PH 7010 Foundations of Public Health Administration and Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course aims to both present and discuss the essential features of public health, linking general concepts to application in the real world. Topics will include a historical overview of public health structures and initiatives, focusing largely on efforts in the United States; health and illness; prevention versus treatment; identification of risk factors; and the current US public health system (federal, state and local). Students completing the course will gain a basic understanding of the mission, function, practices and examples of outcomes of public health efforts.

PH 7011 Epidemiology for Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will cover basic principles of epidemiology, including outbreak investigation, disease control, and analysis of risk factors. Topics will include the history of epidemiology, overview of interdisciplinary collaborations, and examples of the use of epidemiology in developing and evaluating public health interventions. Class exercises will include developing case investigation forms, investigation of food borne disease, and establishing the cause of illness outbreaks.

PH 7012 Health Program Planning Implementation and Evaluation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7160 or instructor approval
Description

This course introduces the skills and techniques required to research and develop health programs at the community, state and national levels. Students will be presented with the concepts, processes and techniques used in health program planning, implementation, and evaluation. The students will engage in planning, implementation and evaluation exercises. The course will emphasize the importance of teams and partnerships in successful health promotion programs.

PH 7013 Health Care Quality Issues and Strategies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will include a comprehensive review of health care quality and safety (access, process, outcomes, and disparities), patient experience (ability to make care decisions and self-manage care in a partnership  with practitioners and providers), and efficiency (why waste, overuse, and costs of poor care). Additionally, health care quality issues and public and government strategies to address these areas will be discussed.

PH 7014 Introduction to HIV/STD Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the public health of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and hepatitis. Topics covered will focus on HIV/STD surveillance, epidemiology, behavior, prevention, and policy but include related aspects of history, medicine, society, politics, law, ethics, evaluation, advocate/activist community, and emerging developments. Though an international perspective will be provided, topics will be presented primarily in the context of domestic HIV/STD public health, particularly within the state of Georgia. HIV/STDs will be studied to assess similarities and differences of acquiring these infections and strategies/ challenges for their prevention and control. Presentations will be made by expert guest speakers as they are available and appropriate. By the end of the course, students will gain a comprehensive and practical understanding of HIV/STD public health and develop/improve skills that public health professionals routinely use as scientific writing, speaking, making presentations and critical thinking.

PH 7015 Cancer and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will help students understand the molecular and cellular aspects of cancer etiology and formulate a biological understanding of the process of cancer. Students will receive sufficient background to demystify and in some ways depersonalize the occurrence of cancer so as to facilitate discussion of cancer medicine, psychology, sociology, community programs and support.

PH 7016 Introduction to Health Promotion
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines the philosophical, theoretical, and epidemiological assumptions underlying the planning, implementation, and evaluation of contemporary health promotion programs. Emphasis will be given to: (1) major trends in the health promotion practice and research, (2) the essential skills associated with effective health promotion practice, and (3) the strategic importance of carrying out health promotion programs and policies in the context of various cultural and organizational entities that make up a community system.

PH 7017 Public Health Biostatistics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites a college-level algebra course and a statistics or a research design course
Description

An introduction to biostatistics covering topics of interest for public health fields, including descriptive statistics, proportions, relative risks, probability, estimation and hypothesis testing applications, regression, and categorical data analysis. Applications will include use of the statistical software SAS.

PH 7018 Advanced Analytics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011 and PH 7017
Description

This course is designed to help students develop basic data management skills and develop skill related to analyzing, interpreting and presenting quantitative data analyses using SPSS and SAS. Data management will include importing and screening data, recoding data and a discussion of missing data. Analyses covered will range from univariate description to multiple regression analysis (linear and logistic). Students will learn to create tables and write data analysis and results sections suitable for scientific manuscripts. The course requires a basic understanding of statistical concepts.

PH 7019 PH 7019
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011, STAT 7010 This course provides classroom instruction and application of research methods for studying public health problems
Description

It provides general introduction to research methods, emphasizing systematic approaches to collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. Students will learn to identify the kinds of research problems for which qualitative and quantitative methods are appropriate, and to critique research in terms of design, technique, analysis and interpretation. Topics will include questionnaire design, ethical conduct and informed consent, sample size determination, data management, manuscript preparation, and grant application methods.

PH 7020 Principles of Tobacco Control
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Progress in reducing tobacco use is one of the ten greatest achievements of the 20th Century; however, tobacco use still remains as the leading preventable cause of death in America The control of tobacco use draws upon many if not all of the academic disciplines that compose public health. In many ways the study of tobacco control serves as a case study for understanding the broad field of public health. This course will provide an overview of the history and evolution of tobacco in society, with particular emphasis on variety of public health disciplines used to reduce tobacco use, including behavior change, communications, law, regulation, public policy and community action.

