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Health & Social Inequalities – PHE 522 / 622

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 522/622

3

Course Information

Introduction to historical and theoretical foundations for social epidemiology; investigates the conceptualization and measurement of different social determinants of health using a lifecourse approach; explores how the “embodiment” of social forces influence disease processes; and examines different actions (i.e., behavioral, clinical, social, legislative and political) used to eliminate health inequities within our local, national and international communities.

Doctoral students register for the PHE 622 section.

Health Aspects of Aging – PHE 456

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 456

4

Course Information

Examination of health-related changes that occur with aging. Review of current scientific literature with an investigation of physiological mechanisms responsible for changes in functional capacity throughout life. Explores the role of physical activity and nutrition in healthy aging.

Not offered in AY18-19.

Health Care Law & Regulation – HSMP 577 / 677

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

HSMP 577/677

3

Course Information

This course is intended to be an introduction to the American legal system and the laws that affect public health and health care. Initially, the course focuses on public legal relationships between governments and individuals, and proceeds to review private legal relationships between individuals or organizations. It reviews the source of laws affecting health care, the basics of constitutional law, the right to privacy, state and federal regulation of health care, and negligence in health care. It wraps up with an introduction to cutting edge health care issues such as health care fraud and abuse compliance and medical record privacy.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 677 section.

Prerequisites

HSMP 571 and HSMP 574

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

Health Information Technology (IT) & Systems Management – HSMP 579

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

HSMP 579

3

Course Information

Advances in information technology are driving fundamental changes throughout health care and transforming the health care industry. Students will gain an understanding how to manage and use health information technology systems. The course will identify the various types of health care information systems, and assess the key issues confronting the management of such systems, including business needs, the relationship between organizational needs and technology capabilities, and the management and control of IT resources in a variety of health-related organizational settings.

Prerequisites

HSMP 574

Health Policy – HSMP 571 / 671

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

HSMP 571/671

3

Course Information

Centers on an investigation of the public policy process as it affects the healthcare field. Specific health care policies and programs are used to explore the characteristics of the health care policy process and the factors involved in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of health care policies and programs.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 671 section.

Prerequisites

Recommended co-requisite: HSMP 574, "Health Systems Org."

Health Promotion Program Planning – PHE 550

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 550

4

Course Information

Addresses practical applications of health promotion theories. Presents examples of planning, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion programs in a variety of settings as guides for the development of health promotion programs.

Health Services Human Resources Mgmt – HSMP 580

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

HSMP 580

3

Course Information
Overview of human resources within the context of health care organizations. Focus on the practical application of human resources management principles in the work setting through discussion of situations common in health care environments. Elements of the situation evaluated from the health care employee and health care manager perspectives. Examples of techniques, forms, and tools will be discussed.
Prerequisites

HSMP 574

Health Systems Organization – HSMP 574 / 674

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

HSMP 574 / 674

3

Course Information

This course introduces basic concepts and issues in the organization, financing, and delivery of health services. The emphasis is on the systemic aspects of health services production and delivery which address the health needs of populations with respect to death, disease, disability, discomfort, and dissatisfaction. Students will examine the inter-relationships of system structures, subsystems, and processes, as well as their interactions with the larger social, cultural, economic and political environments in which they exist. The focus is on the United States, with international comparisons used to illustrate similarities and differences.

 

HIV/AIDS Epidemiology – EPI 556

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 556

3

Course Information

The course will start with a review of the known characteristics and pathology of the human immunodeficiency virus infection and the pathogenesis of the clinical acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Biological and behavioral factors that determine the risks of transmission of the HIV infection will be emphasized and public health prevention strategies will be evaluated. The global HIV epidemic will be considered along with the impact of HIV infection on vulnerable populations, especially women and children. Ethical factors and the impact of stigma will be discussed.

Prerequisite: EPI 512, “Epidemiology I”

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

Infectious Disease Epidemiology – EPI 568 / 668

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 568 / 668

2

Course Information

This course provides students with an opportunity to apply epidemiologic principles to infectious disease, including implementation of control measures based on epidemiologic investigation. It includes a didactic section on specific infectious diseases, followed by a classroom study of both endemic and epidemic outbreaks. There will be in-class exercises on each of the infectious diseases, including the testing of hypotheses based on epidemiologic findings leading to a discussion of control measures.

Doctoral students register for the EPI 668 section.

