Community Health and Prevention

Courses

CHP 500 Behavior and Social Change Theories 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to theories, principles, scientific methods, and research issues in community health and prevention. Major theoretical approaches to community health are discussed. An ecological model of health is presented, with an emphasis on behavioral and social determinants of health. Key public health issues are studied and placed in the context of theoretical approaches to community health.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 501 Community Engagement in Public Health Practice & Research 3.0 Credits

This course seeks to orient students to a type of public health practice and research designed to build the capacities of groups and institutions within multidimensional and often complex systems. This course is grounded in social justice, community participation, and capacity building with a focus on the self-identified needs and strengths of stakeholder groups we work with. Through readings, in-class discussion, and field work, students will be introduced to the roles public health professionals may play while engaging in community organization activities; developing public health programs, interventions, and policy; systems building; and public health/program evaluation.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 503 Multi-Method Data Analysis in Community Health & Prevention 4.0 Credits

In this course, students will apply multiple research methods to understand the impact of individual, social, and structural factors on community health. In this applied course, students will utilize qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method data analysis skills using real-world data sets common in behavioral and social science research to answer specific conceptually grounded research questions. Course assignments will focus on organizing, interpreting data and preparing data briefs for diverse audiences.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 516 History of Public Health 3.0 Credits

This course considers the origins of contemporary public health by examining major currents in the history of public health in the US from colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on the 20th century. The course introduces students to historical methods in public health research; examines how the changing nature of medical knowledge influences how we treat both the underlying illness and populations and individuals with disease; seeks to understand factors that make populations healthy; examines roots of contemporary health disparities; understands the relationship between agriculture and public health; and, finally, looks at major achievements of public health practice during the 20th century in order to better understand the challenges that might lay ahead for public health in the 21st century.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 517 Overview of Maternal and Child Health 3.0 Credits

This course covers key principles and methods of maternal and child health (MCH) using a public health lens. This course will look at key points in the reproductive cycle, to include family planning, prenatal health, birth and the postpartum period; and then explore child health, to include infant and child morbidity and mortality, child development, LGBT health issues, and children and youth with special health care needs. The course will introduce common environmental and occupational exposures of women, fetuses, infants and children and discuss exposure prevention interventions.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 518 Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health 3.0 Credits

This course covers maternal and child health (MCH) disparities using the life course perspective. Health disparities will be explored across geopolitical boundaries. Material will stem from three main pedagogical principles: 1) MCH issues outside the US are sometimes very similar to domestic issues; 2) MCH issues outside the US are sometimes drastically different than domestic issues; and 3) MCH is not only about women and children, but also about men, as well external factors beyond the individual and interpersonal levels of the social ecological model. Throughout the course, an emphasis will be placed on providing practice-based evidence of MCH disparities from around the world and evidence-based practice examples for prevention, intervention, and ultimately the reduction of global MCH health disparities.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 540 Prevention Principles and Practices 4.0 Credits

The course will provide students with a solid foundation in the behavioral and social sciences theories in the context of public health research and practice. Its content seeks to provide a range of theories and frameworks commonly used in the field and, particularly, to underscore the intersection of public health and human rights. The theories and frameworks to be presented will assist students in framing many of the public health dilemmas that will be discussed in this course. These include: health disparities, the role of race, culture, and ethnicity on health, the impact of social determinants of health, the role of cultural and linguistic competency, and the power of community building through engagement.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 550 Community Based Prevention Practices 3.0 Credits

This course is an interdisciplinary course of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program required for Community Health and Prevention majors. It is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills essential to the development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive health promotion programs. The course will also introduce students to the grant application process. Students will demonstrate an understanding and mastery of the principles of program development, implementation, and evaluation via the development and presentation of a competitive grant proposal addressing a public health issue of relevance today.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 605 Outcomes and Impact Evaluation 3.0 Credits

This course will provide students with theoretical and practical aspects of health evaluation. Much of public health is about developing programs and policies to impact individual and population health. Therefore, public health practitioners must be able to measure the impact on health of these initiatives. This course helps students understand what they can say with confidence about how health programs and policies perform.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 607 Public Health Ethics 3.0 Credits