PH 7021 Epidemiologic Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011 or Instructor Approval
Description

This course will introduce the major methods used in epidemiology, including measures of association and their relationship to study design, strategies for assessing validity (bias, misclassification), confounding, standardization, attribution, assessment of results (sensitivity, specificity, and predictive value, interobserver correlation), hypothesis testing, sampling, causation, and ethical considerations. Students will work with a problem set that addresses each of these issues, and will be asked to read key historical articles that established the basis for many of them. The methods will be placed in the context by use of examples and current epidemiologic issues.

PH 7022 Health Behavior Theory for Public Health Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will provide an overview of health behavior theories and how theory is used to guide health promotion research and practice. The goals of health promotion are to understand and identify risk factors and determinants of health-related behaviors and design effective interventions to address those risk factors and determinants that are modifiable. Behavioral theories from multiple levels will be explored that address the complex interrelationships between individuals and their relevant environments.

PH 7023 Applied Quantitative Methods in Health Promotion
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed for students who wish to learn multivariate statistical techniques frequently used in health promotion & behavioral science research. Students in the course will gain an understanding of how behavioral change theories influence research study design, data collection, and analysis and interpretation of research findings. Students will learn how to manage, analyze, interpret and present quantitative data analysis using SPSS. Data management topics will include importing, screening, and recoding data as well as discussing missing data. Analyses covered in the course will range from univariate description to multiple regression analysis (linear and logistic). Students will also learn to create tables and write up data analysis and results sections suitable for scientific manuscripts.

PH 7025 Health Disparities
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will examine the social, political, and economic context of health disparities among racial/ethnic groups and other disenfranchised subgroups (e.g., the poor, uninsured, non-English speaking populations). This course is not intended to provide the answers to the multitude of problems associated with health disparities. Rather, it is intended to increase students’ knowledge base and encourage discussion about health disparities. Emphasis will be placed on: 1) the conceptualization and measurement of health disparities, 2) examination of empirical evidence for disparities, and 3) understanding the practical and strategic importance of developing policy with regard to disparities. Students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds will be presented with tools to conduct research on and utilize intervention strategies to reduce health disparities.

PH 7027 Public Health Biostatistics II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7017 Public Health Biostatistics or instructor approval
Description

This course is the follow-up to PH 7017 Biostatistics in Public Health. Students will apply the concepts and skills acquired in PH 7017 to a broader field of statistical analysis: multivariable analysis and model construction. General topics covered will include Linear Regression, Analysis of Variance, and Logistic Regression. Students who successfully complete this course will have a working knowledge of many analytical methods used regularly by public health researchers. The course will be taught with a focus on both concepts and practical application. Some familiarity with one either SPSS or SAS is required.

PH 7028 Topics of Inference in Biostatistics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7017
Description

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental knowledge of derivatives and integrals found in biostatistical inference. The course will introduce the theory of probability, expectation and variance of discrete and continuous distributions, moment generating functions, bivariate and multivariate distributions, maximum likelihood estimation, and bias. Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical thinking skills and how concepts in this course are used in public health and biomedical studies.

PH 7029 Categorical Data Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7017
Description

This course introduces statistical methods for analyzing both univariate and multivariate categorical and count data in public health, biomedical research, and other health-related fields. The course will introduce how to distinguish among the different measurement scales in addition to the commonly used statistical probability distribution and inference methods for categorical and count data. Emphasis will be placed on the application of the methodology and computational aspects rather than theory. The students will learn how to apply SAS procedures to data and interpret the results.

PH 7030 Disparities in Sexual Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will examine the area of sexual health with a special focus on identifying ways to eliminate disparities related to racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic status. The course will move beyond the disease model of sexuality by employing the holistic model of sexual health, endorsed by the World Health Organization. Sexual health entails a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being, as well as the recognition and protection of sexual rights. Topics will include the roles and effects of individual behavior, community interaction, media representation and government to promulgate sexual health. By the end of the course, students will gain a comprehensive and practical understanding of sexual health that they might use as public health professionals to improve sexual health.

PH 7031 PH 7301 Epidemiologic Methods II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011 or instructor approval
Description

The methodological issues important to the design of epidemiologic studies of both infectious and noninfectious disease will be covered at an intermediate level. The material to be covered is intended to broaden and extend the student’s understanding of the elements of study design, data analysis, and inference in epidemiologic research, including issues related to causation, bias and confounding. The primary aims of the course are to provide a working knowledge of the fundamentals of epidemiology as well as to serve as a foundation for more advanced study of epidemiologic methods. The course will provide the student with a rigorous approach to critical reading of the medical literature. Each week articles reporting on research using varied designs and methods will be reviewed in order to illustrate the application of epidemiologic principles. By the end of the course, the student will be able to critique an article and identify its strengths and weaknesses. The course will consist of lectures. This course is formally PH7270 Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods.

