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Required Public Health Core and Breadth Courses

Through instruction, you will develop the skills necessary to carry out simple statistical analyses and interpret statistical results, with a focus on the role of probability and statistics in public health. The course is designed to be interactive and to provide opportunities to learn to “speak” statistics.

Term(s) Offered: Fall Full Term and Spring Full Term

Instructor: Mi-Suk Kang Dufour, PhD

Units: 4

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You will learn about health policy and management and health care delivery systems, primarily from a United States perspective. Discover how health policy and management apply concepts from economics, organizational behavior, and political science to the structure, financing, and regulation of public health and the health care delivery systems.

Term(s) Offered: Summer 1

Explore environmental agents and factors that contribute to disease in developed and developing countries: i.e. furniture flame retardants, combustion of biomass fuels, or the design of buildings and communities. You will receive an overview of core concepts and their applications in exposure assessment, toxicology, epidemiology, and risk assessment.

Term(s) Offered: Fall Full Term and Spring Full Term

With a focus on major social, cultural, and bio-behavioral determinants of health as they relate to behavioral interventions and policies, you will explore key concepts and important approaches in health and social behavior; assignments will culminate in a final group project involving a community health issue.

Term(s) Offered: Fall Full Term and Spring Full Term

Intended as a first-class in epidemiology, you will study the principles and methods of epidemiology, including descriptive and analytic approaches to assessing the distributions of health, disease, and injury in populations. The emphasis is on developing an understanding of concepts, rather than quantitative methods, although calculations are involved.

Term(s) Offered: Fall Full Term and Spring Full Term

This multidisciplinary course draws from current topics and emerging competencies in public health professions to guide you in the tools and practices that lead to better solutions. The topics are delivered by discipline experts with whom you will engage in hands-on workshops, lectures, and gatherings during a week-long campus visit.

Term(s) Offered: Summer 1

Health Policy and Management Courses

This course serves as an introduction to key topics in health policy making in the United States, with a focus on policy analysis methods. Using the policy analysis framework of Eugene Bardach’s Eightfold Path first introduced in PHW200E, the course will explore the entire policy analysis process from the identification of a problem, to the evaluation of policy solutions, and finally to the techniques and formats for effective health policy communications.

Over the course of 8 weeks students will learn, practice and refine policy analysis skills in a team setting through a series of practical exercises. We will touch on the role of research and evidence in forming health policy, and the critical use of data and visualization in health policy contexts. Topics will include current and pressing issues in American health policy with ongoing discussions on equity, intersectionality and racial justice in policy analysis and decision-making.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will gain both a solid understanding of, and the practical skills to complete, the following:

 

  1. Build critical policy analysis skills to identify and evaluate the methods used for developing policy alternatives and understand the impact of existing public health policies.
  2. Critique the role of research and evidence in public health policy formation and evaluation.
  3. Describe our country’s institutional players (i.e., legislative, administrative, judicial), their roles in policy making and how to influence policy outcomes.
  4. Apply learned policy analysis skills to proposed and existing public health policies.
  5. Leverage critical analysis tools of language and framing to develop and advocate health policies in verbal and written communication deliverables.

Term(s) Offered: Fall 2

This course examines the policy framework for biomedical technology, including medical devices, drugs, diagnostics, digital therapeutics, and algorithms. Emphasis will be placed on the funding of research and development, the protection of intellectual property, FDA market authorization, insurance coverage, and algorithm design. While, the focus will be on the US, the course will examine industrial policy and innovation nationalism within a global context.

Term(s) Offered: Spring 1

The focus is on your development of leadership skills in 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. Prior professional or coursework experience required

Term(s) Offered: Summer 2

A solid understanding of organizational behavior is critical for managing complex demands and arrangements in public health organizations. Through exploring 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.

Term(s) Offered: Fall 1

The U.S. spends a great deal on health care, yet has relatively poor health outcomes, quality of care, and equity. You will examine 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 of government in health and healthcare.

Term(s) Offered: Fall 2

Cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis tools are applied to the evidence base for population health interventions and policies. You will engage with community and clinical preventive services, systemic population health management innovations, behavioral economics approaches, and policies targeting upstream social determinants of population health.

Term(s) Offered: Spring 1
Note that students may not take both 226C & 226F for credit. Please only register for one of these courses.

Cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis tools are applied to the evidence base for population health interventions and policies. You will engage with community and clinical preventive services, systemic population health management innovations, behavioral economics approaches, and policies targeting upstream social determinants of population health.

Term(s) Offered: Spring 1
Note that students may not take both 226C & 226F for credit. Please only register for one of these courses.

Through a case study format, employing the quantitative functions in Excel, you will gain the basic financial and accounting skills needed by all health professionals. Consider financial decision making in an applied manner, interpret financial statements and ratio analysis, and conduct investment assessments in discounted cash flow, healthcare pricing strategies, and cost-volume-profit/break-even analysis.

