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Public Health Course Descriptions

 (*Meets specifications as a core course.)

*18200 Environmental Health
Spring - 3 semester hours
Provides a foundation for understanding the scientific principles of environmental analysis, including communicable diseases, toxic chemicals and hazardous physical conditions as well as the development of environmental legislation.
Recommended preliminary coursework: Undergraduate chemistry and biology; 18201 Principles of Epidemiology.

*18201 Principles of Epidemiology
Fall - 3 semester hours
Examines the design and implementation of case control, cohort, and mortality studies; identifies resources, databases, and problems; and critically analyzes studies in current public health literature.

18202 Toxicology
Spring - 3 semester hours
Provides an in-depth assessment of the literature and conditions of exposure to potentially toxic substances as well as clinical and industrial management of such substances.
Prerequisites: 18201 Principles of Epidemiology, 18204 Biostatistics, or instructor approval. Organic chemistry recommended.

*18203 Public Health Administration
Fall - 3 semester hours
Provides an introduction to the structure, functions and financing of public health within the context of the U.S. health care system and its health policies as well as the planning, management and evaluation of programs to improve health.

*18204 Introduction to Biostatistics
Spring - 3 semester hours
Describes the use of descriptive and analytical statistics in research studies, with an emphasis on understanding statistical reports and judging the appropriateness of statistical applications reported in the literature. Calculations of statistics are included as a means to understand the appropriate use of statistics.

18209 Community Health Assessment & Improvement
Fall - 3 semester hours
Covers the central concepts of community health assessment and improvement. Students will review public health concepts from a public health systems and practice perspective. The course will focus on public health essential services 1 and 2. Students will obtain an understanding of the public health system, community health assessment and the health improvement process using selected frameworks. The course will focus in-depth on learning about the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework and application of selected components to course projects.
Prerequisites: 18203 Public Health Administration; 18212 Behavioral Science and Public Health recommended.

*18212 Behavioral Science and Public Health
Summer - 3 semester hours
Surveys the influence of biological factors, family, state of development, ethnic and cultural factors, community factors and stressors on health and well-being.

18215 Infectious Diseases
Spring - 3 semester hours
Emphasizes the practice of public health in the area of infectious diseases: surveillance, outbreak investigation and control, and prevention and policy.

18218 Racial and Ethnic Inequalities in Health
Summer - 3 semester hours
Provides an in-depth introduction to health disparities and underlying determinants of population health. The course will help clinicians and other public health students and professionals develop and strengthen their knowledge, skills and ability to critically examine issues of health disparities and to develop a better understanding of some of the underlying social determinants of health disparities, from a multidisciplinary perspective. The ultimate goal of the course is to help students develop the skills needed to apply knowledge and theory of health disparities in designing health services and epidemiological studies and interventions to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities.
Recommended preliminary coursework: 18201 Principles of Epidemiology and 18204 Biostatistics.

18219 Introduction to Global Health
Fall - 3 semester hours
Provides an introduction to the basic concepts and tolls needed to describe the health situation and health priorities of a country; reviews the organization, management, and financing of health systems, particularly how they apply to the low and moderate income countries; and helps students understand the global determinants of health, particularly definitions, strategies, partnerships, and measurements.

18221 Public Health Law
Summer - 3 semester hours
Examines the basic legal knowledge a public health professional should have, including worker’s compensation laws; laws/regulations governing public health safety and health; environmental laws/regulations; food, drug, device, and cosmetic laws/regulations; and medical malpractice and the medical malpractice system, including legal sources of public health powers, the administrative law system, public health law as it relates to individual rights, control of property, substance abuse, and the AIDS epidemic.

18230 Community Health Program Planning
Spring - 3 semester hours
Builds on the foundation in health improvement program planning obtained in the Public Health Administration course. This course will increase the depth and breadth of students’ knowledge and skills through a theoretical and application-based curriculum through three modules, including strategic planning, program planning, and leadership competencies to lead planning efforts.
Prerequisites: 18203 Public Health Administration; 18209 Community Health Assessment & Improvement recommended.


