Data into Action for Tribes: Introduction to Epidemiology
The purpose of the Data Into Action for Tribes: Introduction to Epidemiology course is to provide an overview of basic epidemiology for public health workers, including those working in the field of behavioral health. The primary objective is to increase the knowledge among tribal health departments of how to access available data from federal, state, and local resources for program planning surveillance, and data use. Topics included are basic epidemiology, research questions, measures, study types, interpreting data, epidemiology in Indian country, and behavioral health epidemiology.
The Data into Action for Tribes curriculum is designed to provide general guidance and understanding to increase the knowledge among tribal health departments of how to access available data from federal, state, and local resources for program planning, surveillance, and data use. The courses included in this curriculum will cover several topics related to data, including an overview of epidemiology, sources of publicly-available data, conducting assessments and writing reports, the use of Geographic Information Systems, and behavioral health.
Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students.
- Define the role of epidemiology
- Develop research questions
- Develop measures
- Describe the types of epidemiology study designs
- Interpret data
- Understand the unique aspects of epidemiology in Indian Country and in behavioral health
Amanda Janitz, PhD, MPH, BSN
Dr. Janitz is currently an Assistant Professor of Research in Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health. She works with the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board, the Association of American Indian Physicians, and Region VI South Central Public Health Training Center.
During her doctoral program, she worked with these organizations as a Graduate Research Assistant and consultant. Her dissertation research, which she completed in 2015, focused on the association between congenital anomalies and any childhood cancer and the association between air pollution and childhood acute leukemia.
Her areas of expertise include the epidemiology of childhood cancer, public health program evaluation, and epidemiologic methods. After graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she worked as a pediatric oncology nurse. In 2009, she completed a Master of Public Health in the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health with a focus on childhood cancer.
Upon graduation, she worked as a Research Nurse in pediatric oncology before returning to the University of Oklahoma in 2010 to complete her doctorate with a goal of contributing to cancer research in Oklahoma.
Janis Campbell, PhD
Dr. Campbell is an Associate Professor of Research at the University of Oklahoma, College of Public Health, Biostatistics and Epidemiology Department.
She also collaborates with the Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center.
Dr. Campbell previously served as Chronic Disease surveillance coordinator for ten years and for five years as a program analyst for Maternal and Child Health Services at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Dr. Campbell has 25 years of experience working in public health.
Sydney Martinez, PhD
Sydney Martinez, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Research in Epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Public Health.
In the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, her research focuses on addressing tobacco-related and cancer disparities, primarily in the American Indian population and among individuals with low socioeconomic status.
She currently serves as the evaluator for the Office of the Tribal Liaison as well as several wellness and behavioral health initiatives throughout the state. She also provides consultation services through Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources. Her areas of expertise include epidemiologic methods, tobacco prevention, program evaluation, and complex survey data analysis.
She received her doctorate and Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Oklahoma in Health and Exercise Science.
- 1.00 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Data into Action for Tribes: Introduction to Epidemiology
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