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Learning about what data- or method-oriented courses are available should be simple. Because the Berkeley course offerings have limited search capabilities, D-Lab creates listings of Berkeley graduate and undergraduate courses each semester that cover methods, approaches, techniques, tools, software, or data relevant to data-intensive social science across departments and disciplines. We anticipate adding course listings for online courses and other resources. After searching, click on the course title for additional details. Feedback? Please send to dlab@berkeley.edu.
 

Course Title Description
LINGUIS
100
Introduction to Linguistic Science An intensive introduction of linguistic analysis, including core areas such as phonetics and phonology, morphology, and syntax and semantics, with data from a range of languages. Argumentation and writing skills are developed through substantial weekly homework assignments."
LINGUIS
115
Phonology and Morphology Introduction to important cross-linguistic phonological and morphological phenomena as well as standard methods of description and analysis."
LINGUIS
C160
Quantitative Methods in Linguistics An introduction to research using quantitative analysis in linguistics and cognitive science. Students will learn how to use the R programming environment for statistical analysis and data visualization. Also listed as Cognitive Science C140."
LINGUIS
220B
Syntax and Semantics II This course continues 220A with an in-depth examination of selected syntactic and semantic phenomena and the methods of their analysis. The phonomena investigated varies with each offering of the course."
LINGUIS
230
Historical Linguistics The scholarly tradition of historical and comparative linguistics. Methods of reconstruction."
MAT SCI
C214
Micromechanics Basic theories, analytical techniques, and mathematical foundations of micromechanics. It includes 1. physical micromechanics, such as mathematical theory of dislocation, and cohesive fracture models; 2. micro-elasticity that includes Eshelby's eigenstrain theory, comparison variational principles, and micro-crack/micro-cavity based damage theory; 3. theoretical composite material that includes the main methodologies in evaluating overall material properties; 4. meso-plasticity that includes meso-damage theory, and the crystal plasticity; 5. homogenization theory for materials with periodic structures. Also listed as Civil and Environmental Engineering C236."
MATH
121B
Mathematical Tools for the Physical Sciences Intended for students in the physical sciences who are not planning to take more advanced mathematics courses. Special functions, series solutions of ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations arising in mathematical physics, probability theory."
MATH
172
Combinatorics Basic combinatorial principles, graphs, partially ordered sets, generating functions, asymptotic methods, combinatorics of permutations and partitions, designs and codes. Additional topics at the discretion of the instructor."
MATH
209
Von Neumann Algebras Basic theory of von Neumann algebras. Density theorems, topologies and normal maps, traces, comparison of projections, type classification, examples of factors. Additional topics, for example, Tomita Takasaki theory, subfactors, group actions, and noncommutative probability."
MATH
C218B
Probability Theory The course is designed as a sequence with with Statistics C205A/Mathematics C218A with the following combined syllabus. Measure theory concepts needed for probability. Expection, distributions. Laws of large numbers and central limit theorems for independent random variables. Characteristic function methods. Conditional expectations, martingales and martingale converengence theorems. Markov chains. Stationary processes. Brownian motion. Also listed as Statistics C205B."
MATH
222B
Partial Differential Equations The theory of boundary value and initial value problems for partial differential equations, with emphasis on nonlinear equations. Second-order elliptic equations, parabolic and hyperbolic equations, calculus of variations methods, additional topics selected by instructor."
MATH
224B
Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences Introduction to the theory of distributions. Fourier and Laplace transforms. Partial differential equations. Green's function. Operator theory, with applications to eigenfunction expansions, perturbation theory and linear and non-linear waves. Sequence begins fall."
MATH
225B
Metamathematics Metamathematics of predicate logic. Completeness and compactness theorems. Interpolation theorem, definability, theory of models. Metamathematics of number theory, recursive functions, applications to truth and provability. Undecidable theories. Sequence begins fall."
MATH
228B
Numerical Solution of Differential Equations Ordinary differential equations: Runge-Kutta and predictor-corrector methods; stability theory, Richardson extrapolation, stiff equations, boundary value problems. Partial differential equations: stability, accuracy and convergence, Von Neumann and CFL conditions, finite difference solutions of hyperbolic and parabolic equations. Finite differences and finite element solution of elliptic equations."
MATH
257
Group Theory Topics such as: generators and relations, infinite discrete groups, groups of Lie type, permutation groups, character theory, solvable groups, simple groups, transfer and cohomological methods."
