UNE GPPH Course List & Descriptions

These descriptions apply to both 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: An Interprofessional Approach to Policy and Advocacy (Credits: 3)

This course brings together graduate students in public health, education, social work, nutrition, and health informatics to work collaboratively to learn the fundamentals of policy-making as applied to the broad issue of student mental health in an educational setting. Students work in interprofessional groups to identify the social problem, describe the policy context, map potential policy solutions, and make final recommendations in an individual written policy analysis that incorporates learning from their interprofessional peers. Students will explore the structure and function of government systems as they relate to values-driven policy decisions.

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. Basic principles and tools of budget and resource management will be addressed.

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 for students to demonstrate the application of public health concepts and to enhance skills such as leadership, communication, and collaboration. Students will work with experienced public health practitioners in a community-based setting to create products of use to the host organization and demonstrate mastery of public health competencies.

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 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 designed for students who would like build on the basic principles of epidemiology to study infectious diseases in populations. By the end of this course, students will be able to: 1) describe the general principles of infectious disease epidemiology, 2) analyze epidemiologic study designs and measures in the context of infectious diseases, 3) apply outbreak investigation steps to an infectious disease outbreak, 4) describe infectious disease dynamics, 5) apply principles of disease transmission to develop disease prevention and control practices, 6) design data collection tools to investigate an infectious disease outbreak using computer-based software, 7) Analyze quantitative data about infectious diseases using biostatistics, 8) Interpret results of data analysis of an infectious disease investigation, 9) communicate audience-appropriate content reporting on an infectious disease outbreak both in writing and through oral presentation, and 10) describe the use of system thinking tools in infectious disease epidemiology.

Prerequisites: GPH 712

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, nonparametrics, 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 provides students with an understanding of the importance of financial planning in healthcare, the difference between financial and managerial accounting, and using financial data to aid in business decisions. This course builds on students' understanding of the basic concepts to enable them to plan, budget, control, and evaluate financial performance. This course covers fixed and variable expenses, capital management, and revenue streams. The course uses a combination of case-studies and exams to enable students to gain necessary analytical skills in health care finance.

Recommended: GPH 706

GPH 727: Grant Writing (Credits: 3)

In this course students will have the opportunity to focus on the grant writing process (as it is designed and directed by a federal or state public health funding agency). Particular emphasis will be placed on identifying and applying the requisite skills to have a potential public health program funded. The course will feature hands-on assignments based on (current) real world topics, resources, and grant funding guidelines. While students do not need to have a background in accounting, many components of a grant application (including a line-item budget) will be addressed.

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. The course also provides hands-on experience in evaluating and 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.

Recommended: 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.

GPH 740: Global Health (Credits: 3)

This course introduces you to critical issues in global health emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach to understanding global health problems. The concepts and issues of global health will be considered as well as emerging issues and future concerns. Selected critical global topics in such areas as maternal and child health, food security, environmental health, chronic disease, and infectious disease will be covered.

Interprofessional Electives

You also have the option to take electives from our other online graduate programs. You can see a full list of these interprofessional courses here:

Shared Interprofessional Course List



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