PHS 201. Introduction to Public Health 4 sh
This course is an introductory survey of public health issues and opportunities. Students will gain a thorough understanding of public health, its influence on the health of the world, environmental and behavioral influences on the health of the public in the United States, and the broad scope of career options for professionals in the field of public health. This course includes a historical context for a discussion of current trends, emerging health issues and global practices. Prerequisite: GST 110. Offered fall.
PHS 202. Research Methods in Public Health 4 sh
This course examines the methods used to conduct basic public health research. Emphasis is placed on the use of research in practice-related settings. The course acquaints students with a basic theoretical understanding of research, practical aspects of conducting research, and ethical and diversity considerations inherent in the proper implementation of research. Additional emphasis is placed on research to facilitate social change. Prerequisite PHS 201.
PHS 301. Introduction to Epidemiology 4 sh
This course explores the basic principles and methods of the epidemiological approach to understanding the distribution and determinants of health and disease and how this knowledge informs public health practice and policy. Students will learn and apply the processes involved in disease surveillance, screening programs, and outbreak investigations as well as the major epidemiologic study designs through in-class case studies. Basic descriptive and analytic epidemiologic measures will be calculated. Prerequisites: PHS 201 and MTH 112 or 212. Offered spring.
PHS 302. Global Health 4 sh
This course will introduce students to key global health issues. Students will gain an understanding of contemporary global health problems, their determinants, distribution and prevention/response strategies. Particular attention will be paid to the links between global health and social and economic development. This course focuses on developing countries and on the health of the poor. Offered spring.
PHS 381. Practicum 4 sh
Three weeks of direct practice and observation in a public health organization provide the opportunity for students to apply and conceptualize the public health approach. Student learning will be guided and enhanced through weekly seminars, written assignments, and faculty site visits. Prerequisites: PHS 201, status as a declared Public Health Studies major or minor, and submission and approval of the application for practicum.
PHS 461. Senior Seminar in Public Health 4 sh
In this capstone course, students will explore a current community public health issue. The class will take part on a community-based research experience designed to allow the application of research skills in a community context. Students will also research, write, and present a scholarly paper. Prerequisite PHS 201 and PHS 202 and senior standing as a PHS major.