MCELLBI
133L
Physiology and Cell Biology Laboratory Experimental analyses of central problems in cell biology and physiology using modern techniques, including DNA cloning and protein biochemistry, fluorescence microscopy of the cytoskeleton and organelles, DNA transfection and cell cycle analysis of cultured mammalian cells, RNA interference and drug treatments to analyze ion channel function in cell contractility and intracellular signaling, and somatosensation."
MCELLBI
160L
Neurobiology Laboratory Experimental analyses of properties and interactions of nerve cells and systems, illustrating principal features and current methods. Techniques employed include computer simulation of neuron properties, electrophysiological recording and stimulation of nerves and cells, digitally enhanced video imaging of outgrowth, fluorescence immunocytochemistry, analysis of sensory: CNS mapping, human-evoked potential recording, sensory psychophysics."
MCELLBI
249Q
Computational Genomics Recent developments in computational methods for genomics and their application for understanding the structure and function of genes encoded in completely sequenced genomes."
MEC ENG
C115
Molecular Cell Biomechanics This course applies methods of statistical continuum mechanics to subcellar biomechanical phenomena ranging from nanoscale (molecular) to microscale (whole cell and cell population) biological processes at the interface of mechanics, biology, and chemistry. Also listed as Bioengineering C112."
MUSIC
243
Transcription and Analysis in Ethnomusicology Methods and practice of transcription applied to selected musical practices in relation to specific analytical goals. Coursework includes use of software for sound analysis and notation."
NATAMST
110
Theories and Methods in Native American Studies Overview of literary theory and criticism, historiography, and social sciences theories and methods useful in the study of Native American literature, history and contemporary tribal groups. Course will develop skills of information gathering and development of theories that structure information."
NATAMST
120AC
Photography and the American Indian: Manifest Destiny, American Frontier, and Images of American Indians This course explores the development of photography, historical photographs of Indigenous peoples, Black Indians, and the push to win the American West. Central to the course are research methods that deconstruct stereotypical representations of Native Americans, African Americans (who either married into Native nations, were owned by Native peoples, or who joined the military to fight Native peoples), and the theories and methods that influenced photography."
NEUROSC
299
Seminars: "Applied Statistics for Neuroscience" Course that focuses on topical subjects in specific fields of neuroscience."
NUC ENG
130
Analytical Methods for Non-proliferation Use of nuclear measurement techniques to detect clandestine movement and/or possession of nuclear materials by third parties. Nuclear detection, forensics, signatures, and active and passive interrogation methodologies will be explored. Techniques currently deployed for arms control and treaty verification will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on common elements of detection technology from the viewpoint of resolution of threat signatures from false positives due to naturally occurring radioactive material. Laboratory will involve experiments conducted in the Nucleonics Laboratory featuring passive and active neutron signals, gamma ray detection, fission neutron multiplicity, and U and Pu isotopic identification and age determination. Students should be familiar with al
NUC ENG
155
Introduction to Numerical Simulations in Radiation Transport Computational methods used to analyze radiation transport described by various differential, integral, and integro-differential equations. Numerical methods include finite difference, finite elements, discrete ordinates, and Monte Carlo. Examples from neutron and photon transport; numerical solutions of neutron/photon diffusion and transport equations. Monte Carlo simulations of photon and neutron transport. An overview of optimization techniques for solving the resulting discrete equations on vector and parallel computer systems."
NUC ENG
230
Analytical Methods for Non-Proliferation Use of nuclear measurement techniques to detect clandestine movement and/or possession of nuclear materials by third parties. Nuclear detection, forensics, signatures, and active passive interrogation methodologies will be explored. Techniques currently deployed for arms control and treaty verification will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on common elements of detection technology from the viewpoint of resolution of threat signatures from false positives due to naturally occurring radioactive material. Laboratory will involve experiments conducted in the Nucleonics Laboratory featuring passive and active neutron signals, gamma ray detection, fission neutron multiplicity, and U and Pu isotopic identification and age determination. Students should be familiar with alpha,
NUSCTX
211B
Introduction to Research in Nutritional Sciences Closely supervised experimental work under the direction of individual faculty members; an introduction to experimental methods and research approaches in areas of nutritional sciences."
NWMEDIA
C263
Technologies for Creativity and Learning How does the design of new educational technology change the way people learn and think? How do we design systems that reflect our understanding of how we learn? This course explores issues on designing and evaluating technologies that support creativity and learning. The class will cover theories of creativity and learning, implications for design, as well as a survey of new educational technologies such as works in computer supported collaborative learning, digital manipulatives, and immersive learning environments. Also listed as Information C263."
