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HLTH106
Drug Use and Abuse
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An interdisciplinary analysis of contemporary drug issues and problems. The course will examine physiological, psychological, social, philosophical, historical, legal and health aspects of drug use and abuse. Special attention will be focused on those general motivations for drug use that attend life on the college campus.
HLTH106H
(Perm Req)
Drug Use and Abuse
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An interdisciplinary analysis of contemporary drug issues and problems. The course will examine physiological, psychological, social, philosophical, historical, legal and health aspects of drug use and abuse. Special attention will be focused on those general motivations for drug use that attend life on the college campus.
HLTH124
Introduction to Behavioral and Community Health
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major within the SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department.
Required of first semester Community Health majors to expose them to introductory-level concepts within the field of behavioral and community health as well as the Community Health degree program. Includes discussion on the delivery of behavioral and community health at the local, state, national, and global levels; career opportunities in the diverse sectors of the community health field; undergraduate programmatic information; and strategies for student success.
HLTH130
Introduction to Public and Community Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
An introduction to the theory and practice of public and community health. The influence of public health professionals on the past, present, and future health status of society through the examination of critical health issues will be described. Programming models, theories and policy development are included.
Attendence is expected on the first day of class.
HLTH140
Personal and Community Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Meaning and significance of physical, mental and social health as related to the individual and to society; important phases of national health problems; constructive methods of promoting health of the individual and the community.
HLTH140H
(Perm Req)
Personal and Community Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Meaning and significance of physical, mental and social health as related to the individual and to society; important phases of national health problems; constructive methods of promoting health of the individual and the community.
HLTH200
Introduction to Research in Community Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major within the SPHL-Behavioral and Community Health department.
An overview of specific components and steps involved in the community health research process. Content includes, foundations of research, sampling, measurement design, and analysis in a community context.
HLTH230
Introduction to Health Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
Psychological, social psychological, and sociological approaches to the following health areas: development of health attitudes and behavior, patient-provider interaction and the organization of health care.
Restricted to majors or non-majors with less than or equal to 45 credits.

Students entering Fall 2018 or later: Prerequisite does not apply.
HLTH234
Global Health Messages: Understanding Exposure & Impact.
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVCC, SCIS
Using a global perspective, this course teaches students to be critical consumers of current and historical health communication interventions. It also provides students with the skills to develop media interventions that target specific and general populations. Students will discover the array of diverse media messages that influence the health and well-being of individuals and communities.
HLTH264
Tweets & Likes: Digital Health & Social Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Examines the current and potential use of digital health and social media to influence public health. Provides an overview of knowledge, skills and terminology necessary to optimize the effectiveness of these technologies to contribute to the enhancement of individual and community health.
HLTH285
Controlling Stress and Tension
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: IE
GenEd: DSHS
Health problems related to stress and tension. Analysis of causative psychosocial stressors and intervening physiological mechanisms. Emphasis on prevention and control of stress through techniques such as biofeedback, meditation and neuromuscular relaxation.
HLTH285H
(Perm Req)
Controlling Stress and Tension
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: IE
GenEd: DSHS
Health problems related to stress and tension. Analysis of causative psychosocial stressors and intervening physiological mechanisms. Emphasis on prevention and control of stress through techniques such as biofeedback, meditation and neuromuscular relaxation.
HLTH289
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLTH302
Measuring Change in Community Based Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in HLTH200 and EPIB301.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the SPHL-Community Health Department.
Examination of research and evaluation tools that can be applied to community health promotion. Includes the application of qualitative research methods, community needs and strengths assessments, asset mapping, and monitoring and evaluating process, outcome and impact evaluation.
HLTH302H
Measuring Change in Community Based Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in HLTH200 and EPIB301.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the SPHL-Community Health Department.
Examination of research and evaluation tools that can be applied to community health promotion. Includes the application of qualitative research methods, community needs and strengths assessments, asset mapping, and monitoring and evaluating process, outcome and impact evaluation.
HLTH306
Macro Level Influences on Community Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in HLTH124.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department.
An examination of the effects and influences of policy decisions at the local, state and national levels on community health delivery. Historical and contemporary policy issues will be included with a focus on how the policies have impacted community organizations and the overall health of communities.
HLTH306H
Macro Level Influences on Community Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in HLTH124.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department.
An examination of the effects and influences of policy decisions at the local, state and national levels on community health delivery. Historical and contemporary policy issues will be included with a focus on how the policies have impacted community organizations and the overall health of communities.
HLTH364
Social Media & Digital Tools for Community & Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Completion of HLTH230 with a C- or higher.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the SPHL-Behavioral and Community Health department; Restricted to majors who entered the program in Fall 2018 or later.
Examination of the characteristics and uses of media platforms and digital technologies to expand the capability to identify and reduce community and public health risks at all levels of prevention. Also considered will be the potential threats these new media can play on individual choice, privacy, confidentiality, and social influence -- which themselves can pose health threats to community and public health.
Restricted to Community Health (08370) majors who entered the program in Fall 2018 or later.
HLTH364H
Social Media & Digital Tools for Community & Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Completion of HLTH230 with a C- or higher.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the SPHL-Behavioral and Community Health department; Restricted to majors who entered the program in Fall 2018 or later.
