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Approved Electives

Students in the MPH Program are required to take 13 credits of electives. Electives assist students to individualize their program of study and develop specialty skills. Electives may be taken to enhance public health skills and knowledge or to improve knowledge gaps and deficits. The MPH Program has approved a list of elective courses that address the core and cross-cutting public health competencies and that are frequently taken by MPH students. The courses are categorized based on the MPH Competencies (ASPPH, 2006). Categorizing courses by competencies makes it easy for students to choose courses within a specific competency area.

In addition, while not all departmental courses are listed on the approved electives list, any PHS course that is a 500 level course or above is considered acceptable to be taken as an approved elective. Find a list of those courses here.

Students who wish to take a course for elective credit that does not appear on the Approved Electives list should seek individual approval from the MPH Program by contacting Mindy Schreiner, the Student Services Coordinator for the MPH Program. In general, courses should include 50% or more public health or public health-related content and must be at a 500 level or above. Students making a request to include a course as an elective must be prepared to make a justification as to why this course should be included in the student’s program plan and also provide a copy of the course syllabus.

Approved Graduate Certificates:
Courses taken as part of an approved graduate level certificate will count towards the MPH Program’s elective credits. All courses taken as part of the graduate certificates must be a 500 level course or above. More information on certificates can be found here.

For complete up-to-date course offering information please check the University’s Schedule of Classes and Course Guide.

Biostatistics Biostatistics


Biostatistics: Biostatistics is the development and application of statistical reasoning and methods in addressing, analyzing and solving problems in public health; health care; and biomedical, clinical and population-based research.

POP HLTH 451 Introduction to SAS Programming for Population Health
Credits: 1
Offered: Fall
The course provides graduate students in the Population Health Sciences programs with a basic understanding of the use of the SAS programming language for the management and analysis of biomedical data. The following topics are covered: importing data into SAS, creating and redefining variables, printing and summarizing data, exporting data from SAS, use of the Output Delivery System (ODS), basic graphics and statistical analyses and the SAS macro facility. Note: All MPH students must obtain instructor's consent to enroll in this course.

POP HLTH 551 Introduction to Biostatistics for Population Health
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Cross listed with B M I
Prerquisites: College algebra; enrollment in Population Health MS or PhD program or cons inst.
Course designed for population health researchers. Topics include descriptive statistics, elementary probability, probability distributions, one- and two-sample normal inference (point estimation, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals), power and sample size calculations, one- and two-sample binomial inference, underlying assumptions and diagnostic work. Note: This course can be substituted for MPH required course, BMI 511, in rare instances. Students interested in pursuing a research-focused MPH should consider taking this course. Students enrolled in this course must be concurrently enrolled in POP HLTH 451.

POP HLTH 552 Regression Methods for Population Health
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
Cross listed with B M I
Prerequisites: POP HLTH/BMI 451 and POP HLTH/BMI 551; or cons inst.
This course serves as an introduction to the primary statistical tools used in epidemiology and health services research; multiple linear regression, logistic regression, and survival analysis. Note: This course serves as a Methods Course for the MPH program.

Environmental Health Environmental Health


Environmental Health: Environmental health sciences represent the study of environmental factors including biological, physical and chemical factors that affect the health of a community.

POP HLTH 502 Air Pollution and Human Health
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: A course in biology; junior standing
Cross listed with ENVIR ST
Students gain and understanding of toxicologic, controlled and epidemiologic studies on major air pollutants. An overview of study methods, lung physiology and pathology; air pollution sources, types, meteorology, sampling methods, controls and regulations is included.

POP HLTH 560 Health Impact Assessment of Global Environmental Change
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
Cross listed with Environmental Studies
This course covers contemporary methods of impact assessment in a framework to address global environmental health threats (e.g., global climate change, deforestation and biodiversity loss, and urban sprawl).

POP HLTH 603 Clinical and Public Health Microbiology
Credits: 5
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: MM&I 301 & 302 or equivalent.
Cross listed with MM&I
Lecture-seminar sessions. Lectures (44) describe microorganisms of clinical and public health significance. Seminar sessions (14) discuss issues and controversies of specimen receiving and processing, bacteremia, serodiagnosis of infectious agents, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, laboratory management, and novel approaches to detect infectious agents.

