The Master of Public Health Program offers a curriculum leading to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree on behalf of a university-wide collaboration involving the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business (Wharton), Dental Medicine, Education, Nursing, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and Perelman School of Medicine. Both core and elective courses in this program are generally open to graduate students throughout the University with the exception of PUBH 508 Capstone Seminar. The public health course offerings are listed below.
The list below is designed to provide information about MPH courses. Students are advised to always check the course and room roster listings with the registrar page when planning your course selections for the most up to date information each term.
Course Drop Policy:
Students who drop a course within the course selection period, which is the first two weeks of the term, will receive a full tuition refund. Students will be responsible for 50% of the tuition and fees for any course dropped between the second and fourth weeks of the term. Students who withdraw from a course after the 4th week of the term will be responsible for 100% of tuition and fees.
(NOTE: Courses are 1 course unit (1 CU) unless otherwise specified)
PUBH 501 Introduction to Biostatistics. Grisso. (Fall, Spring) This course is designed to provide a broad overview of biostatistics methods as well as applications commonly used for public health research. Topics covered include measurement and categorizing variables, use and misuse of descriptive statistics, testing hypotheses, and applying commonly used statistical tests. An emphasis will be placed on the practical application of data to address public health issues, rather than theoretical and mathematical development. Students will learn how to choose and apply statistical tools to data sources, when and how statistical tools can be used to analyze data, and how to interpret others’ quantitative studies. Students will gain experience using online datasets and the STATA statistical software package.
PUBH 502 Introduction to Principles and Methods of Epidemiology. Buttenheim, Schmitz. (Fall, Spring) Epidemiology is a combination of a subject matter science and research methodology. Introduction to Principles and Methods of Epidemiology focuses on the latter component. The course introduces the study designs applied to human populations, including randomized trials and four types of observational studies (cohort, case-control, cross-sectional, ecological). Because cause-and-effect relations are at the heart of epidemiologic research, numerous related topics are taught, including causal inference, and bias. There is a quantitative pre-test required for this course. This course is also listed as Nursing 500.
PUBH 503 Environmental & Occupational Health. Emmett. (Fall and Spring) This course will provide a broad introduction to the scientific basis of occupational and environmental health. Content will address issues in the ambient, occupational and global environments as well as the tools, concepts and methods used in environmental health.
PUBH 504 Behavioral & Social Sciences in Public Health. Glanz, Frasso, Schnoll. (Fall, Spring)
Public health interventions and educational programs are most likely to have an impact on populations and communities when they are guided by a theory. Theories of health behavior help researchers, practitioners and participants identify targets and opportunities for change as well as methods for accomplishing change. This introductory course is intended to provide students with a solid foundation in behavioral and social science theory in the context of both, public health research and practice. The content of this course will provide exposure to a broad range of theories and frameworks commonly employed in the public health arena including issues related to the intersection of public health and human rights. These theories will be discussed using examples of their applications to numerous public health problems including, but not limited to, HIV/AIDS, violence, cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, environmental hazards, and global health.
PUBH 505 Public(3) Health Administration and Policy; An Introduction. Klusaritz, Noonan. (Fall). This course is an introduction to health policy and management. It examines both the historical and current state of health policy in America and integrates these concepts within the context of public health practice. We will examine key concepts in understanding US health care organization, financing and delivery, our current political and economic debate on health care reform, examining the role and management issues of public health departments, and case studies in public health policy and management.
PUBH 506 Methods for Public Health Practice. Klusaritz, Dean. (Fall & Spring). This is a course designed around modules whose objective is to provide students with greater familiarity in a range of methods essential to public health practice. The course will be framed around an in depth needs assessment and community public health planning in Philadelphia. Topics covered will include data collection and evaluation, both quantitative and qualitative, uses of informatics in public health, analysis of vital statistics, working with communities, methods for developing and facilitating solutions to public health problems, including concepts of advocacy and policy formation and development of interventions. The course demonstrates how core public health competency areas in data analysis and communication provide foundations for applications for both practice and practice-based research.
PUBH 507 Public Health Ethics, Policy, and Law. Rosoff (Fall). Taking the right actions to protect and improve the public’s health must be done in a societal context that defines what is legal, ethical, and good policy. This course introduces key concepts of legal, ethical, and policy analysis as applied to public health activities and initiatives. It demonstrates using current examples how these factors empower, guide, and constrain public health decision-making and actions.
PUBH 508 Capstone Seminar. Cannuscio, Frasso, Grisso, Shofer. (MPH students only) The Capstone is a culminating experience required for graduation in the Master of Public Health Program where MPH students apply their knowledge and skills to public health problems in a chosen area of interest under the guidance of a Capstone Mentor. All MPH Faculty and the majority of CPHI Fellows may be selected by an MPH student as a Capstone Mentor. Capstone Seminar instructors will assist each MPH student in the identification of an appropriate Capstone Mentor. Throughout 2 seminars, MPH students will engage their peers in scholarly discussion, drawing from relevant scientific literature and public health experience in order to begin to develop a common grounding and identity as public health professionals.
