MPH Course Descriptions

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MPH Core Courses

Course # Course Name Course Description Credit Hours Typical Session Offered
CPH:5100 Introduction to Public Health This course introduces students to concepts, structures, and activities in public health practice.  It is required for all MPH students. 3 Fall/Summer
BIOS:4120 Introduction to Biostatistics Application of statistical techniques to biological data including descriptive statistics, probability and distributions, sampling distributions, nonparametric methods, hypothesis tests, confidence intervals, analysis of categorical data, and simple linear regression; designed for non-biostatistics majors and MPH students. 3 Fall/Spring/
CBH:4105 Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Basic concepts, strategies, and methods of health promotion and disease prevention; health promotion in the context of public health, theories and principles that underpin health promotion; overview of policy formation and health promotion planning, implementation, evaluation. 3 Fall/Spring
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles Epidemiological concepts and methods; design of descriptive and analytic studies, such as aggregate, case series, cross-sectional, case-control, cohort studies, clinical trials; application of epidemiology to public health practice; communication and dissemination of epidemiological findings. 3 Fall/Spring/
 HMP:4000 Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System The U.S. health care system; socioeconomic, political, and environmental forces that influence the organization, financing, and delivery of personal and public health services; health services, policy, concepts, terminology.  3 Spring/Summer
 OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health Environmental health comprises those aspects of human health that are determined by interactions with physical, chemical, biological and social factors in the global environment. This course takes a world view and surveys all aspects focusing on issues most relevant today including sustainability; air, water and soil pollution and remediation; occupational health; injury prevention; food safety and security; risk assessment and environmental health policy.  3 Fall/Spring

Community and Behavioral Health

Course # Course Name Course Description Credit Hours Typical Session Offered
CBH:3150 Media and Health Potential and limits of mass media’s ability to educate the public about health; research and theory on the influence of information and entertainment media; theories, models, assumptions of mass communication in relation to public health issues. 3 Varies
CBH:4140 Feminist Activism and Global Health How female gender intersects with culture, environment, and political economy to shape health and illness; reproductive health, violence, drug use, cancer; readings in anthropology, public health. 3 Varies
CBH:5140 The Anthropology of Women’s Health This course examines how gender intersects with cultural, environmental, and political-economic factors to shape the incidence, outcome, and experience of health and sickness among women.  It is intended for both advanced undergraduate and graduate students.  Using readings from anthropology, public health, and women’s studies, the course proposes an interdisciplinary agenda for research and policy regarding women’s health. Through both U.S. and international case studies, we explore topics such as gender and medicalization, the female body as cultural symbol, the successes and challenges of global women’s health activism, and the interplay of structural violence and women’s agency in the production of health problems as well as in efforts to address these problems. Case studies address a range of women’s health issues that may include: pregnancy and birth, contraception, sexuality and sexual orientation, sexually transmitted diseases (e.g., HIV, cervical cancer), breast cancer, gender-based violence, substance abuse, menopause, disability & health, body image in cultural context, and the health impacts of gendered caregiving. Readings, lectures, and assignments encourage students to analyze how women’s health issues are currently defined and addressed in these case studies. This course emphasizes reading, discussion, and analytical writing.  3 Varies
CBH:5220 Health Behavior and Health Education Health Behavior and Health Education introduces health behavior theories and their applications relevant to public health practice. The course is required for students seeking an MPH within the Community and Behavioral Health subtrack. It is designed to introduce students to concepts fundamental to the understanding of human health behavior. Most of these concepts will be addressed in the context of current theory and by the discussion of written reports of public health interventions. Ideally, the knowledge and skills gained in this course can be applied in addressing health concerns of individuals and communities.  3 Fall
CBH:5230 Public Hlth Issues Overweight Management Overview of overweight and obesity from a public health perspective, including epidemiology, measurement issues, and intervention approaches at individual, community, and policy levels.  3 Spring
odd years
CBH:5235 Community-Based Participatory Research Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is an increasingly common approach to research where community members and researchers are equitably involved throughout the research process. This course is a structured overview of CBPR in public health; major issues, and methods involved in conducting research with a CBPR approach. Students will have the opportunity to share perspectives, develop new skills, and explore diverse CBPR case studies and field practice.  3 Fall
CBH:5305 Evaluation: Approaches and Applications Program evaluation methods for use in public health and related educational and social service programs; methods, approaches, and planning strategies for conducting program evaluations; role and function of evaluation within program life cycle; basics of formative, process, outcome, and cost evaluation; development of evaluation questions with appropriate data sources, data collection methods, and analytic techniques; creation of a logic model to guide an evaluation plan and explain role of logic model in the process of evaluation.  3 Fall
CBH:5310 Qualitative Research for Public Health This course utilizes didactic, interactive and applied techniques to introduce students to qualitative research theories and methods. Students will gain qualitative research knowledge and skills, and will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned by conducting a small qualitative study. Students will collect data through focus groups or interviews, analyze the data, present results, and articulate public health implications of the results.  The course is intended for MPH, MS, and PhD students interested in community and behavioral health.By the end of this course, the learner/student shall be able to: develop appropriate qualitative research questions; collect qualitative data using focus groups, interviews, and participatory methods (i.e.photovoice); analyze qualitative data; present qualitative research results; Understand how qualitative data can be used to inform public health practice; understand ethical considerations related to qualitative research. 3 Varies
CBH:5420 Communicating with the Community Communication skills that can be used in research and practice settings, taught from a cultural perspective, with specific reference to gender, age, ethnicity.  Methods include individual and constructive interviewing, public speaking, and conducting focus groups.Students will:

  1. Master interviewing skills, through the interview they will conduct of a person who is working in a public health institution, focusing on developing micro-interviewing skills.
  2. Master both the preparation and the conducting of a focus group together with their work group, prepare for a more extensive needs assessment and write a report with the results from their focus group.
  3. Gain thorough knowledge of a public health topic of their own interest and present their knowledge in a convincing manner to their class.
  4. Gain experience in promotion of a public health topic to the political environment.
 3 Varies
CBH:5435 Subst Abuse Prevent & Early Intervention Prevalence and characteristics of several substance use disorders and the impact of such disorders on the individual, the community, and public health workers; how prevalence of substance use disorders varies among different ethnic and cultural groups, between men and women, across the life span, and through different socio-economic levels; how outcomes of substance abuse disorders vary at both the individual and community level as a function of these factors. 3 Spring even years
CBH:5440 Prev/Intervntn Mental Health Disorders Prevalence and characteristics of mental health disorders; differences between ethnicity and culture, gender, age, and socioeconomic background; primary and secondary prevention; assessment and tertiary treatment approaches to mental health disorders. 3 Spring odd years
CBH:6115 Ethnographic Field Methods This course introduces ethnographic methods as a key component of research in sociocultural anthropology and related disciplines. It is designed for doctoral students who are planning to gather data through ethnographic field research. The course considers a range of different ethnographic methods, and relates them to the central methodological tradition of participant observation in sociocultural anthropology. It examines how some methods tend to be used more than others in different disciplines (e.g., interviews more than observation), and emphasizes practical exercises through which students use different methods to see how they work and which might fit best with particular kinds of research questions.Key course objectives include developing practical skills in ethnographic methods, understanding the unique insights and challenges of ethnographic work, appreciating the relationship between ethnographic methodologies and anthropological knowledge, and recognizing common misperceptions of ethnography in multidisciplinary research. 3 Varies
CBH:6205 Designing and Implementing Interventions The course will provide students with the background and skills necessary to effectively plan a public health intervention program. Students will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned while writing a hypothetical program plan on the health topic of their choice.  Students will use the professional scientific literature, internet resources, and classroom feedback sessions to develop their program plan. The course is intended for MPH, MS, and PhD students interested in community and behavioral health. 3 Spring
CBH:6210 Health Communication Theories, concepts, research associated with health communication; interpersonal and mass communication approaches.  3 Summer
CBH:6220 Health Communication Campaigns This graduate seminar will provide you with an insight into theories and concepts developed and explored in communication campaigns and their application to health. In this course we will explore the design and analysis of health campaigns blending theory, practice and methods to critique past, present, and future campaigns. This course will cover a wide range of theories and perspectives on campaigns.  3 Varies
CBH:6230 Health Equity and Social Justice Introduction to the concept of health equity and an overview of U.S. health disparities; students gain a better understanding of research and interventions through readings, lectures, reflection papers, in-class exercises, and research assignments.  3 Varies
CBH:6335 Research Methods in Comm and Behav Health Overview of quantitative research methods for community and behavioral health; major elements of behavioral and social science research, critical evaluation of research related to community and behavioral health, application of research methods in public health practice; opportunities for students to build skills for evaluation of research and application of quantitative research methods. 3 Spring
CBH:6405 Global Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Overview of global demographic trends in maternal, newborn, and child health; focus on low- and middle-income countries as well as programs, interventions, and policies that have successfully improved the health of women and children around the globe.  3 Spring
CBH:6410 Special Topics Didactic material in community and behavioral health that may include tutorial, seminar, or faculty-directed independent work (e.g., literature search, project, short research project).  3  Varies
CBH:6415 Independent Study Community & Behav Hlth Independent Study Community & Behav Hlth  Arr Arranged