M&ENVTOX 625 Toxicology I
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Biochem 501 & Physiol 335 or cons inst. Path 401 & Phmcol 401 or equiv recommended
Cross listed with AHABS, MEDICINE, M&ENVTOX, ONCOLOGY, PATH, PHM SCI, PHMCOL-M, POP HLTH
Students gain the basic principles of toxicology and biochemical mechanisms of toxicity in mammalian species and man. Correlations between morphological and functional changes caused by toxicants in different organs of the body are reviewed.

M&ENVTOX 626 Toxicology II
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Env Tox 625 or cons inst
Cross listed with AHABS, MEDICINE, M&ENVTOX, PATH, PHM SCI, PHMCOL-M, POP HLTH
This course surveys the basic methods and fundamental biochemical mechanisms of toxicity. Toxicity in mammalian organ systems, techniques for evaluating toxicity, as well as mechanisms of species specificity, and environmental interactions (with toxicant examples) are presented.

POP HLTH 650 Section 074: Special Topics in Environmental Health Epidemiology
Credits: 2
Offered: Varies
Prerequisite: at least one introduction to epidemiology and/or study design course and consent of instructor
This course will introduce students to a variety of environmental health topics and methods used for conducting epidemiologic studies in environmental health.

Epidemiology Epidemiology

Epidemiology: Epidemiology is the study of patterns of disease and injury in human populations and the application of this study to the control of health problems.

POP HLTH 621 Introduction to Nutritional Epidemiology
Credits: 1
Offered: Spring
Prerequisite: Statistics 301 or equivalent & Nutritional Sciences 332 or cons inst.
Cross listed with Nutritional Sciences
Techniques used to evaluate relationships of diet to health and disease in human populations; integration of knowledge gained with results of animal and clinical studies toward understanding dietary risk or protective factors for disease are covered in this course. Includes advanced diet assessment and basic epidemiologic approaches.

POP HLTH 713 Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
Credits: 1
Offered: Summer
Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797 Intro to Epidemiology
This course provides an overview of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the United States and worldwide. Topics covered include a review of the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, the natural history of HIV disease, strategies to prevent and treat HIV, and local and global health impact with a focus on historically significant milestones as well as promising current and future research.

POP HLTH 791 Physical Activity Epidemiology
Credits: 1
Offered: Occasionally
Prerequisites: Graduate student or consent of instructor
Cross listed with KINES, POP HLTH
Recommendations for and surveillance of physical activity in the U.S. and associations with health and disease at the population level are highlighted. There is an emphasis on measurement techniques, study design and research considerations.

POP HLTH 798 Epidemiologic Methodology
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797
The main emphasis is the design and interpretation of epidemiologic studies. The course includes hands-on experience in the evaluation of epidemiologic evidence, the analysis of epidemiologic data, and the discussion of strategies aimed to improve study validity and efficiency. Note: This course serves as a Methods Course for the MPH program.

POP HLTH 801 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797
This course introduces basic methods to studying the epidemiology of infectious diseases and reviews infectious diseases of major public health importance. It also covers the basics of microbiology, immunology, and laboratory-based methods and the principles of disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, mathematical models of disease transmission, and prevention strategies. The etiology, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of ancient, modern, and emerging infectious diseases will be examined.

POP HLTH 805 Epidemiologic Methods
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797 and POP HLTH 798
This course is directed to PhD and MS students and expands on the knowledge and abilities developed in Population Health 797 and 798. The goal of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the rationale and use of study designs that built upon but are substantially different from the most common designs used in epidemiologic research (experimental studies, case-control studies, and cohort studies). The main emphasis of this course is on the design and interpretation of epidemiologic studies. The course will include hands-on experience on the assessment of non-traditional designs as tools to improve the validity and efficiency of epidemiologic studies. Most lectures will be followed by a lab session.

POP HLTH 806 Advanced Epidemiology: Practice of Epidemiology
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797, 798 and 805
The goals of the course are to apply and extend methodologic knowledge learned in prior courses in the Population Health Sciences epidemiology methods sequence to selected key activities of a practicing epidemiologic researcher, including: study implementation; scientific writing and presentation; manuscript and grant peer reviewing; measurement validation, simulation studies and sensitivity analyses; and, commonly-used epidemiology field instruments and methods.

