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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.
HLTH140
Personal and Community Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, 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.
Cross-listed with HLTH140H. Credit granted for HLTH140 or HLTH140H.
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.
Cross-listed with HLTH140. Credit granted for HLTH140 or HLTH140H.
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, 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.
Restricted to Majors or non-majors with less than or equal to 45 credits.
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.
HLTH264
Tweets & Likes: Digital Health & Social Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Restriction: Must not be in the Community Health program.
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.
Restricted to non-community health majors.
HLTH264H
(Perm Req)
Tweets & Likes: Digital Health & Social Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Restriction: Must not be in the Community Health program.
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
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
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.
HLTH292
Community Health Engagement
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Restriction: Must not be in Community Health program.
An exploration and application of basic community health concepts. An integral part of the course is service learning, that includes evaluating, planning and implementing a community health program with a local community partner.
HLTH302
Methods of Community Health Assessment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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
(Perm Req)
Methods of Community Health Assessment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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
(Perm Req)
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.
HLTH364H
(Perm Req)
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.
Cross-listed with HLTH377H. Credit granted for HLTH377 or HLTH377H.
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.
Cross-listed with HLTH377. Credit granted for HLTH377 or HLTH377H.
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, EPIB301, EPIB315, BSCI170, BSCI201, and HLTH302. Students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in HLTH364.
Corequisite: HLTH490.
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
Making a Difference: Applying Community Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: SPHL100, HLTH124, HLTH140, HLTH200, HLTH230, EPIB301, EPIB315, BSCI170, BSCI201, and HLTH302. Students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in HLTH364.
Corequisite: HLTH490.
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
(Perm Req)
Community Health Field Work
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in HLTH124, HLTH140, and SPHL100. Restriction: Must be in Community Health program; and must have earned a minimum of 45 credits. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Additional information: Students will have the opportunity to be matched with regular DBCH partners who have requested an intern for the designated semester. Most field work experiences will be off-campus.

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.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
HLTH410
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: HLTH200; and must have completed 2 other courses in HLTH.
Restriction: Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5; and must have completed 45 credits before applying.
Undergraduate majors with a strong academic record are provided the opportunity to engage in challenging educational experiences related to the social and behavioral aspects of public health. Students will learn the skills and knowledge to develop, propose, defend, and complete an honors thesis or honors project.
HLTH420
(Perm Req)
Effective Strategies for Public Health Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GenEd: FSOC
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in HLTH140 and HLTH230 .
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.
HLTH431
Health Literacy in Action
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: HLTH 371; or equivalent. Repeatable to 0 credit.
Credit only granted for: HLTH431 or HLTH498L.
Formerly: HLTH498L.
This course introduces the concept of health literacy and develops the knowledge and skills to understand the field and engage productively about health literacy with healthcare providers, systems, and policy makers. The class explores diverse perspectives about health information and communication, and different pathways and strategies to help create the conditions for more informed and engaged individuals and communities.
HLTH431H
(Perm Req)
Health Literacy in Action
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: HLTH 371; or equivalent. Repeatable to 0 credit.
Credit only granted for: HLTH431 or HLTH498L.
Formerly: HLTH498L.
This course introduces the concept of health literacy and develops the knowledge and skills to understand the field and engage productively about health literacy with healthcare providers, systems, and policy makers. The class explores diverse perspectives about health information and communication, and different pathways and strategies to help create the conditions for more informed and engaged individuals and communities.
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.
HLTH434H
(Perm Req)
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.
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 EPIB301, EPIB315, SPHL100, HLTH124, HLTH140, HLTH200, HLTH230, HLTH302, BSCI170, BSCI171, and BSCI201; and students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in HLTH364.
Corequisite: HLTH391.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the 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.
HLTH490H
(Perm Req)
Professional Preparation in Community Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in EPIB301, EPIB315, SPHL100, HLTH124, HLTH140, HLTH200, HLTH230, HLTH302, BSCI170, BSCI171, and BSCI201; and students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in HLTH364.
Corequisite: HLTH391.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the 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
BS/MPH Community Health 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.
HLTH609
HLTH672
(Perm Req)
Public Health Informatics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Instructor permission is required for students not enrolled in a degree seeking program in the School of Public Health.
Cross-listed with: EPIB672.
Credit only granted for: HLTH670 or HLTH672 or EPIB672.
Formerly: HLTH670.
A basic overview of Informatics and its application in a public health setting. The major goal is for students to understand the basic tools and building blocks needed to utilize this technology in order to improve their professional productivity
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.
HLTH701
Mixed Methods in Behavioral and Community Health Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: HLTH625 and HLTH710, or equivalent non-BCH qualitative and quantitative methods courses.
A discussion of major paradigms in mixed method inquiry, an overview of the process of mixed methods research, and an introduction to several mixed methods approaches, including convergent, explanatory sequential, and exploratory sequential designs.
HLTH710
(Perm Req)
Methods and Techniques of Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
HLTH712
(Perm Req)
Applied Research Methods in Behavioral and Community Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: HLTH710.
Designed to build on the research skills obtained in HLTH710 and other fundamental research methods and statistics courses. Methods and problems that are commonly encountered in health education research will be discussed including examination of actual research studies. Complex behavioral research issues will be addressed with existing research data sets. With these data sets, students will develop an analytic plan and conduct data analysis.
HLTH778
Practical Experience in Public Health
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg
HLTH780
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Behavioral and Community Health doctoral program (BCHL) or the Master of Public Health Behavioral and Community Health concentration in-person or online program (MBCH or MBCO); and permission of Behavioral and Community Health department.
Credit only granted for: HLTH740 or HLTH780.
Overview of public health organizations, programs, and policies, including their structure and function, and their ability to change with changing community health needs.
HLTH784
Guided Capstone Preparation Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have attended a capstone project orientation session; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in HLTH625, HLTH665, and HLTH710.
The purpose of this seminar is to guide students through the major steps and deadlines associated with developing their capstone project, which is the MPH degree culminating experience. The capstone project requires that students apply the knowledge and skills acquired during their MPH program to meet the needs of a stakeholder group or person. Some examples of needs (deliverables) include: an infographic, a website, a curriculum, a lesson plan, an app, an evaluation plan, a policy brief, etc. Some examples of stakeholders: include legislators, non-profit organizations, a faculty researcher, a government (county, state or federal) agency, etc. The project is very applied in nature and the result is a deliverable that can be used immediately by the stakeholder.
HLTH786
(Perm Req)
Capstone Project in Public Health
Credits: 2 - 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.
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: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.