PUBH 500 Introduction to Public Health. Nguyen. (Fall) This course will provide a topical overview of the inter-disciplinary field of public health and provides grounding in the public health paradigm. Through a series of lectures and recitation sessions, students will learn about the history of public health and the core public health sciences including behavioral and social sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, and policy and management. Other topics include ethics in public health, context analyses (specifically sociographic mapping and urban health), community participation in research, public health promotion, and the prevention of chronic and infectious diseases. This course is ideal for non-matriculated students who are exploring public health as a career option.
PUBH 517 Epidemiologic Study of Geography and Health. Branas, Wiebe. (Fall). Geography and physical and social environments have profound effects on public health. Through this class, students will gain a conceptual understanding of: (1) how geography and health are related; (2) how the public health toolbox, including geographic information systems (GIS), can be used to study the places people live, work, and play and how these places either add to or detract from their health. This class will combine lectures and discussions of readings, presentations demonstrating how geographic methods can be used to address public health issues, and hands-on computer or small group activities. Students will learn based on a multidisciplinary framework that stresses the connections between various fields including public health, epidemiology, medicine, city planning, and the social sciences.
PUBH 517 Syllabus (Word document)
PUBH 519 Issues in Global Health. Nathanson (Fall) This course presents issues in global health from the viewpoint of many different disciplines, with emphasis on economically less developed countries. Subjects include: recent history of global health; demography and population projections; global water shortage; food supplies and the green revolution; environmental health; measures of disease burden; social determinants of health; literacy and health; health manpower and capacity development; ethical relativism and cultural norms; women’s rights and women’s health; setting priorities in health; primary health care systems; community health programs in low resource settings; harm reduction and behavioral modification; international organizations funding global health; selected communicable diseases; AIDS and HIV prevention; zoonotic infectious diseases and emerging infectious diseases; malaria; vaccines; selected non-communicable diseases; reproductive health; tobacco-associated disease and its control; the nutritional transition; injuries and their prevention.
Students interested in campus-wide courses containing global health content, please refer to this list:
Global Health Content List
PUBH 521 Program Evaluation in Public Health. (Spring) Karpyn. There are many public health programs developed to promote change. The question most funders have for public health programs is: what outcomes do you expect? This course is designed to review the principles of identifying short term, mid term and long term outcomes and methods of measurement. Students learn about the application of data collection skills to all phases of developing a public health program or service innovation, from needs assessment to analysis of findings to implementation of changes based on results. Students learn to appreciate how these skills can be used as practical tools for identifying public health problems, program development, program implementation, including taking a reflective practice approach, ensuring equity and fairness in program delivery (i.e., combating disparities), and generally promoting public health through effective and efficient programmatic efforts.
PUBH 521 Syllabus (Word document)
PUBH 525 Developing Effective Public Health Programs Using a Human Rights Based Approach. Voet (Summer) This course will engage students in using the human rights approach, informed by the international bill of human rights as well as gender theory, to identify upstream causes of current public health issues. Students will be challenged to develop human-rights oriented public health projects, using a variety of program planning models favored by the CDC and other leading public health agencies, which address current public health priorities both in the US and abroad. In doing so, grant-writing and budgeting skills will be developed and the human rights implications of public health action and inaction will be explored.
PUBH 525 Syllabus (Word Document)
PUBH 526 Anthropology and Public Health. Barg (Spring) In this course, we examine three types of relationships between anthropology and public health. Anthropology and public health will examine complementary and competing concepts fundamental to each discipline and ways that these concepts make it essential and difficult for the disciplines to work together. Anthropology on public health takes a critical look at assumptions in public health praxis. Anthropology in public health will focus on ways that anthropology theory and methods inform the practice of public health. Using these three approaches, we will examine topics in public health such as mental health, health promotion/disease prevention communication, cancer disparities, reproductive health, violence and infectious disease. Students will learn and apply anthropologic research methods to these problems. Pre-requisite: minimum one course of Epidemiology.
PUBH 526 Syllabus (Word Document)
PUBH 527 Media, Advocacy and Public Health. Hass, Stevens (Summer) This course will examine the ways in which the media can be used as a tool to improve health. It will also investigate the ways in which the media has had a negative impact on health behaviors in the population. Looking at specific topics like tobacco, food and nutrition, and HIV/AIDS, we will explore the intersection of media, advocacy, advertising and entertainment and the impact of media broadly on health behavior and society. The course will also provide students the opportunity to practice strategically working with the media to address health problems.
