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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
PBH 101. Systems and Services of Public Health (3 hours)
This course introduces the history and philosophy of public health, its core values, concepts, and functions. Students will learn the roles, influences, and responsibilities of different agencies and branches of government in public health. Services, processes, and functions of public health are discussed in the context of historical and contemporary perspectives. Dimensions of personal and environmental health, in relation to social, economic, cultural, psychological, and political factors are also presented. Students must earn a C or better in PBH 101 to enroll in 300- or 400-level public health courses. (Fall and Spring)
PBH 105. Population Health and the Environment (3 hours)
The environmental effects on the health of human populations from multiple avenues of exposure are presented in this course. Determinants that affect human health are explored. Students will learn the roles of national and state health agencies, programs, and other resources in improving human health relative to environmental factors. (Every year)
PBH 200. Rural Health in the U.S. (3 hours)
Evidence is presented that affects the health and healthcare resources of rural people. Students will learn the contextual and social structural attributes of rural communities and the effects on individual and population health. Critical rural health and health policy issues will also be examined. (Every year)
PBH 202. Biostatistics (3 hours)
Prerequisites: STA 126 and MAT 133.
Students will learn concepts for measuring population health, and to draw conclusions about populations from data from samples. Students will understand the scientific method and hypothesis testing. Types of data, data distributions, and measures of central tendency and dispersion will be covered. Students will also learn various parametric and non-parametric tests and when to use them. Contingency tables and simple experimental designs will also be covered in this course. (Every year)
PBH 301. Dissemination of Public Health Information (3 hours)
Prerequisite: PBH 101.
This course explores the roles of public health communication campaigns, mass media, advocacy and the evolving influence of Internet and social media on health outcomes. Concepts of public health communication, including technical and professional writing, and the use of mass media and electronic technology are included. Linkages between communication effects and selected health topics will be examined. (Every year)
PBH 305. Epidemiology (3 hours)
Prerequisite: PBH 101.
This course introduces the steps and tools for investigating infectious and communicable disease, chronic disease, foodborne illness, and other emerging population health threats. Students will understand concepts, methods and tools for data gathering and analysis. (Every year)
PBH 307. Health Behavior (3 hours)
Prerequisite: PBH 101.
This course introduces students to the relationship between behavior and health issues. Students will gain an introductory background to selected theories and models that guide understanding of health related behavior. Students will learn the way in which these theories apply to health promotion efforts. (Every year)
PBH 400. U.S. Health Systems (3 hours)
Prerequisite: PBH 101.
Students will know characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health system to understand its organization and delivery and the roles of technical, economic, political, ethical and social forces that shape it. (Every year)
PBH 402. Public Health Across the Life Span (3 hours)
Prerequisite: PBH 101.
Principles that influence health across the lifespan are presented in this course. Students will understand concepts and substantive issues other than the disease-based approach. Students will discuss the value of integrating demographic, human development, lifespan, and family and community context in understanding the health of populations in the U.S. (Every year)
PBH 404. Population Health and Diversity (3 hours)
Prerequisite: PBH 101.
Students will examine the definition of culture, the ways in which culture intersects with health issues, how public health efforts can benefit by understanding and working with cultural processes, and research methods that are useful in identifying relationships between culture and health to reduce health disparities. (Every year)
PBH 405. Health Programming (3 hours)
Prerequisites: PBH 101 and PBH 307.
Students will learn the concepts for addressing health challenges through program planning and using evidence-based practices. Students will learn the tools and methods used in planning and implementation of health programming. (Every year)
PBH 407. Public Health Research Methods (3 hours)
Prerequisites: PBH 101 and PBH 301.
Students will learn research proposal writing, methodologies, and foundations of research theories and protocols in public health. Students will learn to identify a study topic, formulate research questions, organize a literature review, and select an appropriate research design and methodology, and management of original and secondary data. (Every year)
PBH 489. Independent Study for Honors Capstone Preparation in Public Health (1-3 hours, variable)
Each junior honors student is required to complete this course in preparation for the honors capstone course (CHP PBH 491). This course is designed to introduce the independent honors research student to data collection, management and standards, health data privacy, ethics in research practice, exploratory analysis, hypothesis development, statistical analysis, and preparation for writing. (Every year)
PBH 490. Public Health Capstone (3 hours)
Prerequisites: PBH 101, PBH 301, and PBH 407.
This course provides a unifying experience in which students bring together knowledge and skills gained in their public health major. This is met through the completion of PBH 101 portfolio and course requirements. Students must have completed at least 24 hours of major coursework, including PBH 301 and PBH 407. (Every year)
PBH 491. Independent Study for Honors Capstone in Public Health (1-3 hours, variable)
Prerequisite: PBH 489.
The honors capstone course in public health is a culminating experience in which honors students will demonstrate knowledge and skills in research. This will be met through the student’s engagement in an applied research project and in the oral and written dissemination of results. (Every year)
 
Public Health Electives: (6 credit hours)
PBH 303. Issues in U.S. Health Policy (3 hours)
Prerequisite: PBH 101.
Students will be introduced to current health policy issues in the U.S. that challenge the nation. Effective program definition and identification of politically feasible solutions to the policy issues will be highlighted. (Every other year)
PBH 304. Introduction to Health Informatics (3 hours)
Prerequisite: PBH 101.
This course provides a broad exposure of the field of Health Informatics. Topics include, but are not limited to: public health terminology; descriptive and vital statistics; reporting requirements; definitions and formulas for computing hospital and public health statistics; epidemiology concepts; data abstracting and display techniques; emerging health technologies; and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). (Every other year)
PBH 399. Current Topics in International Health (3 hours)
This course will provide the context for community health needs assessments work in under-resourced areas of the world. Students will learn principles of conducting field research in public health and then actively engage in the research process by conducting community-based health assessments in these areas. Students will also collaborate with local institutions and organizations involved in healthcare and discuss local needs, programs, and priorities. Doing so will expose students to broader issues and topics specific to location, such as infectious disease, health education, literacy, culture, and health beliefs, promoting a better appreciation and understanding of the opportunities, obstacles, and challenges associated with everyday living and surviving in under-resourced regions of the world. Ultimately, our hope is to help local officials and scholars better identify the region’s health-related needs and develop priorities and contextually relevant responses. (To be determined each year).
PBH 401. Current Topics in Public Health Practice (1-6 hours, variable)
Prerequisite: PBH 101.
Current topics in public health are presented in this course. Students will learn to critically review and discuss public health topics including emerging public health issues, public health surveillance systems observations, and guidelines for prevention, program updates, outbreak investigations, and chronic and infectious disease problems. (Every other year)
PBH 403. Poverty and Development (3 hours)
Prerequisite: PBH 101.
This course consists of lectures, reading, and discussions on the impact that poverty during development can have on health across the life span. In this course, students will learn the risks and protective mechanisms of economic hardship on childhood development. Students will also critically review the impact of selected social policies. (Every other year)