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Communicable-Chronic Diseases – PHE 363

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 363

4

Course Information

Reviews etiology, epidemiology, and approaches to prevention of infectious and chronic diseases. Aspects of risk factors, transmission, pathogenesis, immunology, case management, and control programs are discussed. Basic human physiological processes are reviewed.

Recommended prerequisites: Bi 301, 302, PHE 250.

Level: Undergraduate

Community Health Principles & Practices – PHE 446U

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 446U

4

Course Information

Provides an overview of the scope of problems in the field of community health. Examines disease prevention/control, community health service delivery, the structure of official/unofficial agencies, and policy/decision-making processes. Course includes field work in a community health agency.

Level: Undergraduate

Consumer Health Issues – PHE 355U

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 355U

4

Course Information

Identifies and critically analyzes issues related to the production, marketing, and consumption of health-related goods and services. Media messages about consumer health issues are examined; topical and timely research is analyzed.

Level: Undergraduate

Drug Education – PHE 326U

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 326U

4

Course Information

Examines various approaches to drug education with an emphasis on prevention models. Epidemiology of and trends in drug use in the U.S. and effects on society. Reviews current and controversial issues and legal information on drug use effects.

Level: Undergraduate

Environmental Health – PHE 443U

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 443U

4

Course Information

Designed to enable the student to understand and evaluate complex environmental health issues induced by waste products generated by modern technology. Specific topics include water quality, air quality, solid and hazardous waste, occupational health, ionizing and nonionizing radiation, chemical contamination of foods, food additives, animal transmission of disease, noise, and selected current topics.

Level: Undergraduate

Epidemiology – PHE 450

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 450

4

Course Information

Introduces principles and methods of epidemiological investigation of infectious/non-infectious diseases. Illustrates methods by which properly conducted studies of the distribution and dynamic behavior of disease in a population can contribute to understanding of etiologic factors, modes of transmission, and pathogenesis of disease.

Recommended prerequisite: PHE 363

Level: Undergraduate

Film & Health – PHE 351U-001

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 351U-001

4

Course Information

Critically explores public health issues as they are portrayed in popular films and discusses the scientific, social, and political underpinnings of the public health issues portrayed in these movies. Covers diseases such as AIDS, hemorrhagic fever, MS, cancer, leukemia, and multiple chemical sensitivity from both biomedical and social perspectives. Guest speakers from the community will contribute to the discussion.

Level: Undergraduate

Gender/Race/Class/Health – PHE 452U

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 452U

4

Course Information

Emphasizes how the gender-, race-, and class-based organization of society affects the health of our communities. Covers an introduction and historical framework for social inequities in health; describes disparities in health by gender, race, and class; and explores the interplay between these major social forces and the biological mechanisms that influence the occurrence of disease.

Delivery: This is a Hybrid course and is taught partially online (D2L) with reduced in-class time.

Level: Undergraduate

Global Health – PHE 444U

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 444U

4

Course Information

Critically explores global public health issues as they pertain to different populations throughout the world, such as global disease eradication initiatives, environmental and infectious diseases from an international perspective, and discusses health needs of special populations.

Level: Undergraduate

Health & Health Systems – PHE 350-002

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 350-002

4

Course Information

An overview of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services in the United States, with particular emphasis on analysis from professional, organizational, community, and systems perspectives.

Level: Undergraduate

Health Coaching Strategies – PHE 421

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 421

4

Course Information

Concepts and techniques for work with individuals and groups on improving all areas of wellness including fitness, nutrition, weight, stress, and management of life issues that affect health. Program planning theories and models as well as practices for health education, including developing rapport, nonviolent communication, motivational interviewing and practice management. Students gain practical experience through live coaching demonstrations.

Prerequisite: Twelve hours of upper-division coursework in PHE.

Level: Undergraduate

Health Education Techniques & Strategies – PHE 448

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 448

4

Course Information

Introduces students to basic techniques and strategies used in planning and carrying out health education programs in a variety of settings. Special emphasis is given to scope and sequencing skills, objective writing, selection/development of health education resources/materials, and methods for and use of technology in the delivery of health education programs.

Recommended prerequisite: PHE 350

Level: Undergraduate

Human Sexuality – PHE 335U

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 335U

4

Course Information

A survey of the psychological, physiological, and behavioral aspects of human sexuality, with particular emphasis on the influence of popular culture on these dimensions.

Level: Undergraduate

Men’s Health – PHE 445 / 545

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 445/545

4

Course Information

The focus of this course is current men’s health issues. Students have opportunities to critically explore a broad array of men’s health concerns across the life span from a multidisciplinary perspective. Men’s health issues may include such topics as reproductive health, violence, aging, heart disease, depression, and sexuality. The class is taught in an interactive format through group discussion, presentations, and the participation of group speakers. The course focuses on the consideration and critique of current influences on men’s health including the effect of the health care system, male socialization, the impact of the social and cultural factors, and the influence of evolving technology.

Level: 445 for Undergraduate; 545 for Graduate

 

Mind/Body Health: Disease Prevention – PHE 466 / 566

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 466 / 566

4

Course Information

An investigation of the integral relationship between body and mind and how that relationship manifests itself in health, illness, and promotes healing. Philosophical and scientific foundations of mind/body health are explored. Mind/body research and its application within allopathic medicine is examined as is research and practice in complementary fields of medicine and health care.

Graduate students register for the PHE 566 section.

Program Plan Evaluation – PHE 471

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 471

4

Course Information

Examines program planning models for health education. Includes needs assessment; program goals and objectives; program content and methodologies, evaluation, budgeting, and proposal writing. Students will gain practical experience in program planning and evaluation through community-based learning. Field work required.

Recommended prerequisite: twelve hours of upper-division coursework in PHE.

Level: Undergraduate

Research in Health & Fitness – PHE 314

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 314

4

Course Information

Examines basic aspects of scientific research related to health and fitness. Topics include: reading and critically evaluating scientific research reports; reviewing interpretation of basic statistical analyses; investigating the fundamental skills for developing a research plan, including problem selection, literature review, instrumentation, ethics and sampling.

Level: Undergraduate

Stress Management – PHE 275

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 275

4

Course Information

An overview of the physiology of stress, stress triggers, assessment of stress, and stress management techniques and strategies.

Level: Undergraduate

TOP: Maternal & Child Health – PHE 410 / 510

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 410/510

4

Course Information
This course uses a discussion-based format to address maternal and child health as a public health issue. The course will emphasize the importance of the social, political, and economic contexts for maternal and child health. Students will read policy reports, research articles, and more contemporary articles and resources related to maternal and child health issues. In this manner, students will become familiar with both the research and political agenda that dominate the field.
Ultimately, students in this course will be exposed to the major health issues facing mothers and children today and understand how politics and social norms affect maternal and child health.

Graduate students register for the PHE 510 section.

Women & Holistic Health – PHE 451 / 551

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 451 / 551

4

Course Information

Exploring the intersection of three fields –allopathic medicine, women’s health, and complementary therapies– the course examines the emerging field of integrative medicine, highlighting the contributions that women care givers and healers have made to its development. An overview of common women’s health concerns provides the opportunity to compare and contrast essential elements of holistic treatment approaches with those of allopathic medicine.

Undergraduate students register for the PHE 451 section; Graduate students register for the PHE 551 section.

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