PH 7011 Introduction to Epidemiology
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 7014 Epidemiology of STDS and HIV
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 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 Fundamentals of Biostatistics I
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites College algebra
Description

This course provides an introduction to biostatistics with a focus on applications to public health research and practice. Emphasis is placed on interpretation and conceptual understanding. Topics include descriptive statistics, classical statistical inference, and an introduction to statistical modeling with linear regression. Fundamentals of data analysis are introduced with the use of statistical software.

PH 7019 Public Health Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011 or PH7021 or PH7711; and PH7017 or equivalent
Description

This course provides classroom instruction and application of research methods for studying public health problems. 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 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 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 Fundamentals of Biostatistics II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH7017 or instructor approval
Description

This course focuses on the analysis of continuous outcome data from public health research and practice, building on the methods learned in PH7017: Fundamentals of Biostatistics I. Multiple linear regression is covered, including model specification, assumptions, estimation, diagnostics, selection, inference, and interpretation. Analysis of variance and covariance (ANOVA/ANCOVA) are included as special cases of the general linear model. Emphasis is placed on the application of these techniques to real data examples using appropriate statistical software.

PH 7028 Introduction to Probability Theory and Statistical Inference
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7017 or equivalent; knowledge of calculus
Description

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental knowledge of derivatives and integrals found in statistical inference. The course introduces the theory of probability, special discrete and continuous distributions, expectations and variance, joint and conditional distributions, maximum likelihood estimation, and bias. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking skills and how concepts in this course are used in public health and biomedical studies.

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. The goal of the course is to prepare students to achieve success in public health and other organizations.

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

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

Air quality is a significant public health concern that affects millions of people across the globe. The quality of air that we breathe, especially in urban environments, is an important determinant of our health. This course examines the nature of air pollution, how it is characterized and the health impacts of exposure. The class will review relevant epidemiological, toxicological and clinical research; conduct hands-on fieldwork; and study current events.

PH 7160 Introduction to the 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 7265 Epidemiology and the 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 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

Infectious Disease Epidemiology is an in depth 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 lectures, case studies and through development of data analysis skills from selected data sets.

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 toxicology as applied to environmental health settings. The human health consequences of exposure to toxicants in the environment, including natural, occupational, and built environments will be the overarching focus of the class. Students will learn the basics of toxicological study design and the application of these studies to environmental health policy and practice. Topics include distribution, absorption, metabolic conversion, and elimination of toxicants in the human body, as well as mechanisms of injury at the the systemic, organ, and cellular level. Detection methods for contaminants in the environment and methods of risk-based decision making in regulatory public health contexts 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 7297 Global Water, Sanitation and 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 examine the risk-based framework to assess 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 7299 Sampling of the Environment
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This introductory course will provide a basic understanding of how environmental media such as food, water, soil, and air are sampled and tested for contaminants of public health concern. The course will cover both chemical and microbiological contaminants.

PH 7300 Urban Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Urban health explores the relationship between the urban setting and the health of people living, working, and playing in cities. It develops an understanding of many features of cities, both individually and collectively, and how they influence peoples health. It compares and analyzes various aspects of place, people, and systems associated with cities. The course is presented as an interdisciplinary exploration in which many disciplines contribute and work collectively to understanding and improving public health. The course challenges students with real-life aspects of the city to learn firsthand about various factors that influence health and to provide real-life investigation of theory.

PH 7325 Urban Health Seminar
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

The Urban Health Seminar features presentations of research topics currently being pursued by the faculty of 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 sum of the seminar presentations will illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of the field of urban health.

PH 7340 Built Environment and Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This is a course about understanding the built environment and its influence on human health, and how to affect improvement in the built environment to improve health status. The course will emphasize contemporary problems of U.S. cities. Group and off-campus activities are among the required elements of the course.

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 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 Statistical Computing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH7017 or equivalent
Description

This course is an in-depth introduction to one or more statistical software programs widely used in public health. Topics covered in this course include application of basic informatics techniques, including the storage, access, management, organization, visualization, and evaluation of public health data. Focus is on the development of skills for writing, debugging, and documenting software syntax files and program scripts.

