Course Information

Social Networks in the Age of COVID-19: from Personal Networks to Big Data MPBH Class #2831 HSM Class #2313

Course ID: MPBH 495-006 / HSM 355-006
School:Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Program: Public Health, Health Care Administration
Credit Hours: 1

Course Description

Social network analysis for epidemiology (sometimes called “Network Epidemiology”) is the study of how peoples’ connections to one another determine their health. Students will be introduced to concepts and case studies from social network analysis, including theoretical foundations in social science, to understand social epidemics like opioid abuse and gun violence and the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. Discussion will focus on application of social network analysis for understanding the spread and prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular focus on evaluating the effectiveness of social distancing policies. Relative strengths and limitations of data sources will be compared, including personal data networks, geospatial data from mobile phones, Twitter data, public health surveillance data, and mashups of individual clinical data with Census and other large datasets. Objectives • Formulate a hypothesis based on social and network theory for understanding the role of social networks and social distancing policies for disease spread and control • Compare and contrast sources of data for understanding the role of social networks in preventing and controlling threats to public health ranging from addiction and gun violence to COVID-19 • Critically evaluate emerging data on social distancing policies and implications for managing the COVID-19 pandemic Instructor Dr. Shoham has conducted numerous studies employing social network analysis and other epidemiologic approaches to small and large datasets with a focus on kidney disease, childhood obesity, and health care teams. How to enroll: • Open to Loyola students from all programs and levels of study. Register online through LOCUS • Available for FREE for community members and community partners: Enroll online and use code Parkinson2021! at checkout • Available for FREE for faculty, staff, and adjunct faculty. Enroll online and use code Parkinson2021! at checkout

Loyola University Chicago’s Parkinson School Summer Short Courses 2021

Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health invites degree and non-degree seeking students to participate in a series of 1-credit special topic courses on Strengthening Population Health Resilience in the Time of COVID-19.

Resilient and robust public health and health care systems rely on the interdependence of groups such as individuals, schools, employers, public health professionals, community organizations, first responders, healthcare professionals, and governments.  

Now, more than ever, these groups are challenged to increase their collective, scientific public health literacy and capacity to understand and leverage emerging public health data and identify strategies to tackle the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Strong public health literacy is the foundation for strengthening our collective resilience and response - as we move from flattening the curve, to controlling transmission, and ultimately, to preventing infection with the advent of a vaccine.

Series Objectives

These courses will:

  • introduce participants to key concepts, resources, and tools to help you support health system resilience and economic recovery
  • help participants interpret the science in the news
  • provide roadmaps to help participants anticipate and implement COVID-19 policies and actions to mitigate risk and promote health.

Each course will provide a different lens through which participants will view public health and health care system resilience along with “takeaway” insights applicable in any health crisis. 

Who Should Attend
Adult learners, students and non-students alike, and leaders at all levels who want to increase their knowledge and skills to lead or manage a health emergency.  Participants have the option to pursue a course for a credit, should they choose. 

Each course will follow a similar seminar-style format, including discussion and Q&A with Parkinson School faculty with expertise in areas including surveillance, emergency preparedness, health care administration, infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, laboratory testing, and environmental transmission of disease. Readings and digital resources will be provided to guide learning. Aligned with Loyola’s Jesuit tradition, students will use individual reflection and application exercises to translate knowledge into action.

For more information about registering for courses, please contact Lucia Garcia (lucgarcia@luc.edu)

Course Offering

Session Day Time Instructor Location
A Mon • Summer session A – May 24, 2021 – June 28, 2021 • Day and Time: Mondays, 6-8 p Shoham ONLINE

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