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School/College: Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health

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  • Master of Public Health

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Overview

The Zilber School of Public Health (SPH) offers a Master of Public Health (MPH), a professional master’s degree program with five distinct tracks of study. The MPH program provides students with a broad understanding of public health practice and allows specialization in Biostatistics, Community and Behavioral Health Promotion, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, or Public Health Policy and Administration.

Like most MPH programs, the Zilber SPH’s program imparts knowledge and skills in each of these core disciplines in public health, helping prepare all students to analyze information and consider solutions to public health problems using a social justice lens at the community, institutional, and societal levels. Courses have been designed to teach program- and track-level competencies as defined by Zilber SPH faculty. Program-level competencies reflect key public health skills including systems thinking, ethics, analytical methods, communications/informatics, diversity/culture, leadership, and professionalism. In addition, students engage in a specific track of study, gaining deeper competency in one of the five areas. Upon graduation students are prepared for positions in a range of population health settings and/or for doctoral-level study.

Biostatistics

The Biostatistics track builds on the classic Public Health Biostatistics skill and knowledge base and takes advantage of special knowledge of its faculty in the areas of genetics, bioinformatics, network analysis, causal inference, and big data science. Students have the opportunity to learn and apply statistical genetics in the context of complex disease study, high throughout computing used in ‘big’ data science, applications in evidence-based patient-centered outcome studies, and population-based epidemiological studies. Courses include topics and material such as interpretation of personalized and evidence-based medicine in the context of public health; basic understanding of genetics and epigenetics; general ‘omic’ approaches and concepts; as well as classic Biostatistics topics such as Survival and Categorical data analysis.

Community and Behavioral Health Promotion

The Community and Behavioral Health Promotion (CBHP) track focuses on promoting the health of communities through innovative approaches to community engagement and collaborative practice. Coursework addresses theories and frameworks in social and behavioral science, evidence-based methods for program planning (including assessment) and implementation, and program evaluation. Students apply a social justice and equity-centered approach to public health training and practice. Methodological approaches address quantitative, qualitative, and community-engaged techniques.

Environmental Health Sciences

The Environmental Health Sciences track offers students an opportunity to specialize in environmental threats to the public’s health, while simultaneously obtaining a strong scientific background that connects environmental sources, distributions, exposures, and biological mechanisms to ultimate health impacts. Students benefit from faculty expertise in environmental and developmental toxicology, environmental epidemiology, and the use of animal models to research public health issues. Didactic coursework includes introduction to the core disciplines of public health, specialization in areas such as environmental epidemiology and risk assessment, along with student-selected opportunities to deepen knowledge in the areas of the biological, chemical, and built environment. A Field Experience with a public health agency or another environmental health-based community partner and Capstone incorporate environmental health theories with crosscutting public health competencies like communication, public health biology, systems-thinking, and leadership.

Epidemiology

The Epidemiology track is unique in its emphasis on integrating epidemiologic theory and methods with essential interdisciplinary tools foranalyzing socio structural processes that influence health and advancing health equity. Our comprehensive and multidisciplinary curriculum facilitates learners’ analysis of interrelationships among theory, research, and practice, as well as among historical and contemporary structures of inequality. Students are thereby prepared to engage in rigorous, collaborative, evidence-informed, and reflexive public health praxis. Through both didactic and experiential learning, students apply social justice, epidemiologic, and critical social theories to research and practice while developing skills in reframing public health issues, applied epidemiological methods, epidemiologic data analysis, social epidemiology, and building community partnerships. Graduates are able to collect, analyze, and interpret epidemiological data from health equity perspectives, generate theory-driven research questions, and work in collaboration with diverse community partners to promote systems-level social change for eliminating health inequities.

Public Health Policy and Administration

The Public Health Policy and Administration (PHPA) track is unique in its focus on equipping students with an inter-sectoral, systems-level, applied approach to informing public health policy and administration that promotes health equity. Emphasizing a comprehensive perspective and integrated strategy that links theory with practice, the PHPA curriculum provides students with a foundational understanding of social and policy theory, quantitative and qualitative methods, and policymaking and its broader context. Graduates obtain a breadth of knowledge and skills applicable to a variety of fields in the public and private sectors as well as the ability to effectively apply their knowledge and tools to practice.