This course will explore the basics of ‘public health ethics’: its historical emergence; the theories and approaches used in this discipline; and key ethical issues in contemporary public health. Emphasis will be placed on developing critical thinking skills to guide students in ethical problem-solving. During the first third of the course, we will consider theoretical issues in public health ethics, including the nature and definition of ‘health’, the boundaries of the field, key theoretical approaches, and critical thinking skills. In the following weeks, we will apply these ethical concepts, principles and theories to a number of specific topics and cases in public health. This is a reading and writing intensive course, and students should be prepared to engage in serious dialogue each week in class.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 608 Animals and Public Health 3.0 Credits

This course will introduce students to animal-related issues of public health and ethical importance, broadly relating to industrial animal agriculture and animal research, and including climate change, zoonotic disease, antimicrobial resistance, occupational health and safety, the development and testing of pharmaceuticals, as well as other issues. The animal welfare impact of animal use, and the question of our moral obligations to animals more directly will be explores. Policy options moving forward relating to animal use issues will also be considered.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 650 Drug Use and Public Health 3.0 Credits

In the past several decades drug use has emerged as a major public health issue. The course will focus on biological, psychological, social, and cultural aspects of key licit and illicit substances. Additionally, students will learn relevant public health aspects of drug use, including prevention, intervention, and policy.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 670 Multicultural Competence in Community Health and Prevention 3.0 Credits

This course aims to heighten our capacity designing initiatives responsive to the priorities and context of specific communities, including methods for bridging cultural, ethnic, racial, social, and class differences among others. Implicit in cultural competency is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, and values facilitating engagement with peoples whose backgrounds and experiences may differ from our own. This concept also assumes awareness of one’s cultural identity, self-acceptance, skill walking in others’ shoes, & one’s ability capitalizing on human differences to advance population health. Principles & practices that acknowledge equality in rights & dignity will be applied to gain knowledge & understanding of peoples’ antecedents while increasing our self-knowledge & self-assessment skills.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 671 Theory and Practice of Community Health and Prevention 3.0 Credits

This course introduces public health students to the theoretical foundation of community and population-based health promotion. The course emphasizes theories and models for individual and planned social and community change designed to improve health; and the application and impact of theoretical constructs in designing intervention strategies.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 672 Theory and Practice in Health Communication 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to the theory, principles, and practical applications of the ever-changing dynamics of health communication. Communication is viewed as an important tool to develop, maintain, and enhance relationships between individuals, families, community organizations and members, health professionals and consumers, government agencies and the general public, and all members of our society. Students will discover, analyze, and practice the steps to develop, implement, and evaluate health communication interventions. Emphasis will be on the use of a systematic and strategic process including a conceptual framework, audience research, strategic design, message development, pretesting, materials production, developing and implementing a dissemination plan, monitoring, and evaluation.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 673 Outcomes Assessment of Community Health and Prevention 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to review the principles of identifying short-term, mid-term and long-term outcomes and how these are linked to program goals, objectives, mission and vision. Topics include selecting outcomes in conjunction with the community, and strategies for design, data collection, analysis and interpretation.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 681 Research with Rare, Stigmatized and Hidden Populations 3.0 Credits

Target audience for this course is those intending to conduct research or evaluate programs designed for rare, stigmatized and/or hidden populations and for consumers of such programs. The course seeks to help students understand the ethics of research/evaluation in such programs, analyze health outcome measures and appropriately store data collected.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 682 LGBT Health Disparities 3.0 Credits

This course is intended as a first survey course that covers various health disparities in the LGBT community ranging from HIV/AIDS to intimate partner violence. The paradigm that we will adopt as the foundation for our weekly discussions will emphasize how unhealthy behaviors and outcomes are related to stress and stigma that LGBT persons experience as a marginalized community. This paradigm will be discussed in the context of sexual minorities being but one class of minorities that suffer similar discrimination and resultant stress: We will draw parallels to earlier findings on disparities among racial/ethnic minorities.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 683 Intersectional Perspectives 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to introduce public health students to the burgeoning scholarship on intersectionality within the social sciences, with a specific focus on the public health field. We will examine how the intersection of social identities including race, ethnicity, sex, gender, socio-economic status, mental, or physical disabilities, among others, results in different health implications and outcomes for different populations as a consequence of social discrimination based on the noted interlocking identities.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 691 Public Health Practice in and with Latino Communities 3.0 Credits