POP HLTH 807 Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology
Credits: 2
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797
The course provides students with an overview of the current knowledge and research in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology. Through reading of the primary and secondary literature, students examine issues related to topics such as fertility, preconception health, and perinatal outcomes including maternal morbidity and mortality, pregnancy loss, and infant outcomes. Current evidence-based strategies designed to improve reproductive and perinatal outcomes are reviewed. Long-term health implications of pregnancy and infant health are considered. The classes will be structured to include faculty-led lectures, discussions with guest faculty, and student-led discussions.

POP HLTH 849 Genetic Epidemiology
Credits: 2
Offered: Every other Fall
This course will provide an introduction to genetic epidemiology, particularly genetic association studies. Topics will include a general overview of genetics and Mendelian and complex inheritance. Discussion will include the various elements of study design, including definition of study population, participant ascertainment, phenotype definition, selection of genetic markers, determination of the type of biologic sample to be collected for extraction of the DNA, data collection and management, and choice of analytic methods.

POP HLTH 904 (Section 004) Special Topics in Epidemiology: Global Health
Credits: 2
Offered: Fall
The purposes of this course is to explore the relationship between globalization and health and provide students with an understanding of: a) major indicators and determinants of health and health disparities across populations, from less to more developed countries; b) the role of epidemiology in developing proven and potential interventions to improve global health and reduce health disparities; and c) methodological and ethical considerations in international health research.

POP HLTH 904 (Section 005) Special Topics in Epidemiology: Cardiovascular Diseases
Credits: 2
Offered: Every other Fall
This course is directed to graduate and undergraduate students interested in the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases. The main emphasis of POP HLTH 904 is the discussion of the population distribution, health impact, risk factors, treatment, and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

KINES 955/POP HLTH 955 Seminar in Physical Activity Epidemiology
Credits: 1
Offered: Spring
This 1-credit seminar is appropriate for MPH, M.S., or Ph.D. students interested in learning about recent research on physical activity and health. This course is a companion to POP HLTH 791 Physical Activity Epidemiology. No previous experience with physical activity research is necessary.

Health Policy and Management Health Policy and Management


Health Policy & Management: Health policy and management is a multidisciplinary field of inquiry and practice concerned with the delivery, quality and costs of health care for individuals and populations. This definition assumes both a managerial and a policy concern with the structure, process and outcomes of health services including the costs, financing, organization, outcomes and accessibility of care.

POP HLTH 548 The Economics of Health Care
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Econ 301, or Public Affairs 880 or cons instructor
An analysis of the health care industry is the major topic area of this course. Markets for hospitals and physicians' care, markets for health manpower, and the role of health insurance is covered.

POP HLTH 661 State-Level Health System and Coverage Reform
Credits: 1
Offered: Summer
This one week course focuses on the state's role in health care coverage, trends in public and private insurance coverage, and current issues and debates about reform nationally and in Wisconsin.

POP HLTH 703 Quality of Health Care: Evaluation and Assurance
Credits: 1-3
Offered: Occasionally
Cross listed with I SY E, POP HLTH
Implementation, oversight, and management of quality-oriented activities in health care settings is the topic of this course. An overview of current and historical activities, approaches, and issues confronting health care related to quality assessment, assurance, and improvement are included.

POP HLTH 709 Translational & Outcomes Research in Health and Health Care
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Instructor consent
This course seeks to review the conceptualization of translational research, focusing on "Type 2" or community-based translational research; to illustrate basic concepts and methods in research as applied to current issues in healthcare; and to understand the diverse perspectives that can be used to inform Type 2 translational research in different organizations.

POP HLTH 848 Health Economics
Credits: 1-3
Offered: Spring
Cross listed with ECON, POP HLTH
Health economics issues including demand, supply and pricing, market structure, medical malpractice, technological change, value of life, role of insurance, and other aspects of uncertainty are discussed in this course.

PUB AFFR 874 Policy Making Process
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
Cross listed with PUB AFFR, POLI SCI, URB R PL
This course provides an intensive study of policy-making processes involved in the formulation of public policies.

