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Master of Public Health
Track Courses
Course Descriptions


The Institute of Public Health (IPH) at Florida A&M University is the result of the 1995 Florida Legislature’s commitment to resolving the public health and environmental problems that disproportionately affect the educationally and economically disadvantaged residents of the state.  Major health concerns include adverse health outcomes such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chemical dependency, diabetes, unintentional injury and violence, infant mortality and HIV/AIDS.  Access to health care, the need for health professional development, and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences are additional concerns.

Accreditation - The FAMU Public Health Program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Mission and Goals of the Institute of Public Health - The mission of the Institute of Public Health and Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is to improve the health status of the poor and underserved through graduate training, research and service.  Special emphasis is placed on the provision of graduate training and research on diseases and health problems that disproportionately affect educationally and economically disadvantaged individuals.  This includes, without limitations, the human health effects associated with acute and chronic disease, environmental pollution and violence.
 The goals of the Institute are:
1.    To provide quality graduate education and training in public health;
2.    To advance knowledge of the cultural competencies required to decrease high risk behaviors and to promote healthy behavior choices;
3.     To conduct research that provides an evidence base for improving the health of those who bear a disproporionate burden of disease;
4.    To encourage effective health promotion and disease prevention measures through proactive community outreach efforts statewide; and
5.    To contribute to the development of effective public health policy for Florida’s poor and underserved populations.

Description of the Institute of Public Health - The administrative responsibility resides within the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS), in collaboration with the FAMU School of Graduate Studies and Research.  Faculty in the Institute provide leadership, instruction, research and specialized training in public health.  The Institute utilizes existing faculty and staff (teaching, research, and administration) within the Schools of Allied Health and Nursing, the Environmental Sciences Institute, the COPPS (Environmental Toxicology Program, Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the Division of Pharmacy Practice), and the School of Graduate Studies and Research, Journalism, Media and Graphic Arts.  Due to the interdisciplinary programmatic requirements of the Institute, faculty from the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Social Work, Sociology and Criminal Justice may also hold joint appointments.  The Florida Board of Govenors approved the Institute as a Type II Center in the State University System of Florida (see Graduate Section of this catalog under College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for a description of the Master of Public Health Program).

The MPH degree program emphasizes graduate training and development of research regarding disease and health problems that primarily affect the disadvantaged person, including without limitations, the human health effects associated with acute and chronic disease, environmental pollution, and violence.  The MPH program has two tracks:  a 48-semester hour program and a 42-semester hour program.  The 42 semester hour program (excludes the six (6) semester hours of internship) will only be offered to those with vast, past and current public health experience and a related health science degree.  Each track requires course work in five (5) core areas: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, health policy and management, and the social and behavioral sciences/health education.  In addition, students gain depth in a specific public health area, as well as public health practice, through field experience.  Additional requirements for the MPH degree include the conduct of a special public health project, the passing of a written comprehensive examination, a public health internship experience and the completion of 100 hours of voluntary community service.

Master of Public Health

Specialization in Public Health Program Curriculum-Year 1

Semester 1 (Fall)
 Sem. Hrs.
PHC 6100 Introduction to Public Health 3
PHC 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health Practice 3
PHC 6357 Public Health Perspectives of Environmental and Occupational Health 3
  
Semester 2 (Spring)  
PHC 6000 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
PHC 6506 Behavioral Science and Health Education 3
PHC 6102 Principles of Health Policy and Management 3
  
Semester 3 (Summer)  
PHC 6704 Applied Community-Based Research Methods 3
PHC 6934 Topics in Public Health (Seminar) 3
PHC 6945 Public Health Practice I  (Rotation) 3
  
Program Curriculum- Year 2 
Public Health Practice Courses 
PHC 6703 Special Problems in Public Health 3
PHC 6910 Public Health Practice II (Special Topics) 3
PHC 7911  Public Health Practice III  (Independent Study) 3
PHC 7946  Public Health Internship 3
PHC 7965 Comprehensive Examination 1
  
