Graduate Catalog
School of Public Health

LISA M. KLESGES, PhD
Professor and Dean
236 Robison Hall
(901) 678-4637

DANIEL GENTRY, PhD, MHA
Professor and Associate Dean 
233 Robison Hall
(901) 678-4501

Email: sph-admin@memphis.edu

www.memphis.edu/sph/

I. Overview

The School of Public Health is dedicated to excellence in education, research, and outreach to improve public health and promote health equity by generating knowledge and translating research discoveries in our community, our state, and throughout the world. We aspire to: (1) Train the next generation of students in population health by providing the highest quality education and practice opportunities in theories, approaches, methods, and other substantive issues pertinent to public health; (2) Create an environment conducive to interdisciplinary public health initiatives, with special emphasis on vulnerable populations who suffer disproportionately from illness and disability; (3) Stimulate collaboration with the community to develop effective partnerships in combating the health challenges in our communities, city, state, and region; (4) Prepare future leaders in public health by supporting interdisciplinary research focused on health equity to develop behavioral, community, structural, and health services interventions that address disparities; and (5) Inform public policy, disseminate health information, and increase awareness of public health concerns through disease surveillance, needs assessments, and program evaluation.

Degrees offered include the Master of Health Administration (MHA), the Master of Public Health (MPH), the PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and PhD in Epidemiology. Admission to each graduate program in the School of Public Health is handled separately. Each has its own admission criteria, and application must be made for a particular program before an applicant is considered for that program. Deadlines are November 1st for the Spring term and April 1st for the Fall term (MHA and MPH programs) and October 1st for the Spring term and February 1st for the Fall term (PhD programs).

All graduate students must comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School (see Admissions Regulations, Academic Regulations, and Minimum Degree Requirements) as well as the program requirements of the degree being pursued.

II. Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program

LA DON JONES, PhD
Associate Professor and Program Director
136 Robison Hall
(901) 678-2794

Email: mha-admin@memphis.edu/

The School of Public Health is proud to have one of only 81 MHA programs in the United States that is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), and the only CAHME-accredited program in the State of Tennessee.. The MHA degree program educates students interested in preparing for or furthering careers in a variety of health care settings, including hospital, ambulatory care, and managed care organizations. The program combines interdisciplinary academic preparation with health industry experience.

Program objectives are: (1) development of strategic thinking, legal and ethical decision making, finance, economics, and research, related to health administration; and (2) development of leadership skills in team-oriented environments.

A. Program Admission

Applicants must receive favorable endorsement from the health administration faculty. Admission will be based on applicable test scores (Graduate Record Examination [GRE] or Graduate Management Aptitude Test [GMAT]); undergraduate grade point average; previous education and/or experience; and an ability to articulate career goals and education objectives via a letter of intent. Two letters of recommendation are also required, one of which should be from a professor or instructor familiar with the student’s prior academic history and abilities.

B. Program Prerequisites

Students are accepted from all undergraduate disciplines and professional areas; however, the program determines if students must successfully complete up to nine hours of prerequisite course work before being fully admitted into the program.

C. Program Requirements

The student is required to complete a minimum of fifty-three (53) semester hours. Forty-seven (47) hours are taken in the core curriculum and six (6) hours of directed electives chosen in consultation with an advisor. The six (6) hours of electives allow the student to extend basic knowledge gained in the core curriculum and can include such areas as health administration, public health, economics, marketing, finance, public policy, public administration, and management. The comprehensive examination must be successfully completed during the semester in which the student expects to graduate.

III. Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree Program

MARIAN C. LEVY, DrPH
Associate Professor and Program Director 
203 Robison Hall
(901) 678-4514

Email: mph-admin@memphis.edu

The mission of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program is to provide a stimulating academic environment in a metropolitan setting that supports excellence and innovation in education, research, and service to enhance the lives and health of individuals, families, and communities in the Mid-South. Program objectives are: (1) Prepare future leaders in the field of public health by providing the highest quality education and practice opportunities in theories, approaches, methods, and other substantive issues pertinent to public health; (2) Create and nurture an environment conducive to interdisciplinary public health initiatives, with special emphasis on vulnerable populations who suffer disproportionately from illness and disability; (3) Pursue innovative and rigorous research on critical public health issues to prevent disease and injury, promote well-being, and foster overall physical and mental health; (4) Stimulate collaboration with the community to develop effective partnerships in combating the health challenges in our communities, city, state, and region; and (5) Inform public policy, disseminate health information, and increase awareness of public health concerns through disease surveillance, needs assessments, and program evaluation.

A. Program Admission

A multi-disciplinary faculty committee will determine admission to the MPH program. Criteria for the selection process are broad because of the wide range of backgrounds from which students may come. Prior background in public health or health care is not necessary for admission, but may be considered in the admission process. The following is necessary for application:

Applicants must hold a bachelor or graduate degree from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) or a graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the major subject area. Current Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from within the past five years are required.

Applicants already holding a doctoral degree or its professional equivalent obtained in the United States may be exempt from the GRE requirement. Professional school standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, GMAT, and LSAT) may be substituted for the GRE by applicants who are working toward or who have already earned post-baccalaureate degrees in areas such as medicine, dentistry, management, or law. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Letters of recommendation from at least three persons familiar with the applicant’s academic background or experience in public health related issues, specifying in detail the applicant’s capabilities for graduate study and for future performance as a public health professional, are required. At least one letter from a former professor or instructor is required.

Applicants must also submit a statement of purpose in approximately 400-500 words indicating his or her present interests and career goals, including why s/he wants to pursue an MPH degree.

B. Program Prerequisites

All MPH applicants will be expected to have adequate preparation in the sciences, including at least one college-level course in general biology (including human biology), mathematics (e.g., calculus or algebra), and a social science (e.g., sociology, anthropology, or psychology). Basic computer skills are also expected. Courses in health-related fields such as anatomy, physiology, nutrition, chemistry, physics, and statistics are not mandated, but are strongly recommended. Previous professional or other relevant work experience is also highly desirable, but not required.

C. Program Requirements

Completion of a total of 42 hours, including 18 hours of core course requirements; 18 hours of electives, 3 hours of practicum/field experience, and 3 hours of a culmination experience in the form of either a thesis or master's project seminar. Students may choose a concentration in any of the following areas: Biostatistics, Environmental Science, Epidemiology, Health Systems Management, or Social and Behavioral Sciences. If a concentration is chosen, instead of taking 18 hours of electives, students will take 12 hours of concentration courses and 6 hours of electives.

Core courses include:
HADM 7105 Health Policy and the Organization of Health Services (3)
PUBH 7120 Environmental Health I (3)
PUBH 7150 Biostatistical Methods I (3)
PUBH 7160 Social and Behavioral Science Principles (3)
PUBH 7170 Epidemiology in Public Health (3)
PUBH 7180 Foundations of Public Health (3)

Concentration courses include:
Biostatistics
PUBH 7104 Large Data Sets and Public Health Research (3)
PUBH 7311 Applied Categorical Data Analysis
PUBH 7152 Biostatistical Methods II (3)
PUBH 7310 Mixed Model Regression Analysis

Environmental Health
PUBH 7124 Environmental Toxicology
PUBH 7128 Environmental Policy and Decision-Making
PUBH 7129 Environmental Sampling and Analysis
PUBH 7126 Principles of Exposure and Risk Assessment (3)

Epidemiology
PUBH 7152 Biostatistical Methods II
PUBH 7140 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (3)
PUBH 7141 Epidemiologic Survey Method (3)
PUBH 7172 Epidemiology in Public Health II (3)

Social and Behavioral Sciences
PUBH 7014 Public Health Communication (3)*
PUBH 7130 Social Determinants of Health (3)
PUBH 7132 Health Program Evaluation (3)
PUBH 7340 - Behavioral Intervention Development (3)
* PUBH 7345 (Health Literacy) may be substituted for PUBH 7014.

Health Systems Management
PUBH 7710 Health Care Economics (3)
HADM 7115 Public Health Organization and Management (3)
HADM 7204 Quality and Outcomes Management in Health Care (3)
PADM 7602 Public Budgeting and Finance Administration (3)

Electives (18 hours total for the general MPH degree; 6 hours total for students taking a concentration) will be taken with the approval of the faculty advisor. Possible electives include courses within the concentration areas as well as:
BIOL 7080 Public Health Microbiology (3)
COMM 7012 Seminar in Health Communication (3)
HADM 7107 Health Care Ethics (3)
HADM 7109 Health Care Information Systems (3)
NURS 7811 Global Perspectives on Nursing and Health Policy (3)
NUTR 6602 Community Nutrition (3)
NUTR 6902 Study Tour in Foods and Nutrition (3)
NUTR 7204 Life Span Nutrition (3)
PUBH 7104 Large Data Sets in Public Health (3)
PUBH 7155 SPSS for Health Research (1)
PUBH 7156 SAS for Health Research (1)
PUBH 7161 Advanced Psychosocial Theories of Health and Health Behavior
PUBH 7310 Mixed Model Regression Analysis
PUBH 7311 Applied Categorical Data Analysis
PUBH 7333 Addictive Behaviors
PUBH 7334 Community Based Participatory Research Methods
PUBH 7335 Structural and Environmental Issues in Urban Communities
PUBH 7336 Women’s Health
PUBH 7337 Eating Behaviors, Nutrition, and the Family
PUBH 7338 Critical Issues in Global Health
PUBH 7339 Translational Research Methods in Population Health
PUBH 7340 Behavioral Intervention Development
PUBH 7341 Physical Activity and Public Health
PUBH 7342 Epidemiology of Minority and Ethnic Populations
PUBH 7343 Tobacco Use: Causes, Consequences, and Control
PUBH 7345 Health Literacy
PUBH 7346 Public Mental Health
PUBH 7347 Qualitative Methods in Health Research
PUBH 7348 Health Equity, Cultural Competence, and Social Justice
PUBH 7400 Special Problems
PUBH 7445 Genetic Epidemiology
PUBH 7501 Health Systems Organization
PUBH 7502 Health Policy, Theory and Methods
PUBH 7601 Public Health Preparedness and Response
PUBH 7603 Public Health Leadership in Emergency Response
Satisfy completion of PUBH 7985 Practicum/Field Experience (3)
Satisfy completion of PUBH 7996 Thesis (3) or PUBH 7992 Master's Project Seminar (3). NOTE: Students choosing the thesis option should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.
Pass comprehensive examination.

D. Retention Requirements

All students enrolled in the MPH program are expected to attain high academic achievement in all courses taken. The following criteria will be used to determine retention status of students:

Students having been admitted unconditionally who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher will be considered in good standing if not more than 1 (one) grade of 2.00 or lower has been earned.

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.00. In accordance with the Graduate School guidelines, any student not meeting this requirement will be placed on probation. The MPH Graduate Coordinator will review each student's academic record to determine whether to request permission from the Graduate School to allow a student who has not maintained a 3.00 GPA to continue to enroll in classes while on probation. The Graduate Coordinator must approve courses for a student on probation. Probationary status continues even if the student has a grade under appeal. If a student remains on probation for two consecutive semesters or remains on probation after taking three courses (9 semester hours) without raising the overall GPA to 3.00, the student will be suspended from the program. Appeals of suspension must be submitted in writing to the Director of the MPH program

A student who has been suspended from the MPH program will be denied enrollment in PUBH courses subsequent to suspension.

Elective courses applied to the MPH program requirements must have the advisor's approval.

