UNE GPPH Course List & Descriptions

For the MPH and GCPH public health programs

*Please review the UNE Aca­d­e­m­ic Cat­a­log for the full and most up-to-date course descrip­tions and pro­gram infor­ma­tion

All MPH students must complete the following required courses (31 credits)

GPH 714 Prin­ci­ples of Pub­lic Health (Cred­its: 3)

This course will exam­ine pub­lic health prin­ci­ples and con­cepts. It will pro­vide a broad frame­work for under­stand­ing pub­lic health’s role in com­mu­ni­ty health, pre­ven­tion, and med­i­cine. Using the five core pub­lic health knowl­edge areas and the ten essen­tial pub­lic health ser­vices as a foun­da­tion, stu­dents will explore pub­lic health infra­struc­ture, sur­veil­lance, social deter­mi­nants of health, pol­i­cy, and emerg­ing issues. In addi­tion, the course will weave pub­lic health areas such as chron­ic dis­ease, infec­tious dis­ease, envi­ron­men­tal health, mater­nal and child health, and injury into dis­cus­sions and assign­ments.

GPH 712 Prin­ci­ples of Epi­demi­ol­o­gy (Cred­its: 3)

This course is designed to intro­duce stu­dents to the basic prin­ci­ples of epi­demi­ol­o­gy as they apply to pub­lic health prac­tice. Con­tent will include: a his­tor­i­cal per­spec­tive on epi­demi­ol­o­gy, descrip­tive epi­demi­ol­o­gy, effect mea­sures, study designs, bias, sur­veil­lance, and screen­ing for dis­ease. Empha­sis will be placed on inves­tiga­tive tech­niques, epi­demi­o­log­i­cal method­ol­o­gy, and crit­i­cal think­ing about epi­demi­o­log­i­cal stud­ies and data.

GPH 716 Bio­sta­tis­tics (Cred­its: 3)

This course pro­vides you with an intro­duc­tion to the pro­ce­dures used in the sum­ma­riza­tion, analy­sis, inter­pre­ta­tion, and pre­sen­ta­tion of research data. Top­ics include sam­pling, exper­i­men­ta­tion, mea­sure­ment, descrip­tive sta­tis­tics, cor­re­la­tion, prob­a­bil­i­ty, con­fi­dence inter­vals, test­ing hypothe­ses, 2-way tables, and sim­ple lin­ear regres­sion. This course is delib­er­ate­ly broad and not intend­ed to give stu­dents an in-depth under­stand­ing of sta­tis­ti­cal test­ing, analy­sis of cat­e­gor­i­cal data or regres­sion analy­sis. Rather, its intent is to pro­vide an overview of some of the main areas of sta­tis­tics and a work­ing knowl­edge of basic sum­ma­ry sta­tis­tics, graphs, and sim­ple sta­tis­ti­cal tests for hypoth­e­sis test­ing. At the end of the course a stu­dent should be able to eval­u­ate sim­ple sta­tis­ti­cal usage in every­day life and their own dis­ci­pline, espe­cial­ly in rel­e­vant research pub­li­ca­tions; and inter­act knowl­edge­ably with sta­tis­ti­cians in plan­ning, con­duct­ing, ana­lyz­ing, and report­ing research projects. Pre­req­ui­site: GPH 712. Sta­ta sta­tis­ti­cal soft­ware is required for this course.

GPH 719 Research Meth­ods (Cred­its: 3)

This course is designed to intro­duce core top­ics nec­es­sary to under­stand and con­duct eth­i­cal­ly sound and sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly valid pub­lic health research. It is designed to build on the skills gained in oth­er fun­da­men­tal pub­lic health cours­es such as prin­ci­ples of epi­demi­ol­o­gy and bio­sta­tis­tics. Stu­dents will work to under­stand the impor­tance of prop­er study and exper­i­men­tal design, using quan­ti­ta­tive, qual­i­ta­tive, and mixed meth­ods approach­es. Stu­dents will also gain skills in the design and exe­cu­tion of sec­ondary data analy­sis and man­u­script prepa­ra­tion. Foun­da­tion­al issues in sam­pling, data col­lec­tion and struc­ture, sur­vey design and admin­is­tra­tion, and ana­lyt­ic inter­pre­ta­tion will be cov­ered. Pre­req­ui­site: GPH 712 and GPH 716.

