Public Health

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BRENY, JEAN M., Professor and Chairperson
FLYNN, DEBORAH, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator

BERNARD, STANLEY, Associate Professor
EVANS, MARIAN., Assistant Professor
FARACLAS, WILLIAM, G., Professor
GALLUP, PEGGY A., Professor
LAMONICA, AUKJE., Assistant Professor
MINK, MICHAEL, Associate Professor
NWANGWU, JOHN T., Professor
RISISKY, DEBRA, Associate Professor
UNSON, CHRISTINE, Professor
VANCOUR, MICHELE L., Professor

PCH 500 - Foundations of Public Health

Nature and scope of public health; basic concepts and principles for professional practice; development of a context for further study. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission for non-majors.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PCH 504 - Health Promotion Practice

Foundations and principles of discipline and other profession related issues. Preparation of health promotion professionals. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission required for non- majors.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PCH 505 - Health Issues

A cross-cultural, interdisciplinary approach to women’s health issues focusing primarily on 20th century North America. Engages with the politics of women’s health including self-care, health activism and alternative medicine and focuses on strategies for empowerment in exploring and evaluating health care options. Cross-listed as WMS 505. Scheduled irregularly.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

PCH 510 - Environmental Health

Ecological analysis of forces that affect personal and community health status. Scheduled during summer session.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission required for non- majors.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PCH 515 - Biostatistics

The statistics of rates and proportions and the parametric and non-parametric tests associated with their estimation. Intended for those individuals in the fields of public health, clinical services, and other human service professionals. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission required for non- majors.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PCH 516 - Public Health Research

Scientific inquiry in public health; research proposal development; interpretation and application of research literature. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission required for non- majors.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PCH 520 - Social & Behavioral Foundations of Public Health

Review of biological, epidemiological and psycho-sociological bases of health-related behaviors. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission required for non- majors.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PCH 532 - Programs and Practices in Maternal and Child Health

Examines the development of programs in maternal and child health and analyzes goals and problems in the field. For students in public health, social work, nursing, and other human services. Scheduled irregularly.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

PCH 533 - Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting

Identification of the extent and nature of the problem. Consideration of theories of prevention and treatment. Scheduled irregularly.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2014

PCH 540 - Nutrition Institute

Issues in community nutrition and health, basics of nutrition and special nutritional needs, consumerism, world nutrition, malnutrition and hunger, and governmental and community responses. Scheduled summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2013

PCH 548 - Public Health Administration

Health service managers and their roles, management functions and process, budgeting, organizational culture, leadership, and motivation. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission required for non- majors.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PCH 551 - Epidemiology

Methods of identifying risk factors and determining effects of disease on human populations. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission required for non- majors. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PCH 564 - Health Systems and Policy

Analyzes the structure, function and policy issues associated with public health and medical care in the United States. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission required for non- majors.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PCH 566 - Thanatology Institute: Death, Dying and Bereavement

Relationship of death to life; dynamics of terminal illness, sudden death, suicide, euthanasia, children’s perceptions, bereavement, agencies involved in delivery of care. Scheduled summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015

PCH 570 - International Field Study in Health

Selected health related field-study projects to various parts of the world, as announced by the department. Scheduled summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

PCH 573 - Health Communications

The nature, scope, functions, forms and constraints of health communications are delineated; development and practice of the skills associated with a social-marketing approach to the planning, development and appraisal of health communications. Scheduled summer semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2012

PCH 577 - Program Planning and Evaluation

Conceptualizations and technical skills for the planning and evaluation of population based, health-related programs and interventions. Scheduled spring semester.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission for non-majors.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PCH 586 - Health Promotion Methods and Strategies

Methods (i.e., educational strategies, group and individual processes, community approaches, etc.) used in health promotion and disease prevention programs to impact individual and community health behavior. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 504 and PCH 520. Departmental permiss ion for non-majors. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PCH 590 - Thesis Seminar I

Development of a thesis protocol. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PCH 591 - Thesis Seminar II

Implementation of research design from approved thesis protocol and written presentation of findings. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission and PCH 590. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PCH 593 - Special Project I

First of two courses in design and execution of a project in which the program of study culminates. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PCH 594 - Special Project II

Design and execution of an approved project in which the program of study culminates. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 593.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PCH 595 - Public Health Internship

A vigorous learning experience integrating classroom preparation with field work. Completed under the supervision of an experienced health professional with the guidance of an on-campus faculty member. Scheduled fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): must have completed 24 credits of degree requirements and departmental permission.

3 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PCH 599 - Special Topics

An analysis of the impact of United States food policy and markets on public health and social and economic justice. Study of US government funding and regulation of the food system and operation of private markets, and economic principles. Examination of diet related health problems and fair access to a healthy and culturally appropriate diet.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PCH 600 - Directed Independent Study

Identification and investigation of a student’s special interest in the field of public health under faculty supervision.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017