Core Courses

You take 6 core courses in your first year and 2 core courses in your second year.


Health and Social Behavior (Breadth Course)

PH W200G (3 units)

This course focuses on major social, cultural, and bio-behavioral determinants of health as they relate to behavioral interventions and policies aimed at improving community health. At the end of this course, students will be able to apply a range of health and social behavior perspectives and approaches to critically analyze public health issues and conceptualize research and interventions at different levels of the ecological model. Class modules are designed to convey key concepts and highlight important approaches in Health and Social Behavior through lectures, readings, videos, and online resources. Group assignments focusing on community context and health will require students to synthesize and apply concepts from the course. The assignments will culminate in a final group project to develop a conceptual model and narrative on a community health issue with proposed interventions operating at multiple ecological levels.

Your Instructor: Evan vanDommelen-Gonzalez, DrPH, MPH

Dr. vanDommelen-Gonzalez has worked as part of a bilingual (Spanish/English), mixed-methods, participatory research program spanning the last ten years with community agencies, health clinics, schools, and gang-affiliated and immigrant youth in San Francisco. Her research interests center on therelationship between the social environment (social networks, neighborhood factors) and adolescenthealth to inform strengths-based intervention.

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Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences (Breadth Course)

PH W200F (2 units)

The environment affects health in many ways. A wide array of environmental agents and factors contribute to disease, including some that have been widely recognized only recently, such as flame retardants in furniture in the developed world, combustion of biomass fuels in the developing world, or the design of buildings and communities. This course covers a wide range of topics in environmental health sciences. You will receive a general introduction to the core concepts of environmental health (i.e. exposure assessment, toxicology, epidemiology and risk assessment); and ways to examine environmental health issues by applying core concepts. Additionally, you will get a brief introduction to methods for measuring pollutants in the environment, along with how-to effectively control environmental hazards. Environmental health issues in both developed and developing countries will be presented.

Your Instructor: Amod Pokhrel, Ph.D.

Dr. Pokhrel, an Environmental Health Scientist and Lecturer, holds Master of Science and Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. His research focus is on environmental and occupational health related to household energy generation and uses in developing countries.

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