PH 7035 Topics in Public Health and Reproductive Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011
Description

This course explores topics in reproductive health. It will emphasize science, demography, and population measurement and include the effects of policy, culture, and social infrastructure relevant to reproductive health in the United States. Selected other countries will also be included to highlight broad public health issues. Topics include male and female puberty, contraception, unintended pregnancy, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, maternal health, men’s reproductive health, fertility, refugee health, and reproductive health cancers. Surveillance systems that measure reproductive health outcomes will be discussed. Student grade will depend heavily on papers and presentations.

PH 7037 Biostatistics Computing Lab
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

This statistical computing lab is designed to illustrate concepts presented in PH7017 Biostatics in Public Health using hands-on demonstrations and to teach basics of SAS, a widely used statistical software package, as an analytical tool for the statistical methods learned in class. Please recognize that the purpose of the lab is not to teach complex SAS programming statements or data management. The primary purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to begin to learn the skills necessary to conduct data analyses using SAS as an analytical tool.

PH 7041 Epidemiologic Methods III
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011 or instructor approval
Description

This course will be taught in a lecture/seminar format, with presentations by both faculty and students on methodologic and substantive issues of current importance in epidemiology. This course assumes a basic knowledge of epidemiologic methods and the management and analysis of epidemiology data. The actual topics will change from year to year, depending on the interests and research of the faculty/student group. This course is formally PH7360 Advanced Topics in Epidemiology.

PH 7130 Leadership and Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides public health students and others with the principles and practices of public health leadership and management. The topics will include the development of leadership and managerial skills and will deal with topics as legal issues, strategy and human resource issues. By the end of the semester each student will be required to build a public health business plan including but not limited to: definition of the plan, industry analysis, demonstration of need and target market, competitors and partners, health marketing, project operations, and financial planning. The goal of the course is to prepare students to achieve success in public health and other organizations.

PH 7135 Seminar in Public Health: Child Maltreatment/Developmental Disabilities
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

This seminar will educate the student on the public health issues regarding these two topics, and will cover how the two topics often overlap. Of particular note, there will be a new Center in the College of Health and Human Sciences that will house the National SafeCare Training and Research Center for which the focus is on the prevention of child service, education and dissemination in matters related to developmental disabilities across the life span. Career development will also be discussed.

PH 7140 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The social and behavioral sciences are a core element of the practice of public health. Disciplines such as psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, policy and communications underpin our understanding of health behavior and help devise interventions to improve population health. This course will review the contribution of the various social and behavioral sciences disciplines in improving the public health with special attention to approaches which influence health behavior, health policies and lead to community participation and empowerment.

PH 7150 Environmental Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides a basic multidisciplinary understanding of the science (biology/toxicology, chemistry, and engineering), practice, and selected laws and policy of environmental public health sciences (EPH sciences). Topics to be covered include: types and sources environmental contaminants; exposure assessment including media and pathways; types of microenvironments and role of human behavior and time-location-activity patterns; toxicology and the risk assessment paradigm; environmental and occupational epidemiology; communicating to the public about technical aspects (science, potential risks) of EPH sciences.

PH 7155 Air Quality and the Environment
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7150
Description

This course reviews principles of exposure assessment and the basic components of risk assessment, management and communication. Students will explore representative, important historical and contemporary human exposure issues due to the contamination of the air outdoors (local and regional levels) by criteria pollutants and toxic air contaminants; and, biological, chemical, physical and radiological agents indoors at industrial and non-industrial (homes, schools, offices) settings that people live, work, learn, play and commute in/through. Course work will include critical reviews of research designs, chosen measurements of exposure, and interpretation of the descriptive and regression model statistical results.

PH 7160 Introduction to Health Care System
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces and describes the health delivery system and the resources that comprise it. The theoretical basis for the system as well as the principal means of system organization and evaluation are discussed.

PH 7170 Public Health Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines the relationship between research and policymaking. Complex health policy problems facing federal, state, and local policymakers today will be discussed.

PH 7180 Public Health Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will cover the management skills necessary for students to develop a comprehensive justification for a public health business plan. By the end of the semester, each student will be required to develop a public health business plan. Students will be taught the components of a plan including but not limited to: definition of a plan, industry analysis, demonstration of need and target market, competitors and partners, health marketing, project operations, and financial planning.

