Department of Public Health Sciences

Department Graduate Courses

Additional graduate courses are offered through the Epidemiology Graduate Group.

Graduate Courses (SPH)

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201. Introduction to Public Health (3)

Lecture – 3 hours, Lab – 2 hours. Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Provides an overview of public health. Covers the history of public health in the U.S.; defines its major functions and constituencies; and, introduces fundamental principles of epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral sciences, environmental health, infectious diseases, and reducing health disparities. Letter grade. - (SummerII.).

203. Learning and Teaching in Public Health Contexts (2)

Lecture/Discussion – 2 hours. Graduate standing, consent of instructor. Aimed at current and future public health professionals interested in learning more about the educational potential for interactions with community members and other health professionals—all stakeholders in improving the health of communities. Letter grade. – (III.) Cassady, Ziegahn

204. Globalization and Health: Evidence and Policies (3)

Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours. Open to undergraduate and graduate level students. The course Globalization and Health brings all these questions together to investigate the multiple effects of globalization on health and emphasizes available evidence and policies.-(I)

209. History of Epidemiology in Public Health (2)

Introduction to the history of epidemiology in solving major public health problems. Original historical articles will be read/discussed. Topics may include: infectious disease, accidents/adverse events, nutritional deficiencies, community vaccination trials, occupational exposures, cancer, birth defects, cardiovascular disease, and smoking. Same course as EPI 209. (III) Hertz-Picciotto

210. Public Health Informatics (2)

Lecture – 2 hours, Lab - 2 hours. Collection, verification, and utilization of data related to populations; infrastructure, functions and tools used to generate public health knowledge supporting public health practices and policy development/dissemination. The laboratory portion of the course is designed to provide students with a hands-on experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a critical tool in public health today. Key concepts provided in the laboratory segment include basic digital cartography principles, visualization of health data using GIS, and preparation of spatial data for GIS systems.(S/U grading only) – (Summer II)

212. Migration and Health (3)

Lecture/discussion – 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Principles of migration and health. Topics will include demographics, public health intervention programs, health care delivery, occupational health, and effects of international migration on the health in communities of origin, transit and destination. Guest presentations by outside experts. Offered in alternate years. Letter grade – (III.) Schenker

222. Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours. Prerequisite: Statistics 102 and 106 or the equivalent, graduate standing, consent of instructor. Concepts and methods of social and behavioral sciences relevant to the identification and solution of public health problems. Topics include nutrition, physical activity, smoking, socioeconomic status, gender, race/ethnicity, stress, social support, social marketing, media advocacy and behavioral theories of change.—II. M. Ko

223. Obesity Prevention in Community Settings (3)

Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours. Graduate Standing. Look at causes of the obesity epidemic in the U.S.; identify and critically assess the research literature on various prevention strategies; understand, and apply evidence-based public health strategies to combat obesity; and translate the science to a general audience.-(II.) Cassady

231. Infectious Diseases Epidemiology (3) (formerly SPH 211)

Lecture/discussion - 3 hours. Prerequisites EPI 205B or Internal med 421. Infectious disease epidemiology and prevention, with emphasis on human and veterinary diseases of global health importance. Major global health epidemics and challenges of infectious diseases, by mode of transmission. Letter grade. (II.) - Not currently offered.

232. Health Communication (4)

Seminar -3 hours. Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Health communication theories and research traditions. Topics include consumer health information seeking; physician-patient interaction; information, social marketing, "edutainment," and media advocacy campaigns; social networks and coping; media influences on health; and new communication technologies in health promotion and healthcare delivery. Letter grade (Same course as CMN 232) Alternate years. –III. Bell

244. Introduction to Medical Statistics (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Introduction to statistical methods and software in clinical, laboratory and population medicine. Graphical and tabular presentation of data, probability, binomial, Poisson, normal, t-, F-, and Chi-square distributions, elementary nonparametric methods, simple linear regression and correlation, life tables.

245. Biostatistics for Biomedical Science (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: Clinical Research 244 or course 244 or the equivalent; consent of instructor. Analysis of data and design of experiments for laboratory data. (Same course as Clinical Research 245.) - W. (W.)

246. Biostatistics for Clinical Research (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 245 or Clinical Research 245. Emphasizes critical biostatistics for clinical research and targets biomedical audience. Students will develop understanding for basic planning and analysis of clinical studies and learn to develop collaborations with biostatisticians. (Same course as Clinical Research 246.) May be repeated for credit. Offered in alternate years.

247. Statistical Analysis for Laboratory Data (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: Clinical Research 245 or course 245. Statistical methods for experimental design and analysis of laboratory data including gene expression arrays, RNA-Seq, and mass spec. (Same course as Clinical Research 247.)

