Online Course Descriptions

Below are the courses available to the students in our online programs.

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biostatistics environmental health epidemiology public health management and policy social and behavioral sciences

Biostatistics Online Courses

  • PHC 6052 – Introduction to Biostatistical Methods (3)

Core Public Health Course

Description:  Introduction to the concepts and methods of biostatistical data analysis. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, standard probability distributions, sampling distributions, point and confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing, power and sample size estimation, one- and two-sample parametric and non-parametric methods for analyzing continuous or discrete data, and simple linear regression. SAS statistical software for data management, statistical analysis and power calculations. Required core course for students in biostatistics, environmental health, and epidemiology concentrations.

  • PHC 6050 – Statistical Methods for Health Science I (3)

Core Public Health Course

Description:  Appropriate use of data summarization and presentation of basic statistical methods, including ANOVA, nonparametric methods, inference on discrete data, inference on survival data, and regression methods for continuous, binary, and survival data.

  • PHC 6053 – Statistical Methods for Health Science I (3)


Description:  For graduate students in fields other than statistics.  Introduction to a wide range of regression methods. Primary topics are multiple linear regression, logistic regression, and Poisson regression.

Prerequisite(s): PHC 6052 or equivalent.

Environmental Health Online Courses

  • PHC 6183 – Public Health Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  Introduction to the basics of disaster preparedness and responding to disasters, while developing a foundation for further development in responder training. Topics include the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS), support of animal owners, livestock farmers, and care providers as well as guidance for emergency management personnel in preparing community disaster plans that include animals.

  • PHC 6313 – Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health

Core Public Health Course

Description:  Survey of major topics of environmental health. Sources, routes, media, and health outcomes associated with biological, chemical, and physical agents in environment. Effects of agents on disease, water quality, air quality, food safety, and land resources. Current legal framework, policies, and practices associated with environmental health and intended to improve public health.

  • PHC 6519 – Zoonotic Diseases in Humans and Animals (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  Introduction to major zoonotic diseases, including human and animal presentations, epidemiology, means of prevention and control, available diagnostics, available treatments, and associated human and animal regulations for each disease.

  • PHC 6520 – Introduction to Foodborne Diseases (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  This is an intermediate level course, which will introduce students to the major pathogens associated with foodborne diseases, their epidemiology, and approaches to outbreak investigation and control of foodborne illness.  The student will gain knowledge through lectures, case studies, readings, and an individual project.

Prerequisite(s): PHC 6001.

  • SWS 5551 – Soils, Water, and Public Health (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  The course explores important instances where soil/water science and public health intersect; how humans are exposed to environmental contaminants; and how public health threats are addressed. The overarching goal of the course is for students to take an integrative approach to characterizing, evaluating, and managing current public health problems by applying basic concepts from the fields of soil/water science and public health.

Note:  This course is offered as a collaborative course offering between the Public Health program and the Department of Soil and Water Science.  The Dept. of Soil and Water Science administers and delivers the course, and the tuition for this course is slightly different from the other public health courses (at $492.66 per credit hour). Students cannot self-register for this course, but must send an email to Robyn Smith at to request this online course.

Epidemiology Online Courses

  • PHC 6001 – Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (3)

Core Public Health Course

Description: Overview of epidemiology methods used in research studies that address disease patterns in community and clinic-based populations. Includes distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specific populations and application to control of health problems.

  • PHC 6002 – Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  Epidemiology, prevention, and control of infectious diseases impacting local, national, and global community health; epidemiology methods used in disease surveillance and measures used in slowing or preventing spread of disease.

Prerequisite(s): PHC 6001 and PHC 6050/PHC 6052

  • PHC 6003 – Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  Overview of the epidemiology of chronic diseases and disabilities prevalent in various populations and introduction of contemporary methods for surveillance including risk factors, etiology, and changes over time.

Prerequisite(s): PHC 6001 and PHC 6050/PHC 6052

  • PHC 6009 – Epidemiology and Biology of HIV/AIDS (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  This course is intended to serve as a broad introduction to the study of HIV/AIDS.  Epidemiology refers to the distribution of disease within a population, and is concerned with the causes and risk factors that influence health and its outcomes.  The biology of HIV infection refers to the physiologic processes and cellular processes involved in HIV infection and its treatment.  The overall goal of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the biological process by which HIV causes infection and AIDS, and to provide skills in finding current epidemiological data on HIV/AIDS and interpreting it.

