24 courses:
  • PBH-103

    Intro. to Nutrition

    Nutrition is the study of foods and health. Introduction to Nutrition will introduce students to nutrition concepts such as how food nourishes the body and the role of nutrition in human health. An emphasis will be placed on the roles of key nutrients in the body including water, minerals, vitamins, fats, protein and carbohydrates. In addition, this course will examine the components of a nutritious diet, dietary recommendations intended to guide the public, the relationship between nutrition and fitness, energy balance and body weight, diet and disease, food safety and food technology, social and economic factors that drive nutrition choices and the global nutrition environment. This course will delve into to the complexities of current topics and controversies in nutrition such as: Are carbohydrates bad for you? Do popular weight-loss diets work? Whose diet is best for optimal health: vegetarians or meat eaters? Are new food technologies safe? (This course is intended for non-nutrition majors and will not fulfill the requirement for nutrition majors and nursing students.)
  • PBH-200

    Intro. Public Health

    Public health is the science of protecting the health of the community through organized and systematic efforts. These efforts can take the form of education, providing access to health care, and protecting the public from exposures that could cause them harm. This introductory course examines the role of public health in the community. It provides an overview of the field and major topics within Public Health and focus on contemporary and historical population health problems.
  • PBH-203

    Intro. to Epidemiology

    Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinant of disease in populations. The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and to demonstrate their applicability in the field of public health. The course is also intended to provide an introduction to the basic skills needed to critically evaluate the epidemiologic literature relevant to public health professionals.
  • PBH-206

    Intro. to Global Health

    Global health is the science of understanding the health of populations throughout the world, in an effort to understand contributing factors to health, with a focus on improving the health of the communities across the globe through organized and systematic efforts. These efforts can take the form of education and providing access to health care and resources, with the goal of protecting populations from exposures that could cause them harm. This course examines the complex distribution of disease across the globe, examining the health of diverse communities. It will focus on major health problems, considering economic, social, and political conditions contributing to disease burden, unique to developed and developing nations across the globe.
  • PBH-300

    Health and the Environment

    Health and the Environment will introduce students to the issues and concepts in the field of environmental health. It is intended to provide students with an understanding of how environmental factors impact the health of individuals and the community. This course will also cover the efforts that have been made to prevent or minimize the negative impact of environmental toxins. Emphasis is placed on providing students with a general understanding of the health hazards resulting from exposure to physical, chemical, and biological hazards; vectors for dissemination (water, soil, and air); solid and hazardous waste; susceptible populations; the scientific basis for policy development; and emerging global environmental health issues. Prerequisite: PBH 200 or the written permission of the instructor
  • PBH-303

    Public Hlth Policy & Advocacy

    Health policy and advocacy training is needed to provide future public health practitioners with policy-making knowledge and skills in generating public support, policy-maker communications, and policy campaign operations. This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the fields of public health policy and advocacy. Students will gain an understanding of the current healthcare system and strategies used to advocate for the community through legislation, written pieces, media, coalitions, and community organizing. The course will focus on moving from identifying a health problem, to creating potential solutions, and then determining how to propel the solution forward into action. In particular, the class will look closely at who pleads for the health needs of various population groups in the U.S., how they do so, and the role they play in the process. Students will gain an understanding of how theory, research, policy, and practice can work together to promote systemic social change. Students will also be exposed to strategies used to advocate for the community. The course will also provide practical information, such as skills in advocacy and opportunities to learn from specific advocacy efforts, as well as seasoned advocates. Prerequisites: PBH 200 and PBH 206 or the written permission of the instructor
  • PBH-305

    Public Health Leadership&Mgmt

    Public health operates in a dynamic environment that requires effective leadership and management. In fact, the World Health Organization lists leadership and governance as one of the six interrelated health systems building blocks. U.S. health reform also includes an expanding definition of public health that demands that the public health professional be an effective collaborator who understands the need for problem solving, conflict resolution, inter-organizational relationships and organizational change. This course will address theories and principles of leadership, leadership styles and practices, the levels of public health leadership, leadership tools needed for the 21st century, public health competencies, and emerging public health trends and issues. Prerequisite: PBH 200 or the written permission of the instructor
  • PBH-307

    Health and Society

    This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the study of the social determinants of health. It will focus on understanding society's impact on the public's health with a focus on contextual influences such as economic, educational, social and physical environment, as well as community systems and services that affect health and health care today and over generations. It will also examine how these themes apply throughout the lifespan and to individual groups within communities. The course will examine how health problems and disparities emerge, have been addressed over time, how communities can organize to change and improve health outcomes and explore tools, strategies, and policy efforts to eliminate such disparities. Prerequisite: PBH 200 or the written permission of the instructor
  • PBH-313

    Global Public Health Exp.

    This course will allow students the rare opportunity to examine firsthand the healthcare system of a developing country. It will focus on access to healthcare in the context of the socioeconomic and political status of the country. Through lectures and visits to important sites in the country, students will learn about the culture, history and politics of the country as well as the public health infrastructure. This is a faculty led short-term travel course with an accompanying seminar.
  • PBH-402

    Developing Public Health Prog.

    Public health professionals are trained in the use of appropriate strategies and methods to facilitate the development of policies, procedures, interventions and systems that are conducive to the health of individuals, groups, and communities. This course draws from all other public health classes and focuses on the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs that will assist groups to maintain and improve their health. Students will engage in hands-on problem identification, needs assessment, program planning, and development practice with a variety of program planning models. Prerequisites: public health major, senior status, completion of most PBH courses
  • PBH-409C

    Internship I

    These courses are designed for senior public health students. They are an opportunity for students to gain practical experience in a public health setting. Students will work in an area of public health that is of interest to them. This is a two-semester course. Internship venues may include health departments, health care organizations/programs, foundations, public health associations, community organizations, public school systems, etc. conducting programming or projects related to public health issues. Generally, an internship will be considered acceptable for public health course credit if it pertains to one or more of the topical areas in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Healthy People 2020. Prerequisites: Senior status, PBH 200, PBH 203, PBH 206, PBH 303, and PBH 307 or the written permission of the instructor
  • PBH-410

    Internship II

    These courses are designed for senior public health students. They are an opportunity for students to gain practical experience in a public health setting. Students will work in an area of public health that is of interest to them. This is a two-semester course. Internship venues may include health departments, health care organizations/programs, foundations, public health associations, community organizations, public school systems, etc. conducting programming or projects related to public health issues. Generally, an internship will be considered acceptable for public health course credit if it pertains to one or more of the topical areas in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Healthy People 2020. Prerequisites: Senior status, PBH 200, PBH 203, PBH 206, PBH 303, and PBH 307 or the written permission of the instructor