MPH in Population and Health Sciences Courses

BIOSTAT501: Introduction to Biostatistics

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Raghunathan, Trivellore
  • Prerequisites: SPH MPH or permission of instructor
  • This course is Both Residential and Online MPH
  • Description: Statistical methods and principles necessary for understanding and interpreting data used in public health and policy evaluation and formation. Topics include descriptive statistics, graphical data summary, sampling, statistical comparison of groups, correlation, and regression. Students will learn via lecture, group discussions, critical reading of published research, and analysis of data.
  • This course required for the school-wide core curriculum
  • Syllabus for BIOSTAT501
Concentration Competencies that BIOSTAT501 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Compare population health indicators across subpopulations, time, and data sources PUBHLTH515, BIOSTAT592, EPID590, EPID592, EPID643, BIOSTAT595, BIOSTAT501
Population and Health Sciences MPH Estimate population health indicators from high quality data resources from diverse sources PUBHLTH515, EPID643, NUTR590, BIOSTAT592, BIOSTAT501

BIOSTAT591: Introduction to R

  • Graduate level
  • Spring-Summer term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Boonstra, Philip
  • Prerequisites: None
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: This is a two-credit hour course preparing students enrolled in the online MPH program -- Biostatistics concentration to be 'data-ready' using the R statistical environment.
  • Learning Objectives: Understanding the need to plot data Matching graphical techniques and data type Creating your set of 'go-to' graphical tools Understand the limitations of 'point and click' Incorporating the tidyverse into R Turning your "data" into data Learning R's capabilities Asking the right questions in R Writing reproducible R code Writing shareable R code CEPH learning objectives 1. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context 2. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate 3. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice

BIOSTAT592: Applied Regression

  • Graduate level
  • Spring-Summer term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Kidwell, Kelley
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 501, BIOSTAT 591
  • Advisory Prerequisites: None
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: This course is designed to introduce linear regression using multiple variables to predict a continuous outcome. This course emphasizes the application of multiple linear regression to substantive public health problems focusing on interpretation and inference. We use RStudio to analyze public health datasets, evaluate regression assumptions, and assess model fit.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge 2. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
Concentration Competencies that BIOSTAT592 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Compare population health indicators across subpopulations, time, and data sources PUBHLTH515, BIOSTAT592, EPID590, EPID592, EPID643, BIOSTAT595, BIOSTAT501
Population and Health Sciences MPH Estimate population health indicators from high quality data resources from diverse sources PUBHLTH515, EPID643, NUTR590, BIOSTAT592, BIOSTAT501

BIOSTAT593: Design for Health Studies

  • Graduate level
  • Spring-Summer term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Little, Roderick
  • Prerequisites: Biostat 501 and Pubhlth 512
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: Many courses in Biostatistics focus on how to analyze data, with little attention being paid to where the data came from and how it was collected. This course focuses on the design of health investigations, with particular attention to the role of randomization in the selection of units and the allocation of treatments. The first part will focus on probability sampling designs and alternatives for the selection of units from a population. The second part concerns study designs for comparing treatments or assessing potential risk factors for health outcomes. These designs include randomized clinical trials, prospective and retrospective observational studies, and clinical data bases. Key concepts include accuracy and precision of estimates, the definition of causal effects, internal validity and the role of measured and unmeasured confounders, and external validity and the role of effect modification on the generalizability of study findings. Examples of randomized and nonrandomized studies will be included to illustrate concepts. Students will be assigned readings and asked to assess design strengths and weaknesses. Quizzes will be assigned to assess knowledge of the key concepts.
  • Learning Objectives: (a) Learn key features of probability sample designs -- random sampling, stratification, clustering, multistage sampling. Understand potential limitations of purposive sampling designs, and techniques to reduce the potential bias from such designs (b) Review the main study designs for the comparison of treatments and potential risk factors for a health outcome, including randomized clinical trials, prospective and retrospective longitudinal studies, case-control studies, analyses of clinical data bases. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of these alternative designs. (c) Understand how the interpretation of statistical inferences is affected by the choice of study designs.

