Courses

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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Health Policy and Management (Breadth Course)

PH W200E (3 units; on-campus/online format)

Learn about health policy and management and health care delivery systems, primarily from a United States perspective. Find out how health policy and management applies concepts from economics, organizational behavior, and political science to the structure, financing, and regulation of public health and the health care delivery systems. At the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate the core competencies in health policy and management, including explaining the policy-making process and the roles of government, science, and markets; appreciating health expenditure trends, drivers of these trends and measures of value, quality and equity; identifying the principal functions of health insurance and understanding the structure of public and private health insurance plans and their enrollment trends; understanding the main components and issues in the organization and payment methods for healthcare services and public health; and grasping the key provisions of health reform within the Affordable Care Act.

Your Instructor: Robin Flagg, PhD., M.P.H.

Robin Flagg is a lecturer in the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and the UC Berkeley Extension, On-Line and Post-Baccalaureate programs. Flagg’s research interests include governor decision-making under the ACA: Expansion of Medicaid and State politics. In addition, she serves on board as the director on the board of directors for OnLok, Inc.,
as well as a member on the  Advisory Board – Piedmont Gardens, Continuum of Care and Residential Care. Read more about this instructor.

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Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health (Breadth Course)

PH W142 (4 units)

This course will provide you with the background and skills necessary to carry out simple statistical analyses and to interpret statistical results. The examples and readings demonstrate the role of probability and statistics in the health sciences. The introduction to each module includes detailed learning objectives. The course is designed to be interactive and to provide opportunities to learn to “speak” statistics.

Your Instructor: Maureen Lahiff, Ph.D.

Dr. Lahiff is a lecturer and researcher whose interests include multivariate methods, time series and longitudinal data and acculturation and health. She has published numerous articles in academic journals and is a recipient of the School of Public Health Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring Award.

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Epidemiologic Methods (Breadth Course)

PH W250 (3 units)

Study the principles and methods of epidemiology, including descriptive and analytic approaches to assessing the distributions of health, disease, and injury in populations and factors that influence those distributions. The emphasis is on developing an understanding of concepts, rather than quantitative methods, although calculations are involved. Through the combination of lectures, readings, critical review of papers, and problem sets, students without prior coursework in epidemiology will acquire the core competencies in epidemiology expected of all MPH graduates.

Your Instructor: Jack Colford, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Jack Colford is a Professor of Epidemiology at UC Berkeley. He has led four triple-blinded, randomized controlled trials of drinking water and health effects, including a drinking water study in 22 villages in Bolivia. Colford has also worked with the World Health Organization and the World Bank to evaluate the effectiveness of drinking water treatments throughout the world.

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Social and Behavioral Health Research: Introduction to Survey Methods

PH W219 (3 units)

In this course you will have the opportunity to practice a variety of skills related to survey research in its different forms, including traditional pencil-and-paper surveys, telephone interviews, and web surveys. Focusing on a project topic of your choice, you will develop a survey instrument in the first portion of the class, and then you will write a research plan to use that instrument in the second portion of the class. Start thinking about one of your favorite public health research areas, and let’s get started with your survey project!

Your Instructor: Jylana Sheats, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Sheats is a behavioral and public health researcher, educator, consultant, and community health advocate. Her research focuses on examining psychosocial, behavioral, environmental and social determinants of health behaviors to inform the development and testing of novel behavior change interventions.

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Interdisciplinary Seminar

PH W289 (3 units; on-campus/online format)

Learn multidisciplinary skills that improve your ability to lead projects and programs in public health. This course is a collection of topics organized around five content areas: new era video communication for public health advocacy; improving your negotiation abilities; nonprofit management and budgets; the ethics of our profession; and a systematic look at the tools and practices that lead to better solutions, each topic delivered by experts in these fields. This course includes on-campus and online learning. The on-campus component helps you build community with your peers, introduces you to Berkeley faculty, and orients you to UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health career services.

Your Instructor: Nap Hosang, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

Dr. Hosang is an obstetrician and physician administrator who worked at Kaiser Permanente for 24 years, serving on the faculty at the Berkeley School of Public Health for over 25 years. He is director of the On-Campus/Online M.P.H. Program. His research interests include telemedicine for rural health care access and maternal and child health service delivery in developing countries.

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Electives

Students in the On-Campus/Online Master of Public Health program usually take electives during their final semester.


Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

PH W257 (3 units)

With government-imposed disaster readiness regulations impacting health care across the country, emergency preparedness is a crucial issue for public health practitioners today. This course is designed to provide training and education on public health preparedness and response to large-scale emergencies and disasters.  Students will be provided with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, capabilities, and behaviors required for competency in public health preparedness and emergency response. This course will build upon and reinforce basic public health skills and knowledge in epidemiology and biostatistics as we explore surveillance, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from natural and man-made emergency events. In the course, students will become familiar with the major categories and classification of disaster events, including weapons of mass destruction. Other course topics include how the public health system integrates with the National Response Plan and Framework to ensure effective preparedness and response to large-scale emergencies and disasters. Students will learn how to conduct a Hazard Assessment to determine community vulnerabilities. Students will learn how to develop, implement and evaluate public health emergency preparedness and response plans. To further familiarize themselves with the U.S. National Response Framework, students will complete (no-cost) online FEMA Independent Study Programs for Incident Command System (ICS) certification. These certifications are generally required for employment in the field of public health emergency preparedness.

Your Instructor: Robyn Gershon, Ph.D.

Dr. Gershon is an interdisciplinary scientist working in the field of occupational and environmental health. She is an adjunct professor at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at UC Berkeley and an affiliated faculty member of Berkeley’s Center for Infectious Diseases & Emergency Readiness. Her research focuses on three major areas: high risk work settings and work occupations, disaster preparedness and occupational health, and the translation of epidemiological research findings into organizational practices and regulatory control.

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Public Health Aspects of Maternal and Child Nutrition

PH W206 (3 units)

Nutrition plays a vital role in human reproduction and child growth and development. This course provides an overview of the major nutritional issues faced infants, children, adolescents and reproductive age women in the United States. There is one module on malnutrition that has global content. The course reviews programs and interventions aimed at improving MCH nutrition and builds student familiarity with evidence based MCH nutrition practice guidelines. The course demonstrates a methodology for applying this knowledge to food choices at a personal and programmatic level. Students will also be asked to engage in a ‘hands on’ experience with the USA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly The Food Stamp Program). Supplemental learning activities for this course are highly interactive.

Your Instructor: Cindy Leung, Sc.D., M.P.H.

Cindy Leung is a postdoctoral scholar in the Center for Health and Community in the School of Medicine at UCSF. She received her M.P.H. from UC Berkeley School of Public Health and her Sc.D. in Nutrition and Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, with concentrations in public health nutrition and cardiovascular epidemiology.

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Strategic Management and the Health Sector

PH W223 (3 units)

This course is designed to assist you in developing leadership skills involving strategic planning, analysis, and implementation. Emphasis is placed upon the leader’s role in simultaneously taking into account a wide variety of internal and external factors to improve organization and system performance in meeting the health needs of individuals and communities. Particular attention is given to the importance of developing and implementing innovative strategies and the process of innovation itself. Students are expected to have had at least one course dealing with the health care system or relevant work-related experience. Students are required to have general background knowledge of the health system.

Your Professor: Joseph Houska, Ph.D.

Dr. Houska received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and taught at Boston University, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley before he began his 34-year career in the health sector, with Blue Cross of California and Kaiser Permanente where he worked in market research, financial forecasting, organizational design, strategic planning, and performance improvement.

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Global Health Disaster Preparedness and Response

PH W258 (3 units)

This course is designed to serve as a guide to the complex and interdisciplinary emerging field of global disaster management. Students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds with an interest in global disaster management will be introduced to the four phases of the modern disaster management paradigm that currently guide planning and response: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Course topics include the historical perspective of past mega-disasters; global disaster trends; hazard identification, profiling and analysis; concepts of risk and vulnerability and risk evaluation; structural and non-structural mitigation; multi-level disaster preparedness; pre-, peri-, and post-disaster response, including the provision of water, food, and shelter, and the management of volunteers; components of recovery, disaster effects on communities and societies; participation of governmental, non-governmental , and multilateral agencies and organizations in planning and response; and special topics, including issue of donor fatigue, political will, state sovereignty, humanitarian assistance and role of the media, including social media. Students will be provided with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, capabilities, and behaviors required for competency in global health preparedness and emergency response. This course will build upon and reinforce basic public health skills and knowledge in epidemiology and biostatistics as we explore the four phases of global disaster management. This global course is focused on a broad international perspective, although the US and the US disaster management system continue to play an important role in response to catastrophes that occur throughout the world.

Your Instructor: Robyn Gershon, Ph.D.

Dr. Gershon is an interdisciplinary scientist working in the field of occupational and environmental health. She is an adjunct professor at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at UC Berkeley and an affiliated faculty member of Berkeley’s Center for Infectious Diseases & Emergency Readiness. Her research focuses on three major areas: high risk work settings and work occupations, disaster preparedness and occupational health, and the translation of epidemiological research findings into organizational practices and regulatory control.

