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GWSPH Summer Institute

Overview


PARTICIPATE IN THE MILKEN INSTITUTE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE IN KEY PUBLIC HEALTH TOPICS!

The 2021 GWSPH Summer Institute Enrollment is Now Open- see APPLY Link
(Note: the GWSPH Summer Institute application deadline is May 31st)

Several graduate level short courses are offered in a flexible format over five days and are taught by leading research and public health faculty. These substantive courses will promote good practice of public health scholarship and research through the delivery of new knowledge and relevant skills. For 2021, classes take place Monday through Friday, June  7-18, entirely online.

 

 


Courses


Summer Institute Courses

June 2021

Understanding Commercial Determinants of Health

Course Title: Understanding Commercial Determinants of Public Health

Date & Time: Monday, June 7 to Friday, June 11, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Course number: PUBH 6420

Number of credits: 1 credits

Prerequisites: None

Brief course description: The goal of this course is to explore the relatively new concept of commercial determinants of health, their drivers and channels and focus on conceptual understanding and frameworks for  commercial determinants as key to improving public health. The course will review and discuss three specific commercial products/industries to demonstrate the application of the framework as a challenge to achieving SDGs. It will also provide an explanatory narrative around how such commercial interests take advantage of multi-sctoral action for health.

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Primary Instructor: 
Nino Paichadze, MD MPH
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Global Health

Co-instructor:
Adnan Hyder, MD MPH PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Global Health

Introduction to R Programming in Public Health and Biomedical Research

Course title: Introduction to R Programming in Public Health and Biomedical Research

Date & Time: Monday, June 7 to Friday, June 11;  8:30am to 12:00pm

Course number: PUBH 6851

Number of credits: 1 credit

Prerequisites: None

Brief course description: Using the RStudio environment, students will learn to perform data analysis in R to address public health and biomedical research questions. Students will write code to read data sets into R, perform data exploration and visualization, transform data, perform common statistical analyses, and report findings using RMarkdown. Students will also learn and implement best practices for reproducible research using the git version control system via Github. Common statistical analyses used in public health and biomedical research will be reviewed as students learn how to implement them in R.

 

Primary instructor: 
Daniel Kerchner, MS
Senior Software Developer, Scholarly Technology Group, GW University Libraries

Co-instructor: 
Adam Ciarleglio, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Ethics in Public Health Practice and Policy

Course title:  Ethics in Public Health Practice and Policy

Date & Time: Monday, June 14 to Friday, June 18, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Course number: PUBH 6499

Number of credits: 1 credit

Prerequisites: None

Brief course description: Public health policy and practice are fraught with controversies. The main goal of this course is to increase participants’ awareness about ethical issues in public health policy and practice. The course provides training on the basics of public health ethics and the process of ethical analysis and describes tools and resources for addressing ethical challenges that commonly arise in the practice of public health.

 

Primary instructor:
Paul Ndebele, PhD
Research Regulatory Specialist, GWSPH Compliance and Professorial Lecturer, Department of Global Health

Co-instructor:
Adnan Hyder, MD MPH PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Global Health

Injury and Global Public Health

Course title: Injury and Global Public Health

Date & Time: Monday, June 14 to Friday, June 18, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Course number: PUBH 6499

Number of credits: 1 credit

Prerequisites: None

Brief description of course: Injury is a complex issue that involves competing interests between the need for economic development in communities and the health and safety of populations. Through lecture presentations, seminar discussions and interactive activities, this course explores issues relating to the ways the built environment, human behaviors, cultural expectations, and public policy interact to improve or exacerbate injury on the local and global level. This course will provide a snapshot of different injury topics, both domestic and international, through a public health lens. 

 

Primary instructor:
Kate Douglass, MD MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Global Health, Director of Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Co-instructor:
Nino Paichadze, MD MPH
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Global Health

Responsible Conduct of Research

Course title: Responsible Conduct of Research

Date & Time: Monday, June 7 to Friday, June 11, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Course number: PUBH 6421

Number of credits: 1 credit

Prerequisites: None

Brief course description:
The main goal of this course is to increase participants’ awareness about responsible conduct of research including strategies for preventing irresponsible research practices inclusive of unacceptable research practices as well as research misconduct. The course meets the requirement for individuals engaged in NIH and NSF funded research and focuses on a conceptual understanding of responsible conduct of research as key to human and societal development.

