John Jay Participant of the 2011 Columbia Summer Research Institute (CSRI)
Hung-En Sung, Ph.D. (core faculty investigator)
In summer 2011, Dr. Sung joined other 47 post-doctoral fellows and faculty from clinical disciplines to undertake an intensive instruction in biostatistics and epidemiology. By building on core material from the courses, participants completed an outline for a research proposal following NIH guidelines for either an R01 or K award and earned 10 academic credits by the end of the five-week period. Program graduates gained basic skills in designing effective clinical and translational research studies, and significantly enhanced their competitive edge in the pursuit of independent grant funding.
P6104 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods (3 credits; instructor: Roger Vaughan, DrPH): Improving the public’s health requires that we evaluate factors that affect the risk of disease as well as methods and interventions to treat disease when it occurs. In this course, we will use statistics, the “science of learning from data,” to help us achieve these aims. After mastering a range of statistical techniques, we will apply them in order to analyze data, describe relationships among exposure and outcomes, and assess the interplay between study design and analysis, with a view to interpreting and presenting findings from research studies for a wide array of audiences. Topics covered include standard distributions, central tendency and dispersion, hypothesis testing, point estimation, confidence intervals, and an introduction to correlation and regression.
P6400 Principles of Epidemiology I (3 credits; instructor: Mary Beth terry, Ph.D.): Epidemiology is one of the pillars of public health. Epidemiologists study the distribution and determinants of disease in human populations; they also develop and test ways to prevent and control disease. The discipline covers the full range of disease occurrence, including genetic and environmental causes for both infectious and noninfectious diseases. Increasingly, epidemiologists view causation in the broadest sense, as extending from molecular factors at the one extreme, to social and cultural determinants at the other. This course introduces students to the theory, methods, and body of knowledge of epidemiology. Designed for students in all fields of public health, its primary objective is to teach the basic principles and applications of epidemiology. Part of the core course requirement for the M.P.H.
P8568 Decision Analysis for Clinical and Public Health Practices (1.5 credits; instructor: Y. Claire Wang, MD. ScD): This course is designed to provide an introduction to the methods and growing range of applications of decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis in health care technology assessment, medical decision making, and health resource allocation. The objectives of the courses are: (1) to master a set of basic techniques used in performing decision analyses and cost-effectiveness analyses; (2) to establish a solid foundation for understanding the uses and limitations of these techniques; and (3) to gain an appreciation of the potential benefits and practical problems of applying these methods in decision making at the levels of national and international health policy, managed care organizations and patient care.
P8750 Race and Health (1.5 credits; instructor: Robert Fullilove, EdD): Health disparities between members of different racial ethnic groups have increasingly become major policy concerns, and understanding how race/ethnicity influences health behavior are core topics for discussion, study, and review in this course. This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the public health literature on race and ethnicity. Students will examine the relationship between racial classification systems, race, and health status, and they will have an opportunity to discuss the critical contributions to the field of eliminating health disparities. Students will be exposed to a variety of interventions and policies that provide us with an opportunity to end racial disparities in health.
P8182 Writing a Successful NIH Grant Application (1 credit; instructor: Melissa Begg, ScD) This seminar-style course will lead students through the process of writing an NIH-style grant application. By the end of the course, each student submits a written outline for a research proposal following NIH guidelines for either an R01 or K (career development) award. The emphasis in this course is on the quality of the proposed research, taking into account feasibility, relevance, innovation, ethical foundation, and public health impact. As a culminating experience, students make oral presentations summarizing their research proposals to an invited panel of senior, experienced CUMC faculty, and receive feedback on their proposed research questions and approaches.
P8523 Applied CER Topics: Development of Clinical Guidelines (0 credits): Comparative Effectiveness research covers many topics, and is intrinsic to all processes involved in improving the public’s health. One of many key CER processes is the creation of evidence-based guidelines. These guidelines provide crisp, compelling rationales for why one screening procedure, or intervention, or drug, should be used over others, and allow the best evidence to be used for patients presenting with a specific diagnosis or disease. This applied seminar will introduce trainees to the ways that governments, agencies, and professional societies produce guidelines. We will also update one published guideline, examining the evidence published since its dissemination in 2002. Trainees will be prepared to create guidelines in their own specialty area by enrolling in this class.