Prerequisite(s): PHC 6001

  • PHC 6521 – Fundamentals of Public Health Nutrition (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  This course will provide an introduction to Public Health Nutrition and the role of the Public Health Nutrition professional. Emphasis will be on definition, identification and prevention of nutrition related disease, as well as improving health of a population by improving nutrition.  Malnutrition will be discussed on a societal, economic, and environmental level.  It will include the basics of nutritional biochemistry as it relates to malnutrition of a community and targeted intervention.  Finally, it will review existing programs and policies, including strengths, weaknesses and areas for modification or new interventions.

Management and Policy Online Courses

  • HSA 6114 – Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (3)

Core Public Health Course

Description:  Definitions and distribution of health and illness, historical context for development of the US health care system, current organization of the health care system, ability of the system to meet population needs, policy environment that influences access to care, and trends that could impact the system in the future.

  • HSA 6115 – Introduction to Management of Health Services Organizations (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  Organizational principles and practices as applied to management. This course covers organizational theory, managerial role, managing groups, work design, and organization design.

  • PHC 6104 – Evidence-based Management of Public Health Programs (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  Techniques and procedures for monitoring achievement of a program’s objectives, generating evidence of program effectiveness, and assessing impacts in public health settings. Focus on evaluation framework that leads to evidence-based decision-making in public health.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Online Courses

  • GEY 6220 – Overview of Geriatric Care Management

Concentration Course

Description:  This course presents the basic elements and procedures for conducting a comprehensive geriatric assessment and care plan report. The content of the course covers the fundamentals of a psychosocial and functional assessment. Current issues in dementia and depression are discussed. Emphasis is placed on conducting the client interview, gathering all necessary information, and incorporating that information into a cohesive written care plan.

  • GEY 6306 – Communication in the Aging Network: Family Systems and Care Planning

Concentration Course

Description:  This course examines the role of communication in successful care plan implementation and coordination. Students will explore the impact of family systems on the provision of care for individuals and aging families. Topics include caregiver assessment, care monitoring, helping mid-life children work together to care for aging parents, preparing for and facilitating family meetings, forgiveness and effective use of technology.

  • GEY 5935 – Ethical, Legal & Business Aspects of Geriatric Care Management

Concentration Course

Description: This course explores the ethical and legal issues encountered in the practice of geriatric care management including informed consent, decision making capacity, advanced directives and the regulation and financing of long term care. The course will also address issues associated with starting a business in Geriatric Care Management including entrepreneurial risk, marketing, fee for service billing, and human resources. Emphasis is placed on creating a business plan.

  • GEY 6646 – Issues & Concepts in Gerontology

Concentration Course

Description:  This introductory course provides an overview of the multidisciplinary field of gerontology, aging services, and community resources for geriatric care management. Material will be covered that informs students about the basic biology, psychology, and sociology of the aging process. Patterns of service use and public and private resources to meet the individual needs of geriatric clients are examined. Principles of case management and the role and function of the private geriatric care manager are presented.

  • PHC 6146 – Public Health Program Planning (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  Focus on six steps in the rational planning process. Evidence-based public health principles, organizational influences, and other contemporary themes of program planning are emphasized. – Prerequisite: PHC 6410

  • PHC 6195 – Health Information for Diverse Populations: Theory & Methods (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  Social and behavioral science (SBS) is a core area in public health. A critical skill for SBS students is the ability to develop and to communicate health information that is appropriate for specific audiences, including high-risk populations, and can effectively increase knowledge AND change attitudes, beliefs, and behavior. This is an introductory course; as such, we will be examining basic concepts and social scientific research in persuasive communication to gain an understanding of how individuals process and respond to public health information. The overall aims of the course are to: (a) survey the critical components of health information using relevant theories and research; (b) introduce qualitative and quantitative methods of gathering target populations’ health attitudes and perceptions and designing population-specific health information; and (c) practice developing health information products. Each class will consist of theoretical and methodological lectures/discussions as well as presentations of relevant research. The success of the course will depend heavily upon active class participation. That said, students are strongly encouraged to present their thoughts and ideas; ask critical questions; and listen and respond respectfully to the ideas and inquiries of others.