PUBH 527 Syllabus (Word Document)
PUBH 528 Class, Inequality and Health; Ethnographic Approaches. Bourgois (Fall). This seminar examines anthropological approaches to the concept of class and social inequality through a close reading of a dozen ethnographies that deal with a broad definition of health, illness, and social suffering. Readings span many of the theoretical, political, sub-disciplinary and area studies debates in anthropology and the larger fields of poverty, social inequality, international development, violence studies, science studies, governmentality, and social policy interventions over the past century. My hope is to explore a vitalized conceptualization of class to understanding contemporary and historical forms of social inequality as well as a critique of narrow biomedical understandings of illness and health. I hope to bring the problematic concept of power and the management of social inequality to bear on a contemporary critique of punitive neoliberalism into the center of our anthropological and public health concerns. The seminar also aims to bring students from anthropology, and other social science and humanities disciplines in dialogue with students in public health, science studies, and clinical medicine.
PUBH 528 Syllabus (Word Document)
PUBH 529 Public Health Perspectives on Family Planning. Bennett (Fall; 1 CU). This course will survey of a range of key current and historic topics in family planning nationally and internationally. Policy, epidemiology, clinical practice, advocacy, and service delivery topics will be covered through presentations and conversations with leaders in the field of reproductive health. The course will provide students with a broad general introduction to family planning which is appropriate for those interested in either public health or clinical aspects of the field. For students who wish to pursue a focused career in this area this course is a necessary introduction while students who will be working in related areas of public health will have a broad general understanding of family planning. Students will participate through an interactive seminar style and will prepare an oral presentation on a relevant topic of their choice.
PUBH 534 Guns and Health. (Fall) The purpose of this course is for students to gain an understanding of the role of guns in population health. We will address the outcomes of gun use as well as the life span of a gun, from design and manufacture through to use. In addition, we will address key aspects of the social context in which firearms exist and within which firearm policy is made. The course, by design, is inherently interactive. Students are expected to attend all class sessions, participate in discussions, and to question assumptions. Each class session will include student-led discussion.
PUBH 535 Urban Poverty and Violence: Ethnographic Perspectives. Bourgois (Spring). This seminar examines anthropological approaches to poverty and violence through a close reading of 8 ethnographies. Readings span many of the theoretical, political, sub-disciplinary and area studies debates in anthropology and the larger fields of poverty, social inequality, international development, and violence studies over the past century. My hope is to bring the subjects of urban poverty, violence, social suffering and a critique of neoliberal governmentality into the center of the disciplines of anthropology and public health specifically and the social sciences, humanities and medicine more broadly. In the seminar we will be bringing students from anthropology, and other social science and humanities disciplines in dialogue with students in public health, science studies, and clinical medicine. This course is also listed as ANTH 625.
PUBH 535 Syllabus (Word Document)
PUBH 537 (HPR 610) Achieving Evidenced-Based Health Policy. Gerdes, Zlotnik. Achieving Evidence-Based Health Policy examines how research can influence health policy. The course teaches students practical tools for developing communications that effectively leverage policy impact. Sessions will examine: the dialectical relationship between research and policy; how selection of research methods may influence usefulness of results for the policy sphere; the implementation of research findings in real-world settings; the translation of research for a policy audience; and the role of various stakeholders (the media; foundations; local, state, and federal government; advocates) in both research and policy debates. The instructors will draw on their work in pediatric health services research. The class will feature guest research and policy experts from the public and private sectors, who will explore core course concepts using case studies from their expertise in topics like health care reform, immigrant health, mental health, and early childhood home visitation. These didactic topical presentations will be followed by student-led discussions, small group conversations examining how research findings translate (or, as the case may be, do not translate) into policy, and writing exercises aimed at honing skills for a policy audience. Prerequisites are Fundamentals of Health Policy (offeredthrough the Master’s of Science in Health Policy); PUBH 505 Public Health Administration and Policy: An Introduction; or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 12.
PUBH 538 Qualitative Methods in Health Research. Barg (Summer; .5 CU) The purpose is to expose students to a variety of qualitative approaches/methodologies that may be used in health services/policy research. In didactics we will discuss the pros and cons of various methods, explaining how the method is actually implemented (with multiple experts presenting their approach), and pair the presentation with a broader discussion in which we compare and contrast health oriented articles in which the method was used.
PUBH 538 Syllabus (Word Document)
PUBH 539 Reduce Health Disparities. Jemmott, Teitleman (Spring). Advanced analysis, design and evaluation of interventions to promote health and reduce health disparities with a focus on underserved vulnerable minority or ethnic populations, through culturally competent research, education and clinical practice.
PUBH 551 Global Health Policy and Delivery. McLaughlin, Voet (Spring). This participatory interdisciplinary seminar course examines contemporary issues in global health policy and delivery.The overall organizing framework for the class is the social determinants of health. The class will consider evidence that inequalities in education, income, and occupation influence health status.Students will develop skills in policy analysis, policy brief development, and policy impact monitoring. The public policy process will be explored using a variety of contemporary global health case studies which focus on content areas such as maternal health, HIV policy, refugee health and global healthcare delivery. Finally, we will examine the global health workforce and the impact of widespread global migration of health professionals on receiving and sending countries.
