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Schedule / Course Descriptions [PDF]  Courses offered in Carbondale during CY1


HED 483 Health Care Systems in the United States – Background and development of health administration structures in the United States; the dynamics and trends evolving from current medical care programs and practices: interaction between trends and policy-making processes.

HED 488 Environmental Health - Application of the principles of learning to understand people interacting with their environment. Emphasis placed upon individual and community responsibilities for promoting environmental health. Rural and municipal sanitation programs and practices are included.

HED 489 Introduction to Biostatistics - An introduction to bio-statistics; examination of theories of population projections; collection, organization, interpretation, summarization and evaluation of data relative to public health happenings with emphasis on graphic presentation.

HED 500 Community Organization for Health Education - This course addresses the process of engaging communities in health education and behavior change programs. Various organizing paradigms for fostering healthy communities are examined, and their practical and ethical implications are considered. Skills development for community assessment, constituency- building, and leadership of participatory planning efforts is emphasized.

HED 505 Introduction to Public Health - This course provides an overview of the interdisciplinary field of public health. History and ongoing evolution of public health services and delivery systems in the U. S., essentials of public health practice, and federal, state, and local public health functions are considered. Emerging health problems, changing population dynamics, and global health context will be examined.

HED 512: Public Health Program Planning - This course will present theories and models for health promotion planning and implementation in community/public health settings. Steps to program planning including: logic models, needs assessment, community organizing, evaluation/assessment, and social marketing will be addressed.

HED 525 Health Behavior and Health Education – Examines health-related motivation and behavior through the study of relevant psychological, sociological, and educational theory and research. Emphasis is on application of behavioral and behavior-change theories and constructs in designing effective health education and promotion programs.

HED 526 Research and Evaluative Approaches to Health Education - Introduction to research and evaluation. Includes survey and analyses of health testing and research/ evaluation procedures, uses and limitations of knowledge and attitude tests, behavioral inventories, checklists, questionnaires, interviews, and other techniques.

HED 532 Public Health Administration - This course is designed to provide a broad overview of key administrative issues in public health, including building and sustaining a public workforce, disease control and prevention, emergency preparedness, legal issues, and financial considerations. Attention will be given to the application of management concepts and principles related to public health organizations at the nation, state, and local levels.

HED 588: Current Issues in Environmental Health - This course will address core principles and concepts of environmental health disciplines, analyze environmental health factors impacting human and ecological health, and explore environmental health tools through their application to current issues of concern to government agencies.

HED 590 Practicum in Community Health – Students complete 300 to 450 hours in an approved community health agency. Working with preceptors, students design and put into practice an individual project with goals and objectives emphasizing one or more core competencies (i.e. assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation).
Prerequisite for MPH students: Completion of all coursework and consent of instructor. Restricted to health education majors.

HED 593 Epidemiology - This course will present principles and practices related to the study, prevention and control of health-related conditions in the human population. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the principle concepts of epidemiology, including aspects of disease distribution, epidemiologic methods, risk assessment of disease and injury, descriptive and analytic epidemiologic methods and study designs, and application of epidemiologic data to the prevention and control of disease and injury. Format for the class will include lecture and small group seminars.

HED 598 Grant Writing – Consideration is given to funding sources, proposal guidelines, procedures for support, budgetary requirements and evaluation procedures. Students examine different types of funded projects, develop a research proposal and analyze the art of grantsmanship and political action.


Electives offered in Springfield during CY5 (MS4)

Clinical Epidemiology (15453) - This course will include didactic presentations and clinical epidemiology problem sets to provide students with a well-rounded set of activities designed to present the fundamentals of clinical epidemiology. Topics include: introduction to epidemiology; basic measures and disease occurrence; medical serveillance, disease outbreaks and role of the physician in epidemic detection and response; testing and screening technologies; clinical trials; epidemiological study designs; and genetics. From this course, the student will gain a working knowledge of epidemiological principles, how they are used to study populations for questions of clinical significance, and how these principles may be applied to patient care.

Public and Population Health: Clinical and Policy Issues (15463) - Students will explore the differences and similarities between population/public health and the biomedical model of health care delivery. They will particularly explore health, illness and disease from the "bird's-eye view" of the population perspective rather than the impact of health, illness and disease on individuals. This course is an overview of public health as a system and function within the United States and its interaction with health and healthcare.

Biological (and other WMD) Terrorism Preparedness and Response (15533) - Though chemical and radiological events differ in terms of delivery, physiological effects, medical treatment options and response, physicians are integral partners from the local to national level. This elective will provide an overview of: biological, chemical and radiological agents; how these agents may be disseminated and their physiologic effects; treatment strategies; surveillance activities at the state and national level; preparedness activities to include infrastructure-boosting cooperative agreements to state health departments and healthcare surge capacity; command and control and lines of authority as they pertain to event response; and an overview of planning and exercises.

Emerging Trends in Public Health (15543) - This course is designed to be an overview of the more recent trends in public health practice and research. There will be a combination of selected in-depth readings and discussion on 3-5 specific topics during the week. Potential topics include: obesity and chronic disease care and management; terrorism preparedness and response; infectious and foodborne disease outbreak response; vaccination strategies, needs and policies; racial and other minority health disparities; environmental determinants of health; social and cultural determinants of health; health promotion versus health mandates.

Community Health Practice (15553) - This course is designed to be an overview of community health practices and principles. This 1-week elective discusses some of the following concepts: community health assessment; the use of coalitions and focus groups; meetings, presentations and marketing; legislative involvement and advocacy; education by print and various media. Students in this course will follow the reading and discussions with an assignment to devise a health promotion or legislative campaign based upon a topic of agreed upon interest. The student thus has the opportunity to review many of the diverse principles of community health and apply them in a practical manner.

Public Health Leadership (15563) - This course is designed to be an overview of the opportunities and challenges associated with leadership in the field of public health. The student will become familiar with the workings of national and global agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The United States Preventive Services Task force (USPSTF), the Public Health Service (PHS), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations. The role of the physician in these and other agencies will be explored, as well as the more general/specific roles of health officer, epidemiologist, health scientist, health expert, advocacy champion, and program administrator.