Department of Public Health

http://www.wku.edu/publichealth

William Mkanta, Interim Department Head
Academic Complex 133
(270) 745-4797
public.health@wku.edu

Faculty

Professor

Neale R. Chumbler, PhD (Sociology), Case Western Reserve University, 1994

Dennis K. George, PhD (Environment Sci Engr), University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1994

Associate Professor

Gregory E. Ellis-Griffith, PhD (Administration/Health Services), University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2010

Gary M. English, PhD (Health PE Recreation), University of New Mexico Main Campus, 1988

Marilyn M. Gardner, PhD (Health Ed Promotion), University of Alabama, 1999

Vijay Golla, PhD (Occupational Environmental Health (Industrial Hygiene)), University of Iowa, 2007

Janice R. Hunt-Shepherd, MHA (Health Administration), Western Kentucky University, 2005

Grace K. Lartey, PhD (Health Education), University of Toledo, 2006

William N. Mkanta, PhD (Health Services Research), University of Florida, 2005

Ritchie D. Taylor, PhD (Environmental Science), University of North Texas, 2002

Cecilia M. Watkins, PhD (Human Ecology, Community Health), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2000

Assistant Professor

Abeer D. Alamri, PhD (Healthcare Ethics), Duquesne University, 2016

Xiuhua Ding, PhD (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), University of Kentucky, 2016

Colin Farrell, PhD (Medical Sociology), University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2010

Jooyeon Hwang, PhD (Environmental Health), University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2013

Gretchen M. Macy, EdD (Kinesiology and Health Promotion), University of Kentucky, 2012

Michelle C. Reece, PhD (Public Health), East Tennessee State University, 2014

Instructor I

Melanie D. Eaton, MBA (Business Administration), Western Kentucky University, 2003

Steven W. Maddox, MS (Health), Western Kentucky University, 1992


Environmental and Occupational  Health Science Courses

EOHS 510   Watershed Management and Science    3 Hours

Watershed management and science including water resources protection, watershed health development and assessment, and environmental and water ethics.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

EOHS 546   Environmental & Occupational Health Science Internship    3,6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Supervised experience in an organization, facility, industry or busines with Environmental, Occupational Health & Safety or Workplace Health Promotion responsibilities (or a combination of those). Assignments individually arranged. Off-campus travel required.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of EOHS Internship Coordinator.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

EOHS 560   Environmental Management and Risk Assessment    3 Hours

Application of environmental management systems, methods, and tools to mitigate threats to environmental and human health. Guide students to understand their role as an environmental health professional working with the public and private sectors in controlling adverse environmental conditions through the competencies of assessment, management, and communication. Application of risk assessment as it relates to human and environmental health.
Prerequisite(s): PH 584 or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

EOHS 570   Industrial Hygiene    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Presents contemporary occupational exposure and hazard issues in the workplace. Issues of industrial hygiene and general methods of control are addressed. Field trips required; students responsible for own transportation.
Prerequisite(s): PH 520 and PH 577.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2017

EOHS 571   Air Quality Management    3 Hours

Examines the origins, dispersion, control and effects of air pollution; indoor air pollution; and the history of air quality control management. Provides a balanced account of air quality control regulations including the provisions and implications of the Federal Air Quality regulations, standards, setting, policy implementation and technical and management aspects of air quality control.
Prerequisite(s): PH 584 or permission of instructor.
Course Fee: $50
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2017

EOHS 572   Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology    3 Hours

The course will introduce student to the research approaches for the epidemiologic study of the environmental and workplace hazards. This course involves the study and reasoning of environmental and occupational epidemiologic study designs, basic and novel methods of characterizing exposures, and techniques for designing epidemiologic studies and implementing methods to improve the evaluation of research in these fields.
Prerequisite(s): PH 520 and PH 582.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

EOHS 577   Environmental Toxicology    3 Hours

Toxicological principles and environmental risk assessment with emphasis on routes of exposure, biokinetics, and response to chemical stressors.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

EOHS 580   Solid and Hazardous Wastes    3 Hours

Management of solid and hazardous wastes in the environment. Emphasis on regulatory compliance, control and remediation technologies, and environmental pathways.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

EOHS 595   Public Health Management of Disasters    3 Hours

Examines the background and history of natural and technological disasters, their characteristics, human health and environmental impacts, and the management activities needed to control them. Provides an overview of federal programs to enhance state and local prevention, preparedness, and public health response to disasters.
Prerequisite(s): PH 584 or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

Health Care Administration Courses

HCA 401G   Fundamentals of Health Care Financial Management    3 Hours

Basic principles of financial management for health care organizations. Financial ratios applicable to health providers and insurance companies; issues in the healthcare revenue cycle and value chain; recognizing sources of risk in reimbursement; and addressing risk in financial plans.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; summer 2015; winter 2016; summer 2016; winter 2017; summer 2017

HCA 520   Statistical Application in Health Care    1 Hour (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

This course covers basic statistical applications in SPSS and MS Excel. Familiarity with personal computers is assumed.
Corequisite(s): PH 520.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HCA 530   Independent Investigation in Health Care Administration    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Research problems or projects in the area of health care administration.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

HCA 540   Health Care Organization and Management    3 Hours

Organization and management principles, theories and practices in the health care environment. The U.S. health care system, the role of the administrator, facilities operations and evaluation, and health administration research.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

