Courses Taught by Neil Mehta

HMP627: Health and Populations

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Mehta, Neil
  • 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.

HMP638: MEASURING AND MONITORING POPULATION HEALTH

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Mehta, Neil
  • Prerequisites: .
  • 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
  • Competencies: The following Department of Health Management and Policy competencies (see: https://sph.umich.edu/hmp/pdf/HMPCompetencyModel2014.pdf) are covered in this course: A.1 Measurement: Identify appropriate sources and gather information, effectively and efficiently. A.2 Measurement: Appraise literature and data critically. A.3 Measurement: Develop, understand and use data from performance, surveillance or monitoring systems. A.5 Statistical analysis: Understand and apply basic statistical methods relevant to public health practice. A.9 Population health assessment: Understand and apply basic epidemiologic principles, measures, and methods to assess the health status of a population; identify risk factors in individuals and communities; evaluate the impact of population-based interventions and initiatives. B.1 Convey: Speak and write in a clear, logical, and grammatical manner in formal and informal situations; prepare cogent business presentations; facilitate an effective group process. B.2 Listen: Receive, process, and respond appropriately to information conveyed by others. B.3 Interact: Perceive and respond appropriately to the spoken, unspoken or partly expressed thoughts, feelings, and concerns of others.

HMP639: Immigration and Health

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Mehta, Neil
  • 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
  • Competencies: Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health #1 Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context #4 Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice Public Health & Health Care Systems #6 Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels Planning & Management to Promote Health #9 Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention Policy in Public Health #14 Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  • 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