Graduate Faculty

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(Professors' home departments, programs, or schools appear in parentheses)
Professors
Cisler, Ron, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (College of Health Sciences)
Etzel, Ruth, MD, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Florsheim, Paul, Ph.D., Northwestern University
McLellan, Sandra, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati Medical Center (School of Freshwater Sciences)
McRoy, Susan, Ph.D., University of Toronto (College of Engineering and Applied Science)
Peck, Magda, Sc.D., Harvard University
Schutz, Aaron, Ph.D., M.P.P., M.A., University of Michigan (School of Education)
Strath, Scott, Ph.D. University of Tennessee (College of Health Sciences)
Tonellato, Peter, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Velie, Ellen, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Weinhardt, Lance, Ph.D., Syracuse University
Associate Professors
Carvan, Michael III Ph.D., Texas A&M University (School of Freshwater Sciences)
Cho, Young, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Do, D. Phuong (Phoenix), Ph.D., M.Phil, The RAND Graduate School
Harley, Amy, Ph.D., M.P.H., Ohio State University
Huang, Chiang-Ching Spencer, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Klos, Lori, Ph.D., Cornell University (College of Health Sciences)
Malcoe, Lorraine Halinka, M.P.H., Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Svoboda, Kurt, Ph.D., S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook
Swartz, Ann, Ph.D., University of Tennessee (College of Health Sciences)
Assistant Professors
Auer, Paul, Ph.D., Purdue University
Bartholomew, Karla, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H., P.A, Vanderbilt University
Carnegie, Nicole Bohme, Ph.D., University of Washington
Kalkbrenner, Amy, Ph.D., M.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Laestadius, Linnea, Ph.D., M.P.P., Johns Hopkins University
Laiosa, Michael, Ph.D., State University of New York, Upstate Medical University
Loyd, Jenna, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Ma, Hongbo, Ph.D., University of Georgia
Miller, Todd, Ph.D., University of Maryland
Ngui, Emmanuel, Dr.P.H., M.Sc, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Simanek, Amanda, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Walker, Renee, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., University of Pittsburgh
Wang, Helen, Ph.D., Michigan Technological University
Yan, Alice, Ph.D., University of Maryland
Zheng, Cheng, M.S, Ph.D., University of Washington

Master of Public Health

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Admission

An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus the following program requirements to be considered for admission to the program. These materials will be considered in a holistic admissions process with special attention to ensure a diverse student body.

  1. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic experience and potential for graduate work in public health.
  2. CV or resume.
  3. Score report from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken within the last five years.
  4. The admissions committee may consider GMAT, LSAT, MCAT scores in place of GRE scores. Students requesting this or any other exception should apply in writing for consideration by the Applications Review Committee.
  5. Address the following two Short Essay questions, limiting responses to no more than 500 words (approximately 250 words per question):
    • Describe how your professional, volunteer, and educational background has led you to seek a degree in Public Health.
    • How will your desired track of study help you reach your personal and professional goals in Public Health?
  6. International applicants must also meet admission standards set and monitored by UWM’s Center for International Education.

An MPH Application Checklist is available on the program website to assist applicants in organizing the application, and this check list must be submitted, along with the CV or resume. Applicants must note their desired track of study on the check list.

Successful applicants to the Environmental Health Sciences track will have upper-level chemistry, biology, and mathematics through at least one semester of calculus.

Advisor

Each student will be assigned a track-specific Faculty Advisor during Orientation week preceding the first semester. Faculty Advisors assist the student in the development of an individual Plan of Study designed to advance the career goals of the student and consistent with track curricula. The Advisor plays an important role in connecting the Field Experience, Capstone, and career goals for each student.

UWM’s Zilber School recognizes the importance of a strong faculty advising program coupled with a sound system for monitoring student progress in all programs. A school wide student evaluation each semester assesses progress and ensures that students are on track for graduation. Feedback in December to students will be through faculty advisors, while students will receive a letter in May signed by the faculty advisor and program director confirming progress and noting any guidance for subsequent years, including plans and timetable for remediation when necessary.

Administrative offices of the Zilber School of Public Health have staff assigned on policies and procedures for admission, academic progression, and graduation. If deemed necessary, any student can petition to the Zilber SPH’s Office of Academic and Student Affairs for a reassignment of Faculty Advisor. Program track faculty will make every effort to accommodate requests to give all students opportunities for success in the program.

