Campus MPH Course Descriptions

Below are the current courses available to students of our campus MPH program. Due to COVID-19, many courses that would traditionally be offered in a classroom will be through remote learning. For information on courses not currently being offered, please view our archive of syllabi. For courses available to students of the online MPH program, please view Online MPH Course Descriptions.

All students will complete the Public Health Core courses, as well as completing any concentration core courses or electives that are required. Plans of study can be found in the MPH Student Handbook.

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Public Health Core Courses & Applied Practice Experience


PHC 6050 Statistical Methods for the Health Sciences

Core Public Health Course
Description: Statistical methods for description and analysis provide investigators with useful tools for making sense of data. The pervasiveness of statistics in public health as well as other fields has led to increased recognition that statistical literacy – familiarity with the goals and methods of statistics – should be a basic component of a well-rounded educational program. In this course, students will develop statistical vocabulary, learn methods for descriptive data analysis, study the fundamentals of probability and sampling distributions, learn methods for statistical inference and hypothesis testing will be based on one or two samples, and become familiar with categorical data analysis and linear regression. Data analysis will be conducted in SPSS.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology

Core Public Health Course
Description: This course is an introduction to epidemiology for students majoring in any aspect of the health sciences. The purpose of this course is to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to explain the place of epidemiology in the general health thinking and to communicate and apply the basic principles of epidemiology.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health

Core Public Health Course
Description: This course is a survey of major topic areas of Environmental Health. It will examine sources, routes, media, and health outcomes associated with biological, chemical and physical agents in the environment.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6410 Pyschological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health

Core Public Health Course
Description: This course will provide foundational knowledge of the major social and behavioral science models and theories, and will guide students in the application of these theories to real-world public health challenges.
Syllabus:  Spring 2021

PHC 6940 MPH Capstone

Core Public Health Course
Description: This course serves as the required integrative learning experience (ILE) for MPH students. Through their work in this course, students will demonstrate synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies through an individual project that addresses a public health need. Students will produce several project deliverables including a professionally written report.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues
PHC 6941 MPH Applied Practice Experience

Biostatistics


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. Emphasis is on modeling driven by actual data from studies in a variety of areas, primarily from health, biology, and ecology.
Prerequisites: PHC 6052 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6089 PH Computing

Concentration Core Course
Description: This course covers using SAS and R to manage and analyze public health data. Students will learn how to import, modify, visualize and perform common analyses of public health data using SAS and R.
Prerequisites: PHC 6052 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods
Syllabus: Spring 2021

Environmental Health


PHC 6301 Aquatic Systems and Health

Concentration Elective Course
Description: This online, team-taught course will provide an overview of aquatic resources including oceans, estuaries, rivers, lakes, streams, and ponds, with focus on respective biotic communities and environmental health.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6702 Environmental Monitoring and Exposure Assessment

Concentration Core Course
Description: Exposure to chemical, physical, and biological agents occur through inhalation, ingestion, or contact with a variety of environmental media. Methods to measure and estimate exposure to hazardous agents in the context of environmental and public health practice are explored in this course.
Prerequisites: PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6018 Environmental Ecology of Human Pathogens

Concentration Core Course
Description: This course covers major topic areas concerning 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 in the environment.
Prerequisites: PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health
Syllabus: Spring 2021

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 these policies through risk assessment and management techniques to protect the public and the environment.
Prerequisites: PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health, PHC 6937 Environmental Toxicology Applications in Public Health
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6445 Global Public Health Development II

Concentration Elective Course
Description: This course provides essential CV building skills for a successful career in Global Health and Development by covering three topic areas: ethics, research design, and data collection.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 7307 Quantitative Assessment of Environmental Health Impacts

Concentration Elective Course
Description: This course complements existing environmental health and method courses, aiming to broaden and strengthen skillsets available to students through applied training to bridge the theory-application gaps.
Prerequisites: PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health, PHC 6601 Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health, and PHC 6050 Statistical Methods for Health Sciences Research (or the consent of the instructor)
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6519 Zoonotic Diseases in Humans and Animals

Concentration Elective Course
Description: The purpose of this online course is to introduce graduate and professional students to major zoonotic diseases. We will discuss both the human and animal presentations, epidemiology, means of prevention and control, available diagnostics, available treatments, and associated human and animal regulations for each disease. The diseases presented in class will be chosen based on their significance to public health practitioners.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

