Course Descriptions

Public Health Sciences Courses

PHLT 1001
Introduction to Public Health. Public Health 101 takes a multidisciplinary “population health” approach using a social science perspective. It emphasizes the historical and current roles of public health and introduces students to basic epidemiological concepts of rates, causation and public health surveillance. Determinants of health including environmental, behavioral, biological, and socio-economic factors as well as access, quality and cost of medical care are central to the course. Options for intervention are evaluated from multiple perspectives. The course emphasizes health issues that affect society as a whole as well as those that affect vulnerable populations. Short case studies will be used to illustrate teaching methods that challenge students to think through current issues in public health. (3, Fa)

PHLT 1002
Nutrition and Health.  This course will explore the role of nutrition in population health.  Students will be exposed to the principles and science behind food consumption and the many ecological drivers that influence the production and availability of quality foods. (3, Sp)

PHLT 2001
Behavioral Theories in Public Health.  This course will explore the use of behavioral approaches, theories, and models to explain, predict, and influence behaviors that either positively or negatively impact health outcomes.  (3, Fa)

PHLT 2002
Health Promotion Program Planning.  This course will provide students with a foundation in planning, implementing, and evaluating program designed to promote health and wellness among individuals across the life stages. (3, Fa)

MGMT 2060
Principles of Management.  An integrated overview of the fundamentals of managerial decision making with a focus on developing the skills necessary to identify problems that confront health care managers who then must apply the necessary tools (both analytical and intuitive) to foment solutions that coalesce with the health care management organization’s goals and objectives. (3, Sp)

PHLT 2004
Introduction to Environmental Health.  The science of environmental health will be reviewed, with especial emphasis on health effects of environmental exposures.  Course will cover topic such as air and water pollution, workplace exposures to hazardous substances, and exposures to hazardous agents in the home. Regulation by government agencies at the federal and state level will be discussed, as will policies for implementing environmental health programs. (3, Sp) 

PHLT 3001
Introduction to Epidemiology.  Epidemiology 101 teaches methods of epidemiology as an application of the scientific method. Basic study designs are presented including case-control, cohort studies and randomized clinical trials. Past, current, and potential future applications of epidemiology are presented including their relevance to media reporting of scientific research. Ethical implications of epidemiology research are integrated throughout the course. Epidemiology is used to teach the scientific method by developing and testing hypotheses from data and rigorously drawing analytical conclusions.  Epidemiology can be taught as a laboratory science with formal laboratory exercises that will be illustrated using case studies. (3, Fa)

BSAD 3195
Computer Based Information Systems.  Provides students with an understanding of applications of the computer to the support of managerial decision-making processes.  Topic include basic business information concepts, the organizational of information systems, recently developed computer-supported managerial techniques and problem solving accompanying advances in computer technology. (3, Sp)

PHLT 3003
Fundamentals of Program Evaluation.  Students will be exposed to various aspects of conducting research in public health to identify social determinants of health and the use of ecological approaches to eliminate health disparities.  Students will be exposed to various study designs, key areas of public health research, seminal studies in public health, and opportunities to design and conduct a community needs assessment. (3, Fa)

PHLT 4001
Ethics in Public Health.  This course will explore the importance of ethics in public health.  The course will clarify how public health is different from medical ethics and its parallels to public health laws.  This course will also discuss common barriers to the ethical practice of public health. (3, Fa)

PHLT 4002
Introduction to Global Health. Global Health is a cross-cutting interdisciplinary field integrating social and behavioral sciences as well as quantitative and laboratory sciences. Course work in global health can be taught using a curriculum framework that includes: the health-development link; health systems and their impacts on health; culture and health; human rights and ethics the burden of disease; and global institutions and cooperation to improve global health. Biological understandings of disease are integrated throughout the course. Global health curriculum provides an opportunity to use public health as a vehicle for studying global interdependency. (3, Fa)

PHLT 4004
Senior Intern.  Students will participate in a semester long field placement where they will be required to participate in structured experiences in an approved public health setting.  Students are expected to apply knowledge, skills and competencies obtained throughout their educational experience in real world settings. (9, Sp)

PHLT 4999
Comprehensive Examination.  All public health majors must sit and successfully pass a 200 item multiple-choice examination.  This comprehensive examination will test students’ mastery of course content in public health.  Students must score at least 70% in order to successfully pass the examination. (0, Fa)

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