PB HLTH
142
Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health Descriptive statistics, probability, probability distributions, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, chi-square, correlation and regression with biomedical applications."
PB HLTH
144A
Introduction to SAS Programming This course is intended to serve as an introduction to the SAS programming language for Windows in an applied, workshop environment. Emphasis is on data management and programming in a public health research setting. Topics include SAS language to compute, recode, label, and format variables as well as sort, subset, concatenate, and merge data sets. SAS statistical procedures will be used to compute univariate and bivariate summary statistics and tests, simple linear models,graphical plots, and statistical output data sets."
PB HLTH
144A
Introduction to SAS Programming This course is intended to serve as an introduction to the SAS programming language for Windows in an applied, workshop environment. Emphasis is on data management and programming in a public health research setting. Topics include SAS language to compute, recode, label, and format variables as well as sort, subset, concatenate, and merge data sets. SAS statistical procedures will be used to compute univariate and bivariate summary statistics and tests, simple linear models,graphical plots, and statistical output data sets."
PB HLTH
144B
Intermediate SAS Programming Topics include data step flow control, looping and automated processing, implicit and explicit arrays, data simulation strategies, data set reconfiguration, use of SAS Macro variables, and writing simple SAS Macro programs."
PB HLTH
150A
Introduction to Epidemiology and Human Disease This course introduces epidemiological methods with the goal of teaching students to read critically and interpret published epidemiologic studies in humans. The course also exposes students to the epidemiology of diseases and conditions of current public health importance in the United States and internationally."
PB HLTH
150E
Introduction to Community Health and Human Development This course will consist of a survey of the major social, cultural, and bio-behavioral patterns of health and well-being among individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities. The course also will address the design, implementation, and evaluation of leading social and behavioral interventions and social policies designed to improve community and population health. This course will satisfy one of the core requirements for the undergraduate major in public health."
PB HLTH
C160
Environmental Health and Development The health effects of environmental alterations caused by development programs and other human activities in both developing and developed areas. Case studies will contextualize methodological information and incorporate a global perspective on environmentally mediated diseases in diverse populations. Topics include water management; population change; toxics; energy development; air pollution; climate change; chemical use, etc. Also listed as Environ Sci, Policy, and Management C167."
PB HLTH
200A
Current issues in Public Health Ethics: Research and Practice This course seeks to examine the ethical challenges inherent in public health practice, research, and policy. It covers a range of topics in ethics through cases representative of different public health dilemmas. The cases considered include treating homeless people with TB, rationing medical care in the United States, conducting HIV studies of maternal-fetal transmission in Africa, managed care policies and setting priorities, the deaf community and cochlear implants, and the societal implications of genetic information. The goal is to enable students to develop an analytical methodology that has practical application for their future work."
PB HLTH
212D
Global Health Core Course This is a graduate level survey course on selected topics in international health designed to introduce students to key areas of the specialty. The course will review the main contributors to the global burden of disease and discuss current interventions and possible approaches for the future. The primary goal of the course is to transfer knowledge and experiences that will prepare public health students to evaluate international health projects and better prepare themselves for international health work. The focus is on developing countries with the most challenging large-scale health problems, where physical and systems infrastructure as well as human resources are poorly developed. The course provides students with the tools to make their own assessments. Complex ethical
PB HLTH
212E
Private Sector Health Services in Developing Countries This course will serve students intending to conduct research, policy work, or program implementation in health services in developing countries. Topics covered will include definition and typology of private sector in various countries, theories of private sector regulation, motivation, and research. Methodological and practical issues in measuring provider importance, quality, and in influencing the activities of actors in private health delivery will be explored from viewpoints of both research and programmatic intervention."
PB HLTH
218B
Evaluation of Health and Social Programs The study of concepts, methods, rationale, and uses of evaluation research as they apply to health and social programs."
PB HLTH
219E
Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Public Health Research This course is designed to familiarize students who have little or no experience in conducting qualitative research with the perspectives, methods, and techniques of a vast and contentious tradition of research. The course will cover some of the methods of data collections used in the conduct of qualitative inquiries, the analysis of textural data, the write-up of findings from qualitative studies, and the development of a qualitative research proposal. While learning about qualitative methods, students will gain an understanding of the qualitative research literature on a topic of their choice, as well as how to integrate findings from a variety of qualitative studies on a research question of topic."