BIOSTAT594: Applied Generalized Linear Models

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Wu, Zhenke
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT501, BIOSTAT591, BIOSTAT592
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: This course introduces public health Master's students to generalized linear models to analyze binary, discrete, ordinal, count, survival outcomes.The primary emphasis will be interpretation, inference and hands-on data analyses. We will use R to analyze public health datasets, evaluate regression assumptions, and assess model fit.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Understand the context where non-continuous outcome data are generated, identify the most relevant aspects of these data that require modeling and formulate a scientific question in terms of one or a few model parameters 2. To develop the ability to use R to analyze public health data using GLM 3. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
  • This course is cross-listed with .

BIOSTAT595: Applied Longitudinal Analysis Using R

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Zawistowski, Matt
  • Prerequisites: Biostat 501, Biostat 591, Biostat 592
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: This course provides an overview of statistical methods for analyzing correlated data produced by longitudinal measurements taken over time. Topics include study design, exploratory data analysis techniques and linear mixed effects regression models. This course provides practical concepts and hands-on R computing skills to perform longitudinal data analysis.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Identify causes and patterns of correlated outcomes in health data 2. Perform exploratory data analysis of longitudinal outcomes 3. Fit linear mixed effects regression models 4. Interpret and perform hypothesis testing of regression parameters for mixed models
Concentration Competencies that BIOSTAT595 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Compare population health indicators across subpopulations, time, and data sources PUBHLTH515, BIOSTAT592, EPID590, EPID592, EPID643, BIOSTAT595, BIOSTAT501

EHS672: Healthy and Sustainable Foods and Products- Life Cycle Assessment

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Jolliet, Olivier
  • Prerequisites: None
  • This course is Both Residential and Online MPH
  • Description: This course describes how consumption, products and foods affect impacts on health and environment. After addressing the major health determinants, we assess diets nutritional and sustainable performances. We use LCA to analyze the environmental impact of products, with focus on chemicals in consumer products, discussing the path towards sustainable consumption.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. To identify the key factors impacting health and the environment, including the roles played by products. 2. To assess and compare the nutritional and sustainable performances of foods, accounting for both the consumer health and the environment. 3. To provide tools and practice opportunities for Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to assess the environmental impact of products and systems over the whole product life cycle 4. To set the fundamentals for comparative risks of chemicals in consumer products. 5. To adequately relate risk and impacts on human health to consumption and production, from single products to sustainable consumption.

EPID590: Epidemiological Methods

  • Graduate level
  • Spring-Summer term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Adar, Sara
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 501, PUBHLTH 512
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: In this course, we will teach how epidemiologists study the frequency, patterns, and determinants of health in different populations. Students can expect to learn: -The terminology, principles, and methods of population-based epidemiologic research. -How to critically appraise epidemiological research. The course will be divided into the following three sections: -Section 1 will serve as an introduction as to the way in which epidemiologists measure and describe trends in morbidity and mortality as well as the risk factors for these endpoints. In this section we ask: What are the trends? Do they differ by time or place? Where do we get the data to study these trends and how do we know if our information is any good? -In Section 2, students will learn how epidemiologists conduct studies to try to understand causality. Here we address the following questions: What is causality? How do we design studies to determine if something increases or reduces the risk of morbidity or mortality? What are the measures that we use to characterize associations and how certain we are in those estimates? -Section 3 teaches students to identify situations in which the data that we collect in epidemiological studies can mislead us and lead us to reach the wrong conclusions. Students will learn different types of problems that can bias our conclusions and will develop instincts as to the directionality and magnitude of these biases.
  • Learning Objectives: -Calculate and interpret measures of event frequency to describe population patterns of health-related risk factors and health-related outcomes in terms of person, place, and time. -Identify an unusual occurrence of disease or illness (e.g., an outbreak or disease cluster). -Recognize the characteristics that help to define causality. -Describe the characteristics of different study designs. -Choose an appropriate study design for a research question. -Calculate and interpret measures of association between risk factors and outcomes. -Compare the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs to assess causality. -Identify sources of bias that can influence epidemiological findings. -Predict directionality of known biases. -Understand basic tools of causal inference in epidemiology. -Critically appraise and analyze the weight of evidence for causal associations.
Concentration Competencies that EPID590 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Compare population health indicators across subpopulations, time, and data sources PUBHLTH515, BIOSTAT592, EPID590, EPID592, EPID643, BIOSTAT595, BIOSTAT501