Credits and Courses

All students enrolled in the MPH program take a common set of core classes designed to give basic skills and knowledge of public health concepts. The core curriculum consists of at least 20 credit hours, including at least three credits Field Experience and a two-credit capstone seminar. In addition to the common core, students complete the required coursework in one of five specialization tracks: Biostatistics, Community and Behavioral Health Promotion, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, or Public Health Policy and Administration. The MPH degree varies from 42-44 credits depending on the track. Students must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or better in order to progress through the program.

Unless noted, all courses are 3 credits.

MPH Required Common Core Courses (at least 20 credits)
PH 702 Introduction to Biostatistics
PH 703 Environmental Health Sciences
PH 704 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
PH 705 Principles of Public Health Policy and Administration
PH 706 Perspectives in Community and Behavioral Health
PH 790 Field Experience in Public Health (at least 3 credits)
PH 800 Capstone in Public Health (2 credits)
Biostatistics Track (22 credits)
Required Courses (13 credits)
PH 710 Seminar in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (1 credit) (TBD)
PH 711 Intermediate Biostatistics
PH 712 Probability and Statistical Inference
PH 713 Analyzing Observational and Experimental Data
PH 718 Data Management and Visualization in R (TBD)
"S"electives—Choose three (9 credits minimum)
PH 707 Introduction to Statistical Computing (1 credit)
PH 709 Public Health Informatics
PH 714 Statistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology
PH 715 Applied Categorical Data Analysis
PH 716 Applied Survival Analysis (TBD)
PH 717 Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis (TBD)
PH 720 Special Topics in Biostatistics (1-3 credits)
PH 721 Introduction to Translational Bioinformatics
PH 722 Introduction to Bioinformatics in Biomedical and Public Health Sciences (TBD)
PH 723 Clinical Trials (TBD)
Community and Behavioral Health Promotion Track (24 credits)
Required Courses (15 credits)
PH 701 Public Health Principles and Practice
PH 725 Theories and Models of Health Behavior
PH 726 Community Health Assessment
PH 727 Program Planning and Implementation in Public Health
PH 728 Program Evaluation in Public Health
Methods "S"electives—Choose two (6 credits minimum)
PH 729 Survey Research Methods in Public Health
PH 736 Advanced Qualitative Methods (TBD)
PH 776 Qualitative Approaches in Public Health Policy and Administration
PH 831 Community Engagement and Participatory Research Approaches in Public Health
Electives—Choose one (3 credits minimum)
PH 719 Social Justice in Public Health
PH 740 Special Topics in Public Health
PH 752 Public Health and Mental Health
PH 999 Independent Study (1-3 credits)
KIN 732 Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan
Other classes as approved by advisor
Environmental Health Sciences Track (at least 22 credits)
Required Courses (11 credits)
PH 701 Public Health Principles and Practice
PH 743 Environmental Risk Assessment
PH 750 Seminar in Environmental Health Sciences (1 credit x 2)
PH 762 Environmental Epidemiology
Built Environment "S" elective—Choose one
ARCH 790 Special Topics: LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Assessment for Environmental, Economic, and Social Impact
GEOG 520 Physical Geography of the City
GEOG 880/UrbPlan 880 Challenges to Urban Sustainability
GEOG 945 The Internal Structure of the City
IE 580 Ergonomics
UrbPlan 791 Intro to Urban GIS for Planning
Other classes as approved by advisor
Chemical Environment "S" elective—Choose one
PH 741 Environmental Health Microbiology (TBD)
PH 744 Environmental Toxicology
PH 745 Developmental Toxicology
Other classes as approved by advisor
Biological Environment "S" elective—Choose one
PH 741 Environmental Health Microbiology (TBD)
PH 745 Developmental Toxicology
PH 775 Mechanisms of Infectious Disease (2 credits)
