Public Health (PH)

PH-110  Introduction to Public Health  (3 credits)  

Public health aims to prevent and treat disease and to promote and protect health through strategies that engage the community. This course will examine the history of public health as well as core areas of public health including assessment, assurance and policy development. Students will learn about health promotion and disease promotion and disease prevention of communicable and non-communicable disease social and behavioral aspects of health, epidemiology, environmental health and health policy.

PH-189  Topics in Critical Inquiry  (3 credits)  

Critical inquiry is the process of gathering and evaluating information, ideas, and assumptions from multiple perspectives to produce well-reasoned analysis and understanding, and leading to new ideas, applications and questions. This course is intended to introduce new students to intellectual inquiry at the university by engaging them in in-depth study of a single topic utilizing a variety of perspectives and methods. The course emphasizes the essential role of critical and creative thinking to their lives as students, citizens, future professionals, and productive members of their communities.

Course Types: Topics
Corequisite(s): Take PH-189L

PH-189L  Topics in Critical Inquiry - Lab  (1 credits)  

Critical inquiry is the process of gathering and evaluating information, ideas, and assumptions from multiple perspectives to produce well-reasoned analysis and understanding, and leading to new ideas, applications and questions. This course is intended to introduce new students to intellectual inquiry at the university by engaging them in in-depth study of a single topic utilizing a variety of perspectives and methods. The course emphasizes the essential role of critical and creative thinking to their lives as students, citizens, future professionals, and productive members of their communities. The lab for the course is an interdisciplinary application lab, wherein students work in teams to demonstrate what they learned in the didactic portion of the course through the creation of a project, presentation, art object/installation, play, podcast, short film, co-authored reflection (debrief) on a simulation experience, etc. Faculty who design the didactic portion of the course together will design this portion as a 5-week experiential component of the course, which might include community partnerships or field trips. Students who take the course and lab will be invited to display their project results in a one-afternoon presentation at the end of each semester (to be arranged by college events personnel).

Course Types: Topics
Corequisite(s): Take PH-189

PH-301  Health Behavior  (3 credits)  

This course will review the determinants of health-related behavior and important theories, as well as discuss how these theories can be practically applied in planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs. This course will begin to answer the meta-question as it relates to health behavior: "Why do people do what they do?"

Prerequisite(s): Take PH-110

PH-302  Global Health  (3.00000 credits)  

This course will prepare future health professionals to work in a global market whether it is in their local community or in some faraway land. This course will provide insights in understanding global health issues and the improvement of health at a population level.

Prerequisite(s): Take PH-110

PH-306  Population Health  (3 credits)  

This course explores the social determinants of health, as well as the public health vs. clinical approaches to managing the health of communities. This course introduces students to the community health assessment process, emphasizes the need and utility of a data driven approach to decision making in order to improve population health, and explore the causes and consequences of health disparities.

Corequisite(s): Take HSM-210 And An Undergraduate Statistics Course.

PH-382  Managerial Epidemiology  (3 credits)  

This course will introduce students to the basic principles of epidemiology and demonstrate how these principles may be applied to the various functions of health services administrators/managers, such as planning, staffing, organizing, directing and controlling. Through these principles students will learn how measurement of health related outcomes and delivery of health services is a critical component of each of these functions.

Prerequisite(s): Take MAT-120
Corequisite(s): Take HSM-210 HSM-308

PH-389  Special Topics  (3.00000 credits)  

PH-410  Capstone Project  (1-6 credits)  

The Capstone experience will be designed to integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge as developed throughout the student's academic program. Students will be eligible to complete their capstone in their junior or senior year (senior status will be required for the Thesis option). The undergraduate student will have four options for completion of the capstone requirement: internship, study abroad, Honors thesis, or independent study All capstone experiences will require prior approval from the Chair before work can begin. Prereqquisite junior or senior standing in the major.