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Foundational Curriculum Update

Happening Now: Stage 2

February 2018 -- The Curriculum Committee has adopted the first two Foundational Course Frameworks – (Phase 1 of curriculum committee review for the development of new public health foundational curriculum by SPHTM faculty teams).

The motion to adopt the frameworks submitted for two new foundational courses (SPHL 6050 and SPHL 6060) was seconded and passed with unanimous vote. The remaining three frameworks (SPHL 6020, 6070, 6070) are expected to come up for review on the March 2018 CC meeting agenda.

Phase 1 of this curriculum review involves adoption of the overall concept, principles, and general framework of the related courses.

Phase 2 of the foundational curriculum review process, expected on or before May 2018 curriculum committee meeting, involves review of syllabi, assessments, course content, and all materials typically submitted for review of an initial course offering.

Discussion points: SPSS is the system of choice to analyze data in SPHL 6050. Use of this system will be woven throughout the course. Three-hour workshops for statistical packages will also be offered in a non-standard format for a 4-6 week period every semester.

SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
Biostatistics for Public Health is one of four interdisciplinary courses in which students receive training in foundational public health competencies for the graduate professional degrees Strong analytical and applied skills in evidence-based practices are necessary across all disciplines in the field of public health. Students will learn how to collect, manage, and visualize a wide variety of data using cutting edge technology and appropriate biostatistical methods such as probability distributions, estimations, power and sample size, regression, and an introduction to uses of big data. Interdisciplinary exercises, homework assignments and data sets are drawn from real-world scenarios and provide the basic quantitative data analysis skills necessary in the field of public health. It also prepares students for higher level biostatistics courses. This course is a requirement for all students in the MPH and other public health professional degree programs.

SPHL 6060 - Epidemiology for Public Health (3)
Epidemiology for Public Health is one of four interdisciplinary courses in which students receive training in foundational public health competencies for the graduate professional degrees. Students are introduced to epidemiological methods and approaches for use across all public health domains. This includes measuring the occurrence of disease, outbreak investigations, incidence and prevalence, natural history of disease, study designs, estimating risk. The course also addresses the interpretation of data analyses for research, policy and practice. This course is a requirement for all students in the MPH and other public health professional degree programs.