In order to follow-along in guided analyses and complete course exercises, individuals will need access to STATA and familiarity with the basic STATA command structure. STATA will need to be downloaded and installed. A STATA licenses is required, which is not included in the course. STATA may be included through your university or department. The cost of STATA varies depending on your country of residence and the type of license that you purchase. For PHIA, at the STATE/SE is recommended. STATA can be downloaded at https://www.stata.com/order/educational-license-options/. There are a number of introductory STATA tutorials available for free online. Individuals lacking experience in STATA programming must familiarize themselves with STATA prior to beginning this course.
Following an extensive career in clinical medicine, research, and public health, Dr. Andrea Low joined ICAP in 2015, attracted by its international network of collaborative public health projects and the opportunity to work with other Columbia University centers, such as the Earth Institute, to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to global health challenges. Originally a student of marine biology, Dr. Low has a keen appreciation for how ecology impacts public health. She sees the growing threat of climate change driving drought and food insecurity that increases vulnerability in populations, triggering displacement and disrupting health care access. She worked on a study of the impact of severe drought conditions in rural Lesotho on adolescent girls and others, and found possibly higher rates of HIV as a consequence of the complex interplay of poverty, reduced educational opportunity, early marriage, and transactional sex. Since then, she has extended that analysis to another 5 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and has found an association between food shortages and HIV acquisition in women, in a similar pathway as what was identified in Lesotho.
During her medical training in internal medicine and infectious diseases, Dr. Low did clinical work in New York and in the United Kingdom. Dr. Low also worked as a Clinical Scholar at the Rockefeller University, where she studied drug resistance in HIV variants. However, the scale and impact of global health combined with a strong commitment to health care as a human right drew her to pursue a PhD in epidemiology, focusing her research on HIV transmission and reproductive health in female sex workers in Burkina Faso. Dr. Low's research interests continue to include HIV acquisition in vulnerable populations and the heterogeneity of infection and risk, as well as common co-infections impacting people living with HIV.
Now at ICAP, all the threads of Dr. Low's education, interests, and professional experience support her role as the Clinical and Scientific director of the Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) project. This multi-county project works in partnership with in-country ministries of health to conduct nationally representative surveys that capture the state of the HIV epidemic in severely-affected countries. Dr. Low is also studying health system resilience to climate change with colleagues in Mozambique and at the Earth Institute, and is using innovative ways to track COVID-19 infections for surveillance, collaborating with her colleagues at ICAP to tackle the challenge of a new pandemic.
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This is a month-long digital course, equivalent to approximately 20 hours of classroom instruction. Lectures and course material will be presented online in roughly weekly segments. The flexible format will include video or audio recordings of lecture material, file sharing and topical discussion, self-assessment exercises, and access to the instructor for feedback during the course. The course utilizes the learning management software, Canvas (https://canvas.instructure.com/login); participants will receive an e-mail inviting them to join on the first day of the course. Any additional information about technical requirements and access to the course will be shared in the weeks before the course begins.