Examination of the characteristics and uses of media platforms and digital technologies to expand the capability to identify and reduce community and public health risks at all levels of prevention. Also considered will be the potential threats these new media can play on individual choice, privacy, confidentiality, and social influence -- which themselves can pose health threats to community and public health.
HLTH366
Behavioral and Community Issues in Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: HLTH130, HLTH230, PSYC100, SOCY100, SOCY105, or ANTH260.
Restriction: Must be in Public Health Science program; or permission of SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department. And must have earned a minimum of 45 credits.
Additional information: This course will initially be restricted to Public Health Science (PHSC) majors, but could ultimately be opened to other majors, particularly those in HLTH.
The exploration of how social and behavioral science theories and public health concepts and methods can be applied to both the health-illness experience and community interventions.
HLTH377
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The biological and developmental aspects of human sexuality; the psychological and emotional aspects of sexual behavior; sexual identity; the historical, cultural, social, linguistic, legal and moral forces affecting sexual issues; the importance of communication, disclosure and intimacy in interpersonal relationships; and research trends in the area of human sexuality.
HLTH377H
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The biological and developmental aspects of human sexuality; the psychological and emotional aspects of sexual behavior; sexual identity; the historical, cultural, social, linguistic, legal and moral forces affecting sexual issues; the importance of communication, disclosure and intimacy in interpersonal relationships; and research trends in the area of human sexuality.
HLTH386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Permission of SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLTH389
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLTH391
(Perm Req)
Making a Difference: Applying Community Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: SPHL100, HLTH124, HLTH140, HLTH200, HLTH230, and EPIB301; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in HLTH302 and EPIB315.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the SPHL-Behavioral and Community Health department.
The exploration and application of community health concepts including theoretical models, advocacy, cultural competency, asset mapping, and needs assessment. Includes planning, implementing and evaluating a community health program with a designated community partner.
HLTH391H
(Perm Req)
Making a Difference: Applying Community Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: SPHL100, HLTH124, HLTH140, HLTH200, HLTH230, and EPIB301; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in HLTH302 and EPIB315.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the SPHL-Behavioral and Community Health department.
The exploration and application of community health concepts including theoretical models, advocacy, cultural competency, asset mapping, and needs assessment. Includes planning, implementing and evaluating a community health program with a designated community partner.
HLTH399
Community Health Field Work
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLTH420
(Perm Req)
Effective Strategies for Public Health Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: FSOC
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI170, BSCI171, BSCI201, and HLTH391.
Corequisite: HLTH490.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the SPHL-Behavioral and Community Health department.
The purpose of this course is to present the interrelationships of curriculum planning, methodology and the selection and use of successful public health presentation strategies. Special problems associated with public health presentations are discussed, and students become familiar with a variety of resources as well as with planning for and implementing demonstration presentations.
HLTH424
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Recommended: Students should have some familiarity with basic psychology, sociology and/or epidemiology.
Restriction: This course is restricted to students who have completed a minimum of 60 credits.
Jointly offered with HLTH624.
Credit only granted for: HLTH424 or HLTH6 24.
The preparation of students to be knowledgeable advocates for the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. Course focus is defined by the Healthy People 2020 federal health objectives for LGBT populations: data collection for research, culturally competent healthcare, bullying in schools, suicide, homelessness, and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV.
HLTH424H
(Perm Req)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Recommended: Students should have some familiarity with basic psychology, sociology and/or epidemiology.
Restriction: This course is restricted to students who have completed a minimum of 60 credits.
Jointly offered with HLTH624.
Credit only granted for: HLTH424 or HLTH6 24.
The preparation of students to be knowledgeable advocates for the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. Course focus is defined by the Healthy People 2020 federal health objectives for LGBT populations: data collection for research, culturally competent healthcare, bullying in schools, suicide, homelessness, and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV.
HLTH434
Introduction to Public Health Informatics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Community Health; Public Health Science) ; and must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Credit only granted for: HLTH434 or HLTH498E.
Formerly: HLTH498E.
Provides an overview of the field of public health informatics and the influence of technology on the public's health and well-being. Emphasizes the application of various technologies and computer/internet applications to support public health research and practice, including strategies to address new and emerging threats.
HLTH471
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Restriction: Must be in a major within the SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department; or must be in a major within the ARHU-Women's Studies department.
Cross-listed with WMST471. Credit only granted for: HLTH471 or WMST471.
The historical, physiological, psychological, and sociological mechanisms which contribute to women's health. Topics will include gynecological concerns and reproductive health; nutrition, exercise; violence; substance use/abuse; and the health of special populations.
Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department; or must be in a major within ARHU-Women's Studies department. Cross-listed with WMST471. Credit granted for HLTH471 or WMST471.
HLTH489
(Perm Req)
Field Laboratory Projects and Workshop
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLTH490
(Perm Req)
Professional Preparation in Community Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI170, BSCI171, BSCI201, and HLTH391.
Corequisite: HLTH420.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the SPHL-Behavioral and Community Health department.