PUBH 551 Syllabus (Word Document)
PUBH 552 Anthropology and Risk. Barg (Spring). In this course, we will examine the construct of RISK as a way to understand three types of relationships between anthropology and public health. Anthropology and public health will examine complementary and competing concepts fundamental to each discipline and ways that these concepts make it essential and difficult for the disciplines to work together. Anthropology on public health takes a critical look at assumptions in public health praxis. Anthropology in public health will focus on ways that anthropology theory and methods inform the practice of public health. Using these three approaches, we will examine topics in public health such as mental health, health promotion/disease prevention communication, cancer disparities, reproductive health, violence and infectious disease. Students will learn and apply anthropologic research methods to these problems.
PUBH 597 History of Public Health. Barnes (Spring). This masters-level seminar examines the health of human populations and the science of improving it in historical perspective. Special attention is given to the city of Philadelphia as a living laboratory of public health in the past and present. Lectures, readings, and discussions cover various societies’ attempts to respond to and prevent disease since antiquity. Case studies focus on the roots of contemporary public health knowledge and policy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics include responses to epidemics, the Bacteriological Revolution, racial and economic disparities in health, the development of policy infrastructures, and global health. Periodic field trips will be arranged to public health-related historical sites in Philadelphia and vicinity.
PUBH 597 Syllabus (Word Document)
PUBH 598 Immersion Experience in Global Public Health. Nguyen (Spring, Summer, Fall). This independent educational experience seeks to provide motivated students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge in global health through focused experiential learning at international sites that provide direct public health services. Such learning will allow students to gain real-world experience concerning the core competencies of public health (health policy, behavior/social sciences, environmental health, epidemiology, or biostatistics), with a focus on international public health practice. This course is intended for, but not limited to, students with no prior international public health field experience. MPH students only.
PUBH 598 Syllabus (Word Document)
PUBH 601.001 Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention. McCarthy (Fall). This course will provide an overview of current topics in cancer epidemiology and prevention. The course will survey cancer incidence and mortality trends in the U.S. and abroad. Several major cancer risk factors will be examined, such as tobacco exposure, diet and obesity, environmental exposures, viruses, and genetics, along with primary prevention strategies. In addition, the course will review important concepts in cancer screening such as sensitivity, specificity, and lead time bias. Current issues in cancer screening will be discussed, along with controversies surrounding national cancer screening guidelines. In addition, the course will explore racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in cancer incidence and mortality. A main focus of the course will be how epidemiologic evidence is used to identify causes of cancer and inform cancer prevention strategies on the individual and population level.
Approved Electives for MPH Study:
Be certain to check the university registrar site to confirm when and if a course of interest is offered:
ANTH 437 Cultural Models and Health. Barg (Spring). There is a great deal of variation among population groups in the incidence of and mortality from most major diseases. Biological and social factors can account for some of this variation. However, there is increasing evidence that behavior- and the cultural models that are linked to health behavior- play an important role too. Cognitive anthropology is the study of how people in social groups conceive of objects and events in their world. It provides a framework for understanding how members of different groups categorize illness and treatment. It also helps to explain why risk perception, helpseeking behavior, and decision making styles vary to the extent they do. This seminar will explore the history of cognitive anthropology, schema theory, connectionism, the role of cultural models, and factors affecting health decision making. Methods for identifying cultural models will be discussed and practiced. Implications for health communication will be discussed.
ANTH 441 Cross-Cultural Approaches to Health and Illness. Barg (Spring). This course will explore the ways that health and illness-related beliefs and behaviors develop within communities. We will identify the forces that shape these beliefs and behaviors and, ultimately, affect outcomes. Emphasis will be given to the relationships among sociocultural, political and biological factors and the ways that these factors interact to produce the variation that we see in health and illness related attitudes, behaviors and outcomes across cultures.
ANTH 626 Theory and Methods in Medical Anthropology. (Spring 2009) Intensive analysis of the application of anthropological theory and methodology to problems of human health and health care. Offered for students in the Medical Anthropology Program. Other qualified students may enroll with the permission of instructor.
BIOE 550 Bioethics and Society. This is a topics course - for information on the topic currently being offered, please go to the course listing on the Bioethics website: http://www.med.upenn.edu/mbe.
This set of courses will deal with bioethical issues in popular culture addressed from a social science perspective. Courses to be offered include: "Sociology of Bioethics," and "Media and the Doctor-Patient Relationship."
BIOE 601 Introduction to Bioethics. Fiester. This course is intended to serve as a broad introduction to the field of bioethics. The course will focus on three of the most important areas in bioethics: Genetics & Reproduction, Human Experimentation, and End-of-Life. Each module of the course will cover essential bioethics concepts, relevant legal cases, and classical readings on the themes.
COMM 577 (also PSYCH 774) Attitude and Behavior Prediction. Fishbein. An introduction to the concept of attitude and its role in behavioral prediction. The course will cover standardized attitude measurement instruments, expectancy-value models, and psychological or individual level theories of behavioral prediction and change (e.g., Health Belief Model, Theory of Reasoned Action, Theory of Planned Behavior, Social Cognitive Theory, Theory of Interpersonal Relations and Subjective Culture, and the Transtheoretical Stage of Change Model). Emphasis will be placed upon how an understanding of theory and measurement is necessary for developing effective behavior change interventions.
COMM 637 Public Health Communication. Hornik. Theories of health behavior change and the potential role for public health communication; international experience with programs addressing AIDS, smoking, cardiovascular disease, illegal drug use, child mortality and other problems, including evidence about their influence on health behavior; the design of public health communication programs.
CPLN 621 Food Systems. Vitiello. (Spring) This course introduces students to the planning and development of metropolitan food systems. It focuses on strategies by which planning and design professionals can impact food systems through traditional and non-traditional planning and community economic development institutions. Major topics include regional planning; public policy; community food security; distribution and markets; and sustainable agriculture. The class includes a mix of lectures, discussion, and field trips, some of which involve hands-on work. Assignments include two short papers, a take-home exam, and a group community food assessment. Ultimately, the course aims to develop students’ broad knowledge of food systems planning, with an emphasis on community and economic development strategies for sustainable food systems and food security.
EDUC 513 Development of the Young Child. Goodman. This course will blend an explanatory and descriptive account of behavioral evolution over the yearly years of life. After a review of "grand" developmental theory and the major themes of child change (from images to representation; from dependence to independence; from instinctual to social beings), this course will survey the child's passage from infancy through the early school years. While the emphasis will be on the nature of the child--what she/he sees, feels, thinks, fantasizes, wants and loves--these realities will be understood in terms of developmental theory. At each stage, the course will review the development of cognition, personal identity, socialization, and morality in pluralistic contexts.
EDUC 522 (AFAM522, PSYC706) Psychology of the African-American. Stevenson.
Using an Afrocentric philosophical understanding of the world, this course will focus on psychological issues related to African Americans, including the history of African American psychology, its application across the life span, and contemporary community issues.
EPID 532 Database Management for Clinical Epidemiology. Holmes. (0.5 CU, Spring) This course provides students with an introduction to the techniques of database management as they apply to clinical research. Students learn how to design and implement computerized databases, perform basic query and reporting operations, migrate data between various file formats, prepare databases for statistical analysis, and perform quality assurance procedures. This course focuses on the practical issues of database management and is intended to support each student's planned research enterprise.
EPID 542 Measurement of Health in Epidemiology. W. Holmes. (Fall) This course is a series of lectures and discussion sessions designed to introduce the student to the concepts of health measurement as applied to epidemiologic studies. Topics covered include: the basics of health measurement theory; critical evaluation of the current status of health measurement in a chosen field; and techniques for developing and using measurement scales, including item analysis, validity and reliability testing, and qualitative methods.
EPID 575 Introduction to Genetic Epidemiology. Kanetsky, Mitchell, Rebbeck, Spielman, Stopfer. Recent advances have made it feasible to incorporate data on potential genetic risk factors into traditional epidemiologic studies. Hence, there is an increasing need for epidemiologists to understand the genetic basis of disease, and incorporate the collection and analysis of genetic information into studies of disease etiology. The objectives of this course are to provide epidemiologists with an understanding of: 1) basic genetics, 2) the tools used by molecular and genetic epidemiologists, and 3) the integration of genetic data into traditional epidemiologic study designs. This course consists of a series of lectures and discussions focused on the critical appraisal of genetic epidemiological literature. After completing this course, students will be able to read and interpret molecular and genetic epidemiologic studies, and design epidemiologic studies that incorporate genetic data collection and analysis.
EPID 632 Introduction to Medical Informatics. Holmes. (Summer) This course is designed to provide a survey of the major topic areas in medical informatics, especially as they apply to clinical research. Through a series of lectures and demonstrations, students will learn about topics such as databases, natural language, clinical information systems, networks, artificial intelligence and machine learning applications, decision support, imaging and graphics, and the use of computers in medical education.
EPID 646 Reproductive Epidemiology. Barnhart. (Spring) This course addresses epidemiological research issues as they apply to important clinical topics in obstetrics and gynecology and related clinical disciplines. Lectures and workshops are designed to acquaint students with seminal issues in the field of reproductive epidemiology, to use a body of literature to demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of epidemiological research designs as they have been applied to obstetrics and gynecology and related clinical disciplines, to expose students to the range of topics studied, to teach advanced epidemiologic principles using a problem-based approach, and to stimulate students interested in reproductive epidemiology to develop independent research questions.