IV. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program in Social and Behavioral Sciences

SATISH KEDIA, PhD
Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Studies
205 Robison Hall
(901) 678-1433

Email: sph-admin@memphis.edu

The PhD degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences is the highest academic degree for individuals planning to pursue scholarly careers in this discipline. This program is designed for those who intend to teach and conduct original research utilizing rigorous scientific theories and methods to understand and influence the social and behavioral determinants of population health risk factors and outcomes. Graduates of the program are prepared to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, and translational research in community settings with an emphasis on vulnerable populations, and to design, implement, administer, and evaluate public health interventions and policies. The program will emphasize urban health and health disparities issues in Tennessee and in the Mid-South region.

A. Program Admission

A research-based master’s degree in a health-related or social/behavioral field is required for admission. Applicants who possess professional master’s degrees (e.g., MPH) will be considered if they have appropriate research experience, such as having completed a thesis during master’s training, or being employed in a professional research position. Applicants must show potential for further study by having maintained a GPA of at least a 3.0 average in their master's-level coursework. An acceptable, competitive score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general examination is required. Applicants already holding a doctoral degree or its professional equivalent may be exempted from the GRE requirement. Other professional school standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, GMAT, or LSAT,) may be substituted for the GRE by applicants who are working toward or who have already earned post-baccalaureate degrees in medicine, dentistry, management, or law from a United States accredited academic institution. Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to submit acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL IBT).

Letters of recommendation from three individuals (at least two letters from former professors or instructors but fewer may be acceptable in extenuating circumstances) familiar with the applicant’s academic background or experience in public health related issues, specifying in detail the applicant’s capabilities for graduate study and for future performance as a public health scholar, are required. Applicants must also submit a personal statement of purpose of approximately 750 to 1000 words indicating his/her present interests and career goals, including how the PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences will prepare the candidate to achieve these goals.

Materials submitted will be reviewed by the faculty admissions committee. Admissions decisions are made on the overall quality of the applicant’s scholarship and academic ability (based on GPAs, GRE scores, undergraduate and graduate coursework completed, research conducted, relevant work experience, and recommendations) as well as the applicant’s “fit” for the program in terms of academic background, research interests, and career goals. Some applicants may be invited for a face-to-face or telephone interview with representatives of the Admissions Committee.

B. Program Prerequisites

All doctoral students are required to fulfill the following pre-requisites (9 credit hours) or document equivalent coursework. These three courses will not count toward the required 63 hours of doctoral study: PUBH 8150: Biostatistics Methods I; PUBH 8170: Epidemiology in Public Health; and PUBH 8160: Social and Behavioral Science Principles.

C. Program Requirements

Credit Hours: A minimum of 63 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the master’s degree is required for the PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences. All work for doctoral credit must be approved by, and must be completed at a level of performance satisfactory to, the graduate faculty of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students also may take coursework for degree credit outside the School of Public Health with advisor approval.

Transfer Credit: Graduate School regulations must be followed regarding accepting academic credits from another institution. Courses proposed for transfer credit must meet the following two requirements. (a) The Tennessee Board of Regents requires a minimum of 750 contact minutes for each semester credit (2250 for a 3-hour course). (b) The Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools requires a minimum of 3 hours of class work per week for 3 hours of credit. Grades earned at another institution will not be computed in the University cumulative grade point average, nor will they be accepted for transfer, unless they are "B" (3.0) or better. No credit will be transferred unless it meets with the approval of the major advisor or program graduate coordinator.

Enrollment: Full-time students are expected to carry a minimum of 9 credits per semester, and to devote full time during their enrollment to the pursuit of degree-related activities. Full-time students with graduate assistantships are required to enroll for 12 credits each semester. Part-time students are expected to carry a minimum of 6 credits per semester, unless permission is granted from the advisor for a reduced course load.

Research: All doctoral students are expected to be active in research collaboratively with members of the Division faculty each semester they are enrolled. Students may receive credit for research involvement by enrolling in PUBH 8800 (Guided Research in Public Health).

Comprehensive Examination: Upon completion of required coursework and prior to enrolling in dissertation hours (PUBH 9000), the student must successfully complete a written and oral comprehensive examination. The examination will assess mastery of areas covered in the student’s program. The content of the examination for each student will consist of core competencies in public health, social and behavioral sciences applied to public health, and dissertation topic. The student’s advisory committee will be responsible for organizing and evaluating the comprehensive examination.

Dissertation: To fulfill the requirements for the PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences, the student must write and defend a dissertation. The dissertation must adhere to the format outlined by the Graduate School. The dissertation topic will be determined by the student in consultation with the advisor with input from the advisory committee.

Residency Requirements: The last thirty semester hours of credit for the doctoral degree must be earned at the University of Memphis. Only the number of dissertation hours accepted by the program toward the degree will be accepted as part of the last 30 hours.

Curriculum Requirements: The PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences requires completion of at least 63 semester credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Required courses are organized into four cores plus electives and dissertation, as described below:

Social and Behavioral Sciences Advanced Core: 18 credit hours
    The following are required courses:
    PUBH 8014 Public Health Communication (3)
    PUBH 8130 Social Determinants of Health (3)
    PUBH 8131 Social and Behavioral Science Policy Development (3)
    PUBH 8132 Health Program Evaluation (3)
    PUBH 8340 Behavioral Intervention Development (3)
    PUBH 8161 Advanced Psychosocial Theories of Health and Health Behavior (3)

Doctoral Seminar Core: 6 credit hours
    PUBH 8348: Health Equity, Cultural Competence, and Social Justice (3)
    PUBH 8900: Advanced Readings in Public Health (3)

Research Methods Core: 9 credit hours
(Select two quantitative courses and one qualitative course)
    Quantitative Courses (2)
    HADM 8106 Health Services Research (3)
    PUBH 8104 Large Data Sets in Public Health Research (3)
    PUBH 8141 Epidemiologic Survey Methods (3)
    PUBH 8172 Epidemiology in Public Health II (3)
    PUBH 8174 Epidemiology in Public Health III (3)
    PUBH 8339 Translational Research Methods in Population Health (3)
    PUBH 8444 Fundamentals of Public Health Surveillance
    PUBH 8450 Randomized Clinical Trials (3)
    PSYC 8301 Research Design and Methods (3)

    Qualitative Courses (1)
    PSYC 8309 Focus Group Research in Psychology (3)
    PUBH 8334 Community Based Participatory Research Methods (3)
    PUBH 8347 Qualitative Methods in Health Research (3)

Biostatistics Core: 6 credit hours
    Required:
    PUBH 8152 Biostatistical Methods II (3)
    Select one additional course:
    PSYC 8304 Measurement Theory and Psychometrics (3)
    PSYC 8305 Quantitative Methods of Review in Research (3)
    PSYC 8308 Applied Multivariate Statistics (3)
    PUBH 8306 Linear Structural Modeling (3)
    PUBH 8310 Mixed Model Regression Analysis (3)
    PUBH 8311 Applied Categorical Data Analysis (3)

Electives: 15 Credit hours
At least two of the five elective courses should be taken from within the public health offerings. Electives must be approved by the major advisor. Students entering the program with a completed MPH or other health-related graduate degree may request a waiver for courses that have been completed.
    Public Health Electives:
    PUBH 8140 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (3)
    PUBH 8333 Addictive Behaviors (3)
    PUBH 8335 Structural and Environmental Issues in Urban Communities (3)
    PUBH 8336 Women’s Health (3)
    PUBH 8337 Eating Behaviors, Nutrition, and the Family (3)
    PUBH 8338 Critical Issues in Global Health (3)
    PUBH 8341 Physical Activity and Public Health (3)
    PUBH 8342 Epidemiology of Minority and Ethnic Populations (3)
    PUBH 8343 Tobacco Use: Causes, Consequences, and Control (3)
    PUBH 8345 Health Literacy (3)
    PUBH 8346 Public Mental Health (3)
    PUBH 8400 Special Problems (3)
    PUBH 8442 Cancer Epidemiology (3)
    PUBH 8443 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)
    PUBH 8445 Genetic Epidemiology
    PUBH 8501 Health Systems Organizations (3)
    PUBH 8502 Health Policy, Theory and Methods (3)
    PUBH 8800 Guided Research in Public Health* (1-3)

*Up to 9 credit hours of PUBH 8800 may be applied toward the Electives requirement.

    Other Electives:
    COMM 8016 Health Communication Campaigns (3)
    EDPR 8109 Infant Development (3)
    EDPR 8110 Early Childhood Development (3)
    EDPR 8165 Social Development in Children (3)
    ENGL 8014 Workshop on Public Health Care Writing (3)
    ENGL 8819 Rhetoric of Science (3)
    ESCI 8613 GIS and Human Health (3)
    PSYC 8217 Social Psychology (3)
    PSYC 8416 Child Psychopathology (3)
    PSYC 8506 Grant Writing (3)
    SOCI 8851 Medical Sociology (3)

Dissertation: 9 credit hours

Dissertation and Final Examination: The dissertation is viewed as the capstone of the student’s academic training, reflecting the student’s capacity for independent research. Students should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before beginning to write. Upon completion of an independent dissertation research project acceptable to the faculty, each student will take a final oral examination oriented toward, but not exclusively on, the student’s dissertation research and major area of specialization.
Students are required to take 9 credit hours toward their dissertation at The University of Memphis.

V. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program in Epidemiology

The School of Public Health at The University of Memphis offers a Ph.D. degree in Epidemiology, the highest academic degree for individuals planning to pursue scholarly careers in this discipline. This program is designed for those who intend to teach and conduct original research utilizing rigorous scientific theories and methods, as well as be active in advocating and promoting health policies and intervention programs to improve the general health of societies. The program will emphasize urban health and health disparities issues in Tennessee and in the Mid-South region.

A. Program Admission

A master's degree is required for admission. Applicants must show potential for further study by having maintained a GPA of at least a 3.0 average in their master's-level coursework. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) completed within the past five years is required. Competitive scores on the GRE are considered in the admissions decision. Applicants already holding a doctoral degree or its professional equivalent may be exempted from the GRE requirement. Other professional school standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, GMAT, or LSAT,) may be substituted for the GRE by applicants who are working toward or who have already earned post-baccalaureate degrees for example, in medicine, dentistry, management, or law. Test scores must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions by the testing agency. The University of Memphis institution code number for reporting ETS scores is R-1459.

All applicants who will be attending the University on a visa and who are not native speakers of English and are not graduates of the University of Memphis must supply a minimum score of 96 (80%) on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), or an equivalent score on the paper-based test (TOEFL PBT).

Letters of recommendation from three individuals (at least one letter from a former professor or instructor) familiar with the applicant's academic background or experience in public health related issues, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate study and for future performance as a public health scholar, are required. Applicants must also submit a personal statement of approximately 750 to 1000 words indicating his/her present interests and career goals, including how the Ph.D. in Epidemiology will prepare the candidate to achieve these goals.

Materials submitted will be reviewed by the faculty admissions committee. Admissions decisions are made on the overall quality of the applicant's scholarship and academic ability (based on GPAs, GRE scores, undergraduate and graduate coursework completed, research conducted, and recommendations) as well as the applicant's "fit" for the program in terms of research interests and career goals.

