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PHPB 2000 Introduction to Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites MATH 1401 (formerly MATH 1070) strongly recommended as a prerequisite, though not required
Description

This course will introduce students to the history and philosophy of public health, as well as the core values, concepts and functions that guide public health work in the United States and globally. Examining health and health related needs from a population-based perspective, students will have the opportunity to identify the impact that social, behavioral, biological and environmental factors have on health and health disparities. Students will learn how public health affects them in their everyday lives. Using case studies, vignettes, and extensive examples, they will learn and apply frameworks for thinking about the issues of public health. They will gain a deeper understanding about the health news they hear, the web sites they visit, and the research they read.

PHPB 2020 Determinants of Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Corequisites PHPB 2000
Description

Health is a function of multiple determinants: biological, genetic, cultural, economic, and structural. This course will explore the contribution of each to the concept of health and to the actual state health of persons and populations. It will focus on the history of the concept of health, and on current disparities and inequalities in the state of the population health that are attributable to these determinants. In considering specific disease entities, readings, didactic sessions, discussions, and assignments will focus on the interrelationship of determinants, and the extent to which each plays a role in health disparities. Ethical considerations in research and public health programs will be a major focus.

PHPB 3040 Public Health Careers and Profession
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course focuses on career planning and development issues for public health majors. Using a combination of lecture, readings, and exercises, students will be able to explain the history and philosophy of public health as well as the profession’s core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society today. Students will be exposed to information designed to assist in clarification, selection, and pursuit of a career in public health. Topics include an overview of the undergraduate major in public health, career options in public health and allied-public health fields, preparation for employment with a bachelor’s degree, preparing for success in graduate school, and applying for a job or graduate school.

PHPB 3120 Historical Aspects of Public Health and Medicine
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will cover the major discoveries, developments, and advances in the field of medicine and public health. It will examine the intellectual and technological processes that produce advancements, and critically examine the public and professional debates about the application of such changes in society.

PHPB 3800 Special Topics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This special topics course will be used as an elective for undergraduate students. Students may register for this course with permission from the instructor if they are participating in a study abroad program, completing an internship, or doing a directed reading.

PHPB 4010 Fundamentals of Health Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPB 2020, must be officially enrolled as a Public Health major or be a pre-public health major and obtain enrollment authorization from advisor
Description

This course introduces and describes the U.S. health care system, and examines healthcare delivery and healthcare policy from a public health perspective. The historical basis for the system’s organization will be discussed, as well as the various modes of health care delivery and the ways health care is organized, financed and delivered in the United States. Comparisons between healthcare delivery and policy in the United States and other developed countries will be discussed. Many of the contemporary health policy problems facing federal, state, and local policymakers today will be discussed, with emphasis on the consequences for vulnerable populations. 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. system.

PHPB 4020 Introduction to Public Health Program Implementation and Evaluation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 3010, and be officially enrolled as a Public Health major
Description

Public health programs are created to promote wellness and the prevention of disease. This course is designed to cover the important steps of the program development cycle from conducting needs assessments; designing and planning programs; ensuring implementation fidelity; and measuring program impacts through evaluation approaches. Students will demonstrate how to utilize data to design programs, revise implementation plans, improve programs, introduce service innovation, address disparities, and demonstrate efficiency and effectiveness.

PHPB 4030 Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPB 2020, and be officially enrolled as a Public Health major or be a pre-public health major and obtain enrollment authorization from advisor
Description

This course provides an overview of the theories and principles that can be used to explain how social factors and human behaviors influence health. It introduces the social, psychological, and cultural determinants of health behavior in urban and global settings. The course addresses conditions and phenomena that affect people’s understanding, acceptance, and use of health information and, therefore, the design, implementation, and evaluation of community health interventions.

PHPB 4040 Public Health Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPH 3010, and be officially enrolled as a Public Health major
Description

Health communication is an area of study designed to impact the behavior, attitudes, and actions of individuals in various settings with the goal of improved health. This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the basic concepts of public-health specific communication. This course provides an overview to communication tools, including: technical and professional writing, the use of mass media, and electronic technology. Students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize and present tailored public health information to diverse audiences across multiple formats.

PHPB 4060 Introduction to Public Health Informatics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPB 4040, be officially enrolled as a Public Health major
Description

This course provides a general overview of the use of health information for population health surveillance, management, and improvement in quality and safety of health care delivery. Topics to be covered include: overview of electronic medical record systems and data coding and storage, public use datasets (e.g. BRFSS, NHIS, NHANES), coding systems, telehealth and telemedicine technologies, ethics in use of data for public health surveillance, and general methods for linking and sequencing data for support of population health surveillance, management, and improvement.