GPH 726 Social and Behav­ioral Health (Cred­its: 3)

Using an eco­log­i­cal approach, health behav­iors will be con­sid­ered with­in the con­text of influ­ences on indi­vid­ual behav­iors. The course will address the use of behav­ioral and social sci­ence the­o­ry to inform the devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of health pro­mo­tion and dis­ease pre­ven­tion pro­grams, and con­sid­er the inher­ent eth­i­cal dilem­mas involved in planned social and behav­ioral change efforts.

GPH 738 Pro­gram Plan­ning and Eval­u­a­tion (Cred­its: 3)

This course pro­vides an overview of the devel­op­ment of pub­lic health pro­grams and the eval­u­a­tion of those pro­grams. The course will help stu­dents devel­op skills required to assess com­mu­ni­ty needs and assets, iden­ti­fy and adapt evi­dence-based pro­grams, eval­u­ate pro­gram effects, and seek fund­ing for these pro­grams. Pre­req­ui­site: GPH 726.

GPH 702 Pub­lic Health Pol­i­cy (Cred­its: 3)

This course pro­vides stu­dents with an oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn about the health pol­i­cy mak­ing process in the US, with a par­tic­u­lar focus on fac­tors that dri­ve the devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of health pol­i­cy at the state and nation­al lev­els. Addi­tion­al­ly, part of the course will address how man­age­ment influ­ences pol­i­cy devel­op­ment, imple­men­ta­tion and change. Much of this course focus­es on recent fed­er­al health reform, espe­cial­ly the Afford­able Care Act, to illus­trate many aspects of pol­i­cy devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion.

GPH 706 Pub­lic Health Admin­is­tra­tion (Cred­its: 3)

This course pro­vides an overview of the his­to­ry, con­tent, scope, and process­es of pub­lic health admin­is­tra­tion. Empha­sis is placed on admin­is­tra­tion, pub­lic health struc­ture and frame­work, orga­ni­za­tion­al cul­ture, man­age­ment func­tions and roles, lead­er­ship, moti­va­tion, and per­for­mance man­age­ment. Mod­ern pub­lic health admin­is­tra­tion such as accred­i­ta­tion and qual­i­ty improve­ment issues are explored.

GPH 722 Intro­duc­tion to Envi­ron­men­tal Health (Cred­its: 3)

The world about us pro­vides for our life, but also can be dan­ger­ous to our health. This dichoto­my is the essence of the study of envi­ron­men­tal health. Stu­dents com­plet­ing this course will be able to apply sci­en­tif­ic knowl­edge to eval­u­ate the risks that exist in the world about them. This course is designed to pro­vide stu­dents with an intro­duc­tion to the field of envi­ron­men­tal health in an ecosys­tems con­text. The course will empha­size the recog­ni­tion, eval­u­a­tion, and con­trol of haz­ards includ­ing tox­ic chem­i­cals, fibers and dust, ion­iz­ing radi­a­tion, and infec­tious agents. Gen­er­al prin­ci­ples and glob­al process­es will be linked to local issues and the reg­u­la­to­ry envi­ron­ment through case stud­ies and inter­views with sub­ject mat­ter experts.

