PUBH 502 – Public Health Seminar | Credit: 1
This seminar series is part of two semesters of seminars designed to provide insight into topical areas of public health. The seminar series provides a forum for interaction among students and faculty.
PUBH 520 – Health Education and Promotion | Credit: 3
This course introduces students to an overview of conceptual theories that are the basis of social and behavioral sciences applied to public health, specifically health education. The course will also provide students with skills needed to understand individual and community behavior and change processes.
PUBH 525 – Overview of Rural Health | Credit: 3
This course introduces students to an overview of the major issues in rural health. This course will also provide an understanding of the demographics, economics, policy and structure of the health care delivery systems in rural America, specifically North Carolina.
PUBH 540 – Statistical Methods | Credit: 3
This course introduces students to an overview of biostatistics and its role in the discipline of public health with an emphasis on statistical reasoning and methods. Prerequisite: College-level Statistics (i.e., Math 160) or the equivalent.
PUBH 542 – Community Health Assessment and Evaluation | Credit: 3
The course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and techniques of community health improvement and the roles of assessment and evaluation. This course emphasizes the application of statistical reasoning and methods, specifically dealing with large databases, as well as survey design, qualitative inquiry, and systems thinking tools.
PUBH 550 – Perspectives in Environmental Health | Credit: 3
This course introduces students to an overview of basic concepts in environmental sciences, an understanding the health impact of various environmental exposures, and the public health approach to controlling and eliminating environmental health risks.
PUBH 560 – Principles in Epidemiology | Credit: 3
This course introduces students to an overview of epidemiology and its application to public health. This course emphasizes an introduction to the application of epidemiological methods. The primary goal of this course is to orient students to the field of epidemiology and foster an appreciation for the methods used to do observational studies in “real world” settings. Prerequisite: College-level statistics course.
PUBH 580 – Health Policy and Management | Credit: 3
This course introduces students to the United States health care system and examines the structure of the health care system including the policy process, program management and evaluation.
PUBH 590 – Independent Study in Public Health | Credit: 1-3
This elective course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their public health knowledge and further explore issues or a set of issues related to a particular topic in public health. This course is not related to PUBH 690 Research Project I and/or PUBH 695 Research Project II. This course will involve a minimum of 40 hours per credit hour per semester. This course will be conducted under the guidance of a major professor with consultation with the course director.
PUBH 622 – Food Systems, Policy, and Public Health | Credit: 3
This course introduces students to the United States food system and key food policies. We will examine the health implications of production, distribution, and consumption of food, especially as they relate to rural populations. The course investigates the roles that individuals, corporations, and government agencies play in creating food policy, and how these stakeholders influence the way Americans eat. This course will focus particularly on food equity, and the role of public health practitioners in contributing to food and health equity in communities.
PUBH 625 – Adolescent Health | Credit: 2
This elective course examines the public health issues related to the adolescent or emerging adulthood stages of development. The course will combine lectures, a variety of texts, classroom discussions, exams, and individual papers to explore the population health dimensions of the biological and psychological distinctiveness of the adolescent population.
PUBH 661 – Epidemiology of Chronic Disease | Credit: 2
This elective course is designed to provide students with an overview of prevalence and risk factors for chronic diseases in the U.S. population and other countries. Both general and specific methodological approaches to the epidemiology of chronic diseases will be discussed. Prerequisite: PUBH 560 Principles of Epidemiology.
PUBH 665 – Applications of Pharmacoepidemiology | Credit: 3
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the core concepts of Pharmacoepidemiology and the challenges for a proactive pharmacovigilance system. Emphasis will be placed on applying these concepts to public health skills and practice. In addition the course will provide an opportunity for students to develop skills / resources for further developing ad understanding of the complexity of a pharmacovigilance program
PUBH 671 – Public Health and Infectious Disease | Credit: 2
This elective course provides a broad overview of the effects infectious diseases have on Public Health. This course focuses on the biological aspects of various vector based pathogens that have an impact on global and rural health.
PUBH 682 – Ethical Issues in Rural Public Health | Credit: 2
This course explores understandings of the principles of community, justice, and equity. The goal of protecting the health of a population also raises fundamental questions including when to restrict the freedom of individuals in order to protect the health of the community and the duties or obligations citizens owe back to the larger community. These challenges are further compounded by the specific realities of community health in rural settings. This course examines where public health research and policy intersects with ethical issues and ethical dilemmas. Prerequisite: PUBH 525 Overview of Rural Health and PUBH 580 Health Policy & Management
PUBH 690 – Research Project | Credit: 3
This course will serve as a capstone experience for public health students. Pre-requisite: All other required public health courses. PUBH 550 Perspectives in Environmental Health may be a co-requisite.
PUBH 699 – Practicum in Public Health | Credit: 1-3
This required course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their public health knowledge by gaining valuable skills and tacit knowledge through practical, hands-on application of content from other coursework in a real-world public health context. This course will involve a minimum of 60 hours per credit hour per semester. This course will be conducted under the guidance of a public health faculty and consultation with the preceptor.