EPID591: Social Epidemiology: From Frameworks to Policy

  • Graduate level
  • Spring-Summer term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Needham, Belinda Mezuk, Briana
  • Prerequisites: None
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: Why are some groups healthier than others, and how do these differences emerge and persist over the life course? How do social policies (e.g., housing, transportation, employment) relate to health and health inequalities? Why are there health disparities even in countries that have free universal health care? This course will address conceptual models for understanding health disparities in the US and internationally, how population science identifies the main sources of these disparities, and how public health can inform policy efforts to address these disparities.
  • Learning Objectives: See competencies below.
Concentration Competencies that EPID591 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Recommend evidence-based interventions that engage broad and diverse community stakeholders for population health improvement PUBHLTH515, EPID591, NUTR597, PUBHLTH511

EPID592: Introduction to Spatial Epidemiology and GIS for Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 4 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Zelner, Jonathan
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: None
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: In this class, students will be exposed to the conceptual foundations of spatial analysis in public health and will develop familiarity with spatial data manipulation and visualization using GIS software.’
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Develop familiarity with the historical and conceptual foundations of modern spatial epidemiology. 2. Learn about the different types of spatial data used in epidemiology and public health. 3. Obtain, load, and visualize spatial datasets using ArcGIS Online.
Concentration Competencies that EPID592 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Compare population health indicators across subpopulations, time, and data sources PUBHLTH515, BIOSTAT592, EPID590, EPID592, EPID643, BIOSTAT595, BIOSTAT501

HBEHED590: Principles of Community Engagement for Health Promotion

  • Graduate level
  • Spring-Summer term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Fleming, Paul
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: None
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: This course will help students better prepare for engaging community members and community-based organizations for public health work. The course has three major focus areas: (1) Consideration of power, privilege, and social identities in community engagement, (2) Strategies for engaging stakeholders and building coalitions, (3) CBPR principles and other models of community engagement.
  • Learning Objectives: By the end of the course, students are expected to: (1) Demonstrate critical self-reflection of how social identities, power, unearned advantage/disadvantage, and privilege impact community engagement work (2) Describe the ethical considerations for community engagement (autonomy vs. paternalism) (3) Apply the 9 principles of Community-based Participatory Research and its Core Components/Phases and how this fits with ethical considerations (4) Identify different types of stakeholder groups for a given health issue and motivations/perspectives of each (5) Strategize how to build a coalition for a specific health issue in a specific health setting (6) Demonstrate understanding of interpersonal skills required for effective community engagement
Concentration Competencies that HBEHED590 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Design multisector collaborations that will support all phases of population health improvement (assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation) PUBHLTH515, HBEHED590, HBEHED591, PUBHLTH511

