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Kristen M. Wells

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Medicine
Department: PBHS Public Health Sciences Admin
Office location and address
Health System West Complex Room 3196
1335 Lee St
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Kristen Wells is an environmental epidemiologist with a focus on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for estimating historic and current environmental exposures, spatial modeling of disease, and hierarchical regression modeling techniques. Within the Department of Public Health Sciences, she teaches courses in environmental epidemiology and intermediate epidemiologic methods. As a member of the Geo-health Interdisciplinary Research Group (GIRG), Dr. Wells is mapping the spatial distribution of cancer incidence, control and care in Virginia, with the goal of understanding the relationship between place and cancer in the state. Additionally, she is the scholarship coordinator for the UVA School of Medicine’s Generalist Scholars Program, and teaches a graduate level introductory epidemiology course in the UVA School of Nursing.

GNUR 6052: Epidemiology and World Health
Credits: 3
Focuses on the distribution and determinants of health-related states or conditions in specified populations at local through global levels, and on the application of this study to control health problems. Students are presented with epidemiologic models and methods in order to assess the health of individuals and populations and to prevent or control health conditions, diseases, and injuries. Content emphasizes a local to global perspective and application of methods to improve health care delivery, health policy, human rights, and ultimately, health. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
PHS 7020: Epidemiological and Translational Research
Credits: 3
This course lays the foundation of epidemiological and translational research. Focus is on core epidemiologic research methodology fundamental to biomed discovery process that integrates bench, bedside, and community partners in advancing PH. Topics include study design (clin trials & observational studies), epidemiologic data analysis, statistical and causal inference, and scientific validity. Entrepreneurship, legal & ethic issues in context. Prerequisites: PHS 7010 & Instructor Permission.
PHS 7385: Environmental Health: Epidemiologic Perspectives
Credits: 3
This course offers an intro to environmental health with a focus on environmental epidemiology. Through case studies on air, soil and water pollutants, students will examine concepts of study design, exposure assessment and issues of validity. Provides hands-on introduction to GIS. At course completion, students will be prepared to critically review published literature and assist in the design and conduct of environmental health research.
PHS 8880: Integrative Learning RP Part 1
Credits: 1–3
Practicum associated with Methods Course for Research in Practice Concentration. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
PHS 8881: Integrative Learning HP Part 1
Credits: 1–3
Practicum associated with Methods Course for Health Policy, Law & Ethics Concentration. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
PHS 8930: Integrative Learning Experience RP Part 2
Credits: 1–3
The culminating experience project should demonstrate application of knowledge acquired in the MPH program to a real-world public health issue. Students write a paper & create a poster for presentation describing their projects. Students also take a review test of basic material from the core public health disciplines & complete a competency self-assessment to obtain feedback on their progress & accomplishments achieved by the end of the program. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.
PHS 8931: Integrative Learning Experience HP Part 2
Credits: 1–3
The final project should demonstrate application of knowledge acquired in the MPH program to a real-world public health issue. Students write a paper & create a poster for presentation describing their projects. Students also take a review test of basic material from the core public health disciplines & complete a competency self-assesment to obtain feedback on their progress & accomplishments achieved by the end of the program.
PHS 8960: Supervised Independent Research I
Credits: 1–6
Supervised Independent Research