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Public Health (PUB) Course Descriptions

Office of Undergraduate Studies


PUB 1113  Introduction to Public Health
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduces students to the discipline of public health. It will cover a variety of disciplines to the basic tenets of public health. The course will provide a history of public health, an introduction to the five core disciplines (Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Social and Behavioral Health, and Health Policy & Management). The course will also cover the role of public health in a global society. (Same as SOC 1043. Credit cannot be earned for both PUB 1113 and SOC 1043.)

PUB 2113  Data Management in Public Health
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Study of the skills required to design, organize and implement a data management system in public health applications. It will cover an introduction to data preparation for statistical analysis, development of organizational tools, methods of data acquisition, data collection form design, principles of database development, quality control of data, and data security. Application of Microsoft® Access and SAS® software packages in data management will be presented. (Same as SOC 3543. Credit cannot be earned for both PUB 2113 and SOC 3543.)

PUB 3413  Behavioral Epidemiology
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Provides the student with basic knowledge about epidemiological applications in a behavioral area. It covers behavioral and social environmental issues related to disease etiology, premature morbidity and mortality patterns. Provides an overview of the epidemiology of specific health-related behaviors, the relationships between these behaviors and health outcomes, and available evidence for the effectiveness and appropriateness of various approaches to modification of these behaviors. (Same as SOC 4083. Credit cannot be earned for both PUB 3413 and SOC 4083.)

PUB 3613  Etiology 1: Epidemiologic Methods to Investigate Outbreaks and New Epidemics
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Utilizes case discussion seminars to appraise the investigative methods and research designs for studying disease outbreaks and new epidemics. Historical and current cases will include examples of disease outbreaks (e.g., food borne illness, hospital infections), emergence of new diseases, or epidemics related to specific exposures (e.g., natural disasters). Each case will evaluate the background of the problem, the investigative methods employed, the results, and the interventions taken to resolve the problem.

PUB 4613  Etiology 2: Epidemiologic Methods to Investigate Chronic Disease, Exposure, and Risk
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Utilizes case discussion seminars to appraise the investigative methods and research designs for studying chronic disease, disease exposure, and ascertainment of risk. Cases will include current examples of chronic diseases or conditions affecting population health (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity), methods for ascertaining outcomes (e.g., death certificates), and measures of risk association (e.g., standardized mortality ratios and relative risk). Each case will evaluate the background of the problem, the investigative methods employed, the results, and the public policy and practice implications from the research.

PUB 4933  Public Health Internship
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Senior standing and completed coursework requirements in Public Health Foundation.
Provides the opportunity for work experience in a private or public health-related agency. Opportunities are developed in consultation with faculty advisor and on-site coordinator. Internship must be approved in advance by the Internship Coordinator and the student’s internship faculty advisor. Supervised full-or part-time off-campus work experience and training in health care management. A minimum of 150 hours of work experience is required. Individual conferences and written reports required. May be repeated for credit but not more than 6 hours of internship will apply to a bachelor’s degree.