Course # Course Name Course Description Credit Hours Typical Session Offered
EPID:4450 Public Health Data Concepts and methods of obtaining and using public health data in community settings; how public health data are used for epidemiologic investigations and prevention programs. 2 Spring odd years
EPID:4990 Practicing Evidence-Based Public Health How epidemiologic and other scientific studies underlie public health practice; relationship between evidence and action; controversies at interface of science and policy. 3 Spring
EPID:5241 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology Overview of methods to analyze data from epidemiologic investigations; estimation of relative measures of risk, attributable risk, stratified analysis; model-fitting approaches using linear, logistic, and Poisson regression analysis; confounding and effect modification; analysis of epidemiologic data sets. 4 Spring
EPID:5540 Surveillance Mechanisms and Applications Sources of data necessary for operation of a population-based cancer registry; potential uses of data; methods and personnel required for collecting, editing, storing, reporting, and assuring quality of data. 2 Fall
EPID:5580 Public Health Laboratory Techniques Common laboratory techniques in emerging infectious respiratory disease research and epidemiologic surveillance laboratories; emphasis on techniques for culturing, characterization, and serological surveillance of exposure to influenza viruses. 1 Spring
EPID:5600 Intro to Epi Data Management & Analysis Organization, collection, management, and analysis of epidemiological data using computer programs. 3 Fall
EPID:6400 Epidemiology II: Advanced Methods Epidemiologic study design and analysis; bias, confounding, effect modification; case-control studies; cohort studies; field methods; measurement principles; exposure and disease classification; acute and chronic disease examples. 4 Spring