Other classes as approved by advisor
Elective—Choose one additional course
From the Built, Chemical, or Biological "S" electives listed above or other classes as approved by advisor
Epidemiology Track (24 credits)
Required Courses (15 credits)
PH 700 Structures of Inequality and Population Health
PH 758 Social Epidemiology
PH 759 Applied Quantitative Methods for Studying Population Health and Health Disparities
PH 761 Epidemiology Field Methods
PH 763 Epidemiology in Action for Equity (TBD)
Content "S"electives—Choose one (3 credits minimum)
PH 762 Environmental Epidemiology
PH 768 Cancer Epidemiology (TBD)
PH 769 Nutritional Epidemiology (TBD)
Other classes as approved by advisor
Electives—Choose two (6 credits minimum)
PH 713 Analyzing Observational and Experimental Data
PH 714 Statistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology
PH 715 Applied Categorical Data Analysis
PH 716 Applied Survival Analysis (TBD)
PH 717 Applied Longitudinal Analysis (TBD)
PH 727 Program Planning and Implementation in Public Health
PH 728 Program Evaluation in Public Health
PH 729 Survey Research Methods in Public Health or SOC 752 Fundamentals of Survey Methodology (not both)
PH 784 Social Policy as Health Policy (TBD)
PH 868 Links between Infectious and Chronic Disease (TBD)
GEOG 525 Geographic Information Science (4 credits)
UrbPlan 692 Special Topics in Urban Planning: Data Analysis and Visualization
Other classes as approved by advisor
Public Health Policy and Administration Track (24 credits)
Required Courses (12 credits)
PH 700 Structures of Inequality and Population Health
PH 776 Qualitative Approaches in Public Health Policy and Administration
PH 777 Survey of Quantitative Research and Methods for Public Health Policy and Administration
PH 779 Public Health Policymaking and Policy Analysis
Fundamental Methods "S" Elective—Choose one (3 credits)
PH 728 Program Evaluation in Public Health
ECON 450 Health Economics
PUB ADM 630 Budgeting and Finance in the Public Sector
Administrative "S" Elective—Choose one (3 credits)
Bus Adm 755 Health Care Administration and Delivery Systems
BusMgmt 718 Concepts and Practice of Nonprofit Management
ED POL 601 Foundations of Community-Based Organizations
PUB ADM 763 Scope and Dynamics of Public Administration
Content Elective—Choose at least one (3 credits minimum)
PH 719 Social Justice in Public Health
PH 725 Theories and Models of Health Behavior
PH 774 Crime Policies and Public Health (TBD)
PH 784 Social Policy as Health Policy (TBD)
PH 786 The Science and Policy of Sustainable Diets (TBD)
Bus Adm 757 Managed Care and Integrated Health Networks
BusMgmt 725 Governance and Executive Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations
ED POL 611 Community Policies and Urban Minority Youths
ED POL 630 Race and Public Policy in Urban America
GEOG 564 Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice
POL SCI 464 Sex, Gender, and the Law
URB STD 965 Municipal Management
Other classes as approved by advisor
Methods Elective—Choose at least one (3 credits minimum)
PH 711 Intermediate Biostatistics
PH 726 Community Health Assessment
PH 728 Program Evaluation in Public Health
PH 736 Advanced Qualitative Method (TBD)
BusMgmt 721 Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
CIV ENG 492 Environmental Impact Assessment
ED POL 602 Proposal Writing and Fundraising Skills for Community-Based Organizations
ED POL 711 Community Organizing: Collective Action for Social Change
NonProf 791 Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Policy
PUB ADM 630 Budgeting and Finance in the Public Sector
PUB ADM 730 Budgeting for Public Sector Professionals
PUB ADM 769 Analyzing and Evaluating Public Policies and Programs
SOCIOL 752 Fundamentals of Survey Methodology
UrbPlan 791 Intro to Urban GIS for planning
Other classes as approved by advisor
Field Experience
PH 790 Field Experience in Public Health (Minimum of three credits total, Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory; may be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits in a given semester)

