School-wide Core Public Health Courses
TRMD 6010 BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF DISEASE (3)
This course provides a foundation of knowledge about the human body in health and disease. It gives an overview of important concepts of the biological mechanisms of disease at the cellular, individual, and societal levels. At the cellular level, the course summarizes DNA and cellular function, genomics, immunology, and vaccination. At the individual and societal levels, the course addresses the most important infectious and non-infectious causes of death worldwide, providing background on their pathophysiology, clinical aspects, patterns of disease occurrence, risk factors, and methods of prevention. View competencies.
GCHB 6030 SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL ASPECTS OF GLOBAL HEALTH (3)
This course covers the behavioral, social, and cultural aspects of health and disease in both developed and developing countries. Students learn how behavioral and social theories are relevant to health promotion and disease prevention efforts. They also learn how factors that protect or erode health operate at multiple levels (including individual, community, societal, and global levels), and how interventions are developed to improve health by addressing critical factors at each of these levels. The course also addresses the roles of culture, race, and ethnicity in the conceptualization of health and illness. View competencies.
BIOS 6030 INTRODUCTORY BIOSTATISTICS (3)
The biostatistics core area concentrates on the management and analysis of data to describe and make inferences about the behavior of random variables related to health in populations. Data are based on samples drawn from the relevant populations. This core also addresses the communication of these analyses for decision-making. View competencies.
GEHS 6030: SURVEY OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (3)
The aim of the environmental health sciences core area is to familiarize public health students with current and future environmental health issues. These issues include water quality, fate and transport of toxins and microbes in the environment, wastewater collection, disposal and reclamation, and solid waste management. Other pertinent topics include food protection, including food-borne pathogens, handling and management of infectious and hazardous waste, occupational health and industrial hygiene, and environmental policy and ethics issues. View competencies.
EPID 6030: EPIDEMIOLOGICAL METHODS I (3)
The epidemiology core area is designed to give students a general introduction to epidemiologic theory, methods and practice. The purpose of this core area is to enable the student to interpret epidemiologic data and understand and apply epidemiologic approaches to the investigation of infectious and non-infectious diseases and other health outcomes. The student will acquire the basic tools needed to understand and address threats to global health at the population level. View competencies.
GHSD 6030: INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SYSTEMS, MANAGEMENT, AND POLICY (3)
The purpose of the health systems management core area is to develop leadership and management competencies of students for careers in public or private sector health organizations. View competencies.
The culminating experience is designed to allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills gained from the core and programmatic courses as well as their ability to apply such a foundation to the investigation, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of real-world problems in public health. There are three options for the master's culminating experience: research thesis, public health analysis, or master's comprehensive examination. View competencies.