B. Program Prerequisites

All doctoral students are required to fulfill the following pre-requisites (6 credit hours) or document equivalent coursework. These two courses will not count toward the required 63 hours of doctoral study:

a) PUBH 8150: Biostatistics Methods I
b) PUBH 8170: Epidemiology in Public Health I

C. Program Requirements

Credit Hours: To qualify for graduation, students need to complete a minimum of 54 semester hours of graduate course work beyond the master's degree plus 9 hours of PUBH 9000 (Doctoral Dissertation), for a minimum of 63 graduate credit hours. No more than 9 hours of dissertation credits will count toward the degree.

Transfer credit: Graduate School regulations must be followed regarding accepting academic credits from another institution. Courses proposed for transfer credit must meet the following two requirements. (a) The Tennessee Board of Regents requires a minimum of 750 contact minutes for each semester credit (2250 for a 3-hour course). (b) The Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools requires a minimum of 3 hours of class work per week for 3 hours of credit. Grades earned at another institution will not be computed in the University cumulative grade point average, nor will they be accepted for transfer, unless they are "B" (3.0) or better. No credit will be transferred unless it meets with the approval of the major advisor or program graduate coordinator.

Enrollment: Full-time students are expected to carry a minimum of 9 credits per semester, and to devote full time during their enrollment to the pursuit of degree-related activities. Full-time students with graduate assistantships are required to enroll for 12 credits each semester. Part-time students are expected to carry a minimum of 6 credits per semester, unless permission is granted from the advisor for a reduced course load.

Research: All doctoral students are expected to be active in research collaboratively with members of the Division faculty each semester they are enrolled. Students may receive credit for research involvement by enrolling in PUBH 8800 (Guided Research in Public Health).

Retention requirements: Students must earn a grade of B (3. 0) or higher in all required courses. The Ph.D. program will adhere to Graduate School policy regarding course grades and repetition of courses. All courses applied toward Ph.D. degree program requirements must have the advisor's written approval.

Residency Requirements: The last 30 credit hours must be earned at The University of Memphis. Credit will be transferred to apply toward a doctoral program upon approval of the student's advisory committee in accordance with Graduate School policy.

Comprehensive Examination: Upon completion of required coursework and prior to enrolling in dissertation hours (PUBH 9000), the student must successfully complete a written and oral comprehensive exam. The exam will assess mastery of areas covered in the student's program. The content of the examination for each student will consist of core competencies in public health, epidemiology, and dissertation topic. The student's advisory committee will be responsible for organizing and evaluating the comprehensive examination.

Dissertation: To fulfill the requirements for the Ph.D. in Epidemiology, the student must write and defend a dissertation. The dissertation must adhere to the format outlined by the Graduate School. The dissertation topic will be determined by the student in consultation with the advisor and input from the advisory committee.

D. Program Curriculum:

Epidemiology Research Methods Core: 12 credit hours
PUBH 8141 Epidemiologic Survey Method (3)
PUBH 8172 Epidemiology in Public Health II (3)
PUBH 8174 Epidemiology in Public Health III (3)
PUBH 8450 Randomized Clinical Trials (3)

Epidemiology Advanced Core: 9 credit hours
(Select three)
NURS 8103 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
PUBH 8104 Large Datasets and Public Health Research (3)
PSYC 8305 Quantitative Methods for Reviewing Research (meta-analysis) (3)
PUBH 8444 Fundamentals of Public Health Surveillance (3)

Epidemiology Subject Matter Core: 9 credit hours
(Select three)
PUBH 8442 Cancer Epidemiology (3)
PUBH 8443 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)
PUBH 8140 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (3)
PUBH 8122 Environmental Health II (3)
PUBH 8445 Genetic Epidemiology (3)

Biostatistics Core: 9 credit hours
Required:
PUBH 8152 Biostatistical Methods II (3)
(Plus, Select two of the following)
PSYC 8302 Advanced Statistics I (Regression) (3)
PSYC 8303 Advanced Statistics II (ANOVA) (3)
PSYC 8304 Measurement Theory and Psychometrics (3)
PSYC 8305 Quantitative Methods for Research Review (3)
PSYC 8306 Linear structural modeling (3)
PSYC 8308 Applied multivariate statistics (3)
PUBH 8310 Mixed Models Regression (3)
PUBH 8311 Applied Categorical Data Analysis (3)

Doctoral Seminar: 6 credit hours
PUBH 8348 Health Equity, Cultural Competence, and Social Justice (3)
PUBH 8900 Advanced Theoretical Readings in Public Health (3)

Dissertation: 9 credit hours
PUBH 9000 Doctoral Dissertation (9)

Epidemiology Electives: at least 9 credit hours
Students entering the program with a completed MPH or other health-related graduate degree may have taken some of the required courses in the epidemiology core, such as Biostatistics Methods II or Survey Methodology or equivalent courses. These students can request a waiver from those courses and take additional courses from epidemiology advanced core, epidemiology subject matter core or electives to meet the (63) credit hour minimum requirement.

Public Health Electives: 
PUBH 7200 SPSS for Health Care Professionals (1*)
PUBH 7201 SAS for Health Care Professionals (1*)
PUBH 8130 Social Determinants of Health (3)
PUBH 8132 Health Program Evaluation (3)
PUBH 8135 Social Network Concepts in Public Health (3)
PUBH 8165 Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS (3)
PUBH 8161 Advanced Psychosocial Theories of Health and Health Behavior (3)
PUBH 8334 Community Based Participatory Research (3)
PUBH 8335 Structural and Environmental Issues in Urban Communities (3)
PUBH 8336 Women's Health (3)
PUBH 8338 Critical Issues in Global Health (3)
PUBH 8339 Translational Research Methods in Population Health (3)
PUBH 8341 Physical Activity and Public Health (3)
PUBH 8342 Epidemiology of Minority and Ethnic Populations (3)
PUBH 8343 Tobacco Use: Causes, Consequences, and Control (3)
PUBH 8347 Qualitative Methods in Health Research (3)
PUBH 8400 Special Problems (3)
PUBH 8447 Public Health Genomics (3)
PUBH 8501 Health Systems Organization (3)
PUBH 8502 Health Policy, Theory and Methods (3)
PUBH 8800 Guided Research in Public Health** (1-9)

Other Electives:
BIOL 8080 Public Health Microbiology (3)
ESCI 8613 GIS and Human Health (3)
PSYC 8506 Grant Writing (3)

*Do not count towards graduation
** Up to 9 credit hours of PUBH 8800 may be applied toward the electives requirement


HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (HADM)


HADM 7100 - Day 1 Sem I: Leadership Skills (1)
The Day One Seminar is designed to equip students with experiences which will assist them in developing personal and professional leadership skills and will enable them to function effectively as early careerists and entry level professionals. Seminar I will focus on team-building, self-assessment, interviewing, communication, and technical writing. Throughout the seminar, students interact with faculty and community leaders to engage in a set of unique experiential learning opportunities.

HADM 7101 - Day 1 Sem II: LeadershipSkills (1)
The Day One Seminar is designed to equip students with experiences which will assist them in developing personal and professional leadership skills and will enable them to function effectively as early careerists and entry level professionals. Seminar II focuses on team-building, leading others, networking, business etiquette, and professional development. Throughout the seminar, students interact with faculty and community leaders to engage in a set of unique experiential learning opportunities.

HADM 7102 - Health Care Law (3)
Covers legal topics in relationship to their effect on operation of health care organizations; includes informed consent, research, confidentiality, professional negligence, regulation of health care provider conduct, and other relevant topics.

HADM 7103 - Health Planning (3)
Application of strategic planning and management concepts and techniques to health care sector; focus on strategy formation, strategic planning process, business planning and business development.

HADM 7105 - Hlth Policy & Org Hlth Svs (3)
This course explores the history and development of health policy and organization in the U.S., the forces affecting health policy, the impact of policy on health services delivery, and the most recent health care reform efforts. The course also covers the most basic knowledge, skills and attitudes required to manage health care organizations effectively.

HADM 7106 - Health Services Resrch (3)
(POLS 7-8601). Issues and techniques in data collection for design and implementation of independent research projects; logic of conducting health services research, measurement, ethical considerations, logic of sampling, various methods of collecting data for health services research, and writing research proposal; introduction to program evaluation and specific quantitative decision-making techniques; overview of epidemiological concepts and techniques. PREREQUISITE: POLS 6101 or permission of graduate coordinator.

HADM 7107 - Health Care Ethics (3)
Overview of ethical theory and its relationship to individual and community health; discusses critical issues, including beginning of life, end of life, medical research, access to care, and justice; emphasizes the critical decision making of individuals and how ethical thinking might inform public policy.

HADM 7108 - Health Care Finance I (3)
Introduction to accounting and financial management focusing on the health care industry; includes understanding financial reports, cost behavior and profit analysis, cost allocation, pricing and service decisions, managerial accounting, planning and budgeting, time value analysis, and financial risk and return.

HADM 7109 - Hlth Admin Info Systems (3)
Introduction to health information systems built around and upon the manager's role in the application in clinical settings of automated solutions to problems and concerns in today's health care service industry. PREREQUISITE: HADM 6101.

HADM 7110 - Health Mgmt Leadership (3)
Synthesis of theories, strategies, and systems of managing and leading health care organizations; emphasis on team leadership skills, utilization and outcome analysis, change strategies, and planning.

HADM 7111 - Issues Hlth Serv Admn (3)
Seminar for discussion of health problems for underserved populations in US health care system; issues include cultural diversity, social diversity, health care access, and health disparities among and between diverse populations; focuses on improving patient-provider relations and staff relations through understanding diversity.

HADM 7113 - Sem Managed Hlth Care (3)
Role of health service administrator in a managed care organization (MCO); theories of negotiation, incentives structure, pricing, information systems, legal aspects, and regulatory issues applied to practical management situations for the MCO administrator; issues in public/private managed care markets addressed in class lecture, discussion, and group/individual projects.

HADM 7115 - Public Health Organizatn/Mgmt (3)
This course synthesizes theories, strategies and systems of leading public health care organizations. This course is designed for graduate students in a variety of health disciplines. The course will cover leading theories of leadership and focus on application in public health organizations. Topics include but are not limited to systems thinking, leading change and innovation, community health leadership, and public health law and ethics.

HADM 7116 - Adm Health Serv Orgs (3)
Introduction to analysis of administrative practices in health services organizations: examines leadership roles, analyzes impact of professional roles on process within the organization, examines evolution of organizational design, appraises accountability relative to public trust.

HADM 7117 - Physician Practice Mgmt (3)
Examines environmental context, financial management, operations management, human resources management, planning and marketing, and strategic management within the variety of ambulatory settings.

HADM 7120 - Independent Study (3)
Independent investigation of research problems or directed readings in selected area of health administration. PREREQUISITE: Permission of graduate coordinator. Grades of A-F, or IP will be given.

HADM 7190 - Internship Hlth Admn I (1-6)
Participation in a field experience program, including a written report critically describing the student's responsibilities. Field experience may result from a supervised internship in cooperating public and non-profit organizations or from an appropriate administrative experience if the student is employed in a public or non-profit organization. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of a minimum of 26 hours in the Health Administration program and permission of graduate coordinator. Grades of S, U, or IP will be given.

HADM 7204 - Healthcare Qual & Outcms Mgmt (3)
This course is designed to acquaint the student with quality management philosophies, approaches, and methodologies for improving health systems and processes. Students completing this course will be able to identify, analyze and create a basic quality/outcome research proposal.

