Public Health (PUBH)
Foundation for beginning health professions students to gain an understanding of the complexities of the health care system through experiential activities conducted in interprofessional teams and the importance of interprofessional collaboration in order to improve the system.
Cross-listed course: SOWK 678
Seminar-format orientation to history, mission, and core services and disciplines of public health to develop understanding of current public health practice and how many health-related disciplines contribute to achieving public health goals.
Students are introduced to formal and informal codes of professional conduct of various health science disciplines and understand the implications of these distinctions for interdisciplinary research, clinical practice, and administration.
Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics and their application to public health issues and practice. Covers basic epidemiologic, biostatistical, and data management techniques used to analyze and interpret data in the field of public health.
An introductory course on why, when, and how to apply qualitative data collection and analysis methods to public health activities with a focus on practice-based application. Identifying, working with, and communicating with a range of community stakeholders are also discussed.
Evolution of health disparities from historical, public, social, economic, and political perspectives.
The purpose of this course is to provide the student of public health a clear understanding of public health history as a key component of the environment in which the any health professional must function. The course content will begin in prehistory and have a worldwide perspective through the 1700s. It will then shift to the history of the United States. In the historical, social, economic, and political context that the US public health and health care systems evolved are lessons and understandings that are necessary for this generation of health administrators and health policy makers to advance health for all. The first part of the course will examine the impact of disease on world history through the 18th century. The second and third parts of the course will present, from a historical perspective, the evolution of public health and health care delivery in the United States.
Foundations of public health ethics with application to practice and to responsible conduct of research in public health disciplines. Enrollment restricted to Doctoral students & post-docs, master’s students by permission of instructor.