Interdepartmental Courses


IDGS 805: Community Health

Credits 1

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the basic sciences in relation to the practice of medicine. The course will allow students to apply clinical skills developed in their preclinical studies to real-life situations, and thus provide a smooth transition from preclinical to clinical studies. The program allows students to improve their abilities in patient interviews, history taking, and physical and laboratory diagnosis, as well as therapeutics.

IDGS 806: Critical Appraisal of Research Methods

By the end of the course, students will be able to critically appraise observational and interventional studies in humans, and describe the principles of research synthesis using examples from human parasitic infections. This course includes preparatory reading, lectures, group/ individual work, seminars, discussions, and preparation of a four-page policy brief.

IDGS 808: Research Methods: Practice & Application

This course exposes students to research methodology and design and focuses on the practice and application to address real-world clinical and population health problems. Students are expected to attend didactic lectures, to participate in small group discussions, to complete an online training program in epidemiology, and to showcase their research progress through several Research in Progress (RIP) presentations.

IDGS 905: MSc Thesis Defense

Principles of Epidemiology is the investigation of the factors that determine the distribution and dynamics of health and disease in human populations. The course covers the measure of disease frequency, descriptive epidemiology, study types, and methods to document variation in disease occurrence. The tools of epidemiology are used in all aspects of public health to describe the patterns of illness in populations, design research studies, evaluate public health programs, and keep abreast of changes in the health status of populations.

IDGS 914: Authorship and Manuscript Preparation

This course will assist graduate students in appreciating authorship issues, journal selection, and the preparation of manuscripts for publication and peer review journals. The first part of the course will start with four overview lectures and small group discussions on why authorship matters, who should be an author, collaborators who are not authors, and selecting an appropriate journal for publication. The second part of the course will be a self-study on reviewing appropriate journals and developing the manuscript using the principles obtained during the first four lectures.