Public Health (PUBH)

PUBH 1101 Public Health and Social Justice 3 Credits

Health is broadly considered a human right and universal access to care is a core function of public health. Improving health often requires population-level interventions. Addressing inequity is a significant public health challenge. This course illuminates the social justice dimension of public health practice. Students will become familiar with public health action to address health disparities and learn to effectively advance public health through not only public health practice, but also the intersection of education, policy, medicine, and ethics. Previously PB 0101.

PUBH 2201 Public Health, Disease, and Injury 3 Credits

Prerequisite: PUBH 1101.

Public health requires familiarity with the epidemiology, pathology, prevention, and treatment of a wide range of infectious, non-communicable, mental, reproductive, and nutritional conditions, as well as violence and unintentional injuries. This course offers a population-focused survey of abnormal human health with an emphasis on leading global causes of morbidity and mortality, key personal risk factors, and broader social determinants of health. The student will gain an understanding of principles for endemic disease and injury control and establishes the foundation for courses that follow. Previously PB 0201.

PUBH 2205 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of human nutrition. Students will develop an understanding of the digestion, absorption, and function of nutrients in the body and the relationship between diet and health. Course topics will also include macronutrients, micronutrients, metabolism, weight management, and fitness.

PUBH 2216 Introductory Principles of Epidemiology 3 Credits

Prerequisite: MATH 1016 or higher.

Epidemiology is the foundation for public health research, with applications in several other disciplines. This course is designed to introduce students to the core principles of epidemiology and familiarize students with the applications of biostatistics in health research. During the course, students will learn about the historical origins of the field of epidemiology, as well as concepts of study design and data interpretation. Previously PB 0216.

PUBH 2217 Biostatistics for Health Research 3 Credits

Attributes: HSST Health Studies: Science and Technology

Prerequisites: MATH 1017 or higher; PUBH 2216.

Biostatistics is the foundation for many forms of health research with applications in several other disciplines. This course is designed to introduce students to the core principles of statistical practices used in the Public Health research setting and familiarize students with the applications of biostatistics in health research. During the course, students will practice applied biostatistics by using SPSS to complete data analysis of a public health dataset. Previously PB 0217.

PUBH 2240 Introduction to Global Public Health 3 Credits

Attributes: HACA Humanitarian Action Minor Context Course, HSTE Health Studies: Traditions, Delivery, and Ethics, LCEL LACS Minor: Elective

This course examines the social, economic, and cultural factors impacting the health of societies worldwide and identifies key global health conditions. Principles of disease prevention, risk reduction, and health promotion are applied to diverse populations. Students will analyze current and emerging global health priorities, including emerging communicable and non-communicable diseases, poverty, inequities, and conflicts and crises. Global issues related to the impact of social policies on healthcare equity and needs of vulnerable populations are also examined. Previously PB 0240.

PUBH 2250 Community Nutrition 3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the fundamental applications of nutrition in a public health setting. Students will learn the theory behind health behavior change, community assessment, intervention planning, and program management. Students will also have an opportunity to practice the skills necessary to carry out these activities through assignments. During the course, students will create a nutrition brochure and produce a video Public Service Announcement. By the end of this course, students will have a deeper understanding of how public health professionals identify nutritional risk in the community, and design programs to prevent the development of disease. Previously PB 0250.

PUBH 3303 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3 Credits

Prerequisites: PUBH 2201, PUBH 2216, PUBH 2217.

This course provides the foundation for developing culturally competent community-based health interventions. Students learn the process of public health programming, including assessment, design, planning, implementation, and evaluation. This course integrates theory to examine interventions at various levels (individual, community, policy). Previously PB 0303.

PUBH 3980 Public Health Internship 4 Credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1108 or BIOL 1172; CHEM 1184, PUBH 3303.

This internship experience exposes students to the elements of the core functions of public health and the application of these core functions in public health settings. The internship may be completed with a regional public health partner. While not all internships will allow for extensive exposure to all of the essential services, students are expected to discuss how the agency addresses those services. Students will work to connect field experiences to future public health career goals. Previously PB 0315.

PUBH 3990 Independent Study 1-6 Credits

Through individually designed projects or activities, students work with a faculty member to study a specific area in depth. Enrollment by permission only.

PUBH 4301 Leadership for Interdisciplinary Health Professionals 3 Credits

Prerequisite: BIOL 1108 or BIOL 1172; CHEM 1184, PUBH 3303.

This course is designed to expose students in the fields of public health and social work to conceptual frameworks through which to view leadership. Students will explore the key values and personal attributes that guide the leadership process. Students will engage in dynamic exercises and collaborative work to better understand leadership principles and work to apply these concepts to communities in their fields of study. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on leadership qualities relevant to their profession as well as personal leadership qualities that guide the relationship with vulnerable populations. Previously PB 0301.

PUBH 4305 Public Health Seminar 3 Credits

Prerequisite: BIOL 1108 or BIOL 1172; CHEM 1184, PUBH 3303.

In this seminar, students will apply evidence-based skills learned throughout the program in order to better understand public health information. Through weekly readings and discussions, students will use public health knowledge and examine implications for social justice while modeling the discourse that occurs in professional public health settings. Previously PB 0305.

PUBH 4999 Public Health Capstone 3 Credits

Prerequisite: BIOL 1108 or BIOL 1172; CHEM 1184, PUBH 3303.

This capstone course is designed to provide a platform for the development of strategic plans to address current public health problems identified during the internship experience. Within the course, students develop a comprehensive strategy incorporating skills in needs assessment, statistics and epidemiology, program planning and evaluation, policy development, and advocacy to address an identified need. Previously PB 0310.