Campus MPH Course Descriptions

Here you will find links to the syllabi for the courses offered in each of the five concentrations.

Click the links below to jump to a specific core area.

Biostatistics


PHC 6000 Epidemiology Research Methods I

Concentration Core Course

Description: The course provides an understanding of the methods of epidemiological study designs and their analyses including issues of bias, confounding, and effect-modification. The goal of this class is to provide a strong background in analytic reasoning and research design, study execution, analysis, and result interpretation.

Prerequisites: PHC 6001, and PHC 0652 or PHC 6050

Syllabus: Spring 2020

PHC 6053 Regression Methods for the Health and Life Sciences

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course introduces graduate students in fields other than statistics to a wide range of modern regression methods. A main goal is to learn what approach to use among the linear and nonlinear models, and how to determine if the fit is adequate.

Prerequisites: PHC 6052 or equivalent

Syllabus: Spring 2019

PHC 6059 Introduction to Applied Survival Analysis

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course covers survival analysis; Kaplan-Meier estimates; proportional hazards model; related tests; phase I, II, and III clinical trials; designs; and protocols.

Prerequisites: PHC 6052 or equivalent and PHC 6053 or equivalent.

Syllabus: Fall 2019

PHC 6937 PH Computing (formerly PHC 6055, PHC 6080, PHC 6081)

Concentration Core Course

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Environmental Health


 

PHC 6937 Special Topics: Environmental Toxicology Applications in Public Health

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course is intended to introduce applications of environmental toxicology in the context of public health. Along with the scientific foundation of how chemicals cause adverse health effects, the role of public health is reinforced throughout the course with the goal of educating students on problem solving and decision-making required of public health practitioners.

Prerequisites: None

SyllabusFall 2018

PHC 6424 Environmental Policy and Risk Management

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course provides students with an in depth understanding of the government’s environmental health structure, environmental policy making processes, important environmental policies, and application of the policies through risk assessment and management techniques to protect the public and the environment.

Prerequisites: PHC 6313 and PHC6937

Syllabus: Spring 2020

PHC 6702 Environmental Monitoring & Exposure Assessment

Concentration Core Course

Description: Methods to measure and estimate exposure to hazardous agents encountered in the environment are explored in this course. Students will learn how to apply exposure measurement and exposure assessment methods through a variety of problem sets and exercises provided throughout this course.

Prerequisites: PHC 6313

Syllabus: Spring 2019

PHC 6937 Special Topics: Environmental Ecology of Human Pathogens

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course covers major topic areas concerning the ecological relationships of environmental pathogens that cause diseases in humans. The course will discuss environmental reservoirs of human pathogens and introduces microbiological techniques necessary to detect and identify the variety of pathogens present and/or emerge in the environment including viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

Prerequisites: None

Syllabus: Spring 2019

PHC 6764 Global Health and Development I

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course will cover fundamental public health and anthropologic principles, methods, and study designs. Case studies will be used to demonstrate how development practitioners can incorporate the use of these methods to investigate patterns of disease, patterns of culture, risk factors, broad causes, and the need for integrated interventions to reduce risk of disease and death.

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Syllabus: Fall 2018

 

Epidemiology


PHC 6000 Epidemiology Research Methods I

Concentration Core Course

Description: The course provides an understanding of the methods of epidemiological study designs and their analyses including issues of bias, confounding, and effect-modification. The goal of this class is to provide a strong background in analytic reasoning and research design, study execution, analysis, and result interpretation.

Prerequisites: PHC 6001, and PHC 0652 or PHC 6050

Syllabus: Spring 2020

PHC 6002 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course will introduce the student to the unique aspects of infectious disease and epidemiological methods used in their study, prevention and control. The student will gain knowledge through lectures, case studies, simulated outbreaks, readings, exercises, and an individual project.

Prerequisites: PHC 6001 and PHC 6050 or equivalent

Syllabus: Summer 2019

PHC 6003 Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Disability

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course will focus on conceptual and methodological issues related to the study of most chronic disease. The concepts and methods illustrated are pertinent to most other chronic diseases, and individual courses on the epidemiology can be taken for disease-specific content.

Prerequisites: Introductory Epidemiology course preferred or by consent of instructor

Syllabus: Spring 2020

PHC 6011 Epidemiology Methods II

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course provides students with working experience in designing and implementing secondary data analysis describes the implementation of common analytic methods in epidemiology. A course project helps build a foundation in applied epidemiologic analysis and develop experience in peer-reviewed productivity based on secondary data.

Prerequisites: PHC 6000, PHC 6052, and PHC 6053

Syllabus: Summer 2019

 

Population Health Management


PHC 6104 Evidence-Based Management of Public Health Programs

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course provides practical guidance on how to monitor achievement of a program’s objectives, gather information and evidence f the program’s effectiveness, and determine a program’s impact in public health settings.

Prerequisites: None

Syllabus: Fall 2019

HSA 6436 Health Economics

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course introduces the student to economic theories and concepts and how they apply to the US healthcare system and its various stakeholders. Topics will include demand and supply for health and healthcare, information economics, economics of health innovation, health policy, public health economics, behavioral health economics, cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, and cost-utility analyses.

Prerequisites: None

Syllabus: Spring 2020

HSA 7759 Public Health Quality & Outcomes

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course examines the multiple dimensions of quality and the issues surrounding how to determine it exists, to what extent it exists and how to encourage its constant provision. 

Prerequisites: None.

Syllabus: Spring 2020

PHC 6716 Survey Research/Instrument Methods

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course focuses on developing a larger toolbox of research methods, but more importantly, it will provide a greater understanding of how and when to apply those methods to address research questions. This course will help in the development of students to become successful independent investigators.

Prerequisites: Basic statistics and research methods. Data analysis will be required in this course.

Syllabus: Fall 2019

PHC 6103 Systems Thinking and Public Health

Concentration Core Course

Description: Conceptual and empirical tools for understanding and managing complex organizations and interacting with other large systems that impact public health. Simulated work experiences show intended and unintended consequences of interventions in complex systems.

Prerequisites: Students will have graduate level competency with PowerPoint. Students will have graduate level narrative writing and data analytical skills.

Syllabus: Summer 2019

 

Social and Behavioral Sciences


PHC 6700 Social and Behavioral Research Methods

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course is designed to provide an overview of research design, methods, and ethics for students in public health, with an emphasis in the social and behavioral sciences. We will use a variety of instructional methods to address these aims, including readings, discussions, projects, online activities, and hands-on research experiences.

Prerequisites: None

Syllabus: Summer 2020

PHC 6251 Assessment and Surveillance in Public Health

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and methods for conducting community health assessments to identify factors that affect the health of a population.

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PHC 6405 Theoretical Foundations of Public Health

Concentration Core Course

Description: This course builds on the foundational knowledge of social and behavioral sciences presented in PHC 6410. This course will alsoo focus on building written and oral communication skills, especially focused on presenting scientific knowledge to non-expert audiences.

Prerequisites: PHC 6410

Syllabus: Summer 2020

PHC 6146 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation

Concentration Core Course

Description: Conceptual and empirical tools for understanding and managing complex organizations and interacting with other large systems that impact public health. Simulated work experiences show intended and unintended consequences of interventions in complex systems.

Prerequisites: Students will have graduate level competency with PowerPoint. Students will have graduate level narrative writing and data analytical skills.

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PHC 6195 Health Information for Diverse Populations: Theory & Methods

Concentration Core Course

Description: 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.

Prerequisites: None

Syllabus: Summer 2020