MS in Population and Health Sciences Courses

BIOSTAT501: Introduction to Biostatistics

  • Graduate level
  • Residential and Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) for residential students; Winter term(s) term for online MPH students; Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students; 2 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Raghunathan, Trivellore Braun, Thomas (Residential); Braun, Thomas (Online MPH); Braun, Thomas (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: SPH MPH or permission of instructor
  • 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
  • Residential 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
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MPH students; Winter term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Boonstra, Philip (Online MPH); Boonstra, Philip (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This is a two-credit hour course preparing students enrolled in the online MPH and MS programs -- 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
Concentration Competencies that BIOSTAT591 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MS Apply methodological skills needed to plan, conduct, critique and/or research population health issues and solutions. BIOSTAT591, PUBHLTH511, PUBHLTH512, PUBHLTH515, PUBHLTH682, PUBHLTH683

BIOSTAT592: Applied Regression

  • Graduate level
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MPH students; Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Kidwell, Kelley (Online MPH); Kidwell, Kelley (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 501, BIOSTAT 591
  • Advisory Prerequisites: None
  • 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
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MPH students; Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 1 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Little, Roderick (Online MPH); Little, Roderick (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: Biostat 501 and Pubhlth 512
  • 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
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Wu, Zhenke (Online MPH); Wu, Zhenke (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT501, BIOSTAT591, BIOSTAT592
  • 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
  • Residential and Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) for residential students; Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students; 2 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 2 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Zawistowski, Matt (Residential); Zawistowski, Matt (Online MPH); Zawistowski, Matt (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: Biostat 501, Biostat 591, Biostat 592
  • 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
  • Residential and Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a second year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) for residential students; Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Jolliet, Olivier (Residential); Jolliet, Olivier (Online MPH); Jolliet, Olivier (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • 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
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MPH students; Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Adar, Sara (Online MPH); Adar, Sara (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 501, PUBHLTH 512
  • 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
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MPH students; Spring term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s):
  • Prerequisites: None
  • 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
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a second year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 4 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 4 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Zelner, Jonathan (Online MPH); Zelner, Jonathan (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: None
  • 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

EPID602: EPID Methods II: Applied Epidemiologic Data Analysis

  • Graduate level
  • Residential and Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Winter term(s) for residential students; Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 4 Credit Hour(s) for residential students; 4 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 4 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Baylin, Ana (Residential); Baylin, Ana (Online MPH); Baylin, Ana (Online MS);
  • Last offered Winter 2020
  • Prerequisites: Epid 600; or EPID 601. or EPID503, or permission of the instructor.
  • Description: A practicum in epidemiologic data analysis designed to integrate and apply concepts learned in previous biostatistics and epidemiologic methods courses. Students learn practical skills to analyze and interpret epidemiologic data with continuous and dichotomous outcome variables through lectures and hands-on exercises.
Concentration Competencies that EPID602 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID General Epidemiology MPH Describe population patterns of health-related risk factors and health-related outcomes in terms of person, place, and time EPID600, EPID602
EPID General Epidemiology MPH Compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of common epidemiologic study designs (e.g., cross-sectional, cohort, case-control, randomized experiments) EPID600, EPID602
EPID General Epidemiology MPH Interpret the impact of bias, confounding, and effect modification on causal inference in epidemiologic research EPID600, EPID602
EPID Clinical Research-Epidemiology MS Analyze research data and interpret these results from a population health or clinical-translational perspective EPID602, BIOSTAT522

EPID643: Surveillance and Publicly Available Datasets

  • Graduate level
  • Residential and Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) for residential students; Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students; 1 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 1 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Buxton, Miatta (Residential); Buxton, Miatta (Online MPH); Buxton, Miatta (Online MS);
  • Last offered Fall 2020
  • Prerequisites: EPID 600
  • Description: This course includes an introduction to publicly available datasets and their use in epidemiologic research. Students will be introduced to datasets and will do in-class exercises using these data. This course consists of lectures, in-class exercises, quizzes, and a final written assignment.
Concentration Competencies that EPID643 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID General Epidemiology MPH Apply core aspects of field methods in epidemiology (e.g., survey design, sampling and power, surveillance) EPID642, EPID643
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

