Course Descriptions

PUB 101 Introduction to Public Health

3 Credits, Fall Semester

The course is designed to provide you with an understanding of and appreciation for population approaches to improving the health of our nation and the world, as well as knowledge of various career paths in public health.  

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PUB 210 Global Public Health

3 Credits, Spring Semester

PUB 210 will provide upper division undergraduate students with a meaningful appreciation of the challenges in achieving the human right to health in low- and middle-income countries worldwide. Students will understand the leading causes of illness, death, and disability and approaches to prevention and control of those conditions in resource-constrained settings. Students will also understand the complex interrelationships between social, environmental, and political factors that affect health and well-being in low- and middle-income countries. Further, students will learn how to critically evaluate solutions to improve global health.

PUB 220 Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health: Principles, Practices, and Policies

3 Credits, Spring Semester

The discipline of public health helps inform decisions that shape the behavior of individuals, communities, and societies. PUB 220 is an exploration of theories, models, and methods of social and behavioral disciplines relevant to the identification, description, and solution of public health problems. The course is designed to engage students’ curiosity and aid them in developing basic literacy as well as critical and creative thinking regarding social and behavioral concepts and processes that influence personal and population health. PUB 220 will also provide students with a firm foundation for developing public health competency in social and behavioral principles and related core themes in health promotion and disease prevention. This course examines social, behavioral, structural, and cultural factors that have an impact on public health in multiple contexts including individual, community, national and global perspectives. 

PUB 301 Introduction to Epidemiology

3 Credits, Fall Semester

The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and its role in public health. Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related events in populations and its application to the prevention and control of diseases in human populations. Students will learn how to explore natural phenomena using basic epidemiologic principles and methods, including hypothesis development, data measurement and interpretation, experimentation and the evaluation of evidence. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts in epidemiology and to how the basic tenets in epidemiology are used to solve issues in public health. A variety of exposures and health outcomes will be used as examples in class to demonstrate the broad application of epidemiologic concepts in public health to resolve health issues in society.

PUB 422 Public Health Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Exploration

3 Credits, Spring Semester

Public Health Ethics explores interdisciplinary perspectives using literary, philosophical, and historical examples. Public health ethics has a special concern about functions of the state and organizations in protecting and promoting health. The American Public Health Association Principles of Ethical Practice of Public Health will be employed to assess important moral dilemmas presented in cases, literature, and films. Principles of moral philosophy and moral psychology will also be used.

STA 427 Introduction to Medical Statistics

4 Credits, Fall Semester (LEC/REC)

Topics include descriptive statistics, probability concepts (such as independence and conditional probability), probability distributions of random variables, sampling distributions, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance procedures, linear regression, and nonparametric methods. Computers and statistical packages are used throughout the course. Requires no extensive computer experience.