Required Public Health Core and Breadth Courses
PHW200E: Health Policy and Management
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 applies concepts from economics, organizational behavior, and political science to the structure, financing, and regulation of public health and the health care delivery systems.
Session(s) Offered: Summer 1
PHW200F: Intro to Environmental Health Science
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.
PHW200G: Health and Social Behavior
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.
PHW142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics
PHW250: Epidemiologic Methods
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.
PHW289: Interdisciplinary Seminar
health policy and management courses
PHW227A: Healthcare Finance
PHW224: Organizational Behavior and Management in Health Care
Building on 200E, this course delves more deeply into the U.S. health care delivery system, including organization, financing, and current policy issues. You will become engaged as a health policy analyst, applying policymaking tools to actual health issues and problems.
PHW226A: Health Economics
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.
PHW226C: Economics of Population Health
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.
PHW223: Strategic Management
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.
Session(s) Offered: Spring 2
PHW226F: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
This course teaches cost-effectiveness analysis and related tools in a 1 unit compact 3-week online format. You will learn when and why to use alternative economic evaluation methods to assess benefits relative to costs of health policies and interventions. You will also learn to interpret and critique such analyses, and to conduct basic Cost-effectiveness analyses.
global health courses
PHW209: Comparative Health Systems
PHW212: Foundations of Global Health
PHW213: Global Health Ethics
PHW250F: Epidemiologic Methods 2, Part 1
PHW250G: Epidemiologic Methods 2, Part 2
PHW236A: Regulatory Science, Drug Development, and Public Health
PHW253: Outbreak Investigations
PHW257: Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response
PHW260: Infectious Diseases
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.
PHW272B: GIS for Public Health Practice
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.
PHW272C: Applied Spatial Data Science for Public Health
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.
community health sciences courses
PHW218: Evaluation of Health & Social Programs
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
Session(s) Offered: Spring 1
PHW219: Social and Behavioral Health Research: Introduction to Survey Methods
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!
PHW204: Mass Communication in Public Health
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.
Session(s) Offered: Summer 2
PHW206: Maternal and Child Health Nutrition
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.
Session(s) Offered: Summer 2