PHPB 4135 Introduction to Disability and Public Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPB 2000, PHPH 2001, PHPH 3010, and PHPB 4030
Description

This course addresses the evolving view of disability in the field of public health. Course content is grounded on two observations – that people with disability with disabilities make up the largest minority group in the United States, and that they experience the same range of disparities in access, quality, and outcomes as other minority identities. This course will examine the health and well-being of people with disabilities within the social determinants of health framework. 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, policies, and legislation for people with disabilities; health promotion and the prevention of secondary conditions; persistent health disparities; sexual health; and designing public health interventions in ways that include individuals with disabilities.

PHPB 4230 Global Perspectives on Injury and Violence Prevention
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPB 2000, PHPB 3040, restricted to public health majors
Description

This course will present an overview of the leading forms of injuries, their geographic variability, risk factors and comparative perspectives. Special emphasis will be placed on child maltreatment, youth violence, gender based violence, suicide and traffic crashes.

PHPB 4400 Introduction to Health Management and Administration
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHPB 4010
Description

This course introduces and describes current approaches to health care management and the roles and functions served by the professional health care manager. A variety of health care settings are examined, including hospitals, clinics, nursing home, as well as the varied scope of health care needs and services present within each. Important issues in health care management are covered, including managing costs and revenues, financing health care and health insurance, human resources management, quality improvement, teamwork, ethics, and fraud and abuse. Additionally, the course includes a focus on cultural competency in the context of health care management, planning, and delivery.

PHPB 4880 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 degree levels. If an opportunity is only applicable to a certain degree level, the corresponding degree level 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-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). Finally, this course does NOT fulfill the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Signature Experience requirement. Students wanting to fufill their Bachelor of Science in Public Health Signature Experience requirement with a study abroad experience should register for course: PHPB/PHPH 4992 Signature Experience Capstone.

PHPB 4991 Signature Experience Prospectus
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites PHPB 2000, PHPH 2001, PHPB 2020, PHPH 3010, PHPH 3020, PHPH 3030, PHPB 3040, PHPB 4010, PHPB 4020, PHPB 4030, and Permission of Undergraduate Program Coordinator or Public Health Major Advisor
Description

This course is the first of a two course sequence required to meet the area H requirements of the GSU Signature Experience. Public Health Signature Experiences gives public health majors the opportunity to integrate, synthesize and apply their public health knowledge through cumulative and experiential activities. In this classroom based course, students will complete a variety of projects, and written assignments designed to assess the student’s acquisition of the required public health competencies covered within the public health major. Mastery of these competencies is required to receive the BSPH degree. The course encompasses a holistic review of the field of public health while integrating student reflection on what they have learned and how they may apply their knowledge to future educational and career aspirations. In this course students will develop a detailed project proposal to guide their applied signature experience which will be completed in one of five categories – Global, Research, City, Service Learning or Professional- during the second course in the sequence.

PHPB 4992 Signature Experience Capstone
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites PHPB 2000, PHPH 2001, PHPB 2020, PHPH 3010, PHPH 3020, PHPH 3030, PHPB 3040, PHPB 4010, PHPB 4020, PHPB 4030, and Permission of Undergraduate Program Coordinator or Public Health Major Advisor
Description

Public Health Signature Experiences (SE) gives public health majors the opportunity to integrate, synthesize and apply their public health knowledge through cumulative and experiential activities. In this capstone course, students carry out their approved capstone proposal and complete their public health signature experience in one of the five categories – Global, Research, City, Service Learning, or Professional. Global experiences are typically done through international travel, studying a variety of public health issues, engaging in community-based research, and/or providing support to public health organizations in another country. Research experiences usually involve joining a research team or working with an individual, public health faculty member on his/her research, and learning more about the research process in the public health discipline. City experiences provide an educational and cultural opportunity for students to explore the public health capital of the world: Atlanta, and engaging in regional and global public health entities, learning about the unique challenges of the urban Atlanta environment, exploring public health issues Atlanta has and continues to face, and/or providing support to public health organizations in the Georgia capital city. Service learning is done through direct service with local community groups or Non-Governmental Organizations, or completion of a project with a public health community partner, such as a business plan, fundraising event or social media campaign, and these service learning activities may be done individually, or in special cases, with a class group working toward a particular service learning opportunity. Finally, signature experience internships are completed through a planned, supervised and evaluated internship experience, where public health students are given the opportunity to observe and participate in public health work in a variety of governmental or non-governmental agencies and organizations, including local, state, national and international public health agencies. Internship sites, supervisors, and planned work activities must be approved in advance of the course start date and pre-approval deadlines are set by the School each semester. All of these experiences results in the production of a culminating product that is evaluated by a faculty member.