PH 7250 Healthcare Financing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7160
Description

The course will provide and introduction to health care finance with a particular emphasis on public health issues. Students will be presented with the foundations of public and private health care financing, program operations and parameters with respect to coverage and payment, and the role the states play in federally supported programs. The course will familiarize students with federal, state, and local funding mechanisms and outline the tools used to evaluate the impact of insurance programs on the health care delivery system. The problems of the uninsured, health care coverage and access, scarce health care resource allocation, and cultural challenges will be discussed, with an emphasis on learning how or if public and private funding and insurance programs can successfully address such problems.

PH 7265 Epidemiology and Prevention of Violence
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines the public health approach to the prevention of interpersonal and self-directed violence. This approach has four steps: Defining the problem; identifying the risk and protective factors; developing interventions or policies to address the problem; and, broadly implementing effective intervention and prevention programs. This includes a focus on scientific research which is essential for developing effective intervention and prevention programs. With these basic precepts as the underpinnings of the course, the areas of violence prevention to be covered are: child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, elder abuse, and suicidal behavior.

PH 7270 Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011
Description

The methodological issues important to the design of epidemiologic studies of both infectious and noninfectious disease will be covered at an intermediate level. The material to be covered is intended to broaden and extend the student’s understanding of the elements of study design, data analysis, and inference in epidemiologic research, including issues related to causation, bias and confounding. The primary aims of the course are to provide a working knowledge of the fundamentals of epidemiology as well as to serve as a foundation for more advanced study of epidemiologic methods. The course will provide the student with a rigorous approach to critical reading of the medical literature. Each week articles reporting on research using varied designs and methods will be reviewed in order to illustrate the application of epidemiologic principles. By the end of the course, the student will be able to critique an article and identify its strengths and weaknesses. The course will consist of lectures.

PH 7275 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011
Description

This course focuses on review of major issues in chronic disease epidemiology, summarization of relevant pathology and analogies of population determinants and strategies for prevention. Topics include risk factors, trends, interventions and health care issues. An interdisciplinary approach to prevention and control will be addressed. Readings and discussions on classical and contemporary research papers in cardiovascular diseases will be emphasized throughout the course.

PH 7280 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011
Description

This course is an indepth course on the epidemiology, surveillance, control, and prevention of current and emerging infectious diseases. The importance of the HOST (humans), the AGENT (bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungus, etc…) and the ENVIRONMENT (air, water, vectors, etc…) as well as modes of TRANSMISSION , known RISK FACTORS and TREATMENT modalities will be presented through guest lecturers and case studies. Student presentations on specific infectious diseases and active class discussion will be an integral aspect of this course.

PH 7285 Social Determinants of Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides an introduction to social epidemiology which is the branch of epidemiology that describes and analyzes the social determinants of health and how risk factors for poor health are maintained by social systems. Social epidemiology is closely linked to other disciplines including the social and behavioral sciences. Topics covered in this course include introduction and overview of social epidemiology and research methods, social epidemiology in the news, the social determinants of health and health disparities, and the linkages between social epidemiology and health policy. The course is comprised of both lectures and web-based learning. There are no prerequisites for the class.

PH 7290 Case Studies in Epidemiology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011
Description

This course will utilize real world epidemiologic case studies to enhance the students’ knowledge in outbreak investigations, surveillance systems design and function, screening programs designs and objectives, the impacts of effect modification and confounding, vaccine efficacy, forensic epidemiology, and public health ethics. Each topic will be introduced through an interactive group-based case study or an in class discussion. The current literature relevant to each of the topics will also be critically evaluated. Students completing this course will apply theories of epidemiology and gain hands on experience through real public health data and real public health events.

PH 7293 Environmental Health Toxicology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course surveys the fundamentals of exposure to chemical agents of human health importance in the environment, including natural, occupational, and built environments. Topics include distribution, absorption, metabolic conversion, and elimination of agents in the human body, as well as mechanisms of injury at the systemic, organ, and cellular level. Chemical structures and detection methods for chemical agents in the environment will also be covered.

PH 7294 Exposure Assessment
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7150 or permission of instructor
Description

This course focuses on theoretical and practical aspects of assessment of human exposure to chemicals and other environmental contaminants. Students will gain an understanding of human exposure modes, including inhalation, skin absorption and ingestion for toxic and carcinogenic substances. Theoretical and practical aspects of measurement and monitoring for exposure characterization in all environmental media will be covered in depth, including sampling of air, water, food, and soil, and the use of human and ecological biomonitoring and biomarkers. Methodologies used to estimate exposure from those monitoring methods will be explored.

