Public Health

Requirements & Courses

  • Minor Requirements

    Twenty-four credits which must include:

    1. Core (16 credits): IPH 330, 331, 430, and ENV 205
    2. Quantitative Reasoning requirement (4 credits): MTH 118
    3. Four additional credits chosen from the following: IPH 220; IPH 270; ENV 265; HCA 433; HST 271; PSY 203; SOC 234; COM 243; PHL 229; POL 141.
    4. Program Considerations: A research methods course or independent research (e.g. IPH 311/399/499 or PSY 225) is strongly encouraged. Enrollment in additional elective courses is also highly encouraged. 
  • PBH
    385
    .
    Public Health Practicum
    1 credit
    Requires instructor permission.
  • PBH
    399
    .
    Public Health Independent Study
    1 credit
    Requires instructor permission.
  • IPH
    270
    .
    Community Health
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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 credits
    Prerequisite: Junior Standing
    Provides critical information for planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in the workplace, schools, community or health care setting.
  • IPH
    430
    .
    Epidemiology
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: 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 credits
    Prerequisite: MTH-100 or Placement
    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 credits
    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 credits
    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 credits
    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 and Policy Analysis
    4 credits
    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 credits
    Prerequisite: 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.