HBEHED591: Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs

  • Graduate level
  • Spring-Summer term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Lopez, William
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Advisory Prerequisites: none
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: This course examines focuses on planning and implementing health promotion programs broadly defined, including health communication, health education, policy advocacy, environmental change, health service provision, and community mobilization. By the end of the course, students will understand and apply key concepts related to developing a health promotion program.
  • Learning Objectives: Course Goals: By the end of this course, students should be able to: Describe approaches to health promotion programs; Identify a health issue and priority population; Consider historical and structural factors that may impact the priority population and/or the health promotion program; Critically assess the relevant literature; Develop a vision, SMART goals, and program objectives that address the health issue; Create program activities and evaluation plans that link to goals and objectives; Construct a program implementation timeline (i.e. Gantt Chart) and work plan; Calculate a budget and justify budgetary expenses; and Consider the needed membership for a multisector collaboration. By successfully completing this course, students will acquire the Following Foundational competencies: HBHE Concentration Competencies: Specify approaches for planning, implementing, and managing sociobehavioral health education-focused programs and/or policies to promote human health. Foundational Competencies: Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention. Program Competencies: Design multisector collaborations that will support all phases of population health improvement (assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation). This course substantially covers material related to the following competencies: HBHE Concentration Competencies: Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health. By the end of this course, students will have been exposed to the following Foundational Learning Objectives:
Concentration Competencies that HBEHED591 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Design multisector collaborations that will support all phases of population health improvement (assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation) PUBHLTH515, HBEHED590, HBEHED591, PUBHLTH511

HBEHED592: Health Program Evaluation

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Schmidt, Carissa
  • Prerequisites: Population and Health Sciences MPH
  • Advisory Prerequisites: .
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: The goal of this course is to teach students how to design evaluations and become critical consumers of evaluation reports. This course covers the theoretical concepts and methodologies of evaluation including process and impact evaluation, evaluation designs and threats to validity, measurement, and basic quantitative and qualitative data analysis basics.
  • Learning Objectives: Course Goals/Foundational Competencies (FC) ● Select methods to evaluate public health programs (CEPH #11). ● Apply research and evaluation methods to understand the effect of health education and health behavior interventions (HBHE #3). Learning Objectives Specifically, you will be able to: 1. Articulate the role of systematic evaluation in public health. 2. Describe the types of evaluations, their purpose and the typical strategies of each. 3. Create logic models of programs and use them to formulate evaluation questions. 4. Understand and address validity and reliability in evaluation designs and measurement. 5. Gain familiarity with common methods of collecting high quality evaluation data. 6. Critically review evaluation reports. 7. Design and communicate an evaluation plan that is suitable for a specific program.

HBEHED593: Theoretical Foundations for Understanding Psychosocial Determinants of Health

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Schmidt, Carissa
  • Prerequisites: None, but is only available to online MPH students
  • Advisory Prerequisites: None
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: HBEHED 593 is a 2-credit course designed to provide an overview of the psychosocial determinants that affect the health of individuals, communities, and populations. This course addresses these determinants within theories, models, and frameworks of health behavior and explores the practical application of theory to public health practice.
  • Learning Objectives: Course Competencies This course substantially covers material related to the following HBHE Concentration Competencies:  Describe how to use social-ecological and life course frameworks to address key determinants of health and health disparities through programs and policies  Apply relevant social and behavioral science theories, concepts and models that are designed to understand and modify health behavior Course Learning Objectives By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:  Distinguish between a theory, model, and framework  Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health through the use of relevant social and behavioral science theories, models, and frameworks  Describe the role of social and behavioral science theories, models, and frameworks in identifying appropriate points of intervention  Evaluate the strengths and limitations of different social and behavioral science theories, models, and frameworks  Apply social and behavioral science theories, models, and frameworks to understand a public health issue and to identify appropriate intervention approaches.

HMP603: Organization and Management of Healthcare Systems

  • Graduate level
  • Fall, Winter term(s)
  • 2-3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Rubyan, Michael
  • Offered every year
  • Prerequisites: HMP Masters Standing or Perm Instr
  • This course is Both Residential and Online MPH
  • Description: Focuses on servant and transformational leadership from the perspective of buyers, insurers, policy makers and leaders of nonprofit health organizations to understand how to deliver high quality, cost effective health care and reach and implement decisions about future activities and the best managerial practices for non-profit advocacy and community-based organizations.
Concentration Competencies that HMP603 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
HMP MPH Develop strategies to continually improve the long-term success and viability of an organization, based on an analysis of the business, demographic, ethno-cultural, political, and regulatory implications of decisions HMP603, HMP604