POP HLTH 875 Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Health and Healthcare
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797 & 552
Cross listed with I SY E, POP HLTH
The overall goal of this course is to introduce you to the key concepts of health technology assessment, with a focus on cost-effectiveness analysis. This field is multidisciplinary and policy-oriented: this means that there are many possible angles from which to teach the material, and a fair deal of context (and pretext) behind it. It also means, quite simply, that there is a lot of challenging material and many different ways to do basically the same thing and substantial disagreement about what is the “best” way. It is impossible to cover every interesting topic (much less every important one!) from every angle in a single course. Upon completing this course, you should have enough understanding of the methods and practice of technology assessment to be able to critically assess technology appraisals and their related academic literature. Beyond that, you should also become equipped with the tools necessary to begin to do your own technology assessment research and to be able to find further information and reach out to collaborators (and perhaps most importantly, to know when it is necessary to find further information and reach out to collaborators!).

PUB AFFR 878 Public Management
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisite: Grad standing
The role of administration in American government is examined. Problems of organization, bureaucracy and control, and public policy as the output of the administrative process are important concepts gained in this course.

POP HLTH 879 Politics of Health Policy
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall (online)
This course is designed to help students understand how and why health policies reflect the political system in which they are developed and implemented.

PUB AFFR 881 Cost-Benefit Analysis
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Grad st, PUB AFFR 818 & 880 or POP HLTH 875 & at least one course in econ or cons inst
Cross listed with A A E, ENVIR ST, PUB AFFR, POP HLTH
This course will present the welfare economics underpinnings for evaluating the social benefits and costs of government activities. Issues such as uncertainty, the social discount rate, and welfare weights will be discussed; case studies from the environmental, social policy, and agricultural areas will be studied. Note: This course serves as a selected Methods course for the MPH program.


Social & Behavioral Sciences Social & Behavioral Sciences


Social & Behavioral Sciences: The social and behavioral sciences in public health address the behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health and health disparities over the life course. Research and practice in this area contributes to the development, administration and evaluation of programs and policies in public health and health services to promote and sustain healthy environments and healthy lives for individuals and populations.

SOC 575 Sociological Perspectives on the Life Course and Aging
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Junior standing
This course focuses on age as a basis of societal differentiation in modern and pre-modern societies; social psychological, demographic, sociobiological, socioeconomic, and socio-historical views of age-graded events and behaviors; examination of the life course and aging as sociological variables.

POP HLTH 664 Prevention of Overweight and Obesity
Credits: 2
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: POP HLTH 796
In this course, students focus on overweight and obesity prevention, with a strong focus on pediatric obesity.

COUNSELING PSY 719 Intro Qualitative Research
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Graduate student
This course provides an overview of qualitative inquiry, examining assumptions, standards, and methods for generating and communicating interpretations. Methodological and theoretical works illustrate case study, ethnography, narrative, and action research. This course does not include a field method component. Note: This course serves as a Methods course for the MPH program.

NURSING 746 Interdisciplinary, Coordinated Care of the Child with Chronic Illness
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
Cross listed with NURSING, PEDIAT, PHM PRAC, SOC WORK
Concepts of teamwork, transitions, family perspective, death and dying, cultural competence, adherence, legislative advocacy and public policy are explored within the context of caring for children with chronic illness are included in this course.

NURSING 880 Prevention Science
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Cross listed with SOC WORK, ED PSYCH, HDFS
This course provides a theoretical, empirical and practical foundation for prevention science as it relates to the prevention of human social problems. Research and evaluation methods, program design strategies, best practices and policy as they relate to the field of prevention are also examined.

Communication & Informatics Communication & Informatics


Communication & Informatics: The ability to collect, manage and organize data to produce information and meaning that is exchanged by use of signs and symbols; to gather, process, and present information to different audiences in-person, through information technologies, or through media channels; and to strategically design the information and knowledge exchange process to achieve specific objectives.

POP HLTH 650 (Section 015): Writing for Scholarly Publication
Credits: 1
Offered: Summer
This course focuses on the study of the development of skills and opportunities that culminate in publishable works in public health and other health science-related professional journals, area-specific journals, cross-disciplinary journals, and other publications. There will be an emphasis on writing, editing, reviewing, and other professional development skills that culminate in the publication in peer-reviewed professional journals and other publishing outlets.