HADM 7206 - Managerial Epidemiology (3)
Introduction to principles and tools of epidemiology, exploring distribution and determinants of disease, and examining ways to apply this knowledge to the management of health service organizations.

HADM 7208 - Health Care Finance II (3)
Continuation of tools and techniques for financial management in health care settings, blending theory and practice through lecture and case analysis to provide students an opportunity to apply theory presented in class to practical examples. PREREQUISITE: HADM 7108-8108

HADM 7209 - Quant Methods for Hlth Svcs (3)
Covers use and capabilities of Excel, particularly in the functional ability to construct operational and financial models for healthcare organizations; encourages active "hands-on" participation of students in the learning process; all data sets relate specifically to health care: e.g.: DRG codes, lengths of stay, Medicare charges, ICD-9 codes, diagnoses, etc.

HADM 7210 - Comp Expr/Hlth Care Mgmt (3)
Capstone course for the MHA program, requiring students to draw from all previous learning in the program. Major focus is a small-team project to create a needs analysis; identify gaps in health care services; plan an intervention (service or facility); and determine how to create, finance, staff, and deliver the intervention. Preparation of a Certificate of Needs (CON) also required. PREREQUISITE: Minimum of 41 credit hours.

HADM 7605 - Human Resources Admin (3)
(POLS 7-8605). Policies, methods, and techniques utilized in public and health organizations; special attention is given to problems reflecting contemporary demands upon human resource systems, capacity to diagnose problems, select the most effective means of addressing them, and plan appropriate courses of action developed through case studies.

HADM 7703 - Reading For Comps (3)
Arranged on an individual basis for graduate students in health administration only. PREREQUISITE: Completion of degree requirements or in the last two semesters of program. Grades of S, U, or IP will be given.

HADM 7718 - Med Tech Purchasing/Sales (3)
Describes changing health care market environment, provides knowledge and skills about purchasing behavior and selling strategies important in adoption of medical technologies and services surrounding their adoption; reviews purchasing behaviors of key stakeholders e.g., physicians, pharmacists, and materials managers in major health care institutions; covers appropriate approaches to selling medical technology products to health institutions. PREREQUISITE: Permission of the Graduate Coordinator.

HADM 7996 - Thesis (1-6)
The student must write and defend satisfactorily a thesis on a subject approved by the major professor.Grades of S, U, or IP will be given.

HADM 8102 - Health Care Law (3)
Covers legal topics in relationship to their effect on operation of health care organizations; includes informed consent, research, confidentiality, professional negligence, regulation of health care provider conduct, and other relevant topics.

HADM 8103 - Health Planning (3)
Application of strategic planning and management concepts and techniques to health care sector; focus on strategy formation, strategic planning process, business planning and business development.

HADM 8105 - Govt Regul Hlth Ser (3)
Explores development of health policy and regulation in the US, forces affecting health policy, and impact of regulation on health care delivery; regulatory issues and health care reform discussed and debated.

HADM 8106 - Health Services Resrch (3)
(POLS 7-8601). Issues and techniques in data collection for design and implementation of independent research projects; logic of conducting health services research, measurement, ethical considerations, logic of sampling, various methods of collecting data for health services research, and writing research proposal; introduction to program evaluation and specific quantitative decision-making techniques; overview of epidemiological concepts and techniques. PREREQUISITE: POLS 6101 or permission of graduate coordinator.

HADM 8107 - Health Care Ethics (3)
Overview of ethical theory and its relationship to individual and community health; discusses critical issues, including beginning of life, end of life, medical research, access to care, and justice; emphasizes the critical decision making of individuals and how ethical thinking might inform public policy.

HADM 8108 - Health Care Finance I (3)
Introduction to accounting and financial management focusing on the health care industry; includes understanding financial reports, cost behavior and profit analysis, cost allocation, pricing and service decisions, managerial accounting, planning and budgeting, time value analysis, and financial risk and return.

HADM 8109 - Hlth Admin Info Systems (3)
Introduction to health information systems built around and upon the manager's role in the application in clinical settings of automated solutions to problems and concerns in today's health care service industry. PREREQUISITE: HADM 6101.

HADM 8113 - Sem Managed Hlth Care (3)
Role of health service administrator in a managed care organization (MCO); theories of negotiation, incentives structure, pricing, information systems, legal aspects, and regulatory issues applied to practical management situations for the MCO administrator; issues in public/private managed care markets addressed in class lecture, discussion, and group/individual projects.

HADM 8115 - Public Health Organizatn/Mgmt (3)
This course synthesizes theories, strategies and systems of leading public health care organizations. This course is designed for graduate students in a variety of health disciplines. The course will cover leading theories of leadership and focus on application in public health organizations. Topics include but are not limited to systems thinking, leading change and innovation, community health leadership, and public health law and ethics.

HADM 8116 - Adm Health Serv Orgs (3)
Introduction to analysis of administrative practices in health services organizations: examines leadership roles, analyzes impact of professional roles on process within the organization, examines evolution of organizational design, appraises accountability relative to public trust.

HADM 8117 - Ambulatory Pract Mgmt (3)
Examines environmental context, financial management, operations management, human resources management, planning and marketing, and strategic management within the variety of ambulatory settings.

HADM 8120 - Independent Study (3)
Independent investigation of research problems or directed readings in selected area of health administration. PREREQUISITE: Permission of graduate coordinator. Grades of A-F, or IP will be given.

HADM 8204 - Quality/Outcome Mgmt Hlth Care (3)
This course is designed to acquaint the student with quality management philosophies, approaches, and methodologies for improving health systems and processes. Students completing this course will be able to identify, analyze and create a basic quality/outcome research proposal.

HADM 8208 - Health Care Finance II (3)
Continuation of tools and techniques for financial management in health care settings, blending theory and practice through lecture and case analysis to provide students an opportunity to apply theory presented in class to practical examples. PREREQUISITE: HADM 7108-8108

HADM 8605 - Human Resources Admin (3)
(POLS 7-8605). Policies, methods, and techniques utilized in public and health organizations; special attention is given to problems reflecting contemporary demands upon human resource systems, capacity to diagnose problems, select the most effective means of addressing them, and plan appropriate courses of action developed through case studies.

HADM 8718 - Med Tech Purchasing/Sales (3)
Describes changing health care market environment, provides knowledge and skills about purchasing behavior and selling strategies important in adoption of medical technologies and services surrounding their adoption; reviews purchasing behaviors of key stakeholders e.g., physicians, pharmacists, and materials managers in major health care institutions; covers appropriate approaches to selling medical technology products to health institutions. PREREQUISITE: Permission of the Graduate Coordinator.

PUBLIC HEALTH (PUBH)


PUBH 7014 - Public Health Communication (3)
(COMM 7014-8014) Explores the communication processes and practices that can be used to promote positive change in health behaviors, including the rhetorical exigencies inherent in public health care communication, the various formats for disseminating medical information, and the specific audience needs that health care communication must address.

PUBH 7104 - Large Data Sets/PUBH Research (3)
This course addresses secondary data analysis of health quality and outcomes issues. Secondary data analysis using large, public data sets will be examined. Issues related to secondary analysis and drawing items from multiple data sets will be discussed. Analytical techniques such as adjustments for missing data, transformations of data, and risk adjusstment will be applied using public data sets.

PUBH 7120 - Environmental Health I (3)
Introduces complex and interlinked environmental issues facing public health professionals; presents concepts, principles, and applications of natural and social science disciplines forming the basis of environmental health; introduces environmental issues relevant to health problems; develops communication skills by discussing public health issues and environmental policies.

PUBH 7122 - Environmental Health II (3)
This course focuses on specific cases of environmental hazards and related health problems. It also focuses on the applied aspect of sources of environmental data, methods of environmental data collection, risk assessment and use of such data for policy development and risk management.

PUBH 7124 - Environmental Toxicology (3)
This course discusses basic principles governing the behavior and effects of toxic chemicals released into the environment; sources, distribution, and fate of toxic chemicals in the environment; chemicals and cancer and birth defects; government regulation of chemical hazards. Focus is on human health impacts of chemicals found in the workplace and general environment.

PUBH 7125 - Environmental Health Microbiol (3)
This course provides introduction to foodborne and waterborne microbial disease including sources and routes of transmission of microbes from the environment to humans; identification of common water and foodborne pathogens and methods for their detection and surveillance; safe preservation and intervention methods to reduce microbial loads in food and water; regulatory aspects of prevention of foodborne disease and how information from surveillance is used to improve public health policy and practice. PRE-REQUISITE: one college level course in both biology and chemistry.

PUBH 7126 - Prin Exposure/Risk Assessmnt (3)
Understanding of exposure and risk is a necessary application and of growing importance in environmental health studies. This course is designed to provide concepts, methods, models, statistics and theory necessary for the assessment of exposure to environmental agents and health risk from exposures. Topics to be covered include: the selection of study populations; identification and quantification of exposure pathways; the design of exposure assessment strategies; exposure measurement methods; risk assessment framework, modeling of health effects; and derivation of risk estimates. Specific examples of exposure and risk assessments will be analyzed and critiqued.

PUBH 7128 - Envrnmnt Policy/DecisionMaking (3)
The course will present regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to the management of toxic substances in the environment, with emphasis on the scientific/technical basis for toxic substances control. It will examine approaches at the international level, in the European Union, and at the federal and state levels in the U.S. Overviews of each approach will be provided with the majority of the course dedicated to examination of the use of risk-based and public health-based approaches to toxicant control in regulatory as well as non-regulatory contexts. Topics that will be integrated into this examination include risk communication, risk perception, risk-benefit and cost-benefit analysis, and environmental justice.PRE-REQUISITES: 7124-8124 and 7126-8126

PUBH 7129 - Envrnmntl Sampling & Analysis (3)
This is a graduate level laboratory and lecture course on principles, equipment, instrumentation, methodologies, and strategies for measuring environmental chemical and biological contaminants. We will examine sampling techniques, analytical methods, quality assurance/quality control, and regulatory mandates applied to air, water and soil samples. It is designed for students in the environmental health sciences and other graduate students interested in occupational and ambient-environmental exposure assessments for regulatory compliance and risk estimation.

PUBH 7130 - Social Determinants of Health (3)
This course focuses on the systematic study of the economic and social conditions which determine health. It examines the social gradient in health and explores how social influences such as poverty, social capital, job security, neighborhood characteristics, social support, transportation, discrimination, and stress affect health and longevity. It also explores structural interventions in shaping social environments that are conducive to better health. PRE-REQUISITE: PUBH 7160/8160 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR

PUBH 7131 - Social/Behavioral Policy Devel (3)
This course will introduce students to how theories and methods in the social and behavioral sciences are applied to the development and implementation of public policy aimed at health prevention and promotion. Several current primary and secondary prevention issues will be used as exemplars, including tobacco control, physical activity, injury control, and regulation of food supply.

PUBH 7132 - Health Program Evaluation (3)
This graduate seminar provides qualitative and quantitative perspectives on health program evaluation. The course examines various models, theories, methods, and processes in evaluating community and public health programs. It is a practice-oriented course and facilitates students developing applied skills in the field of health program evaluation.

PUBH 7135 - Social Ntwrk Concepts in PUBH (3)
This course introduces students to the concepts of social networks and social relationships and how these factors are associated with health. Students will be provided with an overview of the history of social network research, social network constructs and measurements, and their application in health research and interventions. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7150 AND PUBH 7160, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.

