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Management Practice & QI in Health Care – CPH 528 / 628

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

CPH 528 / 628

3

Course Information

This course is designed to introduce graduate students to leadership and management, focusing on effective strategies for creating a productive work environment through techniques such as conflict resolution, building collaborative teams and leading change and improvement. Issues of measuring, managing and improving the quality of health care will also be addressed. Current national efforts in performance measures in public health (the quadruple aim) are discussed. Case studies taken from public health departments and other settings will be used to master problem solving skills, engage in quality improvement processes, and present findings to an audience using audiovisual technology.

Doctoral students register for the CPH 628 section.

Mass Media & Health – PHE 540

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 540

3

Course Information

MPH Health Promotion students take EITHER (a) PHE 540, “Mass Media and Health” – OR – (b) PHE 541, “Media Advocacy.”

Examine the use and effectiveness of mass media to both report the news about health and to promote changes of action in health-related areas. Students will be required to critique media health messages regarding their objectivity and the extent to which they are comprehensive.

Prerequisites

PHE 512, "Principles of Health Behavior I"

Mathematical Statistics I – BSTA 551

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

BSTA 551

3

Course Information

Mathematical Statistics I is the first course of a two term course (BSTA 551 & 552) covering the foundations of statistical inference. It is targeted to graduate students majoring in biostatistics and other disciplines requiring an understanding of statistical theory. The course starts with a review of the probability theory that is the basis for that inference. We will then focus on principles of data reduction and estimation (frequentist and Bayesian methods). We will also introduce hypothesis testing, time permitting.

Prerequisites:

  1. BSTA 550 Introduction to Probability
  2. Differential and integral calculus

Mathematical Statistics II – BSTA 552

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

BSTA 552

3

Course Information

The objectives of the two term sequence are to (1) provide students with fundamental principles for conducting statistical inference both via estimation and hypothesis testing and (2) develop the mathematical skills for applying these principles in new situations. In the first term we focus on principles of data reduction and estimation, but will also introduce hypothesis testing if time permits. In the second term we focus on hypothesis testing, interval estimation, and asymptotic results.

Prerequisites:

  • BSTA 551 Mathematical Statistics I (passing grade of “B” or better)
  • BSTA 550 Introduction to Probability
  • Differential and integral calculus

Media Advocacy & Public Health – PHE 541

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 541

3

Course Information

MPH Health Promotion students take EITHER (a) PHE 541, “Media Advocacy” – OR – (b) PHE 540, “Mass Media & Health.”

Provides students with an understanding of the role of media advocacy in advancing public health policies to promote health. The course uses lectures, group exercises, and case studies to illustrate basic concepts and skills related to media advocacy. Topics covered include: gaining access to the news, framing issues from a public health perspective, and the use of paid advertising to advance policy. Content areas include tobacco, violence, handguns, suicide, alcohol, and other public health issues.

Prerequisites

PHE 512 or CPH 537, "Principles of Health Behavior I"

Medicine & Public Health Seminar – EPI 507

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 507

1

Course Information

This course will involve a series of public health/epidemiology seminar sessions with a presentation-discussions format focused on issues of interest to both clinicians and public health practitioners, particularly those relevant to the interface between medicine and public health.

 

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

 

Mentored Epi Research – EPI 650

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 650

1-6

Course Information

This course is based on moving the skill set of prior epidemiologic methods, research, and biostatistical courses into a deeper contemplation and synthesis across methods and theories in epidemiology. The course is intended primarily for doctoral students in epidemiology and is an elective for the PhD in Epidemiology students. MPH students in the epidemiology track and other PhD students may take the course with permission from their individual instructor.

Grade mode: Pass / No Pass.

Mentored Epi Teaching – EPI 660

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 660

1

Course Information

This course is intended to provide a guided, mentored teaching experience for doctoral students in Epidemiology. In addition to typical and course-specific teaching assistant (TA) duties that support the teaching faculty member/course instructor, PhD epidemiology graduates will be provided basic-level preparation for independent teaching. Each TA is expected to perform some or all of the following duties: 1. Prepare for and hold office hours for student enrolled in the course they have been assigned to, 2. Support on-line (Sakai) teaching website for the course, if needed for the course (students must complete a TA confidentiality form for these Sakai activities and submit to the OHSU Teaching and Learning Center). 3. Support the development and distribution of course materials for students and the instructor. 4. Support the evaluation of students’ assigned work, including homework, quizzes and tests, term papers, small group activities, computer-lab assignments, etc. 5. Prepare and deliver one or more course sessions under the supervisor of the faculty/course instructor mentor.