PH 7535 Dissemination and Implementation Science
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will cover dissemination and implementation science as it relates to implementing public health programs and policies. It will review implementation frameworks and research design strategies for evaluating implementation 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, model fidelity, community and cultural considerations, and other challenges.

PH 7540 Introduction to Public Health Laboratories
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This is an in-depth course on the role of laboratory analysis in public health. It will focus on development of an understanding of the way laboratory data are collected and integrated into the public health system. The role of state and federal laboratories will be examined as will various laboratory methods in a laboratory setting. We will also examine the current challenges and possibilities for enhancing the role of public health laboratories and how knowledge about this area can enhance the integration into the field of public health. The course will be approximately half lecture and half laboratory experiments. Students will gain experience in performing basic laboratory analysis in both clinical and environmental fields.

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 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 combines classroom and interactive instruction to introduce core topics and pertinent issues in global health with a focus on developed and developing countries. It introduces key global health concepts and underscores the critical links between health, disease, and socioeconomic development. Utilizing a multidisiplinary approach, the course addresses a variety of contemporary global health topics including: essentials of global health; globalization and health; global burden of disease, measurement and trends; culture, behavior and global health; water, sanitation and global health; health and human rights; global health partnerships, and the millennium development goals. The course also examines challenges associated with global health issues and the global efforts and strategies underway to prevent and control them.

PH 7711 Epidemiologic Methods I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite or corequisite PH 7017 or equivalent. 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 7900 Contemporary Issues in Public Health
Credit Hours 1.0 - 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 - 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 2.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites PH7011 or PH7711, PH7017, PH7140, PH7150, and PH7160; plus two prescribed concentration courses
Description

The practicum is a planned, supervised and evaluated practice experience where graduate professional public health degree students develop skills in basic public health concepts and demonstrate the application of these concepts through a practice experience that is relevant to students’ areas of specialization, concentration and/or division. These opportunities can take place in a variety of governmental or non-governmental agencies and organizations and include local, state, national and international public health agencies to the extent possible and appropriate.

PH 7980 Research Practicum
Credit Hours 1.0 - 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 - 6.0
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 7991 Capstone
Credit Hours 3.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites Consent of Instructor
Description

An applied practice project requiring the integration of knowledge and skills acquired through academic coursework and research.

PH 7992 Integrative Learning Experience
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Instructor Approval
Description

The main purpose of this Public Health Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) course is to provide a culminating, integrative learning experience for Master of Public Health program students during their final semester(s) prior to graduation. As such, the course draws on students’ prior training in the MPH Foundational Public Health Knowledge and Foundational Competencies from the MPH core coursework, the Concentration Competencies from the additional required concentration course work in one of the MPH concentrations at GSU; and public health practice experience gained in the field through the practicum and other field-based coursework. The ILE is designed to challenge students to reflect and integrate their training and experience with the goal of demonstrating synthesis of foundation and concentration public health competencies as they prepare to enter the public health workforce. The ILE results in a high-quality written product which is ideally developed and delivered in a manner that is useful to external stakeholders, such as non-profit or governmental organizations. At least one faculty member reviews and assess each student’s performance in the ILE and ensures that the experience addresses the foundational and concentration-specific competencies. Faculty assessment may be supplemented with assessments from other qualified individuals (eg. preceptors).

PH 8100 Special Topics
Credit Hours 1.0 - 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 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 8250 Health Economics and Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH7160
Description

The course will provide an introduction to health care finance with a particular emphasis on the various meanings of ‘cost’ and 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 8260 Spatial Population Health I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Statistics and Multivariate Regression Analysis or instructor approval
Description

This course will prepare students to master the development and exploration of spatial data for use in population health research. The course will cover finding and obtaining data, geocoding and crosswalking data, developming metadata, and other aspects of data development that are unique to spatial data. The course will also cover descriptive and exploratory analyses of the data as means of checking the quality and reliability of the data. The course will equip students with methodological tools for conducting descriptive statistical analysis, exploratory spatial analysis, and the basic principles of mapping and smoothing data to enhance translation of spatial data properties.

