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Public Health (PUBH)


PUBH 301N. INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: declared BS-Public Health major.
This course provides an overview of foundational public health concepts with emphasis on factors that impact community and population health. Students will broadly examine health care delivery in the United States as well as common health issues impacting populations across the life span.

PUBH 302. SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: declared BS-Public Health major.
This course examines the underlying causes of health, wellness, and illness. Emphasis is on developing awareness of the interplay of social, economic, behavioral, environmental, and other factors that influence the health of individuals and populations. The course clarifies how an understanding of determinants of health can influence public policy and planning to promote a healthier society with greater health equity.

PUBH 303. PHYSIOLOGICAL & LIFESTYLE BASIS OF DISEASE. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: declared BS-Public Health major.
This course provides an overview of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) within a health promotion, wellness, and prevention framework. Students will gain an understanding of NCDs and the impact on public health, including the critical role of public health in reducing disease burden. Through the lens of social determinants of health, applying principles of anatomy and physiology to specific NCDs, students will gain the skills necessary to generate ideas to include in public health initiatives.

PUBH 311. RESEARCH & EVIDENCE-BASED PUBLIC HEALTH. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 301N, PUBH 302, PUBH 303 with grade ≥ C.
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of research design and evidence-based public health. It serves as an introduction to quantitative, qualitative, and community participatory approaches to research, as well as ethical issues in conducting research. Using articles from the public health literature, students will build skills for searching, analyzing, and applying the best available evidence to solve public health problems.

PUBH 312. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PUBLIC HEALTH. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 301N, PUBH 302, PUBH 303 with grade ≥ C.
This course focuses on contemporary and emerging public health challenges. Students will select a high-priority public health problem or issue from the American Public Health Association website and work in small groups to investigate the scope of the problem and identify its root causes and determinants.

PUBH 321. HEALTH PROMOTION & RISK REDUCTION. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 311, PUBH 312, HLED 374, with grade ≥ C.
This course introduces theories and methods for health promotion, health education, and prevention of injury and disease. The course will have a particular emphasis on community health education and effective communication strategies.

PUBH 322. THEORIES OF HEALTH BEHAVIOR CHANGE. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 311, PUBH 312, HLED 374 with grade ≥ C.
This course examines selected health behavior theories and the application of theory to the practice of health education, health promotion, and behavior change. Emphasis is placed on how a theoretical understanding of health behavior applies to the design, implementation, and evaluation of behavior change and health education interventions.

PUBH 323. INTRODUCTION TO GRANT WRITING. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 311, PUBH 312, HLED 374 with grade ≥ C.
This course provides an introduction to the basic skills, principles and techniques of successful grant writing. Emphasis is placed on learning to write a statement of need, realistic and measurable project goals and objectives, a basic evaluation plan, and an appropriate project budget.

PUBH 401N. COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 321, PUBH 322, PUBH 323 with grade ≥ C.
This course provides the theory content that aligns with the PUBH 402 internship. Emphasis is on sources of primary and secondary data, survey techniques, observation methods, and health impact assessment.

PUBH 402. INTERNSHIP I: COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 321, PUBH 322, PUBH 323 with grade ≥ C.
This internship engages students in community health assessment as the first step in strategic planning of health programs and interventions. Emphasis is placed on one of four areas of public health: public health administration, health policy, health promotion, or epidemiology. Students will work with community partners to complete a health assessment, analyze community resources, and develop a draft collaborative plan for improving the health of the community.

PUBH 403. ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 321, PUBH 322, PUBH 323 with grade ≥ C.
This course investigates the interactions of people with urban and rural environments. Particular emphasis is placed on the domains of environmental health, identification of environmental risk factors, and the impact of environmental policies on health.

PUBH 411. PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM PLANNING & EVALUATION. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 401N, PUBH 402, PUBH 403 with grade ≥ C.
This course provides the theory content that aligns with the PUBH 412 internship, and builds upon the competencies gained in PUBH 401. Emphasis is on collaborative planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs.

PUBH 412. INTERNSHIP II: PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM PLANNING & EVALUATION. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 401N, PUBH 402, PUBH 403 with grade ≥ C.
This internship engages students in the process of instituting their public health plan. Students will continue to work with a community partner to collaboratively plan, implement, and evaluate a public health program designed to meet a high-priority need identified in the previous quarter. Students will carry out the plan as a pilot program and conduct a systematic program evaluation that can be further refined in the final capstone course.

PUBH 413. CROSS CULTURAL PRACTICES IN HEALTH. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 401N, PUBH 402, PUBH 403 with grade ≥ C.
This course examines cultural perspectives on values, beliefs and health risk perceptions in relationship to health behavior. Emphasis is on developing awareness and acceptance of divergent views on health and illness and the importance of working with diverse cultural traditions to promote health.

PUBH 421. HEALTH POLICY AND HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 411, PUBH 412, PUBH 413 with grade ≥ C.
This course examines the impact of health policy on healthcare delivery. Students will explore policy making at local, state and national levels and consider how health policy impacts the health of populations across the lifespan.

PUBH 422. INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 411, PUBH 412, PUBH 413 with grade ≥ C.
This course considers the critical links between global health and socioeconomic development. Students will compare and contrast the burden of disease and public health measures aimed at reducing the burden of disease in developed and developing countries.