Term(s) Offered: Spring 2

Global Health Courses

Using the Murray-Frenk health systems framework, you will engage in a real-world, practical analysis of health systems, along with engaging in current debates about health systems, health financing, and UHC in the international community. Assess health system performance based on quality, cost, and access metrics.

Term(s) Offered: Spring 1  (not being offered in Spring 2022) 

You will apply essential concepts of global health to current challenges through course activities, assignment, and readings. Guest lectures will present global health experts detailing real world initiatives, encouraging critical thinking approaches through the application of tools and frameworks that address diverse global health needs.

Term(s) Offered: Fall 1 

Ethical frameworks, theories, and historical references are used to elevate the ethics conversation to the global stage, linking theory to practice in research, experiential learning, and delivery. Consider ethical questions about the delivery of global public health and the roles of governments, academic institutions, organizations, health professions, and citizens as stewards of public health.

Term(s) Offered: Fall 2

Epidemiology & Biostatistics Courses

Implementation science leverages a heterogenous set of methodological tools to study the implementation of programs and policies, including both qualitative and quantitative methodologies; process evaluations; impact evaluation; and cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency analyses. The proposed curriculum will reflect diverse faculty instructors and methodologies which span a wide range of disciplines from economics, epidemiology, behavioral science, to cutting edge statistical techniques.

Term(s) Offered: Spring 1

Note: this is a Residential course with required (online) synchronous sessions.  No required attendance on campus.

This course provides hands-on experience for students to apply their learnings from “PHW225A Introduction to Applied Implementation Science” and other IS courses to global policy contexts. It has been designed to provide practical exposure to the world of IS by simulating the application of IS models and frameworks to diverse public health programs around the world.

Students will lean into different areas of IS and spend time applying them to real-world public health case studies set in three different low- and middle-income countries. Teams will be able to select three cases from a larger set enabling them to focus on the frameworks of greatest interest to them, including designing programs to enable impact evaluation; resource allocation informed by cost-effectiveness analysis; community-based human-centered-design of a behavior change program; and applying Lean Six Sigma approaches to process improvement in health care.

Term(s) Offered: Spring 2

This interdisciplinary regulatory science course brings together participants working in regulatory agencies, public health, law, medicine, business, and policy to gain an understanding of the most prominent product regulation issues in the US and abroad. Innovation is needed to address the 21st century’s evolving regulatory landscape, in the context of new technologies, new understanding of diseases, and a sharpened lens on safety. This new exciting area of science requires a new generation of trained regulatory experts and professionals in academic, government, industry, and public health sectors. Building regulatory capacity is important for the US as well as for the rest of the world. Aiming to address this demand for increased training, the course provides the information needed to understand the most important health practice and product regulation issues in the US and abroad from the perspective of current regulatory standards, their standards for evidence, and the role of innovation in regulatory science. The course features networking opportunities with experts from regulatory agencies, biotech, and the pharmaceutical industry. These guest lecturers will discuss the ongoing need for interaction between government, academia, industry, and the public.

Term(s) Offered: Fall 2

In this course, students will study biostatistical concepts and modeling relevant to the design and analysis of multifactor population-based cohort and case-control studies, including matching. Key topics include: measures of association, causal inference, confounding interaction, with modeling focusing on logistic regression.

Term(s) Offered: Spring Full Term

You will further your exploration of principles and methods of epidemiology, including descriptive and analytic approaches to assessing the distribution of health, disease, and injury in populations and factors that influence those distributions. The emphasis is on concepts, rather than quantitative methods, but some basic calculations will be involved.

Term(s) Offered: Fall Full Term

You will examine the principles and methods underlying the use of R, emphasizing multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and “real world” uses. Throughout the course, You will learn real-world principles of data collaboration using R through discussion of case studies as well as through an applied project.

Term(s) Offered: Fall Full Term

This 4-unit course will cover modern quantitative methods relevant to epidemiologic research drawing heavily on concepts covered in PHW250B and PHW241R. Course topics include regression models for continuous and discrete outcomes, models for analysis of matched data, Kaplan-Meier estimation, survival distributions, and models for parametric and semi-parametric survival analysis. We will also cover methods for confounder selection, dose-response modeling, and interaction and effect modification. The course format will include 4 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab per week. Most lectures and labs will be delivered live (synchronous). Students requiring a more flexible experience can view recorded lectures and attend a lab section held in the evening. Completion of PHW250B (Epidemiologic Methods II) and PHW241R (Intermediate Biostatistics for Public Health) is required to enroll; completion of a course in R or practical experience with R is highly recommended.

Term(s) Offered: Fall Full Term

Students learn (through lectures and graded student presentations and projects) to design clinical and population-level field trials. Topics: formulation of a testable hypothesis; identification of appropriate populations; blinding (including indices for assessment); randomization (including traditional and adaptive randomization algorithms); sample-size estimation; recruitment strategies; data collection systems; quality control and human subjects responsibilities; adverse effects monitoring; improving participant adherence; use of surrogate outcomes.

Term(s) Offered: Spring Full Term 2022, then Fall Full Term in 2022 and thereafter

You will learn why and how clusters of illnesses/epidemics are investigated. Methods and approaches required for such investigations will be discussed in detail, with a specific focus on basic concepts, developing case definitions, laboratories, surveillance, epidemiology of outbreak data, hypotheses, and communication of results, all in relation to outbreak investigations.

Term(s) Offered: Fall 2

Building upon the competencies of epidemiology and biostatistics, we will explore surveillance, mitigation, preparedness, and response and recovery (from natural and “man-made” emergency events). You will develop familiarity with the major categories and classifications of disaster events, including weapons of mass destruction, including how the public health system integrates with the National Response Plan and Framework.

Term(s) Offered: Summer 1

More than 1400 different infectious diseases recognized today are distinct from other diseases because they affect all human organ systems and contribute to the burden of many other types of disease: 175 new such diseases have emerged in the past 30 years. You will explore the framework through which all infectious disease problems can be addressed.

Term(s) Offered: Fall 1

This class is an introduction to the use of the SAS programming language for managing, cleaning and analyzing biomedical data.

Term(s) Offered: Spring Full Term

Note: this is a Residential course with optional (online) synchronous sessions.  No required attendance on campus.

Spatial Data Science for Public Health Courses

You will be introduced to principles, methods, and techniques that empower you to process, manipulate, and visualize spatial data. As maps become an increasingly powerful means of communicating the spatial complexity of health and disease data, public health practitioners can increase the impact of their work by using GIS to convey information and synthesize data from multiple sources.

Term(s) Offered: Spring 1

Spatial analysis is a powerful set of techniques for describing patterns of health and disease through locational data. As locational information is aligned with health data, public health practitioners increasingly rely on geo-data to increase impact. Develop proficiency in applying GIS to PH data and perform a wide variety of space and space-time analyses.

Term(s) Offered: Spring 2

You will be exposed to the application of GIS technologies for rendering disease surveillance maps, developing effective spatial data visualization, creating compelling, credible spatial risk maps, and acquiring/processing positioning information for health applications. Learn from examples demonstrating the spatial characterization of social and environmental conditions, such as poverty and water quality.

Term(s) Offered: Spring 2

Nutrition & Community Health Sciences Courses

You will employ digital innovations and social media to promote healthy behaviors and policy in 6 online weeks. Several guests will visit the online class, including public health professional who are currently engaged in new media and digital communications activities.

Term(s) Offered: Summer 2

You will build the necessary skills to plan effective public health programs through examination of the principles and methods underlying program planning; With an emphasis on multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and “real world” planning processes, the course offers a real-world application of program planning principles, along with through critique and discussion of case studies.

Term(s) Offered: Summer 2

You will be presented with the major nutritional issues faced infants, children, adolescents and reproductive age women in the United States. Course topics include programs and interventions aimed at improving MCH nutrition, evidence-based MCH nutrition practice guidelines, application of knowledge to food choices at a personal and programmatic level.

Term(s) Offered: Summer 2

This course will cover current tools to assess nutrition and dietary behaviors; field application of measures; and their use in evaluating nutrition programs.  More details to be announced soon.

Term(s) Offered: Spring 1

This course examines the historical origins of food and nutrition improvement programs in the United States, including the political and administrative conditions that led to the development of these programs. It also examines the goals, design, operations, and effectiveness of some of these programs: Food Stamp Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, Head Start, the Child Care Food Program, and the Elderly Nutrition Program.

Term(s) Offered: Fall 2

The Anti-Racist and Racial Justice Praxis Spring Student Elective is a semester-long student elective course for continuing MPH and DrPH students. This class will cultivate champions to develop an anti-racist analysis of public health, present a set of anti-racist public health tools, and build skills necessary for advancing an anti-racist agenda within the field.

Term(s) Offered: Spring Full Term

Prerequisite: HSB Breadth Course (PHW200G)

Though exposure to the “life course” of a public health evaluation, from initial planning to implementation and sharing results, you will design an evaluation that informs program and policy decisions, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Small groups will work together to develop a real-world evaluation plan.

Term(s) Offered: Spring 2

You will practice survey research in its different forms, including traditional pencil-and-paper surveys, telephone interviews, and web surveys. Using a project topic of your choice, you will develop a survey instrument and write a research plan to use that instrument. Start thinking about one of your favorite public health research areas!

Term(s) Offered: Spring 1