Track Courses
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
 
PHC 6002  Infectious Disease Epidemiology 3
PHC 6003  Chronic Disease Epidemiology 3
PHC 6011  Advances in Epidemiological Methods 3
  
Environmental and Occupational Health  
PHC 6005  Occupational Diseases 3
PHC 6018  Environmental Epidemiology 3
PHC 6310 Environmental Toxicology for Health Professionals 3
PHC 6317  Environmental Risk Communication 3
PHC 6355 Topics in Occupational Health 3
  
Health Policy and Management 
PHC 6160  Economic Aspects of Health Care 3
PHC 6761  Public Health Program Evaluation 3
PHC 6705  Health Outcomes Research and Health Care 3
  
Behavioral Science and Health Education  
PHC 6532  Current Issues in Women’s Health 3
PHC 6411  Social Marketing 3
PHC 6416  Contemporary Urban Health 3
PHC 6444 Community Organizing and Public Health 3
PHC 6407 Understanding Individual Health Behaviors 3
PHC 6587 Planning and Evaluation of Health Education 3
PHC 6627 Health Education Issues for Underserved Populations 
 3
 Total Core Course Requirements 33

Course Descriptions
Master of Public Health


PHC 6000 Introduction to Epidemiology (3) This course is designed to introduce the theories and concepts of epidemiology.  Specifically, the course will focus on the application of these theories and concepts to the practice of public health.  Topics to be discussed include epidemiologic terminology, measurement of disease, disability and health in population groups, vital statistics and reportable disease mechanisms, and procedures for infectious and chronic disease control.
PHC 6002 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3) This course will focus on the epidemiology of selected infectious diseases, which are of current public health importance and differentially impact minority and socially disadvantaged populations.  Potential topics include Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS.  In addition, new and emerging infections (i.e.s) Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever and Hantavirus) will be discussed.  This course will be in seminar format with lectures by professionals working in the field and presentations by student participants.  The instructor will assign course readings.
PHC 6003 Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases (3) This course will focus on the presentation and discussion of three chronic diseases which differentially impact minority and economically disadvantaged populations: Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes.  The course will be in seminar format with lectures by professionals working in the field and presentations by student participants.  The instructor will assign course readings.
PHC 6005 Occupational Diseases  (3) This course discusses occupational disease etiology, natural history, surveillance and treatment.  Students will learn about diseases such as pneumoconiosis, airway disease, musculoskeletal problems, cardiovascular, neoplastic, neurological and renal disorders and reproductive disorders, among other diseases.
PHC 6011 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods (3) The course presents an in-depth examination of study design, analysis and interpretation of epidemiologic data.  Included in this course is the study of advanced statistical methods as they apply to epidemiologic data (analysis of variance, correlation and regression and logistic regression).  The course will consist of lectures, discussion and computer analysis. 
PHC 6018 Environmental Epidemiology  (3) This course explores the use of epidemiological principles to the study of occupational and general environmental exposures to contaminants.  Information on the types of exposures and outcomes will be covered, as well as epidemiological topics such as sources of data, sampling strategies, tracing and follow-up procedures, data management, and monitoring and surveillance.
PHC 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health Practice I (3) This course will introduce the participant to the theory, fundamentals and practical applications of biostatistical techniques to the practice of public health.  Topics to be discussed include the nature of data, need, and practical uses of biostatistics to evaluate public health problems, sampling methods, probability, hypothesis testing, distributions, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, confidence estimation, simple statistical tests for comparison of means, comparison of proportions, evaluation of measures of association.
PHC 6444 Community Organizing and Public Health (3) This course will introduce students to community organizing from an historical, healthcare, and health education perspective.  Students will gain knowledge about basic community organizing, leadership development, building organizations, grassroots fundraising, prejudice and power, accountability, strategy, tactics, holding actions, and, identifying issues.  This course is designed to teach students the knowledge and skills to assist communities in creating change and increase participation in being a healthy community.
PHC 6102 Principles of Health Policy and Management (3) This course will consider major aspects of American health care policy.  The first half of the course will provide a comprehensive review of general principles underlying federal, state, and private reforms aimed at controlling costs, expanding access, protecting quality, and assuring the public’s health.  We will identify the forces, both internal and external, to local, state, and federal governments, which influence health policy decisions.
