Campus Course Descriptions


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

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

Biostatistics


Biostatistics Concentration Core Courses

  • PHC 6052–Introduction to Biostatistical Methods (Fall 2018)

    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.

  • PHC 6050—Statistical Methods for Health Science I (Fall 2018)

    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.

Pre-requisite: PHC 6052 or equivalent.

Description: Introduction to a wide range of regression methods. Primary topics are multiple linear regression, logistic regression, and Poisson regression.

Pre-requisite: PHC 6052 or equivalent, knowledge of multiple regression, SAS programming experience

Description: The goal of this course is to help you understand the fundamental concepts of survival analysis and their applications in epidemiology. Basic concepts from probability and calculus will be reviewed as needed.

Pre-requisite: PHC 6052 or equivalent.

Description: Students will learn how to input, store, modify, display and perform common analyses of public health data using SAS and R.

Pre-requisite: PHC 6001, and PHC 6052 or PHC 6050

Description: Overview of epidemiology methods used in research studies that address disease patterns in community- and clinic-based populations.

Biostatistics Elective Courses

Description: Analytic methods in epidemiology with a foundation in applied epidemiological analysis and experience in peer-review productivity based on secondary data analysis.

Description: Students will learn about ethics, principles and conduct of clinical trials for medical research.

Description: Description and inference using proportions and odds ratios, multi-way contingency tables, logistic regression and other generalized linear models, and loglinear models applications.

Description: Designing and analyzing sample surveys. Sources of error. Questionnaire design. Simple random, stratified, systematic, and cluster sampling. Practical application of concepts.

Description: Introduction to nonparametric statistics, including one- and two-sample testing and estimation methods, one- and two-way layout models and correlation and regression models.

Description: Review of matrix theory, univariate normal, t, chi-squared and F distributions, and multivariate normal distributions. Inference about multivariate means, Hotelling’s T2 multivariate analysis of variance, multivariate regression, and multivariate repeated measures. Inference about covariance structure, principal components, factor analysis, and canonical correlation. Multivariate classification techniques, discriminant and cluster analysis. Additional topics at the discretion of the instructor, time permitting.

Description: Major designs and principles of measurement for epidemiology and health services outcomes research, with emphasis on use of primary data collection.

Description: Topics in probability and statistics, particularly discrete and continuous random variables, sampling distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Applications to engineering and natural science.

  • STA 5328 – Fundamentals of Statistical Theory (Summer 2017)

    Pre-requisite: MAC 2313

    Description: Direct continuation of STA 4321/STA 5325. Basic material for distribution theory, sampling distributions, properties of estimators, hypothesis testing, linear regression analysis, and analysis of variance. A good knowledge of calculus is helpful.

Environmental Health


Environmental Health Core Courses

  • PHC 6313—Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health (Fall 2018)

    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.

Description: This course is intended to introduce applications of environmental toxicology in the context of public health. The course materials focus on the fate of chemicals in our environment, routes of exposure and measures taken to decrease these exposures, and approaches that are commonly used by public health officials when dealing with toxicants.

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.

Environmental Health Elective Courses

Click below for descriptions of the environmental health concentration elective courses.

  • PHC 6301 – Aquatic Systems and Environmental Health

    Description: Physical and chemical nature of water, effects of contaminant and other stressors in different aquatic ecosystems. Taxonomic and ecological summary of aquatic biota, from algae and invertebrates to vertebrates and pathogens.

  • PHC 6512 – Environmental Management of Vector-Borne Diseases

    Description: Planning, organization, implementation, and monitoring the activities for control of environmental factors or their interaction with man to prevent or minimize vector propagation and man-vector-pathogen contact.

  • PHC 6515 – Entomology, Zoonotic Disease and Food Safety (Summer 2018)

    Description: Methods for conducting studies of mosquitoes and ticks, controlling zoonotic diseases, and modern food safety techniques in meat, dairy, and produce production.

  • PHC 6937- Public Health Virology (Fall 2018)

    Description: Virology, the branch of science dealing with the study of viruses, is a dynamic field, constantly changing and growing. This course deals with aspects of virology relevant to public health. Students will learn the basics of animal virology: what is a virus, and about virus genomes and structure, the infectious cycle, different types of infections, transformation, vaccines, and gain knowledge of many of the viruses of public health importance worldwide

Epidemiology


Epidemiology Core Courses

  • PHC 6001—Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (Fall 2018)

    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 6000 – Epidemiology Methods I (Spring 2018)

    Pre-requisite: PHC 6001, and PHC 6052 or PHC 6050, or approval of department

    Description: Overview of epidemiology methods used in research studies that address disease patterns in community- and clinic-based populations.