PH 7295 Topics in Environmental Epidemiology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011, PH 7150
Description

This course will review of the main types of epidemiological study designs, the principles of exposure assessment (identify hazards, media and pathways then quantitative and qualitative measures, including before and after physical and/or educational inventions), and the basic components of health impact/risk assessment, management and communication. The course explores important historical and contemporary exposure-to-disease relationships due to the contamination of waters (drinking water, surface water and ground water aquifers) and of air (outdoors and inside homes, schools, offices and industrial settings). Students will undertake critical reviews of research study designs, measurement of exposure and health outcomes, and interpretation of the statistical results.

PH 7296 Climate Change and Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The course will offer an overview of challenges climate change poses to our health. It will also examine the current evidence on health impact of climate change and emphasize the importance of geography and global health in the context of climate change.

PH 7297 Global Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will emphasize water, sanitation and hygiene in both developing and developed countries from an environmental health perspective. We will examine effective, appropriate, accessible and affordable measures to reduce the global burden of disease from environmental exposures. We will thoroughly examine the risk-based framework that uses risk assessments of health effects from exposures to pathogenic (disease-causing) microbes and toxic chemicals in environmental media. Exposures to various agents of health concerns via water, wastes, air, vectors and other transmission routes will be considered, as will the various prevention and control measures intended to reduce these exposures.

PH 7298 Emerging Issues in Occupational and Environmental Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7150 and PH 7011
Description

This course will provide structured practice in the development of critical reading, analysis, technical writing, and presentation-oral and written- skills applicable across the core disciplines of the prevention sciences track in the masters of public health program, and generally in the applied health sciences. The reading and writing tasks will strive to build skills in understanding research designs; expressing the strengths and limitations of the chosen measurements of exposure and health-related outcomes as well as potentially confounding variables and effect modifiers; and the interpretation of statistical results presented in the text, tables and/or figures. As a result, students will further develop the ability to express evidence-based arguments clearly and concisely to various important audiences like peers (students and faculty), government agency staff, policy makers, and the general public.

PH 7299 Sampling of the Environment
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is a hands-on laboratory where students will perform sampling of the physical environment and environmental media to assess health risks. Topics will include analysis of food, water, and air quality, as well as assessment of the built environment and occupational hazards. Students will learn sampling techniques, laboratory analysis, and collection and interpretation of environmental quality data. Previous lab experience is not required.

PH 7300 Urban Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Disparities in health status are increasingly apparent in urban settings. Urban residents tend to have higher rates of cancer, heart disease, mental illness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and violent behavior than national averages. This course will examine the condition of urban health in America with particular focus on the health status of those living in the city of Atlanta. In addition, the possible determinants of poor health outcomes in urban areas will be examined, including issues such as poverty, housing, access to care, and discrimination. This course will showcase the research of the Georgia State University faculty participating in GSU’s “Partnership for Urban Health Research.”.

PH 7325 Urban Health Seminar
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

The Urban Health Seminar will feature presentations of research and research topics currently under consideration by the Georgia State University Partnership for Urban Health Research. Research topics, methods, strengths, limitations, findings, and implications will be presented and discussed with learners. The presentations in class will illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of the field of urban health.

PH 7340 Built Environment and Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This interdisciplinary course examines how features in the built environment of cities and their neighborhoods have effects – both positive and adverse – on human health. We consider how decisions about land use, urban design, transportation, public facilities, and housing are made, followed by an examination of the associated health consequences of these decisions. The course considers built environment impacts on physical activity, obesity, air quality, and the health of vulnerable populations, among other health issues. The wide array of actors who are responsible for making the places where we live, work, play and learn are considered. Through lectures, seminar discussions, guest speakers, and field exercises, students will interact with individuals from a variety of disciplines to investigate the broad range of elements necessary to foster healthy places.

PH 7345 Introduction to Risk Assessment
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will introduce the fundamentals of the risk assessment process for evaluating human health risks, with a focus on environmental health and quantitative microbial risk assessment. Topics include the risk assessment framework, exposure assessment, probability, risk modeling, evaluating chemical and microbial risks, and use of risk assessment as a policy tool.

PH 7350 Biological Basis of Disease
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will cover the basic biological concepts of human health and disease. It will present human anatomy and physiology, genetics, immunology, and nutrition in the context of infectious and non-infectious causes of disease. The complex interaction of the human body with agents of disease and with the environment will be presented as it relates to risk factors, methods of prevention, and treatment options.

PH 7355 Prevention Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011
Description

The course will be taught in a lecture/discussion format, with presentations by the instructor on methodologic and substantive issues that relate to prevention. Emphasis will be on intervention methods and their evaluation, with illustrations from some of the major efforts at disease prevention that have been attempted. The course assumes a basic knowledge of epidemiologic methods and the management and analysis of epidemiology data. The actual topics will change from year to year, depending on the interests and research of the faculty/student group.

