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Courses - Spring 2024
Public Health Science
Special Topics in Public Health Science; Moving Fearlessly Forward: The Pursuit of Career Success in Public Health Science
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course will illustrate and investigate the relationship between experiential learning and career readiness in public health. Primarily through listening to relevant podcasts, students will reflect on their skill development, think critically about industry trends, and identify best practices for success in the public health workforce. Students will bridge the gap between their current skills and their career aspirations through strategic planning of curricular and co-curricular engagement. Student learning will culminate in the creation of a career roadmap- an individualized action plan to move fearlessly forward into career success.
Special Topics in Public Health Science; The Public Health Lessons of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Retrospective Examination
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The long-term social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are only now beginning to become evident, especially with regards to public health policy and practices. This course will provide a retrospective analysis of the pandemic from a variety of social and public health perspectives with the aim of discussing what went right, what went wrong, and how these perspectives may shape future pandemic preparedness and public health policies and practices. Students will be introduced to a variety of topics related to the pandemic to gain the proper background and context for further discussion, such as the history of previous pandemics, the biology of SARS-CoV-2 and the major players in governmental policy and decision-making processes. Students will then examine the major policy and health-practice related decisions made during the pandemic and discuss the positive and negative impacts of these decisions from a variety of perspectives, including their own lived experience. Using the knowledge and perspectives gained during these discussions, students will draft their own pandemic policy and action plan in response to a hypothetical future pandemic.
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Independent Research Study in Public Health Science
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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Public Health Science Internship
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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.
Addressing Social and Structural Inequities Through Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MIEH300; and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from either SPHL100 or PHSC300.
A focus on addressing social and structural inequities within race, gender, disability, and class through various perspectives in the field of public health. Students explore the causes, challenges, consequences, and extent these injustices have on health disparities from local, national, and global perspectives. Students view these inequities through the lens of the affected populations, and work interactively and collaboratively to interpret, design, and evaluate public health interventions and approaches to address key health disparities within specific communities. The aim of this course is to help students define appropriate research and address structural inequities with innovative approaches through the professional practice of public health.
Public Health Science Capstone
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have completed the professional writing requirement with a C- or higher; and minimum grade of C- in PHSC450.
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.