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Course Descriptions


The Fall (Fa), Spring (Sp), or Summer (Su) semesters indicated are expected but are notguaranteed. Expansive Core Curriculum courses are denoted by EXP. Service Learningcourses are denoted by SL.

PHLT 1001. Introduction to Public Health. This course takes a multidisciplinary “population health” approach using an ecological perspective. Determinants of health including environmental, behavioral, biological, and socio-economic factors as well as access, quality and cost of medical care are central to the course. It emphasizes the historical and current roles of public health and introduces students to basic epidemiological concepts of rates, causation and public health surveillance. (3, EXP)

PHLT 1002. Nutrition and Health. This course will examine issues associated with nutrition and health, such as food security, food environments, and how the media and marketing influences food choices. (3, EXP)

PHLT 2001. Behavioral Theories in Public Health. Students are introduced to the use of interpersonal and intrapersonal theories to inform the development of theoretically sound public health interventions. Prerequisites: PHLT 1001, PHLT 1002. (3)

PHLT 2002. Health Promotion Program Planning.This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of health promotion planning, implementation, and evaluation. Prerequisites: PHLT 1001, PHLT 1002. (3)

PHLT 2004. Introduction to Environmental Health.Basic concepts of environmental health and emerging issues associated with environmental threats to human health. Prerequisites: PHLT 1001, PHLT 1002. (3)

PHLT 3001. Introduction to Epidemiology.This course offers a basic overview of concepts and methods used in identifying the frequency, distribution, and determinants of health. Prerequisites: PHLT 1001, PHLT 1002. (3)

PHLT 3004. Research Methods. This course will expose students with an introduction to skill related to the research process, including research design, data collection methods and procedures, scientific writing, and oral presentation of research findings. Prerequisites: PHLT 2001, PHLT 2002, PHLT 3001. (3)

PHLT 4002. Introduction to Global Health. A basic course exploring determinants of global health, global health polices, and health outcomes of global health interventions. Prerequisites: PHLT 2002, PHLT 3001. (3)

PHLT 4003. Senior Seminar Case Studies. This seminar type course will expose students to various aspects of the practice of public health and public health current issues.  This course will introduce a number of central concepts and explore key and controversial issues related to public health using case studies. Topics covered include the nature of public health ethics, the concepts of disease and prevention, risk and precaution, health inequalities and justice, screening, vaccination and disease control. Prerequisites: PHLT 1001 (3)

PHLT 4004, 4004A, and 4004B: Senior Internship (9, 6, and 3 credit hours) Public Health Sciences majors must complete a 400 hour internship working in a public health setting to include a community health center, school, government, community-based organization, research facility or worksite. The 9 credit hours internship (PHLT 4004) includes a minimum of 400 working hours, the 6 credit hours internship (PHLT 4004A) requires completing 270 working hours, and 3 credit hours of internship (PHLT 4004B) requires a minimum of 135 working hours. 4004A or 4004B may be offered anytime in the calendar year (Fa, Sp, Su); 4004 will only be offered in the academic year (Fa, Sp). Requires completion of weekly activity logs, final internship report, and oral presentation. Graded on Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisites: Completion of all Public Health Sciences 36 degree credit hours or permission of the chair, 2.0 or above grade point average, and passing of senior comprehensive examination.

PHLT 4999. Senior Comprehensive Exam. All public health majors will need to successfully pass a comprehensive examination before registering for their senior internship. The internship is an intensive interaction with an approved public health site that would allow students an opportunity to apply their public health knowledge, skills and abilities. Prerequisites: Senior Standing (0)