PH 8261 Spatial Population Health II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 8260; and PH 8721 or PH 8820 or PH 9820 or instructor approval (generally given to those with competence in statistics and multivariate regression analysis)
Description

This course will prepare students to conduct advanced univariate exploratory spatial analysis, and advanced multivariate, confirmatory analyses using spatial data. Several geospatial analytic methodologies will be explored, each suited to a particular type of data or set of research questions. The course will include principles for design of socio-ecological conceptual models, with a review of many models in use today in health services research. A major focus of the course will be using visualization techniques to effectively translate research findings from complex multivariate models to lay audiences and policy makers.

PH 8275 Health Literacy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to give students a systematic understanding of how health literacy impacts health outcomes. Students will learn health literacy from an ecological perspective, and evaluate the impact of influencers including education, economics, culture, communication and public policy. The course will help develop and expand knowledge and understanding of health outcomes and health literacy, demands of health systems and culture, and the relationship of health literacy to individual topics of interest.

PH 8285 Social Determinants of Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will provide an overview of the concepts and methods for research into how social factors over a person’s life course determine health attitudes and behaviors, disease incidence and prevalence, and health status of populations. A study of social determinants of health includes traditional approaches of social epidemiology and includes factors that affect health care coverage, access, and efficiency of care delivery. The course consists of instructor lectures and student participation using a seminar format.

PH 8290 Population Health Informatics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will introduce concepts, methods, and issues related to the application of health information for surveillance and management of population health. The concept of public health informatics differs from other areas of health informatics because it is focused on the application of existing data for promotion of health and disease prevention in populations and communities. The course consists of instructor lectures and student participation using a seminar format.

PH 8310 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011 or PH 7711; PH 7017, or be officially enrolled as a Doctoral-level Public Health major
Description

This course is intended for students pursuing advanced studies both in epidemiology and environmental health. Students will become familiar with the history and use of epidemiology in the determination of health hazards both in the workplace and in the broader environment. Additionally, they will examine the design and analytic strategies necessary for the conduct of both occupational and environmental epidemiologic studies. Finally, students will be introduced to the concept of Bayesian Inference in the interpretation of the published literature.

PH 8320 Human Health and Global Environmental Change
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011 or PH 7711; PH 7017, or be officially enrolled as a Doctoral-level Public Health major
Description

This course is intended for students pursuing advanced studies across all disciplines of public health. Students will become familiar with background studies relating to both natural and man-made climate change. The focus of the course will be on how these changes in the past and in the future may impact human health and how human activity may influence future climate change. Finally, students will consider how regulation and policy may affect these factors.

PH 8330 Environmental Factors in Maternal and Child Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011 or PH 7711; PH 7017, or be officially enrolled as a Doctoral-level Public Health major
Description

This course is intended for students pursuing advanced studies both in epidemiology and environmental health. Students will study the broad aspects of the environment, including nutrition, pollution and lifestyle, and their effects on maternal, prenatal and child health. The course will examine major factors relating to a broad range of adverse pregnancy outcomes including congenital malformations and early childhood cancers. The course will be Letter Graded.

PH 8340 Genetic Susceptibilities and Environmental Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7011 or PH 7711; PH 7017, or be officially enrolled as a Doctoral-level Public Health major
Description

This course is intended for students pursuing advanced studies both in epidemiology and environmental health. Students will examine the history of the literature that examines factors relating to surrogates for genetic susceptibility, including but not limited to race, ethnicity and twin studies. The course, however, will focus on the latest approaches to understand the role of genetic contributions to individual susceptibility to environmental toxins including the role of single nucleotide polymorphisms, gene expression studies and epigenetics. The course will be Letter Graded.

PH 8350 Biological Basis for 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 8690 Special Topics in Environmental Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Be officially enrolled as a Doctoral-level Public Health major
Description

This course is intended for students pursuing doctoral level research. Students will be expected to work with a member of the Environmental Health faculty on a research project. This course will be graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

PH 8721 Epidemiologic Methods II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7021 or PH 7711; Prerequisite or corequisite: PH 7027 or PH 8027 or PH 9810
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.

PH 8790 Special Topics in Epidemiology
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites PH8721 and PH8820 or instructor approval
Description

An in-depth exploration of specific epidemiologic issues and research. Course may be taken again for additional credit if topic varies.

PH 8820 Categorical Data and Generalized Linear Models
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 7027 or PH 8027 or instructor approval
Description

This course focuses on the analysis of non-continuous (e.g., categorical and count) outcome data from public health research and practice. An overview of the generalized linear model will be provided. Topics include binary/multinomial/ordinal logistic and Poisson regression. Emphasis is placed on the application and interpretation of these techniques in real data settings using appropriate statistical software.