HCA 541   Strategic Management & Marketing of Health Services    3 Hours

Marketing principles, theories, and practices in the health care environment. Structured opportunities to study health care marketing literature and to develop skills in marketing plan development.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; spring 2015; fall 2015; winter 2016; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; winter 2017; spring 2017; fall 2017

HCA 542   Health Care Human Resources Administration    3 Hours

Principles and practices of human resources administration in the health care field. The unique characteristics of professional, technical, skilled and unskilled health care workers explored and emphasized.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

HCA 543   Health Care Quality and Accountability    3 Hours

Critical knowledge of health care quality and required accountability within the health care industry. The major topics of quality assurance, risk management, utilization management, JCAHO and NCQA standards, Six Sigma, and continuous quality improvement will be discussed.
Prerequisite(s): HCA 540.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; winter 2016; spring 2016; spring 2017

HCA 544   Healthcare Systems Design and Behavior    3 Hours

Systems approach to effective and efficient management of health services delivery. Application, analysis and evaluation of organizational design and behavior principles to the health care delivery components. Factors such as structure, work design, operations, and performance that affect decision-making are explored.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HCA 545   Managerial Finance for Health Services    3 Hours

Methods of financing the delivery of health services in the U.S. Includes budgetary mechanisms and managerial finance techniques for measuring, monitoring, analyzing, and controlling costs for both the providers and consumers of healthcare services.
Prerequisite(s): HCA 540 and BA 505.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

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

Supervised, full-time experience in a facility or in an agency approved by the Department of Public Health.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

HCA 547   Global and Comparative Health Systems    3 Hours

A review of global health issues including how systems, policies, and program management influence availability and delivery of health services. Students will learn about the development of health systems and make comparisons of different types of health systems based on different aspects of health and health care such as resources availability, access to care, quality of care and models of care delivery. Issues of global health management and health disparities will be investigated in depth at the local, regional and global levels.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HCA 551   Health Care Jurisprudence    3 Hours

Provides an overview of the American legal system as it relates to the health care industry. Topics include duty owed (patients and organizations), ethics, malpractice, risk management, quality, accountability, rights without obligations (of patients, practitioners, and management), and current trends in health care law.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

HCA 555   Healthcare Preparedness and Leadership    3 Hours

Disaster planning, Bioterrorism, other weapons of mass destruction, events, emergency response systems management, federal, state, and local coordinating activities, leadership principles, leadership complexities regarding healthcare professionals, and ethical dilemmas in critical leadership scenarios will be discussed.
Prerequisite(s): HCA 540.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HCA 556   Ambulatory Care/Rural Health    3 Hours

Explores operational management techniques related to ambulatory care settings identifying dynamics unique to outpatient settings. Special focus is on rural areas and their diverse management challenges.
Prerequisite(s): HCA 540.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HCA 559   Global Health Service-Learning Practicum    3-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Designed to provide students in health professions with a global service-learning experience. Integrates student knowledge and skills with practical applications in a global health context, based on the student career objectives and the health needs of the served communities.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2017

HCA 564   Health Systems Informatics    3 Hours

A survey of information use and management in a health care context. Course content includes Health Information Systems, Informatics, database design, e-health, and patient privacy.
Corequisite(s): HCA 565.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HCA 565   Information Systems Laboratory    1 Hour (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Management of health care data using MS Excel and MS Access. Basic familiarity with personal computers is assumed.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HCA 571   Managed Care    3 Hours

Overview of managed care and organized delivery systems, including history, organizational structures, financing, cost containment strategies, and policy issues.
Prerequisite(s): HCA 540.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HCA 572   Special Topics in Health Services    3 Hours

Survey of current topics within the field of health care administration. This course varies in content from term to term and may require field trips to area organizations.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; spring 2015; summer 2015; winter 2016; summer 2016; winter 2017; spring 2017

HCA 574   Decision Making in Health Care    3 Hours

Basic decision models and decision making tools useful for managing uncertainty and solving health care management problems. The course is concerned with a wide variety of applied and theoretical archetypes, as well as modeling and quantitative techniques currently used in health care management.
Prerequisite(s): HCA 540.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

HCA 586   Health Economics & Policy    3 Hours

Economic principles applied to the study of health care facilities, health services and manpower. These 400-level courses may be taken for graduate credit. Students receiving graduate credit in 400G courses will be required to do additional research, readings, or other appropriate assignments.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; summer 2017; fall 2017

Public Health Courses

PH 402G   Worksite Health Promotion    3 Hours

This course will provide specific concepts and skills needed in worksite health promotion using comprehensive health promotion and education techniques. This course will also discuss policy issues, program planning and special population interactions that are unique to the worksite setting.
Prerequisite(s): PH 390.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

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. Field trips are required.
Prerequisite(s): Three hours of social or behavioral science.
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.
Prerequisite(s): PH 261 and PH 381 or appropriate background in the social, behavioral, biological, or allied health sciences.
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: spring 2015

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: fall 2015; 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.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

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.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor.
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: winter 2015; spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; winter 2017; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

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 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; winter 2017; spring 2017; summer 2017

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 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

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: fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; fall 2017

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.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

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 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

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 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

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

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 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; fall 2017

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

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 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

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 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

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 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

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 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

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 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

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 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

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 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; fall 2017

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

Thesis research and writing directed by faculty committee.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017

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

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

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 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

PH 630   Advanced Epidemiology    3 Hours

Integrates epidemiologic principles for decision-making in healthcare for improved patient and population outcomes. It is intended for DNP students and other healthcare leaders.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 700, NURS 620, PH 582 or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017