PH 400 Introduction to Public Health                                3 credits

This course provides a basic introduction to public health concepts by examining the philosophy, history, organization, and different disciplines of public health. It will introduce students to a range of topics, issues and policies to help understand current public health systems, policies and practices. The contents of the course will include material on public health foundation courses such as epidemiology, biostatistics, health services, population health etc. along with emerging topics in public health.

PH 410 The American Health Care System                     3 credits

This course provides an overview of U.S. Healthcare system. Students will be taught about fragmented nature of the system. In addition, they will be exposed to ever changing nature of the healthcare system, mainly in response to concerns regarding access, quality and cost.

PH 420 Health Care in Diverse Communities                 3 credits

This course will introduce students to different communities; and will focus on their health status, and complexities of health service delivery to these populations. It will provide a deeper understanding of the health inequalities; and will address variables such as gender, age, race, lifestyle, culture, and social class and how they are related to health status and health service needs.

PH 430 Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics  3 credits

This course introduces the basic concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to public health problems. It will introduce students to the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation, appropriate summaries and displays of data, and the use of classical statistical approaches to describe the health of populations. Various epidemiologic study designs for investigating associations between risk factors and disease outcomes will also be introduced, along with methods to compute basic descriptive statistics.

PH 440 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention      3 credits

Provides an introduction to the theory and application of health promotion principles. Personal and public health lifestyles, identification of risk factors and behavioral change strategies that promote positive health behaviors of individuals, groups, and communities are covered.

PH 450 Social Determinants of Health                              3 credits

This course focuses on the systematic study of the social and economic conditions under which people live that determine their health. It will explore how social influences such as income, living conditions, education, infrastructure, religious affiliation, health care, social capital, stress, gender, and race affect health and longevity. The course will also examine the role of public policy in shaping health outcomes for communities.

PH 460 Public Health Preparedness                                   3 credits

Introduces emergency management concepts as they apply to public health. Key elements of public health preparedness and response to the variety of natural, technological, and man-made disasters occurring routinely on a global basis.

PH 470 Environment and Public Health                            3 credits

Explores the relationship of people to their environment, environmental factors involved in transmission of communicable diseases and hazards due to exposure to chemical and physical materials in our environment. Topics include water quality, waste management, including hazardous waste; air quality and management; food protection; and other environmental topics.

PH 476 Introduction to Global Health                               3 credits

Focuses on current health policy issues within the context of the U.S. health care system and the political environment. Introduces major health care policy perspectives and their implications for public health. Includes an overview of ethical and legal standards and regulations affecting public health.

PH 480 Public Health Research and Evaluation            3 credits

On the examination and application of concepts, models and quantitative methods that facilitate the investigation of contemporary research in the field of Public Health.

PH 495 Management, Law and Ethics                                3 credits

This course explores the management of a health care facility. It explores innovate approaches to payer models, law, and health care by examining classic legal-medical ethics cases, legal rules and ethical principles. Special attention will be given to ethical conflicts, as well as the roles of ethics consultants and ethics committees.

PH 499 Capstone Project                                                          3 credits

Designed for student to integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge from the entire curriculum. Options include a public health or health care internship; or development of an evidence-based project with a scholarly paper.