Occupational and Environmental Health

Course # Course Name Course Description Credit Hours Typical Session Offered
OEH:4210 International Health Urgent health problems in the developing world and among disadvantaged populations in developed countries; biological, social, cultural, political aspects of international health problems; applications of research methods from epidemiology, environmental health, social sciences. 3 Fall
OEH:4220 US & Global Environmental Health Policy Major concerns in environment and human health, legislation enacted to deal with these concerns; emphasis on contemporary issues. 3 Fall
OEH:4260 Global Water and Health Overview of global water and health; microbial and toxicant identification, water-related adverse health effects, risk assessment, approaches to reduce water-related disease, distal water-related influences (e.g., global warming), and historic cases. 3 Varies
OEH:4310 Occupational Ergonomics: Principles Fundamentals of ergonomics in context of occupational safety and health practice; topics include work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), physical risk factors for MSDs, basic occupational biomechanics, office ergonomics and sedentary work, work organization, and task design; emphasis on exposure assessment, with particular attention to methods used commonly in the field; laboratory exercises are used to reinforce key concepts, and students work in teams on an applied project with an area employer. 3 Fall
OEH:4510 Injury and Violence Prevention This course will introduce students to the theory, research, and practice of injury control. Topics include concepts that form the foundation of the study of injury control and prevention, the data available, risk factors, and prevention approaches. 3 Fall
OEH:4530 Global Road Safety Road safety problem, data sources, research methods used in field, and how intervention and prevention programs are developed and evaluated; lecture, hands-on approaches. 2 Varies
OEH:5010 OEH Seminar Contemporary topics in occupational health, agricultural and comparative medicine, environmental health. 1 Fall/Spring
OEH:5410 Occupational Safety This course covers the principles and practices of Occupational Safety. Specific applications in industrial and other occupational settings are presented, and interactions with other disciplines are emphasized. 3 Spring
OEH:5530 Interpreting OEH Research The course will provide students with the tools necessary to critically assess published scientific research reports from a methodological perspective.  The course will draw heavily from recently published research studies in occupational and environmental health. 2 Fall/Spring
OEH:5620 Occupational Health This introduction to occupational health focuses on recognition and prevention of occupational diseases, workplace environmental assessment and control, populations at special risk for occupational disease and injury, legal and regulatory issues in occupational health. 3 Fall
OEH:5710 Environmental Toxicology Sources, routes of absorption, effects of environmental toxicants affecting man; pathophysiology of toxicant actions, including those of air and water pollutants, metals, pesticides, solvents, food toxicants, chemicals. 3 Spring
OEH:6110 Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine Clinical orientation of specific health problems of rural residents, agricultural workers; rural health care delivery, socioeconomic issues in agriculture and their effects on health and safety of the agricultural population; occupational health problems, environmental health hazards in rural areas. 3 Spring
OEH:6120 Topics in Agriculture and Rural Health Agro-terrorism, antibiotic resistance, and genetically modified organisms are examples of current issues studied, affecting the health of agricultural populations. Current scientific literature is the primary information resource used. 1 Fall/Spring
OEH:6420 Industrial Hygiene Fundamentals This course is designed to provide students with specialized instruction in the basic principles of industrial hygiene, stressing the recognition of chemical health hazards and in-depth coverage of physical health hazards. 3 Fall
OEH:6431 Assessing Noise Hazards 1 Spring, odd
OEH:6432 Assessing Non-Ionizing Hazards 1 Spring, odd
OEH:6433 Assessing Ionizing Radiation Hazards 1 Spring, odd
OEH:6510 Environmental/Occupational Epidemiology Overview of methods to interpret and perform environmental and occupational epidemiologic studies with focus on exposure assessment; valuable insights into identifying regional, national, global environmental, and occupational health-related issues. 3 Spring
OEH:6520 Injury Epidemiology How epidemiology can be applied to injury prevention and control: epidemiology literature, specific methodological problems involved in the epidemiology of injuries, critical evaluation of research articles. Offered spring semesters of odd years. 3 Spring
OEH:6530 Epidemiology of Occupational Injuries Epidemiological literature on occupational injuries and their prevention; focus on research methods. 3 Spring


Course # Course Name Course Description Credit Hours Typical Session Offered
HMP:5310 Healthcare Quality Management Fundamentals of patient safety, quality improvement techniques, performance measurement approaches, and analytical tools including data collection methodologies used by managers in healthcare and public health settings.  3 Fall/Spring
HMP:5410 Health Economics I Microeconomic principles applied to health care, health insurance, information and uncertainty, models of physician and hospital behavior, theory of the firm, market structure, regulation, competitive reform, managed care. 3 Spring
HMP:5450 Health Insurance and Managed Care History and theory of insurance, comparative health systems, health systems and networks, HMOs, public health insurance, care for uninsured; emphasis on public policy. 3 Spring
HMP:5610 Health Policy Policy process, policies and programs that shape provision of health care in the United States; health policies such as Medicare, Medicaid, Older Americans Act. 3 Fall/Spring
HMP:5611 Contemporary Issues in Health Policy Current content, ethical perspectives, empirical research, and professional development in health policy; evaluation of health policy issues from a variety of theoretical perspectives; students assist with identification and recruitment of individual experts. 1 Fall/Spring
HMP:5650 Health Policy Analysis Introduction to analysis of contemporary health policy issues; frameworks for conducting analysis of health policy process and content; qualitative and quantitative methods for policy analysis; how to present policy-relevant information effectively. 3 Spring
HMP:5750 Medicare and Medicaid Policy Health policies most pertinent to Americans over age of 65. 3 Spring
HMP:6610 Legal Aspects of Healthcare Statutory and common law frameworks applicable to healthcare system; court decisions that illustrate applications of general legal doctrines in hospital and health settings. 3 Fall/Spring
HMP:6710 Federalism and Health Policy How American government’s organization shapes development and implementation of health policy, programs, services. 3 Spring
HMP:6750 Seminar in Health Policy Contemporary health policy issues; theoretical and applied perspectives; social justice and health care for vulnerable populations (e.g., mental health, nursing homes); readings, discussion. 2 Fall