PHC 6160 Economic Aspects of Health Care  (3) This course emphasizes how problems in the pricing, production and distribution of health care services affect public and private financing of health services in the United States.  Topics that will be covered include public and private investments in producing health services, hospital and physician models, markets and competition in health care, and regulation and financing of hospital and primary care services.  Special emphasis will be placed on examining the relationships between principles of health care economics and the development and organization of managed care delivery systems.
PHC 6310 Environmental Toxicology for Public Health Professionals (3) This course provides information on environmental factors, which have the potential to cause adverse health effects.  It provides information on the mechanism of action in exposures and the effect on living organisms.
PHC 6317 Environmental Risk Communication (3) This course focuses on the improvement of communication skills and explores the problems of effectively communicating environmental risk information.  It also teaches the student how to place environmental risk information in perspective and motivate individuals to take protective actions.
PHC 6355 Topics in Occupational Health (3) This course provides students with a basic understanding of the field of occupational hygiene, which entails the recognition, evaluation, and control of occupational exposures.  The course also discusses selected, contemporary topics in occupational health.  Much of the course focuses on specific chemicals and physical agents that affect large numbers of workers in the US and worldwide.  Important OSHA standards are also discussed.
PHC 6357 Public Health Perspectives of Environmental and Occupational Health (3) The applied public health course will consider the public’s viewpoint of environmental and occupational effects, the role of state, local and federal agencies in protecting public health, and the perception of risk.  In addition, the roles of community groups and other organizations will be discussed, as will the issues surrounding environmental justice and environmental equity and common terminology in environmental and occupational health.
PHC 6407 Understanding Individual Health Behaviors (3) This course introduces students to the specific models geared toward individual behavior change.  Students will also have an understanding of individual health behaviors of most concern to decrease risk of fatal disease.  The course will focus on the individual health behaviors throughout the various stages of life that put some individuals at risk of disease.  In, addition, students will be introduced to various alternative individual health behaviors that have been shown to result in good health outcomes. 
PHC 6408 Principles of Behavioral Science and Health Education (3) This course will introduce the student to the principles, theories, concepts, and, methodologies involved in the study of health behavior and community education.  The course will primarily provide a forum to discuss the foundations of health behavior and health education, models of individual and interpersonal health behavior, community health and susceptible populations, community and group intervention models of health behavior change, and use of theory in research and practice.
PHC 6411 Principles of Social Marketing (3) This course is designed to analyze the components and applications of social marketing for public health.  Class sessions will combine presentations with group discussion and in-class exercises.  Students are expected to read the assigned materials prior to class so that they are prepared to participate in discussions.
PHC 6416 Contemporary Urban Health (3) This course will introduce the participant to the principles, theories, concepts and methodologies involved in the study of health problems that are disproportionate in contemporary urban populations.  This will include program planning/needs assessment, coalition development and program evaluation.
PHC 6100 Introduction to Public Health (3) This course is designed to introduce participants to the principles, theories, concepts and methodologies involved in the study of public health at the community, state and national levels.  The course will primarily provide a forum to discuss the history of public health, public health and disease, identification and analysis of community assessment data, and functions, tools, activities and results of public health practice.   
PHC 6532 Current Issues in Women’s Health (3) This course will be an analysis of the historical, social and psychological aspects of women’s health from a public health perspective.  Special emphasis is placed on the life-cycle challenges and chronic conditions from under-served communities.
PHC 6587 Planning and Evaluation of Health Education (3) This course will introduce the participant to the principles, concepts, and methodologies involved in planning and evaluation of health education programs.  Participants in this course will learn and apply models of program planning, as well as models and methodologies of program evaluation as related to health education programming.
