PHS - Public Health Sciences

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

PHS 501.  Field Research Health Science   (1-3).

Examination of the methods of participant observation, data collection and interview as approaches to understanding issues in health science. Students gain practical experience in these methods through individual fieldwork projects. Repeatable for credit up to 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: instructor's consent or 12 credit hours of public health sciences credit.

PHS 575C.  Domestic Human Trafficking   (3).

Cross-listed as SCWK 611C. This course will build on the undergraduate and graduate student’s knowledge in working with individuals, groups, and communities with a specific focus on populations at-risk of and/or subjugated to domestic trafficking. With specialized instruction regarding domestic human trafficking, particularly domestic minor sex trafficking, this course aims to equip students with the practice knowledge, skills, and ethics in order that they might engage in effective anti-trafficking responses. Topics covered within this course include: forms of human trafficking; those involved; risk and resiliency factors; prevention; and direct-services through the prevention, assessment, identification, intervention/restoration, and termination/transition/prosperity process (Countryman-Roswurm, 2015).

PHS 575K.  Supervisory in Healthcare Graduate Bridge   (1).

This course is a study of supervisory management concepts and techniques that apply to healthcare organizations and programs. Emphasis is on understanding the healthcare environment and its various healthcare settings, the identification of issues facing front-line employees, supervisors and mid-level managers, and the development of administrative and leadership skills necessary to successfully lead healthcare work teams. It identifies, analyzes and solves problems that clinical department heads, supervisors and other health related mid-management personnel encounter in their work.. This course is intended for students who completed HMCD or PHS 621 as an undergraduate, but did not complete the additional graduate requirements. Prerequisite: PHS 621 (HMCD 621).

PHS 575L.  Human Resources in Healthcare Graduate Bridge   (1).

This course is intended for health care management students who will assume responsibility for managing people in health services organizations. The course is an introduction to the essential theories, components, and issues of human resource management in the health care field. It includes, among many other topics, the study of the effectiveness of the human resource management function, employee recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, benefit and compensation, employee relations and other relevant legal requirements affecting employment in the health care sector. Students enrolled in this course will be required to learn and to demonstrate the ability to analyze human resources problems and to find and present sound solutions. This course is intended for students who completed HMCD or PHS 622 as an undergraduate, but did not complete the additional graduate requirements. Prerequisite: PHS 622 (HMCD 622).

PHS 575M.  Quality Graduate Bridge   (1).

This course addresses quality management in health services organizations, with a focus on a systematic approach to meet the Institute of Medicine's aim to provide care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable. The history and current status of quality management initiatives, as well as the role of quality in organizational strategic management are presented. Students learn the role of quality from theory to application in a broad base of organizational settings. This course is intended for students who completed HMCD or PHS 648 as an undergraduate, but did not complete the additional graduate requirements. Prerequisite: PHS 648 (HMCD 648).

PHS 575N.  Care of Populations: Public Health Science   (0.5).

Focuses on the core competency for Public Health Professionals, Public Health Science Skills, Tier 1. Focuses on the science of public health practice which integrates, competencies, essential services, retrieval of evidence, and core functions toward the goal of improving the health of populations. As part of the course requirements, the student completes step 1 of an integrated community health assessment and health improvement plan.

PHS 575O.  Care of Populations: Care Leadership & Systems Thinking   (0.5).

Focuses on the core competency for Public Health Professionals, Public Health Science Skills, Tier 1. Focuses on the science of public health practice which integrates, competencies, essential services, retrieval of evidence, and core functions toward the goal of improving the health of populations. As part of the course requirements, the student completes step 1 of an integrated community health assessment and health improvement plan.

PHS 575P.  Care of Populations: Financial Planning & Management   (0.5).

Focuses on the core competency for Public Health Professionals, Public Health Science Skills, Tier 1. Focuses on the science of public health practice which integrates, competencies, essential services, retrieval of evidence, and core functions toward the goal of improving the health of populations. As part of the course requirements, the student completes step 1 of an integrated community health assessment and health improvement plan.

PHS 575Q.  Care of Populations: Community Dimensions of Practice   (0.5).

Focuses on the core competency for Public Health Professionals, Public Health Science Skills, Tier 1. Focuses on the science of public health practice which integrates, competencies, essential services, retrieval of evidence, and core functions toward the goal of improving the health of populations. As part of the course requirements, the student completes step 1 of an integrated community health assessment and health improvement plan.

PHS 575R.  Care of Populations: Cultural Competency   (0.5).