The purpose of the Field Experience is to provide students with a practical public health experience that allows them to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to public health problems. Students work with their Faculty Advisor and school staff to identify a placement that matches the student’s public health interests and career goals. Students complete three credits (80 contact hours per one credit, 240 hours total) with the organization. Many students choose to complete their field experience working in a local health department or community-based organization with public health-related programs and services. The experience is a mentored placement engaging both a Faculty Advisor and a Site Preceptor.

The over-arching objectives of the practice experience are:

  • To demonstrate practical skills related to specified track competencies that are useful to public health professions and that are not available solely through academic instruction.
  • To explain the political, economic, environmental, and social contexts in which the public health activities for the particular project are conducted, integrating principles of social and environmental justice as they relate to the project.
  • To characterize key features of the organizational and/or community contexts that might or do have an impact on the public health activities necessary for the particular project.
  • To apply a minimum of 4 specified competencies learned in the MPH coursework in a public health practice setting. Two MPH Program competencies are REQUIRED:
    • Practice professionalism, demonstrated by integrity, respect, transparency, sound judgment, and constructive interactions with colleagues, community members, stakeholders and the public at large.
    • Communicate effectively about public health issues with diverse audiences using a variety of strategies and modalities.
Capstone
PH 800 Capstone in Public Health (2 credits), completed in the final year of study

The capstone requires students to integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, Field Experience, and/or lab into some aspect of professional public health practice. Students work with their Faculty Advisor to write a project proposal the semester prior to the capstone reflecting the student’s interests and career goals. Students then implement the project during their final semester of the program. The project has both a written paper and oral presentation component, in addition to attending a weekly seminar. The capstone project is an opportunity for students to demonstrate public health competencies.

Thesis

Not required. See capstone for similar culminating experience.

Comprehensive Examination

Not required. See capstone for similar culminating experience.

Time Limit

The student must complete all degree requirements within five years of initial enrollment.

Public Health (PH) Courses

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Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

