EPIC 135 SUSTAINABILITY LIVING LEARNING (1 credit)
This course allows residents of the Sustainability Living Learning Community to explore a variety of sustainability topics. Course activities include discussions with faculty and staff about campus sustainability topics such as energy, water, waste and food. Group discussions and activities address personal sustainability habits and choices.
EPIC 172 PROFESSIONAL FOUNDATIONS (1 credit)
This class is open to all students of any major who are desiring to improve their vocational discernment and professional application skills. Through this 7-week class, we will cover resume and cover letter crafting, interview best practices, building connections with current professionals, and developing short- and long-term vocational goals.
EPIC 242 COMMUNITY HEALTH AND MEDICINE (1 credit)
Students will learn medical, technical and clinical competencies from a variety of health care professionals with the goal of becoming a trained Health Coach. This course serves as a required pre-program orientation course for students participating in the partnered Center for Global Health and Reid Hospital Community Medicine Program.
EPIC 250 QUALITY REGULATIONS IN LIFE SCIENCE (3 credits)
This course, as part of the curriculum developed by Pathway for Patient Health, will provide students an understanding of the role of regulators with an overview of regulations as stated in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), EudraLex Directives and Annexes, and Emerging Market regulations for the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech, animal health and consumer goods industries. The faculty will demonstrate the relationship between regulatory requirements and legal accountability while introducing fundamental concepts in the regulations related to clinical trial development, management, ethics, data integrity, data security, privacy, change control and validation. Topics such as the role of guidance documents and industry standards will be reviewed, and case studies utilized to support the program.
EPIC 350 PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, SPECIFICATIONS, PROCESSES AND VALIDATION (3 credits)
In this course, students will be exposed to the major design processes that are critical to life science product, process and specification development. Topics to be covered include cradle to grave product and process development, prototype builds, scalability, design of experiments, variability, control, specification development and validation methodology. Instructors will explore how rigorous human factor engineering studies and clinical trials provide essential inputs into the product development process. The students will be introduced to concepts such as gap analysis, risk assessment, master plan, process characterization, installation qualification, operational qualification, measurement system analysis, repeatability and reproducibility (data collection / analysis), and performance qualification/validation. In a world of innovative technology, it is critical that the students gain an understanding of computer system and software validation to ensure the quality of data generation, data storage, and digital processes used in manufacturing and products with digital components using technical and practical aspects expected in the regulated life science industries. Prerequisite: EPIC 250.
EPIC 351 RISK AND FAILURE ANALYSIS (2 credits)
This course will dive into the nuances of the life science industries related to the specific regulations that apply to consumer health products. Through the use of historical risk analysis techniques such as FMEA, Fault Tree and 5 Why’s, students will be able to analyze a holistic set of data (in-production, across product lines, across equipment, human variability, on-market, on-stability, validation studies, change control, etc.) that will lead to scientifically justified investigations supported by evidence, and the identification of effective corrective and preventative actions (CAPA). Prerequisite: EPIC 250.
Virtual program courses offered during the pandemic
EPIC 312 Current Events in the U.S./Mexico border region | Eventos actuales en la región fronteriza de los EE.UU y México (2 credits)
This class is constructed around a series of online webinars and seminars focused on current events and community organizing in the U.S./Mexico border region. Weekly webinars will afford an opportunity to learn from activists and practitioners on the frontlines of social justice struggles throughout Mexico and the United States. Topics include: Trump administration asylum policies and the transnational borderlands during Covid-19; indigenous resilience, militarization, and the coloniality of the U.S./Mexico border; language justice, migration and border militarization; gender, sexuality and migration; unpacking the U.S. Midwest as a borderland.
EPIC 313 Tools and Strategies for Organizing and Social Justice | Herramientas y estrategias para la organización y la justicia social (2 credits)
Survey of approaches to organizing and social justice, with a focus on migrant rights. Topics include: Unpacking the tensions between grassroots organizing and legal avenues in the struggle for immigrant rights; language justice – tools and training for social change; wellness and the politics of wellness; social struggle, healing justice, and artistic expression; and self-defense for social justice and community autonomy.
EPIC 481 Virtual Border Studies Internship (0 or 2 credits)
A virtual internship placement with one of the organizations in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands region focusing on transnational migration, human rights, sustainability, and related issues. Occasional group meetings to reflect on the experience and discuss its broader contexts.