Recommended Prerequisite: EPI 512, “Epidemiology I”

Intl/Global Health Epidemiology – EPI 567

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 567

3

Course Information

This course challenges students to apply epidemiological principles to address problems and diseases found in lower income nations and among displaced persons in the context of a matrix of social, political, economic, resource-poor, and ethical “environments.” Instructor will provide necessary background regarding health issues to stimulate discussion and analysis aimed at preventing or mitigating complex impediments to health.

Prerequisites:

  1. BSTA 511/611 Estimation & Hypothesis Testing -or- BSTA 525 Introduction to Biostatistics
  2. EPI 512 Epidemiology I

Intro Rsrch/Proposal Designs – EPI 540 / 640

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 540 / 640

3

Course Information

This course provides an introduction to research design and proposal writing. It builds upon concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics to enable students to develop a study plan to conduct public health research that is efficient, effective, and ethical. Writing a research proposal is a skill necessary in the professional practice of public health. During this course, students will prepare a written proposal that includes a concise statement of the research question, testable hypotheses, appropriate specific aims, and a plan of work. Students will learn how to formulate a logical argument to establish the significance of their question and to defend their approach. All of the elements of the study plan will be developed, including choice of design, sample size and power, sampling design and recruitment of subjects, measurement of predictor and outcome variables, control of bias and confounding, and statistical analysis. Limited time will be spent on an introduction to budget development and project management. The major product of the course is the completion of a research proposal, which will be prepared according to the submission requirements of a federal funding agency.

Doctoral students register in the EPI 640 section.

Recommended Prerequisite: EPI 512, “Epidemiology I”

Intro to the Etiology of Disease – PHE 519

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 519

3

Course Information

The biological and molecular bases of public health: the immune system, genomics, environmental exposures. The evidence-based role of biology in ecological models of population health, its integration in disease prevention and control policies and programs. Effects of behavior on biology. Legal, social, ethical issues will be considered.

Introduction to Biostatistics – BSTA 525

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

BSTA 525

4

Course Information

The goal of this course is to cover the broad range of statistical methods used in health sciences. Methods of summarizing data through graphical displays and numerical measures will be discussed. Basic probability concepts will be explored to establish the basis for statistical inference. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing will be studied with emphasis in applying these methods to relevant situations. Both normal theory and non-parametric approaches will be studied. Course focus will be to understand when to use basic statistical methods how to compute tests to statistics and how to interpret results. Computer applications (using SPSS) are included as part of the course.

 

Introduction to Health Economics – HSMP 586 / 686

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

HSMP 586 / 686

3

Course Information
Focuses on defining and measuring the performance of the health care sector, defining and explaining microeconomic concepts, and evaluating various policy initiatives to improve efficiency, equity, and technological progress in health care. Specific topics include description of the health care industry, production of health, measurement of health care price changes, theory of demand for health care, theory of production and cost, measurement of inputs and outputs, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, and structure and functioning of markets.
In addition, the role of government in a private economy in dealing with market failure is discussed, especially as it relates to the goal of assuring universal access to health care. Does not require any specific preparation in economics or mathematics, although graphical presentation of economic concepts is emphasized.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 686 section.

Prerequisites

Recommended co-requisite: HSMP 574, "Health Systems Org."

Introduction to Probability – BSTA 550

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

BSTA 550

3

Course Information

This course is designed to introduce histroy, concepts and distributions in probability, Monte Carlo simulation techniques, and Markov chains. Students will also learn how to write R codes for various statistical computations and plots. Previous experience in R is not required. R is free software available from http://www.r-project.org.

Prerequisites: One year of calculus (2 semesters or 3 quarters).

Linear Models – BSTA 512 / 612

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

BSTA 512/612

4

Course Information

This course is the second course in the required sequence for all Graduate Biostatistics program, the MPH Epidemiology track, and the PhD Epidemiology program. This course expands on the analyses techniques presented in BSTA 511. In particular, we focus on multiple regression analysis and various analysis of variance techniques ending with a conceptual overview of techniques for correlated continuous outcomes (i.e., random effects and repeated measures). Classes consist of lecture, examples of data analysis and Stata and/or R computer application techniques. Written homework assignments and data analysis projects are used to assist in mastery of the analysis methods.

Doctoral students register for the BSTA 612 section.

Prerequisites

BSTA 511 / 611, "Estimation & Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics."