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 up to 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: instructor's consent or 12 credit hours of public health sciences credit.

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

A study of supervisory management concepts and techniques that apply to health care organizations and programs. Emphasis is on understanding the health care environment and its various health care 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 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, management of change, teamwork, effective meetings, working with unions, quality improvement and career development — are covered.

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

Intended for clinical health care professionals who will assume responsibility for managing people in health services organizations. An introduction to 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 to 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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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.