PUBH 7140 - Epidemiology Chronic Disease (3)
This course is designed to provide graduate students with knowledge on major chronic diseases and skill on applying various epidemiologic methods to design and conduct epidemiological studies on chronic diseases. The course covers selected topics in chronic disease with critical analysis of the current epidemiologic literature.

PUBH 7141 - Epidemiologic Survey Method (3)
This course provides students in Public Health with the basic elements in designing and performing survey research. The course describes the initial steps in formulating and focusing the research question and proceeds to the key steps in performing survey research, i.e., identifying the target population, obtaining an appropriate sample, designing the survey instrument and implementing it.

PUBH 7150 - Biostatistical Methods I (3)
Introduces elementary methods for presenting public health data in summary form and analyzing data; not a mathematics course and will not stress derivations of formulae; instead, emphasizes the application of statistical ideas and methods to the design and interpretation of public health studies.

PUBH 7152 - Biostatistical Methods II (3)
This course is the second course in Biometric statistics for public health research. It is intended for advanced students in public health who are interested in gaining expertise in advanced Biometric data analysis. You will be introduced to Biometric statistical modeling techniques commonly used in public health as well as analysis procedures using SPSS and SAS computer software.

PUBH 7153 - Biostat. in Bioinformatics (3)
This course is offered every other year to Master (7000 level) and Doctoral (8000 level) students. This course focuses on statistical methods in application to bioinformatics data and other large data sets with similar features. Students will be introduced to R programming, a commonly used programming language implemented in bioinformatics data analyses. This will be an applied course with focus on learning the methods, applying the methods, and programming in R. Prerequisite: PUBH 7150 (Biostatistical Methods I).

PUBH 7155 - SPSS for Health Research (1)
designed to introduce SPH students to programming and data structure topics they would be expected to know when using SPSS in their coursework or job. Please note that this is not a statistics course so statistical programming or statistical procedures will not be covered. All programming topics will be demonstrated using public health data sets.

PUBH 7156 - SAS for Health Research (1)
designed to introduce SPH students to programming topics they would be expected to know when using SAS in their coursework or job. SAS is a very complex, sophisticated application so we will concentrate on the simple basics. This is strictly an applied course with obvious emphasis on using SAS Information Delivery Software, mainly SAS/base.

PUBH 7160 - Soc/Behav Science Principles (3)
This graduate level course will focus on the contribution of social and behavioral sciences to the understanding of the distribution, etiology, and solution of public health problems. The theoretical underpinnings of the most relevant explanation, planning, change, and evaluation theories will be reviewd in depth and illustrated with examples of the application of these models to helath promotion and disease prevention with individuals, groups and communities.

PUBH 7161 - Adv Psychosocial Thry Hlth (3)
This course provides a multidisciplinary theoretical approach to the study of health and health behavior. Emphasis is on the use of psychosocial theories in health-related practice, policy-making, and research. Other theoretical perspectives, such as the ecological and biopsychosocial models, are addressed in order to integrate these theoretical perspectives.

PUBH 7165 - PUBH Approaches to HIV/AIDS (3)
This course introduces students to critical issues in HIV/AIDS prevention in diverse community settings using an ecological perspective to understand how multiple levels of influence contribute to HIV/AIDS disparities. Social determinants of HIV/AIDS/STI transmission will be addressed. The course will integrate various approaches to eliminating HIV/AIDS disparities including community-based participatory research, faith-based initiatives, and community-based methods.

PUBH 7170 - Epidemiology in PUBH (3)
Provides foundation needed to interpret, use, and research epidemiological data; focuses on methodological aspects of epidemiology as it applies to investigation of public health problems and guidance of public health planning and policies.

PUBH 7172 - Epidemiology PUBH II (3)
This course is designed for epidemiology majors and other students requiring a more thorough knowledge of the concepts and methods used in epidemiological research. This course stresses analytical study designs and etiologic research. Topics include exposure-disease associations, threats to internal validity and their control, and valid interpretation of study results, including concepts of association, causality, and effect modification. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7150 AND PUBH 7170, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR

PUBH 7174 - Epidemiology PUBH III (3)
This course is designed for doctoral and advanced master's degree students. The course focuses on the nature of causality in biological systems and the methods by which it may be determined. The course also focuses on extracting, organizing and interpreting various evidence to support public health and medical practices. Both observational and experimental study designs are considered. Landmark studies from the epidemiologic literature will be extensively used to illustrate these issues. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7150, PUBH 7170, AND PUBH 7172, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.

PUBH 7175 - Lab Tech in Molecular Epi (3)
7000/8000 level; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 contact hours (2-5 pm)/week This course covers cross-disciplinary approaches incorporating genomics and proteomics- based molecular laboratory techniques/methods currently used in epidemiology to identify and detect risk factors for diseases and to facilitate intervention. In addition to lectures, the course includes a series of laboratory modules to provide students with hands-on experience in different laboratory methods used in epidemiologic studies, investigation in microbial infectious diseases, and cancer diagnostics and treatments. Prerequisite: at least one college level course in both biology and chemistry.

PUBH 7180 - Foundations of PUBH (3)
Provides foundation for critical analysis of current public health issues, facilitating discussion of contemporary issues and challenges of public health policy and practice; key topics include balancing individual and societal rights; public health ethics; health disparities; cultural competence, socio-ecologic approaches to promote health; public health concerns in urban communities; and current public health practice.

PUBH 7210 - Adv SAS Prog for PUBH Prof. II (3)
Special Topics course. This class introduces students to advanced SAS programming language statements and methods specifically for Data Management and reporting. Students will learn methods and techniques to identify data errors, use methods for data entry, maintain analytical data sets and summarize clinical/medical encounter data. This is a continuation of PUBH 7209 (Advanced SAS Programming I) usually offered in the fall semesters. PREREQUISITES: This course is an elective course for graduate students admitted into the School of Public Health program. Students outside the School of Public Health are welcome to take this course, but must first obtain permission from the instructor of this course. Students should have taken PUBH 7150 ? Biostatistical Methods I (or equivalent) and PUBH 7209 ? Advanced SAS Programming for Public Health Professionals I.

PUBH 7305 - Quant Meth Review Rsch (3)
(same as PSYC 7305-8305). This course focuses on quantitative strategies for reviewing research findings in the social sciences. These quantitative review techniques (often referred to as ?meta-analysis?) can help investigators summarize and resolve conflicts in past research. The course should be particularly useful to graduate students who are planning to conduct literature review as part of a research project, master?s thesis, or doctoral dissertation. PRE-REQUISITES: Students enrolled in this course are expected to have completed PSYC 7302/8302 or an equivalent graduate-level statistics course, and to have a basic understanding of the analysis of variance and multiple regression.

PUBH 7306 - Linear Struct Modeling (3)
(PSYC 7306-8306). The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to structural equation modeling (SEM). An emphasis will be placed on helping students use/apply SEM methodology to answer research questions in their areas of interest. After completing this course, students should be able to (1) conduct structural equation analyses using SAS, AMOS, and Mplus, (2) communicate results of structural equation analyses in both written and verbal form, (3) evaluate strengths and limitations of studies employing SEM techniques, and (4) provide consultation to colleagues on SEM related issues. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7152 OR EQUIVALENT.

PUBH 7307 - App Struct Equ Modeling in PH (3)
This course will provide knowledge about the fundamentals of structural equation modeling, and its practical applications in public health. It will provide details of structural equation modeling, from statistical concepts to how to perform various types of structural equation analyses. Topics will include covariance structures, path diagrams, path analysis, model identification, model testing with emphasis on confirmatory factor analysis and invariance testing. Statistical software recommended for this course are SAS and SPSS AMOS. PREREQUISITE: PUBH 7152-8152

PUBH 7308 - Appl Multivariate Stat (3)
(PSYC 7308-8308). Covers multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) with independent designs and extensions to repeated measures and ANOVA. Goals include review of conceptual bases, learning SPSS and SAS procedures, learning analysis of simple and complex designs, and learning special post-hoc procedures. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7152/8152 OR EQUIVALENT.

PUBH 7309 - Appl Surv Analys in Pub Hlth (3)
This course will cover the statistical concepts and techniques that are useful in the field of public health for the analysis of survival data or time to event data. The course will examine the features unique to survival data which distinguishes these data from other more familiar types of data. Topics include survival functions, hazard rates, types of censoring and truncation. Methods will include life tables, Kaplan-Meier plots, log-rank tests, Cox regression models, and Inference for parametric regression models. Statistical software recommended for this course are SAS and SPSS. PREREQUISITE: PUBH 7150 or instructors permission.

PUBH 7310 - Mixed Model Regression Analys (3)
Instruction in the use of mixed-model regression with a focus on design and ananlysis of group-randomized trials; attention also given to analysis of data from surveys based on cluster sampling, longitudinal studies, and studies involving matching. Same as PSYC 7310-8310.

PUBH 7311 - Appl Categorical Data Analys (3)
Instruction includes tabular, logistic, and Poisson and Cox regression, as well as interpretation of SAS output. For advanced students in psychology, education, and public health pusuing a career in research. Same as PSYC 7311-8311.

PUBH 7333 - Addictive Behaviors (3)
This course provides public health students with an introduction to the historical, clinical, epidemiological, and public policy issues related to addictive behaviors, including alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and gambling. Students will be exposed to a variety of methodological approaches used by social and behavioral scientists to study addictive behaviors, including ethnography, surveys, geographical information systems, and clinical trials.

PUBH 7334 - Comm Based Part Resrch Mthds (3)
This course familiarizes students with key historical underpinnings of community based participatory research (CBPR), principles of CBPR practice, and methodological considerations in building community partnerships; community assessment; issue analysis; research planning; data gathering; and data sharing. The course will also address cultural competence; working with diverse populations; ethical considerations; as well as funding and Institutional Review Board issues.

PUBH 7335 - Struct/Environ Iss/Urban Comm (3)
This course focuses on concepts of risk and burden of disease in urban communities. It examines contemporary issues and challenges of the social, cultural, built, and physical environments of urban communities. Key topics include public health and urban health; roots of health inequality; risk and burden of disearse; stress, socio-economic and structural influences on health; and community-based approaches (CBPR) to address public health concerns in urban communities.

PUBH 7336 - Women's Health (3)
This course examines topics in women's health in the United States; the programs, services, and policies that affect women's health; and methodological issues in research about women's health. the epidemiology, measurement and interpretation of these factors, and how these factors can be translated into interventions, programs, and policy, will be of major interest.

PUBH 7337 - Eating Behavior,Nutr, & Family (3)
This graduate course examines family-based influences on feeding behavior and nutrition from a developmental perspective. Topics covered include how parent and family contextual factors affect the develoopment of eating behaviors across infancy, childhood and adolescence; the relation of parenting practices, eating attitudes, and parent characteristcs to feeding problems in special populations; and family influences on the development of disordered eating in children and adolescents.

PUBH 7338 - Critical Issues in Global Hlth (3)
This course focuses on critical issues in global health emphasizing the multidisciplinary approach to understanding global health problems as they occur within and across borders. Concepts include the interplay between global stressors such as population, urbanization, economics, environment, and war; and their effects on the spread of infectious and chronic diseases, nutrition, and environmental health.

PUBH 7339 - Transl Rsrch Meth Pop Hlth (3)
This course covers methods to plan, design and evaluate the potential translatability and public health impact of prevention interventions. Methodological issues to be considered include reach, representativeness, adoption, implementation, adaptation, impact, scalability, and sustainability of interventions. Measurement and metrics to assess these elements and evaluate their impact will be included.