GPH 743 Applied Prac­tice Expe­ri­ence (Cred­its: 3)

The goal of the applied prac­tice expe­ri­ence (APE) is to demon­strate the appli­ca­tion of pub­lic health con­cepts learned through­out the Mas­ter of Pub­lic Health (MPH) pro­gram and to enhance skills such as lead­er­ship, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

GPH 744 Inte­grat­ed Learn­ing Expe­ri­ence (Cred­its: 1)

The Inte­gra­tive Learn­ing Expe­ri­ence is a required one cred­it hour course dur­ing which the MPH stu­dent will cre­ate a high qual­i­ty writ­ten prod­uct that syn­the­sizes pub­lic health ideas reflect­ing pro­gram com­pe­ten­cies. This course assess­es stu­dents’ appli­ca­tion of knowl­edge as well as writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and is to be tak­en in the student’s final semes­ter in the pro­gram. Plan­ning for this course will start while the stu­dent is enrolled in the Applied Prac­tice Expe­ri­ence course (GPH 743).

All MPH students must complete 5 of the following electives (15 credits)

GPH 704 Pub­lic Health Law, and Ethics (Cred­its: 3)

A fun­da­men­tal goal of gov­ern­ment is to pro­tect and sup­port the health of the pub­lic, but imple­men­ta­tion of health poli­cies may infringe on the pro­tect­ed rights and lib­er­ties of indi­vid­u­als and busi­ness­es. This con­flict is some­times char­ac­ter­ized as “pri­vate inter­est ver­sus pub­lic good.” This course explores the inher­ent ten­sion between pro­mot­ing the pub­lic health and pro­tect­ing the legal and eth­i­cal rights and inter­ests of indi­vid­u­als. The course will focus on the legal foun­da­tions of the Amer­i­can pub­lic health sys­tem and result­ing eth­i­cal dilem­mas that must be rec­on­ciled when the inter­ests of the larg­er com­mu­ni­ty may be at odds with those of indi­vid­u­als.

We will exam­ine key ele­ments of the U.S. legal sys­tem that gov­ern and influ­ence pub­lic health, includ­ing fed­er­al and state con­sti­tu­tions and laws, admin­is­tra­tive law, and judi­cial deci­sions. Stu­dents will use the case study method approach to scru­ti­nize eth­i­cal and legal issues in pub­lic health prac­tice, admin­is­tra­tion and research, and ana­lyze func­tions and inter­ac­tions between courts, leg­is­la­tors and reg­u­la­tors. Class activ­i­ties and assign­ments will pro­vide stu­dents with oppor­tu­ni­ties to read and dis­cuss case law, statutes and reg­u­la­tions, and probe rel­e­vant legal and eth­i­cal prin­ci­ples in pub­lic health.

Pre­req­ui­site: GPH 702.

GPH 705 Com­mu­ni­ty-Based Par­tic­i­pa­to­ry Research (Cred­its: 3)

This course will pro­vide an overview of Com­mu­ni­ty Based Par­tic­i­pa­to­ry Research (CBPR) and famil­iar­ize par­tic­i­pants with key his­tor­i­cal under­pin­nings and prin­ci­ples of CBPR prac­tice. Method­olog­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions for build­ing and sus­tain­ing com­mu­ni­ty part­ner­ships, data gath­er­ing, data shar­ing, and action plan­ning will be explored. We will also address mat­ters of cul­tur­al com­pe­tence and cul­tur­al humil­i­ty, work­ing with diverse pop­u­la­tions, eth­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions in CBPR, and salient fund­ing and Insti­tu­tion­al Review Board (IRB) issues.

Pre­req­ui­sites: GPH 719 and GPH 726.

GPH 709 Pub­lic Health Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness (Cred­its: 3)

This course intro­duces pub­lic health pro­fes­sion­als to mit­i­ga­tion and pre­pared­ness respon­si­bil­i­ties while devel­op­ing skills and aware­ness of the response and recov­ery phas­es of Pub­lic Health Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness (PHEP). Haz­ard assess­ment, com­mu­ni­ty out­reach, and train­ing devel­op­ment com­ple­ment a review of the inci­dent man­age­ment sys­tem. Spe­cial atten­tion will be giv­en to research, pol­i­cy, plan, and report devel­op­ment with­in PHEP.

