Course Descriptions

Required courses and elective course options are listed below.

Required Courses

CHB 501 Study of Health Behavior

3 Credits, Fall Semester

Prerequisite: None

Designed to provide you with a graduate‐level overview of the role of the social and behavioral sciences in understanding and addressing public health problems. Three general topics are covered. First, we examine how psychological, social, and environmental factors influence people’s health and wellbeing. Second, we explore factors that influence health behavior, including individual, social, and environmental/community influences. Third, we explore how understanding behavior and social/environmental influences on health informs public health approaches to improving health and preventing disease. The course prepares public health students to satisfy MPH competencies in social and behavioral sciences.

Instructor: Leone, Heavey

Format: seated and online

CHB 507 Public Health Professionalism and Teamwork

1 Credit, Fall, Spring Semesters

Prerequisite: None

This course provides students with the foundations needed for public health professionals to work with other health professionals, along with key leadership skills. This course will also provide students with communication and conflict resolution skills.

Instructor: Kruger

Format: online

CHB 544 MPH Field Training

1-3 Credits, Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Allows students to synthesize the knowledge and skills developed during the academic portion of their program in a practical application setting. Field training experiences will be of various types depending upon the student’s interest and concentration area.

Learn more about MPH Field Training.

Instructor: Staff

CHB 590 Contemporary Issues in Public Health

1 Credit, Spring Semester

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces students to major public health issues from a practice-based perspective. Through presentations by public health leaders and practitioners, readings, group discussion and class activities, students practice integrating public concepts to better understand issues, and develop responses. The primary area of exploration is qualitative assessment. Course content focuses on major public health issues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Public Health Association (APHA), World Health Organization (WHO), local and state health departments or other organizations. 

Instructor: Heavey

Format: online

CHB 630 MPH Integrative Project

3 Credits, Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

The purpose of the culminating project is for MPH students to integrate core public health knowledge and skills. It will take the form of a paper prepared during the concluding semester of the student’s program.

Learn more about the MPH Culminating Project.

Instructor: Staff

EEH 500 Introduction to Epidemiology

3 Credits, Spring Semester

Prerequisite: None

This course is intended to provide a basic introduction to principles and methods of epidemiology. The course emphasizes the conceptual aspects of epidemiologic investigation and application of these concepts in public health and related professions. Topics include overview of the epidemiologic approach to studying disease; the natural history of disease; measures of disease occurrence, association and risk; epidemiologic study designs; disease surveillance; population screening; interpreting epidemiologic associations; causal inference using epidemiologic information; and application of these basic concepts in the context of selected major diseases and risk factors. Please note that this course cannot be used for degrees that require EEH 501 unless pre-approved by the program director, or as a prerequisite for courses that require EEH 501.

Instructor: Zorich

Format: online

EEH 530 Introduction to Health Care Organization

3 Credits, Fall Semester

Prerequisite: None

Introduces students to the historical development, structure, operation, and current and future directions of the major components of the American health care delivery and public health systems. It examines the ways in which health care services are organized and delivered, the influences that impact health care public policy decisions, factors that determine priorities in financing health care services and the relationship of health care costs to measurable benefits. The course enables students to assess the role of organized efforts to influence health policy formulation, and the contributions of medical technology, research findings, and societal values to the evolving U.S. health care delivery system. Class time is also devoted to exploring emerging policy, ethical and legal dilemmas resulting from medical and technological advances.

Instructor: Noyes

Format: seated and online

Note

Cross listed with MGH 631 and LAW 718

EEH 550 Environmental Health

3 Credits, Spring Semester

Prerequisite: None

Introductory course that explores the role of environmental factors in health with an emphasis on characterization, assessment, and control of environmental hazards. Topics include application of toxicologic and epidemiologic methods in assessing risk and setting exposure limits; the nature of and control of hazards associated with food, water, air, solid and liquid waste, occupation, and radiation; risk communication and management, environmental justice; and environmental laws. The course concludes by examining the impact of human activity, such as energy use and pollution, on the environment and how human-induced environmental change, in turn, impacts public health and that of the planet as a whole.

Instructor: Ren

Format: seated and online

EEH 590 Contemporary Issues in Public Health

2 Credits, Fall Semester

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces students to major public health issues from a practice-based perspective. Through presentations by public health leaders and practitioners, readings, group discussion and class activities, students practice integrating public concepts to better understand issues, and develop responses. Primary areas of exploration are leadership, and collaboration. Course content focuses on major public health issues today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Public Health Association (APHA), World Health Organization (WHO), local and state health departments or other organizations. 

Instructor: Ochs-Balcom

Format: online

STA 527 Statistical Analysis I

3 Credits (4 total with STA 527 REC), Fall Semester

Corequisite: Students must enroll in STA 527 LEC and STA 527 REC in the same term.

This course is designed for students concerned with medical data. The material covered includes: the design of clinical trials and epidemiological studies; data collection; summarizing and presenting data; probability; standard error; confidence intervals and significance tests; techniques of data analysis including multifactorial methods and the choice of statistical methods; problems of medical measurement and diagnosis; and vital statistics and calculation of sample size. The design and analysis of medical research studies will be illustrated. MINITAB is used to perform some data analysis. Descriptive statistics, probability distributions, estimation, tests of hypothesis, categorical data, regression model, analysis of variance, nonparametric methods, and others will be discussed as time permits.

Instructor: Kuhlmann

Format: seated and online

Biology Course Requirement

CEP 661 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability (3 cr.)

Students with college-level coursework in human biology, or anatomy and physiology may be approved to waive this course and take an additional elective.

Instructor: Staff

Format: online

Elective Course Options

Online course electives from other departments:

  • CEP 548 Coaching for Wellness and Physiological Integration
  • CEP 566 Evidence-based Interventions for Wellness and Engagement
  • SW 554 Motivational Interviewing