PUBH 7340 - Behavioral Intervention Develp (3)
This course provides training in the development of theory-based behavioral interventions that are relevant to public health research and practice. Focuses on community and population level strategies and methods. PREREQUISITE: PUBH 7160-8160 or permission of instructor.

PUBH 7341 - Physical Activity/Public Hlth (3)
This course is an overview of physical activity programming and interventions within the public health framework. Students will study issues germane to physical activity and public health; acquire knowledge of current research, best practices, guidelines and recommendations for physical activity; and develop skills integral to the design, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs that are intended to promote physical activity in specific populations.

PUBH 7342 - Epidemiology Min/Ethnic Pop (3)
This course provides an evidence-based approach to the study of the epidemiology and heatlh disparities of racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. Emphasis is placed on historical events and immigration policies that have contributed to the prominent size of these populations, identification of data sources to describe this demographic imperative and health status, and on socio-political, cultural, and religious influences that inform public policy on health disparities.

PUBH 7343 - Tobacco Use:Cause,Conseq,Ctrl (3)
This course utilizes a multi-level approach to public health by providing a comprehensive overview of the health effects, history, marketing, politics, and control of tobacco use, combining medical, psychsocial, epidemiological and economic perspectives to give students a framework for understanding tobacco addiction and its prevention and treatment.

PUBH 7345 - Health Literacy (3)
(Same as COMM 7345-8345) This course will introduce students to the issues of health literacy from a public health perpective. We will explore the impact of health literacy on access to care, vulnerable populations, management of chronic illness, mental health, healthcare costs, and several other areas.

PUBH 7346 - Public Mental Health (3)
This course provides an overview of mental health issues from a public health perspective. Topics include differentiating mental health from mental illness, socio-economic disparities in mental illness, community-based services for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of prevalent mental illnesses, and major mental heatlh policy issues in the United States.

PUBH 7347 - Qualitative Mtds Hlth Research (3)
This course provides an overview of qualitative research methods commonly used in health related research, including the basic skills needed for data collection and analysis and an understanding of philosophical and epistemological roots. Students will learn to develop and critique a qualitative research proposal in terms of design, technique, analysis and interpretation.

PUBH 7348 - Hlth Equity,Cult Comp,Soc Just (3)
This course provides a foundation for needs assessment of current public health issues to promote heatlh equity. Key topics include health disparities; cultural competence in community intervention development; cultural approaches to health, illness, and health-seeking behavior; and public health challenges in divers communities in achieving health equity and promoting social justice.

PUBH 7400 - Special Problems (3)
Independent investigation of a research problem or directed readings, in a selected area of public health chosen in consultation with the instructor. Only six hours of credit may be applied to a degree. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

PUBH 7442 - Cancer Epidemiology (3)
The course concentrates on distribution and trends of incidence, mortality and survival of major cancer types. It also discusses in depth current theories of cancer etiology, including radiation, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, occupation and other environmental, biologic and behavioral factors. Special issues of epidemiological research in cancer, such as study design, issues related to abstracting information from medical and other records and retrospective assessment of exposures will also be emphasized. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7150 AND PUBH 7170, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.

PUBH 7443 - Infectious Disease Epidemiolgy (3)
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts in infectious disease epidemiology. Topics include history and major concepts of infectious disease epidemiology, investigating new outbreaks, emerging infectious disease and bioterrorism. Measures for controlling infectious disease, such as surveillance, vaccination, and vector control will be taught. Major infectious diseases will be discussed in some detail, including HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and Flu. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7150 AND PUBH 7170, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.

PUBH 7444 - PUBH Surveillance Fundamentals (3)
This course covers topics related to the systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of health outcomes for use in planning, implementation, reporting, and evaluation of public health. Additional topics include basic concepts and procedures of sample designs, graphical techniques, and statistical methods of population sampling.

PUBH 7445 - Genetic Epidemiology (3)
This course will serve as a basic introduction to genetic epidemiology and its application in research. Basic concepts of human genetics will be introduced, and the research methods used to study the genetic basis of disease will be presented. Research methods discussed will include family based studies such as twin studies and affected sib pair linkage analyses, and candidate gene methods such as case-control, cohort and transmission/disequilibrium test. Gene-environment and gene-gene interaction will also be discussed. The course will conclude with a discussion of ethical issues around genetic epidemiology, current research and future directions. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7150 AND PUBH 7170, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.

PUBH 7447 - Public Health Genomics (3)
This course introduces students to the field of public health genomics through providing an overview of the field and evaluating challenges associated with the translation of genomic information into public health practices. The course materials will be presented on selected topics including: historical background of the field, genetic testing and counseling, communication of genomic information to public, using genomic information in disease prevention and health promotion efforts, genomic information in health care practices, ethical issues, genetics and race/health disparities, and implications of genomic information for communities.

PUBH 7450 - Randomized Clinical Trials (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in the conduct of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) including design, management, evaluation, and resource acquisition. Emphasis is placed on RCTs that are relevant to public health research and practice.

PUBH 7501 - Health Systems Organizations (3)
This course focuses on issues that contribute to assessing and improving the quality of health systems and services, including: institutional reforms and capacity building, politics and governance, health system financing, public/private partnerships, and building community capacity. The course will emphasize how problems come to be recognized and defined, their characteristics and magnitude, and plans and programs to alleviate them. Students will be taught to understand health system characteristics, problems, policies and management and to champion solutions to structural and behavioral challenges in the health care system.

PUBH 7502 - Hlth Policy, Theory & Methods (3)
This course provides students with historical, theoretical, and analytic foundations to conduct research in health policy. It is assumed that students are familiar with health systems and services and are aware of the major policy issues facing the US health care system today. In addition, students are expected to have basic knowledge of research methods and strategies. This class will apply this existing knowledge to policy research questions. Students are expected to demonstrate this knowledge in class discussions and presentations. PRE-REQUISITE: HADM 7105 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.

PUBH 7503 - Health Systems Decision-Making (3)
This course addresses decision-making processes associated with managing risk in healthcare organizations in multiple healthcare settings. Students will examine and evaluate the quality of risk management decisions for program-level decisions as well as for addressing enterprise-wide risks. Students will learn to structure challenging decision problems using critical thinking, to gather information, develop alternatives based upon organizational values, mission, and objectives, and determine the best course of action.

PUBH 7504 - IT & Organizational Change (3)
This course will focus on electronic medical records, and the potential for health IT to improve quality; the economics of healthcare IT; theories of diffusion of innovations; theories of the relationship between healthcare IT, and behavior, practice and healthcare organizational changes; the costs and benefits of healthcare IT in costs, benefits and quality improvement; and alternative health policy approaches to hasten IT adoption in health care.

PUBH 7505 - Aging, Pub Hlth, & Hlth Svs (3)
The graduate seminar introduces students to population aging and the current U.S. infrastructure designed to provide health services to the aging. It also focuses on federal and state policies that affect the health of older individuals as well as the systems designed to meet their health care needs. The class will follow an interactive seminar format with a combination of traditional lectures, guest speakers, student presentations, student-led discussions, and writing assignments.

PUBH 7601 - PUBH Preparedness & Response (3)
This course will introduce the organizational structure of emergency management and the specific role of public health emergency management in preparedness and response. Key topics include the common framework for emergency response, public health law, public health surveillance tools, and health concerns of vulnerable populations.

PUBH 7603 - PUBH Emergency Response Ldrshp (3)
This course will identify the range of hazards that public health emergency managers must confront in order to understand the public health consequences and create the plans that guide us through our response. Key topics include leadership and mitigation strategies that can reduce morbidity and mortality resulting from disasters.

PUBH 7710 - HealthCare Economics (3)
(cross-listed with ECON 7710-8710) Applies basic economic concepts to analyze health care market and evaluate health policies; including distinctive economic characteristics of health, health care industry, and health care professionals; American system of health care; current health care policy issues such as health care reform, managed care, and manpower planning. PREREQUISITES: ECON 7010 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

PUBH 7880 - Leadership Skills for GA (3)
Overview and practical demonstrations of leadership skills to enhance professional development for graduate assistants. NOTE: PUBH graduate students may not use this course to fulfill degree requirements. PREREQUISITE: PERMISSION OF ADVISOR.

PUBH 7985 - Practicum/Field Experience (3-6)


PUBH 7992 - Master's Project Seminar (3)
Capstone course for the MPH program, drawing from all previous learning in the program. Students identify a public health problem, develop a format for intervention, conduct the intervention, and evaluate program success; requires formal report and oral presentation. PREREQUISITES: Completion of core cousework and minimum of 24 credit hours toward the MPH degree. Grades of S, U, or IP will be given.

PUBH 7996 - Thesis (1-6)
Grades of S, U, or IP will be given.

PUBH 8014 - Public Health Communication (3)
(COMM 7014-8014) Explores the communication processes and practices that can be used to promote positive change in health behaviors, including the rhetorical exigencies inherent in public health care communication, the various formats for disseminating medical information, and the specific audience needs that health care communication must address.

PUBH 8104 - Large Data Sets/PUBH Research (3)
This course addresses secondary data analysis of health quality and outcomes issues. Secondary data analysis using large, public data sets will be examined. Issues related to secondary analysis and drawing items from multiple data sets will be discussed. Analytical techniques such as adjustments for missing data, transformations of data, and risk adjusstment will be applied using public data sets.

PUBH 8120 - Environmental Health I (3)
This doctoral course introduces complex and interlinked environmental issues facing public health professionals; presents concepts, principles, and applications of natural and social science disciplines forming the basis of environmental health; introduces environmental issues relevant to health problems; develops communication skills by discussing public health issues and environmental policies.

PUBH 8122 - Environmental Health II (3)
This course focuses on specific cases of environmental hazards and related health problems. It also focuses on the applied aspect of sources of environmental data, methods of environmental data collection, risk assessment and use of such data for policy development and risk management.

PUBH 8124 - Environmental Toxicology (3)
This course discusses basic principles governing the behavior and effects of toxic chemicals released into the environment; sources, distribution, and fate of toxic chemicals in the environment; chemicals and cancer and birth defects; government regulation of chemical hazards. Focus is on human health impacts of chemicals found in the workplace and general environment.

PUBH 8125 - Environmental Health Microbiol (3)
This course provides introduction to foodborne and waterborne microbial disease including sources and routes of transmission of microbes from the environment to humans; identification of common water and foodborne pathogens and methods for their detection and surveillance; safe preservation and intervention methods to reduce microbial loads in food and water; regulatory aspects of prevention of foodborne disease and how information from surveillance is used to improve public health policy and practice. PRE-REQUISITE: one college level course in both biology and chemistry.

PUBH 8126 - Prin Exposure/Risk Assessmnt (3)
Understanding of exposure and risk is a necessary application and of growing importance in environmental health studies. This course is designed to provide concepts, methods, models, statistics and theory necessary for the assessment of exposure to environmental agents and health risk from exposures. Topics to be covered include: the selection of study populations; identification and quantification of exposure pathways; the design of exposure assessment strategies; exposure measurement methods; risk assessment framework, modeling of health effects; and derivation of risk estimates. Specific examples of exposure and risk assessments will be analyzed and critiqued.