PH 7365 Epidemiology of Adolescent and Young Adult Health Risk Behaviors
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will provide an introduction to adolescent and young adult health risk behaviors and their joint occurrences from a population perspective. Topics covered will focus on individual and social behaviors that include and contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual risk taking behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, unhealthy dietary behaviors, and physical inactivity. Emphasis will be placed on presentations and discussions of the prevalence, trends, and risk and protective factors across health risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults in the U.S. However, international perspectives will also be provided for comparisons and context. By the end of the course, students will gain a comprehensive overview and understanding of the scope and costs of health risk behaviors, current research findings and implications for prevention and intervention strategies including policies.

PH 7521 Evaluation Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An examination of the techniques and practice of program evaluation for effectiveness in program administration. The course contrasts deductive and inductive approaches. The instructor illustrates the advantages of using evaluation as a mechanism for program improvement.

PH 7522 Qualitative Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will introduce students to the qualitative research methods most commonly used in the field of Public Health. We will explore the theoretical foundations of qualitative research as well as the efficacy of a qualitative approach. Students will also practice the skills necessary to successfully conduct qualitative research, learning to conceptualize effective research questions, to determine the most appropriate data collection method, to negotiate relationships with research participants and to analyze the present qualitative data.

PH 7525 Introduction to Data Analysis and Statistical Packages
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Principles of Epidemiology PH 7011 or STAT 7010 [Biostatistics]
Description

This course was formerly INTRO TO SPSS. This course is designed for students who are in the process of analyzing data for their thesis or dissertation. Through this course, the student will become and adept user of SAS and SPSS statistical package, mastering the skills needed for effective data management, analysis a presentation of data from actual multivariable studies. Students will learn how to document research work and make the work replicable. Topics will include developing research questions, questionnaire design, informed consent, quality assurance, coding, data warehousing, data entry and analysis. Graphical techniques for displaying data will also be discussed.

PH 7530 Prevention Effectiveness and Economic Evaluation
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will provide students with important exposure to the rigorous, standardized approaches used to assess the effectiveness and economic impact of public health prevention interventions. It provides an overview and applied experiences in study design, decision analysis, measures of effectiveness, and measures of cost, including cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-utility analysis.

PH 7535 Special Topic: Intervention/Implementation Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will cover intervention research in child maltreatment and developmental disabilities, and in other public health topics. It will also review relatively simple alternative research design strategies for evaluating intervention outcomes in applied settings. It will review the issues in implementation research, that is, the challenges of taking research to practice ranging from buy-in of programs by staff and leaders, treatment fidelity to models, community and cultural considerations, and other challenges.

PH 7540 Introduction to Public Health Laboratories
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will include some lecture but will provide mostly practical application of laboratory techniques. The course will include assessment of performance in the laboratory, demonstration of ability to work in partners or groups and demonstration of effective writing and communicating skills.

PH 7555 Disability and Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will address the evolving view of disability in the field of public health. Students will be introduced to a broad range of topics in order to increase their understanding of the contemporary experience of disability in America. This course will examine how intersection of education, employment and environment impacts the health and well being of people with disabilities. Topics will include: models and approaches to disability; a brief history of public health and overview of epidemiology; a brief history of disability rights; state and federal programs and legislation for people with disabilities; health promotion and the prevention of secondary conditions; health disparities; sexual health; end of life decision-making; and redefining the role of public health in addressing disability.

PH 7560 Disability Epidemiology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7019 or 7011 or Instructor Approval
Description

This course will present the fundamental epidemiologic methods applied to disability. Disability issues across the lifespan starting with issues surrounding prenatal health to disability in the elderly will be explored through a systematic inquiry into the distributions, determinants, and outcomes of disability in populations. Major areas of study will include a history of health and disability, models of disability, basic epidemiologic measures used in disability epidemiology, disability sureve9illance, and the use of epidemiologic tools used in the development and evaluation of public health disability programs. An emphasis will be placed on social determinants of disability and health and how they relate to disability outcomes in populations. Other unique challenges and aspects of disability epidemiology such as varying definitions of disability and disability measurement will further be explored.

PH 7565 Disability Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides an overview of the major health policy issues impacting Americans with disabilities. The evolution of models and approaches to understanding disability will be presented to provide a conceptual framework to analyze disabilities within public health. The course will examine key pieces of legislation policy related to disability, such as Americans with Disabilities Act, the Developmental Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and health financing components of Medicare and Medicaid. Students will gain an awareness of complexities of disability policy and its relationship to health outcomes for Americans with disabilities. Topical areas for analysis and discussion will assist students in generating policy solutions to eliminate disparities in health for Americans with disabilities.

