Public Health Sciences (PHS)

Courses numbered 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate. (Individual courses may be limited to undergraduate students only.); 800 to 999 = graduate.

PHS 804.  Principles of Statistics in the Health Sciences   3 credit hours

Introductory statistics for graduate students in the social and health sciences with little or no background in statistics. Provides first year (or equivalent) MPH students with a basic understanding of certain statistical techniques, the appropriate application of these techniques, and use of the software package, SPSS.

PHS 808.  Principles of Epidemiology   3 credit hours

An introductory graduate-level course concerning epidemiological principles and how these form the scientific basis for public health.

PHS 812.  Health Care Policy and Administration   3 credit hours

An in-depth look at policy and management issues in the health system from a public health perspective. Topics include health policy, trends in the health care system, and administrative issues. Topics are critiqued with regard to public health goals, the interests of consumers and providers, and ethics.

PHS 814.  Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health   3 credit hours

Examines the characteristics, beliefs and behaviors of individuals and groups involved in the process of health care. Draws on concepts and principles of the social, behavioral and clinical sciences, especially dynamics that define the interactions of providers and consumers of health care. Explores why people react to perceived symptoms the way they do, the reasons providers respond as they do to patients with different social attributes, the factors which predispose individual reactions to illness and its correlates, and the effects on health of societal agreements and expectations.

PHS 816.  Environmental Health   3 credit hours

A survey course in environmental health designed to provide an understanding of the fundamental theory and methods for the control of disease. Includes environmental law, disease systems, water supplies, plumbing, waste water treatment, food sanitation, vector control, recreation sanitation, solid waste disposal, housing sanitation and air pollution.

PHS 824.  Cultural Competency in Health Care   3 credit hours

Examines the importance of culturally-informed care as a professional responsibility in clinical practice. Designed to critically examine cultural competency, explore the challenge of responding to health disparity, and develop skills for providing person-centered care. Cultural context constructs the ways people frame, react to, and treat illness and other health risks. Individual illness experience is shaped by such factors as age, identity, gender, ethnicity, education, religion, income, tradition and ability and, and influences such as power, hierarchy in medicine, economics, history, authority, resource allocation and technology. The confluence of these factors may result in major differences between a patient’s and provider’s understanding of illness, potentially resulting in adverse health outcomes. Course challenges students to develop an understanding of the role of culture in health care and to increase cultural responsiveness within the clinical context. Includes an introduction to culture theory, themes and key concepts, exploration of health disparity, a comparative overview of diversity in health beliefs and behaviors, exposure to applied skill sets intended to improve patient/provider congruence, and appreciation for interprofessional practice. Format includes lecture, discussion, reflection, film, case studies and follow-up clinical rotation reflection and evaluation.

PHS 833.  Health Economics   3 credit hours

An application of classical economic theories, principles and concepts to traditional U.S. medical care. Both the traditional and unique determinants of demand and supply are considered with emphasis on the role of need for care, provider-induced demand, and health insurance. The legitimate role of government in health care is also considered.

PHS 841.  Leadership and Change Agency in Public Health   3 credit hours

Explores the essential leadership competencies and characteristics necessary to effectively promote innovation and facilitate adaptation in today's complex and rapidly evolving health care system. Combines classic theory and cutting edge concepts to ground students in the principles which underpin the current emphasis on leaders as change agents. Explores and applies strategies for effective change in the thinking and behavior of people, the design and vision of organization, and the health and well being of communities. Emphasizes the generalizability of leadership principles across the various sectors of public health.