Courses

PHST 201 Hlth & Soc: Intro Publ Health

This course provides an introduction to the field of Public Health. We will survey foundational issues and opportunities to show the breadth of the discipline. You will learn to see the world-and nearly every aspect of human social life-through a new lens, wherein population is related to social sturctures and human behaviors. We will consider the relationship between health and economics, technology, education, race, gender, place, and culture, including an emphasis on social disparities in health. We will place the U.S. health care system within its global context, working to better understand basic models of health care as practiced around the world. You will also learn of the vast opportunities for careers in health, ranging from clinical paths to health administration to health analytics. This course challenges assumptions about what health is and how we approach it, as we engage in the first look at publc health. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A Dr. Shannon L. Anderson M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

PHST 202 Global Health

Health for all has long been a stated goal in global society. The achievement of this goal, however, necessitates a complex understanding of the many social, ecological, economic and political factors that affect the constantly changing health of a given population. Students will come to better understand causative factors associated with communicable and non-communicable diseases worldwide, traditional and new approaches to treatment and health promotion, and best practices for engaging in efforts at improving health outcomes within and between global cultures. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
G Prof. Catherine A. Boyd T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM

PHST 301 Introduction to Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the sceince of public health. This course is designed to introduce the philosophy, purpose, and basic methods of epidemiology. By applying epidemiologic research methods and analysis, we will identify descriptive patterns of disease in the population. That is, who is affected by disease, and how do patterns of disease vary across time and place? We will also consider systematic, epidemiologic approaches to identify why particluar patterns of disease emerge. That is, how can epidemiologic methods be used to identify the structural, behavioral, and biological determinants of health and disease? If we want to remedy health-related problems and build a healthier, safer world, identifying these patterns and determinants of disease is crucial. Finally, we will consider how epidemiology lays the foundation for applied public health practice, including the investigation of disease outbreaks, allocation of health-related resources, development of best practices in medicine and creation and assessment of policies. (1) 1 Unit

Requisites

  • PHST-201 AND PHST-202 or permission. Must be taken prior to taking this course.

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A Prof. Catherine A. Boyd T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM

PHST 302 Social Determinants of Health

The purpose of this course is to deepen students' understanding of the ways in which social conditions, including economic, political, geographic, and cultural contexts, shape population health. We will apply public health theories and priciples to examine the courses of socioeconomic, racial, and gender inequities in health. In addition, we will explore how social conditions indirectly affect health by influencing health-related behaviors. Untimately, this course will illuminate the need to better understand the social determinants of population health in order to develop proactive, prevention-based strategies for reducing health inequities. (1) 1 Unit

Requisites

  • PHST-201 or PHST-202 Must be taken prior to taking this course.

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A Dr. Kristen M. Schorpp M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

PHST 420 Community Health Seminar

A capstone course for the public health studies major that includes an in-depth review and analysis of major themes within public health studies. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Section Instructor Time Comments
A Dr. Kit C. Myers T/Th 2:50PM-4:20PM