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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: Kiviniemi

EEH 501 Principles of Epidemiology

4 Credits, Fall Semester

Prerequisite: None

Introduction to the basic principles, methods, and uses of epidemiology. This course is a master’s/doctoral level course designed to introduce epidemiology, its methods and its role in public health. A major portion of the course will be devoted to an overview of fundamental epidemiologic methods used in public health research and practice. The student will be familiarized with basic measures used in describing disease frequency in populations. Descriptive and analytic approaches to the study of disease will be explored, and a perspective on the role of epidemiologic methods in health services planning and evaluation will be provided. Problem solving exercises will be used to provide students with an opportunity to tabulate data and apply subject matter developed during lectures and in reading assignments. At the end of the course students should have a general understanding of the uses and limitations of epidemiologic inquiry. This understanding should provide the basis for applying epidemiologic concepts in work-related settings and in other courses in the public health curriculum.

Instructor: LaMonte

EEH 502 Advanced Methodology

3 Credits, Spring Semester

Prerequisite: EEH 501

Provides information on advanced topics in epidemiologic methods. Emphasis is on various concepts related to the conduct of epidemiologic research. This course extends understanding of topics presented in EEH 501 and presents new topics in advanced epidemiologic methods.

Instructor: Bonner

EEH 505 Application of Biostatistics to Epidemiology I

1 Credit, Fall Semester

Prerequisite: None

The course is for students in the public health sciences who seek to develop data analysis skills. The course includes emphasis on the application and interpretation of statistical tests using SAS software in the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) Kimball Hall computer laboratory. Students will learn basic methods for data organization and management as well as skills in data exploration, graphical and tabular display. Topics include descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing for means, proportions, elementary non-parametric techniques, tests, ANOVA, correlations, linear and logistic regression. The course culminates in group data analysis projects.

Instructor: Ochs-Balcom

EEH 506 Application of Biostatistics to Epidemiology II

4 Credits (3 Lecture, 1 Lab), Spring Semester

Prerequisites: EEH 501, EEH 502 (concurrent registration), EEH 505, and STA 527

This course is designed to teach students how to perform multivariate statistical analysis commonly used in epidemiologic studies. Topics include correlation, multivariate logistic and linear regression, regression diagnostics, modeling strategies, and survival analysis. Students learn SAS coding in the lab session.

Instructor: Zhao

EEH 520 Biological Basis of Public Health

3 Credits, Spring Semester

Prerequisite: None

Intended for students with little or no background in the biological sciences and health professions. The course provides a broad overview of public health topics related to human health and disease focusing on disease etiology with particular emphasis on parasitic and microbial infections plus a review of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of selected major organ systems and associated diseases of public health importance.

Instructor: Ochs-Balcom

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 system. 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

Note

Cross listed with MGH 631 and LAW 718

EEH 531 Administrative Theory and Practice for Public Health Practitioners

3 Credits, Spring Semester

Prerequisite: None

Provides students with an overview of the development of management and leadership concepts within health care organizations. Delves into the strategic and policy issues challenging health care systems (access, financing, defining and quantifying quality, etc.). Provides a practical framework of the professional competencies and skills needed to be an effective administrator within a complex health care system.

Instructor: Staff

EEH 544 MPH Field Training

0-6 Credits, Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: None

Allows students to synthesize the knowledge and skills developed during the academic portion of their program in a practical application setting. Field training experiences vary depending upon the student’s interest and concentration area; experiences need to be approved by the MPH concentration director.

Instructor: Staff

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

EEH 573 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

3 Credits, Fall Semester

Prerequisite: EEH 501

Focuses on the theory and epidemiologic methods used in the epidemiologic study of infectious diseases. Emphasis is on the investigation of infectious disease outbreaks, evaluations of vaccine efficacy and effectiveness, and surveillance for infectious diseases of public health importance. The course includes an examination of the following infectious diseases, among others: HIV/AIDs, influenza, foodborne disease, sexually transmitted infections, dengue fever, and vaccine-preventable diseases.

