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Keryn Pasch

Faculty ScholarsPh.D., University of Minnesota

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
Keryn Pasch



Keryn E. Pasch, M.P.H., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas, Austin. She received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology with a minor in Interpersonal Relationships Research from Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota and her Master's in Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Pasch was also a National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Prevention and Control in the Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the Austin Campus of the University of Texas School of Public Health. Her research program focuses on the influence of marketing on youth and young adult risk behaviors as well as the factors that may alter the influence of marketing. Her research also focuses on how risk behaviors, including substance use, obesity-related behaviors, sleep, and caffeine consumption, may co-occur among youth and young adults.


H S 350E • Foundations Of Epidemiology-Wb

30160 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM
Internet; Synchronous
(also listed as HED 343)

This course is an introduction to epidemiology, the basic science of public health, and is intended for students seeking careers in health related fields. It is designed to familiarize students with the basic tenets of epidemiology and the principles that guide health promotion/public health. The subject matter is applicable to a variety of fields in addition to health promotion/public health, such as, nursing, medicine and other health professions, communication, education, psychology, sociology, and social work.

Course Objectives
At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Define epidemiology and explain its role in healthpromotion
2. Discuss and define basic epidemiologic principles
3. Understand concepts central to epidemiologicmeasurement
4. Compare and contrast different epidemiologic study designs
5. Discuss causation and causal inference in epidemiology
6. Describe the epidemiological sub-disciplines of field, clinical, social and behavioral epidemiology

Course Sections
Section 1: Overview, context and principles
This section covers common terms used in epidemiology, the history and context of the discipline, and basic principles of epidemiology.
Section 2: Epidemiological studies and designs
This section provides students with content and hands-on application of epidemiologic study approaches.
Section 3: Causal inference and specific epidemiologic approaches
This module focuses on using epidemiology to determine causes of health problems in general and specialty areas of study.

Course Evaluation and Grades
The course will emphasize attendance and active participation in assignments during and outside of class. The professor will introduce topics for each class, and will evaluate students based on class attendance, performance on quizzes, exams, written paper, and participation in the class learning activities.

H S 350E • Foundations Of Epidemiology

29090 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM UTC 4.124

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H S 340 • Foundations Of Epidemiology

29514 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BEL 602A

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H S 340 • Foundations Of Epidemiology

29657 • Fall 2018
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BEL 602A

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