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Infectious Diseases

PH W260 (3 units)

Infectious diseases remain a major public health and clinical concern worldwide. The more than 1400 different infectious diseases recognized today are distinct from most others because they affect all human organ systems and contribute to the burden of many other types of disease, including non-communicable and chronic diseases. New infectious diseases emerge every few years—more than 175 just in the last 30 years. Hence, concepts, approaches, and management of infectious diseases constantly evolve. Of course, it is not possible to cover every aspect of >1400 infectious diseases in 7 weeks. This course will emphasize basic concepts and principles of infectious diseases as they relate to public health. It is designed to provide a general approach and framework through which all infectious disease problems can be addressed. In this way, at the end of this course, each student will have learned to independently address topics not covered in class using these approaches and framework.

Your Instructors: Lee Riley, M.D. and John Swartzberg, M.D., FACP

Dr. Riley is Professor and Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at the University of California, Berkeley. He directs UC Berkeley’s Global Health Equity Scholars program of the Fogarty International Center. He is a physician who teaches and conducts research on infectious diseases and public health. His research interests include molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases and bacterial pathogenesis, as well as field epidemiology and global health, with a focus on informal urban settlements.

Dr. Swartzberg is a clinical professor, emeritus at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He is the Chair of the Editorial Board of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter and past director of the UC Berkeley – UCSF Joint Medical Program. Board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, he spent 26 years in clinical practice before joining UC Berkeley’s faculty in 2001. He is also the hospital epidemiologist and Chair of the Infection Control Committee at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley.

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Outbreak Investigation

PH W253 (3 units)

This course will provide students with an overview of how to conduct an outbreak investigation in public health. This course will teach students why and how clusters of illnesses/epidemics are investigated. Methods and approaches required for such investigations will be discussed in detail, using published and unpublished material from the scientific literature. Specifically, the course will cover (1) the basic concepts of outbreak investigations, (2) developing case definitions and case finding, (3) the role of the laboratory, (4) the importance of public health surveillance, (5) descriptive epidemiology of outbreak data, (6) developing and testing hypotheses, and (7) communication of results from outbreak investigations.

Your Instructors: Wayne Enanoria, Ph.D., M.P.H. and Art Reingold, M.D.

Wayne Enanoria received a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology, an M.P.H. in Epidemiology/Biostatistics and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the UC Berkeley. He has worked as an epidemiologist and research analyst in local and state agencies including the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health at the Office of AIDS, the Reproductive Epidemiology Section and the Immunization Branch.
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Dr. Reingold is a lecturer and head of epidemiology. His current research interests include prevention of transmission of HIV in developing countries, the intersection of the HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics, malaria in Uganda, emerging and re-emerging infections in the US and globally, sexual transmission of hepatitis C virus, vaccine-preventable diseases, and respiratory infections in childhood.

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Health Care Organization and Management

PH W224

Gain an introduction to the active theories and perspectives in management and organizational theory. You will gain a solid comprehension of a diverse set of frameworks and theories relevant to understanding healthcare delivery and public health organizations. Some of the key learning objectives and competencies include:

    • Learning how to effectively manage the complex demands and arrangements in healthcare and public health organizations
    • Leveraging a diverse set of frameworks and theories to understand how healthcare organizations work
    • Understanding the dynamics of teams and how to improve their performance

Your Co-Professor: Hector Rodriguez, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Rodriguez is associate professor of health policy and management, associate director of the new Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research (CHOIR), and chair of the Ph.D. Program in Health Services and Policy Analysis at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. His expertise is in organizational analysis and performance measurement in health care delivery and local public health systems. He has published extensively on the measurement of patient care experiences and the impact of delivery system interventions on patient outcomes, including the impact of performance-based financial incentives on primary care quality. Dr. Rodriguez is a board member of the Davita Healthcare Partners Institute for Applied Research and Education, the Academy Health Article-of-the-Year selection committee, and is a technical advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their research portfolio focused on systems and services research. He received his doctorate in health policy/medical sociology from Harvard University and his MPH in health policy and administration from University of California, Berkeley.

Your Co-Professor: John Myovich, M.B.A.