PHC 6627 (HSC 6627) Health Education Issues for Underserved Populations (3) This course will introduce the participant to the health issues of underserved populations in the United States.  Participants in this course will learn about the health status of underserved populations, factors impacting the health status of these populations, and development of  culturally competent health education. 
PHC 6703 Special Problems in Public Health (1-4) This course will provide advanced research skills in addressing public health.  Students will gain advanced independent research skills in addressing public health problems that plague poor and underserved populations.
PHC 6704 Applied Community-Based Research Methods (3) This course will introduce students to the wide range of methods used in conducting community-based research.  Throughout the semester, students will be provided with opportunities to design research questions, conduct a mini-study, and determine preliminary data results.  The purpose of this course is to provide students with hands-on experience using various research methods that are most conducive to improving the health status of community residents.   
PHC 6761 Public Health Program Evaluation (3) This course will introduce a range of research methods and techniques used in designing and conducting health services research with a special emphasis on program evaluation.  Topics include formulation of the evaluation question; research design; sampling techniques; data collection methods; data interpretation; and ethical, logistical and political considerations in conducting evaluation studies.  Special attention will be paid to conducting health services and program evaluation in community-based public health programs.  This course will also examine the role of evaluation in health care decision-making, including the application of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
PHC 6705 Health Outcomes Research in Health Care (3) Health care outcomes as a field of study is of critical importance to health care research.  Not only do we judge wellness in part by health care outcomes but we also set (in many cases) the standard(s) for delivering effective medical care when positive outcomes are achieved.  Positive health care outcomes are very much a function of effective disease management practice.  This course of study will provide students with the conceptual tools for assessing health care outcomes and health care practice.  The course will also provide students with the fundamental conceptual skills necessary for understanding the relationship between the organization of healthcare delivery and clinical practice.  The course will explore a number of health care methods used in the practice of health care delivery, including both allopathic and homeopathic methods of clinical practice. 
PHC 6910 Public Health Practice II (Special Project)  (3) A special project is a core requirement of all MPH students in the Florida A&M University Institute of Public Health.  This is a research project in a public health area.  Each project of choice should be in the chosen public health track of each student.  During the fourth semester of study, each student will be enrolled in Public Health Practice II (Special Project).  The student will independently conduct their research on the chosen topic with specific deliverables to be submitted during the course of the semester.  During the fifth semester of study, an oral presentation and written report must be submitted and approved before the MPH degree is conferred. 
PHC 6934 Topics in Public Health (3) This course will introduce the student to current topics in public health.  The course will primarily provide a forum for critical review of the current public health literature and the oral presentation of public health information.  Presentations may cover such topics as asthma, rural health care policy, lead poisoning prevention, bio-terrorism, occupational exposure, environmental exposures and disease outcomes, breast and prostate cancer screening guidelines, evaluation of tobacco cessation programs and emerging infectious diseases.
PHC 6945  Public Health Practice I (Rotation) (3) The purpose of this course is to orient the students to public health practice and applications in the areas of epidemiology/biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, health policy and management, and chronic diseases/health education.  Students are to be assigned to personnel in the Florida Department of Health and work in these areas for 10 hrs/week.  Three semester credit hours will be granted upon the completion of this course.  State health department personnel will provide input on the evaluation of student work performance. 
PHC 7911 Public Health Practice III (Independent Study) (3) This course is a continuation of PHC 6910 with intensive research on a specific public health project in a core public health area during the last semester of study.
PHC 7946 Internship (6) This course is designed to provide intensive off-site public health practice opportunities, over a three-month period of time, in a local, state, or federal health agency of community-based organization.  International public health opportunities are also considered.  The public health internship is required during the last semester of matriculation before conferring of the Master of Public Health degree.
PHC 7965 Comprehensive Examination (1) This course is designed to test public health competencies in the core public health areas in designated specialized areas. It is offered during the last semester of matriculation before conferring of the Master of Public Health degree.