POP HLTH 660 Communicating Public Health Information Effectively
Credits: 1
Offered: Summer
This one week course is designed to help students improve their ability to communicate with different audiences. From the news media to legislators, and from written to oral communication, students will learn strategies for health communication based on scientific and practical recommendations.

POP HLTH 662 Introduction to Social Marketing in Public Health
Credits: 1
Offered: Summer
This course is designed to give students an orientation to social marketing and its specific applications in public health. It is appropriate for current and future practitioners in the public health field. Class sessions combine didactic presentations with group discussion and in-class exercises.

NURSING 705 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Clinical Research Evidence
Credits: 2
Offered: Summer
Cross listed with Medicine and Pop Hlth
The goal is to select an interdisciplinary clinical question, assess the development of the evidence from an interdisciplinary perspective and initiate a systematic review of the research in the selected topic. Students will learn to manage the evidence electronically; critique and grade the evidence found, and view the findings from the vantage point of others’ disciplines. Students will work closely with librarians familiar with clinical evidence.

Diversity & Culture Diversity & Culture


Diversity & Culture. The ability to interact with both diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome.

POP HLTH 503 Public Health and Human Rights: The Care of Vulnerable Children in Africa
Credits: 1
Offered: Summer
Students will understand, critique and constructively engage with global efforts to meet the needs of orphans and other children who are in highly vulnerable situations in Africa. Exploring the tensions and synergies between public health and human rights approaches, this course will prepare students for research, practice or advocacy. It is open to upper level undergraduates (junior and senior standing), graduate students, MPH students, and special students. Approved elective for the Certificate in Global Health.

POP HLTH 504 Health Care Quality Improvement in Low Resource Settings
Credits: 1
Offered: Summer
This course will present concepts of quality improvement and will trace the introduction and evolution of QI efforts in low-income countries, and among vulnerable populations worldwide. Students will get hands on training in QI methods and tools, and will explore how QI can strengthen health systems. Further, they will develop an understanding of how QI efforts can be linked to larger policy initiatives such as improved governance, task shifting within health care services, rights-based approaches to health care, and realization of the MDGs. This course will provide a useful introduction to the field of quality improvement and could be used to develop preliminary plans for quality improvement studies in a practice setting. It is open to graduate students, MPH students, and upper level undergraduate students (juniors and seniors). It is also open to special students who are enrolled in the Capstone Certificate in Global Health.

POP HLTH 553 International Health and Global Society
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status, or cons inst.
Cross listed with Med Hist, Hist Sci
Major problems in international health from 1750 to the present are explored. There is a broad focus on disease epidemiology and ecology; political economy of health; migration; quarantine; race, ethnicity, and health care; international health research; cross-cultural healing; mental and maternal health; growth of international health organizations.

SOC 578 Poverty and Place
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisite: None
Cross listed with Amer Ind
This course presents a sociological overview of place-based poverty in the United States, concentrating on the economic structure of poor places and the characteristics of the people who live in those places. We examine the allocation of economic and social rewards in contemporary society with an emphasis on persistently poor rural regions and communities, analysis of selected minority groups and their poverty statuses, and poverty programs and their consequences for structural and cultural changes.

POP HLTH 640 Foundations in Global Health Practice
Credit: 1
Offering: Fall
Prerequisite: Graduate or health professional students; Junior or Senior status, or cons inst
This interdisciplinary course is designed to prepare graduate students in the health sciences and related fields, as well as health professionals who are special students, for specific global health field experiences.

POP HLTH 644 (Section 003) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease: Africa
Credits: 1
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Grad st or health professional student; or cons inst
This course introduces students to global health challenges and interdisciplinary strategies to address health problems in developing countries with an emphasis on countries in Africa. The knowledge and skills from these courses will be critical for students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of health problems beyond the boundaries of the United States.

POP HLTH 644 (Section 004) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease: Southeast Asia
Credits: 1
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Grad st or health professional student; or cons inst
This course introduces students to global health challenges and interdisciplinary strategies to address health problems in developing countries with an emphasis on countries in Southeast Asia. The knowledge and skills from these courses will be critical for students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of health problems beyond the boundaries of the United States.

