|CVD courses and learning objectives|
The goal of the Cardiovascular (CV) Epidemiology program is to train public health scientists and innovative investigators in this field of chronic disease epidemiology. The career and educational objectives of the program seek to provide the competencies needed for the successful practice of modern epidemiology in the field of cardiovascular health, and to enable program graduates to meet the challenges of this rapidly changing field. The programmatic orientation reflects a dual training path: methodologic - established by the Department's core methods curriculum - and an interdisciplinary perspective of the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases. The latter is a rapidly evolving synthesis of molecular, environmental, social and behavioral sciences, requiring an increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary training and the need for a fluid curriculum reflective of innovations in the field. To meet its training objectives the program emphasizes two areas of integration, both at the convergence of diverse disciplines: etiologic investigation and translational, public health oriented research.
Learning ObjectivesIn the course of completion of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology doctoral program the student will:
Methods for Meeting the Learning Objectives
The CV epidemiology program learning objectives are implemented through formal courses, a weekly seminar series, research practicum opportunities, mentored research, attendance at regional and national scientific meetings, and individual advising by one or more program faculty. To facilitate communications and a participatory management of the program, students, staff, and faculty of the CV epidemiology program meet at least once each semester as a group. Meetings of the CV program faculty and staff are scheduled separately.
The following requirements and recommendations apply to all pre-doctoral students in the CV epidemiology program. Requests for exemptions and resolution of scheduling conflicts should be addressed with the advisor, and with the program area director if necessary.
Curricular Activities Required of Students in the CV Program Area
Advanced CV Epidemiology
Topics in Cardiovascular Epidemiology (Offered each semestediv. Topics vary)
Biomarkers in Epidemiology Research
CV Epidemiology Seminar
Qualifying Doctoral Examination
Physical Activity, Epid & Public Health
Introduction to Survival Analysis
Categorical Data Analysis
Advanced Survey Sampling Methods
Physiology/Pathophysiology of Chronic Diseases
A practical research experience focused on study implementation
Goal Setting (Required)
Each student in the program and his/her advisor identify (and record) a set of goals at the beginning of each semester, and consult these as reference points at periodic intervals. Toward the end of the spring semester of each year students record the degree to which their goals have been met during the prior to semesters and share this information with their advisor(s) and the program director.
Monitoring of Achievement of the Learning Objectives (Recommended)
Frequent meetings of the student and the advisor serve as the principal mechanism to gauge the progress of individual students, and to provide appropriate feed-back. Students also receive feed-back from peers, faculty, and research staff in the course of their seminar presentations, their participation in research teams, and from course-related class projects.
Each student provides an anonymous, written evaluation of the training experience and of their mentor(s) at the end of the spring semester. The aggregate results from this evaluation are discussed by the faculty and serve as the basis for adjustment to the learning objectives and program activities, and other corrective actions as applicable. A summary of the evaluations is shared with the students and fellows in the program.
Participatory Learning and Professionalizing Activities (Recommended)
Emphasis is placed on providing CV Epidemiology students with diverse opportunities for active involvement and participation in research at levels of field work, data collection, analysis, and publication. It is our goal to maintain a range of such opportunities in CV epidemiology to make the practice of research an integral part of this program. Students are encouraged to present research findings at national meetings, including, but not limited to, the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology Conference.
CV Program Seminar (Required)
Weekly seminars in cardiovascular epidemiology take place on a regular schedule, as a forum for trainees, fellows, faculty, and the scientists who collaborate with them to present ongoing research in an environment that promotes discussion and active learning. The speakers are selected by a panel of seminar coordinators constituted by a pre-doctoral and a post-doctoral fellow in cardiovascular epidemiology, with consultation and mentoring by the faculty. Speakers and topics are selected to provide for breadth of disciplines, perspectives and research applications.
|Last updated April 01, 2013|