John Myovich is a Managing Director of Performance Excellence at Kaiser Permanente and a Lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. His expertise is in performance improvement, financial analysis, strategy and planning. He has led several major initiatives in the area of performance management, hospital efficiency, quality, continuum of care, service delivery planning as well as technology implementations (electronic medical record). Throughout his career, he has taught a variety of health care and finance classes at Kaiser Permanente and externally at the International Business College, San Francisco and UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He received an M.B.A. in Finance from California State University, East Bay and Executive Leadership Program degree from the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler.

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Healthcare Finance (beginning summer 2018)

PH W227A (3 units)

This course provides the student with an understanding of the importance of finance in healthcare and provides basic financial and accounting skills needed by all health professionals. It uses a case study format for the homework assignments to develop excel-based quantitative skills and to consider financial decision making in an applied manner. Students will be introduced to concepts and techniques including: interpreting financial statements and ratio analysis as well as investment analysis/discounted cash flow, pricing strategies in healthcare and cost-volume-profit/break-even analysis.

Your Professor: Kim MacPherson, MBA, MPH

Kim MacPherson is the Associate Director of Health Management at the Haas School of Business and faculty in Health Policy and Management at the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health. She directs the MBA/MPH joint degree program, the two year MPH program, the one-year MPH for physicians and the MPP/MPH offered with the Goldman School of Public Policy. She is also the Co-Director for the Berkeley Center for Health Technology (BCHT) where she focuses on digital health, palliative care/advanced care planning and the coverage and access issues around specialty biopharma and medical device innovation. At Cal, she teaches a range of graduate level courses including Health Care Finance (SPH), Trends in Biotech & Pharma (Haas) and Commercializing Biotech (Haas). Prior to joining Cal in 2006, Ms. MacPherson consulted to a wide range of healthcare delivery, financing, innovator and research organizations including Dignity Health, Abbott, Genentech, Ascension Health, Kaiser Permanente, Partners Healthcare, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Francis Memorial Hospital (part of Dignity Health) in San Francisco.

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Health Policy (beginning fall 2018)

PH W220

This course will build upon students’ understanding of the organization, financing and current policy issues of the US health care delivery system obtained in PH W200E, the Health Policy & Management breadth course. In this course students will become engaged health policy analysts, applying policymaking tools (e.g., policy memos/briefs, legislative analysis, regulatory comments, media advocacy, public testimony) to actual health issues and problems. Through individual and group work, students will draw upon both verbal and written communication skills to effectuate health policy change.

Your Professor: Robin Flagg, Ph.D., MPH

Robin Flagg has over 25 years of experience in health policy development and advocacy. She has worked with numerous organizations including the California Association of Public Hospitals, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the US Department of Health and Human Services, and Kaiser Permanente. Additionally Dr. Flagg was the Director of Health Policy at the California Medical Association. Dr. Flagg’s research interests include state policymaking, health care politics, and senior health care services. Dr. Flagg serves on the Board of On Lok, Inc (a PACE plan) and as the Chair of the Advisory Board for Piedmont Gardens, a Continuous Care residential community. She received both her PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis and her MPH in Health Policy and Administration from UC Berkeley. Her BA was in Art History from Williams College. Following her BA, she worked for 3 years with US Peace Corps in Nepal.

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Economics of Population Health

PH W226C (3 units)

This course teaches students cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis tools and applies them to the evidence base for population health interventions and policies.  We cover economic evaluation of: community and clinical preventive services, systemic population health management innovations, behavioral economics approaches, and policies targeting upstream social determinants of population health.

Your Professor: William Dow, Ph.D.

William Dow is Kaiser Permanente Professor of Health Economics at the University of California–Berkeley’s School of Public Health, as well as Director of the UC-Berkeley Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging.  He received his PhD in economics from Yale University.  Dow’s research analyzes economic aspects of health insurance, health behaviors, and health and demographic outcomes; honors include the Kenneth J. Arrow Award given by the International Health Economics Association.  Dow has worked with both Democratic and Republican groups on health sector reform proposals at the federal, state and local levels. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and previously served as senior economist for health at the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

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Health Economics (beginning fall 2018)

PH W226A (3 units)

This course introduces economic theory and empirical research so students can better understand how consumers, health insurers, healthcare providers, pharmaceutical firms and the government make decisions concerning health and healthcare. The course examines why the United States spends so much on healthcare, yet has relatively poor health outcomes, quality of care and equity. Students will study how this situation can be improved by analyzing markets and government policy, including identifying contexts where the free market operates relatively well versus poorly and debating the role government in health and healthcare. The course analyzes how incentives–both financial and non-financial–influence consumers, the healthcare industry and the government. It also examines how the U.S. healthcare system is financed and the resulting incentives it creates.

