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Population Health Risk Assessment and Management (Graduate Diploma)

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Population health risk assessment is the comprehensive assessment of health risks in the general population based on environmental, genetic, economic, social and behavioural determinants of health. This leads to evidence-based population health risk policy analysis, and ultimately, cost effective population health risk management decisions.

The Graduate Diploma in Population Health Risk Assessment and Management is specially designed for those individuals employed and/or interested in population health analysis and risk assessment. The diploma aims to provide the professional skills and knowledge needed to pursue careers in both the public and the private sectors. The diploma is offered both full- and part-time.

On completion of the Diploma, qualified students meeting admission requirements could apply to one of the following programs: the Master of Science (MSc) in Epidemiology, the Master of Health Administration (MHA) or the Doctorate in Population Health (PhD). Upon admission, students will have to complete the requirements of their program with credits granted for relevant diploma courses.

Students who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Population Health Risk Assessment and Management may request admission to the MSc in Epidemiology. Admission to the MSc is competitive and the number of candidates admitted is limited. If admission is granted, some credits from the Graduate Diploma may be retained in the MSc. This evaluation is made on a case-by-case basis by the MSc Epidemiology Program Committee.

The diploma operates within the framework of the general regulations of the FGPS, which are available on the website at the following link:

www.etudesup.uottawa.ca/generalregulations

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The professors included in the list below are members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This means that they are authorized to supervise or co-supervise theses. A complete list of the faculty and staff members associated with the program can be found at http://www.mclaughlincentre.ca




KREWSKI, Daniel, Cross-appointment
Environmental and occupational epidemiology; biostatistics; population health risk assessment

Admission is competitive. Candidates must normally hold a bachelor's degree with honours in science, health sciences and/or social sciences with an average of 75% (B+) or above, calculated in accordance with FGPS guidelines. Candidates holding credentials that may not exactly match these standards but who meet the FGPS minimum admission requirements may be admitted based on having demonstrated knowledge and skills obtained through relevant training and/or experience. Proficiency in English is required. Ideally, applicants would have successfully completed EPI 5240 and EPI 5242 prior to their admission. Students who have not completed courses in biostatistics and epidemiology will be required to attend a non-credit one-week each intensive courses at the end of August. These courses are offered by the University of Ottawa.

A maximum of three credits in equivalencies or advanced standing may be granted. To be eligible, the credits in question must not have counted towards the requirements of a previous diploma or degree. Candidates who have already successfully completed some of the compulsory credits may be allowed to replace those credits with elective credits. For details, consult section B.2.7. of the general regulations of the FGPS.

Transfer from Graduate Diploma to Master’s

Students registered in the graduate diploma program can request to transfer to the Master of Science degree in Epidemiology in accordance with section A.7.1 of the general regulations of the FGPS.

Language Requirements

The core courses are offered in English. In accordance with University of Ottawa regulations, however, all students have the option of writing exams and assignments in either English or French.

Graduate Diploma Requirements (15 credits)

The graduate diploma requirements consist of 15 credits, with 9 credits of core courses and 6 credits of electives.

  • Core Courses (9 credits):
  • PHR5181 POPULATION HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT I (3cr.)
    PHR6182 POPULATION HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT II (3cr.)
    PHR6101 RISK MANAGEMENT IN GOVERNMENT (3cr.)

  • Optional Courses (6 credits) to be chosen from the following:
  • EPI5188 HEALTH TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT (3cr.)
    EPI5189 HEALTH ECONOMIC EVALUATION (3cr.)
    EPI5213 CHRONIC DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY (3cr.)
    EPI5241 EPIDEMIOLOGY II - ADVANCED EPIDEMIOLOGY (3cr.)
    EPI5251 MEASUREMENT IN HEALTH (3cr.)
    EPI6181 SOCIAL ASPECTS OF EPIDEMIOLOGY (3cr.)
    EPI6188 SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS AND META-ANALYSIS (3cr.)
    EPI6276 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (3cr.)
    EPI6278 ADVANCED CLINICAL TRIALS (3cr.)
    EPI6283 PHARMACOEPIDEMIOLOGY (3cr.)
    EPI6581 INTRODUCTION À L'ÉPIDÉMIOLOGIE SOCIALE (3cr.)
    EPI7181 EPIDEMIOLOGY FOR HEALTH POLICY (3cr.)
    MHA6212 GOVERNANCE AND ETHICAL MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS (1.5cr.)
    MHA6301 POPULATION HEALTH AND EPIDEMIOLOGY (3cr.)
    MHA6351 HEALTH ECONOMICS (3cr.)
    MHA6370 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATICS (3cr.)
    PHR6900 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES EN ÉVALUATION DU RISQUE EN SANTÉ DES POPULATIONS / DIRECTED STUDIES IN POPULATION HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT (3cr.)
    PHR6910 STAGE EN ÉVALUATION ET GESTION DU RISQUE EN SANTÉ DES POPULATIONS / PRACTICUM IN POPULATION HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT (3cr.)
    PSY6905 PSYCHOLOGIE COMMUNAUTAIRE / COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY (3cr.)
    PSY6923 RECHERCHE SUR LE STRESS PSYCHOSOCIAL / PSYCHOSOCIAL STRESS RESEARCH (3cr.)
    PSY6982 LA PSYCHOLOGIE ET LA SANTÉ / PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH (3cr.)
    PSY7102 FIELD RESEARCH IN SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY INTERVENTIONS (3cr.)
    PSY7103 PROGRAM EVALUATION (3cr.)

