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PHPB 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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 7140 Health Promotion Planning, Administration and Evaluation
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.

PHPB 7160 Fundamentals of Health Systems, Leadership, and Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces and describes the fundamentals of the health care delivery system, health policy and public health leadership. The historical basis for the health care system’s organization will be discussed, contextualized within a social determinants of health framework, as well as the various modes of health care delivery and the ways health care is organized, financed and delivered in the United States. In addition to presenting the foundations of health care organization, the course will include an overview of health care reform and current challenges to the system. An introduction to the health policy cycle and key health policy frameworks and approaches will be covered. Principles of public health leadership and management, including negotiation/mediation and the use of coalition-building to influence public health outcomes and guide policy decision-making will be discussed. Students who complete the course will gain a basic understanding of the organization, functions, and delivery of health care by the many components of the U.S. health care system as well as a foundation in health policy and public health leadership and management.

PHPB 7170 Public Health Leadership and Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines leadership and policy in public health and health care through a population health lens. Students will explore theories of leadership and policy making, build an understanding of the attributes of effective leadership, and apply knowledge of leadership and the policy process to promote solutions to public health challenges that advance health equity and population health.

PHPB 7330 Health Care Management and Finance
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines key principles of health management and finance. The course will promote an understanding of program and financial management, strategic and business planning principles, and human resource management as they apply to public health. Health care and public health financing in the U.S. will be a major focus area in the course. Ultimately, the course seeks to build knowledge and competence that supports effective professional practice in health management and policy.

PHPB 7410 Public Health Intervention Development
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides an in-depth overview of the concepts, theories, models and applications of program planning and intervention development. The intervention mapping model will be used to plan, develop and implement public health interventions. Students will utilize design tools, methods, and resources to develop an intervention focused on affecting the empirical and theoretical determinants and associated behaviors that influence diverse public health problems. The ecological model will be used to conceptualize multilevel determinants that inform development of complex intervention plans which address design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination issues.

PHPB 7460 Forced Migration and Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPB 7160
Description

This course provides an introduction to both the global and local health issues related to refugee populations. Health, cultural issues, barriers to care, and services for refugee populations in the United States will be featured, with an emphasis on Clarkston, GA’s refugee groups. Global historical and policy issues related to refugees and refugee health will also be studied. Through the course, students will use an ecological model to explore (a) policy and legal issues, (b) cultural issues, (c) stress encountered by refugees, (d) major health issues (including mental health) affecting refugee communities, and (d) unmet needs for this underserved population. The class will consider the priorities for refugee health developed by local groups and discuss research needs and practical service or intervention models to address refugee health and ways to evaluate their effectiveness. This course will utilize various perspectives, including historical, epidemiologic, and human rights, with a focus on the social determinants of migration and health over the life course. Local representatives of refugee care and refugee groups will help lead selected classes and participate in discussions. Inter-professional education and care perspectives will be advanced through guest speakers across multiple health domains, service agency presentations, small group work, and experiential learning. The overall goal of the course is to prepare students for a applied practice experience (service-learning) placement in the subsequent semester in the area of refugee health with appropriate cultural competency skills and an understanding of the needs, priorities, and challenges faced by refugees and by organizations and providers who work with refugees.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 7635 Health Policy and Health Equity
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPB7160 or instructor approval
Description

This course will prepare students to bring a health policy and health equity lens to solving complex health problems. In addition to considering challenges within the U.S. health care system and traditional areas addressed by public health, the course will take a health in all policies approach to identifying and assessing policy solutions in non-health sectors that impact community and population health. Framing and understanding policy situations in the context of political, social, and economic realities and in collaboration with relevant stakeholders will be emphasized. Students will build a broad knowledge and skill set that can be applied to analyzing, developing, and implementing policy solutions at institutional, local, state and federal levels. This course will also prepare students to bring an equity lens to policy decisions-looking specifically at policy implications and outcomes for communities that experience health disparities.

PHPB 7640 Comparative Health Systems
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPB 7160 or instructor approval
Description

This course will explore from an international comparative perspective the challenges in the U.S. health care system in providing adequate access to medical services for all, the control of rising health care costs, and the assurance that the quality of health care services is high and improving. The textbook, readings, lectures and class discussions will focus on the organization and financing of health systems in wealthy nations. It explores the market and regulatory policy options being debated politically in the U.S. to solve these problems and compares possible foreign models for reform including those offered by the Canadian, British, Japanese, Swiss, and German systems. In spite of differences in the organization and financing of their health care systems, most countries share a number of common problems with the U.S. From this perspective, the course also will discuss the health systems of example countries from all WHO Regions, including Brazil, Nigeria, China, India, Russia, and Israel as well as several small countries with innovative approaches (e.g. Singapore, Taiwan, The Netherlands, and Cuba). In these discussions, the class will explore social determinants of health, innovation and sustainability, the role and contributions of non-governmental organizations, health systems in crisis and disaster, and common global challenges.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 7960 MPH Applied Practice Experience
Credit Hours 2.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites PHPH 7011 or PHPH 7711, PHPH 7017, PHPB 7140, PHPH 7150, and PHPB 7160; plus two prescribed concentration courses
Description

The applied practice experience 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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 7990 Thesis
Credit Hours 3.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites PHPH 7019, 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.

PHPB 7991 Capstone Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit Hours 3.0 - 6.0
Description

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

PHPB 7992 Integrative Learning Experience
Credit Hours 3.0 - 6.0
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).

PHPB 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.

PHPB 8250 Health Economics and Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPB 7160
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.