GPH 713 Infec­tious Dis­ease Epi­demi­ol­o­gy (Cred­its: 3)

This course is an upper-lev­el course designed for stu­dents who would like to con­tin­ue learn­ing after com­plet­ing the basic prin­ci­ples of epi­demi­ol­o­gy. The course includes: a his­tor­i­cal per­spec­tive on infec­tious dis­ease (ID) epi­demi­ol­o­gy; basic bio­sta­tis­tics and study design as they apply to ID out­breaks and epi­demics; the mul­ti-causal and social aspects of ID; sur­veil­lance; and con­trol of epi­demics. Empha­sis will be placed on inves­tiga­tive tech­niques, epi­demi­o­log­i­cal method­ol­o­gy, and crit­i­cal think­ing about epi­demi­o­log­i­cal stud­ies and data. By the end of the course, stu­dents will have a strong back­ground in the fun­da­men­tals of infec­tious dis­ease epi­demi­ol­o­gy, will be able to cri­tique and under­stand cur­rent lit­er­a­ture in epi­demi­ol­o­gy and pub­lic health, and will be able to use these tools in their prac­tice.

Pre­req­ui­sites: GPH 712 and GPH 716.

GPH 717 Applied Epi­demi­ol­o­gy (Cred­its: 3)

Applied Epi­demi­ol­o­gy is for indi­vid­u­als who want to prac­tice and refine their epi­demi­o­log­i­cal skills and ulti­mate­ly par­tic­i­pate in inves­ti­gat­ing health and dis­ease in com­mu­ni­ties. This course will focus on the appli­ca­tion of epi­demi­o­log­i­cal tools and skills and offer a more in-depth expe­ri­ence for stu­dents who have com­plet­ed the required cours­es.

Pre­req­ui­sites: GPH 712 and GPH 716. Sta­ta sta­tis­ti­cal soft­ware is required for this course.

GPH 718 Bio­sta­tis­tics II (Cred­its: 3)

This course is a con­tin­u­a­tion of GPH 716 (Bio­sta­tis­tics). The course will assume famil­iar­i­ty with the basic prin­ci­ples of data col­lec­tion, one-and two-sam­ple con­fi­dence inter­vals and hypoth­e­sis test­ing, as well as one-way ANOVA and the fun­da­men­tals of sim­ple lin­ear regres­sion. It will focus on a more in-depth look at sim­ple lin­ear regres­sion extend­ing to mul­ti­ple lin­ear regres­sion. Addi­tion­al­ly, it will cov­er top­ics in prob­a­bil­i­ty, diag­nos­tic and screen­ing tests, non­para­met­ics, and logis­tic regres­sion. Pre­req­ui­site: GPH 716. Sta­ta sta­tis­ti­cal soft­ware is required for this course.

GPH 721 Foun­da­tions of Mater­nal and Child Health (Cred­its: 3)

Mater­nal and child health pro­vides a foun­da­tion for a community’s devel­op­ment and sus­tain­abil­i­ty. Stu­dents will apply pub­lic health frame­works to mater­nal and child health con­cepts and issues; in the process, they will gain a broad under­stand­ing of the field of mater­nal and child health from local and glob­al stand­points. By the end of this course, stu­dents will be able to use data for action, apply evi­dence-based infor­ma­tion, exam­ine sys­tems based approach to address­ing issues, and exam­ine cul­tur­al effects on mater­nal and child health.

Pre­req­ui­site: GPH 738.

GPH 724 Occu­pa­tion­al Health (Cred­its: 3)

This course is designed to pro­vide stu­dents with an intro­duc­tion to the field of Occu­pa­tion­al Health. The course will empha­size the recog­ni­tion, eval­u­a­tion and con­trol of haz­ards in the work envi­ron­ment. Gen­er­al prin­ci­ples and glob­al process­es will be linked to local issues and the reg­u­la­to­ry envi­ron­ment through case stud­ies.