PUBH 8128 - Envrnmnt Policy/DecisionMaking (3)
The course will present regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to the management of toxic substances in the environment, with emphasis on the scientific/technical basis for toxic substances control. It will examine approaches at the international level, in the European Union, and at the federal and state levels in the U.S. Overviews of each approach will be provided with the majority of the course dedicated to examination of the use of risk-based and public health-based approaches to toxicant control in regulatory as well as non-regulatory contexts. Topics that will be integrated into this examination include risk communication, risk perception, risk-benefit and cost-benefit analysis, and environmental justice.PRE-REQUISITES: 7124-8124 and 7126-8126

PUBH 8129 - Envrnmntl Sampling & Analysis (3)
This is a graduate level laboratory and lecture course on principles, equipment, instrumentation, methodologies, and strategies for measuring environmental chemical and biological contaminants. We will examine sampling techniques, analytical methods, quality assurance/quality control, and regulatory mandates applied to air, water and soil samples. It is designed for students in the environmental health sciences and other graduate students interested in occupational and ambient-environmental exposure assessments for regulatory compliance and risk estimation.

PUBH 8130 - Social Determinants of Health (3)
This course focuses on the systematic study of the economic and social conditions which determine health. It examines the social gradient in health and explores how social influences such as poverty, social capital, job security, neighborhood characteristics, social support, transportation, discrimination, and stress affect health and longevity. It also explores structural interventions in shaping social environments that are conducive to better health. PRE-REQUISITE: PUBH 7160/8160 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR

PUBH 8131 - Social/Behavioral Policy Devel (3)
This course will introduce students to how theories and methods in the social and behavioral sciences are applied to the development and implementation of public policy aimed at health prevention and promotion. Several current primary and secondary prevention issues will be used as exemplars, including tobacco control, physical activity, injury control, and regulation of food supply.

PUBH 8132 - Health Program Evaluation (3)
This graduate seminar provides qualitative and quantitative perspectives on health program evaluation. The course examines various models, theories, methods, and processes in evaluating community and public health programs. It is a practice-oriented course and facilitates students developing applied skills in the field of health program evaluation.

PUBH 8135 - Social Ntwrk Concepts in PUBH (3)
This course introduces students to the concepts of social networks and social relationships and how these factors are associated with health. Students will be provided with an overview of the history of social network research, social network constructs and measurements, and their application in health research and interventions. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7150 AND PUBH 7160, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.

PUBH 8140 - Epidemiology Chronic Disease (3)
This course is designed to provide graduate students with knowledge on major chronic diseases and skill on applying various epidemiologic methods to design and conduct epidemiological studies on chronic diseases. The course covers selected topics in chronic disease with critical analysis of the current epidemiologic literature.

PUBH 8141 - Epidemiologic Survey Method (3)
This course provides students in Public Health with the basic elements in designing and performing survey research. The course describes the initial steps in formulating and focusing the research question and proceeds to the key steps in performing survey research, i.e., identifying the target population, obtaining an appropriate sample, designing the survey instrument and implementing it.

PUBH 8150 - Biostatistical Methods I (3)
Introduces elementary methods for presenting public health data in summary form and analyzing data; not a mathematics course and will not stress derivations of formulae; instead, emphasizes the application of statistical ideas and methods to the design and interpretation of public health studies.

PUBH 8152 - Biostatistical Methods II (3)
This course is the second course in Biometric statistics for public health research. It is intended for advanced students in public health who are interested in gaining expertise in advanced Biometric data analysis. You will be introduced to Biometric statistical modeling techniques commonly used in public health as well as analysis procedures using SPSS and SAS computer software.

PUBH 8153 - Biostat. in Bioinformatics (3)
This course is offered every other year to Master (7000 level) and Doctoral (8000 level) students. This course focuses on statistical methods in application to bioinformatics data and other large data sets with similar features. Students will be introduced to R programming, a commonly used programming language implemented in bioinformatics data analyses. This will be an applied course with focus on learning the methods, applying the methods, and programming in R. Prerequisite: PUBH 7150 (Biostatistical Methods I).

PUBH 8155 - SPSS for Health Research (1)
designed to introduce SPH students to programming and data structure topics they would be expected to know when using SPSS in their coursework or job. Please note that this is not a statistics course so statistical programming or statistical procedures will not be covered. All programming topics will be demonstrated using public health data sets.

PUBH 8156 - SAS for Health Research (1)
designed to introduce SPH students to programming topics they would be expected to know when using SAS in their coursework or job. SAS is a very complex, sophisticated application so we will concentrate on the simple basics. This is strictly an applied course with obvious emphasis on using SAS Information Delivery Software, mainly SAS/base.

PUBH 8160 - Soc/Behav Science Principles (3)
This graduate level course will focus on the contribution of social and behavioral sciences to the understanding of the distribution, etiology, and solution of public health problems. The theoretical underpinnings of the most relevant explanation, planning, change, and evaluation theories will be reviewd in depth and illustrated with examples of the application of these models to helath promotion and disease prevention with individuals, groups and communities.

PUBH 8161 - Adv Psychosocial Thry Hlth (3)
This course provides a multidisciplinary theoretical approach to the study of health and health behavior. Emphasis is on the use of psychosocial theories in health-related practice, policy-making, and research. Other theoretical perspectives, such as the ecological and biopsychosocial models, are addressed in order to integrate these theoretical perspectives.

PUBH 8165 - PUBH Approaches to HIV/AIDS (3)
This course introduces students to critical issues in HIV/AIDS prevention in diverse community settings using an ecological perspective to understand how multiple levels of influence contribute to HIV/AIDS disparities. Social determinants of HIV/AIDS/STI transmission will be addressed. The course will integrate various approaches to eliminating HIV/AIDS disparities including community-based participatory research, faith-based initiatives, and community-based methods.

PUBH 8170 - Epidemiology in PUBH (3)
This doctoral level course provides foundation needed to interpret, use, and research epidemiological data; focuses on methodological aspects of epidemiology as it applies to investigation of public health problems and guidance of public health planning and policies.

PUBH 8172 - Epidemiology PUBH II (3)
This course is designed for epidemiology majors and other students requiring a more thorough knowledge of the concepts and methods used in epidemiological research. This course stresses analytical study designs and etiologic research. Topics include exposure-disease associations, threats to internal validity and their control, and valid interpretation of study results, including concepts of association, causality, and effect modification. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7150 AND PUBH 7170, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR

PUBH 8174 - Epidemiology PUBH III (3)
This course is designed for doctoral and advanced master's degree students. The course focuses on the nature of causality in biological systems and the methods by which it may be determined. The course also focuses on extracting, organizing and interpreting various evidence to support public health and medical practices. Both observational and experimental study designs are considered. Landmark studies from the epidemiologic literature will be extensively used to illustrate these issues. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7150, PUBH 7170, AND PUBH 7172, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.

PUBH 8175 - Lab Tech in Molecular Epi (3)
7000/8000 level; Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 contact hours (2-5 pm)/week This course covers cross-disciplinary approaches incorporating genomics and proteomics- based molecular laboratory techniques/methods currently used in epidemiology to identify and detect risk factors for diseases and to facilitate intervention. In addition to lectures, the course includes a series of laboratory modules to provide students with hands-on experience in different laboratory methods used in epidemiologic studies, investigation in microbial infectious diseases, and cancer diagnostics and treatments. Prerequisite: at least one college level course in both biology and chemistry.

PUBH 8180 - Foundations of Public Health (3)
Provides foundation for critical analysis of current public health issues, facilitating discussion of contemporary issues and challenges of public health policy and practice; key topics include balancing individual and societal rights; public health ethics; health disparities; cultural competence, socio-ecologic appraches to promote health; public health concerns in urban communities; and current public health practice.

PUBH 8210 - Adv SAS Prog for PUBH Prof. II (3)
Special Topics course. This class introduces students to advanced SAS programming language statements and methods specifically for Data Management and reporting. Students will learn methods and techniques to identify data errors, use methods for data entry, maintain analytical data sets and summarize clinical/medical encounter data. This is a continuation of PUBH 7209 (Advanced SAS Programming I) usually offered in the fall semesters. PREREQUISITES: This course is an elective course for graduate students admitted into the School of Public Health program. Students outside the School of Public Health are welcome to take this course, but must first obtain permission from the instructor of this course. Students should have taken PUBH 7150 ? Biostatistical Methods I (or equivalent) and PUBH 7209 ? Advanced SAS Programming for Public Health Professionals I.

PUBH 8305 - Quant Meth Review Rsch (3)
(same as PSYC 7305-8305). This course focuses on quantitative strategies for reviewing research findings in the social sciences. These quantitative review techniques (often referred to as ?meta-analysis?) can help investigators summarize and resolve conflicts in past research. The course should be particularly useful to graduate students who are planning to conduct literature review as part of a research project, master?s thesis, or doctoral dissertation. PRE-REQUISITES: Students enrolled in this course are expected to have completed PSYC 7302/8302 or an equivalent graduate-level statistics course, and to have a basic understanding of the analysis of variance and multiple regression.

PUBH 8306 - Linear Struct Modeling (3)
(PSYC 7306-8306). The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to structural equation modeling (SEM). An emphasis will be placed on helping students use/apply SEM methodology to answer research questions in their areas of interest. After completing this course, students should be able to (1) conduct structural equation analyses using SAS, AMOS, and Mplus, (2) communicate results of structural equation analyses in both written and verbal form, (3) evaluate strengths and limitations of studies employing SEM techniques, and (4) provide consultation to colleagues on SEM related issues. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7152 OR EQUIVALENT.

PUBH 8307 - App Struct Equ Modeling in PH (3)
This course will provide knowledge about the fundamentals of structural equation modeling, and its practical applications in public health. It will provide details of structural equation modeling, from statistical concepts to how to perform various types of structural equation analyses. Topics will include covariance structures, path diagrams, path analysis, model identification, model testing with emphasis on confirmatory factor analysis and invariance testing. Statistical software recommended for this course are SAS and SPSS AMOS. PREREQUISITE: PUBH 7152-8152

PUBH 8308 - Appl Multivariate Stat (3)
(PSYC 7308-8308). Covers multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) with independent designs and extensions to repeated measures and ANOVA. Goals include review of conceptual bases, learning SPSS and SAS procedures, learning analysis of simple and complex designs, and learning special post-hoc procedures. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7152/8152 OR EQUIVALENT.

PUBH 8309 - Appl Surv Analys in Pub Hlth (3)
This course will cover the statistical concepts and techniques that are useful in the field of public health for the analysis of survival data or time to event data. The course will examine the features unique to survival data which distinguishes these data from other more familiar types of data. Topics include survival functions, hazard rates, types of censoring and truncation. Methods will include life tables, Kaplan-Meier plots, log-rank tests, Cox regression models, and Inference for parametric regression models. Statistical software recommended for this course are SAS and SPSS. PREREQUISITE: PUBH 7150 or instructors permission.

PUBH 8310 - Mixed Model Regression Analys (3)
Instruction in the use of mixed-model regression with a focus on design and ananlysis of group-randomized trials; attention also given to analysis of data from surveys based on cluster sampling, longitudinal studies, and studies involving matching. Same as PSYC 7310-8310.

PUBH 8311 - Appl Categorical Data Analys (3)
Instruction includes tabular, logistic, and Poisson and Cox regression, as well as interpretation of SAS output. For advanced students in psychology, education, and public health pusuing a career in research. Same as PSYC 7311-8311.