252. Social Epidemiology (2)

Lecture/discussion 2 hours. Prerequisite: Epidemiology 205A; consent of instructor. Social determinants of health; psychosocial and physiological pathways; health and social inequality; gender and racial/ethnic disparities in health; social support, social cohesion and health; social gradient in behavioral risk factors; social ecological approaches to health intervention; interventions addressing social determinants. (Same Course as Epidemiology 252.)—III. (III.) Not currently offered

255. Human Reproductive Epidemiology (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Preventative Veterinary Medicine 405, 406, Physics 220, Physiology 222 or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Human reproductive effects and risk of reproductive disorders, examined from macro- and micro-environmental exposures in community and occupational settings, epidemiologic study designs and analyses. Offered in alternate years.—(I.) Hertz-Picciotto

262. Principles of Environmental Health Science (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Principles, approaches and issues related to environmental health. Recognizing, assessing, understanding and controlling the impact of people on their environment and the impact of the environment on the public.—I. (I.) Bennett

264. Public Health Econometrics (2)

Lecture/discussion — 2 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Principles of demand and supply; benefits and costs; least squares regression; stepwise regression; economic and statisical significance; fixed and random effects; longitudinal data; non-linear relations; elasticity; continuous and binary variables; instrumental variables; attrition bias; tobit regressions; Two-part cost model. —III. (III.) Leigh

266. Applied Analytic Epidemiology (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—2 hours. Prerequisite: Preventive Veterinary Medicine 404 or consent of instructor. Principles and applications in analysis of epidemiologic data. Methods of analyzing stratified and matched data, logistic regression for cohort and case-control studies, Poisson regression, survival-time methods. (Same course as Population Health and Reproduction 266.)—III. (III.) Kass

273. Health Services Administration (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Structure and function of public and private medical care. Topics include categories and trends in national medical spending, predictors of patient use, causes of death, managed care, HMOs, Medicare, Medicaid, costs of technology, and medical care in other countries.—II (II) Leigh

274. Economic Evaluation in Health Care (3)

This course will focus on the cost-effectiveness/cost-benefit analysis (CE/CBA) methods among various economic evaluation methods. CE/CBA is increasingly used to evaluate alternative choices in public health and clinical practice and to enlighten and inform health policy determinations. Letter grade. (III). Byung-Kwang Yoo

276. Critical Assessment in Health Policy and Economics (2u)

This course aims to develop critical reading skills of the health policy and health economics literature, mainly following the microeconomic paradigm and analytical techniques. Some basic concepts of micro economic theory will be explained in the class to help critique the literature. (Letter Graded.) Byung-Kwang Yoo.

290. Topics in Public Health (1)

Seminar—1.5 hours. Prerequisite: open to students in Master of Public Health program or consent of instructor. Seminar on key issues and current topics in public health. Course begins in August SSII. Students must enroll in August, then Fall and Winter. The course is a series but grades and units are given at end of each quarter. May be repeated four times for credit. (S/U grading only.)—I, II, III, IV. (I, II, III. IV.)

295. International Health (2)

Lecture/discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Forum for learning health issues and health care systems in other countries. Topics include health care for refugees, the impact of political strife on health, the health care professional in international settings. Evening seminar Spring quarter. (S/U grading only.)—III. (III.) Koga/Pecoraro

Spring 2016. Tuesday 5:10-7:00pm. CRN 60729. Carlson Library, Room 24

297. Public Health Practicum (1-8)

Fieldwork—3-32 hours. Open only to Master of Public Health students. Practical fieldwork experience in public health. Placement site will vary based on the interest and experience of each student. May be repeated four times up to 16 units of credit. (S/U grading only.)—I, II, III, IV. (I, II, III, IV.) McCurdy

For research and independent study courses (298,299), students need to contact faculty directly to coordinate the course. More information on department faculty can be found at the following link: Once a course is set up, then students need to e-mail for the course registration number (CRN).

298: The Environment: Epidemiology and Policy (1)

Lecture – 2 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing
Join a dynamic and diverse group of experts to explore current topics and critical issues related to the environment, epidemiology, and policy. In this class you will: expand your understanding of the science and politics of how research is translated and used in setting policy in this country; be inspired by fascinating, thought-provoking discussions; hone your critical thinking skills; and gain experience giving a presentation (no slides, just an oral discussion critiquing an article in an informal setting). Spring quarter. S/U grading only. Instructors: Dr. Farla Kaufman and Dr. Ellen Gold CRN: 50399, 1 unit , Thursday 12:10 – 1:40, Med Sci 1C, Room 130 .

299. Research in Community and International Health (1-12)

Prerequisite: graduate standing; consent of instructor. Student will work with faculty member in areas of research interest, including but not limited to injury control, international health, health policy, occupational and environmental health, health promotion and wellness, women’s health, and health demographics. (S/U grading only for graduate students.)