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Courses - Spring 2018
PHSC
Public Health Science
PHSC389
(Perm Req)
Independent Research Study in Public Health Science
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
PHSC399
(Perm Req)
Public Health Science Internship
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
PHSC401
History of Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in Public Health Science program; and must have earned a minimum of 45 credits.
Credit only granted for: PHSC401 or SPHL401.
Formerly: SPHL401.
Emphasis is on the history of public health in the Western world from antiquity to the present. Also examines the influence of public health developments as they relate to the Western world as well as throughout diverse cultures and societies across the globe. Analysis focuses on the interaction among Western and non-Western cultures with respect to health issues, including science, policies, prevention and treatment.
PHSC402
Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in EPIB300 and EPIB301.
Restriction: Must be in Public Health Science program; and junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: PHSC402 or SPHL402.
Formerly: SPHL402.
Intensive introduction to public health emergency preparedness. Course will provide students with an overview of the role of public health in planning, prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery from disasters, both manmade and natural.
PHSC415
Essentials of Public Health Biology: The Cell, The Individual, and Disease
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI202.
Recommended: BSCI223.
Restriction: Must be in Public Health Science program; and junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: PHSC415, SPHL415 or SPHL498J.
Formerly: SPHL415 and SPHL498J.
Presents the basic scientific and biomedical concepts of modern public health problems and explores in depth mechanisms and models of the major categories of disease. The biologic principles presented are foundations to public health disease prevention, control, or management programs.
PHSC420
Vaccines and Immunology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI223.
Recommended: CHEM231.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits. And must be in Public Health Science program; or permission of instructor.
An exploration of immunology and vaccines through a public health lens. We will examine the cells, systems, and molecules that comprise the human immune system and defend your body against disease. In addition, we will discuss the strategies used during vaccine development including the history and future of vaccination and how increased understanding of the immune system has allowed scientists to improve and refine the process. Finally we will examine the current social and political situation surrounding vaccination and the roles and responsibility of public health practitioners.
PHSC425
Genetics, Genomics, and Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have completed BSCI170 and 171 with a C- or higher.
Recommended: BSCI222 and BSCI223.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits; and must be in Public Health Science program.
Credit only granted for: SPHL498X OR PHSC425.
Formerly: SPHL498X.
Recent advances in genomic science and biomedical technologies have increased our understanding of the genetic basis of disease and the interplay between genetics and environmental and behavioral factors. This course will provide a solid background in basic genetics and genomic science and highlight the role of public health professionals in translating breakthroughs in this rapidly transforming field into the clinical setting, program planning, and policy. Topics covered will include the molecular basis for genetic variation, fetal and newborn screening, genetic risk factors for cancer, pharmacogenetics, the role of pathogen genomics in outbreak investigation, and applications of genetic engineering in solving public health issues.
PHSC430
Public Health in the City: Perspectives on Health in the Urban Environment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI202 and MIEH300.
Restriction: Must be in Public Health Science program; and junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: PHSC430 or SPHL498G.
Formerly: SPHL498G.
Exposure to issues related to city habitation and the health of the public, including how the urban environment impacts the lives and health of city dwellers, including discussion of the social determinants of health. Students are encouraged to think about urban health and policy, and to question the current state of urban public health. Issues of race, class, and equality will be discussed throughout the course as they relate to each of these topics.
PHSC497
Public Health Science Capstone
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Students must have completed the professional writing requirement, MIEH300 and EPIB300, all with a C- or higher.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 100 credits; and must be in Public Health Science program; and must be in the final semester of undergraduate study.
Credit only granted for: SPHL498F or PHSC497.
Formerly: SPHL498F.
The capstone course is the culminating experience for Public Health Science students and must be taken only in the final semester of study. The Public Health Science capstone course is designed to challenge students to integrate the five core areas of public health in investigating, researching and addressing public health issues. Throughout the semester, students will be required to evaluate, analyze and synthesize scholarly works as they research and propose solutions to a variety of public health issues. By the conclusion of this research based course, students will understand how the various public health perspectives can combine in addressing and informing public health practices.