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Course Descriptions

core courses

Required Courses by Department (for MPH)
Elective Courses by Department (for MPH)


Core Course Descriptions, Full-Time MPH Program

First Year Students

Introduction to Public Health
PBHL 516 Fall Quarter
Introduces and investigates the history, issues, function and context of public health, community health and health systems.
2 credits

Principles of Biostatistics
PBHL 520 Fall Quarter
Introduces and applies the biostatistics tools and analytical base for population-based and community health assessment and evaluation. The focus is on providing a broad and basic understanding of biostatistics, with more advanced methods included as appropriate.
4 credits

Principles of Epidemiology
PBHL 530 Winter Quarter
Introduces and applies the principles of epidemiology and study design needed to support population-based and community-health assessment and evaluation. Basic and more advanced methods are covered as appropriate, with applications to public health and community contexts, and integration with biostatistics.
4 credits

Prevention Principles and Practices
PBHL 540 Fall Quarter
Focuses on how individuals and groups approach issues of health behavior, health communication, and health promotion. The goal of this course is to provide basic knowledge of social and behavioral science theories, models and research methods.
4 credits

Management, Leadership, Assurance and Health Services
PBHL 600 Spring Quarter
Explores critical elements of assurance from the premise that effectiveness of program delivery and the assurance role itself requires understanding of organizations, leadership and change, in economic, strategic, and systemic context. Applies management concepts and theories through an integrated model of the management process. Extends, applies, and integrates previously developed concepts and theories with those of strategy, planning, accounting, financial management, and information systems.
3 credits

Environmental Health
PBHL 640 Winter Quarter
Introduces environmental health issues and effective management of environmental exposures. The specific topics covered during this course include safe drinking water, air quality, hazardous waste disposal, environmental disease clusters and bioterrorism.
4 credits

Public Policy and Advocacy
PBHL 650 Winter Quarter
This course introduces students to a selected set of health policy issues facing the US today, and that will challenge the nation in the foreseeable future. Emphasis is placed on effective problem definition and the identification of politically feasible solutions to the policy issues being studied.
3 credits

Second Year Students
Required Second Year Courses by Department
Elective Second Year Courses by Department