HMP654: Operations Research and Control Systems

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 2-3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Mendez, David Hutton, David
  • Prerequisites: Biostat 501 or Biostat 521 or equiv and Grad Status
  • This course is Both Residential and Online MPH
  • Description: Provides rational framework for decision making for both operating and control systems in the hospital environment. Emphasizes basic modeling techniques and examples of actual hospital applications. Aims at thorough understanding of concepts of total value analysis, objective function formation, and exception reporting. Students become familiar with operations research techniques of inventory modeling, queuing, computer simulation, PERT/CPM, mathematical programming, and quality control. Presentation emphasizes objectives, constraints, and required assumptions of each of these techniques as applied to specific hospital examples.
  • Syllabus for HMP654

NUTR590: Epigenetics and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

  • Graduate level
  • Spring-Summer term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Dolinoy, Dana Jansen, Erica
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: Introduction to Epidemiology, college-level biology, genetics or biochemistry
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: In the first part of the course, we will consider how physical growth and maturation from conception through adolescence predict current and later health risk (i.e. the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease hypothesis, or DOHaD). In the second part of the course, we will learn about one of the potential mechanisms underlying the DOHaD hypothesis, which is that early life experiences affect our epigenome - the collection of molecular markers that control our genes' expression. The last portion of the course will culminate in a project that ties part 1 and 2 together. Specifically, you will design an ideal study that incorporates your acquired knowledge on growth assessment and epigenetic methods.
  • Learning Objectives: 1- Use the DOHaD framework to explain how early environments can predict later disease 2- Apply life stage-specific tools to assess growth and development 3- Use nutritional epidemiology perspectives to interpret DOHaD findings 4- Design studies to analyze the role of nutrition in altering growth and development during sensitive periods 5- Define key epigenetic mechanisms and biological phenomena 6- Examine how dietary and environmental factors influence epigenetic mechanisms to affect health status 7 Critically assess epigenetic research in the primary literature 8 Explain the complexity of incorporating epigenetics into population health 9 Articulate potential ethical, policy, and risk assessment ramifications
Concentration Competencies that NUTR590 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Estimate population health indicators from high quality data resources from diverse sources PUBHLTH515, EPID643, NUTR590, BIOSTAT592, BIOSTAT501

NUTR591: Foundations of Maternal and Child Nutrition I

  • Graduate level
  • Summer term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Anderson, Olivia
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: College level biology; college level chemistry or biochemistry
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: As an expert in maternal and child nutrition, you will be able to advocate for, communicate and apply your knowledge about nutritional requirements that support individual- and population-level maternal and child health. You will examine the consequences of malnutrition at critical life stages and major interventions implemented in the US to address these consequences. We will apply our knowledge about social determinants of health in regard to meeting maternal and child nutritional requirements. Finally, we will explore the significance of nutrient status during the preconception life stage to prepare you for Maternal and Child Nutrition II.
  • Learning Objectives: -Identify the macro- and micronutrients critical for normal human growth and development -Outline the dietary guidelines in the US -Understand the biological basis of general nutrient requirements during pre-conception, pregnancy, lactation, infancy and childhood -Analyze the health consequences of malnutrition at critical life stages -Examine socioeconomic and cultural barriers to meeting nutrient needs -Investigate the impact of environmental exposures on maternal and child health -Discuss major nutritional interventions implemented in the United States -Communicate evidenced-based nutritional information to a targeted audience -Analyze nutrient status in regard to reproductive health at the preconception life-stage

