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Course Schedules

Course Schedules by Term

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Interprofessional Education Course Schedule

Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enhance collaboration and improve health outcomes. At least 1 credit of interprofessional education is required by all MPH degree programs.

Most courses with OHSU subject code IPE (Inter-Professional Education) or UNI (University Curriculum) satisfy the interprofessional education requirement. Other courses may also serve; consult your advisor. For a list of IPE and UNI courses, descriptions, and their intended schedule, download this spreadsheet.This list is subject to change — contact the course instructor if you would like to enroll.

SPH Course Descriptions

Descriptions of all School of Public Health courses can also be found in the course catalog of the most recent edition of the PSU Bulletin.

Statistical Learning & Big Data – BSTA 522

Course Code Credit

BSTA 522

3

Course Information

This course is designed to introduce statistical methods for machine learning and new emerging challenges in big data analysis. In recent years, statistical machine learning has played a crucial role in informatics and data science. Ever increasing data size creates new challenges for traditional statistical learning and this is an active research area. This course will cover traditional statistical learning methods as well as newer methods for such challenges.

Prerequisites:

  1. BSTA 511/611 Estimation and Hypothesis Testing for Applied Biostatistics
  2. BSTA 512/612 Linear Models

Statistical Methods for Next Generation Sequencing Data – BSTA 524

Course Code Credit

BSTA 524

3

Course Information

This course is designed to introduce the statistical theory and methods for next generation sequencing data (NGS). In recent years, NGS has been the choice of platform for genomic studies. Due to the high dimensionality of NGS, it provides unique challenges in statistical analysis and requires different statistical methods. Although NGS data are the main focus, the theory and methods are applicable to other high dimensional data such as microarray and proteomics. This course will cover statistical theory and methods specialized for NGS and other high dimensional data. It is strongly recommended that students bring their own laptop computers to classes given.

Prerequisites

BSTA 512 / 612, "Linear Models"

Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials – BSTA 517

Course Code Credit

BSTA 517

3

Course Information

This is an online course designed for students and researchers who are interested in learning statistical methods in the design and analysis of clinical trials. Students are expected to have certain statistical background in order to gain deep understanding to the topics covered in this course. Topics to be discussed in the course include introduction to clinical trials, fundamentals of Bayesian statistics, sample size computation for trials with dichotomous, continuous and time-to-event outcomes, methods of randomization, design challenges for oncology clinical trials, Bayesian methods in clinical trials, adaptive clinical trial design and designs for predictive biomarkers.

Prerequisites

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

Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations – HSMP 576

Course Code Credit

HSMP 576

3

Course Information

This course provides prospective and current health care managers with the tools necessary to successfully manage their departments/organizations in a strategic manner. Course content will build upon the basic methods of strategic planning and management, with special attention paid addressing and managing the problems and challenges specific to the health care industry.

Prerequisites

HSMP 541, "Organizational Behavior in Public Health Service Organizations"; HSMP 574, "Health Systems Organization"; and co-requisite HSMP 587, "Financial Management of Health Services."

Stress Management – PHE 275

Course Code Credit

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

Teaching and Learning in Health Promotion & Social Work – PHE 626

Course Code Credit

PHE 626

3

Course Information

This course focuses on pedagogical theory and practice in professional settings. Students develop skills to design, evaluate, and implement effective curriculum and instruction across settings: academic classrooms, community contexts, and research projects. Topics include educational theory, course design, learning and teaching strategies, assessment, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

Cross Listed with SW 626.

TOP: Maternal & Child Health – PHE 410 / 510

Course Code Credit

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.

Urban & Community Health – PHE 546

Course Code Credit

PHE 546

3

Course Information

Examines the social factors associated with urban health and quality of life, such as social class, gender inequalities, and racism. Emphasis will be placed upon community development and collective responses to the maintenance of health rather than upon individualized health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

Values & Ethics in Health – HSMP 573 / 673

Course Code Credit

HSMP 573/673

3

Course Information

This course addresses issues and questions regarding values and ethics in health, with particular attention to public health practice and health policy and management. It provides students with opportunities to consider issues in health and social services that challenge values and pose ethical issues, and assists students in addressing these issues in the context of both personal and organizational values and beliefs. Specific course content includes, but is not limited to, ethical issues such as reproductive issues, emerging diseases, product liability, pharmaceutical controls, advertising, occupational and environmental issues, and research dilemmas.

Doctoral students register for the HSMP 673 section.

Prerequisites

Completion of at least 30 credits.

Women & Holistic Health – PHE 451 / 551

Course Code Credit

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.

Women’s Reproductive Health – PHE 453 / 553

Course Code Credit

PHE 453 / 553

4

Course Information

Critical review of current public health and socio-political issues in women’s reproductive health. Both national and international topics are discussed. Students apply health knowledge in identifying and seeking solutions to the issues which concern health care providers, consumers, and policy makers.

Graduate students register for the PHE 553 section.

Work Experience/Internship – EPI 504

Course Code Credit

EPI 504

3 or 6

Course Information

Practicum experience in on-site public health and preventive medicine organizations. Application of principles and skills in public health to real situations under the guidance of professionals in the field. A report integrating knowledge and experience will be required. Arrangements for suitable sites will be made in consultation with the student’s graduate advisor.