Public Health

MPH 510 Basic Research Methodology (1)

This course focuses on basic statistics, fundamentals of research design, research-report development, program evaluation, needs assessment, and ethical and legal aspects of research are explored. Primary emphasis is on interpretation of research data and appropriate application to professional practice.

MPH 520 Public Health Issues: Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (4)

This course provides an introduction to the field of public health from a local, national and global perspective. Article reviews and reading will be required, with associated lectures, presentations and guest presenters.

MPH 600 Environmental and Occupational Health (4)

This course will describe and analyze environmental and occupational factors that affect the health status of human populations. Students will develop knowledge and skills in the application of basic principles and identifying exposure pathways in various environmental/occupational settings as well as assessment and monitoring methodologies related to environmental/occupational health issues.

MPH 610 Research (1-4)

This course provides the opportunity to perform research under the guidance of a faculty adviser toward a paper, presentation or special project in a public health area of interest to the student. The student will be required to present their work-product in the form of a presentation during the special topics course.

MPH 620 Public Health and the Global Community (4)

This course will expose the student to the growing complexity of public health issues affecting the developing world. The student will develop knowledge and skills to prepare them to understand and confront issues of a global consequence, including emerging communicable disease (e.g. HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, Ebola, avian influenza), environmental hazards (e.g. food security, deforestation, climate change), chronic disease (e.g. obesity, diabetes and associated health consequences) and disaster preparedness and response (e.g. hurricanes, earthquakes and biological and chemical terrorist attacks).

MPH 630 Internship/Field Experience (4)

This course provides the student with the opportunity to apply public health academic theory and acquired skills to community problems in a supervised, clinical public health environment. The student may request a site of his or her own choosing for this field experience, with permission of the program director. Otherwise the student will be assigned to an established public health site already affiliated with the program.

MPH 640 Clinical Epidemiology and Evidenced Based Medicine (4)

This course focuses on the application of epidemiology in a clinical setting. The emphasis is medically defined populations, utilizing evidence based medical principles as opposed to statistically formulated disease trends derived from examination of larger population categories.

MPH 650 Special Topics in Public Health (4)

The student will analyze and discuss interesting and contemporary topics, and review published literature, in public health. Invited speakers and faculty will present issues for discussion and review, and fellow students will present the results of their research papers or projects in public health.

MPH 655 Global Health Challenges and Current Issues (4)

This course discusses, in-depth, the global context of public health including principles underlying global health and the dimensions of public health particular to international settings. Emphasis will be placed on the issues and challenges to world health that transcend geopolitical boundaries, and the wide array of forces that impact these health issues. Focus areas will include the impact of globalization; health disparities, social and gender inequity; infectious disease; nutrition; maternal and child health; wars and civil conflicts; resources and environmental issues; and disaster response and management.

MPH 660 Global Health Issues and Applications in the Field (4)

This course prepares students for fieldwork in the global public health arena. Emphasis is on models of leadership and effectiveness under field conditions, understanding cross-cultural collaboration with local community stakeholders and program development, engaging humanitarian efforts, understanding the importance of organizational development and capacity building, fluency in social and cultural competency and issues related to personal preparedness in living outside the U.S. for an extended period of time.

MPH 665 Global Health In-Country Field Experience (4)

This travel abroad course compares the practice and venues of public health as they occur in another country with those in the U.S. Health issues unique to and associated with the country will be identified, examined and evaluated. Safe, empathetic and culturally appropriate participation in the public health activities of the country will be encouraged.

HSA 515 Principles of Health Services Administration (4)

This course provides an overview of health delivery systems, organizational theory, and the conceptual basis of traditional and executive leadership roles in healthcare facilities. Emphasis will be on the application of theory and best practice standards to the demands of the health business environment, and the development of leadership skills and competencies through a wide array of specialty topics including: strategic planning, organizational structure, performance and change, organizational communication, motivation and problem solving.

HSA 520 Essentials of Health Behavior and Health Promotion (4)

This course addresses the behavior models of health and disease, the social barriers to care and the effectiveness of the health system in promoting optimal health behavior in patients and health care personnel, as well as in the organizations in which they work.

HSA 530 Health Law, Ethics and Social Issues (4)

This course focuses on the social and behavioral interactive aspects of the professionals, providers and consumers within the health care system and provides an examination and overview of managerial and clinical ethics. Also addressed are risk management issues and legal issues of anti-trust, taxation, medical malpractice, licensure, and administrative law as it pertains to health service and delivery.

HSA 540 Applied Biostatistics and Research for Health Services (4)

This course provides a survey of fundamental statistical concepts and advantageous techniques related to the practice of health services administration. Methods of data collection, management, presentation, and descriptive and inferential statistical analysis are included, as well as basic research methodology theory as applied to health services administration.

HSA 610 Healthcare Leadership and Human Resources (4)

This course provides and overview of leadership perspectives and strategies as they apply to healthcare settings. Leadership is specifically related to the processes of managing and developing human resources, complying with professional and governmental regulations, and monitoring the policies and culture of the health care organization to maximize productivity, health and job satisfaction.