700 Structures of Inequality and Population Health. 3 cr. G.
Foundations of public health, critical social theory, and social justice praxis, which provide essential interdisciplinary tools for analyzing sociostructural processes and advancing social and health equity. Prereq: grad st
701 Public Health Principles and Practice. 3 cr. G.
Examination of fundamental principles designed to improve the health of the public, public health theories, domains, and practices.
702 Introduction to Biostatistics. 3 cr. G.
Development and application of statistical reasoning and methods in addressing, analyzing and solving problems in public health. Includes lab section with introduction to SAS, including macros and core statistical analysis functions. Prereq: grad st; Math 116 with B or better, or equivalent, or cons instr
703 Environmental Health Sciences. 3 cr. G.
Survey of effects environment has on humans, and effects humans have on environment, emphasis on toxicology and infectious disease. Prereq: grad st
704 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology. 3 cr. G.
Quantitative study of patterns and determinants of health in human populations applying biomedical and social epidemiology perspectives. Problem-based lab includes surveillance, measurement, study design, and causal inference applications. Prereq: grad st; PH 702(C) or cons instr
705 Principles of Public Health Policy and Administration. 3 cr. G.
The role of policy in influencing population health, policies that promote public health, the policymaking process, and the planning and administration of health systems. Prereq: grad st; PH 704(R)
706 Perspectives on Community & Behavioral Health. 3 cr. G.
Philosophical underpinnings, conceptual frameworks, and strategies for the application of behavioral and social science concepts to the goals of public health.Prereq: grad st
707 Introduction to Statistical Computing. 1 cr. G.
Introduction to statistical methods as implemented in SAS, including macros and core statistical analysis functions Prereq: grad st; PH 702(C) or cons instr
709 Public Health Informatics. 3 cr. G.
Overview of the rapidly emerging and evolving field of public health informatics - active learning and exposure to new and relevant public health informatics methods, applications, and tools. Prereq: grad st
711 (810) Intermediate Biostatistics. 3 cr. G.
Introduction to modern multivariable statistical analysis, based on generalized linear models. Topics include linear regression, logistic regression, one-way and two-way ANOVA, longitudinal analysis, missing data, and mixed models. Prereq: grad st; PH 702(P) or cons instr
712 Probability and Statistical Inference. 3 cr. G.
Introductory graduate-level course that provides students with a mathematical treatment and understanding of key concepts in probability and distribution theory and statistical inference, and their applications in public health. Prereq: grad st; Math 231 (P) & 232 (P) or equivalent, or cons instr
713 Analyzing Observational and Experimental Data. 3 cr. G.
Analyze data from both experiments and observational studies within a causal inference framework as it applies to public health. Covers randomization, confounding, blocking, ANOVA, counterfactuals, selection bias, and measurement error. Prereq: grad st; PH 704(C), PH 711 (C) or PH 759 (C) or cons instr
714 Statistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology. 3 cr. G.
Introduction to statistical methods for the analysis of family and population based genetic data, including methods can be used in linkage analysis, family-based and population-based association studies. Prereq: grad st; PH 702(P) and PH 711(P) or cons instr
715 Applied Categorical Data. 3 cr. G.
Data analysis techniques for various kinds of categorical data for public health related examples using SAS. Prereq: grad st; PH 711(P) and PH 712(P) or cons instr
719 Social Justice in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
This course is designed to introduce you to the major social variables (e.g., socioeconomic status, race, poverty, social support, neighborhood environment) that affect public health. Prereq: grad st
720 Special Topics in Biostatistics: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. G.
Survey of an area in Biostatistics. Specific credits and add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st
721 Introduction to Translational Bioinformatics. 3 cr. G.
Review bioinformatics knowledge and analytical skills, high-throughput technologies that produce various omic data, along with the methodologies to analyze and interpret different layers of information. Prereq: grad st; PH 711(P) or cons instr
723 (effective 09/02/2016) Design, Conduct and Analysis of Clinical Trials. 3 cr. G.
Introduction to the design, conduct and analysis of phase I-IV clinical trials, with an emphasis on phase III trials and ethical issues in clinical research. Prereq: grad st; PH 711 (P), or cons instr
725 Theories and Models of Health Behavior. 3 cr. G.
Examine theories of health behavior targeted to each level of the social ecological model, including historical and public health context. Assess utility of these theories in various domains. Prereq: grad st
726 Community Health Assessment. 3 cr. G.
Introduction to the concepts and techniques of community health assessment; conducting and critically analyzing community assessments. Prereq: grad st; PH 701(P) or cons instr
727 Program Planning & Implementation in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
Systematic approach to planning and implementing public health programs, examining program monitoring, methods of impact assessment, and measuring efficiency. Prereq: grad st
728 Program Evaluation in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
Students design and present research and evaluation plans, receive guidance on developing conceptual frameworks and hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, and developing program evaluation plans. Prereq: grad st
728 (effective 01/25/2016) Program Evaluation in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
Students design and present research and evaluation plans, receive guidance on developing conceptual frameworks and hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, and developing program evaluation plans. Prereq: grad st; PH 702(P) or cons inst
729 Survey Research Methods in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
The application of survey methods with emphases on sampling, survey design and planning, and data collection procedures. Prereq: grad st
729 (effective 01/25/2016) Survey Research Methods in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
The application of survey methods with emphases on sampling, survey design and planning, and data collection procedures. Prereq: grad st; PH 702(P) or cons inst
732 Youth Mental Health Practice for Non Mental Health Professionals. 3 cr. G.
Examination of mental health principles and practices from a public health professional's perspective, including ethical guidelines, necessary interpersonal skills, and mental health screenings and referrals to services. Prereq: grad st
740 Special Topics in Public Health: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Topics of current interest in public health. May be repeated w/ chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st.