HBEHED530: Techniques of Survey Research

  • Graduate level
  • Both Residential and Online MS
  • This is a second year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) for residential students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students; for residential students; 2 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Schmidt, Carissa (Residential); Schmidt, Carissa (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: Students should have completed at least one Biostatistics/Statistics course or will need permission of instructor
  • Description: Techniques of survey research are introduced including survey design, modes of data collection, sampling, questionnaire construction, maintaining data quality, pretesting techniques, ethical considerations, and management of survey study teams. This course focus on innovative data collection methods, skill-building interactive workshops and real world experiences from survey researchers in the field.

NUTR590: Epigenetics and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

  • Graduate level
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MPH students; Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 2 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Dolinoy, Dana Jansen, Erica (Online MPH); Dolinoy, Dana Jansen, Erica (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: Introduction to Epidemiology, college-level biology, genetics or biochemistry
  • 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
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MPH students; Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3-1 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Anderson, Olivia (Online MPH); Anderson, Olivia (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: College level biology; college level chemistry or biochemistry
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • 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
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Cole, Suzanne (Online MPH); Cole, Suzanne (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: NUTR591
  • Advisory Prerequisites: College biology, biochemistry, or physiology
  • 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
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Leung, Cindy (Online MPH); Leung, Cindy (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: PUBHLTH511
  • Advisory Prerequisites: None
  • 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

PUBHLTH511: Nutrition and Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential and Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students; Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students; 2 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 2 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Peterson, Karen Leung, Cindy (Residential); Peterson, Karen Leung, Cindy (Online MPH); Leung, Cindy Peterson, Karen (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: SPH MPH and SPH MHSA Residential Students Only or By Instructor Permission
  • 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
Population and Health Sciences MS Demonstrate knowledge of the major issues and current research problems in population health using at least two key disciplines (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, nutritional science). PUBHLTH511, PUBHLTH512, PUBHLTH514, PUBHLTH515
Population and Health Sciences MS Critically evaluate research reports and publications. PUBHLTH511, PUBHLTH511, PUBHLTH515
Population and Health Sciences MS Apply methodological skills needed to plan, conduct, critique and/or research population health issues and solutions. BIOSTAT591, PUBHLTH511, PUBHLTH512, PUBHLTH515, PUBHLTH682, PUBHLTH683

PUBHLTH512: Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential and Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students; Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Pearce, C. Leigh Karvonen-Gutierrez, Carrie (Residential); Malosh, Ryan Karvonen-Gutierrez, Carrie Pearce, C. Leigh (Online MPH); Malosh, Ryan (Online MS);
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Residential 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
Population and Health Sciences MS Demonstrate knowledge of the major issues and current research problems in population health using at least two key disciplines (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, nutritional science). PUBHLTH511, PUBHLTH512, PUBHLTH514, PUBHLTH515
Population and Health Sciences MS Apply methodological skills needed to plan, conduct, critique and/or research population health issues and solutions. BIOSTAT591, PUBHLTH511, PUBHLTH512, PUBHLTH515, PUBHLTH682, PUBHLTH683

PUBHLTH514: Public Health Sciences and the Environment

  • Graduate level
  • Residential and Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Winter term(s) for residential students; Winter term(s) term for online MPH students; Winter term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students; 2 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 2 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Neitzel, Richard (Residential); Neitzel, Richard (Online MPH); Neitzel, Richard (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: MPH, MHI, or MHSA Residential Students Only or By Instructor Permission
  • 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
Concentration Competencies that PUBHLTH514 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MS Demonstrate knowledge of the major issues and current research problems in population health using at least two key disciplines (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, nutritional science). PUBHLTH511, PUBHLTH512, PUBHLTH514, PUBHLTH515