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Course descriptions for public health core courses are listed below. For current class offerings, times, and additional information, visit the Office of the Registrar.

BIO 110: General Biology I

An in-depth introduction and exploration of the study of life from atoms, molecules, and organelles to the cellular levels of organization. Emphasis on cell structure and function, energetics and metabolism, the gene, molecular genetics, and evolution. The laboratory component introduces the scientific method and experimentation through the study of microbes, plants and animals. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite/Concurrent: MATH-170, MATH-211, MATH-221, STAT-202 or STAT-203.

HPRM 240: Introduction to Health Promotion

An introduction to the professional and academic field of health promotion and disease prevention. Epidemiological investigations of disease patterns and trends in the United States and health promotion efforts in various settings are explored. Emphasis is placed on the roles of lifestyles in determining health outcomes, social determinants of health, and effective strategies to help change health behavior. Usually offered every fall.

HPRM 245: Multicultural Health

Provides basic understanding of gender and cultural issues affecting health. Emphasis is on health disparities and how gender and cultural indicators affect behavioral risk. The relationship between health and other factors such as religion, social class/socioeconomic status, acculturation, migration, and globalization are also studied. Usually offered every fall.

HPRM 335: Health Promotion Program Planning and Evaluation

An introduction to the basic principles of the development, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion programs. This course places particular emphasis on the identification of health and lifestyle risk factors and the interventions associated with appropriate and effective management of these risks. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: HPRM-240.

HPRM 441: Health Communication

An introduction to the basic principles of the development, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion programs. This course places particular emphasis on the identification of health and lifestyle risk factors and the interventions associated with appropriate and effective management of these risks. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: HPRM-240.

HPRM 480: Health Policy and Behavior Change


This course explores the impact of politics and health policy on our health care system, preventative care, and health behaviors associated with chronic disease. It examines policy initiatives that affect health promoting behaviors and strategies for influencing political process. Systematic policy analysis of topics such as tobacco use, dietary choices, seat belt usage, and sedentary behavior are discussed.

PHIL 241: Bioethics

An introduction to the growing field of bioethics, this course examines the ethical implications of recent developments in bio-medical technology, as well as the ethical lessons of historical cases. Students read philosophers and ethicists on topics such as human subject research, patients' rights, medical rationing, and public and global health issues. Usually offered every spring.

PUBH 110: Introduction to Public Health


This introductory course explores the science behind public health and the role government plays to keep the population healthy. The determinants of health and disease are discussed along with interventions such as the healthcare system, public health system, laws, and taxation that address these public health issues.

PUBH 210: Introduction to Human Health and Disease


This course provides an introduction to basic concepts of human health and disease. Topics include an introduction to body systems, determinants of disease, and overviews of contemporary communicable and non-communicable diseases. Usually offered every spring.

PUBH 320: Introduction to Infectious Disease

This course introduces the principles of infectious disease, including the natural history of common microbes, etiology of globally prevalent infectious diseases, and how the immune system fights disease-causing organisms. Mechanisms to prevent and treat infectious diseases are also discussed through the lens of public health. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: BIO-110.

PUBH 340: Fundamentals of Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the study of the patterns and determinants of disease in populations. This course introduces epidemiological methods including study design, calculation, and interpretation of measures of frequency, association, and public health impact. Sources of study error including the influence of chance, bias, confounding, and effect modification are discussed. Concepts of surveillance and screening are also introduced. Prerequisite: PUBH-110 and STAT-202 or STAT-203.

PUBH 350: Introduction to Health Research

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of health research study design, methods, and data collection. Quantitative, qualitative, mixed method, and participatory research are examined, as well as ethical issues in conducting research. Usually offered every spring. Grading A-F.only. Prerequisite: PUBH-110 and STAT-202 or STAT-203.

PUBH 391: Internship in Public Health


Applied experience in a public health agency, organization or worksite.

PUBH 480: Public Health Capstone


This seminar challenges public health majors to examine the multiple aspects of public health in a unifying manor. The course includes discussion of the practical application of public health and guest speakers. Students with different interests in public health work together on a capstone project and present it to the class and a panel of public health professionals. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: senior standing. Restriction: Public Health (BA) or Public Health (BS).

SISU 349: Health and Development


Topics in Global Inequality, Development, Environmental Sustainability, Global Health Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics focusing on the intersection of global inequality, development, environmental sustainability, and global health. Grading: A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-240 or SISU-250.
SISU 358: Global Health

This is an introductory course on global health policy and practice. Based on a review of the historical foundations of international health and critical concepts from social science, ethics, and public health literature, key topics covered include the main contributing factors to the global burden of disease, as well as organizational, economic, and political determinants of intervention. Although a geographic focus is set on health related challenges in developing regions, the course also provides a comparative overview of health systems in more developed countries. Grading: A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-250, or STAT-202 and PUBH-340.

SOCY 320: Introduction to Social Research

An introduction to the major research methods in social science, their links to theory and practice, and their use in research projects. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: SOCY-100 or SOCY-110 or SOCY-150.

STAT 202: Basic Statistics

Data presentation, display, and summary, averages, dispersion, simple linear regression, and correlation, probability, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and tests of significance. Use of statistical software both to analyze real data and to demonstrate and explore concepts. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: MATH-15x or higher. Note: students may receive credit for only one of STAT-202, STAT-203, or STAT-204.

STAT 320: Biostatistics


This course examines how statistical methods are utilized within the fields of biology, medicine, and public health. Advanced statistical methods, including ANOVA, multiple regression, analysis of covariance, survival analysis, and nonparametric methods are discussed, with emphasis on their applicability to public health. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: STAT-202 or STAT-203.


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