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Public Health (PH)

PH 443G    Health Problems of the Aged    3 Hours

Covers ecological factors affecting human health and longevity, current health problems, and research on health and disease as they relate to the aged.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 444G    Death Education    3 Hours

Man's relationship to death and dying, coming to terms with eventual death, coping with death of loved ones and with fear of death. Includes suicide prevention. Note: Field trips are required. Three hours of social or behavioral science required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 447G    Human Values/Health Sciences    3 Hours

Analysis of the difficult ethical, legal, and social dilemmas confronting the health care delivery system, patients, medical practitioners, and other health care professionals in contemporary American society. Note: Appropriate background in the social, behavioral, biological, or allied health sciences required.

Prerequisite(s): PH 261 and PH 381

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 450G    Rural Health and Safety    3 Hours

Students will explore a variety of health and safety issues unique to rural populations. The interdisciplinary team concept will be used throughout the course to foster collaboration that facilitates sharing of the expertise of the students and faculty. One Saturday meeting will be required for a team building activity.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 461G    Comprehensive School Health Program    3 Hours

Examination and application of the components of the comprehensive school health program. Discussion of the role of administrators, teachers, counselors and health service personnel in conducting, coordinating and evaluating the comprehensive school health program. Includes visitation in public schools.

Prerequisite(s): PH 381

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 465G    Health/Safety/Elementary School    3 Hours

Nature and purpose of school health and safety in the elementary school, including curriculum development, instructional content areas, appraising students' health, and evaluation.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 467G    Drug Abuse Education    3 Hours

A drug abuse education and prevention course designed to provide current and documented information about abused substances. Includes study of the development, implementation and evaluation of drug prevention programs in the home, school, community and workplace.

Prerequisite(s): PH 100 or equivalent

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

PH 468G    Sexuality Education    3 Hours

Emphasis in this course is on planning, implementation and evaluation of school and community sexuality education programs. Health and policy issues which affect sexuality and sexual behavior are addressed along with analysis of contemporary health issues with sexual dimensions.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 501    Research Methods    3 Hours

Methods, materials, techniques, and planning of research studies used and conducted by the profession.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2016

PH 502    Health Promotion in the Workplace    3 Hours

Provides specific skills and concepts for worksite health promotion as it pertains to designing, implementing, and evaluating multifaceted health promotion programs in the workplace. Additional skills acquired in this course include financial and marketing strategies, policy development, and effective communication between employer and employee.

Equivalent(s): EOHS 502

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

PH 503    Health Assessment in Workplace    3 Hours

This course presents concepts and teaches skills needed to assess health status at the individual, organizational, and community levels in a workplace wellness environment. Emphasis is placed on, but not limited to, physical and psychological components of health.

Equivalent(s): EOHS 503

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 520    Biostatistics for Public Health    3 Hours

Application of statistical theory and principles in public health and related disciplines. Emphasis is placed on developing and testing hypotheses, utilizing appropriate statistical methodology, and the use of appropriate technology.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; winter 2017; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017; winter 2018; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

PH 530    Independent Investigations in Community Health    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Research problems or projects in the area of public health.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; winter 2017; spring 2017; summer 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

PH 546    Graduate Internship    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Supervised,applied field experience with various agencies, organizations, facilities, industries, and businesses with health-related missions or programs. Placement must be approved prior to registering. Off campus travel required.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

PH 548    Community Health Organization    3 Hours

Social, political and economic forces that exacerbate health inequities in different communities; various organizational strategies for effective solution. Review and analysis of community organization and mobilization processes, legislative advocacy, cultural competency, and the role of mass media in conceptualization of public health issues. Transportation requirements for field trips will be provided.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2016; fall 2017; summer 2018; fall 2018

PH 564    Public Health Issues in Women's Health    3 Hours

Examines social, economic, environmental, behavioral and political factors that influence women's health, as viewed from a public health perspective. Management and coordination of policies, procedures, activities and resources designed to promote and protect the health and well being of students and staff. Includes administration of family resource and youth service centers, and coordination of school health education, healthful environment, and health services.