The goal of this course is to prepare students for genuine engagement in a culturally diverse experience in the service of Latino populations within the United States using interdisciplinary approaches to learn about public health practice. Attention will be given to the major Latino subgroups living in the US and the role of applied knowledge about ways to work with these varied populations across their lifespan. This course seeks to help students better understand the multiple forces that impinge on one’s health, and the role of social determinants – where we live, where we work, where we socialize, and the role of stress on our physical health and mental well-being.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 692 Migration and Health 3.0 Credits

This course will provide students with an overview of the health issues experienced by immigrant and migrant populations. The course starts with a global approach, but focuses on Latino im/migrants in the US as a case study. We will cover historical and current migration trends, demographic, and economic aspects of international migration, and theoretical frameworks to identify priority health issues and individual, socio-cultural, and structural health determinants across different migration phases. We will also cover strategies and interventions to address the health needs of immigrant and mobile populations. Students will gain an understanding of migration and health theories, methodological approaches, data resources, and intervention approaches to do research on and/or work with these populations.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 705 Faith, Religion, Spirituality, and Health 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on the roles that "faith," "religion," and "spirituality" play in individual and community health. The course will focus on understanding the multiplicity of definitions of these terms (particularly spirituality and religion) and how these terms relate to health across time and cultures.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 750 Integrative Learning Experience in Community Health & Prevention I 3.0 Credits

The ILE is organized as a 6-credit project over two quarters in year two. Students will work with their advisor to develop and implement a practice-based project designed to enhance students’ interests and engage with community partner(s) or be of direct relevance to community stakeholders. Although practice-based, the ILE is to be rooted in the research literature and/or apply research methods to elevate the work wherever it lies within a planning and research cycle, such as the Institute of Medicine’s Framework for Collaborative Public Health Action in Communities (2003). Students may choose to work on an individual or group-based project. Students are required to complete a high-quality written product at the end of the experience, ideally of benefit to both academic and community audiences.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 751 Integrative Learning Experience in Community Health & Prevention II 3.0 Credits

The ILE is organized as a 6-credit project over two quarters in year two. Students will work with their advisor to develop and implement a practice-based project designed to enhance students’ interests and engage with community partner(s) or be of direct relevance to community stakeholders. Although practice-based, the ILE is to be rooted in the research literature and/or apply research methods to elevate their work wherever it lies within a planning and research cycle. Students may choose to work on an individual or group-based project. Students are required to complete a high-quality written product at the end of the experience, ideally of benefit to both academic and community audiences. This is the second course in the sequence, which will focus on analysis and completion of deliverables.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 801 Theory & Practice of Community Health & Prevention I 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to theories, scientific methods, and research issues in community health and prevention. Major theoretical approaches to community health are discussed, including behavioral, social, cultural and communication –based approaches. An ecological model of health is presented, with an emphasis on behavioral and social determinants of health. Key public health concerns are studied and placed in the context of theoretical approaches to community health.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 802 Theory & Practice of Community Health and Prevention II 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on public health interventions, specifically how theory and research intersect in public health programming. It discusses individual and social theories of change to design interventions across several socio-ecological domains, from the intrapersonal to the global level. Process evaluation and outcome assessment of interventions are covered.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 803 Research Methods for Community Health and Prevention 3.0 Credits

Public health leaders must understand and use diverse research methods to make significant contributions to community health and prevention. This course integrates foundations of research methodology with use of appropriate statistical procedures to prepare students to apply rigorous scientific methods to understand and solve major public health problems.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 804 Qualitative Research in Community Health 3.0 Credits

This course is designed both for those who plan to engage in qualitative research and for those who want to become familiar with how qualitative researchers produce knowledge. Through lectures, group discussions, hands-on skills practice, and written reflections, this course provides students with an overview of the theoretical and practical tools of qualitative research. Students will study and use a variety of qualitative methods suited for public health practice and research. Methods include case study analysis, individual interviews, focus groups, ethnography, and observation.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 805 Outcomes and Impact Evaluation 3.0 Credits