NUTR592: Foundations of Maternal and Child Nutrition II

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Cole, Suzanne
  • Prerequisites: NUTR591
  • Advisory Prerequisites: College biology, biochemistry, or physiology
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: Adequate nutrition during pregnancy, lactation, and childhood is essential for healthy human growth and development. In this course, you will learn how the biological processes of pregnancy, lactation, and early childhood influence nutrient metabolism and nutrient requirements. We will examine the scientific basis for nutrient recommendations as well as factors that influence maternal and child nutritional status. We will consider evidence-based maternal interventions as well as policies that support healthy maternal and child outcomes. This course will also explore topics such as the bioactivity of human milk and the infant microbiome. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and apply methods and tools that aim to improve maternal and child nutrition.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Explain the significance of energy and nutrients in meeting the dynamic metabolic needs during pregnancy, lactation, and early childhood 2. Describe how nutrient metabolism is impacted by the biological states of pregnancy, lactation, and early childhood 3. Identify dietary and non-dietary factors that influence maternal and child nutritional status 4. Use dietary planning methods and tools to develop a nutritionally adequate diet 5. Explain the importance of scientific evidence in promoting maternal and child nutrition 6. Critically review nutrition-related interventions and policies that target women or children 7. Advocate for community interventions or policies that improve maternal and child nutrition

NUTR593: Food Security, Policy, and Programs

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Leung, Cindy
  • Prerequisites: PUBHLTH511
  • Advisory Prerequisites: None
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: This course is a critical exploration of the health issues related to domestic food security, food policy, and food programs, with a focus on maternal and child health. We will examine the array of negative health outcomes associated with food insecurity, discuss potential mechanisms underlying these associations, how food policy is made, the intersection of food policy with public health nutrition, and the influence of federal food assistance programs on diet-related outcomes for children and families.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Describe the terminology and measurement of food insecurity 2. Understand families’ lived experiences of food insecurity 3. Articulate the process for creating federal food policy and national dietary guidelines 4. Participate in the policy process through public comment 5. Identify the primary federal food assistance programs that serve the MCH population and their recent policy changes 6. Critically evaluate research on food security and food policy 7. Develop strong written and verbal communication skills

PUBHLTH508: Social Determinants of Health

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Caldwell, Cleo
  • Prerequisites: SPH MPH and SPH MHSA Residential Students Only or By Instructor Permission
  • This course is Both Residential and Online MPH
  • Description: This course is designed to increase students' awareness, knowledge, and understanding of issues related to behavioral, psychological, and structural factors that contribute to understanding population health and health inequities. We will discuss key roles of health professionals in ensuring equitable treatment at multiple levels of influence to enhance population health and reduce health inequities through opportunities to practice skill building using case studies, deliberative dialogues and active listening strategies. This course will have a hybrid style (online & in-class) of instruction.
  • This course required for the school-wide core curriculum

PUBHLTH510: Communication Fundamentals

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s) for residential students; Winter term for online students.
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Zikmund-Fisher, Brian
  • Prerequisites: SPH MPH and SPH MHSA Residential Students Only or By Instructor Permission
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: This course will cover fundamental skills in how to communicate science and health information clearly to both scientific and non-scientific audiences. This course uses a blended format combining in-person sessions and online tasks to maximize students' ability to practice these skills.
  • This course required for the school-wide core curriculum

PUBHLTH511: Nutrition and Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s) for residential students; Fall term for online students.
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Peterson, Karen Leung, Cindy
  • Prerequisites: SPH MPH and SPH MHSA Residential Students Only or By Instructor Permission
  • This course is Both Residential and Online MPH
  • Description: Introduce MPH students to important topics in nutrition and public health, program planning and program evaluation. PUBHLTH511 is an introductory course to nutrition research and will cover topics, such as healthful diet patterns, methods of dietary assessment, nutritional epidemiology, nutrition through the life cycle, and nutritional needs of diverse populations. This course will have a hybrid style (online & in-class) of instruction.
  • Learning Objectives: Students will be able to: 1) apply nutrition indicators for different public health purposes, including: estimating prevalence, monitoring and surveillance, and investigating diet and disease relationships, identifying at-risk individuals and groups, and evaluating programs; 2) apply public health conceptual frameworks and nutrition research evidence to inform public health actions; 3) use evidence-based knowledge to develop nutrition programs and interventions for diverse populations; and 4) develop appropriate designs to rigorously monitor and evaluate nutrition programs and policies in diverse contexts.
  • This course required for the school-wide core curriculum
Concentration Competencies that PUBHLTH511 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Design multisector collaborations that will support all phases of population health improvement (assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation) PUBHLTH515, HBEHED590, HBEHED591, PUBHLTH511
Population and Health Sciences MPH Recommend evidence-based interventions that engage broad and diverse community stakeholders for population health improvement PUBHLTH515, EPID591, NUTR597, PUBHLTH511

