Public Health

Courses

PBHL 500 Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health 0.0 Credits

All graduate professional public health degree students must develop skills in basic public health concepts and demonstrate the application of these concepts through a practice experience that is relevant to students’ areas of specialization. “Practice” refers to the implementing (doing) of public health rather than the understanding (researching) of public health. The Practical Experience will give students both a breadth of experiences to expand their knowledge and exposure to public health broadly, and a depth of experience and skill in an area closely related to their academic and professional goals.

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

PBHL 501 Introduction to Public Health 0.0 Credits

The purpose of this course is to provide a broad introduction to public health, as well as an understanding about how specialized health research contribute to achieving the goals of public health.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 0 credits

PBHL 502 Evidence and Practice in Global WASH: Hygiene Promotion 3.0 Credits

This course will allow students to analyze the importance of community hygiene promotion in WASH projects, demonstrate how to implement participatory community hygiene promotion campaigns, define approaches used to hygiene promotion in successful WASH projects, recognize practical hygiene promotion strategies used in WASH and global health.

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

PBHL 504 Evidence and Practice in Global WASH: Behavior Change, Social and Software Aspects of WASH 3.0 Credits

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: analyze the importance of behavior change to successful WASH projects, define WASH behavior change theories, describe behavior change approaches used in successful WASH projects, and recognize BC models and frameworks that can be applied to WASH and global health.

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

PBHL 510 Public Health Foundations and Systems I 4.0 Credits

This 4-credit course is part 1 of a two quarter, multi-disciplinary introduction to the theory and practice of public health. The course is divided into two 5-week modules: Determinants of Health and Human Rights, Ethics and History. The first lecture session provides background in the determinants of health, followed by a lecture describing human rights, ethics and history in relationship to the module theme. Weeks 2 through 4 address course objectives with examples that tie back to the focus for the module. The last two sessions of each module address translating knowledge into action and public health leadership, again with the theme highlighted in that module.

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

PBHL 511 Public Health Foundations and Systems II 4.0 Credits

This 4-credit course is part 2 of a two quarter, multi-disciplinary introduction to the theory and practice of public health. The course is divided into two 5-week modules: Translating Knowledge Into Action, and Public Health Leadership. The first lecture sessions provide background in the determinants of health, followed by a lecture describing human rights, ethics and history in relationship to the module theme. Weeks 2 through 4 address course objectives with examples that tie back to the focus for the module. The last two sessions of each module address translating knowledge into action and public health leadership, again with the theme highlighted in that module.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 510 [Min Grade: B]

PBHL 512 Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0 Credits

Students will learn how to formulate a research question, determine the population burden of disease, and distinguish between common study designs for characterizing determinants of disease, as well as identify common design and analytic challenges. We will illustrate these concepts within the context of contemporary public health research studies. Throughout the two quarters, students will be introduced to key concepts of biostatistics and will learn basic analytic methods, including statistical software, as well as qualitative analysis, including the role of qualitative data management and analysis software.

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

PBHL 513 Methods for Public Health Research II 4.0 Credits

This is the second quarter of a two-quarter sequence. The purpose of the sequence is to provide a foundation in quantitative and qualitative tools required for public health research. Students will learn how to formulate a research question, determine the population burden of disease, and distinguish between common study designs for characterizing determinants of disease, as well as identify common design and analytic challenges. We will illustrate these concepts within the context of contemporary public health research studies. Throughout the two quarters, students will be introduced to key concepts of biostatistics and will learn basic analytic methods, including statistical software, as well as qualitative analysis, including the role of qualitative data management and analysis software.

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

PBHL 516ES Public Health History and Ethics 1.0 Credit

This course provides a historical overview of the field of public health – focusing on its encompassing principles, values and methods of prevention and intervention, and selected ethical issues entailed. Topics include responses to epidemics, vaccination policy and public health law, health disparities and cultural competency, and policy approaches to public health problems. Students reflect upon how historical experience affects our current understanding of public health in the United States and how ethical complications in the practice of public health, past and present, influence - and sometimes inform - decision making.

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

PBHL 520ES BIOSTATISTICS 4.0 Credits

Introduces and applies the biostatistics and analytical base required for population-based and community health assessment and evaluation. The focus is on providing a broad and basic understanding of biostatistics, with more advanced methods included as appropriate.

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

PBHL 530ES Epidemiology 4.0 Credits

Introduces and applies the principles of epidemiology and study design needed to support population-based and community health assessment and evaluation. Basic and more advanced methods are covered as appropriate with applications to public health and community contexts, and integration with the biostatistics taught in Block II.

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

PBHL 540ES Behavioral Assessment 4.0 Credits

Introduces principles of health behavior in context of the human life-cycle and covers their application to prevention and health promotion programs in a community context.

