This course will explore contemporary topics and methods in studying the link between the physical environment and population's health, i.e. environmental epidemiology. Many chronic diseases are of unknown or multifactorial etiology but may likely be related to environmental exposures. Environmental epidemiology focuses on the ways environmental factors affect the health of populations. Topical areas include effects of air pollution, pesticides, metals, and endocrine disrupting chemicals on a wide range of health outcomes, including, neurodevelopment, reproductive, and metabolic functions. This course will include recent advancements in studying these topics and will include: critical appraisal of exposure assessment methods, statistical, and epidemiological methods used in environmental epidemiology studies will be considered.
An epidemiological perspective on health. General approaches for describing patterns of disease in groups of people, and elucidating various processes involved in creating differing levels of health in human groups. Lecture and lab examples of a wide range of contemporary health problems.
Intermediate level course. Application of epidemiologic methods to study the etiology, control, and impact on society of selected diseases. Prerequisite: BIOST&EP 630.

This course is designed for students who are interested in conducting or better interpreting epidemiologic studies relating diet and nutrition to human health and disease.  Students will learn basic methods for designing studies in nutritional epidemiology, assessing food and nutrient intake, and interpreting data relating diet to health.  Students will also learn to critically evaluate published research in nutritional epidemiology through the study of specific diet-disease relationships.