The development of skills necessary for joining the public health work force post-graduation, as well as assistance in obtaining an appropriate internship that will serve as a final semester, capstone experience. Students will be exposed to various relevant professional experiences, and will be afforded the opportunity to strengthen their own individual skills by selecting from a menu of skills-based learning modules that best suit their perceived needs.
HLTH491
(Perm Req)
Community Health Internship
Credits: 12
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in HLTH420 and HLTH490.
Restriction: Must have completed all program requirements and be in the last semester of the Community Health degree program.
Integrating theory with practice in a community health setting.
HLTH492
(Perm Req)
BS/MPH Community Internship
Credits: 9
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in HLTH490.
Restriction: Must be a Community Health major who has been admitted to the combined BS/MPH degree program.
Integrating theory with practice in a community health setting.
HLTH498L
Special Topics in Health; Health Literacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
HLTH609
(Perm Req)
HLTH624
(Perm Req)
Advanced Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Recommended: Students should have some familiarity with basic psychology, sociology and/or epidemiology.
Credit only granted for: HLTH424 or HLTH624.
The preparation of students to be knowledgeable advocates for the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. Course focus is defined by the Healthy People 2020 federal health objectives for LGBT populations: data collection for research, culturally competent healthcare, bullying in schools, suicide, homelessness, and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV.
HLTH625
(Perm Req)
Community Assessment through Qualitative Methods
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Course will be restricted to Behavioral and Community Health graduate students.
A discussion of major paradigms in qualitative inquiry, an overview of the process of qualitative research, and an introduction to several qualitative research methods, including grounded theory, ethnography, phenomenology, and content analysis. Students will collect, transcribe, analyze, and present qualitative data using introductory interview and analytic techniques.
HLTH653
(Perm Req)
Quantitative Research Methods II in Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: HLTH652.
Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department.
Credit only granted for: HLTH653 or HLTH688T.
Formerly: HLTH688T.
Intermediate and advanced statistics and procedures in health-related research for doctoral students with the focus on applications of these statistical methodological methods to public health research.
HLTH665
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
The psychological, social psychological, and sociological theories of health behavior. The relation of health knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, intentions, and behavior to preventive, illness, sick-role, and health utilization behaviors.
HLTH666
Health Behavior II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: HLTH665.
An advanced course with intensive training in health behavior research and the opportunity to carry out original research in health behavior. Patient-provider interaction, patient cooperation with medical treatment and other social and psychological influences on health care.
HLTH671
(Perm Req)
Public Health Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Non-SPH students must obtain permission from the instructor prior to registering.
Credit only granted for: HLTH670 or HLTH671 and HLTH672.
Formerly: HLTH670.
An exploration of the the broad and diverse field of health communication including medical encounters, everyday communication about health, advertising, news, public health campaigns, community outreach, public policy, and international programs. Theories and applied efforts that have been studied and documented will be examined.
HLTH688
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Health Education
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLTH688D
Special Problems in Health Education; Introduction to Systems Science in Population Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisites: Minimum grade of B- in SPHL602/EPIB 610 or permission of instructor.

Many public health interventions fall short of their goals because they are developed in piecemeal fashion rather than comprehensively and from a whole-system perspective. Systems science frameworks have been presented as an approach to improve the practice of public health by focusing on component parts of a system in the context of relationships with each other and other systems. The goal of this course is to advance all students' systems science capacity, enabling them to become better consumers of literature and collaborators on interdisciplinary systems science teams. Student will develop their ability to identify and describe the underlying mechanisms of persistent and emerging public health problems such as the opioid epidemic, environmental injustices and infectious disease outbreaks using systems frameworks. Instructional methods for this course include lectures, readings, in-class exercises, class participation, oral presentations and writing assignments. This course will also use AnyLogic (Personal Learning Edition), a free modeling software program, to examine the dynamics of underlying system causal structures and feedbacks.
HLTH711
(Perm Req)
Advanced Research Methods in Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: HLTH710.
Restriction: Must be in MPH: Community Health Education (Master's) program; or must be in Ph.D.: Public and Community Health (Doctoral) program.
Quantitative techniques, advanced research methods and design issues.
HLTH742
Professional Writing and Presentations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in MPH: Community Health Education (Master's) program; or must be in Ph.D.: Public and Community Health (Doctoral) program.
Credit only granted for: HLTH742 or HLTH688W.
Formerly: HLTH688W.
Acquaints students with various types of professional writing required of public health professionals, including: grant proposals; journal articles; textbooks; presentation proposals and papers; and theses and dissertations. Includes both the form and content of technical documents as well as the processes of writing, peer review, and critique.
HLTH778
HLTH785
(Perm Req)
Internship in Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: HLTH665, HLTH775, and HLTH780; or permission of SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department.
Credit only granted for: HLTH785 or HLTH778.
Internship and seminar providing an opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills in a health or allied health organization. Setting of the internship will depend upon the student's background and career goals.
HLTH786
(Perm Req)
Capstone Project in Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed all required coursework; and permission of SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department.
Restriction: Must be in a major within SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department.
Capstone experience providing opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to a specific public health problem or issue. Completion of project relevant to public health under the direction of an advisor.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLTH799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLTH898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLTH899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.