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PHPH 7010 Foundations of Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides an understanding of public health history, philosophy, values, concepts, functions, and dynamics, ensuring that all students are grounded in foundational public health knowledge. The course allows graduate students to understand what public health is, how public health functions and what it does to fulfill its mission.The course will illustrate the contemporary challenges facing public health, dynamics of the U.S. public health system, and factors that influence population health.

PHPH 7011 Epidemiology for Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

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

PHPH 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 7019 Public Health Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 7011 or PHPH 7711; and PHPH 7017 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.

PHPH 7027 Fundamentals of Biostatistics II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH7017 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 PHPH7017: 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.

PHPH 7028 Introduction to Probability Theory and Statistical Inference
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 7155 Air Quality and the Environment
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 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.

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

This course introduces and describes the U.S. health care system, addressing its components and complexities. The historical basis for the system’s organization will be discussed, contextualized within a social determinants of health framework, as well as 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 delivery, health insurance, health care finance and purchasing, and current challenges to the system.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 7275 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 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.

PHPH 7280 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 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.

PHPH 7290 Case Studies in Epidemiology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 7294 Exposure Assessment
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 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 people’s 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 7355 Prevention Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 7711, 8721
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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 7425 Maternal and Child Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The goal of this course is to provide graduate students with an overview of the biological, social and environmental determinants of maternal and child health. A life course orientation will be used to provide a cohesive framework for understanding the complex social, environmental, and biological contributions to maternal and child health. A broad range of topics will be introduced to provide students with knowledge about the domestic and global challenges that affect women, infants, children and families. These challenges will be viewed in terms of their adverse health consequences. Additionally, we will focus on examples of evidence-based interventions for protecting health and reducing harm.

PHPH 7525 Statistical Computing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH7017 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.

PHPH 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 multidisciplinary 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.

PHPH 7711 Epidemiologic Methods I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite or corequisite PHPH 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 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).

PHPH 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.

PHPH 8290 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.

PHPH 8310 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 7011 or PHPH 7711; PHPH 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.

PHPH 8320 Human Health and Global Environmental Change
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 7011 or PHPH 7711; PHPH 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.

PHPH 8330 Environmental Factors in Maternal and Child Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 7011 or PHPH 7711; PHPH 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.

PHPH 8340 Genetic Susceptibilities and Environmental Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 7011 or PHPH 7711; PHPH 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 8721 Epidemiologic Methods II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 7711; Prerequisite or corequisite: PHPH 7027 or PHPH 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.

PHPH 8790 Special Topics in Epidemiology
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites PHPH8721 and PHPH8820 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.

PHPH 8820 Categorical Data and Generalized Linear Models
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 7027 or PHPH 8721 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.

PHPH 8830 Advanced Statistical Topics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH7027 or PH8027 or PHPH9820 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 8850 Statistical Modeling with Latent Variables II: Finite Mixture Modeling
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 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.

PHPH 8860 Multilevel Models in Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PH8820 or PH9820 or instructor approval
Description

This course provides a conceptual framework and practical approach for the design, analysis, and interpretation of studies with longitudinal, hierarchical, or multilevel data using multilevel models. Analysis and interpretation of population-average and level-specific models are covered. Case-studies in the public health literature are used to motivate each topic. Topics include model specification, estimation, selection, and inference. Understanding will be emphasized with computer applications using SAS and examples drawn from the public health research literature.

PHPH 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/).

PHPH 8885 Fundamentals of Clinical Trials
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites (PHPH7027 or PH8027 or PHPH9820) and PHPH8721 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.

PHPH 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).

PHPH 8910 Directed Reading
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Description

 Directed readings in special areas.

PHPH 9017 Applied Statistical Methods in Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 7017 or equivalent
Description

This course provides a conceptual overview of statistical methods used in public health research and applied public health practice. Focus will be on developing statistical literacy and statistical reasoning knowledge and skills to enable students to critically evaluate and apply findings from public health research and the research literature. The emphasis is on understanding the relevance and use of statistics in public health research and practice. Published public health research articles in peer-reviewed journals will be used to inform each topic covered in class. Statistical ethics will be discussed.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 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).

PHPH 9270 Environmental Exposure Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students will become familiar with the theory and execution of a broad range of analytical methods employed both in the lab and the field for the measurement of environmental exposures of human health concern. Students will collect, analyze, and interpret human exposure data, applying methods to link these exposures to health effects.

PHPH 9731 Epidemiologic Methods III
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH8721 or PH7031 and PHPH9810 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.

PHPH 9741 Advanced Topics in Epidemiologic Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 9731 and PHPH 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 9820 Biostatistical Methods II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequistite: PHPH 9810 or instructor approval. This course focuses on regression models for continuous and discrete data, building on the methods learned in PHPH 9810: 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 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.

PHPH 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/).

PHPH 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/ ).

PHPH 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.