SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES

PUBLIC HEALTH

SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES

PUBLIC HEALTH

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Course Descriptions

PHLT 101: Essentials of Public Health
3 credits

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 global, national, state, and local levels. Healthy People 2020 is reviewed; and the interpretation, intent, and impact of Health Care Reform legislation are discussed. The course aims to stimulate interactions among students around important problems and issues facing public health of the nation and the world.

PHLT 250: Global Health
3 credits

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
3 credits

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 theories. They create and evaluate health education programs for at-risk, vulnerable groups. Health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention programs are presented. Students will learn key principles of community health promotion and community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles.

 

PHLT 314: Unhealthy Urban Environments: Healthy Solutions
3 credits

This course integrates earth sciences, geology, environmental sciences, and health initiatives in the urban communities aimed at identifying, managing, and eliminating environmental threats to health. Environmental problems, including lead poisoning of children, radon, asbestos exposure, urban brown fields, toxic waste, urban pollution, and similar hazards, are examined through the lens of social justice and health equity. 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. The impact of natural disasters on public health is also explored.

 

PHLT 315: Violence Prevention and Control
3 credits

Students review theories of violence causation and epidemiologic patterns of violence in urban settings, both in the United States and globally. An ecological framework is used to guide critical thinking about risk and protective factors regarding violence prevention and control. 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
3 credits

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, both in the United States and globally, are emphasized. Various epidemiologic designs for investigating associations between risk factors and disease outcomes are also introduced. The importance of ethics in epidemiologic research underpins the course.

 

PHLT 350: Health Education: Principles and Practice
3 credits

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 evaluate a health education program for a vulnerable population.

PHLT 355: Needs Assessment and Program Planning
3 credits

In this course, students explore needs assessment and program planning processes used to address public health problems faced by vulnerable populations. They investigate strategies to involve stakeholders in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion programs. Students evaluate and compare evidence-based programs as they develop health promotion programs for vulnerable populations. Strategies to conduct individual-level and group-level needs assessments will be explored.


PHLT 356: Reproductive Health for the Public Health Practitioner
3 credits

The course emphasizes theories of reproductive health, sexual development and factors influencing sexual behavior within the continuum of health and illness. Common sexual practices and reproductive health issues of people are studied within the context of lifestyle and situational life crises. Concepts of normal sexual function and dysfunction are examined as are contemporary sexual health and reproductive issues. Theoretical foundations of the medical, psychological, socio-cultural, political, and biological determinants of human sexual behavior and reproductive health are explored as are issues of biology related to sex, gender identity, social sex role, and sexual orientation. Contemporary issues of sexual risk behaviors, sexually transmitted infections and safer sex practices will be discussed, in addition to those issues of chronic illness, disability, and sexual coercion.


 

PHLT 357: Women, Gender, and Public Health
3 credits

This course focuses on constructions of gender and sex and their implications for understanding determinants of population health and creating healthy public policy. It will consider how different frameworks of addressing gender and biological sex shape questions people ask, and the explanations and interventions they offer for societal patterns of health, disease, and well-being. The course demonstrates ways of conceptualizing gender in relation to biology and health using case examples. In these cases, issues of gender are related to other social determinants of health, including social class, racism, and other forms of inequality. Implications of diverse approaches are debated, as part of developing useful strategies for improving physical, mental, and social well-being.

PHLT 358: Adolescent Health: Public Health Issues, Programs, and Policies
3 credits

This course focuses on the major public health issues of adolescents in the United States and the programs and policies that improve the health and well-being of this population. The students examine the prevalence and etiology of health and wellness indicators for youth and explore a variety of aspects of adolescence and adolescent health. They analyze adolescent health concerns through conceptual frameworks and recommend effective solutions through interventions.

PHLT 408: Research Methods for Public Health
3 credits

This course investigates research methods and multidisciplinary research studies for health care systems. An overview of research designs and reporting is presented. Quantitative data analysis is explored using data analysis software. Qualitative methods, including the use of focus groups, are also explored. Evidence-based public health practice is emphasized.  The importance of ethics in public health research is woven throughout the course.

PHLT 410: Public Health Education Capstone I
3 credits

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 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 adviser.

PHLT 411: Public Health Education Capstone II
3 credits

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 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 420: Public Health Leadership and Health Education
3 credits

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.

PHLT 451: Introduction to Public Health Policy
3 credits

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 452: Urban Men's Health
3 credits

This course explores the growing disparities among disenfranchised and vulnerable populations in our society. Students examine the predicament of fragile populations with a focus on the unique health status of the urban male. This course recognizes that the masculinity trait, gender roles, employment, and psychosocial factors influence the way men care for themselves and others. Students experience health promotion activities in environments demonstrating the challenges urban men face when seeking access to healthcare.

PHLT 454: Public Health, AIDS, and Society
3 credits

This course provides an in-depth study of the most critical public health issue facing society. Topics include current HIV/AIDS information and an exploration of issues including the history of HIV, transmission and risk factors for infection, local and global disparities in HIV infection, trends in research programs, international/political implications of research and prevention efforts, and the experiences of people living with HIV/AIDS.

PHLT 489: Race, Ethnicity, and Public Health
3 credits

This course provides students with an understanding of racial and ethnic differences in health status and the factors that shape them. Students examine the concepts of race and ethnicity and distinguish between categories of biological and social constructionist perspectives. They define and describe racial and ethnic health disparities, discuss mechanisms underlying disparities, and think critically about existing health research on health disparities. They also explore theoretical frameworks for interpreting disparities in health and examine approaches for elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities and improving opportunities for health equity.