Undergraduate Public Health Studies courses

SPHU 3250 Global Food Security
Global Food Security
This course explores theoretical and practical questions regarding how food production and security has changed over the past 150 years. Issues covered include: What are the regulatory and policy mechanisms that shape domestic food security as it relates to public health? How does food security affect human health and development? Are local/regional food production models a viable healthy alternative to the current national model? This course presents and analyzes the changing world of food security and local food production and its relation to public health.
Pre-requistites: SPHU 1010 and SPHU 1020
credit hours: 3

SPHU 3500 Public Health Approaches to Sexual Violence
Public Health Approaches to Sexual Violence
This course provides an in-depth examination of sexual violence from a public health perspective. Theories of sexual violence, the epidemiology of sexual violence (scope, causes, risk factors, and consequences), and public health approaches to reducing sexual violence will be covered.
Pre-requistites: SPHU 3110
Co-requisites: SPHU 1020
credit hours: 3

SPHU 3600 Women
Women
This 3 credit course is geared toward public health undergraduate students with a strong interest in women and maternal health. The course has two distinct objectives. The first objective is to provide an overview of the pathophysiology of the female reproductive system and a survey of the complications of pregnancy, labor and delivery. The second objective is to explore medical and lay practices related to women gynecological and obstetric health, in USA and worldwide. Existing scientific evidences associated with these practices will be examined, along with ways to reconcile medical authoritative knowledge and women's autonomy.
Pre-requistites: SPHU 1010 and SPHU 1020
credit hours: 3

SPHU 3660 Adverse Childhood Experiences
Adverse Childhood Experiences
The epidemic of violence starts in childhood with impacts across the lifespan. In addition to gaining and understanding of the epidemiology of exposure to childhood violence and its consequences, including the effects on brain development, epigenetics, interpersonal relationships, and society, this unique, multidisciplinary course highlights global and historical perspectives on the etiology of violence and solutions to this public health problem. Interactive technological approaches will be used to gain insight into the current neuroscience related to violence as well as the public health impact of violence across generations. Contemporary approaches to prevention and intervention on behalf of those most impacted and vulnerable to violence will be debated and discussed. Interactive and community-based experiences will provide exposure to legal, psychological, medical, forensic, and neighborhood-based training in addressing adverse childhood experiences. Hands on exposure to assessments of neighborhood factors, stress physiology, genetics, violence risk and interactions with community groups targeting violence prevention at every level will be a core component of this comprehensive course on the problem of violence and the avenues to its solution.
credit hours: 3

SPHU 4160 Introduction to Statistical Packages
Introduction to Statistical Packages
This course covers the elementary concepts and applications for managing and analyzing data using the Statistical Analysis System (SAS) and Stata statistical packages. The course focuses on managing and summarizing hospital admissions and international health data. The concepts covered are applicable to virtually all academic and professional settings. Each lecture begins with a presentation to introduce fundamental mapping concepts and is complemented with hands-on exercises to reinforce technical application. The first part of the course covers SAS applications, and the analog concepts for Stata are covered in the second part of the course.
Pre-requistites: SPHU 3160
credit hours: 3

SPHU 4340 Public Health Genomics
Public Health Genomics
This course is designed to prepare public health students for the study of human health in a post-genome era. Students will learn the molecular basics and the complex issues involved in applying and integrating genomic technology and information into public health. The students will be able to discuss the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomics on public health.
Pre-requistites: SPHU 1010 and SPHU 1020
credit hours: 3

SPHU 4350 Zoonotic Infections, Outbreaks, Emerging and Reemerging Diseases
Zoonotic Infections, Outbreaks, Emerging and Reemerging Diseases
This course provides a foundation of knowledge on the public health consequences of infections originating in vertebrate animals that cross over to humans with or without disease. Topics include: the consequences of animal-transmitted infections on the emergence of new human diseases; adaptation process of animal infections transitioning from animal microbes to become human microbes; human activities, occupational exposures, and medical practices that enable microbial transitions. Students will present reports and follow zoonotic disease outbreaks in real time.
Pre-requistites: SPHU 1010 and SPHU 1020
credit hours: 3

SPHU 4410 Data and Information Management in Public Health
Data and Information Management in Public Health
This course provides students with a full introduction to data and information management. The topics include tools for collecting data; database concepts; data-entry techniques; queries of databases; data quality control; data cleaning, sharing, and reporting; database design; implementation and management of database systems. Hands-on exercises in medicine, biology, and public health are mainly practiced MS Access. Having taken this course, students will be able to design, implement and manage a database system for use in public health.
Pre-requistites: SPHU 1010 and SPHU 1020
credit hours: 3