PUBHLTH512: Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students; Fall term only for online students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Karvonen-Gutierrez, Carrie Pearce, C. Leigh
  • Prerequisites: SPH MPH and SPH MHSA Residential Students Only or By Instructor Permission
  • Advisory Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 501 or equivalent course
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • This course is Both Residential and Online MPH
  • Description: This course provides a foundation to the principles of epidemiology for applications to public health. This introductory epidemiology course is for students who are NOT pursuing an Epidemiology MPH. The course will overview the fundamental concepts of epidemiology including measures of frequency and association, study design, data collection and interpretation. This course will have a hybrid style (online & in-class) of instruction.
  • This course required for the school-wide core curriculum
  • Syllabus for PUBHLTH512
Concentration Competencies that PUBHLTH512 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EHS Industrial Hygiene MS Analyze, interpret, and apply statistical and epidemiological data PUBHLTH512, EPID601, Thesis

PUBHLTH513: Public Health Systems, Policy and Management

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Rubyan, Michael
  • Prerequisites: SPH MPH Students Only
  • This course is Both Residential and Online MPH
  • Description: This course will introduce students to the public health system, public health policy development, and fundamental management concepts for managing public health organizations. Topics covered include organization, financing and history of public health, public health policy-making, advocacy, and basic principles of finance and human resource management in public health organizations.
  • Learning Objectives: (1) Students should be able to describe how public health and health care are organized and financed in the United States. (2) Students should be able to provide a brief history of public health. (3) Students should be able to explain key aspects of health care reform. (4) Students should be able to describe the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services. (5) Students should be able to describe the importance of financial and human resource management in public health and health care organizations (6) Students should be able to apply negotiation and mediation skills to address interpersonal and interorganizational challenges. (7) Students should be able to discuss the format and use of different types of budgets, prepare simple operating budgets and conduct variance analysis. (8) Students should be able to discuss the public health policy-making process. (9) Students should be able to describe the role of ethics in policy making. (10) Students should be able to advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations. (11) Students should be able to propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes. (12) Students should be able to write and deliver effective testimony.
  • This course required for the school-wide core curriculum

PUBHLTH514: Public Health Sciences and the Environment

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Neitzel, Richard
  • Prerequisites: MPH, MHI, or MHSA Residential Students Only or By Instructor Permission
  • This course is Both Residential and Online MPH
  • Description: Many public health outcomes are directly influenced by human contact with the environment. This course will explore an important discipline within public health, environmental health sciences- that is, the study of how environmental factors affect human health and disease. We will apply environmental health and systems thinking principles to evaluate several major threats to public health: climate change, the built environment, and environmental justice issues. We will also assess the effectiveness of policies designed to address and reduce the threats presented by these and other issues.
  • Learning Objectives: After completion of the course, students should be able to: --Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge (CEPH LO 6)--Explain effects of environmental factors on a population's health (CEPH LO 7, linked to competency M1, CEPH C15) --Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease (CEPH LO 11, linked to competency CEPH C22) --Apply process mapping methods to systematically evaluate the generation and movement of environmental hazards on the public (linked to competency CEPH C22) --Explain the impact of pollution control policies on public health outcomes (linked to competency CEPH C15) --Explain how environmental and occupational exposures can be measured and connected to human health (linked to competency M1) --Explain why a focus on sensitive and vulnerable groups is critical in environmental health science (linked to competency CEPH C15) --Explain strategies that can be applied to reduce environmental and occupational hazards
  • This course required for the school-wide core curriculum