Epidemiology


PHC 6000 Epidemiology Method I

Concentration Core Course
Description: This course is intended to ensure that students: a) understand the various epidemiological research methods used to obtain evidence regarding infectious disease transmission and health outcomes; b) can interpret the existing evidence needed to make public health or policy recommendations; and c) are able to propose research strategies to obtain evidence needed to improve public health outcomes related to infectious diseases.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6937 Hospital Epidemiology

Concentration Elective Course
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 and in-class discussions of journal articles and CDC Guidelines and through experiential learning, including a visit to UF Health Shands and attendance at the Infectious Disease Case Conferences.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 7007 Cancer Epidemiology

Concentration Elective Course
Description: Cancer epidemiology is designed to help students develop the interdisciplinary skills required for evaluating various existing and hypothetical public health interventions aimed at reducing the burden of cancer in the US and worldwide. The course will familiarize students with various exposures associated with the risk of developing cancer with emphasis on a population perspective.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6194 Spatial Epidemiology

Concentration Elective Course
Description: This course introduces the concepts and methods of spatial epidemiology. Students will gain hands-on experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial data analyses. Recent developments in location intelligence applied to healthcare and public health research will also be introduced.
Prerequisites: PHC 6052, PHC 6053, and PHC 6000 (or equivalent) or instructor permission.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 7038 Psychiatric Epidemiology

Concentration Elective Course
Description: This advanced epidemiology methods course in Psychiatric Epidemiology will cover concepts, history, measures, methods and analytic techniques to study the risks, prevalence and incidence, course, comorbidities and consequences of major mental disorders (mood and anxiety disorders, pchizophrenia, personality disorders, alcohol and drug abuse and dependence).
Prerequisites: Epidemiology Methods I and II, or permission of the instructor.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6003 Epidemiology and Prevention of Chronic Disease and Disability

Concentration Elective Course
Description: This course will focus on the distribution and determents of major chronic diseases and their risk factors. Chronic diseases have been the leading cause of mortality for over 100 years and contribute to the majority of disability and health care visits in the US and the rest of the industrialized world. The list of individual chronic diseases of public health importance is extensive. This course will focus on conceptual and methodological issues related to the study of most chronic diseases.
Prerequisites: Introductory epidemiology course preferred, or consent of instructor.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

Population Health Management


HSA 6115 Introduction to the Management of Health Services Organizations

Concentration Elective Course
Description: Upon completion on the course, students will: understand the key principles of management, discuss the current healthcare environment in which health services organizations operate, distinguish between the core functions of healthcare management, clarify distinctions between leadership and management, accept the value of the application of Emotional Intelligence principles to professional success, and break down the interrelationships between the fundamental departments of health services organizations and their contribution to organizational mission.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

HSA 5174 Fundamentals of Healthcare Finance

Concentration Elective Course
Description: This course introduces the student to economic theories and concepts and microeconomic analysis and some of its empirical applications including analyses of the demand for and supply of healthcare goods and services. This course also introduces the concepts and methods for the economic analysis of health care decision alternatives. Topics will include demand and supply for health and healthcare, health insurance, information economics, economics of health innovation, health policy, public health economics, behavioral health economics, cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, and cost-utility analyses. It emphasizes the application of these methods to the evaluation of alternative health programs.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

HSA 6126 US Health Insurance System

Concentration Elective Course
Description: This course is designated to understand the US health insurance system. Determining the optimum combination of mechanisms by which our society and its members can pay for health care has been an enduring element of our national health policy conversation for more than a hundred years. And it can be found in the historical record of other cultures for more than a millennium. It is an area that encompasses (a) an ongoing philosophical conversation about the nature of health care and related fiscal considerations; and (b) a much more pragmatic set of conversations reflecting premiums, payments and processes as they are currently operative.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

HSA 6342 Human Resource Management for Health Services Managers

Concentration Elective Course
Description: This course provides a foundation of knowledge and skills needed for effective management in complex health services organizations. Focus on human resource acquisition, retention, and exit, as well as labor relations issues. Students will be exposed to key laws, issues and concepts related to HR management.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

HSA 6152 Health Policy

Concentration Elective Course
Description: This course will engage students in thinking critically about both the evolution of U.S. Health Policy and the forces that influence current health policy. Students will develop strategies for conducting policy analyses and participation in the political process.
Prerequisites: HSA 6114 Introduction to the US Health Care System or permission of instructor.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