Equivalent(s): PH 464G

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017; fall 2018

PH 567    Admn Compr School Health Program    3 Hours

Management and coordination of policies, procedures, activities and resources designed to promote and protect the health and well being of students and staff. Includes administration of family resource and youth service centers, and coordination of school health education, healthful environment, and health services.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 568    Public Health Approaches to STD/HIV Prevention    3 Hours

A study of the most common sexually transmitted infections, including infection with the human immunodeficiency virus, and their complications, with special emphasis on prevention and control. Topics include STI/HIV counseling and testing, partner notification, and the development of educational interventions for target populations.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 572    Practice of Drug Abuse Prevention    3 Hours

Examines the epidemiology of the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. In addition, there will be in-depth study of relevant prevention science as applied to school and community settings. The course will be a didactic presentation of material, with substantial engagement activities for students.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 575    Program Planning in Public Health Practice    3 Hours

Methods of assessing population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities' health and translating findings into designing a population-based program, project, or intervention.

Prerequisite(s): PH 587

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

PH 576    Education and Communication Techniques in Public Health Education    3 Hours

Provide concepts and skills in using education and communication techniques in public health promotion programs. Discuss policy advocacy and principles of effectively interacting with community constituents influential in health promotion programs.

Prerequisite(s): PH 587

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

PH 578    Health Disparities    3 Hours

Introduce and discuss the manner in which minority status, within the United States, results in health inequality. Specific topics to be discussed, in relation to health disparities, are race, sex, gender, disability, and nationality. Through course readings, lectures, and assignments, the student will gain an undrstanding about how individual and structural factors impact health outcomes within our population.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017; spring 2018; fall 2018

PH 580    Introduction to Public Health    3 Hours

A comprehensive introduction to public health concepts and practice, examining the philosophy, purpose, history, organization, functions and activities of public health at the national, state and community levels.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2016; fall 2017; spring 2018; fall 2018

PH 581    Applied Methods in Public Health Practice    3 Hours

Application of methods, tools, and techniques utilized by public health practitioners and other related professionals to identify, develop, and assess community-based programming and research.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017; spring 2018; fall 2018

PH 582    Epidemiology    3 Hours

Apply epidemiological methods to settings and situations in public health practice. Emphasizes problem solving and interpretation.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017; winter 2018; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

PH 583    Public Health Administration    3 Hours

Advanced concepts of organization, administration and management of public health agencies and programs.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

PH 584    Principles of Environmental Health    3 Hours

A study of the traditional, emerging and controversial issues associated with environmental health. Biological, chemical and physical threats to human health are included.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

PH 585    International Health    3 Hours

Analyzes international health problems, including the development and administration of the World Health Organization. Covers critical health problems of both developed and underdeveloped countries. Emphasizes effective intervention strategies.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017; spring 2018

PH 586    Violence Prevention    3 Hours

An examination of the nature and extent of family, school and community violence, the psychosocial and biological roots, past efforts to prevent and control violence, and principals of violence prevention.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 587    Health Behavior    3 Hours

Applications of concepts and theories used in social and behavioral sciences to identify and conceptualize solutions to public health problems.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018; summer 2018; fall 2018

PH 588    Public Health Capstone    3 Hours

Integrative learning experience that synthesizes core MPH courses into an applied practice experience, within the classroom, addressing a current issue in public health.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018

PH 591    Health Program Evaluation    3 Hours

Application of methods and techniques to evaluate public health programs.

Prerequisite(s): PH 587 and (PH 520 or PH 620) or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2016; fall 2017; spring 2018; fall 2018

PH 599    Thesis Research/Writing    3-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Thesis research and writing directed by faculty committee.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017; spring 2018

PH 600    Maintain Matriculation    1 Hour (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; spring 2018

PH 620    Advanced Biostatistics    3 Hours

Application of quantitative analysis approaches to evaluation of epidemiological based data using descriptive and inferential statistical methods. Discussion and application to a healthcare dataset.

Prerequisite(s): PH 520 or equivalent

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

PH 630    Advanced Epidemiology    3 Hours

Integrates epidemiologic principles for decision-making in healthcare for improved patient and population outcomes. Note: Course intended for DNP students and other healthcare leaders.

Prerequisite(s): (NURS 700 or NURS 620 or PH 582) or permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017