Course requirements for the program are designed to integrate cutting-edge epidemiologic methodology and laboratory sciences. Any of the units taken for the BWF-CHIP Training Program may overlap with the course requirements for the student’s PhD program from his/her own respective department. To enhance the academic foundations of the program, students will attend monthly meetings and will have a faculty mentor from population sciences and one from laboratory sciences.


  • Rotation through potential mentors’ lab for at least 3 consecutive quarters
  • BWF-CHIP seminars: Presentation of research project to colleagues


The BWF-CHIP Training Program requires the completion of 8 course units. Students will be able to choose from thefollowing to fulfill this requirement:

  • Epidemiology 204: Logic, Causation, and Probability (4 units); (Same as Statistics M243.) Lecture, four hours. Preparation: two terms of statistics or probability and statistics. Recommended requisite: course 200C. Principles of deductive logic and causal logic using counterfactuals. Principles of probability logic and probabilistic induction. Causal probability logic using directed acyclic graphs. S/U or letter grading.
  • Epidemiology 240: Cardiovascular Epidemiology (2 units); Lecture, two hours. Topics include definition, pathogenesis, descriptive epidemiology, magnitude of risk factors, strategies for prevention, lipoprotein metabolism, and epidemiology of diabetes, hypertension, and chronic lung disease. Letter grading
  • Epidemiology 243: Molecular Epidemiology of Cancer (4 units); Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 242 or 295. Introduction to basic concepts and methodology of molecular epidemiology of cancer and review of current molecular epidemiologic research of cancer in recent medical and epidemiological literature. S/U or letter grading.
  • Epidemiology M254. Nutritional Epidemiology I (4 units) (Same as Community Health Sciences M251.); Lecture, two hours, discussion/laboratory exercise, one hour. Preparation: introductory biostatistics and epidemiology courses. Review of all aspects of contemporary nutrition sciences that require application of epidemiologic principles and methods, ranging from food-borne outbreak investigation to evidence-based regulatory assessment of health claims for foods. Experience in actual world of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data related to nutrition and health or disease outcomes. S/U or letter grading.
  • Epidemiology 268: Pharmacoepidemiology (2 units); Lecture, two hours. Requisites: courses 200A, 200B, 200C. Pharmacoepidemiology is application of epidemiologic knowledge, reasoning, and methods to study of effects and uses of drugs. Survey of contemporary roles of pharmacoepidemiology in drug development and public health, with historical background of its evolution and projections of future prospects. S/U or letter grading.
  • Epidemiology 249: Genetic Epidemiology (2 units); Lecture, two hours. Preparation: at least one course in epidemiology, biostatistics, and genetics. Basic concepts in emerging field of genetic epidemiology, with principal focus on genetic study of complex diseases, determining genetic contributions to disease, identifying genes, and characterizing their main effects and interactions with environmental factors. S/U or letter grading.
  • Epidemiology 260: Environmental Epidemiology (4 units); Lecture, three hours. Requisites: courses 200A, 200B, and 200C (or 100). Epidemiologic methods applied to evaluation of human health consequences of environmental hazards. Topics include air pollution, pesticides, drinking water contaminants, use of GIS. Review of recently completed environmental studies published in peer-reviewed literature. S/U or letter grading.
  • Epidemiology 267: Reproductive Epidemiology (2 units); Seminar, two hours. General discussion of methodologic issues important to epidemiologic studies of reproductive outcomes, including fertility, low birth weight, prematurity, birth defects, pregnancy loss, and perinatal mortality. Approaches to study design and exposure assessment and identification of potential sources of bias illustrated through review of recent studies published in literature and with particular focus on occupational and environmental exposures and birth cohorts. S/U or letter grading.
  • Epidemiology 292: Epidemiology Doctoral seminar (2 units); Seminar, two hours. Requisites: courses 200A, 200B, 200C. Current research in epidemiology. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.