Your Professor: Brent Fulton, Ph.D., MBA

Brent Fulton is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Health Economics and Policy, and Associate Director of the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. His research areas include healthcare market concentration, health insurance markets (rate review regulation, risk adjustment and reinsurance), health reform (accountable care organizations), health workforce (pay for performance and task shifting), and mental health services (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). Brent’s doctorate is in public policy analysis from Pardee RAND Graduate School and his MBA is from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Recommended Courses

There are 4 recommended courses in your second year that are a standard part of the curriculum. By request, you may exchange an elective for a recommended course.


Evaluation of Health and Social Programs

PH W218 (3 units)

This course provides an overview to the “life course” of a public health evaluation from the initial planning through implementation and sharing the results. By the end of the course, you should be able to appropriately design an evaluation to inform program and policy decisions using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Throughout this course, you will be working with a small group to develop a real-world evaluation plan. In addition, you will have the opportunity to listen to interviews with three different evaluators to see how they approach their work.

Your Instructor: Mara Decker, Dr.P.H., M.S.H.

Mara Decker is a Project Director at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health where she oversees several applied research projects and evaluations focusing on reproductive health both domestically and globally. She directs the evaluation of California’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention programs as well as global projects on adolescent health for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Mara’s research interests include the intersection between health and developmental issues, the social ecology of health, and reducing health disparities.

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Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Health Status and Behavior

PH W202 (3 units)

Learn the ethnic and cultural differences in health status and behavior among historically marginalized communities in the United States—including African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans—as well as sexual minorities and groups from non-Western societies. Readings draw from epidemiological, anthropological and demographic research, as well as relevant social theory (social class, acculturation, race theory and class theory) to understand the influence of ethnic, sociocultural and class background on health, illness and health-seeking behaviors among diverse communities. The implications of cultural diversity for public health policy and intervention programs are also explored.

Your Instructor: Aiyana Johnson, M.P.H., M.S.W.

Aiyana Johnson is the Chief Patient Experience and Associate Hospital Administrator at San Francisco General Hospital where she oversees the Department of Education and Training, interpreter services, renal and chronic dialysis, patient advocate, volunteer services and chaplaincy services. Previously Aiyana worked as a Case Manager and Therapist for the Native American Health Center, specializing in intergenerational trauma and as a School Social Worker for the Berkeley Unified School District with a focus on culturally competent mental health services.

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Health Care Organizations and Management

PH W224 (3 units)

A solid understanding of organizational behavior is critical for the effective management of the complex demands and arrangements in health care and public health organizations. The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the active theories and perspectives in management and organizational theory. By the end of this course, students will have a solid comprehension of a diverse set of frameworks and theories relevant to understanding health care delivery and public health organizations.

Your Instructors: Hector Rodriguez, Ph.D., M.P.H. and John Myovich, M.B.A.

Dr. Hector P. Rodriguez is associate professor of health policy and management, associate director of the new Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research (CHOIR), and chair of the Ph.D. Program in Health Services and Policy Analysis at UC Berkeley . He has published extensively on the measurement of patient care experiences and the impact of delivery system interventions on patient outcomes, including the impact of performance-based financial incentives on primary care quality.

John Myovich, MBA  is a Managing Director of Performance Excellence at Kaiser Permanente and a Lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. His expertise is in performance improvement, financial analysis, strategy and planning. He has led several major initiatives in the area of performance management, hospital efficiency, quality, continuum of care, service delivery planning as well as technology implementations (electronic medical record).

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Communication in Public Health

PH W204 (3 units)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with understanding and experience in using digital innovation and social media to promote healthy behaviors and policy. The class meets online for 6 weeks of asynchronous instruction with one day on the Berkeley campus during your second year campus visit. Teams will have the opportunity on campus to concentrate on media production skills and practice. The online format includes a mix of multimedia lectures, videos, blog posts and discussions, and exercises. Several guests will appear in class (through video) including public health professionals who are currently engaged in new media and digital communications activities. Students are expected to attend on-campus classes during week one, engage with all the online instructional content, and to actively participate in discussions and exercises to demonstrate their familiarity with and understanding of the instructional content.

Your Instructor: Caricia Catalani, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

Caricia Catalani is a design researcher at IDEO, a nonprofit focused on social good through the design of innovative online tools. She is also a teacher and advocate whose work focuses on innovative technology for global health. With over 18 years of experience working on community health projects and research with underserved populations, Dr. Catalani has collaborated with and led studies related to community, maternal, child, reproductive, and sexual health. She has worked around the world, in communities throughout the United States, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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