HCMG 845-001 Managed Care and the Industrial Organization of Health Care. Burns & Fluegel. (Spring) This course examines two large topics in the healthcare industry: managed care and the industrial organization of health care. Each topic is really an umbrella concept that covers a broad array of approaches and techniques. The course seeks to analyze the strategy, structure, and performance of developments in each area. Thus, we shall consider
- (a) the core processes and infrastructure of managed care
- (b) measures of market power and concentration
- (c) the horizontal and vertical integration strategies of payers, providers, and suppliers
- (d) the rationales behind horizontal and vertical integration strategies
- (e) the development of value chain alliances, and
- (f) the performance effects observed to date.
The course shall also consider the crucial interface between managed care and integrated healthcare systems developed by providers. The course will draw on a range of information sources: presentations by industry experts and executives, recent, ongoing research investigations in these areas, recent cases, and selected industry publications. The course will also ask students (in teams) to conduct focused industry investigations into managed care and industrial organization that extend our knowledge of these topics. Student investigations will be shared with the class. (MPH students who wish to take this course are advised to take PUBH 505 as a prerequisite.)
HCMG 850 Health Policy Analysis. Pauly & DeParle. (Fall) This course will examine how public policy actions affect costs, quality, access, and profits in the health care sector. Because the public sector arguably dominates much of the health care marketplace--Medicare spending alone accounts for roughly a third of the revenues of every health care provider--public policy decisions necessarily affect virtually every aspect of the business of health care. The course will analyze how policy analysts, Executive branch officials, legislators and their staffs, and private sector organizations determine whether policy interventions are efficient or equitable. It will also examine the political process that produces legislation and government actions, including the role of provider and business trade associations and the challenges they face in effectively navigating the policy making process. It will apply these general ideas to a set of crucial policy issues. Medicare reform, coverage of the uninsured, prescription drug coverage for the elderly, privacy and patient protection rules, managed care and the Patients' Bill of Rights, reimbursement issues will all be discussed.
HCMG 854/211 (Legal Studies 811/211) Legal Aspects of Health Care. (Fall) This course offers a current and historical overview of legal regulation of the health care enterprise. By tracing developments from past to present, one can better understand what is happening now and project what the future will bring. Attention is paid to legal and regulatory elements that affect operational decisions of health care providers and managers and that impact development of markets for new products (e.g., pharmaceuticals) and services. Also considered are the social, moral, and ethical issues the law addresses in trying to balance the interests, needs and rights of the individual against those of society.
HCMG 855-002 Management of Health Care for The Elderly. (Wharton Health Care, An MBA Mini-Course) (Fall)This course is designed to provide students with an appreciation of long-term care, its past, present and future roles within the overall health care system in our country. Major issues in long-term care facing the present and future elderly population, such as institutionalization, financing, access, managed care, quality and case management will be discussed in detail.
HCMG 859/204 Comparative Health Care Systems. Danzon. (Fall)This course examines the structure of health care systems in different countries, focusing on financing, pricing and reimbursement, delivery systems and adoption of new technologies. We study the relative roles of private sector and public sector insurance and providers, and the effect of system design on cost, quality, efficiency and equity of medical services. Some issues we address are normative: Which systems and which public/private sector mixes are better at achieving efficiency and equity? Other issues are positive: How do these different systems deal with the tough choices, such as decisions about new technologies? Our main focus is on the systems in four large OECD countries--Germany, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom--but we also look at other countries with interesting systems –including Italy, Chile and Singapore. We will draw lessons for the US from foreign experience and vice versa.
HCMG 901/301 Cost-Benefit And Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. (Fall) This seminar-style course provides an introduction to the use of cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis in health care. We examine both the underlying theory and the practical application of these techniques, using studies from the literature and issues discussed by students in class. The focus is on applications in health care, which differ from those used in contexts of public decision-making.
HSSC 503 Current Issues in the History of Medicine
This seminar surveys a variety of popular and scholarly approaches to the study of medicine and its history, ranging from traditional physician-centered narratives to more recent cultural and epistemological methodologies. The potential value of journalistic, literary, sociological, anthropological, biomedical, and other approaches to the historical study of health, disease, and health care are explored.
MED 588.001 Advanced Leadership Skills in Community Health. Margo, Klusaritz & Lipman. (Spring) Grounded in a social justice perspective, this course aims to provide the student with a foundational overview of the field of community health and leadership skills in public health advocacy. The course encourages critical thinking about health outcomes framed by the broad context of the political and social environment. This course analyzes the range of roles and functions carried out by leaders in healthcare advocacy for marginalized communities; integrates knowledge of health policy and the key influence of government and financing on health outcomes; explores community-based participatory research and interventions as tools for change; and discuss ways to develop respectful partnerships with community organizations. An assets-based approach that draws upon the strengths of communities and their leaders provides a foundation for community-engagement skill building. The course emphasizes the development of skills and techniques to lead effective, collaborative, health-focused interventions for disenfranchised groups, including residents of urban neighborhoods.
