Public Health - PUBH


The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Spring 2015. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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100 Health and the Public
3 hours. Students will examine both historical and contemporary public health stories focusing on the United States to begin to understand the contexts, systems, professions, tools, and skills associated with the public health enterprise. Individual and Society, and US Society course.

110 Public Health and Global Societies
3 hours. Introduces students to global public health through an exploration of health challenges from the local population to global society perspectives. Field trip required at a nominal fee. Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.

120 Public Health and the Study of Disease and Epidemics
3 hours. Introduces basic principles surrounding the distribution of disease and epidemics in human populations. Through lectures and field exercises, students will learn fundamentals of epidemiology, the basic science of public health. There will be three field trips at no cost to the student. These field trips will require students to be available for three - three hour sessions outside of the regular class time. Natural World - No Lab course.

194 Introductory Special Topics in Public Health
1 TO 3 hours. Introductory analysis of selected public health challenges and issues. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term.

299 Undergraduate Public Health Study Abroad
0 TO 18 hours. Provides credit for foreign study. Student's proposal for study abroad course work must have prior approval of the BA in Public Health Program. Final determination of credit is made upon the student's completion of the study abroad course work. May be repeated to a maximum of 36 hours per academic year or 48 hours per calendar year. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Program and the Study Abroad Office.

300 Critical Thinking in Public Health
4 hours. Designed to prepare students to make reasoned, intelligent decisions about public health matters by learning about and practicing how to think, read, write, and speak critically. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Public Health program.

310 Public Health and Global Citizenship
3 hours. Encourages a critical examination of the political, religious, social and economic influences on the continuum of local/global health and the role citizenship plays in advocating for the equitable distribution of health across the planet. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Public Health program. Non-majors who have completed PUBH 110 may enroll with consent of the instructor.

320 Ecologies of Health and Modern Life
3 hours. Human activity has had an impact on the health of people, animals and environments throughout history. This course uses cross-disciplinary frameworks to examine critical issues in public health that can be traced to the impact of modern life. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Public Health program or consent of the instructor.

330 Health Equity and Health Disparities
3 hours. How and why national and local health disparities in the U.S. occur and for what racial and ethnic groups they are most severe. No credit given if the student has credit in SOC 426. Students who completed a version of SOC 426 with a topic other than health disparities may receive credit with permission of the instructor. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Public Health program or consent of the instructor.

340 Health Literacy
3 hours. Trains students to access, analyze, craft, communicate and use health information in ways that are easily understood and serve to improve public health. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Public Health program or consent of the instructor.

350 Health Systems, Health Policy
3 hours. Examines popular perceptions and the reality of how the U.S. Health System is created and evolves. Classes will meet twice each week alternating between traditional classroom sessions and guest lectures or off-campus field visits to health system and policy-making experiences. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Public Health program or consent of the instructor.

360 Local Citizenship and Community Health Initiatives
4 hours. Explore the concept of community health, identify strategies for developing and implementing community health initiatives, and appreciate community building as an overarching approach for health improvement. Field work required. This course entails two classroom sessions per week (3 credit hours) and three hours per week of field work by arrangement (1 credit hour). Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Public Health program or consent of the instructor.

370 Using the Public Health Toolbox
3 hours. Opportunities to synthesize and apply knowledge/skills from the preceding core courses, working individually and in groups. Course is linked with the baccalaureate project to be implemented in the last semester of the program. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the BA in Public Health program.

393 Public Health Fieldwork
3 hours. Public Health fieldwork is an integrative practicum experience for students who are undergraduate public health majors. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Field work required. Locations are chosen from an array of public health sites established through the Fieldwork Coordinator in the Dean's Office. Domestic and international opportunities are available. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 90 hours in the field site. Fieldwork schedules may be configured to the mutual benefit of sites and students. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the BA in Public Health program and consent of the SPH Fieldwork Coordinator.

394 Advanced Special Topics in Public Health
1 TO 3 hours. Intensive analysis of selected public health challenges and issues. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term.

396 Independent Study in Public Health
1 TO 3 hours. Self-directed study of a special public health topic under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor supervising the independent study and approval of the department/school.

397 Baccalaureate Project in Public Health
3 hours. Implementation and presentation of an integrative project designed to demonstrate students' mastery of the overarching curriculum goals for the undergraduate major in public health; demonstration of critical thinking and analytic skills. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. The entire student group will meet three times during the semester. Small groups and individuals will meet with instructor by scheduled appoinment as needed. The final will entail up to a full day of presentations of the student projects to peers, faculty, and stakeholders. Prerequisite(s): PUBH 370 and credit or concurrent registration in PUBH 411 and senior standing in the BA in Public Health program.

410 Historical and Contemporary Public Health Challenges I
2 hours. Part one of a two course sequence, historical and contemporary case studies of social movement(s) will be examined to demonstrate the inter-relatedness of social justice, science/medicine, culture, politics, geography and the public's health. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the BA in Public Health program or consent of the instructor.

411 Historical and Contemporary Public Health Challenges II
2 hours. Part two of a two course sequence, historical and contemporary case studies of social movement(s) will be examined to demonstrate the inter-relatedness of social justice, science/medicine, culture, politics, geography and the public's health. Prerequisite(s): PUBH 410 and senior standing in the BA in Public Health program or consent of the instructor.


Information provided by the Office of Programs and Academic Assessment.

This listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract. Every attempt is made to provide the most current and correct information. Courses listed here are subject to change without advance notice. Courses are not necessarily offered every term or year. Individual departments or units should be consulted for information regarding frequency of course offerings.