Quantitative Methods

Course # Course Name Course Description Credit Hours Typical Session Offered
BIOS:5120 Regression & ANOVA in Health Sciences Continuation of BIOS:4120; correlation, simple and multiple linear regression, confounding, interactions, model selection, single and multiple factor ANOVA (analysis of variance) models, contrasts, multiple comparisons, nested and block designs, and an introduction to mixed models; designed for non-biostatistics majors. 3 Spring/Summer
BIOS:5510 Biostatistical Computing Introduction to computer programming using SAS and R statistical software packages; programming language syntax, constructs, procedures, and techniques for data management, data analysis, and statistical programming commonly encountered in biostatistics.  Designed for first-year biostatistics majors. 2 Fall
BIOS:5710 Biostatistical Methods I Probability distributions, moments, estimation, parametric and nonparametric inference for one-sample and two-sample problems, analysis of frequency data; emphasis on use of computers; designed for first-year biostatistics majors. 4 Fall
BIOS:6110 Applied Categorical Data Analysis Analysis of proportions, risk measures, and measures of association; Mantel-Haenszel method; logistic regression for binary responses and for matched data; logistic regression for multi-category responses; analysis of count data (Poisson regression and negative binomial regression); analysis of clustered data (generalized estimating equations and generalized linear mixed effects model); special topics include the application of propensity score methods; designed for non-biostatistics majors. 3 Fall
BIOS:6210 Applied Survival Analysis Nonparametric, parametric, and semi-parametric methods for time-to-event data; types of censoring; Kaplan-Meier estimation; Cox proportional hazards models, including methods for assessing adequacy of the proportional hazards assumption; time varying covariates; sample size calculations for comparison of two or more groups; focus on analysis of real data sets and examples using statistical software. 3 Spring
BIOS:6310 Introductory Longitudinal Data Analysis Introduction to statistical models and estimation methods for outcome variables (normal and non-normal) clustered or measured repeatedly in time or space; focus on applications and computer software methods for ANOVA based methods, hierarchical linear models, linear mixed models, correlated regression models, generalized estimating equations, and generalized linear mixed models. 3 Fall
BIOS:6610 Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials Survey of statistical methods commonly used in clinical trials; primary focus on methodologic perspective for the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of all phases of clinical trials; logistical and operational aspects of conducting multisite clinical trials; designed for biostatistics majors. 3 Spring
BIOS:6810 Bayesian Methods and Design Theory and application of Bayesian methods in biomedical research; foundations of Bayesian statistics including decision theory, study design, model development, inference and implementation of computational algorithms; designed for biostatistics majors. 3 Spring
BIOS:7600 Advanced Biostatistics Seminar

This course covers advanced topics in biostatistical computing, with a combined emphasis on advanced computing techniques and algorithms relevant to statistics and scientific computing, as well as tools and best practices for implementing them. This course is designed for Biostatistics PhD students who wish to pursue computationally intensive thesis topics and want to expand their computational skills. The course may also be of interest to other students with a background in probability and statistics and a working familiarity with the R statistical computing environment.Topics covered by this course will include:

Matrix decomposition and sparse matrices

Deterministic and stochastic optimization techniques

Numerical integration and sampling techniques with application to Bayesian computing

A focus on implementing these techniques using computational tools and resources, including but not limited to campus HPC facilities, Rcpp, Knitr, and Git.

3 Spring