UNE Public Health 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

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health includes the following required courses (18 credits):

  1. GPH 702 Public Health Policy and Management (Credits: 3)

    This course provides students with an opportunity to learn about the health policy-making process in the U.S., 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.

  2. 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. Emphasis is placed on investigative techniques, epidemiological methodology, and critical thinking about epidemiological studies and data.

  3. GPH 714 Principles of Public Health Concepts (Credits: 3)

    This course examines public health principles and concepts.  It provides 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 explore public health infrastructure, surveillance, social determinants of health, policy, and emerging issues.

  4. GPH 716 Biostatistics (Credits: 3)

    This course serves as an introduction to procedures in the collection, summarization, analysis, and presentation of data. It is deliberately broad and is 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.

  5. GPH 722 Introduction to Environmental Health (Credits: 3)

    This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of environmental health in an ecosystems context.  Additionally, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards including toxic chemicals, fibers and dust, ionizing radiation, and infectious agents will be emphasized.

  6. GPH 726 Social and Behavioral Health (Credits: 3)

    This course presents basic principles from psychology, sociology, and anthropology in order to understand and intervene on health determinants and is designed as a foundation in the application of social and behavioral science to public health.

The Master of Public Health program includes the following courses (46 credits):

All students must complete the following five core courses (15 credits):
  1. GPH 702 Public Health Policy and Management (Credits: 3)

    This course provides students with an opportunity to learn about the health policy-making process in the U.S., 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.

  2. 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. Emphasis is placed on investigative techniques, epidemiological methodology, and critical thinking about epidemiological studies and data.

  3. GPH 716 Biostatistics (Credits: 3)

    This course serves as an introduction to procedures in the collection, summarization, analysis, and presentation of data. It is deliberately broad and is 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.

  4. GPH 722 Introduction to Environmental Health (Credits: 3)

    This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of environmental health in an ecosystems context.  Additionally, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards including toxic chemicals, fibers and dust, ionizing radiation, and infectious agents will be emphasized.

  5. GPH 726 Social and Behavioral Health (Credits: 3)

    This course presents basic principles from psychology, sociology, and anthropology in order to understand and intervene on health determinants and is designed as a foundation in the application of social and behavioral science to public health.

All students must complete the following required courses (10 credits)
  1. GPH 714 Principles of Public Health Concepts (Credits: 3)

    This course examines public health principles and concepts.  It provides 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 explore public health infrastructure, surveillance, social determinants of health, policy, and emerging issues.

  2. GPH 719 Research Methods (Credits: 3)

    This course is designed to introduce core topics necessary to understand and conduct scientific research, particularly in the public health field.  Students work to understand the importance of proper study and experimental design paying particular attention to formulating appropriate specific aims.

  3. GPH 747 Integrated Public Health Practicum (Credits: 4)

    The practicum is a required part of the MPH degree and provides students with an opportunity to 1) integrate and apply knowledge and skills from coursework to a practical setting to strengthen public health competencies, 2) work with experienced public health practitioners to expand professional networks, and 3) provide a comprehensive review of a public health issue and potential or real solutions in the form of an extensive term paper and an oral presentation.

All students must complete 7 of the following electives (21 credits)
  1. GPH 704 Public Health Law, and Ethics (Credits:3)

    This course explores the inherent tension between promoting public health and protecting the legal and ethical rights and interests of individuals with a particular 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.  Additionally,  key elements of the U.S. legal system that govern and influence public health will be examined.

  2. GPH 705 Community‐Based Participatory Research (Credits: 3)

    This course provides an overview of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and familiarizes participants with key historical underpinnings and principles of CBPR practice.  Additionally, matters of cultural competence and cultural humility, working with diverse populations, ethical considerations in CBPR, and salient funding and Institutional Review Board (IRB) issues will be addressed.

  3. 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.

  4. GPH 709 Public Health Emergency Preparedness

    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).

  5. GPH 713 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (Credits: 3)

    This course is an upper-level course designed for students who would like to continue studying epidemiology.  Emphasis is placed on investigative techniques, epidemiological methodology, and critical thinking about epidemiological studies and data.

  6. GPH 717 Applied Epidemiology (Credits: 3)

    This course is for individuals who want to practice and refine their epidemiological skills and ultimately participate in investigating health and disease in communities, whether infectious or non-infectious.  The course applies the principles and skills of epidemiology through the use of interactive case studies that have been developed from actual investigations.

     

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

    In this course, students apply public health frameworks to maternal and child health concepts and issues; in the process, they gain a broad understanding of the field of maternal and child health from local to global standpoints.  By the end of this course, students are able to use data for action, apply evidence-based information, examine systems-based approaches to addressing issues, and examine cultural effects on maternal and child health.

  8. GPH 724 Occupational Health (Credits: 3)

    This course emphasizes the recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards in the work environment.  General principles and global processes are linked to local issues and the regulatory environment through case studies.

  9. GPH 725 Public Health Financial Management (Credits: 3)

    This course provides a basic level of financial management principles and 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.

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

    This course introduces students to health literacy and plain language both theoretically and practically.  The course introduces how poor health literacy impacts health outcomes and helps students learn how to apply health literacy research to health communication efforts.  Additionally, hands-on experience in evaluating and creating clear health communication is provided.

  11. GPH 730 Health Economics (Credits: 3)

    This course introduces health economics. The health care industry is compared and contrasted with other, more conventional industries or markets in order to identify strengths and weaknesses in the present system and insights into possible beneficial changes.

  12. GPH 732 Community Assessment (Credits: 3)

    This course examines the concepts, methods, and practices for assessing the health of a community.

  13. GPH 733 Health Informatics (Credits: 3)

    This course addresses the challenges of collecting and analyzing data and introduces how this data could be used to inform public health initiatives and improve health outcomes.  It looks at the ethical concerns that arise when dealing with sensitive information and explores the implications of our reliance on our own methods and other health organizations for access to useful health data.

  14. GPH 734 The Obesity Epidemic: A public Health Perspective (Credits: 3)

    This course reviews the socio-ecological model and systems science and discusses how we, as individuals, interact with our social, cultural, and political environments to make decisions surrounding our weight-related behaviors.  The course is structured according to the socio-ecological model, focusing on variations, influences, and interactions between the individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and policy levels.

  15. GPH 738 Program Planning & Evaluation (Credits: 3)

    This course provides an overview of the development of public health programs and interventions to address health issues affecting health systems, communities, and organizations at the local and national levels.  The course includes an overview of public health intervention strategies.

  16. GPH 740 Global Health (Credits: 3)

    This course introduces critical issues in global health emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach to understanding global health problems.

Miscellaneous
  1. GPH 795 Independent/Directed Study (Credits: 3)

    Students enrolled in the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program may propose independent or directed studies to further special sponsorship or research interests.  Students should complete all core MPH courses prior to the independent/directed study course.  The proposed course requires the approval of the Program Manager and the Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Integrated Public Health Practicum

All Master of Public Health candidates must complete the 4-credit integrated public health practicum.

  1. GPH 747 Integrated Public Health Practicum (Credits: 4)

    The practicum is a required part of the MPH degree and provides students with an opportunity to 1) integrate and apply knowledge and skills from coursework to a practical setting to strengthen public health competencies, 2) work with experienced public health practitioners to expand professional networks, and 3) provide a comprehensive review of a public health issue and potential or real solutions in the form of an extensive term paper and an oral presentation.

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