Public Health (PHE)

PHE 500:  Foundations in Public Health Practice    (3 credits)  

Students are introduced to public health concepts and practice. This course provides a broad overview of the field of public health and a focused look at the core areas of epidemiology and biostatistics, health promotion, environmental health, and health care administration in the public health arena. It is designed to lay the groundwork for all future coursework and introduce students to specialty areas within public health.

PHE 503:  Biostatistics    (3 credits)  

The purpose of the course is to provide students with an understanding of quantitative designs and apply statistics to answer population health questions. Applied statistical skills according to the type of study design for answering a particular research question will be covered. Critical appraisal of quantitative methodologies includes descriptive statistics, inference for means and proportions, ANOVA, etc. The analytic methods and applications will be linked to topics including health promotion, epidemiology, and program evaluation.

PHE 510:  Cultural Competency in Healthcare    (3 credits)  

This course will examine both analytical and practical approaches to cultural competency in public health. Concepts, models, frameworks, and communication that occur in cross-cultural health situations will be discussed, but also the application of these concepts in real interventions and programs.

PHE 515:  Epidemiology    (3 credits)  

This course will introduce the key terms and concepts of epidemiology with an emphasis on application for public health practice and utilizing epidemiology to increase understanding of current population health issues. Students will gain knowledge preparing them to calculate and interpret descriptive epidemiology terms such as of prevalence, incidence, and relative risk rates. Students will use epidemiology to better understand, characterize, and promote health at a population level.

PHE 517:  Health Behavior Theory and Practice for Public Health    (3 credits)  

Students will explore the history and current applications of social and behavioral sciences as they are applied to public health practice and research. The course analyzes social and behavioral science models, theories, and approaches that inform public health and their philosophical roots. The course also examines social and behavioral determinants of health equity across the ecological spectrum.

PHE 520:  Advanced Epidemiology and Surveillance    (3 credits)  

This advanced course on epidemiologic methods covers analytical epidemiological application to social and health sciences with an emphasis on population level health. Students will further develop skills needed to interpret the major analytic study designs used in population health and observational epidemiologic studies. The principles of public health surveillance, including the establishment of a public health surveillance program, the collation and analysis of data, and the preparation and distribution of a report is incorporated. The relationship between a public health surveillance program and public health action is explored in developed as well as developing countries.

PHE 525:  Utilization of Research in Evidence-Based Practice    (3 credits)  

This course provides an examination of the research process, statistical analysis, and evidencebased practice with applicability to public health practice. Attention is given to critical research methods, analysis, and ethical aspects of scholarly inquiry. Emphasis on how research contributes to the development of public health knowledge, improves population health, and enhances the education and professional accountability of public health professionals is presented.

PHE 530:  Environmental Health    (3 credits)  

This course is designed to provide graduate students with an introduction and overview of the key areas of environmental health. Using the perspectives of the population and community, the course will cover factors associated with the development of environmental health problems while providing an opportunity to think creatively about solutions to the complex issues.

PHE 537:  Global Health    (3 credits)  

Global health places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide by reducing avoidable diseases, disabilities, and deaths. Students explore some foundational competencies in global health education such as the global burden of disease, social and economic determinants of health, the globalization of health and health care, global health governance, human rights and equity. Students will discuss practical and ethical challenges in delivering care in low-resource settings, describe tools and strategies to address the needs of specific vulnerable populations and examine cultural awareness and its importance in caring for a diverse population.

PHE 545:  Health Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation    (3 credits)  

Students explore the fundamental concepts and techniques of planning, implementing and evaluating public health programs. These include program interventions, implementation and impact evaluation concepts, models, indicator development, methods of practice, data collection, analysis, and interpretation strategies. The course investigates the role of planning and evaluation in improving program implementation, management and outcomes.

PHE 550:  MPH Practicum    (3 credits)  

This 160-hour practicum experience takes place in a public health setting under the supervision of a qualified preceptor. The course includes online coursework and engagement with faculty and peers. An integration of experiential learning and application of public health competencies is the primary focus to support professional development. Students apply academic coursework and acquired skills to address public health challenges.

PHE 555:  MPH Capstone    (3 credits)  

Students complete an evidence-based project that reflects an identified area of need in public health and disseminate findings through a scholarly report and presentation. The course is conducted in a seminar format with students working independently while engaging with faculty and peers. Emphasis is placed on honing skills and competencies for public health careers.