selecting this concentration should have strong quantitative and analytical capabilities and interest in understanding and studying the causes and consequences of diseases, disability and health care issues. Students completing the doctoral program with this concentration will be prepared to address questions on: the incidence and prevalence of disease and disability and the use of health and long-term care services in older persons; the causes and consequences of these diseases, disabilities and use of services; and the identification and evaluation of strategies for preventing disease and disability, and maximizing appropriate use of health and health care services.

Epidemiology Track Courses

Core courses (21 credit hours) 

  • GERO 711 Biology of Aging (3 credits)
  • GERO 672 Issues in Aging Policy (3 credits)
  • GERO 681 Epidemiology of Aging (3 credits)
  • GERO 786 Psychological Aspects of Aging (3 credits)
  • GERO 700 Sociocultural Gerontology (3 credits)
  • GERO 750 Theories/Methods I (3 credits) (taken first semester of first year)
  • GERO 751 Theories/Methods II (3 credits) (taken second semester of first year)

Research Methods/Statistics Courses Foundation (8 credits) 

  • PREV 600 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PREV 620 Principles of Biostatistics (3 credits) (usually taken first semester of first year)
  • PREV 619 Biostatistical Computing (2 credits)

Advanced analytical courses (7-8 credits) 

  • PREV 720 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PREV 721 Regression Analysis (2 credits)
  • PREV 723 or 801 Survival Analysis (2 credits) or Longitudinal Analysis (3 credits)

Track Specialization Courses (9 credits) 

  • PREV 758 Health Survey Research Methods (3 credits)
  • PREV 659 Observational Studies in Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PREV 803 Clinical Trials and Experimental Epidemiology (3 credits)

Electives* (5-6 credits) 

  • PREV 648 Health Care Administration and Evaluation (2 credits)
  • PREV 700 Cardiovascular Disease: Epidemiology and Prev (3 credits)
  • PREV 749 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PREV 705 Pharmacoepidemiology (3 credits)
  • PREV 789 Design and Implementation of Research Studies (3 credits)
  • PREV 711 Genetic Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • SOCY 620 Social Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PREV 723 Survival Analysis (2 credits)
  • PREV 801 Longitudinal Analysis (3 credits)
  • PREV 802 Statistics for Molecular Biology (2 credits)

*Courses selected in consultation with the faculty advisor.

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