  • PHC 6002 – Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases Campus Program (Summer 2018) or Online Program (Summer 2018)

    Pre-requisite: PHC 6001, and PHC 6052 or PHC 6050, or approval of department

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

  • PHC 6003 – Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Disability (Fall 2018)

    Pre-requisite: PHC 6001, and PHC 6052 or PHC 6050, or approval of department.

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

  • PHC 6011 – Epidemiology Research Methods II (Summer 2017)

    Pre-requisite: PHC 6000, and PHC 6052 or PHC 6050, or approval of department.

    Description: Analytic methods in epidemiology with a foundation in applied epidemiological analysis and experience in peer-review productivity based on secondary data analysis.

Biostatistics Core Courses

Epidemiology Elective Courses

Description: Topics and methods used in modern infectious disease epidemiology.

  • PHC 6016 – Social Epidemiology (Fall 2018)

    Description: Social determinants of population health, including acute and chronic disease outcomes, and health behavior. Introduces methodological approaches to the field of social epidemiology with specific attention to measurement issues.

  • PHC 6370 – Public Health Biology (Spring 2018)

    Description: Biological basis of public health issues. Covers background material in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and immunology to allow students to understand biological mechanisms of disease prevention and progression at a molecular level. Emphasis on infectious diseases, genetic illnesses, cancer, environmental illnesses, and vaccines.

  • PHC 6053 – Regression Methods for the Health and Life Sciences (Spring 2018)

    Pre-requisite: PHC 6052 or equivalent.

    Description: Introduction to a wide range of regression methods. Primary topics are multiple linear regression, logistic regression, and Poisson regression.

  • STA 6177 – Survival Analysis (Fall 2017)

    Description: Applying accounting and financial management theory and principles to the health care industry, emphasizing managed care organizations and integrated delivery systems.

  • PHC 6711 – Measurement in Epidemiology & Outcomes Research (Spring 2017)

    Description: Major designs and principles of measurement for epidemiology and health services outcomes research, with emphasis on use of primary data collection.

  • PHC 6512 –  Environmental Management of Vector Borne Diseases

    Description: Planning, organization, implementation, and monitoring the activities for control of environmental factors or their interaction with man to prevent or minimize vector propagation and man-vector-pathogen contact.

  • PHC 6183 – Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Response (Summer 2018)

    Description: Online introduction to disaster preparedness and responding to disasters. Training on the Incident Command System (ICS), the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) minimum responder credential requirements.

  • PHC 7007 – Cancer Epidemiology (Spring 2018)

    Description: Providing students with skills to evaluate the burden associated with cancers and develop public health interventions to reduce the burden of cancer worldwide. From the population perspective, the course will familiarize students with exposures associated with cancer risk. Practical applications of genome analysis and phenotypic profiling are included.

  • PHC 6009 – Biology and Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS (online) (Summer 2017)

Description: Examining the biological process by which HIV causes infection and AIDS, including the physiologic and cellular processes involved in HIV infection and treatment.  Developing skills in finding and interpreting current epidemiologic data on HIV/AIDS, including risk factors, comorbid health issues, special populations, and health outcomes.  Overview of HIV prevention strategies and their effectiveness.  Special emphasis on epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in the rural south.

Description: Description and inference using proportions and odds ratios, multi-way contingency tables, logistic regression and other generalized linear models, and loglinear models applications.

Description: Introduction to nonparametric statistics, including one- and two-sample testing and estimation methods, one- and two-way layout models and correlation and regression models.

Description: Introduction to population surveys typical in descriptive (surveillance) and analytic epidemiology research.

  • PHC 7038 – Psychiatric Epidemiology (Spring 2018)

    Pre-requisite: PHC 6000

    Description: Concepts, history, measures, methods and analytical techniques to study the risks, prevalence and incidence, course, comorbidities, and consequences of major mental disorders, in general and specific populations internationally.