POP HLTH 644 (Section 005) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease: South America
Credits: 1
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Grad st or health professional student; or cons inst
This course introduces students to global health challenges and interdisciplinary strategies to address health problems in developing countries with an emphasis on countries in South America. The knowledge and skills from these courses will be critical for students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of health problems beyond the boundaries of the United States.

POP HLTH 644 (Section 006) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease: Central America
Credits: 1
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Grad st or health professional student; or cons inst
This course introduces students to global health challenges and interdisciplinary strategies to address health problems in developing countries with an emphasis on countries in Central America. The knowledge and skills from these courses will be critical for students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of health problems beyond the boundaries of the United States.

NURSING 702 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Diverse Communities
Credits: 3
Offered: Summer
Multidisciplinary approach for health promotion/disease prevention in diverse communities emphasizing the use of epidemiological psychosocial, and environmental data for aggregate/community assessment to determine shared risks, exposures, behaviors and interventions.

FAMILY MEDICINE 712 Health Care in Diverse Communities
Credits: 1
Offered: Spring
This elective is an introduction to issues in health care provided in diverse communities. Topics include cultural issues in medicine, health disparities, cross-cultural communication, culture and resiliency, historical background and ethics, civil rights in practice and minority health care professionals. Note: This course has limited enrollment. Enroll early.

POP HLTH 718 Principles of Global Healthcare Systems
Credits: 2
Offered: Fall
The course addresses and analyzes differences in health status and methods of organizing and providing health services in countries with varying levels of development and types of sociopolitical systems. Students will develop an understanding of the various avenues of international cooperation in health.

MED HIST 753 International Health and Global Society
Credits: 1
Offered: Fall
In this course, students review advanced readings that examine major problems in modern international health. Focus on epidemiology and disease ecology; political economy of health; migration; quarantine; international health research; cross-cultural healing; mental and maternal health; growth of international health organizations. Note: Students must be concurrently enrolled in Med Hst 553.

POP HLTH 915 International Health Systems and Policy
Credits: 2
Offered: Online Fall, Spring, Summer
The course is designed as an independent study, allowing students considerable flexibility in scheduling the work and reporting the lessons learned. All readings and other materials are available in portable, electronic format. The intellectual approach is highly interdisciplinary, encouraging students to examine health systems from the perspectives of philosophy, history, sociology, demography, epidemiology, economics, and politics as well as clinical medicine.

ANTRHO 919 Anthropology and International Health
Credits: 2
Offered: Occasionally
Examination of international health issues from the theoretical and methodological perspectives of anthropology is the focus of this course. The course also includes case studies of applied medical anthropology work as well as critical analysis of development initiatives in public health.

PUB AFFR 974 International Program Evaluation
Credits: 3
Offered: Every other Spring
Prerequisites: Statistics and Microeconomics
This course provides an overview of program evaluation, the practice of assessing the efficacy of policy initiatives, with an emphasis on international applications. A primary concern when evaluating a program is ensuring that estimates reflect the causal impact of the program, so we will discuss various strategies for addressing this challenge, including: randomized clinical trials, fixed effects, pre-post designs, difference-in-differences, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, and propensity score matching.

Leadership & Professionalism Leadership & Professionalism

Leadership The ability to create and communicate a shared vision for a changing future; champion solutions to organizational and community challenges; and energize commitment to goals.

Professionalism: The ability to demonstrate ethical choices, values and professional practices implicit in public health decisions; consider the effect of choices on community stewardship, equity, social justice and accountability; and to commit to personal and institutional development.

MED HIST 505 Justice and Health Care
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
This course will examine ethical issues in the distribution, financing, and delivery of health care in the United States. We will focus in particular on central issues raised by the recent U.S. health care reform debate and resulting legislation. Readings will be drawn from political philosophy, health care economics, behavioral economics, nonprofit think tank white papers, Congressional testimony, news articles, and blog posts. The first third of the class explores key issues in U.S. health policy and forms the empirical foundation for the rest of the class. The second third explores ongoing debates in moral and political philosophy over putative entitlements to health and health care. The last third investigates the nature, justifiability, and methods of health care rationing, including bedside rationing by doctors and the myriad issues implicated by the near-universally shared goal of health care cost containment.

