Approved Courses

Courses at Storrs are acceptable with permission.

Common graduate programs to explore would include: education, allied heath, nursing, human development and family studies.

APPROVED Electives from Spring 2018 Catalog:

CLTR 5360 Critical Issues Involving Science Publication:  The Scientific Review  (3 cr.)

This course provides comprehensive, systematic strategies for summarizing the current state of understanding in a given field.  Each student will be required to identify and work with an academic mentor of that given field throughout the course.  The purpose of this review course may be to present a coherent argument, or to highlight a scientific gaps in the literature. The course will teach students to be able to identify the *why* behind a new study, find and analyze other studies that address similar research questions, or studies that address your research question on a different level.  The goals of this course will enable students to learn how to synthesize the current state of knowledge (either clinical or research) of the chosen topic as a first step of becoming a clinical/translational researcher.

Instructors:  Cato Laurencin, MD, PhD, Email:; Helen Wu, Ph.D., Email:, Phone:  860.679.2631; Kevin Lo, Ph.D.,, Phone: 860-679-2949; Jorge Escobar Ivirico, Ph.D., Email:, Phone:  860-471-6172.


MEDS 5308-F40 Nature of Evidence in Scientific Research  (2 credits)

This course will examine the aspects of the scientific process that are common to all levels of biomedical investigations: from biophysics in cell-free systems to molecular biology in cells, to physiology in whole organisms, to epidemiology and clinical investigation in humans.  These features begin with enunciation of the question to be asked, and include (1) Identification of a system to address the question, (2) Specification of the systems and their manipulation, (3) Assessment of outcomes, and (4)
Drawing inferences on the basis of results.  The course will be designed as a discussion of seminal, published works on the topics. Two to three key papers will be distributed to participants at least one week before the scheduled discussions.  There will be no examination for the course.  Students are expected to actively participate in critical evaluation and discussion during each of the weekly two-hour sessions.  Evaluation of performances will be based solely on such participation.

Instructors:  Richard Stevens, Stefan Brocke, Zhu Wang


MEDS-5310-F40 Responsible Conduct in Research (1 credit)

This course introduces the student to ethical and legal issues associated with the practice and reporting of science. This course uses a case study approach and requires in-class student participation.

Instructor:  Hector Aguila


MEDS 6447 – F40   Tool Kit for Scientific Communication (1 credit)

Through a series of lectures and workshops, this course is designed to improve the ability of students to present scientific data in written and oral format. These skills are essential, not only as a graduate student, but in future careers as scientist. The curriculum covers basic elements and logical order of presentations. Reviewer’s perspectives, grant writing resources, workshops, and evaluation of recent seminars help students to design and evaluate research projects.

Instructor:  Caroline Dealy


PUBH 5404-F40 Environmental Health (3 credits)

Explores the policy, political and public health implications of such issues as air pollution, drinking water, exposure to hazardous chemicals, indoor air pollution, food protection, lead poisoning, housing, international issues, etc. Provides the student with some basic technical information and familiarity with terms for a better understanding of policy and political decisions and health effects of environmental exposures.

Instructor:  Staff


PUBH 5405-F40 Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (3 credits)

An introductory survey emphasizing basic social science concepts in the analysis of public health including orientations toward health, disease and health care, the origins and distribution of health care resources, and the role of social movements and research in improving public health.

Instructor:  Alicia Dugan


PUBH 5409-F40 Introduction to Epidemiology/Biostatistics II (3 credits)

This continuation of a two-course sequence on basic epidemiology, biostatistics and public health research addresses hypothesis generation, data collection methods, point and confidence interval estimation, inference testing, correlation/regression analysis, multivariable interaction, effect modification, power and meta-analysis. Evaluation of study designs, research methods and statistical procedures in clinical and public health literature will be stressed.

Instructor:  Scott Wetstone


PUBH 5436-F40 Intermediate Epidemiology (3 credits)

This course will go into depth on some of the major design and implementation issues in epidemiology and biomedical research. By the conclusion of the course, the student should have a better appreciation of the importance and complexities of epidemiological investigation.

Instructor:  Richard Stevens


PUBH 5475-F40 Public Health and Policy in an Aging Society (3 credits)

This course examines the demographics of aging; organization, financing and delivery of health services for older adults; formal and informal caregiving; retirement and housing policy; and end of life care. Policy and ethical aspects of these topics will be explored. The course will be research-oriented, integrating empirical evidence to illustrate central concepts. Familiarity with basic principles of research design, including ability to critically read and synthesize scientific literature, is important.

Instructor:  Julie Robison, Richard Fortinsky


PUBH 5501-F40 Foundations of Public Health and Disability (3 credits)

This course is an introductory survey of the ways in which disability, both developmental and acquired, are affected by and interact with public health policy and practice. The major goal is to provide a foundational understanding of a comprehensive set of disability issues as related to the core elements of public health. Topics covered include: history of disability, definitional and diagnostic issues of disability, epidemiology, disability law, ethics, interventions, research, underlying social attitudes toward disability and their impact on public health policy and practices, and more. The course is intended for students matriculated in the PHCIDS program. Other students may take the course with instructor permission.

Instructor: Tara Lutz


PUBH 5504 F40 Public Health Interventions in Disability (3 credits)

In this course students will examine and analyze disability public health interventions from the perspective of the interplay between society, community, health and wellness, environment, resources, and services systems. Students will learn, through evidence-supported practices and initiatives, how society, health, and environment shape and are shaped by disability; and how full societal participation, reduction of personal obstacles and harm, and preservation of just and safe environments for people with disabilities can be realized. The course is intended for students matriculated in the PHCIDS program. Other students may take the course with instructor permission.

Instructor:  Linda Rammler

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