  • PHC 6937 – Hospital Epidemiology (Fall 2018)

    Pre-requisite: PHC 6001

    Description:This course will discuss major topics in Hospital Epidemiology related to research on the control and prevention of healthcare-associated infections. Topics will be presented through online lectures in-class discussions of journal articles and CDC Guidelines, and through experiential learning with visits to UF Health Shands.

Public Health Management and Policy


Public Health Management and Policy Core Courses

  • HSA 6114—Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (Fall 2018) (3)

    This course is designed to familiarize students with basic concepts and ideas concerning the distribution of health and illness, the organization of the health care system and the relationship of one to the other. Definitions of health and illness, as well as the historical context for developments of our health care system are discussed and debated. The course concludes with a discusssion on trends that could impact the health care system in the future. Students should come to class ready to discuss and debate the major themes related to health and distribution of disease, the ability of the U.S. health care system to meet the needs of the population, as well as the policy environment that influences access to health care services.

Description: Practical guidance on how to choose, administer, and evaluate evidence-based programs and policies in public health settings.

Description: Introduction to basic theory and principles of finance as applied to the health care industry. Financial statements, cost measurement, budgeting, and capital investment decisions.

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

Description: Survey and critical analysis of federal and state health policy processes and outcomes as they relate to the effectiveness and efficiency of health services in the U.S. and selected countries.

Description: Case study approach to legal foundations of American public health system and legal and ethical issues that arise from balancing individual liberties with the government’s interest in protecting all citizens’ well-being.

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.

Public Health Management and Policy Elective Courses

Description: This course reviews comparison of International health care systems delivery regarding their structure and health care organizations

Description: This course is intended to give you an understanding of and appreciation for the traditional issues in health economics. The topics to be covered are: the role of prices, the production of health, the demand for health care, health insurance theory, the demand for health insurance, production and cost of health care in hospitals and nursing homes, cost effectiveness analysis, equity and efficiency, role of government in the health economy.

Description: Overview, emphasizing implementation. Aspects of performance defined in relation to structure, process, and outcomes, and meeting expectations and requirements of patients, insurers, government, and other organizations.

Description: Research methods and their specific applications to public health issues.

Description: Maternal and child health problems, specific local, state, and federal programs and policies, health and health care access disparities. Emphasis on importance of evidenced-based public health practice.

Description: Knowledge, skills, and methods for conducting community assessments and surveillance to inform design of social and behavioral interventions.

  • PHC 6146 – Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (Fall 2018)

    Pre-requisite: PHC 6251

    Description: Second of two courses providing skills to develop and implement public health programs. Focuses on six steps in the rational planning process. Emphasizes evidence-based public health principles, organizational influences, and other contemporary themes of program planning.

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Social and Behavioral Sciences Core Courses

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

Description: Research methods and their specific applications to public health issues.

Description: Knowledge, skills, and methods for conducting community assessments and surveillance to inform design of social and behavioral interventions.

Description: Providing an in-depth review of social and behavioral science theories used in public health, includes systems and multi-level perspectives on health behavior. Prepares public health students to satisfy MPH competencies in social and behavioral sciences.

Description: Second of two courses providing skills to develop and implement public health programs. Focuses on six steps in the rational planning process. Emphasizes evidence-based public health principles, organizational influences, and other contemporary themes of program planning.

Description: Social and behavioral science is a core area in public health.  This is an introductory course that examines basic concepts and social scientific research in persuasive communication to gain an understanding how individuals process and respond to public health information.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective Courses

Description: This course is designed to provide hands-on experience with qualitative data analysis using data relevant to each student’s area of interest.

Description: 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.

Description: Introduction to primary determinants and outcomes associated with adolescent risk behaviors. Emphasis on substance use, sexual behaviors, injury, violence and the interactive nature of risk taking behaviors.

Description: Examining the biological process by which HIV causes infection and AIDS, including the physiologic and cellular processes involved in HIV infection and treatment.  Developing skills in finding and interpreting current epidemiologic data on HIV/AIDS, including risk factors, comorbid health issues, special populations, and health outcomes.  Overview of HIV prevention strategies and their effectiveness.  Special emphasis on epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in the rural south.

Description: Casual factors, responses, and outcomes associated with HIV/AIDS in the rural south.  Using 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 6937- Critical Issues in Public Health (Fall 2018)

    Description: The purpose of this course is to provide students the opportunity to learn multiple ways to view current controversial topics in public health. The course covers current public health topics encompassing biomedical issues, social and behavioral factors related to health, and the environment