NURS 505 Culture and the “Isms” in Health Care. Dobal. (Fall) This course provides a forum for examining the multidimensional issues of culture and the “isms” related to delivery of health care. It utilizes selected conceptual/theoretical formulations about culture, cultural sensitivity, cultural competency, health beliefs, and health behaviors as a basis for discussions. The course focuses on disparities in health care with specific emphasis on diverse cultural issues related to ethnicity, race, gender and sexuality, age, body habitus, class, spirituality, professional practice, and workforce issues. The specific aims of the course are to provide the opportunity for students to explore the concerns of the individual as a member of a cultural group or groups and apply principles for the provision of culturally competent health care.
NURS 513 Obesity and Society. Compher. (Fall) This course will examine obesity from scientific, cultural, psychological, and economic perspectives. The complex matrix of factors that contribute to obesity and established treatment options will be explored. Through a varied and interdisciplinary format, including lectures from obesity researchers across campus, the course will covers epidemiology, sociological, psychological, biological, nutritional, treatment, prevention, adult and pediatric obesity issues.
NURS 516 International Nutrition: World Hunger. Compher. (Spring) A detailed consideration of the nature, consequences, and causes of hunger and under nutrition internationally. Approaches are explored to bringing about change, and to formulating and implementing policies and programs at international, national, and local levels, designed to alleviate hunger and under nutrition. This course will be run as an interdisciplinary course, with lectures from investigators across the campus whose research includes nutritional issues touching on world hunger.
NURS 532 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Cotterell. (Summer I) This course comprehensively presents a time-sensitive, goal-oriented psychotherapy, which has been demonstrated to be effective in over 75 controlled outcome studies. The course covers the cognitive formulation for a number of disorders, cognitive conceptualizations, treatment planning and a variety of cognitive and behavioral interventions. Adaptations for depression, anxiety, personality disorders, substance.
NURS 533 Victimology. Brown, K. (Fall, Spring & Summer I) This course examines the wide range of victimization experiences from the perspective of the victim, their families and society. Crimes to be studied include workplace violence, corporate crime, robbery, burglary, assault, rape, stalking, domestic violence, homicide, suicide, elderly abuse and child sexual abuse and exploitation. The role of the medical examiner, health care providers and the FBI as they relate to victims of crime will be discussed. Emphasis will be given to exploring the elements of each crime and response patterns to victimizations. Services available to victims of crime will be discussed.
NURS 561 Human Genetics. Spinner. (Fall)This course teaches basic principles of molecular and human genetics to provide a framework within which to understand the use and impact of continuing advances in human genetics.
NURS 626 Family Systems Theory I. Gillis-Donovan. This course focuses on the process of human development in the context of the family relationship system. A theoretical framework for understanding this process and the therapeutic methods that derive from it are presented.
NURS 654 Business and Strategic Planning. This course focuses on Healthcare strategic planning and the role of the Nursing Executive/Leader in that process. The course will involve the development of a business plan for a selected internal organizational project. The content will include use of executive Dashboards, sources of internal and external data.
NURS 679 Issues in Occupational Environmental Health. Arendasky. (Fall) Designed as an exploration of concepts, issues, and content relevant to occupational environmental health, this course is presented as a series of lectures, seminars, readings and field experiences.Students can expect to gain an understanding and appreciation for the specialty of occupational environmental health and the health professional roles in this area of specialization.
NURS 680 Advanced Practice in Occupational Environmental Health. Arendasky. (Fall) This course is to be taken during the last semester of the Occupational Environmental Health Program or as permitted. It is meant to provide an opportunity for the student to focus on more complex issues and practice in the occupational health setting, integrate course work and to experience the role of the provider in occupational health in collaboration with an experienced preceptor.
NURS 823 Designing Interventions to Promote Health and Reduce Health Disparities. Jemmott; Teitelman. (Spring) Advanced analysis, design and evaluation of interventions to promote health and reduce health disparities with a focus on underserved vulnerable minority or ethnic populations, through culturally competent research, education and clinical practice. Areas to be evaluated include: -- Health disparities as it relates to health promotion and disease prevention behavioral intervention research in vulnerable communities -- Concepts of marginalization, race, ethnicity, class, gender and culture as it relates to health disparities -- Social-psychological theoretical and research approaches related to developing culturally congruent health promotion interventions to reduce health disparities for vulnerable populations -- The use of elicitation, focus groups and ethnographic techniques to tailor health behavior theory to meet the needs of the population -- Culturally competent research methodologies, involving education and/or clinical practice, e.g. culturally competent measures, recruitment, retention, and informed consent in hard to reach populations -- Community participatory research as a strategy for working with the community to build research partnership and build capacity for sustained health promotion initiatives -- Health promotion intervention strategies for reducing health disparities in vulnerable communities -- Strategies to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in community and clinical settings -- Strategies for tailoring successful evidenced-based health promotion interventions to a variety of different populations for use in clinical trials and community settings -- Examine approaches for the translating and disseminating evidenced-based intervention research.