  • PHC 6404 – Sexuality, Gender, & Public Health

Concentration Course

Description:  Sexuality has long been a public health concern, although this concern was historically limited to the field of reproductive health. Due in large part to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, issues of sexual health more generally have been taken up by public health researchers, policy makers, and practitioners. Sexual health is now considered a critical component of people’s well-being and a plethora of theoretical and applied initiatives have been and are being developed around the world to promote sexual health. In particular, contemporary research reveals that gender is a key factor in understanding patterns of individuals’ sexual health behaviors and risks, the ways that men and women perceive and use their bodies, and their experiences of health, wellness, and illness. Our approach will be multidisciplinary and cross-cultural in focus.

  • PHC 6405 – Theoretical Foundations of Public Health (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a comprehensive and in – depth review of the social and behavioral science theories used in public health. A critical analysis will be conducted of the major theories and the research that supports them. In addition to individual – level theories, attention will be directed toward systems and multi-level perspectives on health behavior. The course is designed to prepare public health students for satisfying MPH competencies in social and behavioral sciences.

  • PHC 6410 – Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health (3)

Core Public Health Course

Description:  Health behavior from an ecological perspective; includes primary, secondary and tertiary prevention across a variety of settings; incorporates behavioral science theory and methods.

  • PHC 6447 – Ecology  of HIV/AIDS in the Rural South (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  The causal factors, responses, and outcomes associated with HIV/AIDS in the rural south are complex and steeped within a culture that poses unique barriers to both prevention and the provision of services.  The overall goal of this course is to use an ecological framework to explore and understand multilevel factors associated with (1) risk and protective behaviors; (2) testing and disclosure of HIV status; (3) availability and sources of social support; (4) need for and use of medical, psychological, and social services; and (5) the development and use of culturally appropriate interventions.

  • PHC 6700 – Social & Behavioral Research Methods (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  This course is designed to provide an overview of research design, methods,and ethics for graduate students in public health,with an emphasis in the social and behavioral sciences. The overarching aims for the course are to provide students with: (1) an overview of the types of research methods available to them; (2) the opportunity to design, conduct, and evaluate research projects; and (3) an understanding of key ethical, cultural, and political issues related to the conduct of research. We will use a variety of instructional methods to address these aims, including readings, discussion groups, project groups, online activities, and hands-on research experiences.

  • PHC 6937* – Community Assessment and Partnerships (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  Knowledge, skills, and methods for conducting community health assessments to identify factors that affect the health of a population. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: Create a comprehensive plan for conducting a community assessment; Develop partnerships with community members, organizations, and stakeholders; Determine appropriate assessment methods; Develop instruments for data collection, both quantitative and qualitative; Report findings from an assessment; and Communicate findings to stakeholders. – Prerequisite: PHC 6410 or 6406

  • PHC 6937- Community-based Participatory Research (3)

Concentration Course 

Description: The goal of this course is to provide participants with an overview of theories, principles, and strategies associated with Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) in public health. This introductory course on CBPR is intended for graduate students and community practitioners interested in adding CBPR to their repertoire of effective approaches to understanding and addressing social and health disparities in public health.

  • PHC 6937* – Global Health Disparities and Disabilities (3)

Concentration Course

Description:  This course provides students, interested in addressing health disparities among people living with disabilities, with the knowledge and skills to address health determinants that maintain their current health status globally. Special focus will be devoted to low and middle income countries.

Note: This course is Summer A

 Seminar and Internship Online Courses

  • PHC 6601 – Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (1)

Core Public Health Course

Description:  Integration of public health topics, issues, and skills into a culminating experience for the MPH program. Final paper and oral presentation required. (Register concurrently with PHC 6946.) The seminar series elements of this course will be worked on throughout the program. Registration for this course is only for the last semester of the MPH program. Students must have an overall 3.0 GPA to enroll in the internship element of this MPH program.

Syllabus:  Click here for full syllabus.

Note:  This course is considered a core course, but is taken in conjunction with the Internship course.

  •  PHC 6946 – Public Health Internship (5)


Description:  Fieldwork at approved site. Focus on strengthening competence in general public health and specialty skills through practical experiences. Includes a special project which serves as the foundation for a major paper and presentation. (Register concurrently with PHC 6601) This course may be split into two semesters. Students must have an overall 3.0 GPA to enroll in the internship element of this MPH program. S/U.

Syllabus:  Click here for a full syllabus.

*There are currently several public health courses with the course number PHC 6937.  This is a “special topics” course number as these courses are awaiting permanent course numbers from the UF Curriculum Committee and the Florida Legislature. These courses will always include the full course name to help avoid confusion.