Public Health

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Jean M. Breny
CHAIRPERSON
Orlando 102
(203) 392-7008 – Fax (203) 392-6965
brenyj1@SouthernCT.edu
Department Secretary: (203) 392-6951

Stanley Bernard, Associate Professor
Jean Breny, Professor
Marian Evans, Assistant Professor
William Faraclas, Professor
Deborah Flynn, Associate Professor
Peggy Gallup, Professor
Aukje Lamonica, Assistant Professor
Michael Mink, Associate Professor
John Nwangwu, Professor
Debra Risisky, Associate Professor
Christine Unson, Professor
Michele Vancour, Professor
Victoria Zigmont, Assistant Professor

MAJOR PROGRAM IN PUBLIC HEALTH

Public health is a dynamic field concerned with the promotion of well-being, prevention of disease and disability, and the enhancement of quality of life. The B.S. degree program in public health — one of the few undergraduate programs in the country accredited by the Council on Public Health Education, the sole accrediting body of public health programs in the USA — provides the knowledge and skills necessary for effective practice in public and private settings.  Majors may develop a minor in an academic area which complements the public health major, except for the minor in Public Health.

PCH 100 - Introduction to Wellness

Overview of attitudes, behaviors, and lifestyles that can foster personal well-being. 1 credit.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PCH 200 - Introduction to Nutrition

Basics of nutrition; significance of nutrition to the quality and length of individual human life.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 201 - Wellness

Personal pursuit of well-being of mind, body and spirit.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 202 - Introduction to Public Health

Overview of the field of public health: historical context; current issues; trends and practices; goals, roles and methods of practitioners; principles for professional application.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 204 - Food Selection and Preparation

Factors contributing to optimal nutritional use of foods. Food preparation demonstrations.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 205 - Principles of Meal Management

Factors and problems in the application of delivering institutional and commercial food services, including budgeting, purchasing, safety, energy conservation, personnel, and menu planning for various occasions and settings.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PCH 250 - Occupational Safety and Health

Principles of creating, maintaining and monitoring a healthful and accident-free work environment. Laws, regulations and enforcement policies, economic and health impact.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

PCH 259 - Environmental Health

Overview of the interdependency and interrelationship of the major environmental stressors and their impact on the health and well-being of human populations.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 265 - Illness and Disease

Ecological perspective of illness and disease; etiological agents, environmental factors, and prevention/contraol strategies.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 270 - Stress Management

Interaction between stress and health, identification of sources of stress and methods to control; development of stress management skills.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 273 - Weight Management

Biological, environmental, and behavioral forces affecting body weight and composition: comprehensive strategy and plan to manage body weight/composition.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 275 - Introduction to Health Promotion

Role in public health; nature, scope, and foundations; intervention priorities and strategies.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 280 - Human Sexuality

Exploration of the biological, psychological, sociological and philosophical aspects of human sexuality. Experience in therapeutic effects of dialogue about sex and values.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 300 - Food Science

In-depth analysis of human nutritional requirements and the nutritional properties of food; controversies in nutrition addressed.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 200.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

PCH 306 - Diet and Nutritional Therapy

Exploring and exposing fact and fiction in nutritional and dietary responses to various major and minor disorders.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 340 - Public Health Research

Introduction to the methods essential for planning, conducting and evaluating research in the health field. Written class projects and an individual research project are required.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 202.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 342 - Introduction to Epidemiology

Principles underlying the measurement of health and illness in humans. Survey of methods and techniques used by the epidemiologist investigating the distribution and causes of disease.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 202 and MAT 107.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 345 - Health Promotion Interventions I

Strategies, methodologies, technology, and resources used in the design and development of health promotion interventions utilizing classroom communication and community organization strategies.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 202, PCH 275, and PCH major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 346 - Health Promotion Interventions II

Strategies, methodologies, technology, and resources used in the design and development of health promotion interventions utilizing marketing and advocacy strategies.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 202, PCH 275, and PCH major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 349 - Men’s Health

Contemporary issues related to men’s health are presented, along with specific strategies for maintaining health in contemporary society. Topics relating to men’s health throughout the life-cycle are explored.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 350 - Women’s Health

Exploration of health issues specifically related to women aged 18-40: fertility control and behavior, alternatives in childbirth, and medical self-care.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 351 - Health in Society

Examination of health services and institutions; the role of health professionals and their relationships with clients; and the relationship between illness and the social process.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 202.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 352 - Health, Disease and Culture

The interaction of cultural forces and health. Special attention is given to the interplay of primitive, folk, and scientific medicine; and cultural forces and social stresses in rural and urban living. Case material on health programs in developing countries.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 353 - Global Health

A study of health status and health resources in nations across the globe, and the factors influencing each.

Special Information: Field trips required.

Prerequisite(s): Junior status.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 356 - Maternal and Child Health

Study of maternal and child health and social programs in the U.S., with emphasis on the needs and problems of mothers, and patterns of health services.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 358 - Health Policy

An investigation of issues and legislative procedures which shape health policy; a survey of important health legislation.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 202.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 360 - Community Nutrition

Practical application of nutrition within the area of public and community health; the service role of the nutritionist.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 200 or PCH 300.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PCH 362 - Public Health Management

Management of public health services, organizations, resources, and personnel in the United States; theories and practices.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 202.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 363 - Program Planning

Design, development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to improve individual and community health.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 202, PCH 275, and PCH major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 370 - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training

Training in prehospital life support and transportation techniques prerequisite to State certification as an emergency medical technician.

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PCH 371 - Food Systems and Food Justice

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

Prequisite(s): Junior status.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 425 - Nutrition Ecology

An ecological perspective of human diets and providing foods for people from various geographic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 200.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 440 - Food Hygiene

Analysis of food-borne diseases and toxins. Survey of methods and techniques utilized in food sanitation.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 202 and PCH 259.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 441 - Water Supply and Waste-Water Treatment

Analysis of environmental health parameters involving public and private water supplies and waste-water treatment and disposal.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 202 and PCH 259.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 446 - Environmental Hazards

Analysis of environmental parameters involving solid and hazardous waste, pest and vector control, housing issues, natural and man-made disasters from the perspective of an environmental health inspector.

Prerequisite(s): PCH 202 and PCH 259 (formerly 359).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 450 - Death, Dying, and Bereavement

Understanding death in our culture and social and personal mechanisms for responding to death, dying and bereavement.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 490 - Health Studies Abroad

Study of health status, health care delivery, epidemiology, diseases, and nutrition in a selected culture. Visits to local health facilities and interaction with natives complement lectures and observation.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

PCH 492 - Health and the Aging

Explores the challenges, physical, emotional, and psychological age-related changes and diseases of the aging process; examines the support systems and methods to promote optimal health and independence in the later years of adulthood.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 497 - Public Health Internship

A pre-professional application of acquired skills in a community health program. Weekly seminars.

Special Information: Students are placed in agencies for field study.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

PCH 498 - Advanced SpecialTopics in Public Health

Advanced examination of developments, issues, and/or creative work in the field of public health.

Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior public health major or departmental permission.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PCH 499 - Independent Study

Faculty-supervised, specialized independent study.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016