Primary instructor:
Paul Ndebele, PhD
Research Regulatory Specialist, GWSPH Compliance and Professorial Lecturer, Department of Global Health

Co-instructor:
Adnan Hyder, MD MPH PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Global Health

Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology

Course title: Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology

Date & TIme: Monday June 14 to Friday, June 18, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Course number:  PUBH 6269 and PUBH 6299

Number of credits: 1 credit (PUBH 6269); 0 credit (PUBH 6299)

Prerequisites: PUBH 6003 or equivalent (Principles and Practices of Epidemiology)

Brief course description: This course focuses on current research, controversial issues, and methodological problems in the epidemiology of reproductive and perinatal health.  Reproductive health issues such as conception and infertility and perinatal issues such as complications of pregnancy, infections in pregnancy, adverse regnance outcomes, and birth defects will be discussed.

Primary instructor:

Heather Young, PhD, MPH
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Epidemiology
 


Admission/Registration


GW students may register for Summer Institute classes through GW’s BanWeb portal, as they would normally for other summer classes. Non-GW students can register by filling out the application through the Office of Non-Degree Students via the Apply link on this page.

To request more information or find answers to your outstanding questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at the GWSPH by email or by phone at (202)-994-2160 for further assistance. Please mark all emails clearly in the subject line GWSPH Summer Institute so that your questions may be directed appropriately in order to expedite our response.


FAQ's


How will I be able to get confirmation of completing a course?

Students who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate of completion from the course instructor. The University Registrar's office can also provide confirmation of course completion upon request. Individuals who register but do not attend the full course or do not meet all requirements will not receive credit and therefore will be considered ineligible for confirmation of attendance/transcripts. 

Can I receive tuition reimbursement/scholarship funding if I’m a GW faculty member, staff, or student?

GW employees eligible for tuition remission may apply this benefit to these courses.  Other student scholarship funding is not available for GWSPH Summer Institute classes.

What is the tuition rate?

Tuition at the GWSPH is $1,750 per credit.  Students opting to take one or more of the GWSPH Summer Institute courses for 1-credit, will be charged at the regular rate of tuition.  Individuals may choose to take these courses for no-credit at 50% of the rate per credit, or $875 for each course.

 

Are there prerequisite requirements I have to fulfill to be eligible to take these courses?

Most classes offered in the Summer Institute do not have prerequisites and can be taken regardless of other coursework.  Please check the course descriptions in the Courses Tab for more information.

 

Will these courses be graded?

A letter grade will be submitted for each student in accordance with the grading scale indicated in the syllabus, if enrollment selected was to receive one-credit.  Registrants who select the zero credit option will not receive a letter grade, but are expected to complete all requirements for the course to receive confirmation of completion.

Where will classes be held?

All 2021 Summer Institute classes will be held entirely online.

 

What are expectations of students? 

These courses are offered at the level expected of graduate education.  Students will be expected to fulfill all requirements.  Workload includes: 

  • Participation in all class activities, discussions, assignments
  • Pre-class reading assignments to be prepared for first day of class
  • Reading assignments each evening
  • Independent and/or group work assignments most evenings; may include preparation for quizzes
  • Submission of a final paper one week after class has ended

 

What is your refund and cancellation policy?

A full refund will be provided only if cancellation is made before the first day of class.

 

Will my institution accept this course for credit?

Students are responsible for ensuring that their respective institutions for higher education will accept this course for credit. GWSPH is unable to confirm that determination for other institutions.  If you are in a GWSPH program or other GW program please confirm with your program director, in advance, that any course you enroll in will be accepted as an elective credit to your program.
 

If I am interested in a degree program at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, where do I get more information?

The GW School of Public Health has an array of degree programs that may interest you. Please learn about these programs on our website by following this link.


Institute Director

Dr. Adnan Hyder

Dr. Adnan Hyder

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