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Public Health Course Descriptions


This course provides an overview of public health in the U.S. with emphasis on the population perspective and the ecological nature of public health including the impact on the healthcare system and specific needs of subpopulations. The history of public health will provide an understanding of how healthcare evolved globally and within the U.S. The influence of the social environment, race, gender, and class on the health of populations will be examined. Current ethical public health dilemmas will be explored, including how the rights of the individual versus the rights of society come into conflict.

HLTH 3150: EPIDEMIOLOGY (4 credits)

Epidemiology is the study of the patterns of health and disease in populations. This course introduces the history and philosophy of epidemiology in public health and ethical issues in the discipline. Includes key concepts in descriptive, association, causation, analytic, and evidence based methods used to uncover factors that contribute to our understanding of population health. Discusses applications of epidemiology to influence health policy and improve health outcomes. A case method approach and applied learning lab is used to facilitate learning.

HLTH 3250: GLOBAL HEALTH (4 credits)

This course examines the main concepts of public health from a global perspective and the critical links between public health and social, political, environmental, and economic factors. Specific issues in global health will be discussed, including population trends, pandemics, nutrition, work, environment, women's and children's health, and infectious and chronic diseases. Media reports and other information sources will be used to learn about global health issues. Opportunities and responsibilities for taking action to address global disparities will be emphasized. You will critically analyze and present a current global health issue.

HLTH 4604: INTERNSHIP (4 credits)

This is a structured out-of-class learning experience that takes place on or off campus and includes a substantial work component. An internship involves you in an area of public health in an exploratory way to test career interests and potential. To initiate an internship experience, you meet with the internship coordinator in the Career Development Office.


This course examines critical and current issues in public health using a case based approach and the liberal arts themes of ethics and social justice, diversity and global perspectives, and critical and creative inquiry. You complete a senior project that integrates the public health core courses with the selected concentration area for the major and demonstrates leadership and collaboration, disciplined-based competence, effective communication, and commitment to life-long learning.