MED HIST 515 Public Health Ethics
Credits: 3
Offered: Occasionally
This course provides a survey of ethical and social issues in medical ethics and history of medicine. Cooperating faculty may be drawn from philosophy, law, medical ethics, history, political science, public health, economics, education, and communication, as well as medicine and the biological sciences.

MED HIST 730 Ethical Issues in Medicine
Credits: 1
Offered: Spring
This course will explore central ethical issues in public health and health policy in eight interactive discussion sessions. Course topics will include: Alternative approaches to rationing health care (triage and policy levels) and their relative merits; the shape of rights to health and health care; measuring health states to determine the effectiveness of public health interventions (QALYs and DALYs); paternalism and personal responsibility for risky health behaviors; determinants of health, including the effects of income inequality and relative social status ("The Status Syndrome"); the role of genetic predisposition in allocating resources; distinctions between positive rights

POP HLTH 758 Interprofessional Public Health Leadership
Credits: 1
Offered: Spring, Fall
Cross listed with Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Program
This course provides students with an opportunity to engage in collaboration, problem solving and teamwork in an interdisciplinary framework as they prepare an Interprofessional Case Competition (Fall) or as they prepare a collaborative case conference for the health professional students on campus (Spring). As students from different healthcare and public health backgrounds interact, learn together and share their experiences, they will become better prepared to lead and collaborate professionally in the future.

LAW 905 Bioethics and the Law
Credits: 2-4
Offered: Fall
This course provides an introduction to the legal, ethical and public policy dimensions of modern medicine and biomedical research. Topics include informed consent, human experimentation, death and dying, organ transplantation, allocation of scarce resources. The course may also cover reproductive and genetic issues in some years.

Program Planning Program Planning


Program Planning: The ability to plan for the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to improve individual and community health.

CIVIL SOCIETY & COMMUNITY STUDIES 501 Evaluation Research in Practice
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
This course introduces students to the design and use of evaluation to understand and assess those places within communities (e.g., groups, organizations, networks, associations) that are critical to civil society. The course combines community-based experiential learning (i.e., collaborative action research and/or descriptive analysis of selected settings) with classroom instruction. Note: This course serves as a Methods Course for the MPH program.

NURSING 761 Health Program Planning, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
This course provides content in theory, concepts, and methods of program planning and evaluation in the context of health care and community health organizations. Provides basic concept related to designing and implementing health services quality improvement projects. Note: This course serves as a Methods Course for the MPH program.

POP HLTH 803 Monitoring Population Health
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: POP HLTH 797
Students learn applied techniques for community health assessment--a core function of public health. Actual population health data (including census, natality, mortality, hospital discharge, behavioral risk factor) are retrieved from the Web for analysis and interpretation. Note: This course serves as a Methods Course for the MPH program.

PUB AFFR 871 Public Program Evaluation
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Grad student & PUB AFFR 818 or equiv, or consent of instructor
The course compares the conceptual, statistical, and ethical issues of experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental designs for program evaluation. Definitions of outcomes, sample size issues, statistical biases in measuring causal effects of programs, and the reliability of findings will be emphasized using case studies selected from current public programs. Note: This course serves as a Methods Course for the MPH program.  

Public Health Biology Public Health Biology


Public Health Biology: The ability to incorporate public health biology – the biological and molecular context of public health – into public health practice.

MMI 554 Emerging Infectious Disease & Bioterrorism
Credits: 2
Offered: Fall
The focus of this course is on the identification of analysis and solution of emerging infectious disease problems and the problems of bioterrorism.

MMI 555 Vaccines: Practical Issues for a Global Society
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: MMI 301 & either MMI 341 or MMI 528
Students will consider innovative approaches to the development and use of vaccines in the past, today and in the future, including the public health impact and the economic, ethical and safety issues associated with vaccine development, licensing and use.

POP HLTH 603 Clinical and Public Health Microbiology
Credits: 5
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: MM&I 301 & 302 or equiv
Cross listed with M M & I, POP HLTH
Lectures describe microorganisms of clinical and public health significance. Seminar sessions discuss issues and controversies of specimen receiving and processing, bacteremia, sero-diagnosis of infectious agents, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, laboratory management, and novel approaches.

