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Courses - Summer 2024
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06/15/2024 at 09:30 AM
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.
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.
Restriction waived; open to all students.
HLTH230
Introduction to Health Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
HLTH234
Global Health Messages: Understanding Exposure & Impact
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVCC, SCIS
Restriction: Must not be in the Community Health program.
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.
HLTH234H
(Perm Req)
Global Health Messages: Understanding Exposure & Impact
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVCC, SCIS
Restriction: Must not be in the Community Health program.
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.
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.
HLTH389
Topical Investigations
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLTH399
Community Health Field Work
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Students will gain practical experience under conditions conducive to educational and professional development. The internship is a supervised period of community/public health activities, carried out in a relevant professional organization, that emphasizes the application of theory and previous coursework. Most field work experiences will be off-campus and require 45 work hours per registered credit during the semester.

Students can use the Public Health Practice database to find a qualifying internship or request new site approval for their internship. For site approval, permission to enroll and guidance, contact Ms Tracy Kennedy (kennedyt@umd.edu).
HLTH402
Disability is Not an Outcome: An Introduction to Understanding Disability
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
With an intent to disrupt traditional understandings of disability as a health outcome to be prevented, this course will introduce students to disability as an identity, a community, a population of interest to public health professionals. To change this understanding students will explore historical representations of disability, ableism, and lived experiences of people with disabilities. Disability is a multi-layered concept that broadly describes a wide range of people. Although geared toward public health scholars, the mix of readings, discussions, and assignments will help students reflect and integrate learning into their own fields of study. The course examines factors that led to systemic oppression, and methods and strategies of moving toward a more inclusive society.
HLTH432
Medical Terminology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: HLTH432 or HLTH498T.
Formerly: HLTH498T.
Provides the framework for understanding medical language and terminology used by health care professionals. Students will gain an understanding of the rules of building and analyzing medical terms from word origins and will learn correct pronunciation, definitions, and spelling for all of the body systems, major pathological conditions, common disorders, prescribed medications, and more. Whether a student is interested in learning more about the medical field or they want to acquire practical knowledge for future personal use, this course provides the foundation for understanding the language of medicine.
HLTH452
Global Health and Social Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Jointly offered with: HLTH602.
Credit only granted for: HLTH452 or HLTH602.
Evaluates the relationship between social justice and population health through critical discourse analysis of social determinants of health and applications of community-based methods for reducing population health inequities within and across national borders. The class aims to stimulate students' critical analysis to identify, describe, measure and apply consequences of injustices in population ill-health exposures and practices (policies, interventions and services). Students will apply critical thinking about how social injustices create preventable health disparities, unequal social determinants, poor environmental exposures and diseases among vulnerable populations in much of low-income countries.
HLTH471
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a program in the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; or must be in a major within SPHL-Behavioral & Community Health department.
Cross-listed with: WGSS471.
Credit only granted for: HLTH471, WMST471, or WGSS471..
Formerly: WMST471.
The women's health movement from the perspective of consumerism and feminism. The physician-patient relationship in the gynecological and other medical settings. The gynecological exam, gynecological problems, contraception, abortion, pregnancy, breast and cervical cancer and surgical procedures. Psychological aspects of gynecological concerns.
HLTH491
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.
HLTH602
Global Health and Social Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Jointly offered with: HLTH452.
Credit only granted for: HLTH452 or HLTH602.
Evaluates the relationship between social justice and population health through critical discourse analysis of social determinants of health and applications of community-based methods for reducing population health inequities within and across national borders. The class aims to stimulate students' critical analysis to identify, describe, measure and apply consequences of injustices in population ill-health exposures and practices (policies, interventions and services). Students will apply critical thinking about how social injustices create preventable health disparities, unequal social determinants, poor environmental exposures and diseases among vulnerable populations in much of low income countries.
HLTH665
Health Behavior I: Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Provides students with an understanding of the application of the social and behavioral sciences to health; addressing behavioral, social, and cultural factors that influence individual and population health and health disparities over the life course. Public health issues related to individuals and populations will be examined in terms of social and behavioral theories, empirical research findings, and methodologies.
HLTH674
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Recommended: Health communication, communication, journalism, literacy, or cognitive or information sciences classes.
Credit only granted for: HLTH688L or HLTH674.
Formerly: HLTH688L.
Introduction to health literacy research, practice, and skills. The course will develop students' understanding of how health literacy is both a barrier and an asset for health. We will also examine how health literacy affects a wide range of outcomes. Students will learn the basics of health literacy concepts, models, and research methods, and discuss health literacy research and evaluation in clinical, public health, and community settings. Students will study key health topics, populations, and contexts for health literacy research and practice. The course will describe professional skills necessary for effective public health communication practice and provide opportunities to practice the skills. The implications of research for public health practice, policy, and consumer/patient interventions and behavior will be integrated so that public health practitioners and researchers are prepared to address health literacy in their future work.
HLTH688
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Health Education
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLTH778
Practical Experience in Public Health
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg
HLTH786
(Perm Req)
Capstone Project in Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
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
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.