GPH 725 Pub­lic Health Finan­cial Man­age­ment (Cred­its: 3)

This course is designed to pro­vide pub­lic health and health care pro­fes­sion­als with the knowl­edge and under­stand­ing of finan­cial man­age­ment need­ed to be suc­cess­ful in their dai­ly activ­i­ties and in deal­ing with oth­ers regard­ing finan­cial issues. The course pro­vides pro­fes­sion­als with a basic lev­el of finan­cial man­age­ment prin­ci­ples includ­ing under­stand­ing finan­cial state­ments and ratios, using basic tools of finan­cial analy­sis, under­stand­ing pub­lic sec­tor bud­get­ing process­es, and using finan­cial analy­sis to help with good pub­lic health and health care deci­sion mak­ing.

The over­all goal of this course is to help pub­lic health and health care pro­fes­sion­als achieve the core com­pe­ten­cies of finan­cial man­age­ment and to be able to use those skills in mak­ing good man­age­ment deci­sions.

Pre­req­ui­site: GPH 706.

GPH 728 Health Lit­er­a­cy and Plain Lan­guage (Credits:3)

This course intro­duces you to health lit­er­a­cy and plain lan­guage both the­o­ret­i­cal­ly and prac­ti­cal­ly. Ear­ly course weeks intro­duce you to the top­ic, fol­lowed by hands-on expe­ri­ence in eval­u­at­ing and then cre­at­ing clear health com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

GPH 732 Com­mu­ni­ty Assess­ment (Cred­its: 3)

This course exam­ines the con­cepts, meth­ods, and prac­tices for assess­ing the health of a com­mu­ni­ty. Top­ics include mea­sur­ing com­mu­ni­ty health sta­tus, devel­op­ing com­mu­ni­ty health pro­files, iden­ti­fy­ing the deter­mi­nants of health, and the uti­liza­tion of com­mu­ni­ty health assess­ment in devel­op­ing pub­lic health inter­ven­tions.

Pre­req­ui­site: GPH 738.

GPH 733 Health Infor­mat­ics (Cred­its: 3)

Informatics—the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary prac­tice of man­ag­ing and ana­lyz­ing large datasets—is rapid­ly estab­lish­ing itself as a core fea­ture in all areas of health­care. As pub­lic health adapts to this new infor­ma­tion-dri­ven real­i­ty, pub­lic health infor­mat­ics itself is also evolv­ing, bring­ing forth both obsta­cles and oppor­tu­ni­ties. This course will address the chal­lenges of col­lect­ing, ana­lyz­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing data, and will intro­duce how this data could be used to inform pub­lic health ini­tia­tives and improve health out­comes. It will also look at the eth­i­cal con­cerns that arise when deal­ing with the sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion this data often car­ries, which is now more eas­i­ly collected—and shared—than ever.

Pre­req­ui­site: GPH 716.

GPH 734 The Obe­si­ty Epi­dem­ic: A Pub­lic Health Per­spec­tive (Cred­its: 3)

Obe­si­ty epi­demi­ol­o­gy presents cur­rent research on the bur­den of obe­si­ty, caus­es, health con­se­quences, and strate­gies for pre­ven­tion with­in the frame­work of epi­demi­ol­o­gy. Stu­dents will gain famil­iar­i­ty with pub­licly avail­able datasets and research resources as well as meth­ods to assess body com­po­si­tion, dietary intake and phys­i­cal activ­i­ty. Stu­dents will apply crit­i­cal think­ing informed by course con­tent to crit­i­cal­ly eval­u­ate stud­ies in obe­si­ty epi­demi­ol­o­gy. Stu­dents will also prac­tice skills in data analy­sis using pub­licly avail­able datasets to ana­lyze the asso­ci­a­tion of lifestyle behav­iors with body weight.

Pre­req­ui­sites: GPH 712, GPH 716, GPH 719; Sta­ta sta­tis­ti­cal soft­ware is required for this course.

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