Grade mode: Pass / No Pass.

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.

Mind/Body Health: Human Potential – PHE 467 / 567

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 467 / 567

4

Course Information

Theory and research in the human potential movement is integrated with research in mind/body medicine to produce an expanded understanding of human transformative capacities. Transformative practices including meditation, yoga, imagery, biofeedback, and sport are examined. Elements common to all transformative practices are identified.

Graduate students register for the PHE 567 section.

Prerequisites

Expected preparation: PHE 466/566.

Organizational Behavior in Health Service Organizations – HSMP 541 / 641

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

HSMP 541/641

3

Course Information

Provides an overview of organizational theory and behavior in health services organizations. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of the factors and forces which influence the organization, behavior, and operations of health services delivery organizations through consideration of organizations, their environments, and the roles of individuals working in management.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 641 section.

Prerequisites

Recommended corequisite: HSMP 574, "Health Systems Org."

Perspectives and Program Development – CPH 523 / 623

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

CPH 523 / 623

3

Course Information

This online course will examine the contextual factors of primary health care and global health disparities. Current trends in global health will be described and discussed utilizing research, best practices, international guidelines, and expert opinion. Students will gain a broadened perspective on the impact of primary care interventions in international venues. Students will develop an increased understanding of the complexities associated with global health disparities, interventions, and development.

Doctoral students register for the CPH 623 section.

PhD Epidemiology Methods Seminar – EPI 610

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

EPI 610

3

Course Information

This advanced doctoral-level course synthesizes across students’ prior training in epidemiology, biostatistics, applied research, and the disciplines/content areas that are required for students’ doctoral research. Building on this foundation, and drawing from doctoral students’ and the instructor’s expertise, this course aims to facilitate the intellectual development required to conduct and present original epidemiologic research.

Population Health: Policy and Practice Implications – HSMP 581 / 681

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

HSMP 581 / 681

3

Course Information

Introduction to concepts of population health as they relate to policy and practice. In addition to exploring various meanings of the term “population health”, the course considers three primary drivers of population health: long-term demographic trends (e.g., population aging, immigration, fertility); social and economic policies (including health policy); and characteristics of the healthcare system. Special emphasis is placed on translating knowledge into effective policies and practice to address population health.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 681 section.

Prac: Organizational Experience – HSMP 509

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

HSMP 509

3 or 6

Course Information

Consent of instructor required. Students must attend the 509 orientation prior to registering. Please register for this course if you are a MPH:HMP student. If you are a MPA:HA student, please register for PAH 509.

Principles of Health Behavior I – PHE 512

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

PHE 512

3

Course Information

Presents an overview of the biological, psychological, behavioral, sociocultural, and environmental factors that function in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. Theories developed to explain health and illness behaviors at intrapersonal, interpersonal, and group/community levels are introduced. Ethical issues involved in health-related behavior change are examined. Satisfies the core M.P.H. requirement. Recommended prerequisite: graduate standing.

Principles of Occupational Health – ESHH 521

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

ESHH 521

4

Course Information

Students will learn about the current Total Worker Health approach to creating safe and healthful work environments, focusing on workplace hazards and the methods and strategies for their elimination or control. Topics are expected to include occupational health professions, evaluation of hazards and the hierarchy of controls, chemical and physical hazards, psychosocial issues, shift work, workers’ compensation and health care, global and emerging issues, special and priority populations (guided by faculty research and student interest), contingent and informal working populations, and workplace interventions (e.g., policy, organizational systems, engineering, job design, ergonomics, leadership, selection and training, and behavior change).

Prerequisites

Env. Health Survey

Professionalism, Ethics & Systems Thinking in Public Health – CPH 535 / 635

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

CPH 535/635

3

Course Information

Using a case-based format, this course explores key underlying theoretical and professional principles, ethical practices and systems thinking in public health. In-depth examination of sentinel cases will be used to prepare the student for leadership roles in community and public health.

Doctoral students register in the CPH 635 section.

Program Evaluation & Management in Health Services – HSMP 588

Course Code Credit Terms Offered Instructors Course Delivery

HSMP 588

3

Course Information

Introduces the theory and practice of program evaluation in the health services system. Includes multiple methods and uses of evaluation from the perspectives of managers, health professionals, and health services researchers, with an emphasis on the utilization of evaluation findings in program planning and management in health services. Course learning will be synthesized through a community-based learning experience involving working with a community partner to develop an evaluation framework and methodology for an existing or proposed health program.