Courses Taught by Neil Mehta

HMP627: Health and Populations

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Mehta, Neil
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: Many of the determinants of population health fall outside of the health care sector. This course integrates perspectives from sociology, demography, and economics to understand the major drivers of population health and the policies that improve population health. We will cover health disparities, immigration, aging, fertility, and population policies.
  • Syllabus for HMP627

HMP638: MEASURING AND MONITORING POPULATION HEALTH

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Mehta, Neil
  • Prerequisites: .
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: This course is an introduction to the measurement and monitoring of population health. Fundamentals of measuring population health including the measurement of life expectancy, healthy life expectancy, infant and maternal mortality, fertility, reproductive, and contraceptive measures, and the population attributable risk fraction will be covered.
  • Course Goals: Upon successful completion of the course, it is my objective that students will at minimum: ? Be able to critically interpret published population health data in policy relevant publications ? Possess a practical working knowledge of the main sources of population health data, where to access them, and their strengths and limitations ? Be able to compute from raw data the major indices of population health (e.g., life expectancy) ? Have improved their data analysis skills using Excel ? Have the ability to apply the core concepts of demography and population dynamics in applied data work and in interpreting published findings

HMP639: Immigration and Health

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Mehta, Neil
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: This seminar examines the inter-relationships among immigration, health, and society in high income countries. We will integrate perspectives from sociology, demography, and economics to understand the main forces shaping immigrant outcomes. Topics covered include migrant selection, assimilation, race/ethnic relations, socioeconomic integration, refugees, undocumented immigrants, and healthcare utilization.
  • Course Goals: Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: 1. Apply social science theories and approaches to the study of immigrant health 2. Evaluate academic and popular claims concerning immigration issues 3. Know how to access population data on immigration and be able to evaluate their strengths and limitations 4. Integrate knowledge of core immigrant issues within professional undertakings in health policy 5. Design evidence-based policies focused on immigrant health
  • Learning Objectives: Profession & Science of Public Health #4 List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program Factors Related to Human Health #7 Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities #9 Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population's health