Public Health

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Majors and Minors

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This course introduces and describes the U.S. healthcare delivery system, including public health as a system. The topics covered include the overall planning, organization, management, evaluation, and quality of health systems, health policy events, and ethics and human rights. Specifically, this course examines public health and healthcare policy from a public health perspective. Federal, state, and local health policies will be reviewed.

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This course is an introduction to public health education where students gain an understanding of the various ways in which people learn and develop a variety of skills to create effective learning teaching and strategies. Participants will also develop foundational skills in relation to instruction, as well as the use of philosophical and theoretical concepts to successfully implement educational content regarding health education and health promotion in public health.

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This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of research study design, methods and data collection. An introduction to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods mixed method and approaches to research, as well as ethical issues in conducting research. Through texts, articles from the public health literature and course work, students will build skills for research evaluation.

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This course centers itself with the administration, leadership, and management of public health care systems. Course content includes financing, process improvement, legal and ethical issues, development of policies and public health programs, and the delivery of health services by public health.

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This course provides an overview of social determinants of health, and focuses on significant social, cultural, and bio-behavioral factors of health. Exploration of health behavior, issues related to social and behavioral interventions, and policies aimed at improving community and population health will be addressed.

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This course introduces epidemiological background, basic principles and methods of public health epidemiology. It provides learners with a look at study design and the causes and patterns of health, illness, and death in different populations. Topics for discussion also include the biological, behavioral, sociocultural and environmental factors associated with the etiology and distribution of health and disease.

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This course will explore the communication demands of public health. Current issues and problems in health care systems that relate to communication will be examined. Communication strategies to achieve health care goals of both the individual and populations will be examined. Investigation of health literacy, health communication theory, and the strengthening of both verbal and written skills will take place.

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This course introduces the basic principles and methods of data analysis in public health biostatistics. Emphasis is placed on public health concepts such as sampling, study design, descriptive statistics, probability, statistical distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, chi-square tests, t-tests, analysis of variance, linear regression and correlation.

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This course is designed to provide training and education on public health preparedness and response to large-scale emergencies and disasters. The course builds upon and reinforces basic public health skills and awareness. The learner will be introduced to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors required for competency in public health preparedness and emergency response.

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This course explores the personal, social, and environmental factors that influence health-related behaviors as well as the role of individuals, groups, institutions, social structures, and policy in the promotion of health behaviors. The course focuses on behavior change theories and the application of these theories to health promotion.

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This course covers a wide range of topics in environmental health sciences. Students will be provided with a general introduction to the core concepts of environmental health which include toxicology, epidemiology and risk assessment, and ways to examine the environmental health issues by applying core concepts. Environmental health issues in both developed and developing countries will be explored.

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This course focuses on individual and societal health-related decisions about interventions to improve health and prevent disease. Topics covered include the effect of social, economic, ethical, environmental, cultural, and political factors on different communities and populations.

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This introductory course provides a look at essential concepts of global health issues. Learners will apply these concepts to current global health challenges through course assignments, classroom engagement, and assigned reading. Throughout the course, students will gain critical and creative-thinking experience in applying tools and frameworks towards addressing diverse global health needs of diverse high-risk vulnerable populations at individual and societal levels.

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Students will enroll in the public health internship course in their final semester of the Public Health Program. This internship experience draws on students’ experience in the core areas of public health, and their additional concentration coursework. Students will integrate the skills and knowledge gained throughout the program and learn critical elements of public health practice in an approved setting.

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This course will introduce students to basic principles of public health which include ways to understand and improve the health and well-being of both individuals and populations. Exploration of public health history, the public health system, the relationship between public health and health care systems, and the role of regulation and governmental issues in public health will be examined.

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Last updated: 06/28/2021