PH 8830 Advanced Statistical Topics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH7027 or PH8027 or PH9820 or instructor approval
Description

This is a survey course of advanced statistical topics in public health research and practice, including the analysis of study data with longitudinal, hierarchical, or multilevel structures. Using an applied and practical approach to each statistical technique, focus is on model specification, estimation, selection, inference, and interpretation. Understanding is emphasized with applications using statistical software and examples drawn from the current public health literature.

PH 8840 Statistical Modeling with Latent Variables I: Structural Equation Modeling
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces statistical modeling with continuous latent variables. Specific topics covered include path analysis, factor analysis, and structural equation modeling. Student will gain knowledge in model formulation, testing, evaluation, and interpretation with emphasis on real data applications in the health and behavioral sciences.

PH 8850 Statistical Modeling with Latent Variables II: Finite Mixture Modeling
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 8840 or Instructor Approval
Description

This course introduces statistical modeling with categorical latent variables. Specific topics covered include latent class analysis, latent profile analysis, latent class regression, and structural equation mixture modeling. Students will gain knowledge in model formulation, testing, evaluation, and interpretation with emphasis on reall data applications in the health and behavioral sciences.

PH 8880 Public Health Study Abroad
Credit Hours 1.0 - 12.0
Prerequisites Instructor Approval
Description

Through international travel, this course will provide an educational and cultural opportunity for students interested in global public health research and public health practice as conducted in other areas of the world. Students may study a variety of public health issues, engage in community-based research, and/or provide support to public health organizations in their host city and country. This course number serves as a generic number for study abroad programs sponsored by or done in partnership with the School of Public Health. An in-country experience is a required segment of the course. Specific region and/or discipline focus may vary by offering. Most public health study abroad opportunities are applicable to all graduate degree and certificate concentrations. If an opportunity is only applicable to a certain degree level and/or concentration, the corresponding degree level or concentration restriction will appear on that specific study abroad course offering and in its course listing comments area. Also, this course is variable creditthe instructor will inform students on the appropriate amount of credit hours students should register for given their planned course workload. Students must adjust their own variable credits prior to the end of registration (http://registrar.gsu.edu/registration/registration-guide/how-to-change-credit-hours-for-variable-hours-courses/). Contact the School of Public Health for the current list of study abroad options (http://publichealth.gsu.edu/academic/study-abroad/).

PH 8885 Fundamentals of Clinical Trials
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites (PH7027 or PH8027 or PH9820) and PH8721 or instructor approval
Description

This course covers the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of clinical trials. A particular focus is on statistical considerations in trial planning, implementation, and analysis. Topics covered include protocol development, defining the research question, study design, sample size determination, randomization, blinding, data analysis and interpretation. Design and analytic strategies are addressed, including types of trials, intent to treat, per protocol, interim monitoring and analysis, reporting, and ethical issues.

PH 8890 Special Topics in Biostatistics
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Description

An in-depth exploration of specific biostatistical issues and techniques. Course may be taken again for additional credit if topic varies (may be repeated).

PH 8910 Directed Reading Directed readings in special Areas
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Description
PH 9095 Measurement and Outcomes in Social and Behavioral Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Enrolled in a doctoral-level program of study
Description

This course introduces key theoretical frameworks to measurement such as classical test theory and item response theory. Addresses key concepts in the development and utilization of measures for social/behavioral health, including issues in data collection, reliability, validity, and the design and analysis of measurement instruments. The course will review current measurement tools used and relevant datasets needed to understand and describe health status, risk and protective factors and disparities at the individual and population/community level.

PH 9120 Theory and Practice in Health and Prevention Instruction
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Enrolled in a doctoral-level program of study
Description

Course 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 9130 Intervention and Evaluation of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Enrolled in a doctoral-level program of study
Description

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

PH 9140 Advanced Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Enrolled in a doctoral-level program of study
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 9150 Public Health Ethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Enrolled in a doctoral-level program of study
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 9180 Doctoral Professional and Research Seminar I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The intent of this seminar series is to provide students with opportunities for scientific and professional growth in the field of public health. Part 1 of the seminar series will focus on developing a public health research trajectory. Topics of focus will include developing research ideas, funding opportunities for student research, how to submit research ideas to regional and national conferences, and preparing and reviewing peer review manuscripts. Students will be encouraged to use this seminar as a time for scientific thinking, academic discussion and debate, and as an ongoing venue for discussion of research ideas, presentation of interim results, and discussion of findings.

