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Courses - Spring 2022
PHSC
Public Health Science
PHSC388A
Special Topics in Public Health Science; Kidney Disease
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An exploration of the foundations and epidemiology of renal (kidney) disease and how it affects local and global communities from a physiological and public health standpoint. The functions of the kidneys in the body are explored as well as how a renal disease states can quickly progress and impact quality of life. Discussions include: kidney function; renal disease initiation and progression; impact of disease on quality of life; preventative care; long-term treatment options for renal disease; influences of implicit bias in medically underserved communities disproportionately affected by kidney disease; and impacts of kidney disease from a global health perspective.
PHSC389
(Perm Req)
Independent Research Study in Public Health Science
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
PHSC399
(Perm Req)
Public Health Science Internship
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
PHSC410
Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Must be in Public Health Science program; and junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: PHSC410 or SPHL410.
Formerly: SPHL410.
Students will become familiar with the dynamics of public health program planning, and the basic process of identifying unmet needs. They will be able to identify different types of program evaluation, including needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, impact assessment, and cost analysis.
PHSC415
Essentials of Public Health Biology: The Cell, The Individual, and Disease
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI202.
Recommended: BSCI223.
Restriction: Must be in Public Health Science program; and junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: PHSC415, SPHL415 or SPHL498J.
Formerly: SPHL415 and SPHL498J.
Presents the basic scientific and biomedical concepts of modern public health problems and explores in depth mechanisms and models of the major categories of disease. The biologic principles presented are foundations to public health disease prevention, control, or management programs.
PHSC420
Vaccines and Immunology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI223.
Recommended: CHEM231.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits. And must be in Public Health Science program; or permission of instructor.
An exploration of immunology and vaccines through a public health lens. We will examine the cells, systems, and molecules that comprise the human immune system and defend your body against disease. In addition, we will discuss the strategies used during vaccine development including the history and future of vaccination and how increased understanding of the immune system has allowed scientists to improve and refine the process. Finally we will examine the current social and political situation surrounding vaccination and the roles and responsibility of public health practitioners.
PHSC430
Public Health in the City: Perspectives on Health in the Urban Environment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI202 and MIEH300.
Restriction: Must be in Public Health Science program; and junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: PHSC430 or SPHL498G.
Formerly: SPHL498G.
Exposure to issues related to city habitation and the health of the public, including how the urban environment impacts the lives and health of city dwellers, including discussion of the social determinants of health. Students are encouraged to think about urban health and policy, and to question the current state of urban public health. Issues of race, class, and equality will be discussed throughout the course as they relate to each of these topics.
PHSC497
Public Health Science Capstone
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Must have completed the professional writing requirement with a C- or higher; and minimum grade of C- in MIEH400.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 100 credits; and must be in Public Health Science program; and must be in the final semester of undergraduate study.
Credit only granted for: SPHL498F or PHSC497.
Formerly: SPHL498F.
The capstone course is the culminating experience for Public Health Science students and must be taken only in the final semester of study. The Public Health Science capstone course is designed to challenge students to integrate the five core areas of public health in investigating, researching and addressing public health issues. Throughout the semester, students will be required to evaluate, analyze and synthesize scholarly works as they research and propose solutions to a variety of public health issues. By the conclusion of this research based course, students will understand how the various public health perspectives can combine in addressing and informing public health practices.