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Undergraduate Program Committee: S. Wilensky (Director), C. Battle, R. Burke, J. Catalanotti, T. Henry, K. Hunting, R. Katz, R. Riegelman, W. Schroth, J. Teitelbaum

See the School of Public Health and Health Services for the program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science with a major in public health. The following courses are also available to undergraduates in other schools and may be used toward a secondary field in public health. Check with the SPHHS Student Services Office for any prerequisites that may apply.

The green leaf indicates that the course addresses environmental, social or economic sustainability.
1101 Introduction to Public Health and Health Services (3)
  Introduction to aspects of public health and health services, including health services administration and policy, maternal and child health, environmental health, and health promotion.
1102 History of Public Health (3)
  Historical and philosophical development of public health and its contributions to understanding, preventing, and controlling disease and disabilities.
2110 Public Health Biology (3)
  Basic scientific mechanisms, concepts, and principles in health and the pathogenesis of diseases; a foundation for applications to public health. Prerequisite: BiSc 1005 or 1111.
2111 Introduction to Preventive Medicine (3)
  Introduction to the clinical science basis of preventive medicine, including nutrition, infectious diseases, immunology, and human growth and development. Overview of the goals and methods used for disease prevention.
2112 Principles of Health Education and Health Promotion (3)
  Social and behavioral theories underlying health promotion program development and evaluation. Practical applications in a variety of domestic and global public health settings. Prerequisite or corequisite: PubH 1101.
2113 Impact of Culture Upon Health (3)
  Relationships between cultural values and the development of modern health systems based on Western models of health care practice. Reliance upon traditional forms of health care. Examples of successful incorporation of traditional practices into evolving health care systems.
2114 Environment, Health, and Development (3)
Survey of the relationship between health and development and environmental trends. Topics include deforestation, urban contamination, and desertification.
2115 Health, Human Rights, and Displaced Persons (3)
  Concepts of health as a human right, ethics, and the participation of the international community in moving toward health for all. Civil and international conflict in the generation of displaced populations.
2116 Global Delivery of Health Systems (3)
  Introduction to health systems and the basic concepts of health systems administration and financing and health care reform with examples from advanced, middle income, and poor countries.
2117 Service-Learning in Public Health (3)
Students are responsible for securing an approved service site before the beginning of the semester. See the undergraduate public health website. Prerequisite: permission of program director.
3130 Health Services Management and Economics (3)
  Basics of management theory, finance, and economics as applied to managing in the public health and health services field. Prerequisite: Econ 1011.
3131 Epidemiology: Measuring Health and Disease (3)
  Principles of epidemiology applied to disease surveillance, control of infectious and chronic diseases, and health services/health policy. Understanding the basic research designs and their relationship to establishing cause and effect and effectiveness of interventions to prevent and cure disease. Prerequisite: PubH 1101, Stat 1127 or equivalent.
3132 Health and Environment (3)
Introduction to environmental and occupational health and implications for individual and population health. Issues of clean water, environmental toxins, air pollution, and the environmental impact on infectious diseases.
3133 Global Health and Development (3)
Basic concepts of development theory, international health policy, demographic trends, and health promotion; how the relationships between socioeconomic development and global health can be observed, measured, and used for the management of health programs.
3134 International Public Health Practice (3)
  Global challenges of new and re-emerging infectious diseases and the health of travelers. Use of health information in the context of globalization and public health practice. International aspects of medical and public health training.
3135 Health Policy (3)
An introduction to the fundamentals of the health care system in the United States and strategies available to policymakers when addressing problems relating to access, financing, and delivery of health care. Prerequisite: PubH 1101.
3136 Health Law (3)
Legal concepts related to individual health care and public health systems in the United States. Health care law, public health law, and bioethics.
3150 Sustainable Energy and Environmental Health (3)
  Sustainability issues from the perspective of environmental health. Technical, social, and health implications of specific energy sources. Energy conservation and efficiency in the context of population growth, food and water resources, and maintenance of a healthy environment for future generations.
3190 Topics in Public Health (1 to 3)
Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs. Various offerings each semester.
4140 Senior Seminar (3)
  Limited to public health majors in their senior year. Students develop a public health intervention incorporating various domains of the discipline of public health.
4199 Independent Study (3)
  For departmental majors only. Prerequisite: outline of intended project must be approved prior to registration by instructor and dean’s office.

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Information in this bulletin is generally accurate as of fall 2012. The University reserves the right to change courses, programs, fees, and the academic calendar, or to make other changes deemed necessary or desirable, giving advance notice of change when possible.