Instructor: Zorich

EEH 590 Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Public Health

0-1 Credits, Fall and Spring Semesters

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, class activities and analyses, students practice integrating concepts to better understand issues, and develop recommendations for responses based on evidence, and ethical and cultural considerations. Primary areas of exploration for this course are ethics, evidence, policies, leadership, collaboration, cultural competence and communication. Course content focuses on major public health issues today, and comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Public Health Association (APHA), World Health Organization (WHO), local and state health departments, community-based organizations, healthcare organizations, and other agencies. 

Instructor: Krytus

EEH 630 MPH Integrative Project

2-3 Credits, Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

The purpose of the integrative projects 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.

Instructor: Staff

Elective Course Options

EEH 510 Principles of Measurement in Public Health

3 Credits, Fall Semester

Prerequisite: None

An explanation of basic principles and methods of measurement and their application in epidemiologic research. These include development and use of different types of instruments and scales for measuring biological characteristics and behavioral and social constructs, questionnaire construction and validation, sampling, data collection methods, and fundamental principles underlying data analysis and interpretation. Students will gain practical experience developing a questionnaire relevant to an epidemiologic issue, role-playing interview techniques in class, and resolving issues related to other data collection methods, sampling, and preparing data for analysis.

Instructor: Rudra

EEH 521 Global Health

3 Credits, Spring Semester

Prerequisite: None

Provides an overview of compelling public health problems among the world’s poor. Topics addressed will include infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis; the rise of tobacco-related disease; the role of water, hygiene, and sanitation in the prevention of disease; maternal and neonatal mortality; surveillance; and disaster response in the resource-poor setting. Students will gain practical experience in developing and presenting strategies for the implementation and evaluation of public health programs in the resource-poor setting.

Instructor: Kordas

EEH 570 Cancer Epidemiology

3 Credits, Spring Semester

Prerequisite: None

Provides an in depth overview of the epidemiology on various cancer sites. Standard methodologies and analytic techniques used in cancer epidemiology will be covered. Attention given to critical review of known or suspected cancer risk factors.

Instructor: Moysich

Note

Cross listed with PTR 525.

EEH 571 Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease

3 Credits, Spring Semester

Prerequisite: EEH 501

The pathophysiological basis of the major cardiovascular diseases is studied in relation to their clinical and epidemiological characteristics. Findings from major epidemiological studies and clinical trials are reviewed, and their implication for preventive measures are discussed.

Instructor: Donahue

EEH 572 Nutritional Epidemiology

3 Credits, Spring Semester

Prerequisite: EEH 501

Discusses the major strengths and weakness of dietary assessment methods used in epidemiologic studies to investigate associations between diet and disease (e.g., 24-hour recalls, food records, food frequency questionnaires, nutritional biomarkers). An introduction to nutritional epidemiologic analysis will be presented and discussed including analysis of nutrients, foods and dietary patterns. Critical evaluation of nutritional epidemiologic literature will be practiced.

Instructor: Millen

EEH 574 Epidemics and Outbreaks

3 Credits, Spring Semester

Prerequisite: EEH 573

Advanced course studying recent outbreaks of infectious disease. Each session will deal with an individual agent, review recent outbreaks, and discuss public health implications. Emphasis will be placed on epidemiologic principles, maneuvers by public health authorities to investigate and contain outbreaks, and relationships to the media. Topics and outbreaks will be selected with immediacy and relevance to public health.

Instructor: Lindstrom

EEH 575 Epidemiologic Applications to Environmental Health

3 Credits, Fall Semester

Prerequisites: EEH 501

Provides epidemiology and environmental health students with a working knowledge of epidemiologic theory and practice applied to issues of environmental health. Case studies and specific environmental issues will be used to illustrate the application of epidemiologic theory to understand the role of environmental factors in the etiology of disease.

Instructor: Mu

EEH 577 Perinatal Epidemiology

3 Credits, Fall Semester

Prerequisite: EEH 501

This course will provide an overview of the current field of perinatal epidemiology, including study designs, exposure and outcome measurement, data resources, and methodological challenges most relevant to the field. Topics of interest will include pregnancy and delivery complications, maternal and fetal morbidities and mortality, and maternal and paternal adverse exposures.

Instructor: Wen