Focuses on the core competency for Public Health Professionals, Public Health Science Skills, Tier 1. Focuses on the science of public health practice which integrates, competencies, essential services, retrieval of evidence, and core functions toward the goal of improving the health of populations. As part of the course requirements, the student completes step 1 of an integrated community health assessment and health improvement plan.

PHS 575S.  Care of Populations: Policy Development & Program Planning   (0.5).

Focuses on the core competency for Public Health Professionals, Public Health Science Skills, Tier 1. Focuses on the science of public health practice which integrates, competencies, essential services, retrieval of evidence, and core functions toward the goal of improving the health of populations. As part of the course requirements, the student completes step 1 of an integrated community health assessment and health improvement plan.

PHS 621.  Supervisory Management in Health Care Organizations   (3).

Cross-listed as HA 621. Studies supervisory management concepts and techniques that apply to health care organizations and programs. Emphasizes understanding the health care environment and its various health care settings, identifying issues facing front-line employees, supervisors and mid-level managers, and the development of administrative and leadership skills necessary to successfully lead health care work teams. Identifies, analyzes and solves problems that clinical department heads, supervisors and other health-related mid-management personnel encounter in their work. The principles of effective management techniques — planning, decision making, organizing, budgeting, time management, leadership, direction, delegation, communication, motivation, discipline, performance appraisal, managing change, teamwork, effective meetings, working with unions, quality improvement and career development — are covered.

PHS 622.  Human Resource Management in Health Care Organizations   (3).

Cross-listed as HA 622. Intended for clinical health care professionals who will assume responsibility for managing people in health services organizations. Introduces the essential theories, components and issues of human resources management in the health care field. Includes, among many other topics, the study of the effectiveness of the human resources management function, employee recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, benefits and compensation, employee relations and other relevant legal requirements affecting employment in the health care sector. Covers issues of contemporary relevance for human health services resource departments such as employee health and safety, employee assistance programs, occupational stress and job burnout, use of the Internet in the workplace, violence in the workplace, and work/family issues. Students are required to learn and demonstrate the ability to analyze human resources problems and to find and present sound solutions. Students are expected to learn and demonstrate effective group working skills as they join small groups and engage in collaboratively solving a number of human resources management problems.

PHS 624.  Community Development Methods   (3).

Builds on the foundation of public health by examining a variety of advanced methods, theories and skills used for community development. Students familiarize themselves with the approaches used to assess and improve health outcomes in a community context, and familiarize themselves with how to effectively apply these approaches. Includes lecture, group and individual projects, fieldwork and visiting lectures from practicing community development professionals.

PHS 642.  Financing Health Care Services   (3).

Examines the principles of financial analysis and management used in health care institutions, which are most useful to nonfinancial personnel. Emphasizes understanding and application of general financial concepts crucial to the health setting; considers financial organization, sources of operating revenues, budgeting and cost allocation methods. Uses examples for various types of health service organizations.

PHS 644.  Program Planning & Evaluation   (3).

Introduces students to the planning, development and evaluation of health programs through the use of lecture, group projects and individual presentations. Students familiarize themselves with a variety of approaches available in the field of program planning. Emphasizes the application of this material to the development of a program plan.

PHS 648.  Concepts of Quality in Health Care   (3).

Cross-listed as HA 648. Addresses quality management in health services organizations, with a focus on a systematic approach to meet the Institute of Medicine's aim to provide care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable. The history and current status of quality management initiatives, as well as the role of quality in organizational strategic management are presented. Students learn the role of quality from theory to application in a broad base of organizational settings.

PHS 804.  Principles of Statistics in the Health Sciences   (3).

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).

Cross-listed as HA 808. Introductory graduate-level course concerning epidemiological principles and how these form the scientific basis for public health. Introduces students to the science and methodology of disease and risk surveillance in public health. Presents the foundations and structure used to solve medical and environmental health problems in the community with a primary focus on the health status of individual populations and special populations as they relate to health promotion and disease prevention. Includes lecture, group analysis, class guests and discussion.

PHS 812.  Health Care Policy and Administration   (3).

Cross-listed as HA 812. Graduate-level course in the principles of health policy and administration. Considers the elements of strategic thinking at an organizational level as well as strategic implications of health policy and management at the national health care system level. Provides 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.

PHS 814.  Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health   (3).

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).

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).

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).

Cross-listed as HA 833. Applies classical economic theories, principles and concepts to traditional U.S. medical care. Considers both the traditional and unique determinants of demand and supply, emphasizing the role of need for care, provider-induced demand, and health insurance. Also considers the legitimate role of government in health care.