Elizabeth Conlisk

Professor of Public Health
Hampshire College Professor Elizabeth Conlisk
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Elizabeth Conlisk
Cole Science Center 308A

On sabbatical fall 2023.

Elizabeth Conlisk received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and M.S. and Ph.D. in epidemiology from Cornell University. She has a wide range of public health experience at local, state, national, and international agencies, including the North Carolina Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Instituto de Nutricion de Centro America y Panama in Guatemala.

Professor Conlisk teaches classes in epidemiology, statistics, public health, and topics that lie at the intersection of culture and biology. Her research focuses on cancer prevention, especially cervical cancer screening in Latin America. She has served on the Hampshire Board of Trustees and as the director of the Five College Program in Culture, Health and Science, an interdisciplinary certificate program for students interested in the socio-political and biologic bases of health.

Recent and Upcoming Courses

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  • This course is an introduction to the principles and practice of epidemiology, the core science of public health and the primary tool for measuring health disparities. The course covers the major concepts usually found in a graduate-level introductory course in epidemiology: outbreak investigations, study design, measures of effect, internal and external validity, reliability, and causal inference. Assigned readings are drawn from a standard textbook and the primary literature. In addition, students read case studies and work step-by-step through major epidemiologic investigations of the 20th century, including the first studies linking smoking and lung cancer; the controversies regarding HIV screening in the early years of the AIDS epidemic; and the emergence of a mysterious syndrome eventually linked to a health supplement. Students also form small groups to design and conduct a small epidemiologic study on campus. The major assignments for the course are four case studies; regular response papers/worksheets on the readings; a poster presentation of the small group study; and a proposal for an epidemiologic study of the student's choosing. Keywords: epidemiology, public health, health disparities, data science