Managerial Epidemiology

Course Details

Course Number
HSAD 5293
Section Number
HSAD 5293
Spring 2011
Days & Times

1/22  9A-6P and 4/30 9A-6P  Face to Face


Dr. Roe Roberts (view Profile)


Managerial Epidemiology: Practice, Methods and Con
A Study Guide to Epidemiology and Biostatistics, F

Course Objectives

Students will:

1. Be able to define key terms and concepts related to epidemiology.  

2. Be able to search, find, organize and evaluate information related to epidemiology. 

3. Be able to determine the best statistical and clinical evidence needed to make specific managerial decisions and perform key biostatical calculations and evaluate the results. 

4. Recognize key trends in epidemiology and apply them to healthcare related issues.

5. Understand the historical context of material related to epidemiology and apply it to modern day concepts. 

6. Compare and contrast key scientific issues in modern science and healthcare. 

7.  Will be able to collect, assemble, organize and distribute information related to a specific topic related to epidemiology or the healthcare industry.

8. Understand the impact of economics on health care delivery and health status.

9. Be able to identify managerial functions and roles within health services scenarios and successfully search for clinical findings to assist in managerial decision making

10. Demonstrate an awareness of some of the major diseases that are unique to specific racial or ethic groups common in the United States.

Course Expectations

Teaching Strategies:

Lecture, assigned readings, participation in WebCT discussions, written analysis of problems, case studies, and discussion questions, and independent research.



Traditionally there are three levels of participation: active, moderately active and passive.   An active participant comes to class prepared and contributes to the general learning of the class, asks pertinent questions, actively listens, asks relevant questions when confused by course content, and shares relevant insights.  I hope you all will strive to be active  learners.

Paper Topic:  The paper must combine managerial and epidemiology issues.  For example: “Managing a Widescale Flu Outbreak in Wichita Falls.”  Submit PAPER topic form to Professor for Approval by the date specified (if no topic submitted 10% off final paper); use APA style; minimum of 10 journal references from within the last two years; minimum of 15 references in total; minimum of 12 written pages (title page, references and abstract don’t count toward the 12 pages)  Remember, when I say a minimum this is what I expect in a good paper, an excellent paper will exceed the minimum requirements.

Graded Assignments:

Dever   1 Exam  multiple choice, true/false                                       30 points

Morton 1 Exam   multiple choice, true/false                                       20 points

Evaluation of Epidemiology Paper based on Chap 17 Morton           20 points        

Discussion Comments (due within 2 weeks of posting date)           10 points

Paper                                                                                                  20 points


The instructor reserves the right to modify the assignment dates and the syllabus as needed to meet the educational objectives of the course.

Submission Format Policy


Papers must be written using APA 5th ed. or above.

Discussion Responses must be turned in by 6PM on the due date.  Comments must be turned in by 6PM within 5 days after the Response due date.

 All Due Dates are noted in the Class Assignment Schedule.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Papers will not be accepted after the due date without prior permission of the instructor and the student will receive a zero for the assignment.  Any papers that are turned in with 5 days after the due date, with the instructors permission, will receive an automatic deduction of 10%.

Late discussion responses or commentary will not be accepted

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students must attend the two face to face meetings unless a major illness occurs.  If this happens they must immediately notify the instructor and will be given additional work to compensate for the missing time and information.

Other Policies


I assume that the written work you turn in reflects your own ideas and your own words, unless you specifically attribute them to another source. A modest amount of quotation and paraphrasing for written assignments is acceptable.  However, appropriate acknowledgement of the ideas, works, writings, or opinions that you borrow must be stated.  Academic dishonesty is not acceptable and is a breech of the student code of ethics.  Dishonesty includes, but not limited to: 1) plagiarism*, 2) submitting work that was not prepared by you (fraud), and 3) helping another student with their work when expressly prohibited (cheating).  


*Plagiarism:   As noted using direct quotes or sections of writing from other author’s without the appropriate citations is unacceptable.  Any written assignment may be submitted to a computer-based review to assess it for evidence of plagiarism.   Please see the additional notes on the main page regarding what constitutes plagiarism.



By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The "limited right" shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.

  • Students will have access to SafeAssign.  This site allows you to review your paper to make sure that you don’t accidentally quote material from sources and/or other students without properly citing the source.
    • Take advantage of this opportunity, once you have run your paper through SafeAssign, fix any problems it identifies and turn the completed paper in to me via the class mail.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

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Campus Carry

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