EPI 220 Sexually Transmitted Infections: Causes & Consequences


Autumn 2023

Line Number Section ID Credits Days/Times Room/Bldg Instructor
15119A5.0Tuesday, Thursday @ 3:00pm - 4:20pm101 (HSEB)David Shoultz
15120AAFriday @ 9:30am - 10:20amT639 (HST)David Shoultz
15121ABFriday @ 12:30pm - 1:20pmT733 (HST)David Shoultz

Additional Course Details

Epi 220 in an introductory-level course designed for undergraduate students at all levels. It intended to complement other courses in epidemiology and infectious diseases in the School of Public Health. The course will examine the causes and consequences of sexually transmitted infections (STI), as well as strategies to prevent STI with a focus on sexual and reproductive health. The concepts taught in this course will provide an introduction to infectious disease epidemiology through the lens of sexually transmitted pathogens; and lay the foundation for those interested in pursuing careers in reproductive health, epidemiology, microbiology, medicine, or public health.    

Topics Covered

  • Populations at risk for STI
  • Psychosocial implications of STI
  • Risk factors for STI
  • Behavioral prevention of STI
  • Biomedical prevention of STI
  • Public health control of STI
  • Epidemiologic study designs and measures of disease frequency and association
  • History, biology, and epidemiology of STI
  • Ethical issues in STI research
  • Emerging STI

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and describe populations at risk for STI
  • Describe the history and epidemiology of infection with sexually transmitted pathogens
  • Outline common risk factors for STI and HIV infection
  • Summarize behavioral, biomedical, and public health interventions for the control of STI and HIV
  • Define epidemiologic study designs
  • Differentiate between diverse epidemiological measures of disease frequency and association
  • Employ epidemiologic data to describe the public health importance of STIs and the need for preventive measures

Course Format

Topical lectures and weekly small-group discussion sessions    

How You Will Be Evaluated

  • Written assignments
  • Quizzes and exams
  • Final paper   

Contact the Instructor

Lisa Manhart (