OPIM 690. Managerial Decision Making. Milkman. (Spring) The course is built around lectures reviewing multiple empirical studies, class discussion,and a few cases. Depending on the instructor, grading is determined by some combination of short written assignments, tests, class participation and a final project (see each instructor's syllabus for details).
SOCI 607-401 Introduction to Demography. A non-technical introduction to fertility, mortality, migration, and urbanization, and the interrelations of population with other social and economic factors.
SOCI 640/N640 Health Care and Social Policy. Aiken & Sochalski. (Spring) An interdisciplinary course designed for grad students. The course content includes an analysis of strengths and weaknesses of present U.S. health care arrangements, the impact of health care expenditures on the national economy, various proposals to extend health insurance to those without coverage, strategies and policies to contain medical expenditures and an analysis of public policy options concerning the present and future health car workforce. The Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics holds a health policy seminar series that is a highly recommended adjunct to this course.
SWRK 701 Health and Mental Health Policy. Culhane. (Fall) This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the multi-dimensional aspects of the health and mental health care delivery systems. The following questions are explored: How are these health care systems organized, financed and delivered? What are the current issues and problems? How do federal and state policy proposals address these? What are the consequences of these proposals for different population groups?
SWRK 706 Policies for Children and Families. This course examines policies for children and their families with a specific focus on child welfare policy.The course examines the interrelationship between: the knowledge base on child abuse and neglect; evaluations of interventions; programs and policies designed to protect maltreated children; and child welfare policy at the state and national level.The course also examines federal and state laws that govern the funding and operation of child welfare systems; the history of child welfare policies; the operation of child welfare systems; and the legal, political and social forces that influence the structure and function of child welfare systems in the United States.
SWRK 774 Program Evaluation. The purpose and methodology of accountability research in human service agencies are explored with emphasis on strategies at various stages of program evaluation in relation to the social, political, and fiscal process of the agency and its community.Utilization of research findings to modify agency programming and the variety of roles available to the evaluator are also stressed.
SWRK 775 Intimate Violence. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the definition, theories, causes, processes, consequences, and social interventions in intimate violence. The course will attempt to provide insight on the phenomenon of intimate violence by examining the ways in which it affects survivors, perpetrators, and their children. This will be accomplished by reviewing the current research as well as by exploring how intimate violence is constructed by the participants on the personal, interpersonal, and social structural level.
SWRK 808 Mental Health Policy (Currently offered as Indep. Study). Solomon and Hadley. (Spring) The focus of this course is on policy and policy issues that define and influence the care and treatment of persons with mental illness from colonial times to the present. The course will examine the primary social, political, economic, legal and philosophical forces that have influenced mental health delivery in the US over different historical time periods and the resulting organizational, financial, administrative, and management structures of mental health service delivery systems. The interface with other major service delivery systems, including welfare, criminal justice, primary health care, and social security will be addressed.
VCSN631 Ecological Epidemiology. Smith. (.33 CU) This course is concerned with the epidemiology of infectious diseases of domestic and feral animal species. The techniques of ecological epidemiology will be used to illustrate and explain the population biology of the causative organisms and how this is relevant to the control of infectious disease. The course will consider the dynamics of epidemic and endemic infections, the relevance of herd immunity and other characteristics of the host population, and methods for assessing the likely impact of control strategies.The illustrative examples will be drawn from a wide variety of animal species: from domestic ruminants to exotic species such as fish and grouse. All the mathematical techniques required will be taught as an integral part of the material.
VMED607 Veterinary Public Health. Smith. (Spring) This course examines the nature and scope of animal-human interactions with emphasis on the consequences of this relationship from an epidemiologic viewpoint. Included are the zoonotic diseases, those naturally transmitted from animals to man, and the role of pets in society. The traditional involvement of veterinarians in prevention and control of food borne diseases and in public health practice will also be discussed.
VPTH 633 Ecotoxicology. Poppenga. (Fall, 2 CU) The major objective of this course is to introduce veterinary students to ecotoxicology, defined as the ecological effects of pollutants, and the concept of ecosystem health. These are emerging disciplines within which veterinarians can play an important role. The course will be composed of both lectures, designed to provide knowledge of basic principles of ecotoxicology, and student group presentations and discussions of relevant topics. Specific lectures will focus on measuring the effects of pollutants on ecosystems, wildlife serving as monitors of environmental quality, important environmental pollutants such as insecticides, petroleum hydrocarbons and metals, and approaches to rehabilitating damaged ecosystems. The course grade will be based on the presentation of cases and student participation in case discussions.