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

PBHL 550ES Community Based Prevention Practices 4.0 Credits

Provides an interdisciplinary foundation that is focused on strategies designed to enhance the health of the community. Also, to focus on the role of community capacity building community empowerment, action-oriented community diagnosis and the central role of community residents in the identification of local issues, goals, and priorities affecting their lives and neighborhoods.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 540ES [Min Grade: C]

PBHL 560ES MPH Comm Based MP Part A 1.0 Credit

Independent Study.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 1 times for 2 credits

PBHL 570 EMPH Capstone I 2.0 Credits

This course is the first of a 3 course sequence designed to fulfill the requirement that all Master of Public Health degree candidates have the opportunity, as described by the Council on Education for Public Health, “to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in course work and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice”. In this course, students will learn the component tasks involved in case analysis, such as stakeholder analysis and the development of an action plan. Students will work in groups to analyze a case study of public health practice and policy, applying general and discipline-specific public health knowledge from their course work to the effective resolution of a public health problem.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PHEX.

PBHL 570ES Integrated Public Health Case Analysis 4.0 Credits

The course is designed for Executive MPH students for completion in their final semester. After completion, students will be able “to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in course work and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice”. Students will work in groups to analyze a case study of public health practice and policy, and will develop a new case from current and emerging issues in public health. In both the case analysis and case development, students will apply general and discipline-specific public health knowledge from their coursework to the effective resolution of a public health problem. Group presentations of both case analysis and case development will be required.

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

PBHL 571 EMPH Capstone II 2.0 Credits

This course is the second of a 3 course sequence designed to fulfill the requirement that all Master of Public Health degree candidates have the opportunity, as described by the Council on Education for Public Health, “to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in course work and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice”. In this course, students will work in groups to analyze a case study of public health practice and policy, identify an effective resolution, develop an action plan for implementation, and articulate an evaluation strategy. Group presentations of the case analysis will be required. Students will then work in groups to identify and develop topics for new cases.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PHEX.

PBHL 572 EMPH Capstone III 2.0 Credits

This course is the third and final course of a 3 course sequence designed to fulfill the requirement that all Master of Public Health degree candidates have the opportunity, as described by CEPH, “to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in course work and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice”. In this course, students will work in groups to develop and write a new case study of public health practice and policy. The case will focus on a current and/or continuing public heath challenge and will incorporate researched background data such as epidemiologic patterns and trends, organizational and financial data, and relevant issues such as political, cultural and social context.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PHEX.

PBHL 580 Public Health Practice (EMPH) 1.0 Credit

All graduate professional public health degree students must develop skills in basic public health concepts and demonstrate the application of these concepts through a practice experience that is relevant to students’ areas of specialization. “Practice” refers to the implementing (doing) of public health rather than the understanding (researching) of public health. The Applied Practical Experience will give students an opportunity to expand their knowledge and exposure to public health topics through a project or internship and gain skill in an area closely related to their academic and professional goals.

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

PBHL 600ES Health Management and Leadership 4.0 Credits

Explores critical elements of the assurance role of public health, beginning from the premise that effectiveness of program delivery and of the assurance role itself requires an understanding of organizations, leadership, and change, in economic, strategic and systematic context. Applies management concepts and theories through an integrated model of the management process. In the latter portion of the block, extends, applies, and integrates previously developed concepts and theories with those of strategy, planning, accounting, financial management, and information systems.

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

PBHL 602ES Practicing Public Health 1.0 Credit

Practicing Public Health is a course that exposes students to the application of public health management and policy concepts to public health practice. The course consists first of a series of readings on the settings and tools of public health practice and the provision of public health services. This part of the course is followed by case studies related to public health assessment, policy development and assurance. The course builds skills in critical thinking, effective program management, and creative problem solving related to the practice of public health at the national, state and local levels.

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

PBHL 603ES Research Methods: An Introduction 1.0 Credit

This course introduces students to components of research, measurement, data analysis, and assessment applicable to Health Services Research (HSR). It provides context for students who will be carrying out policy research, social science research or program impact evaluation related to health care delivery systems, public practice and/or population health. It is also relavant to those who will apply the results of HSR done by others.

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

PBHL 612ES Program Planning & Evaluation 4.0 Credits

Beginning from the premise that the health-assurance role of public health begins with program planning, development, and evidence-based practice, this block examines concepts and theories underlying program planning, development, and evaluation. Emphasizes program application in context of specific problems and community context.

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

PBHL 630ES MPH Comm Based MP Part B 1.0 Credit

Independent Study.

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

PBHL 635ES MPH Comm Based MP Part C 2.0 Credits

Independent Study.

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

PBHL 640ES Environmental & Occupational Health 4.0 Credits

Introduces concepts, theories, and programmatic applications within the fields of environmental and occupational health.

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

PBHL 650ES Health Policy & Advocacy 4.0 Credits

This course is about making policy in public health and in health care: what it is, who makes it, and how and when it’s made successfully. It aims to provide a grounding in public policy theory and health policy; highlight several selected critical health policy issues; and build skills in critical, reflective thinking.

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

PBHL 653 Preparation for Integrative Work in Public Health 1.0 Credit

This course is designed to provide students with skills that will enable them to conduct integrative independent work in public health and health sciences. The focus is on methods for exploration and critical analysis of health sciences literature and reviewing important genres of public health inquiry and scholarship. Students will learn how to search literature in public health and the health sciences and the methods for producing different types of literature reviews, including meta-analyses. Students will also review and critique different research study designs in public health, and methods for conducting health policy analysis and health impact assessments.