    Duration of the Program

    The diploma requirements must be completed within a maximum of three years.

    Minimum Standards

    The passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail six credits or the same course twice must withdraw from the program.


    Tronc commun / Core Courses

    PHR5181 POPULATION HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT I (3cr.)
    National and international policy frameworks for health risk assessment and management, including determinants of population health; epidemiological, clinical, and toxicological methods for identifying health hazards; population health surveillance; methods of population health risk assessment; regulatory, economic, advisory, and technological approaches to population health risk management; community action and social marketing; selection of risk management strategies; risk perception and risk communication. Lectures and case studies. Preparation of term paper on a current issue in population health risk assessment. Exclusion: EPI 5181.

    PHR6182 POPULATION HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT II (3cr.)
    Scientific methods for population health risk assessment; characterization of population health risks, and attendant uncertainties; risk modeling; combining risk information from different sources; risk acceptability; principles of risk management decision making; evidence-based risk management policy development; audit and evaluation of risk interventions; priority setting; case studies on current population health risk assessment issues. Term paper on a current methodological issue in population health risk assessment required. Prerequisite: PHR 5181. Exclusion EPI 6182.

    PHR6101 RISK MANAGEMENT IN GOVERNMENT (3cr.)
    Study of risk management frameworks, guidelines and principles for decision makers; review of ethical grounding and risk evaluation techniques and follow-up. Written report to be submitted by the student on a current risk management project. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    Cours optionnels / Optional Courses

    EPI5188 HEALTH TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT (3cr.)
    Definition and scope of health technology assessment; needs assessment; practice variations; use of administrative databases; evaluation of diagnostic tests; development and use of practice guidelines and clinical prediction rules; health technology assessment in the developing world. Lectures, seminars and case studies. Prerequisite: Permission of the program director.

    EPI5189 HEALTH ECONOMIC EVALUATION (3cr.)
    Brief overview of economics and health economics; examination of analyses used in epidemiologic and clinical research: cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-minimization analysis, cost-utility analysis (including determination of utilities), cost-benefit analysis, cost of illness studies and use of economic methods in priority-setting. Lectures and seminars. Written report required, presenting an economic evaluation or a detailed review of the economic literature in a particular area. Prerequisite: Permission of the program director.

    EPI5213 CHRONIC DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY (3cr.)
    Review of the descriptive epidemiology (distribution, trends, risk factors) of the major chronic diseases, with emphasis on circulatory diseases, cancer, injuries, and mental health problems. Approaches to primary and secondary prevention. Lectures, presentations by invited experts, and student presentations. Prerequisite: Permission of the program director.

    EPI5241 EPIDEMIOLOGY II - ADVANCED EPIDEMIOLOGY (3cr.)
    This second level epidemiology course covers major principles of design, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiologic research. Material presented in a quantitative manner. Prerequisites: EPI 5240 (Epidemiology I) and EPI 6276 (Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology); EPI 6276 may be taken concurrently with the permission of the program director.

    EPI5251 MEASUREMENT IN HEALTH (3cr.)
    An overview of measurement theory as applied to health measurement; a review of existing measurements of health status in clinical and research applications, plus practical experience of how to develop and test new measurement methods. Prerequisite: Permission of the program director.

    EPI6181 SOCIAL ASPECTS OF EPIDEMIOLOGY (3cr.)
    This course will analyze the way in which behavioural, social and emotional forces influence patterns of disease. The links between these processes and physiological changes; inferences on how best to intervene to modify "lifestyle" risk factors; recent prevention and health promotion trials will be reviewed. May also be offered in French: EPI 6581. Prerequisite: Permission of the program director.