PUBH 8333 - Addictive Behaviors (3)
This course provides public health students with an introduction to the historical, clinical, epidemiological, and public policy issues related to addictive behaviors, including alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and gambling. Students will be exposed to a variety of methodological approaches used by social and behavioral scientists to study addictive behaviors, including ethnography, surveys, geographical information systems, and clinical trials.

PUBH 8334 - Comm Based Part Resrch Mthds (3)
This course familiarizes students with key historical underpinnings of community based participatory research (CBPR), principles of CBPR practice, and methodological considerations in building community partnerships; community assessment; issue analysis; research planning; data gathering; and data sharing. The course will also address cultural competence; working with diverse populations; ethical considerations; as well as funding and Institutional Review Board issues.

PUBH 8335 - Struct/Environ Iss/Urban Comm (3)
This course focuses on concepts of risk and burden of disease in urban communities. It examines contemporary issues and challenges of the social, cultural, built, and physical environments of urban communities. Key topics include public health and urban health; roots of health inequality; risk and burden of disearse; stress, socio-economic and structural influences on health; and community-based approaches (CBPR) to address public health concerns in urban communities.

PUBH 8336 - Women's Health (3)
This course examines topics in women's health in the United States; the programs, services, and policies that affect women's health; and methodological issues in research about women's health. the epidemiology, measurement and interpretation of these factors, and how these factors can be translated into interventions, programs, and policy, will be of major interest.

PUBH 8337 - Eating Behavior,Nutr, & Family (3)
This graduate course examines family-based influences on feeding behavior and nutrition from a developmental perspective. Topics covered include how parent and family contextual factors affect the develoopment of eating behaviors across infancy, childhood and adolescence; the relation of parenting practices, eating attitudes, and parent characteristcs to feeding problems in special populations; and family influences on the development of disordered eating in children and adolescents.

PUBH 8338 - Critical Issues in Global Hlth (3)
This course focuses on critical issues in global health emphasizing the multidisciplinary approach to understanding global health problems as they occur within and across borders. Concepts include the interplay between global stressors such as population, urbanization, economics, environment, and war; and their effects on the spread of infectious and chronic diseases, nutrition, and environmental health.

PUBH 8339 - Transl Rsrch Meth Pop Hlth (3)
This course covers methods to plan, design and evaluate the potential translatability and public health impact of prevention interventions. Methodological issues to be considered include reach, representativeness, adoption, implementation, adaptation, impact, scalability, and sustainability of interventions. Measurement and metrics to assess these elements and evaluate their impact will be included.

PUBH 8340 - Behavioral Intervention Develp (3)
This course provides training in the development of theory-based behavioral interventions that are relevant to public health research and practice. Focuses on community and population level strategies and methods. PREREQUISITE: PUBH 7160-8160 or permission of instructor.

PUBH 8341 - Physical Activity/Public Hlth (3)
This course is an overview of physical activity programming and interventions within the public health framework. Students will study issues germane to physical activity and public health; acquire knowledge of current research, best practices, guidelines and recommendations for physical activity; and develop skills integral to the design, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs that are intended to promote physical activity in specific populations.

PUBH 8342 - Epidemiology Min/Ethnic Pop (3)
This course provides an evidence-based approach to the study of the epidemiology and heatlh disparities of racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. Emphasis is placed on historical events and immigration policies that have contributed to the prominent size of these populations, identification of data sources to describe this demographic imperative and health status, and on socio-political, cultural, and religious influences that inform public policy on health disparities.

PUBH 8343 - Tobacco Use:Cause,Conseq,Ctrl (3)
This course utilizes a multi-level approach to public health by providing a comprehensive overview of the health effects, history, marketing, politics, and control of tobacco use, combining medical, psychsocial, epidemiological and economic perspectives to give students a framework for understanding tobacco addiction and its prevention and treatment.

PUBH 8345 - Health Literacy (3)
(Same as COMM 7345-8345) This course will introduce students to the issues of health literacy from a public health perpective. We will explore the impact of health literacy on access to care, vulnerable populations, management of chronic illness, mental health, healthcare costs, and several other areas.

PUBH 8346 - Public Mental Health (3)
This course provides an overview of mental health issues from a public health perspective. Topics include differentiating mental health from mental illness, socio-economic disparities in mental illness, community-based services for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of prevalent mental illnesses, and major mental heatlh policy issues in the United States.

PUBH 8347 - Qualitative Mtds Hlth Research (3)
This course provides an overview of qualitative research methods commonly used in health related research, including the basic skills needed for data collection and analysis and an understanding of philosophical and epistemological roots. Students will learn to develop and critique a qualitative research proposal in terms of design, technique, analysis and interpretation.

PUBH 8348 - Hlth Equity,Cult Comp,Soc Just (3)
This course provides a foundation for needs assessment of current public health issues to promote heatlh equity. Key topics include health disparities; cultural competence in community intervention development; cultural approaches to health, illness, and health-seeking behavior; and public health challenges in divers communities in achieving health equity and promoting social justice.

PUBH 8400 - Special Problems (3)
Independent investigation of a research problem or directed readings, in a selected area of public health chosen in consultation with the instructor. Only six hours of credit may be applied to a degree. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

PUBH 8442 - Cancer Epidemiology (3)
The course concentrates on distribution and trends of incidence, mortality and survival of major cancer types. It also discusses in depth current theories of cancer etiology, including radiation, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, occupation and other environmental, biologic and behavioral factors. Special issues of epidemiological research in cancer, such as study design, issues related to abstracting information from medical and other records and retrospective assessment of exposures will also be emphasized. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7150 AND PUBH 7170, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.

PUBH 8443 - Infectious Disease Epidemiolgy (3)
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts in infectious disease epidemiology. Topics include history and major concepts of infectious disease epidemiology, investigating new outbreaks, emerging infectious disease and bioterrorism. Measures for controlling infectious disease, such as surveillance, vaccination, and vector control will be taught. Major infectious diseases will be discussed in some detail, including HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and Flu. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7150 AND PUBH 7170, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.

PUBH 8444 - PUBH Surveillance Fundamentals (3)
This course covers topics related to the systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of health outcomes for use in planning, implementation, reporting, and evaluation of public health. Additional topics include basic concepts and procedures of sample designs, graphical techniques, and statistical methods of population sampling.

PUBH 8445 - Genetic Epidemiology (3)
This course will serve as a basic introduction to genetic epidemiology and its application in research. Basic concepts of human genetics will be introduced, and the research methods used to study the genetic basis of disease will be presented. Research methods discussed will include family based studies such as twin studies and affected sib pair linkage analyses, and candidate gene methods such as case-control, cohort and transmission/disequilibrium test. Gene-environment and gene-gene interaction will also be discussed. The course will conclude with a discussion of ethical issues around genetic epidemiology, current research and future directions. PRE-REQUISITES: PUBH 7150 AND PUBH 7170, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.

PUBH 8447 - Public Health Genomics (3)
This course introduces students to the field of public health genomics through providing an overview of the field and evaluating challenges associated with the translation of genomic information into public health practices. The course materials will be presented on selected topics including: historical background of the field, genetic testing and counseling, communication of genomic information to public, using genomic information in disease prevention and health promotion efforts, genomic information in health care practices, ethical issues, genetics and race/health disparities, and implications of genomic information for communities.

PUBH 8450 - Randomized Clinical Trials (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in the conduct of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) including design, management, evaluation, and resource acquisition. Emphasis is placed on RCTs that are relevant to public health research and practice.

PUBH 8501 - Health Systems Organizations (3)
This course focuses on issues that contribute to assessing and improving the quality of health systems and services, including: institutional reforms and capacity building, politics and governance, health system financing, public/private partnerships, and building community capacity. The course will emphasize how problems come to be recognized and defined, their characteristics and magnitude, and plans and programs to alleviate them. Students will be taught to understand health system characteristics, problems, policies and management and to champion solutions to structural and behavioral challenges in the health care system.

PUBH 8502 - Hlth Policy, Theory & Methods (3)
This course provides students with historical, theoretical, and analytic foundations to conduct research in health policy. It is assumed that students are familiar with health systems and services and are aware of the major policy issues facing the US health care system today. In addition, students are expected to have basic knowledge of research methods and strategies. This class will apply this existing knowledge to policy research questions. Students are expected to demonstrate this knowledge in class discussions and presentations. PRE-REQUISITE: HADM 7105 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.

PUBH 8503 - Health Systems Decision-Making (3)
This course addresses decision-making processes associated with managing risk in healthcare organizations in multiple healthcare settings. Students will examine and evaluate the quality of risk management decisions for program-level decisions as well as for addressing enterprise-wide risks. Students will learn to structure challenging decision problems using critical thinking, to gather information, develop alternatives based upon organizational values, mission, and objectives, and determine the best course of action.

PUBH 8504 - IT & Organizational Change (3)
This course will focus on electronic medical records, and the potential for health IT to improve quality; the economics of healthcare IT; theories of diffusion of innovations; theories of the relationship between healthcare IT, and behavior, practice and healthcare organizational changes; the costs and benefits of healthcare IT in costs, benefits and quality improvement; and alternative health policy approaches to hasten IT adoption in health care.

PUBH 8601 - PUBH Preparedness & Response (3)
This course will introduce the organizational structure of emergency management and the specific role of public health emergency management in preparedness and response. Key topics include the common framework for emergency response, public health law, public health surveillance tools, and health concerns of vulnerable populations.

PUBH 8603 - PUBH Emergency Response Ldrshp (3)
This course will identify the range of hazards that public health emergency managers must confront in order to understand the public health consequences and create the plans that guide us through our response. Key topics include leadership and mitigation strategies that can reduce morbidity and mortality resulting from disasters.

PUBH 8710 - HealthCare Economics (3)
(cross-listed with ECON 7710-8710) Applies basic economic concepts to analyze health care market and evaluate health policies; including distinctive economic characteristics of health, health care industry, and health care professionals; American system of health care; current health care policy issues such as health care reform, managed care, and manpower planning. PREREQUISITES: ECON 7010 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

PUBH 8800 - Guided Research in PUBH (1-6)
Students will conduct public health-related research under the mentorship of a faculty member.

PUBH 8900 - Science, Theory & PH Research (3)
One of two core PhD seminars for all entering students to the doctoral programs in the School of Public Health, this seminar is intended to provide the ?big picture? context in which public health and other health sciences research is conducted. The seminar focuses on four broad areas: (1) the philosophy of science, history of science, scientific revolutions and paradigms, and the scientific method; (2) the important role that theory plays in setting a research agenda and conducting research generally?and being engaged in public health research in particular; (3) the interdisciplinary nature of public health research and practice; and (4) scientific inquiry as a life?s work?reflecting on several individual?s personal perspectives.

PUBH 8901 - Prof Dev PUBH Doc Students (3)
This is one of two required seminar courses for all doctoral students in the School of Public Health. The seminar will address a variety of professional and personal issues that are vital to success as a doctoral student and public health professional. Topics include developing positive mentor/mentee relationships, time management, manuscript and grant writing, reviewing other?s scientific work, delivering poster and oral presentations, teaching skills, preparing curriculum vitae, networking and job negotiation/survival skills. PRE-REQUISITE: Enrollment as a doctoral student in the School of Public Health.

PUBH 9000 - Dissertation (1-9)
Independent research for Doctor of Philosophy degree. Only 9 hours may be counted toward degree requirements. Students must be enrolled in this course during the semester in which the student expects to graduate. Grades of S, U, or IP will be given.

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