Courses

MS in Public Health

Courses

PUBH 502 - Public Health Seminar
Credit: 1
This seminar series is part of four semesters of seminars designed to provide insight into topical areas of public health. The seminar series provides a forum for interaction among students and faculty therefore, opportunities for students to present their research as it progresses.

PUBH 520 - Health Education and Promotion
Credit: 3
This course introduces students to an overview of conceptual theories that are the basis of social and behavioral sciences applied to public health, specifically health education. The course will also provide students with skills needed to understand individual and community behavior and change processes.

PUBH 525 - Overview of Rural Health
Credit: 3
This course introduces students to an overview of the major issues in rural health. This course will also provide an understanding of the demographics, economics, policy and structure of the health care delivery systems in rural America, specifically North Carolina.

PUBH 540 - Statistical Methods
Credit: 3
This course introduces students to an overview of biostatistics and its role in the disciple of public health with an emphasis on statistical reasoning and methods.  Prerequisite: College-level Statistics (i.e., Math 160) or the equivalent.

PUBH 542 - Community Health Assessment and Evaluation
Credit: 3
This course integrates the two important community health methods assessment and evaluation. The course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and techniques of community health improvement and the roles of assessment and evaluation. This course emphasizes the application of statistical reasoning and methods, specifically dealing with large databases.  Prerequisite: PUBH 540 Statistical Methods and PUBH 560 Epidemiology

PUBH 550 - Perspectives in Environmental Health
Credit: 3
This course introduces students to an overview of basic concepts in environmental sciences, an understanding the health impact of various environmental exposures, and the public health approach to controlling and eliminating environmental health risks.

PUBH 560 - Principles in Epidemiology
Credit: 3
This course introduces students to an overview of   epidemiology and its application to public health. This course emphasizes an introduction to the application of epidemiological methods. The primary goal of this course is to orient students to the field of epidemiology and foster an appreciation for the methods used to do observational studies in “real world” settings. Prerequisite: College-level statistics course.

PUBH 580 - Health Policy and Management
Credit: 3
This course introduces students to the United States health care system and examines the structure of the health care system including the policy process, program management and evaluation.

PUBH 590 - Independent Study in Public Health
Credit: 1-3
This elective course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their public health knowledge and further explore issues or a set of issues related to a particular topic in public health. This course is not related to PUBH 690 Research Project I and/or PUBH 695 Research Project II. This course will involve a minimum of 40 hours per credit hour per semester. This course will be conducted under the guidance of a major professor with consultation with the course director.

PUBH 625 - Adolescent Health
Credit: 2
This elective course examines the public health issues related to the adolescent or emerging adulthood stages of development.  The course will combine lectures, a variety of texts, classroom discussions, exams, and individual papers to explore the population health dimensions of the biological and psychological distinctiveness of the adolescent population.

PUBH 661 - Epidemiology of Chronic Disease
Credit: 2
This elective course is designed to provide students with an overview of prevalence and risk factors for chronic diseases in the U.S. population and other countries. Both general and specific methodological approaches to the epidemiology of chronic diseases will be discussed. Prerequisite: PUBH 560 Principles of Epidemiology.

PUBH 671 - Public Health and Infectious Disease
Credit: 2
This elective course provides a broad overview of the effects infectious diseases have on Public Health. This course focuses on the biological aspects of various vector based pathogens that have an impact on global and rural health.  Prerequisite: PUBH 501 Introduction to Public Health and permission of instructor

PUBH 682 - Ethical Issues in Rural Public Health
Credit: 2
This elective public health science course assumes an understanding of the principles of community, justice, and equity. The goal of protecting the health of a population also raises fundamental questions including when to restrict the freedom of individuals in order to protect the health of the community and the duties or obligations citizens owe back to the larger community. However, when generating public health policy these principles and duties can be difficult to interpret or apply. These challenges are further compounded by the specific realities of community health in rural settings.  This course examines where public health research and policy intersects with ethical issues and ethical dilemmas. The course involves weekly “case studies” as practical scenarios that highlight the real world ‘grey areas’ that exist between doing right and doing wrong in the context of public health. Prerequisite: PUBH 525 Overview of Rural Health and PUBH 580 Health Policy & Management

PUBH 690 - Research Project
Credit: 3
This course will serve as a capstone experience for public health students. Pre-requisite: All other required public health courses. PUBH 550 Perspectives in Environmental Health may be a co-requisite.

PUBH 699 - Practicum in Public Health
Credit: 1-3
This required course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their public health knowledge by gaining valuable skills and tacit knowledge through practical, hands-on application of content from other coursework in a real-world public health context. This course will involve a minimum of 60 hours per credit hour per semester. This course will be conducted under the guidance of a public health faculty and consultation with the preceptor.