PH 7570 Childhood Obesity Prevention
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges in the 21st century. Devising effective policy and practice to combat childhood obesity is a high priority for government officials and many other professionals across numerous sectors. This course reviews the latest evidence-based research on community and policy interventions to prevent unhealthy weight gain and improve the health and well-being of children. The course will examine evidence available on what is and what is not effective and provide guidance on how to implement and evaluate promising interventions for obesity prevention.

PH 7600 Global Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course focuses on public health issues resulting from the globalization of the world’s economies, cultures, production systems, transnational policies, and increasingly shared environments. As national borders become less restrictive to the movement of people, products, toxins, capital, and lifestyles, enormous changes are resulting in the etiologies of diseases and efforts to promote health across the globe. Responding to the call of the Institute of Medicine, students will consider global views of causation, emerging determinants of health, and the ecological approach to global health problem analysis and solution building.

PH 7650 Health Promotion: Applications in Community Settings
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7016 This course focuses on the application of health promotion techniques and practices in community settings, including sites and health care organizations
Description

Students will use competencies and skills developed in earlier coursework to review the best practices, programming and research, and to develop and evaluate health promotion efforts in community venues.

PH 7680 Behavioral Health Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course explores the fields of mental health and addictive diseases as components of the broader public health system with the goal of enabling students to analyze major policy initiatives and trends, to apply their understanding to systemic problems and dilemmas facing the field, and to strengthen their ability to raise important questions for research in behavioral health. The course will explore federal and state policy formulation and consider issues in managed care, legal and judicial roles, children’s services, consumer empowerment, disparities, and other areas related to quality and efficacy. Students also will become familiar with research methods used in mental health and substance abuse services and analyze the emerging research in the fields.

PH 7900 Contemporary Issues in Public Health
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites Consent of the instructor
Description

This course provides an advanced research- or theory- oriented treatment of special or emerging topics in public health practice. The course can be repeated when topics vary.

PH 7950 Public Health Internship
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites Consent of the Instructor
Description

This course involves supervised field placement for the purpose of utilizing and extending the theories, concepts and practices learned through previous coursework. The work may involve a project.

PH 7960 Public Health Practicum
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites Consent of instructor
Description

The practicum is supervised application of skills, concepts and theories in a chosen public health setting. The work may also involve a research project.

PH 7980 Research Practicum
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 15.0
Description

Directed research in collaboration with a faculty member. For graduate assistants. Does not count towards degree requirements.

PH 7990 Thesis
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Consent of instructor
Description

Individual research and study of a selected topic of public health under the direction of the student’s faculty advisory or designated faculty member.

PH 8001 Epidemiology for Health Professionals
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Permission of Instructor
Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of epidemiological methods and their practical applications in the understanding of determinants and distributions of health-related events. The course will cover basic principles of epidemiology, including disease control, surveillance, screening, study design, risk estimation, bias and causation. The course will demonstrate the multidisciplinary environment and ecological approaches to the understanding of disease etiology and prevention. Additionally, this course will explore the interface between epidemiology and policy development. Both classroom and web-based learning will be utilized in this course.

PH 8027 Biostatistics II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH7017 - Biostatistics or the equivalent
Description

This course is a continuation of the topics covered in Biostatistics I. This course would introduce the analyses typically applied to experimental and quasi-experimental study designs. The primary focus of this course would be on ANOVA techniques including the analysis of factorial and repeated measures designs. This course would also introduce multiple linear regression. The emphasis in this course is focused on using statistical software (SPSS and/or SAS) for the analyses of data.

PH 8100 Special Topics
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Description

In depth exploration of public health issues and research in urban and/or international environments. Course may be taken again for additional credit if topic varies.

PH 8110 Human Ecology of Health and Illness
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Approval of Instructor
Description

This course highlights the major causes of premature disability and death and the relationship of health-related behavior to these problems. Challenges related to hard-to-reach populations, social isolation, economics, health policy, and lack of trust.

PH 8120 Theory and Practice in Health and Prevention
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Instruction focuses on the theoretical and conceptual foundations of health-related behavior and on the development, change, and maintenance of these behaviors from bio-behavioral and socio- behavioral perspectives. The needs and concerns of underserved and underrepresented segments of the population are also covered.

PH 8130 Intervention and Evaluation of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides students with intervention and evaluation strategies in health promotion and disease prevention at the individual, group, and community levels.

PH 8140 Advanced Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7019 Research Methods or instructor approval
Description

This course introduces students to advanced topics in research design and statistical analysis. The first part of the course focuses on research design, and the second focuses on familiarizing students with advanced statistical techniques. Students will develop a “working” knowledge of analytical techniques and understand how to apply them in a research setting.

