Public Health

Requirements & Courses

  • Minor Requirements
    Twenty-four credits which must include:
    1. Core (16 cr): IPH-270, 331 and 430; MTH-116
    2. Two courses from: COM-243, ENV-105, PHL-229, POL-141 and SOC-234
    3. Other elective courses as approved by the program coordinator
    4. A four-credit practicum experience in a public health setting is strongly encouraged.
  • PBH
    *
    385
    .
    Public Health Practicum
    1-8
    Requires instructor permission.
  • PBH
    *
    399
    .
    Public Health Independent Study
    1-4
    Requires instructor permission.
  • IPH
    270
    .
    Community Health
    4
    Permission
    A direct application class which provides hands-on experience gathering, entering, analyzing and interpreting actual health data. Students spend two weeks conducting Heart Fairs in eight local school districts with sixth-grade children. During the Heart Fairs, the children are educated and assessed on various heart disease risk factors. Course fee.
  • IPH
    *
    331
    .
    Health Promotion
    4
    Provides critical information for planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in the workplace, schools, community or health care setting.
  • IPH
    *
    430
    .
    Epidemiology
    4
    BIO-121 and Junior Standing, or Permission
    Presents concepts, principles and methods generally used in the surveillance and investigation of heath-related events.
  • MTH
    116
    .
    Elementary Statistics
    4
    Introduction to modern elementary statistics and applications. Focuses on statistical reasoning and data analysis. Includes statistical design of experiments, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression, correlation and other selected topics.
  • COM
    *
    243
    .
    Health Communication
    4
    Examines communication practices in health care relationships and organizations. Topics include effective provider-patient interaction, communication relationships in health organizations, rhetorical and media strategies for managing health issues, and the uses of new communication technologies to promote health and manage health information.
  • ENV
    105
    .
    Intro to Environmental Studies
    4
    Examination of humans and their relationship to the natural environment. Explores current status of environmental problems, controversies and solutions. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • PHL
    229
    .
    Ethics and Medicine
    4
    Exploration of nature of moral values, moral judgments and ethical decisions. Analysis of selected issues in medicine and other health fields. Test cases used for practice in decision-making. Especially pertinent for those planning careers in health professions, but designed for all interested students.
  • POL
    141
    .
    Intro to Public Mgt & Policy Analysis
    4
    Study of leadership and administration in public organization, including relationship between bureaucracy and the executive, judicial and legislative branches; development of organizational theory; policy-making and implementation process; bureaucratic ethics; and reconciliation of democracy and bureaucracy. Recommended for those considering careers in public service or jobs affected by public policy. (APP)
  • SOA
    *
    234
    .
    Aging and Health Institutions
    4
    SOA-101
    Examine key concepts, main theories and important substantive issues related to aging and health institutions from a sociological perspective. Among the central issues explored are gender and racial differences in aging, ethnic minorities and institutions connected to aging and public policy.