743 Environmental Risk Assessment. 3 cr. G.
Risk assessment practices from an environmental health perspective, complexities and challenges of regulation, management, and mitigation of risks for both human and ecosystem health. Prereq: grad st; PH 702(P) & PH 703 (P) or cons instr
744 Environmental Toxicology. 3 cr. G.
This course will cover the occurrence, fate and transport, and toxic action of natural and synthetic chemicals encountered in the air, water, and soil. Prereq: grad st; CHEM 100 (or equivalent) with B or better, and BIO SCI 150 (or equivalent) with B or better, or cons instr
745 Developmental Toxicology. 3 cr. G.
An introduction to the field of developmental toxicology and how environmental contaminants influence vertebrate development, including humans. Prereq: grad st.
750 Seminar in Environmental Health Sciences. (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. G.
Survey of an area in environmental health. Specific credits and add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
752 Public Health and Mental Health. 3 cr. G.
Understanding mental health and mental illness from a public health perspective; designed for an interdisciplinary audience of students, researchers and practitioners. Prereq: grad st.
758 Social Epidemiology. 3 cr. G.
Foundations of social epidemiology, including key concepts, theoretical frameworks, and methods for studying social and structural determinants of population health and health inequity. Prereq: grad st; PH 700(P), PH 702(P), and PH 704(P); or cons instr
759 Applied Quant Methods for Studying Population Health & Health Disparities. 3 cr. G.
Using STATA on real data to build regression models, perform diagnostics, and interpret results. Utilize social theory to put results into context. Prereq: grad st; PH 700(P), PH 702(P), PH 704(P), or cons inst.
761 Epidemiology Field Methods. 3 cr. G.
Prepares students to conduct epidemiologic field studies. Introduction of reviewing literature, designing questionnaires, developing surveillance systems, conducting emergency outbreak investigations, applying for IRB approval, and public relations. Prereq: grad st; PH 700(P), 702(P), and PH 704 (P) or cons instr
762 Environmental Epidemiology. 3 cr. G.
Expands upon basic epidemiological principles to tackle current problems in studies of health impacts of contaminants in air, water, food supply, consumer products, and indoor spaces, emphasizing a cross-disciplinary approach. Prereq: grad st; PH 703(C) and PH 704(P) or cons instr.
775 Mechanisms of Infectious Disease. 2 cr. G.
Molecular and cellular means by which microorganisms facilitate infection, withstand or evade immune response, induce damage to host, and ensure transmission to human populations. C L Sci 775 & PH 775 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st; lc & la course in medical microbiology
776 Qualitative Approaches in Public Health Policy and Administration. 3 cr. G.
Introduces students to foundational approaches to qualitative research for use in public health policy & administration. It provides opportunities to practice foundational data collection, research analysis, reflexivity, & research design skills. Prereq: grad st
777 Survey of Quantitative Research & Methods for PH Policy & Administration. 3 cr. G.
Introduces quantitative methods commonly used in public health policy and administration decision-making, skills to analyze quantitative research and to apply knowledge generated from research to the public health policy and administration context. Prereq: grad st; PH 702(P), PH 704(P), PH 705 (C), and PH 776(C); or cons instr
777 (effective 01/25/2016) Quantitative Research Methods for PH Policy & Administration. 3 cr. G.
Introduces quantitative methods commonly used in public health policy and administration decision-making, skills to analyze quantitative research and to apply knowledge generated from research to the public health policy and administration context. Prereq: grad st; PH 702(P) or cons instr
779 Public Health Policymaking and Policy Analysis. 3 cr. G.
Introduces students to key frameworks for public health policymaking and policy analysis. Students apply concepts to a real world public health problem of their choice. Prereq: grad st; PH705(P) or MSP760(P) or cons instr.
780 Seminar in Public Health Policy and Administration. (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. G.
Survey of an area in Public Health Policy and Administration. Specific credits and add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st
790 Field Experience in Public Health. 1-6 cr. G.
Apply skills learned in the classroom to real world public health problems in a mentored field placement, engaging both faculty and site preceptors. Prereq: grad st; PH 701(P), PH 702(P), PH 703(P), PH 704(P), PH 705(P), PH 706(P), and PH 707(P) or cons instr
800 Capstone in Public Health. 2 cr. G.
Application of acquired public health knowledge, experience and competencies in developing a public health project that demonstrates readiness for professional practice. Prereq: grad st; PH 790(P) or cons instr.
801 Seminar in Public Health Research. 3 cr. G.
Immersion in interdisciplinary collaborative approaches to public health research. Prereq: grad st; 1 course in stats/biostats and 1 course in research methods; or cons instr.
819 Social and Environmental Justice in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
Social and environmental justice perspective on public health problems and concerns. Jointly offered w/ & counts as a repeat of Soc Wrk 819. Prereq: grad st
820 Maternal and Child Health Foundations, Policy and Practice. 3 cr. G.
The foundations of MCH, historical context, financing, challenges, and opportunities in advancing MCH at state, national and international level including the integration of men. Prereq: grad st; PH 702(P), 704(P) or cons instr
825 Social and Behavioral Science in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
Overview of the contribution and use of social and behavioral sciences approaches in public health research, policy, planning/evaluation, practice, and interventions. Prereq: grad st
826 Principles of Community Intervention Research. 3 cr. G.
Seminar covering classics in community-based public health research and the development of conceptual and methodological skills in community engagement. Counts a repeat of PH 740 with similar topic. Prereq: grad st.
827 Research Design in Community and Behavioral Health Promotion. 3 cr. G.
Examination of experimental, quasi-experimental, and nonexperimental study designs, focus groups, and coding with qualitative software. Prereq: grad st; admis to doctoral prog; PH 801(P) & 702(P) or cons instr.
831 Community Engagement and Participatory Research Approaches in Public Health. 3 cr. G.
Effective approaches to engaging communities in health interventions and addressing health disparities. Prereq: grad st.
990 Research and Dissertation. 1-8 cr. G.
Original research in any public health discipline Prereq: grad st.
999 Independent Study. 1-3 cr. G.
Independent study on a topic not available as a regular course, directed by a member of the graduate faculty. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.

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