PH 8150 Public Health Ethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course addresses a range of issues in public health ethics. The first part of the course will introduce ethical frameworks and concepts relevant to public health. It also describes the overlap and distinctions between public health and medical ethics. Students will use a case-based approach to address ethical dilemmas.

PH 8170 Applied Correlation and Regression
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 8027 (Biostatistics II) or by permission of the instructor
Description

This would be the third course in a sequence of three ( including PH7017- Biostatistics and PH8027 Biostatistics II) designed to provide a theoretical and applied understanding of quantitative research in public health. This course would focus on the fundamentals of correlational designs including simple linear regression, multiple regression, and logistic regression. A brief introduction to multilevel analyses would be included in this course. This course would also provide for the continued development of skills in the use of SPSS/SAS and in writing and reviewing research reports.

PH 8180 Doctoral Research Seminar
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

This course is designed to introduce the student to specific topics in public health that reflect reviews of the literature, ethical/legal standards, research, and multicultural issues pertaining to this profession. This seminar will be graded Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory (S/U).

PH 8190 Presenting and Critiquing Research
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

The purpose of the seminar is to enhance the culture of scientific thinking and encourage engagement in academic discussion and debate. The seminar would involve student, faculty, or guest presentations and discussion of research in progress, completed/published research or related public health topics. The intent of this seminar would be to provide an ongoing venue for the discussion of research ideas, presentation of interim results, problem-solving necessary for the conduct of the research or the interpretation of results, and discussion of findings. Students would gain exposure to this process in the consideration of their own work, as well as that of faculty and outside researchers. The research seminar would also be used to enhance student professional presentation and writing skills, as well as application of theory, methods and statistics skills.

PH 8200 Grant writing
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

The purpose of this seminar is to acquaint students with a variety of types of professional writing required of public health professionals, including grant proposals, journal articles, presentation proposals and papers, and theses and dissertations. The scope of the course includes both the form and content of a range of technical documents as well as the processes of writing, peer review, and critique. This seminar would provide an opportunity for students to hone grantsmanship skills through both the writing and reviewing of a grant application. The seminar would also serve as a venue for students to identify sources and processes for research funding.

PH 8210 Review Paper
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

The student will complete a publishable review paper on a relevant topic in public health. The purpose of this seminar is to provide students with an opportunity to develop further professional writing skills in the context of a mentoring experience. This seminar will be graded Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory (S/U).

PH 8230 Professional Development Seminar
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

The purpose of this seminar is to provide mentoring that will enhance student preparation for professional interactions in the public health field. The seminar will offer an ongoing venue for the discussion of issues related to professional development. The course will include guest lectures related to Ph.D. level careers in public health in government, academia, and research. Other topics that will be covered in the course include: vita development, statement of purpose, interviewing skills, teaching, and professional conduct in networking. The ultimate outcome of the seminar will be for the student to effectively present a line of research and be prepared for the public health job market. This seminar will be graded Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory (S/U).

PH 8350 Biological Basis for Disease
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PhD course and requires departmental approval for registration
Description

This course will cover the basic biological concepts of human health and disease. It will present human anatomy and physiology, genetics, immunology, and nutrition in the context of infectious and non-infectious causes of disease. The complex interaction of the human body with agents of disease and with the environment will be presented as it relates to risk factors, methods of prevention, and treatment options.

PH 8910 Directed Reading
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Description

Directed readings in special Areas.

PH 8920 Scientific Writing
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

Scientific writing is a fundamental public health skill. This course will examine both the macrostructure and microstructure of scientific publication, with particular focus on the relationship of structure and content. Students will spend time on editing exercises in class and will prepare a brief paper and two revisions. Students will review each other’s work, and will edit their own as well.

PH 9960 Public Health Doctoral Practicum
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Consent of instructor
Description

The practicum should reflect the student’s interest and professional goals. The practicum is supervised application of skills, concepts and theories in an approved research or practice-based public health setting. A member of the faculty maintains close supervision. Practicum may extend beyond one term for a maximum of two terms. Course is graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory. A minimum grade of “S” is required for this course. Requirements for practicum may be waived for students who demonstrate competency in these areas by providing documentation of work completed.

PH 9990 Dissertation
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 9.0
Prerequisites Completion of comprehensive doctoral examination
Description

Involves the research and writing of the doctoral dissertation. Successful completion requires a significant contribution to the theoretical, conceptual, empirical, or practice base in the field of public health. Dissertation may extend beyond one term. Doctoral students who have passed the comprehensive examination must register for this course each term until graduation to satisfy the continuous registration requirement. A grade of IP (indicating that satisfactory progress was made on the dissertation) or U (indicating lack of satisfactory progress) is assigned each term. At the end of the term during which the dissertation is completed/defended, a grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) is assigned to the student.