PUBHLTH515: Population Health

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Kardia, Sharon
  • Prerequisites: Biostat501 or higher, PubHlth 512 or higher
  • Advisory Prerequisites: Pubhlth511
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: This course is intended to serve as an introduction to population health from both the vantage point of both public health and healthcare. We will examine the key components of community health needs assessments, how they are used, and how to compare population health assessments across subpopulations and time. We will also explore the epidemiological sources and criteria by which to select high quality data sources to estimate population health indicators and to select evidence-based interventions to improve population health. Finally, we will design of multisector collaborations that support the phases of population health improvement. As a survey of the population health, the course provides an overview for students wishing no more than an introduction to the field, as well as good grounding for students who wish to pursue additional coursework in population health.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Explain differences between population health assessments for public health and healthcare. 2. Understand the key components of community health needs assessments (CHNA). 3. Analyze how public health and healthcare will use a CHNA to improve population health. 4. Estimate key population health indicators for social determinants of health, chronic disease outcomes, and opioid abuse. 5. Categorize data sources by epidemiologic criteria. 6. Analyze differences between subpopulations and across time trends. 7. Design multisector collaborations that support population health improvement. 8. Outline a plan for population health improvement. 9. Recommend evidence-based interventions based on epidemiologic criteria and community suitability.
Concentration Competencies that PUBHLTH515 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Analyze the focus and function of population health assessments between public health and health care systems across local, state, and national settings PUBHLTH515
Population and Health Sciences MPH Compare population health indicators across subpopulations, time, and data sources PUBHLTH515, BIOSTAT592, EPID590, EPID592, EPID643, BIOSTAT595, BIOSTAT501
Population and Health Sciences MPH Estimate population health indicators from high quality data resources from diverse sources PUBHLTH515, EPID643, NUTR590, BIOSTAT592, BIOSTAT501
Population and Health Sciences MPH Design multisector collaborations that will support all phases of population health improvement (assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation) PUBHLTH515, HBEHED590, HBEHED591, PUBHLTH511
Population and Health Sciences MPH Recommend evidence-based interventions that engage broad and diverse community stakeholders for population health improvement PUBHLTH515, EPID591, NUTR597, PUBHLTH511

PUBHLTH516: Leadership Skills for Interprofessional Practice

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Beck, Angela
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • This course is Both Residential and Online MPH
  • Description: PUBHLTH 516 is an accelerated 7-week course that highlights foundational leadership skills needed by public health professionals to effectively work in interprofessional teams. Course themes include self-reflection on leadership style, growth mindset, fostering collaboration, motivating teams to accomplish goals, leading change, and guiding decision making.
  • Learning Objectives: Students should be able to: 1. Identify their leadership style. 2. Explain the importance of active learning and resilience in strengthening leadership skills. 3. Understand leadership structures across health sectors and the roles of public health professionals in leading change. 4. Describe the key domains of interprofessional practice. 5. Develop a mission, vision, and values to guide the work of teams. 6. Describe strategies to foster collaboration among interprofessional groups. 7. Compare strategies for motivating and influencing teams to accomplish goals. 8. Explain the relationship between leadership and learning through growth mindset principles. 9. Describe how interpersonal agility inspires risk-taking and collaboration.
  • This course required for the school-wide core curriculum

PUBHLTH680: Applied Practice and Integrative Experience I

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): August, Ella Kardia, Sharon
  • Prerequisites: PubHlth 512, Biostats 501
  • This course is Online MPH
  • Description: Students will launch their integrated learning experience, which involves addressing an applied health problem and presenting their work in a professional communication format, synthesizing competencies they achieved throughout the program. Students will partner with community organizations in the Real-World Writing Project to develop two products, fulfilling the program’s APEx requirements.
  • Learning Objectives: At the end of this fall-semester course, students should: - have started their integrated learning experience and capstone product, the culmination of their experiences and learning in the MPH program. - have written something for the real world of public health that achieves a specific purpose and that is appropriate for a specific audience, and is written in a particular style. - have further developed their composing process through reflection, discussion and trying new approaches. - have gained experience collaborating with their peers and have connected these collaborative activities to public health practices. - be able to identify and/or create effective written and oral arguments within each of the communication formats we cover in the course. - explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge.