Course Descriptions

ENV H 510: Global Environmental & Occupational Health

Credits: 3

Provides an overview of environmental and occupational health, with major focus on developing countries. Examines a variety of environmental hazards and influential factors, interactions with human health and well-being, and relevance to public health. Considers workplace, community, home, regional and global problems.


G H 511: Problems in Global Health

Credits: 3

The course explores relationships between political, socioeconomic, cultural and demographic conditions of developing countries and their impact on health and health services. The course is based around two basic themes: the determinants of health in poor countries of the developing world and the nature of the responses to developing world health problems. Topics addressed include the evolution of primary health care; alternative responses to health problems; health as a human right; macroeconomic policy; population dynamics and health; maternal child health and child survival policies; water and sanitation; AIDS; appropriate technologies; the role of governmental, private, nonprofit and international organizations in health and health services; pharmaceutical policy; and human resources development. You'll learn both about the “upstream” and “downstream” factors affecting health in the developing world and how to systematically assess international health problems, devise interventions and begin to plan implementation of programs.


HSERV 507: Health Communication & Marketing for Health Promotion: Theory & Practice

Credits: 3

Discusses health communication theories and applications at the individual level (persuasion), interpersonal level (motivational/interviewing) and population level (mass media). Examines marketing principles for health promotion. Develops a health communication campaign for clients. Investigates adaptation frameworks of communication campaign cutting across cultures.


HSERV 514: Social Determinants of Population Health

Credits: 3

This course explores the elements and actions of a population health approach, including conceptualizing the determinants of health, synthesizing knowledge about major social determinants, and applying knowledge to improve population health and reduce health disparities.


HSERV 520: Methods in Applied Community Research

Credits: 4

This course is designed to give students the basic public health research skills and ethics training they will need to conduct their MPH capstone project.


HSERV 522: Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation

Credits: 3

Green & Krueter’s PRECEDE-PROCEED model for health program planning and evaluation is used as a conceptual framework for this course. Students employ the model in order to demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of how planning informs evaluation.


HSERV 559: Public Policy & Health

Credits: 4

In this overview of health policy making, we will explore the complex array of factors that affect the policy making process. We will consider how evidence and values work together in creating, understanding and promoting health policy; how social determinants and systems thinking provide a context for how we conceptualize and create health policy; how the interplay between government and the marketplace affects policy making; and how greatly important stakeholders are to our work: who they are, what they bring to the table and why. We will also look at ways to understand policy making issues and how to get them onto the policy making agenda.


HSERV 595: Practicum

Credits: 4

Students gain experience in community health activities in agencies delivering and planning health services. Sites include neighborhood clinics, health planning organizations, medical practice settings, public health agencies, specialized clinics and facilities, and environmental programs and services. For more details, see the Practicum page.


HSERV XXX: Project Management

Credits: 3

In this course students will learn to apply project management methodologies, processes and tools to execute complex public health projects. Students will learn to create documents that can be applied to public health projects and develop methods for building teams. The roles and responsibilities of stakeholders will be examined along with how project management impacts and organization’s goals.


HSERV XXX: Public Health Leadership I & II

Credits: 4-5

This course will prepare students to become public health leaders as envisioned in the Public Health 3.0 framework. You will gain leadership and communication skills that will enable you to spearhead health promotion efforts in partnership with stakeholders such as health care clinicians and leaders. We will deliberate how to address social determinants of health and advance health equity. This course will prepare you to support community-based coalitions that examine health data, set goals, develop plans to improve health and develop strategic communication plans to address public health issues.


PHI 511: Foundations of Public Health

Credits: 3

This interdisciplinary core course examines public health and health care in the United States and globally using a social justice lens and emphasizes the interconnectedness of population and individual health. Using public health and health care delivery as the overarching framework, the course will cover foundational elements of public health, including but not limited to its history and impact, the importance of health equity and human rights and how racism manifests and is perpetuated within public health and health care systems. The course will instill a public health mindset for the entering MPH cohort by having students work together on group projects related to current public health issues.


PHI 512: Analytic Skills for Public Health I

Credits: 7

To explore problems in public health/global health research and practice using both quantitative and qualitative methods, PHI 512 and PHI 513 will introduce mixed methods approaches to produce rigorous results. The importance of contextual understanding and integration of conceptual, theoretical and methodological frameworks will be emphasized in the first of this two-part series. PHI 512 focuses on principles and methods of epidemiology and biostatistics, including: descriptive epidemiology, data summaries and presentation, study design, measures of excess risk, causal inference, screening, measurement error, misclassification, effect modification, confounding, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, p-values, sample size calculation and modeling approaches such as linear regression analysis. The course includes hands-on data analysis. The material in this course will position students to continue with EPI 513 and BIOST 512 in the winter quarter should they seek more depth in their quantitative methods training.


PHI 513: Analytic Skills for Public Health II

Credits: 3

This course will introduce qualitative and mixed methods and their relevance to rigorous public health research and practice. This course places a strong emphasis on qualitative data analysis as an integral dimension of the mixed-methods approach. The first part of the course will describe contexts for and types of qualitative research questions, introduce frameworks, study designs and sampling approaches in qualitative research and apply methods for data collection and analysis. The second part of this course focuses on mixed methods research and the integration of quantitative measures of magnitude and frequency with qualitative measures of meaning to produce rich contextual understandings of complex behaviors, cultures and characteristics. The third part of the course focuses on strength of evidence, distinguishes and draws parallels between implementation and discovery science, and describes alternative study designs in the context of implementation science.


PHI 514: Determinants of Health

Credits: 3

Many factors combine and interact to affect the health of individuals and communities. This course will describe and apply frameworks for understanding determinants of health at multiple levels and within different systems. Course material will emphasize individual- and family-level determinants, physical and social environments, population-level determinants and systems dynamics. Students will learn how to apply theory and how to interpret and weigh evidence to identify and prioritize health determinants for public health research, practice and policy.


PHI 515: Implementing Public Health Interventions

Credits: 4

In this course students will learn about the role of theory, evidence, community engagement and ethics in health promotion intervention design, implementation and evaluation. The course will begin with a module focused on identifying population needs, assets and capacities in order to inform intervention design. The second module will focus on the implementation of interventions and intervention strategies across multiple levels of the socio-ecological framework. The third module will focus on how to monitor intervention implementation and evaluate intervention outcomes. Instructors will use a combination of lecture, small group work, in-class poster presentation and an intervention project paper. Students will learn how to go from evidence to action, building on the perspectives and skills taught in the previous core courses.


PHI 516: Public Health Practice

Credits: 3

Public Health Practice is the culminating course of the common MPH core curriculum and is designed to integrate and apply knowledge of health determinants and public health systems, analytic skills and evidence-based approaches to real world public health problem solving. This course will develop system thinking skills and an understanding of the interrelationships between public health infrastructure, public health policy, leadership, management, communication and community engagement. Students will work in teams to apply their knowledge and skills in these areas to public health practice-based challenges using a case study framework.