School of Public Health

EPI 549 HIV/STI Prevention Research Methods

EPI 549 Hiv/sti Prevention Research Methods (3)

Focuses on current research and implementation of HIV/STI prevention including biomedical, behavioral, and public health interventions. Includes analyzing strength of research evidence to support novel interviews, understanding key features of study design, and applying interventions that are most appropriate and feasible for specific settings and populations. Offered: jointly with G H 563.

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Additional Course Details

This course focuses on current research and implementation of HIV/STI prevention, including biomedical, behavioral, and public health interventions. Established interventions and novel prevention strategies currently under investigation will be covered. Central goals of the course are to foster student abilities to analyze the strength of research evidence to support novel interventions, understand key features of study design for HIV/STI prevention, and identify appropriate interventions based on settings and populations. Students gain an understanding of the current scope of the HIV/STI prevention agenda in research, public health programming, public policy, and clinical practice. This course is designed for graduate students in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the School of Medicine, as well as graduate students in complementary fields, and upper-level undergraduates with a strong interest in HIV/STI prevention and instructor approval.

Topics Covered

Research methods include clinical trials, observational analysis, implementation science, cost effectiveness, mathematical modeling, and laboratory science.  Topics include PrEP, ART, PMTCT, young women, and reproductive health.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the range of research approaches utilized to test HIV/STI prevention interventions in global and local settings.  
  2. Explain study design approaches, including which are most appropriate for various settings, populations, and research questions.
  3. Demonstrate through independent research, an in-depth knowledge of a specific prevention intervention for a particular population, and appropriate methods for measurement and evaluation of effectiveness.  
  4. Apply critical thinking skills to identify challenges and innovative solutions to enhance HIV/STI prevention science in public health and clinical policy and practice.

Course Format

Each 3-hour session will include 2 lectures approximately 60 minutes in duration, provided by the course directors and local and visiting HIV/STI prevention experts. The beginning 30 minutes of each session will be devoted to in-depth assessment of 1-2 articles relevant to the topics presented that day; students will sign up to lead the journal discussion.  The goal of each session will be to introduce a specific HIV/STI prevention topic, with a focus on research methodology.

How You Are Evaluated

Leading a journal club discussion, Class participation, Prevention Intervention Research Proposal

Contact the Instructor

Renee Heffron (