NUTRI SCI 625 Advanced Nutrition: Obesity and Diabetes
Credits: 1
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Nutr Sci 619 or con reg & Physiol 335 or equiv
Students will complete a critical review of current research on etiology and treatment of obesity and diabetes and gain an understanding of the physiology, biochemistry and genetics of human obesity and diabetes.

POP HLTH 888 Public Health Genomics
Credits: 1
Offered: Spring
Public health genomics uses knowledge gained from genetic and molecular research along with a consideration of ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) to prevent disease and improve the health of the population. Students enrolled in this course will be provided an introduction to public health genomics through a review of fundamental principles of genetics, followed by lectures and discussions on the use of genetic information in clinical and research settings and its implications for disease management and prevention. Students will also gain an awareness of policies that guide public health and will be able to discuss current ethical, legal, and social implications of these policies. These learning objectives will be met through readings and videos, lectures, and discussions of recent journal articles and current topics in public health genomics.

POP HLTH 794 Biological Basis of Population Health
Credits: 2
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: POP HLTH Grad student or MPH student
This course covers the physiology, biology and biochemistry of selected disease processes deemed to be important to students of Population Health Sciences by virtue of their clinical significance, including incidence, mortality and morbidity.

Systems Thinking Systems Thinking


Systems Thinking: The ability to recognize system level properties that result from dynamic interactions among human and social systems and how they affect the relationships among individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and environments.

Med Hist 504 Society and Health Care in American History
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring
Cross listed with HISTORY, HIST SCI, MED HIST
This course is designed to acquaint students with the history of health care in America. Although the focus will be on the past, efforts will be made to relate the past to the present.

MED HIST 509 The Development of Public Health in America
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring
Cross listed with HIST SCI, MED HIST
This courses provides an overview of health problems in the U.S. from the colonial period to the twentieth century as well as efforts made toward their solutions.

POP HLTH 553 International Health and Global Society
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
Cross listed with HIST SCI, MED HIST, POP HLTH
Major problems in international health from 1750 to the present are reviewed. Focus on disease epidemiology and ecology; political economy of health; migration; quarantine; race, ethnicity, and health care; international health research; cross-cultural healing; mental and maternal health; growth of international health organizations.

I SYS E 559 Patient Safety and Error Reduction in Health Care
Credits: 2
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Jr st or cons inst
Cross listed with I SY E, MED PHYS
Techniques for evaluating and reducing risks in medical procedures, including probabilistic risk assessment methods, failure mode and effects analysis, human factors analysis, and quality management are covered. Patient safety standards, recommendations from agencies, and continual quality improvement are also discussed.

I SY E 617 Health Information Systems
Credits: 3
Offered: Varies
Prerequisites: Sr or Grad st, or cons inst
Cross listed with I SY E, L I S
Provides grounding in core concepts of health information systems. Major applications include clinical information systems, language and standards, decision support, image technology and digital libraries. Evaluation of IE tools and perspectives designed to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of health information.

SOC 663 Population and Society
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
This course is a survey of the field of Population Studies. It covers substantive, non-technical aspects of Demography. It is addressed to two groups of students (a) Upper-level undergraduates and (b) Graduate Students. For some this course will be their only class on population. For others, and especially for graduate students thinking about specializing in demography, the course is the first of several they will take. I have selected the readings and have developed lectures that I hope will be informative and challenging to both groups.

POP HLTH 795 Principles of Population Health Science
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall
This course introduces students to the multiple determinants of health including medical care, socioeconomic status, the physical environment and individual behavior, and their interactions. Also covered will be the definition and measurement of population health, economic concepts in population health, and ethical and managerial issues in population health improvement. Note: MPH students are required to take the 1-credit section of this course. They may take the 3-credit section and receive 2 credits towards their elective credits.

POP HLTH 796 Introduction to Health Services Research
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: POP HLTH 795; or cons inst
Introduces students to a variety of perspectives, substantive areas and methodological approaches to health services research that provide the foundation for understanding the structure, process and outcomes of the U.S. health care system. Note: This course serves as a Methods course for the MPH Program.