2019-2020 Catalog

Publication date June 2019

Public Health (PH) - Graduate Courses


PH 700 Cr.4

Public Health Foundations

This foundational course involves an introduction to public health to include key concepts (e.g., prevention), core functions, essential services, values, historical trends, philosophies, credentialing, ethical principles, evidence-based practices, and health equity. This course also addresses the impact of the environment on public health, components of the public health system, and future trends in public health. Offered Fall, Spring.

PH 701 Cr.3

Public Health Issues

This course involves an introduction to key determinants of the public’s health (e.g., biological, genetic, behavioral, psychological, social, political, economic) as well as the impact of globalization on public health. Offered Fall, Spring.

PH 707 Cr.3

Environmental Health

Examination of how environmental mechanisms influence human health and how humans impact environmental conditions. A critical analysis of current environmental problems and evidence linking these problems to disease causation and health enhancement. Solutions to environmental health problems will also be critically analyzed. Offered Fall, Summer.

PH 710 Cr.4

Quantitative Methods

The design, analysis, and interpretation of quantitative data relative to health education, health promotion, public health, medicine, and epidemiology are covered. Attention is given to assisting students in being critical consumers of the research literature as well as designing their own studies. Some of the most frequently used statistical techniques to analyze quantitative data in community health education will be explored and practiced. SPSS will be the software used to assist in learning and understanding the appropriate statistical tools to understand what the data tells us. Offered Fall, Spring.

PH 711 Cr.4

Qualitative Methods

This course provides an introduction to the methodology as well as methods of qualitative research and how they play a role in describing and assessing a population’s health. Students will have opportunities to collect, analyze, and interpret qualitative data as well as explain how their findings may have implications for public health research, policy, or practice. Students will also be introduced to Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA), software, specifically ATLAS.ti. Offered Fall, Spring.

PH 717 Cr.3

Emerging Public Health Issues

An in-depth policy and practice review of key emerging issues in public health and their societal impacts at the local, national, and international levels. Issues will be selected from the eight health challenge content areas advanced by the Institute of Medicine (2003) and additional sources. Implications for health education and health promotion will be addressed. Prerequisite: HED 701 and HED 703. Offered Spring.

PH 720 Cr.3

Program Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation in Health Promotion

This course is designed to provide the learner with program assessment, planning, communication, and evaluation skills. Emphasis is placed on community organizing principles, intervention planning, community assessment, group communication dynamics, evaluation design, and grant writing skills. Opportunities to apply these skills to a variety of community health settings are provided. Offered Fall.

PH 725 Cr.3

Communication Methods for Public Health

This course is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of the methods for effective communication in public health. Students will learn to select appropriate communication strategies for various priority populations and sectors. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of the key concepts of health literacy and the crucial role cultural competence plays in communication. Students will have opportunities to create health literate, culturally competent, and audience-appropriate written and oral communications. Offered Fall, Spring.

PH 755 Cr.3

Epidemiology and Public Health Issues

Examination of epidemiologic concepts in relation to specific public health issues. Disease investigation techniques, casual factors, case histories, and related biostatistics are examined and educational implications are discussed. Prerequisite: PH 340 or CHE 340 or equivalent professional experience. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

PH 760 Cr.3

Public Health Advocacy and Policy

This course focuses on the process of engaging communities in health education and behavior change programs of various kinds. Several organizing paradigms for fostering healthy communities are examined, and their practical and ethical implications are considered. Skill development for community assessment, constituency-building, and leadership of participatory planning efforts is emphasized. Students are paired with health and human services, health policy and social justice agencies and coalitions to gain an in-depth knowledge of agenda setting, legislative research, and legislative advocacy in relation to specific legislation being proposed in the Wisconsin state legislature. Course will tie policy theory to real-world practice. Offered Fall, Spring.

PH 770 Cr.3

Program Planning

This course will require students to assess community needs and resources as well as plan health programs. Following models commonly used in public health, students will utilize primary as well as secondary data in performing a comprehensive assessment of a population of interest. Reliable and valid resources that explain the health status of a population from the perspective of theories and ethically conducted research will be used when prioritizing needs and planning interventions. Students will learn about the necessity of early alignment between assessment and health education program goals and objectives. Professional competencies related to evaluating capacity and promoting community involvement will be emphasized as essential to planning best practices solutions to community health needs. Offered Fall, Spring.

PH 771 Cr.3

Program Implementation and Evaluation

Students will implement, administer, and evaluate a public health program. Interventions will be based on professional best practices and social and behavioral theories and models. Data will be collected that allow students to evaluate goals, objectives, and activities. Students will be required to generate a report at the end of the semester that can be used to inform decision makers on the success of the program and can be added to the professional evidence base. Offered Fall, Spring.

PH 775 Cr.3

Grant Development for Public Health

The grantseeking enterprise is studied and applied. Community and public health grantseeking content, practices, and concepts are presented for application in most disciplines and areas of interest. Content includes locating and communicating with funding agencies, writing and reviewing grant proposals, analyzing requests for proposals, using technology in grantseeking, and implementing and evaluating grant funded projects. Project planning and administrative competencies are incorporated. Budget planning and grant administration is identified and applied. Offered Fall, Spring.

PH 780 Cr.2

Public Health Applied Practice Experience (APE)

The Applied Practice Experience (APE) allows each student to demonstrate attainment of at least five competencies, of which at least three must be foundational competencies. The applied experiences must be structured to ensure all students complete experiences addressing at least five competencies, as specified above. The applied experiences may also address additional foundational or concentration-specific competencies, if appropriate. Applied practice experiences may involve governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, industrial and for-profit settings, or appropriate university-affiliated settings. To be appropriate for applied practice experience activities, university-affiliated settings must be primarily focused on community engagement, typically with external partners. Repeatable for credit - maximum four. Prerequisite: successful completion of a minimum of 21 graduate credit hours in the Master of Public Health program to include PH 700, PH 701, PH 710, PH 711, PH 725, and PH 790. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

PH 790 Cr.3

Public Health Administration and Organization

Principles of effective administration as applied to public health practice, leadership, personnel, management, negotiation, and mediation skills will be emphasized with a special focus on organizational concepts related to public health and human service agencies. Offered Fall, Spring.

PH 792 Cr.2

Public Health Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)

The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) is designed as a culminating experience which can take many forms, depending on the interests of the candidate. Through a high-quality written product, the MPH-CHE candidate demonstrates the ability to synthesize foundational and concentration competencies. The MPH-CHE student will complete two credits of the ILE in the fall of the student's final academic year and two credits of the ILE in the spring semester (final semester prior to graduation). Repeatable for credit - maximum four. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Spring.

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