2019-20 Catalogs

Course Descriptions


BPH 101 Introduction to the U.S. Health System

Compared to other industrialized countries, the U.S. health system presents a series of contradictions. We lead in medical advances and state-of-the art technology, but live shorter lives. We make extensive investments in health care resources, yet fail to provide basic universal access to medical services. This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the health system in the United States, including the structure and function of its various private and public components. Students will learn about the history, characteristics, workforce, services, costs, policy context, and future of health care in the U.S.

Pre- or Co-requisite: College Writing. Cr 3.

BPH 160/161 Biology of Human Health

This course examines basic human disease concepts and explores these concepts through a biomedical public health perspective. Main topics of study include the causes of human disease, modes of disease transmission, and major diseases that currently contribute to the global burden of disease. Contemporary public health issues in the study of human disease, including chronic disease, vaccination, antibiotic resistance, and the threat of global pandemics will be explored. Cr 3 plus Lab, 1 Cr.

BPH 201 Fundamentals of Public Health

This course provides an overview of the public health system and examines the purpose, history, organization, approach, functions and determinants of health. The course places special emphasis on current health issues from our daily lives to highlight the relevance of public health. Trends, successes and challenges from a population perspective will be discussed as well as various tools and techniques used to address public health issues. Cr 3.

BPH 205 Health Communication and Marketing

This course focuses on the use of health communication strategies, models, and theories that enhance the delivery of public health programs in various settings. The course introduces students to health communication theory and social marketing strategies to create effective, evidence-based, culturally appropriate health communication messages and campaigns. Cr 3.

BPH 210 Health Disparities and Social Justice

Is health a human right? If so, what role does society have in ensuring that every person has an equal opportunity to health? This course develops students’ understanding of health disparities across social, economic and cultural groups as well as strategies to reduce those disparities. Students learn how the marginalization of populations based on race, ethnicity, class, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, immigration status and other factors affects health behavior and health status. Through a framework of social justice, the course considers how a more equitable distribution of social, economic, and political resources can address the social determinants of health and achieve health equity. Cr 3

BPH 315 Population Health Improvement

Public health is fundamentally tasked with improving the health of groups, communities and populations. Students learn participatory approaches for planning and implementing health programs to improve population health in a variety of community-based settings. This course emphasizes professional ethics, needs assessment, the use of evidence in program design, capacity- and coalition-building, proposal writing, and implementation of initiatives to prevent disease and promote healthy living and behavior. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Public Health (BPH 201). Cr 3.

BPH 320 Methods of Public Health Research

This course teaches the fundamentals of public health research design and the common issues that may arise when trying to study public health topics, including ethical considerations. It provides an introduction to quantitative, qualitative, mixed method and participatory approaches to research. The course builds skills for conducting public health research and evaluation using the course textbook, public health articles and class discussion. Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Public Health (BPH 201) and any introductory statistics course (e.g., MAT 120 or LCC 120). Cr 3.

BPH 337 Introduction to Epidemiology (SBS/SCI 337)

This seminar course introduces the student to epidemiology as a utility for the establishment and maintenance of public health. In essence, epidemiology involves the observation and statistical analysis of the occurrence of health and disease in human populations. This science informs the practice of preventive health/disease control and the formulation of public health policy. Seminar topics will be drawn from both infectious and chronic disease epidemiology ranging from the historical plagues such as the Black Death to the modern plagues of AIDS, cancer, and obesity. Recommended Prerequisites: Introductory biology and statistics. Cr 3.

BPH 339 Topics in Public Health (MPH 539)

The course focuses on current topics in public health with an emphasis on special populations, diseases, or events. The course is designed to address public health concerns that are timely and relevant; topics will rotate periodically in response to student demand and/or emerging public health issues. Cr 3.

BPH 450 Analysis of Public Health Data with Lab (MPH 550)

This course gives students practical experience using common public health datasets to identify public health problems and/or understand the risk factors associated with poor health behaviors or outcomes. Students will identify public health topics of interest and select from several approved datasets to address a research question. Working individually and in teams, students will use statistical analysis software to access, analyze, and interpret public health data. The course will also emphasis effective strategies for presenting and communicating about data. Prerequisite: Methods of Public Health Research (BPH 320). Cr 4, including statistical software lab.

BPH 499 Field Experience

The Field Experience offers experience-based learning in a healthcare or public health organization. Students work in community settings in organizations delivering and planning health or public health services on jointly developed projects or assignments based on the student's interests and the organization's needs. Sites include state or local public health agencies, hospitals, medical practices, clinics, special problem clinics and facilities, and environmental programs and services. In addition to 120 hours of direct work at the field experience site, students complete a written product that documents their learning. Prerequisite, senior standing and permission of the BSPH program. Cr 3.