PHPB 8255 Health Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is an in-depth exploration of public health communication theory and practice. The course will examine topics related to the fundamentals of public health communication, health literacy, health communication campaigns, and emergency and risk communication.

PHPB 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, developing 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.

PHPB 8261 Spatial Population Health II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPB 8260; and PHPH 8721 or
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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 8290 Population Health Informatics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPB 7160
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.

PHPB 8410 Economic Evaluation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPB 7160 or instructor approval
Description

This course will provide an introduction to economic evaluation methods of health care and public health programs, and include an emphasis on the concepts underpinning economic evaluation, defining costs and outcomes, policy implications, and appropriate use of methods. The major types of economic evaluation (cost of illness, cost minimization, cost effectiveness, cost-utility, and cost-benefit analysis) will be discussed and differences among them will be highlighted. The case study portion of the course will focus on how to use economic evaluation analysis tools in prioritizing and implementing prevention and treatment strategies.

PHPB 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 credit—the 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/).

PHPB 8910 Directed Reading
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Description

Directed readings in special Areas

PHPB 9005 Doctoral Seminar: Public Health Policy, Analysis, and Advocacy for Leaders
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Must be officially enrolled as a Doctoral-level Public Health major
Description

The purpose of this seminar is to enhance an understanding of how to integrate public health scientific information, legal and regulatory approaches, ethical frameworks and varied stakeholder interests, in policy analysis, development and advocacy. The course consists of instructor lectures and student participation using a seminar format.

PHPB 9010 Doctoral Seminar: Urban Health, Diversity, and Cultural Competency
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Must be officially enrolled as a Doctoral-level Public Health major
Description

The purpose of this seminar is enhance an understanding of how to identify and apply strategies that promote inclusion and equity within public health programs, policies and systems, with a focus on the urban environment and diverse populations, taking into account the specific cultural values and norms of the population being served. The course consists of instructor lectures and student participation using a seminar format.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 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).

PHPB 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.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 9300 Public Health Leadership and Practice
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Must be officially enrolled as a Doctoral-level Public Health major
Description

This course covers the use of strategic planning, negotiation, consensus-building, and other change strategies, to facilitate the creation of more effective public health work environments. Students will learn to integrate information, from various sources, and communicate information on health improvement and best practices to diverse stakeholders, regardless of their level of health literacy, to influence behavior, address public health problems, and reduce inequalities. Stakeholders might include health researches, practitioners, community leaders, and other public health partners. Students will also learn to assess their own leadership strengths, weaknesses, and capacity, and discover how to build interpersonal professional public health teams that are culturally proficient.

PHPB 9310 Public Health Management and Finance
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Must be officially enrolled as a Doctoral-level Public Health major
Description

This course covers the study of business, government, and not-for-profit agency management and finance techniques. Students will learn to review and analyze human, fiscal, and other public health resources and propose appropriate strategies to achieve the strategic capital goals of a public health organization. Students will also learn how to research, investigate, and cultivate new potential resources and revenue streams to enhance the capacity of a public health organization to achieve its mission.

PHPB 9320 Public Health Education and Workforce Development
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Must be officially enrolled as a Doctoral-level Public Health major
Description

This course covers the use of current best practices in professional development to increase the capacity of the public health workforce in advancing population health. Students will learn to identify gaps between public health knowledge and practice; assess the professional development needs of the public health workforce; identify or develop educational solutions to meet these needs; deliver training or educational experiences that promote learning and skill development in academic, organizational or community settings; and assess the near-and-long-term impact and outcomes of the educational experiences provided. Students will also learn to examine personal and organizational readiness for change as factors in developing workforce education programs.

PHPB 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.

PHPB 9970 DrPH Applied Practice Experience
Credit Hours 3.0 - 9.0
Prerequisites Must be officially enrolled as a Doctoral-level Public Health major and have instructor consent
Description

Regardless of the amount or level of prior experience, all DrPH students engage in one or more applied practice experiences in which students are responsible for demonstrating a depth of public health competence that is meaningful for an organization and advances public health practice. Students in this course have significant advanced-level practical experiences collaborating with practitioners, allowing for opportunities to develop leadership competencies and contribute to the field. These opportunities take place in sites external to the School, and relevant organizations may include governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, industrial, and for-profit settings. University and site supervisors will assess students on their application and demonstration of foundational, concentration, leadership, management, and/or governance competencies. Please note that this course is variable credit, and the instructor reserves the right to require additional coursework for any increase in credit hours. 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/).

PHPB 9980 DrPH Integrated Learning Experience/Dissertation
Credit Hours 3.0 - 9.0
Prerequisites Must be officially enrolled as a Doctoral-level Public Health and have instructor consent.As part of an integrative learning experience, DrPH candidates generate field-based, high-quality written products consistent with advanced practice designed to influence programs, policies or systems addressing public health
Description

The products demonstrate synthesis of foundational and concentration specific competencies, and specific requirements may be found in the DrPH Student Handbook. Successful completion requires a significant contribution to the theoretical, conceptual, empirical, or practice base in the field of public health. Doctoral students who have achieved candidacy must register for this course each term until graduation to satisfy the continuous registration requirement. DrPH Integrated Learning Experience/Dissertation may extend beyond one semester. A grade of IP (indicating that satisfactory progress was made on the dissertation) or U (indicating lack of satisfactory progress) is assigned each semester. At the end of the semester during which the DrPH Integrated Learning Experience is completed, a grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) is assigned to the student. Please note that this course is variable credit, and the instructor reserves the right to require additional coursework for any increase in credit hours. 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/ ).

PHPB 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.