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

PBHL 667 Professional Seminar for the Executive MPH Program I 1.0 Credit

This Seminar is a requirement of all students completing their MPH degree in the Executive program, providing a cohort-based residency component to the MPH experience. Using DSPH faculty and external partners, this seminar will enhance EMPH coursework and enable students to build connections between the classroom and their public health careers. This course is repeatable for credit over 3 quarters; material and lecturers will change each quarter.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 3 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PHEX.

PBHL 668 Professional Seminar for the Executive MPH Program II 2.0 Credits

This course is a requirement of all students completing their MPH degree in the Executive program. Using DSPH faculty and external partners, this seminar will enhance the EMPH coursework and enable students to build connections between the classroom and their public health careers. This is the second part of a two-quarter sequential course.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PHEX.

PBHL 680 Community Based Master's Project I 1.0-3.0 Credit

This course is the first of 3 CBMP courses and will encompass the first stages of the year long process of producing a final master's project. Activities will include selection of CBMP site, CBMP workshops, student logs, IRB and HIPAA training. A learning agreement, community site profile and project proposal will be expected as end-products of student's first 10 weeks at site and aforementioned activities.

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

PBHL 681 Community Based Master's Project II 1.0-3.0 Credit

This course is the second of 3 CBMP courses and will encompass the intermediate stages of the CBMP process. Activities will include CBMP workshops, IRB submission (if applicable) and regular attendance at community site. Student?s progress at site and on final project will be assessed through Community Site Preceptor Mid-Year Report and assessment by Faculty Advisor.

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

PBHL 682 Community Based Master's Project III 1.0-3.0 Credit

This is the third of 3 CBMP courses and represents the final stage of the CBMP process. Draft of final project will be previewed through short presentation to SPH community. Final oral defense, presentation of CBMP Poster and submission of final project paper for binding are the major activities of this course.

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

PBHL 699ES Special Topics in PH 1.0 Credit

Public health is a multi-disciplinary field, drawing from the disciplines of Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Policy Management and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Through the use of archived online presentations, this self-directed course allows students to draw from a library of lectures which focus on the five core disciplines of public health. After viewing online lectures, students will then analyze and synthesize newly learned concepts with their own understanding of public health and public health practice.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PBHL 707 Monitoring and Evaluation in Global Health 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to provide students with a systematic approach to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating global programs. Students will learn the general principles of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) as well criteria for selecting indicators and metrics and various tools/ models will be introduced to offer students an overview of the program planning and M&E process.

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

PBHL 709 Global Health Capstone Project 6.0 Credits

This course is designed to provide guidance on the successful completion of a capstone project. Components of the project may include systematic review/meta-analysis, data collection, data management and analysis, and/or developing a monitoring and evaluation plan or policy analysis/recommendation.

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

PBHL 711 Global Issues in Sanitation 3.0 Credits

Sanitation was one of the most off-track MDGs and progress in urban sanitation is proving especially difficult to achieve. In this course students will learn about the global sanitation crisis; analyze and compare issues related to water, sanitation, and hygiene; learn about the need to develop measures to reduce the global burden of disease from poor sanitation and hygiene; as well as affordable and context-specific sanitation solutions, sector planning tools, and community-led frameworks.

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

PBHL 995 Ph.D. Dissertation Companion 1.0-9.0 Credit

PhD Dissertation Companion.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PBHL 999 Thesis Research: Dissertation Guidance and Epidemiology 1.0-12.0 Credit

Directed guidance of dissertation research, preparation for presenting dissertation research to colleagues at the dissertation seminar and preparation for the final defense.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if program is DRPH.

PBHL I599 Independent Study in PBHL 1.0-3.0 Credit

Independent Study in Community Health and Prevention. Independent study concerning concepts, methods, or specific health issues in community health and prevention. May be repeated six times for credit.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 6 times for 9 credits

PBHL I699 Independent Study in PBHL 1.0-3.0 Credit

Independent Study in Community Health and Prevention. Independent study concerning concepts, methods, or specific health issues in community health and prevention. May be repeated six times for credit.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 6 times for 9 credits

PBHL I799 Independent Study in PBHL 1.0-3.0 Credit

Independent Study in Community Health and Prevention. Independent study concerning concepts, methods, or specific health issues in community health and prevention. May be repeated six times for credit.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 6 times for 9 credits

PBHL I899 Independent Study in PBHL 1.0-3.0 Credit

Independent Study in Community Health and Prevention. Independent study concerning concepts, methods, or specific health issues in community health and prevention. May be repeated six times for credit.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 6 times for 9 credits

PBHL I999 Independent Study in PBHL 1.0-3.0 Credit

Independent Study in Community Health and Prevention. Independent study concerning concepts, methods, or specific health issues in community health and prevention. May be repeated six times for credit.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 6 times for 9 credits

PBHL T580 Special Topics in PBHL 0.5-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PBHL T680 Special Topics in PBHL 0.5-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PBHL T780 Special Topics in PBHL 0.5-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PBHL T880 Special Topics in PBHL 0.5-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PBHL T980 Special Topics in PBHL 0.5-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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