PUBH 490N. PUBLIC HEALTH CAPSTONE. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 411, PUBH 412, PUBH 413 with grade ≥ C.
This course emphasizes the integration of public health knowledge, skills, and practice acquired throughout the BSPH course of study and internship experiences. Students will reflect on, evaluate, and present their internship projects completed in the previous two quarters in a high quality written report. This report will have a cumulative, integrated, scholarly nature.

PUBH 500. U.S. HEALTH SYSTEMS. 4 Credits.

Cross-listed: HSAD 500.
Pre-requisites: graduate standing.
This course introduces health delivery systems. Topics covered include various health services delivery models and standards that impact population health, experience of care and per capita costs. Current practices are reviewed.

PUBH 500S. ORIENTATION TO PUBLIC HEALTH. 2 Credits.

This course introduces students to the history and background of public health, including successes and failures. It aims to develop a public health orientation among students, and discusses public health issues, concepts and terminology.

PUBH 501. FOUNDATIONS AND THEORIES IN PUBLIC HEALTH. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: graduate standing.
This course provides a foundational and historical orientation for the public health professional including public health issues, concepts and terminology. Theoretical frameworks and program development skills that support the public health generalist are examined.

PUBH 510. BIOSTATISTICS. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: graduate standing.
This course covers the tools needed to collect, analyze, and display data using software. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of biological data is explored. Software is used to apply the collection, analysis, and display of data in all areas of public health.

PUBH 519. HEALTH SYSTEMS FINANCE AND GOVERNANCE. 4 Credits.

Cross-listed: HSAD 520.
Pre-requisites: graduate standing.
This course challenges students to understand both the healthcare financial responsibilities and governance oversight for health systems. The student will learn the financial operations and governance to help any organization be successful. The modules, taking a practical approach, will cover subject matters such as; financial operations, revenue cycle management, budgeting, hierarchical reporting process and expectations, governance and regulatory compliance.

PUBH 540. HEALTH POLICY AND LAW. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: graduate standing.
This course begins with an overview of common policy perspectives, before moving on to discuss major relevant policy issues in the United States healthcare system and elsewhere. Healthcare policy impacting private and public entities including Medicare, Medicaid, Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, Indian Health Services are examined. The course concludes with an examination of influencing policy development, including media and community initiatives.

PUBH 560. EPIDEMIOLOGY. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: admission to MPH program.
This course provides students with the foundations of epidemiology, including its principles, concepts, and methods of epidemiologic practice; design, interpretation and evaluation of epidemiologic investigation. The course prepares the student to apply epidemiologic concepts to solve public health problems.

PUBH 564. ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: graduate standing.
This course focuses on environmental and occupational health and epidemiology. An examination of human-environment interactions and the Anthropocene concept as well as environmental influences on health and occupational health.

PUBH 565. HEALTH EQUITY AND ADVOCACY. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: graduate standing.
This course examines the impacts of social determinants of health among local, national, and global populations. Attention to how race, class, power, wealth, structural bias, racism, and sexism undermine health is incorporated as a personal exploration of cultural competence. Students explore mitigating health inequities from a micro and macro lens.

PUBH 572. BIOLOGICAL AND RADIOLOGICAL INCIDENTS. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: graduate standing.
Using a systems-based approach to explore public health responses to biological and radiological incidences. Attention is given to legal, governance and ethical dimensions of risk management in vulnerability assessment. Emergency planning and preparedness for ‘major incidents’ are a foci.

PUBH 573. PROGRAM PLANNING, EVALUATION AND PROCESS IMPROVEMENT. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: graduate standing.
This course addresses development of core competencies needed to plan, implement and evaluate public and community health interventions. Students are introduced to a range of theories, evidence-based strategies, and resources critical to effective public health practice.

PUBH 575. PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE ERA OF SOCIAL MEDIA. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: graduate standing.
This course presents concepts of social media and technology from a public health perspective. Students develop strategies in public health promotion utilizing various online platforms. Content includes graphic design, foundations of color, typography, ideas, concepts & forms, and various social media platforms.

PUBH 582. LEADERSHIPS, ETHICS, AND PROFESSIONALISM IN PUBLIC HEALTH. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: graduate standing.
This course explores professionalism, ethics, and leadership in the Public Health profession. Content is designed for application for future leadership roles.

PUBH 585. CONTEMPORARY PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH METHODS AND GRANT WRITING. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: graduate standing.
This course focuses on the skills to conduct contemporary public health research and grant submission. Students develop an Integrative Learning Experience proposal including a review of the literature.

PUBH 593. APPLIED PRACTICE EXPERIENCE. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: graduate standing.
This experiential course serves as a formative and reflective opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and learned behaviors in a chosen practical experience. Students create a learning plan to implement an applied practice experience that results in a quality work products that demonstrate meeting competence as a public health generalist.

PUBH 601. MPH PORTFOLIO. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: enrolled in last term of MPH program.
This is the culminating course for achieving a Masters in Public Health. Students defend their Integrative Learning Experiences, document their Applied Practice Experiences, and verify meeting all program competencies. Students reflect on these learning experiences through development and submission of an electronic portfolio. Through successful completion of this e-portfolio students effectively demonstrate meeting all CEPH accreditation requirements for a MPH generalist degree.

PUBH 695. INTERNSHIP. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: instructor permission and enrolled in MPH program.
Student arranges an internship to fulfill the MPH Applied Practical Experience.