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Required Courses by Department

Full-Time MPH Program

Biostatistics

Intermediate Biostatistics
PBHL 620
Intermediate Biostatistics is a required course for the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program of Study, Concentration in Epidemiology and in Biostatistics. It covers topics in epidemiological statistics, nonparametric statistics, consulting skills, choices of techniques, and data cleaning.
3 credits

Intermediate Biostatistics II
PBHL 621
The course reinforces the basic biostatistics and data management skills acquired in the intermediate Biostatistics I (PBHL 620) course with more focus being on model assumption and fit assessment.
3 credits

Introduction to Biostatistics Theory
PBHL 622
Introduction to Biostatistics Theory is a required course for the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program of Study, Concentration in Biostatistics. This is an introductory course in probability and the theory of biostatistics that will include the introduction of the probability distributions, as well as focusing on underlying theoretical foundations
3 credits

Intermediate Epidemiology
PBHL 630
Intermediate Epidemiology is a required course for the Master of Public Health Program of Study, Concentration in Epidemiology and in Biostatistics. This course expands basic methods used in epidemiologic thinking and research.
3 credits

Community Health and Prevention

Multicultural Competence
PBHL 670
The goal of this course is to equip students already versed in the fundamentals of public health principles with additional practice skills and knowledge in cultural competency. Implicit in the term cultural competence is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, and value enabling people to work effectively across cultures.
3 credits

Theory and Practice of Health Promotion
PBHL 671
This course introduces public health students to the theoretical foundation of community and population-based health promotion. The course emphasizes theories and models for individual and planned social and community change designed to improve health; and the application and impact of theoretical constructs in designing intervention strategies.
3 credits

Theory and Practice of Health Communication
PBHL 672
The practice of public health is complete and competent with a strong set of communication skills and a working knowledge of communication theory. This course is designed to train public health practitioners in the steps required in developing, implementing, and evaluating health communication interventions.
3 credits

Outcome Assessment in CHP
PBHL 673
This course is designed to review the principles of identifying short-term, mid-term and long-term outcomes and how these are linked to program goals, objectives, mission, and vision. Topics include selecting outcomes in conjunction with the community, and strategies for design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
3 credits

Environmental and Occupational Health

Environmental Hazard Assessment
PBHL 641
This required course will provide students with a general understanding of the recognition and evaluation of chemical, physical and biological hazards. Particular emphasis will be placed on airborne hazard evaluation theory and methods. Students will become familiar with commonly used industrial hygiene equipment through participation in laboratory and field exercises.
3 credits

Environmental Toxicology
PBHL 645
Environmental Toxicology is a required course. This course will provide students with a basic and applied understanding of the recognition and evaluation of chemical, physical and biological hazards in the environment and workplace. The course will address toxicology as it applies to environmental exposures, legal implications and prevention.
3 credits

Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology
PBHL 647
Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology for Public Health is a required course for the Masters of Public Health program of study, concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health. Students will develop an understanding of occupational and environmental epidemiologic methods. Particular emphasis will be placed on the critical analysis of published occupational epidemiologic studies. Students will gain an understanding of the most appropriate methods for assessing exposure/disease relationships for several occupational and environmental exposures and diseases.
3 credits

Epidemiology

Intermediate Biostatistics I
PBHL 620
Intermediate Epidemiology is a required course for the Master of Public Health Program of Study, Concentration in Epidemiology and in Biostatistics. This course expands basic methods used in epidemiologic thinking and research.
3 credits

Intermediate Epidemiology
PBHL 630
Intermediate Epidemiology is a required course for the Master of Public Health Program of Study, Concentration in Epidemiology and in Biostatistics. This course expands basic methods used in epidemiologic thinking and research.
3 credits

Applied Survey Research in Epidemiology
PBHL 632
Applied Survey Research in Epidemiology is a required course for the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program of Study, Concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. This course addresses theoretical and practical aspects pertinent to the conduct of survey research in human populations. Practical requirements for research proposal development are covered.
3 credits

Epidemiology for Public Health Practice
PBHL 634
Epidemiology for Public Health covers application of epidemiologic procedures to the understanding of the occurrence and control of conditions such as infections and chronic diseases in human populations. Emphasis will be on the understanding of core epidemiologic concepts and the review of public health epidemiology studies.
3 credits

Health Management and Policy

Students are required to choose 2 Micro Theory and Practice Courses and 2 Macro Theory and Practice Courses.

Micro Theory and Practice Courses:

Management of Healthcare Outcomes
PBHL 601
This course addresses the management of healthcare outcomes from several perspectives: patient, patient care and health systems.  It explores how absolute clinical outcomes are impacted by intermediate outcomes in health delivery and how these are evaluated from an economic outcomes perspective.  It also addresses disparities observed in achieving health outcomes.
3 credits

Managing a Public Health Agency
PBHL 602
This course addresses current and transforming issues in public health policy and management, examines the history of each issue and analyzes forces that have led to new policy or management approaches.  A key goal of the course is to build critical thinking, effective management approaches and creativity skills.
3 credits

The Business of Healthcare:  Advanced Healthcare Financial Management
PBHL 603
Financial management is a course designed for non-financial healthcare managers.  Using the case study approach, it offers an introduction to the most-used tools and techniques of health care financial management.  There is a particular focus on fundamentals including business ethics, planning, budgeting and financial analysis.
3 credits

Strategy, Innovation & Change Management in Public Health
PBHL 605
This course prepares students for management responsibilities in delivering new health services.  The course focuses on developing strategies to adopt innovative services and management techniques necessary to implement changes.
3 credits

Macro Theory and Practice Courses:

Evolution of US Health Policy
PBHL 607
This is a reading intensive seminar in the evolution of the US health system and history of 20th century US health policy: how it is adapted and the cyclic interest—and disinterest—in universal healthcare coverage.
3 credits

Issues in US Health Policy
PBHL 609
This course introduces students to a selected set of health policy issues facing the US today, and that will challenge the nation in the forseeable future.  Emphasis is placed on effective program definition and the identification of politically feasible solutions to the policy issues being studied.
3 credits

Historical & Contemporary Developments in Social Justice
PBHL 618
This course will cover direct and indirect links between public health policies, political circumstances, social and economic conditions and effects on the health of individuals and populations using the human rights framework.
3 credits

Legal Issues in Public Health
PBHL 651
This course covers legal and policy issues in the implementation of public health programs.  It emphasizes underlying themes that frame efforts to protect the health of the public.
3 credits

Introduction to Health Economics
PBHL 852
This is the first course in a 2-course sequence in health economics. This course provides an introduction to economic theory related to health and health care; the second course focuses on empirical methods related to the study of the economics of health and health care. Topics covered in this course include: historical trends in health expenditures, an introduction to cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, economic analysis of the Affordable Care Act, determinants of the demand for medical care, and health insurance and problems in health insurance markets (adverse selection and moral hazard). Previous college-level coursework in economics is recommended but not required. Students are expected to have facility with high school algebra (including the understanding and graphing of functions).
3 credits