PB HLTH
231A
Analytic Methods for Health Policy and Management This course provides an overview of analytic methods that Master's students in health policy and management should be familiar with. Topics include linear regression, limited dependent variable models such as logit, design, and analysis of complex surveys (with weighted and clustered sampling), and quasi-experimental causal analysis. The course complements 245, with an emphasis on enabling nonstatisticians to interpret and critique applications in the HPM literature."
PB HLTH
C240A
Biostatistical Methods: Advanced Categorical Data Analysis This course focuses on statistical methods for discrete data collected in public health, clinical and biological studies. Lectures topics include proportions and counts, contingency tables, logistic regression models, Poisson regression and log-linear models, models for polytomous data and generalized linear models. Computing techniques, numerical methods, simulation and general implementation of biostatistical analysis techniques with emphasis on data applications. Also listed as Statistics C245A."
PB HLTH
C240F
Statistical Genomics Genomics is one of the fundamental areas of research in the biological sciences and is rapidly becoming one of the most important application areas in statistics. The first course in this two-semester sequence is Public Health C240E/Statistics C245E. This is the second course, which focuses on sequence analysis, phylogenetics, and high-throughput microarray and sequencing gene expression experiments. The courses are primarily intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students from the mathematical sciences. Also listed as Statistics C245F."
PB HLTH
241
Statistical Analysis of Categorical Data Biostatistical concepts and modeling relevant to the design and analysis of multifactor population-based cohort and case-control studies, including matching. Measures of association, causal inference, confounding interaction. Introduction to binary regression, including logistic regression."
PB HLTH
252
Epidemiological Analysis This course consists of two distinct components: (1) advanced treatment of epidemiologic methods: matched data, spatial analysis, logistic and Poisson regression models; (2) survival analysis: Kaplan-Meier estimation, survival distributions, parametric and semi-parametric survival analysis models. Students are encouraged to concurrently enroll in 248L which carries the prerequisite of a working knowledge of the statistical computing language R."
PB HLTH
252B
Modeling the Dynamics of Infectious Disease Processes This course will cover the basic tools required to both critically read modeling papers and to develop and use models as research tools. Emphasis will be placed on using models to understand infectious disease processes and to evaluate potential control strategies. The class meeting will consist of both lecture material covering conceptual issues and a computer lab to apply these concepts using standard infectious disease models."
PB HLTH
255A
Social Epidemiology This course is designed to introduce students to the field of social epidemiology and its role in understanding the social determinants of population health and health disparities. This course will provide a systematic and selected overview of literature in the field covering the history and development of the field of social epidemiology, theoretical perspectives, major topical areas, conceptual approaches, and current controversies related to theory, research methods, and research findings. Three principles will be emphasized throughout the course: 1) the ecological model, 2) the lifecourse approach, and 3) causality. These principles will provide a framework for the critical analysis of scholarly journal articles and the synthesis of information across content areas. This
PB HLTH
255D
Methods in Social Epidemiology This course is designed to review, evaluate, and apply methods currently used in the field of social epidemiology. The course aims to teach approaches to forming clear research questions, and selecting the best method(s) to answer the questions posed. Initially we will discuss approaches to defining clear and specific research questions. We will then discuss recent controversies around the meaning of questions posed in social epidemiology, and the ability of currently used methods to answer questions in social epidemiology. Finally we will review, evaluate, and apply a range of different methods that are or could be used to answer questions in social epidemiology, again emphasizing the types of questions answered by these methods, and their ability to address the challenges
PB HLTH
271G
Global Environmental Change for Health Scientists The course will first provide a basic foundation in the physical and societal basis of climate change, including atmospheric structure and feedbacks, carbon cycling, and the sources and trends of human and natural greenhouse pollutant emissions. Forecasts of future climate, and their uncertainties, will be discussed, emphasizing parameters of potential relevance to human health. We will explore epidemiologic, risk assessment, and statistical methods appropriate for understanding the impact of climate on health in different populations, including reviews of current burden of disease estimates of avoidable and attributable risk. The public health implications, positive and negative, of society's efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change will be elaborated, including disc
PB HLTH
272A
Geographic Information Science for Public and Environmental Health Geographic information systems (GIS) have emerged as an important tool for performing health and environmental analyses. GIS is generally seen as a spatial analysis system for the organization, storage, retrieval, and analysis of data for which the location and other spatial attributes are considered important (e.g., incidence of a specific disease condition in relation to a pollution source). GIS also encompasses the organizational structure, personnel, software, and hardware needed to support spatial analysis. For many health and social scientists, GIS has evolved into a new lens for viewing their work. The course will provide students with an introduction to this exciting and expanding field of inquiry. On successful completion of the course you should possess the followi

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