18241 Health Communication
Fall - 3 semester hours
Explores the ways that communication impacts people’s health and wellbeing, as well as their understanding of health related topics. The course will cover multiple levels of communication, different communication channels, and the use of diverse communication media and technologies.
Prerequisite: 18218 Behavioral Science and Public Health

18243 Performance Management and Quality Improvement
Fall - 3 semester hours
Examines topics such as the history of performance management and quality improvement in public health, components of the performance management system, basic and advanced quality improvement tools, accreditation of public health departments and an organizational culture of quality improvement. The course will focus on applying students’ knowledge and skills through an application based curriculum.
Prerequisite: 18203 Public Health Administration

18250 Ethical Issues in Public Health
Fall - 3 semester hours
Provides students with an introduction to the moral, social and ethical issues involved in public health policy and practice. The course begins by examining the moral, social and political philosophical foundations of public health, particularly the role of the state and of individual autonomy in shaping behaviors. The course then examines several areas of public health policy and practice in the context of this moral and social framework. These include mandatory childhood vaccination programs; health screening; use of personal health information; racial and gender disparities in health care; and access to health care/health insurance. Special attention is paid to how consideration of the moral and social framework will place limits on, and shape, public health intervention.

18254 Challenges in Maternal and Child Health
Spring (odd years - 2011, 2013) - 3 semester hours
Provides students with an in-depth introduction to the underlying health challenges as they pertain to women, children and youth. The ultimate goal of the course is to help students develop a broad understanding about the factors that shape the health of populations and to equip students with evaluative tools for determining how health system shortfalls might be effectively addressed. The course will assist clinicians and other public health students and professionals to develop and strengthen their knowledge, skills, and ability to critically examine maternal child health issues and to develop a better understanding of some of the underlying determinants of health.

18258 Advanced Epidemiological Methods
Spring (even years - 2010, 2012) – 3 semester hours
Builds on introductory epidemiology courses by providing a more in-depth understanding of fundamental epidemiologic principles presented in introductory epidemiologic courses such as study design and bias. This course also emphasizes more advanced concepts needed in establishing causal relationships from observational data. It is particularly relevant to students who intend to conduct studies investigating the occurrence and determinants of diseases or who wish to be sophisticated consumers or critics of epidemiologic research conducted by others. The course emphasizes practical application of Epidemiologic Methods to real world problems.

18260 Community Health Program Evaluation
Fall - 3 semester hours
Prepares students to apply public health knowledge and skills in a community based setting. Evaluation skills are an essential competency of both public health practitioners and public health administrators and thus are a critical component of the MPH curriculum. Building on the foundation in research methods and data analysis obtained in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics courses and program planning and management obtained in the Public Health Administration course, this course will increase the depth and breadth of students’ knowledge and skills through a theoretical and application-based curriculum through four modules, including the foundation of program evaluation, the five levels of the program evaluation hierarchy, program evaluation tools, and program evaluation and public health practice.
Prerequisites: 18201 Principles of Epidemiology, 18203 Public Health Administration, and 18204 Biostatistics.

18279 Field Placement Preparation
Fall, Spring, Summer - 2-4 semester hours
Provides the foundation for the MPH Field Placement course and facilitates students' connection with public health organizations and arrangement of their specific Field Placement project. The course will highlight principles of human subject research as well as community-academic partnerships and will help students apply these principles in the development of their project.
Prerequisites: 18200 Environmental Health, 18201 Principles of Epidemiology, 18203 Public Health Administration, 18204 Biostatistics, and 18212 Behavioral Science and Public Health.

18280 Field Placement
Fall, Spring, Summer - 2-4 semester hours
Consists of a planned, supervised and evaluated practice experience that is designed to enhance and complement the student’s educational training by providing practical experience in a public or private organization that addresses significant public health issues. Working with a site preceptor and faculty advisor, the student will complete an Action Learning Project that is relevant to his/her area of interest.
Prerequisite: 18279 Field Placement Preparation.

18297 Capstone Project
Fall, Spring, Summer - 3 semester hours
Provides a culminating experience that requires the student to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences. Students apply theory and public health principles in the development of a Master’s Paper on a significant public or community health issue or topic. This course replaces the former Project I and II courses.
Prerequisites: All other MPH coursework.

 

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