This course will provide students with theoretical and practical aspects of health evaluation. Much of public health is about developing programs and policies to impact individual and population health. Therefore, public health practitioners must be able to measure the impact on health of these initiatives. This course helps students understand what they can say with confidence about how health programs and policies perform.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 806 Community Based Participatory Research 3.0 Credits

Participatory Action Research acknowledges that every human being has the capacity to be a change agent. This is accomplished through an alternate view of the research world in which collaboration is emphasized. This course provides theory and skills necessary to plan, implement and evaluate community-based Participatory Action Research initiatives.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 807 Public Health Ethics 3.0 Credits

This course will explore the basics of ‘public health ethics’: its historical emergence; the theories and approaches used in this discipline; and key ethical issues in contemporary public health. Emphasis will be placed on developing critical thinking skills to guide students in ethical problem-solving. During the first third of the course, we will consider theoretical issues in public health ethics, including the nature and definition of ‘health’, the boundaries of the field, key theoretical approaches, and critical thinking skills. In the following weeks, we will apply these ethical concepts, principles and theories to a number of specific topics and cases in public health. This is a reading and writing intensive course, and students should be prepared to engage in serious dialogue each week in class.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 808 Measuring Health 3.0 Credits

This course is for students using health measurement scales, and constructing measures of health for evaluation, research, population monitoring, or policy purposes. Methods will be explored for measuring health in individuals and populations. We will review fundamental theories of measurement including classical test theory, item response theory, and qualitative and quantitative approaches. We will explore existing measures of health and what is known about their validity and reliability. We will examine how existing scales have been used to learn about the health of people and communities and to measure health disparities. We will then explore how to create scales when none exist or existing scales are inadequate for the desired purposes.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 511 [Min Grade: C] and PBHL 512 [Min Grade: C]

CHP 810 Practicum in Community Health and Prevention 3.0 Credits

Practicum in Community Health and Prevention. 360 hours of supervised experience applying concepts and methods to ongoing community health programs or policy development.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHP 801 [Min Grade: B]

CHP 813 Theory and Practice of Health Communication 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to the theory, principles, and practical applications of the ever-changing dynamics of health communication. Communication is viewed as an important tool to develop, maintain, and enhance relationships between individuals, families, community organizations and members, health professionals and consumers, government agencies and the general public, and all members of our society. Students will discover, analyze, and practice the steps to develop, implement, and evaluate health communication interventions. Emphasis will be on the use of a systematic and strategic process including a conceptual framework, audience research, strategic design, message development, pretesting, materials production, developing and implementing a dissemination plan, monitoring, and evaluation.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 815 Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis & Manuscript Development 3.0 Credits

This course teaches students how to analyze an existing qualitative dataset. The course is structured in a seminar/workshop format. A key feature of the course involves students reviewing and critiquing each other’s manuscripts. Students may be first author on their manuscript and will be expected to submit their manuscript to a peer-review journal.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 901 Dissertation Seminar I 3.0 Credits

This is a required doctoral course to develop the doctoral dissertation proposal. Class participants will select their dissertation topic, identify specific aims, complete a critical analysis of literature, and select appropriate research methods. The course will include self-assessment of dissertation proposal development and peer critiques of dissertation proposals.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CHP 902 Dissertation Seminar II 3.0 Credits

This is a required doctoral course to revise and refine the dissertation proposal. During this course, students will meet individually with their supervising professor to advance all aspects of the dissertation proposal, including the Drexel University Internal Review Board (IRB) protocol for their research and the oral defense of the proposal.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CHP 901 [Min Grade: B]

CHP 998 Dissertation Guidance 1.0-12.0 Credit

Directed guidance of dissertation research including base-building and consent, data collection and intervention, analysis and interpretation of data and implications for future research, policy and practice. Guidance will include preparation for presenting dissertation research and preparation for the final defense.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 8 times for 108 credits
Prerequisites: CHP 901 [Min Grade: B] and CHP 902 [Min Grade: B]

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