BST 525 SURVEY OF STATISTICAL COMPUTING (3 cr): This course aims to familiarize students with the basic use of SAS and R for routine statistical analysis and prepare them for more advanced courses and/or thesis research. Statistical computation will be illustrated with examples in medical research, biological study and business. The focus of the course is on the computing environment, therefore a thorough discussion of statistical theories will not be provided. EPH 600 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH (3cr): Over the past century, the field of public health has made extraordinary contributions to improving the health and well-being of populations. Yet, there are new challenges confronting public health that require diverse skill sets and innovative solutions. This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore and analyze contemporary public health issues and provide a history and a context that will allow students to better understand the field of public health, its core disciplines and their role as future public health professionals. EPH 601 MEDICAL BIOSTATISTICS I (3cr.): Introduction to probability and statistics. Students will gain hands-on experience in the analysis of medical data using several computer systems. EPH 617 INTRODUCTION TO DISEASE PREVENTION AND HEALTH PROMOTION (3cr.): This course will introduce students to the science of disease prevention and health promotion. This course will focus on providing students with an overview of: the top preventable causes of disease in the US, the common pathways (across the lifespan) to the top preventable causes of disease in the US, the role of theoretical frameworks (e.g., health belief and social-ecological models) in informing the development of preventive interventions, the role of both quantitative and qualitative methodology in prevention science, and the stages of intervention development and testing, including implementation and dissemination of evidence-based preventive interventions. The course will also provide an overview of (preventive) interventions at multiple levels, including: policy, community, family, and school. EPH 621 FUNDAMENTALS OF EPIDEMIOLOGY (3 cr.): Covers elementary biomedical concepts and epidemiological terminology and methods, in order to properly comprehend the epidemiological significance of health conditions of public health importance. EPH 622 OBESITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH (3 cr): Nearly two thirds of the United States is now considered overweight or obese and the associated medical costs are placing an unsustainable burden on our health care system. However, the issue of overweight/obesity extends beyond behavioral choices and medical costs. This course will take a deeper look at the complex interactions between our environment, behaviors, and policies, and how they jointly contribute to the obesity epidemic. This course will provide an interdisciplinary perspective of the biological, psychosocial, ecological, and economic determinants that contribute to obesity and the resulting pathways to chronic disease and disability. Finally, current evidence-based public health programs currently will be discussed to stimulate critical thinking necessary to implement effective obesity prevention and control programs. EPH 631 PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (3 cr.): An overview of the historical background, philosophy and purpose of public health and the relationship between government, law and public health. EPH 640 URBAN ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH (3 cr.): This course examines the urban environment – including homes, neighborhoods, cities and regions – and how its design and function influence our daily health-related decisions. This course will provide a framework for understanding health and urban environment relationships, principles of healthy community design, and interventions that promote better population health. Specific attention will be paid to the effect of ‘place’ on vulnerable populations. EPH 641 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (3 cr.): Gives an overview of both local and international environmental health problems. The course is comprised of a broad range of topics, including: environmental regulation and ethics, toxicology, global change, food safety, sanitation, different forms and media of pollution, built environment, and occupational disease and injury. EPH 650 HEALTH ECONOMICS FOR EVALUATION AND POLICY (3 cr.): Familiarizes the student with economic principles and methods of decision-making, discuss the criteria for evaluating the allocation of resources, and analyze the behavior of two principal economic actors: consumers and firms. EPH 651 RESEARCH METHODS (3 cr): This course allows students to understand the relationship between theory and empirical research. The focus of this course will be on the various types of research designs, data collection procedures and techniques, as well as understanding how to measure phenomena. Further, students will gain direct knowledge about doing research through the class projects. EPH 661 PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION (3cr): Public health nutrition strives to improve or maintain optimal nutritional health of the whole population and high risk or vulnerable groups within the population. In this course, nutritional factors that influence health promotion and disease prevention throughout the life span will be examined, in conjunction with environmental and cultural aspects of well-being. A variety of community and public health policies impacting nutritional status will be evaluated, including a number of controversies and emerging challenges. EPH 684 SPECIAL TOPIC: SCIENTIFIC WRITING (3cr.): This course is designed to provide students with the skills needed to write abstracts, short reports, and manuscripts suitable for publication in public health, epidemiologic, and biomedical journals. All aspects of manuscript preparation will be covered, including writing concise abstracts, graphical and tabular strategies for data presentation, proper referencing strategies, and effective strategies for interacting with journal editors and reviewers. Course Prerequisite: Recommended class size 15 students. All interested students must be interviewed by the instructor prior to acceptance into this course. EPH 680 CAPSTONE FIELD EXPERIENCE (MPH) (3 cr.): Practical field experience for MPH students EPH 681 CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE PROJECT (MPH) (3 cr.): Capstone experience project for MPH students EPH 699 PUBLIC HEALTH PROJECT (MSPH) (1-6 cr.): Research and/or design projects. Individual investigation of current public health problems. Required by all MSPH students. EPH 782 ADVANCED INDIVIDUAL STUDY (1-3 cr.): Individual work on a special project under faculty guidance. Prerequisite: Permission of the directing faculty member and the Director of Graduate Programs.
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