UNE GPPH Course List & Descriptions
For the MPH and GCPH public health programs
All MPH students must complete the following required courses (31 credits)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.