PH 9181 Doctoral Professional and Research Seminar II
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

The intent of this seminar series is to provide students with opportunities for scientific and professional growth in the field of public health. Part 2 of the seminar series will focus on student professional development and will include guest lecturers related to Ph.D. public health careers in government, academia, and research. Professional development topics will be covered including: vita development, interviewing skills, approaches to teaching, professional conduct at conferences, networking, career development, and how to be successful in the academic job market. This seminar will be graded Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory (S/U).

PH 9220 Principles of Health Services Research I: Themes
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The objective of this course is to provide advanced public health graduate students with a sufficient background to be conversant in the history and current debate on key themes in contemporary health services research. Completion of the course will provide sufficient background for specialized advanced study in each of the topics covered. The course will primarily consist of lectures followed by critical discussion on selected readings. Topics will include, but not be limited to: healthcare organization and financing, workforce development, population health informatics, access to care, patient safety and quality of care, chronic care management, provider performance management, comparative effectiveness, and health services research management. Readings and class discussions will primarily be organized around theme-related reports from the Institute of Medicine.

PH 9240 Principles of Health Services Research II: Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The objective of this course is to provide advanced public health graduate students with an introduction to theory, methods, and application of statistical and experimental design methods being used in contemporary health services research. Completion of the course will provide sufficient background for use of the methods in study design and analysis of health services research studies as subsequent specialized coursework in each of the topics covered. The course will primarily consist of a lecture covering on topic combined with a computer lab. Topics will include, but not be limited to: quasi-experimental design and propensity score models, hierarchical models, segmented (interrupted) time series models, mediation and moderation models, Markov and semi-Markov models, competing risk models, multi-part regression models, imputation methods, and cluster randomized trials.

PH 9731 Epidemiologic Methods III
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH8721 or PH7031 and PH9810 or instructor approval
Description

This is the third course in the epidemiologic sequence and will cover newer techniques and issues in epidemiology, such as generalized linear models, hierarchical linear models, causal evaluation of observational studies, basic Bayesian approaches and an introduction to structural equation modeling. The course will use a mixed format of seminar, lecture, and student presentation. The instruction will focus on problems taken from the literature and on analytic approaches in SAS and other languages.

PH 9741 Advanced Topics in Epidemiologic Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH 9731 and PH 9820 or instructor approval
Description

Introduces advanced topics in epidemiologic methods, including causal modeling, inverse probability weighting, propensity scores, sensitivity analysis, imputation for missing data, approaches to multiple comparisons, Bayesian adjustment of risk estimates, recursive portioning, and modeling for prediction.

PH 9810 Biostatistical Methods I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites graduate level introductory statistics
Description

This course covers the foundations of statistical inference (e.g., population parameter, estimate, and sampling distribution) as well as schemas of statistical inference (e.g., hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, and statistical power). Common public health measures and tests of bivariate and multivariate associations are introduced within the general linear model framework, which incorporates a number of different statistical models including multiple linear regression and ANOVA. Equal emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding as well as practical application and interpretation in real data settings.

PH 9820 Biostatistical Methods II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequistite: PH9810 or instructor approval. This course focuses on regression models for continuous and discrete data, building on the methods learned in PH9810: Biostatistical Methods I. The generalized linear model framework is introduced, which incorporates a number of different statistical models including linear, logistic, and Poisson regressions. Attention is paid to model estimation, statistical inference for regression coefficients and predictive values, regression diagnostics, variable selection, and assessment of model fit. Equal emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding as well as practical application and interpretation in real data settings.

PH 9890 Doctoral Seminar in Advanced Statistical Modeling
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Instructor approval
Description

This is a project-based seminar course in the application of advanced statistical modeling techniques. Course is graded S/U and may be taken more than once for credit for different projects and/or statistical topics.

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

The practicum should reflect the students 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 - 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.