    EPI6188 SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS AND META-ANALYSIS (3cr.)
    Approaches to the systematic review of evidence in the health sciences. Searching for the evidence, selection of studies, quality and validity of included studies, heterogeneity, statistical analysis and other quantitative and qualitative methods. Students will be required to do a meta-analysis on a topic of their own interest. Prerequisites: EPI 5240 and EPI 5242 and permission of the program director.

    EPI6276 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (3cr.)
    Application of advanced topics in statistical methods for epidemiologic data analysis: logistic regression and discriminant analysis, Poisson regression, contingency table analysis (including log-linear modelling), time series, survival analysis, Cox regression with and without time-dependent covariates, principle components and factor analysis. Prerequisites: EPI 5240 and EPI 5242 and permission of the program director.

    EPI6278 ADVANCED CLINICAL TRIALS (3cr.)
    Lectures and laboratories on the detailed principles, design, methodology and statistical techniques associated with clinical trials. Emphasis on emerging topics and procedures. Prerequisites: EPI 5242 and EPI 6178 and permission of the program director.

    EPI6283 PHARMACOEPIDEMIOLOGY (3cr.)
    Issues in and methodology of pharmacoepidemiology. Discussion on the biases and confounders possible at every stage of a pharmacoepidemiological study, in drug utilization review, drug effectiveness, risk/benefit assessment and other topics. This course will normally be given every second year. Prerequisites: EPI 5240 or equivalent and permission of the program director.

    EPI6581 INTRODUCTION À L'ÉPIDÉMIOLOGIE SOCIALE (3cr.)
    Analyse de l'influence des forces sociales et du comportement humain sur le développement de la maladie. L'interaction entre le comportement et les systèmes physiologique et endocrinien, y compris le processus psychosomatique. Les indications pour l'intervention préventive par la modification du mode de vie. Également offert en anglais : EPI 6181. Préalable: Permission du responsable du programme.

    EPI7181 EPIDEMIOLOGY FOR HEALTH POLICY (3cr.)
    Exploration of key issues relating to health policy within and outside Canada. Topics covered: rationale for public provision and funding of health care in Canada; historical and current perspectives regarding structure and process of Canadian health care system; specific micro and macro policy issues relating to health and health care provision (Canadian and international). Seminar based. Student presentations and written reports required.

    MHA6212 GOVERNANCE AND ETHICAL MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS (1.5cr.)
    Governance models for health care organizations. Definition, resolution and handling of ethical problems of administrators, professionals and researchers in health organizations. Reconciliation of conflicting interests of the stakeholders according to ethical principles.

    MHA6301 POPULATION HEALTH AND EPIDEMIOLOGY (3cr.)
    Provides a survey of epidemiology; viewed through a "population health" lens. Course will provide a survey of: measures of health status (including measures of mortality and morbidity); and measures of association. The basic epidemiological designs (observational, case-control, cohort, time series, and randomized control studies) will be reviewed. The factors affecting the precision and validity of these studies (e.g. statistical power, confounding, effect modification, and causality criterion) will be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on equipping students with an ability to critically evaluate clinical, epidemiological, and health administration evidence in support of decisions. Guidance will also be provided to help select appropriate outcome indicators and critically evaluate interventions/programs. Students will get hands on experience computing effect measures (e.g. odds, ratios) from study results, as well as with assessing the precision and validity of results. Prerequisite: MBA 5300

    MHA6351 HEALTH ECONOMICS (3cr.)
    The course provides a macro-economic perspective on the demand and supply of healthcare, highlighting the market failures that are archetypical within the health domain. It contrasts Welfarist and Extra-Welfarist perspectives on resource allocation (contrasting technical versus allocative efficiency). The course will also review cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, and cost-utility approaches of evaluating health interventions; and in so doing the course will provide students an opportunity for hands-on computation (workshops). The course will also consider the issue of equity and methods for incorporating equity into health economic evaluations.

    MHA6370 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INFORMATICS (3cr.)
    Overview of current developments, issues and challenges in the emerging field of health informatics. Historical development as well as basic foundations of health informatics including theoretical, methodological and ethical/legal underpinnings will be studied. Critical examination of information management principles and methods in Canadian health care organizations both public and private. Emerging applications in health informatics as well as approaches to understanding and evaluating these applications. Identification of the issues that CIO’s face in their attempts to provide the right information to the right people, at the right time.

