HSC 217: Statistics for Health Professionals
This course is an introduction to statistical concepts and data analysis. The elements of statistical thinking are presented as a means of using data for problem solving. Students apply statistical concepts to elementary data analysis using statistical methods commonly used in health care research. Examples of statistical application in nursing and allied health research are provided. As part of this course, the students are introduced to the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).
PHLT 101: Essentials of Public Health
This course provides a basic introduction to public health concepts and practice by examining the philosophy, purpose, history, organization, functions, methods, activities, and the results of public health practice at the national, state, and local levels. Healthy People 2020 is reviewed and the interpretation, intent, and impact of health care legislation is discussed. The course aims to stimulate interactions among students around important problems and issues facing public health of the nation and the world.
PHLT 114: Unhealthy Urban Environments: Healthy Solutions
This course integrates earth sciences, geology, environmental sciences, and health initiatives in the Greater Philadelphia metropolitan area aimed at identifying, managing, and eliminating urban/environmental threats to health. The environmental problems studied include lead poisoning of children, radon, asbestos exposure, urban brown fields, toxic waste, urban pollution, and other environmental hazards. Students are introduced to the urban environment by class trips to city neighborhoods identified as high risk for disease and illness from environmental pollutants and geographic or climactic problems.
PHLT 250: Global Health
This course explores world health issues and policies by examining selected threats to global health. Students ascertain the global interconnectedness of humanity and investigate the effect of economic globalization on health issues. Global warming, cross border pollution, the spread of infectious diseases, and international crime are considered. Current health threats, global health indicators, ethical considerations of global initiatives, and solutions are evaluated.
PHLT 301: Theories of Social Behavioral Change in Community Health Education
This course provides an introduction to social and behavioral theories and their application to health behavior and public health problems. Students explore diseases and conditions from the perspectives of theory. They create and deliver health education programs for at-risk, vulnerable groups. Health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention programs are presented.
PHLT 315: Violence Prevention and Control
Students review theories of violence causation and epidemiologic patterns of violence in urban settings. An ecological framework will be used to guide critical thinking about risk and protective factors regarding violence. Students explore secondary data sources important to public health practitioners working in the area of violence prevention and control. Programs aimed at preventing violence and injury in urban settings will be examined and critically evaluated.
PHLT 319: Epidemiology
This course introduces basic concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics applied to public health problems. The principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation, summaries and displays of data, and the use of statistical approaches for describing the health of populations are emphasized. Various epidemiologic designs for investigating associations between risk factors and disease outcomes are also introduced.
PHLT 350: Health Education: Principles and Practice
This course investigates health education from the perspectives of history, roles, theoretical foundations, and professional standards. Needs assessment, program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation are examined using model programs as exemplars. Health education needs of vulnerable and socially disadvantaged populations are emphasized, including health disparities, maternal and child care, and aging persons with disabilities. Students plan and implement a service learning program for a vulnerable population.
PHLT 351: Introduction to Public Health Policy
Students explore major health policy issues in the United States health care system and the outcomes of policies for public, private, and not-for-profit settings. They examine steps of policy analysis and apply these strategies to evaluate health issues and health care. The legislative process and the structure and financing of the health care system in the United States are investigated as are influences of politics and interest groups on health policy formulation. The effect of health policy on the health of urban communities is analyzed along with the interplay of policy on infectious diseases, bioethical issues, and globalization.
PHLT 355: Needs Assessment and Program Planning
In this course students explore needs assessment and program planning processes used to address public health problems for urban groups. They investigate strategies to involve stakeholders in the planning stage of health promotion programs. Evidence-based programs are compared and data collection methods are reviewed that position health promotion programs for vulnerable populations.
PHLT 361: Health Communication and Education: A Multimedia Approach
This course explores various media and technology resources available for health education. Utilizing models suitable for teaching and learning, the impact of technology and mass communication on health education is examined. Students evaluate health education modalities appropriate for diverse urban populations across the lifespan. They explore the effect of media in consumer attitudes and beliefs and collaborate with communication experts to plan and implement a specific media strategy. Service learning projects emphasize the design of health education programs for urban populations.
PHLT 389: Race, Ethnicity, and Public Health
This course provides students with an understanding of racial and ethnic differences in health status and the factors that shape them. During the course, students examine the concepts of race and ethnicity and distinguish between categories of biological and social constructionist perspectives. Students define and describe racial and ethnic health disparities, discuss mechanisms underlying disparities, and think critically about existing health research on health disparities. They explore theoretical frameworks for interpreting disparities in health and examine approaches for elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities.
PHLT 408: Research Methods for Public Health
This course investigates research methods and multidisciplinary research studies for health care systems. An overview of research designs and quantitative analysis are presented. Qualitative data analysis is explored using data analysis software. Evidence-based practice is emphasized.
PHLT 410: Health Education Practicum I
Part one of this two-part course allows students to begin to link public health concepts and ideas presented in the classroom to real world experiences in the public health practice setting. Emphasis is placed on public health education and professionalism. Students complete 120 hours in a practice experience in an underserved community. Students discuss actual case studies illustrating the practical challenges of program development and evaluation. Placements are negotiated with the faculty advisor and field practice coordinator.
PHLT 411: Health Education Practicum II
Part two of this two-part course allows students to continue to link public health concepts and ideas presented in the classroom to real world experiences in the public health practice setting. Students focus on public health workforce development, leadership, professional development, and preparation for entry into the public health education workforce. Students continue their practice experiences and complete 240 hours in an underserved community setting. Seminar meetings are conducted in which students discuss their practicum projects and the continuing challenges of program development and evaluation.
PHLT 467: Capstone: Health Education and Program Evaluation
Students explore concepts of health promotion and disease prevention for at-risk populations. Principles of teaching and learning are explored. Interdisciplinary collaboration and collaborative practice are emphasized. Students implement a health education project for a community aimed at promoting healthy outcomes. Program evaluation research structures the project.