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Master of Public Health

Course Descriptions

Public Health Core Areas

PUBH 713: Health Services Administration, Health Management, and Policy
A review of health policy and management issues and their impact on organizing, financing, and delivery of public health and medical delivery systems.

PUBH 708: Principles of Epidemiology
An introduction to the skills needed by public health professionals to critically interpret the epidemiologic literature. Discusses measures of frequency and association, introduce the design and validity of epidemiologic research, and give an overview of data analysis.

PUBH 709: Principles of Biostatistics
A focus on statistical analysis in public health and health services administration. Topics include distributions, tests of significance and confidence levels, sample situations with special attention to those occurring in health education, and behavioral sciences.

PUBH 710: Environmental Health
A review of environmental risk factors of disease. Topics include community air and water pollution, occupational health, hazardous waste, pesticides and food radiation protection including approaches to assessing, controlling, and preventing these hazards.

PUBH 712: Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
This course will provide the student with concepts of community health education, health promotion and disease prevention; their association with social, behavioral, and physical sciences in relation to health maintenance, optimal health, disease prevention.

Program Required Courses

PUBH 701: Introduction to Public Health and Health Disparities
An introduction to the history of public health as well as the scope of services, politics, and budget of health care agencies at the federal, state, and local levels; evaluate the value and the implications of diversity (racial, ethnic, cultural, economic, and social) and the importance of cultural competency in addressing public health issues.

PUBH 702: Public Health Law and Ethics
An examination of  both the legal powers and ethical perspectives and duties of the state that exist to assure the conditions for people to be healthy and the limits on that power to constrain the autonomy privacy, liberty, propriety, or other legally protected interests of individuals.

PUBH 707: Program Planning and Evaluation
A comprehensive study and application of established models for planning, implementing, and evaluating small and large scale health programs. Includes preparation to develop and plan with a particular emphasis on evaluation of community-based public health programs.

PUBH 704: Biology and Public Health
A review of current research and theory from molecular biology that has important implications for the current and future approach to public health. Provides understanding of the potential applications of genetic engineering to their health specialties.

PUBH 721: Research Methods
An overview of qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques used in designing and conducting health research of community-based public health programs.

PUBH 703: Public Health Leadership
A review of concepts and theories of leadership, to present challenges from public health practices and research, and to discover personal leadership attributes. The content will include leadership theory as it relates to the person, organization, communities, and research.

PUBH 706: Public Health Nutrition
An introduction to the basic nutritional needs for public health programs with examination of the role of diet health, and disease throughout the population, including weight control and fitness issues.

PUBH 780: Public Health Practicum
Supervised work experience in a public health-practice setting by participation in a structured practicum experience. Students are required to complete 200 hours of practicum experience, produce a written report of the experience, and produce a structured report that describes, analyzes, and critiques the practicum experience.

PUBH 781: Capstone
A written research project under the supervision of a faculty committee. The project is written in traditional academic style or in a journal manuscript format.

PUBH 798: Thesis I
Provides students with knowledge and skills to develop research questions, conduct literature review, plan for data collection, and develop a thesis proposal.

PUBH 799: Thesis II
Enables students to apply methods of research to the study of Public Health issues culminating in a monograph embodying research.

Program Electives

PUBH 717: Public Health Strategic Planning
A review of strategic planning for public health program delivery; exploring such topics as vision and mission, program design, including goals and objectives, basic assumptions, and program evaluations including design of outcome measurements and benchmarking.

PUBH 705: Principles of Health Promotion and Intervention
An overview of current issues and research associated with health promotion in the community, including the workplace and focusing on implementation and evaluation of the health promotion programs.

PUBH 718: International Health
An introduction to public health theory and practice in the context of developing countries. Topics include public health methods for analyzing the causes and patterns of disease in populations and the types of health concerns in developing countries.

PUBH 719: Health and Diseases Across Ages
An examination of the major issues related to the delivery of health care services to persons with disabilities; acute and chronic conditions of all ages.

PUBH 714: Empowerment through Community Health Sciences
An introduction to the theory and practice of community organizations, including models and strategies of community organization and their application to health problems and health policy.

PUBH 720: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Public Health
The application of GIS in their public health career. Topics covered include mapping, development of geographical datasets, and data analysis from application of GIS in different disciplines of public health.