    PHR6900 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES EN ÉVALUATION DU RISQUE EN SANTÉ DES POPULATIONS / DIRECTED STUDIES IN POPULATION HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT (3cr.)
    Recherche et rédaction d’un travail sur un sujet lié à l’évaluation du risque en santé des populations, tel que le risque ayant trait à l’environnement, aux facteurs sociaux, à la génétique et au système de soins de santé, le tout sous la direction d’un professeur membre de la faculté. Le sujet doit être approuvé par le directeur de programme. Noté : S/NS. Préalable : Permission du directeur de programme. Exclusion : PHR 6910. / Opportunity to conduct research and write a paper on a current topic in population health risk assessment, including risk issues related to the environment, social factors, genetics or the health system, under the direction of a faculty member. Topic must be approved by the Program Director. Graded S/NS. Prerequisite: Permission of the Program Director. Exclusion: PHR 6910.

    PHR6910 STAGE EN ÉVALUATION ET GESTION DU RISQUE EN SANTÉ DES POPULATIONS / PRACTICUM IN POPULATION HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT (3cr.)
    Stage (10 heures/semaine) dans un milieu de politiques de la santé au sein d'une organisation d'accueil, approuvée par un membre du Conseil consultatif du diplôme. Expérience dans le domaine des politiques et de la gestion de l'évaluation du risque. L'étudiant doit soumettre un rapport sur l'application de l'évaluation des risques. Noté S/NS par un membre de la faculté en consultation avec le superviseur de stage. Préalables : PHR 5181 et permission du coordonnateur du stage. / Placement (10 hours/week) in a health policy setting in a host organization approved by a faculty member of the Diploma Advisory Board. Hands-on experience in the risk policy and evaluation field. Written report to be submitted by the student on the application of risk assessment. Graded S/NS by a faculty member in consultation with the placement supervisor. Prerequisites: PHR 5181, and permission of practicum coordinator.

    PSY6905 PSYCHOLOGIE COMMUNAUTAIRE / COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY (3cr.)
    Étude du contexte sociohistorique de la psychologie communautaire. Valeurs, paradigmes et objectifs. Santé mentale communautaire, prévention primaire, et stratégies d’intervention. / Socio-historical context of community psychology. Values, paradigms, and objectives. Community mental health, primary prevention and intervention strategies.

    PSY6923 RECHERCHE SUR LE STRESS PSYCHOSOCIAL / PSYCHOSOCIAL STRESS RESEARCH (3cr.)
    Concepts et mesures du stress et des stresseurs. Analyse critique des modèles théoriques et des recherches empiriques concernant les événements de la vie, l’appréhension cognitive, les stratégies d’anticipation et de gestion du stress. Constructs and measurements of stress and stressors. Critical analysis of theoretical models and empirical research of life events, cognitive appraisal, anticipation and coping strategies.

    PSY6982 LA PSYCHOLOGIE ET LA SANTÉ / PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH (3cr.)
    Facteurs psychosociaux dans la santé mentale et physique. Approche biopsychosociale. Notions d’épidémiologie. Facteurs de risque, de maintien et de rémission. Stratégies d’intervention. Psychosocial factors in physical and mental health. Bio-Psycho-Social approach. Notions of epidemiology. Risk, maintenance, and remission factors. Intervention strategies.

    PSY7102 FIELD RESEARCH IN SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY INTERVENTIONS (3cr.)
    Practical experience in carrying out applied research and program evaluation in a community agency or organization. Prerequisite: PSY 7103)

    PSY7103 PROGRAM EVALUATION (3cr.)
    Concept of a health service program. Evaluation in relation to the development of health service programs. Organizational context of evaluation. Needs assessment and community program planning. Evaluation of program outcomes. Evaluation of service quality.

    PSY7502 RECHERCHE APPLIQUÉE AUX INTERVENTIONS SOCIALES ET COMMUNAUTAIRES (3cr.)
    Expérience pratique de la recherche et de l’évaluation de programme dans le contexte d’un organisme communautaire. Préalable : PSY 7502.

    PSY7503 ÉVALUATION DE PROGRAMMES (3cr.)
    Le concept de programme dans le contexte des services de santé. L'évaluation dans le contexte du développement des programmes dans les services de santé. Le contexte organisationnel de l'évaluation. L'identification de besoins et planification de programmes dans le contexte communautaire. L'évaluation des résultats de programmes. L'évaluation de la qualité des services.

    Academic Unit Coordinates
    Program in Population Health Risk Assessment and Management
    115 Séraphin Marion Street, Office 211
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    K1N 6N5
    Tel: 613-562-5691
    pop@uOttawa.ca
    http://www.mclaughlincentre.ca