HSA 6196 Healthcare Data Analytics II

Concentration Elective Course
Description: On a day to day basis, health care managers are charged with improving costs and financial outcomes while simultaneously improving clinical and service quality. Health care organizations are being “squeezed” by declining reimbursements, while at the same time they are struggling to recruit and retain staff during a significant clinical workforce shortage. To effectively “do more with less,” managers are turning to operations management in an effort to decrease costs while enhancing quality. Supply chain initiatives, quality improvement projects, and organizational restructurings are commonplace in today’s healthcare environment.
Prerequisites: HSA 6395 Healthcare Data Analytics I
Syllabus: Spring 2021

HSA 6385 Performance Management for Health Care Managers

Concentration Elective Course
Description: This course will introduce students to quality of care and quality improvement. Students will gain an understanding of how health care quality is defined and measured and how to identify and monitor quality problems, and plan, implement, and sustain quality improvement interventions.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

HSA 6436 Health Economics

Concentration Core Course
Description: This course introduces the student to economic theories and concepts and microeconomic analysis and some of its empirical applications including analyses of the demand for and supply of healthcare goods and services. This course also introduces the concepts and methods for the economic analysis of health care decision alternatives. Topics will include demand and supply for health and healthcare, health insurance, information economics, economics of health innovation, health policy, public health economics, behavioral health economics, cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, and cost-utility analyses. It emphasizes the application of these methods to the evaluation of alternative health programs.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

HSA 7759 Quality and Outcomes in Health Services Research

Concentration Core Course
Description: The course will cover a mix of conceptual and practical research skills that will prepare students to contribute to health services research related to health care quality and outcomes. This will be achieved through a mix of textbook readings and discussions as well as readings, critiques, and discussions of timely and important research articles in health services and health policy journals.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6530 Public Health Issues of Mothers and Children

Concentration Elective Course
Description: The first purpose of the course is to develop a working knowledge of key public health issues affecting mothers, children, and families, primarily in the United States. Following an introduction to key organizational and financing issues in the field, the course focuses in greater depth on major public health problems, and specific local, state, and federal programs and policies that have been implemented to address them. The second purpose is to provide opportunities to integrate this population‐specific content with public health skills as they are applied in practice situations. The role of data in understanding and addressing public health problems, and the importance of evidenced‐based public health practice are emphasized throughout the course.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

Social and Behavioral Science


PHC 6195 Health Information for Diverse Populations: Theory & Methods

Concentration Core Course
Description: 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.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

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.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6404 Sexuality, Gender, and Public Health

Concentration Elective 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 individuals perceive and use their bodies, and their experiences of health, wellness, and illness. Our approach will be multidisciplinary and cross-cultural in focus and uses an intersectional lens.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6534 Trauma Informed Approaches for Individuals, Communities, and Public Health

Concentration Elective Course
Description: This course will provide students (1) an overview of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma, and the trauma-informed approach; (2) the opportunity to develop trauma-informed public health interventions to prevent ACEs and treat trauma using the social ecological model; and (3) practical instruction in the grant writing process.
Prerequisites: Admission to program or approval of instructor.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6704 Community-Based Participatory Research

Concentration Elective Course
Description: This course is to provide an overview of theories, principles, and strategies associated with Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). This introductory course 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.
Prerequisites: PHC 6000 Epidemiology Methods I
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6700 Social and Behavioral Research Methods

Concentration Elective Course
Description: This course is designed to provide an overview of research design, methods, and ethics for students in public health, with an emphasis on approaches used in the social and behavioral sciences. This course will use a variety of instructional methods to achieve these aims, including readings, discussions, projects, and hands-on research experiences.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

PHC 6403 Adolescent Health and Risk-Taking

Concentration Elective Course
Description: We will examine the relationship between psychological and sociological factors, including identity formation, and the effect of person and society on health behaviors and risks. We will assess current intervention programs for both prevention and cessation of risky behaviors, and by the end of the course you will design your own intervention based on the semester’s readings and lectures.
Syllabus: Spring 2021

GEY 6220 Geriatric Care Management

Concentration Elective Course
Description: This course will provide the student with the basic elements and procedures for conducting a comprehensive geriatric assessment and care plan report. The content of the course will cover the fundamentals of a psychosocial, functional, and cognitive assessments, presenting problems, general background and history information, diagnosis and medications, and functional abilities as it relates to their environment.
Syllabus: Spring 2021