Doctor of Public Health

Degree Requirements


The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree program is designed primarily for those individuals planning careers involving public health professional practice, teaching, or research by providing training for the effective conduction or supervision of research and the integration of new knowledge and techniques into community and/or public health practice.  Graduates are oriented toward applied research in the development, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs and are typically employed by operating community or public health programs at the local, state, national or international levels in governmental, private, or voluntary agencies, as well as colleges and universities.   The DrPH Program is a 54-credit hour or a 72-credit hour program offered in the areas of behavioral science and health education and epidemiology.  

Specialization in DrPH Program
72-Credit Hour Curriculum For Behavioral Science
 Sem. Hrs.
PHC 6100 Introduction to Public Health 3
PHC 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health Practice 3
PHC 6357 Public Health Perspectives of Environmental and Occupational Health 3
PHC 6000 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
PHC 6506 Principles of Behavioral Science and Health Education 3
PHC 6102 Principles of Health Policy and Management 3
PHC 6934 Topics in Public Health 3
PHC 6704 Applied Community Based Research Methods 3
PHC 6587 Planning and Evaluation of Health Education 3
PHC 6444 Community Organizing and Public Health 3
PHC 6102 Principles of Health Policy and Management 3
PHC 6934 Topics in Public Health (Seminar) 3
PHC 6704 Applied Community Based Research Methods 3
PHC 6708 Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis 3
PHC 6709 Statistics and Computer Methods in Public Health 3
PHC 6712 Demographic Analysis 3
PHC 6713 Applied Regression Analysis  3
PHC 7750 Advanced Health Program Evaluation 3
PHC 7714 Health Education Seminar Series 3
PHC 7715 Planning and Administration of Health Education and Promotional Programs 3
PHC 7716 Advanced Theory in Health Education 3
PHC 7980 Dissertation 12
PHC 8966 DrPH Comprehensive Examination in Public Health1
PHC 8983 Dissertation Defense0
PHC 8981 Doctoral Research Protocol1
  
Specialization in DrPH Program

72-Credit Hour Curriculum For Epidemiology
 Sem. Hrs.
PHC 6500 Introduction to Public Health3
PHC 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health Practice I 3
PHC 6357 Public Health Perspectives of Environmental and Occupational Health 3
PHC 6000 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
PHC 6011 Advanced Epidemiological Methods 3
PHC 6003 Epidemiology of Chrronic Disease 3
PHC 6002 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease 3
PHC 6408 Principles of Behavioral Science and Health Education 3
PHC 6102 Principles of Health Policy and Management 3
PHC 6934 Topics in Public Health  (Seminar) 3
PHC 6704 Applied Community Based Research Methods 3
PHC 6708 Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis 3
PHC 6709 Statistics and Computer Methods in Public Health 3
PHC 6051 Biostatistics for Public Health Practice II 3
PHC 6712 Techniques of Demographic Analysis  3
PHC 6713 Applied Regression Analysis 3
PHC 7708 Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology 3
PHC 7709 Cancer Epidemiology 3
PHC 7021 Clinical Epidemiiology 3
PHC 7020Design, Conduct and Analysis of Clinical Trials 3
PHC 6194 Geographical Information Systems 3
PHC 7902 Directed Readings in Epidemiology 3
PHC 7222 Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology 3
PHC 7945 Practicum in Public Health 3
PHC 7980 Doctoral Dissertation  12
PHC 8966 DrPH Comprehensive Examination in Public Health1
PHC 8983 Dissertation Defense0
PHC 8981 Doctoral Research Protocol1

Doctor of Public Health Course Descriptions

PHC 6500 Introduction to Public Health
(3) This course is designed to introduce participants to the principles, theories, concepts methodologies involved in the study of public health at the community, state, and national levels. The course will primarily provide a forum to discuss the history of public health, public health and disease, identification and analysis of community assessment data, and functions, tools, activities and results of public health practice.
PHC 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health Practice I (3) This course covers basic statistical techniques that are important for analyzing data arising from public health, environmental health, and epidemiology, biomedical and pharmaceutical research. Applications of biostatistical methods to real data are stressed. Understanding of basic concepts will be emphasized though problem solving and examples, using real-data sets. Major topics include elements of sampling design, descriptive statistics, graphical data presentation, rates and standardizations, life tables, probability, sampling distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, tests of significance, comparison of two means and proportions, confidence intervals, measures of association, relative risk, odds ratio, Mantel-Haenszel.
PHC 6357 Public Health Perspectives of Environmental and Occupational Health (3) The APPLIED public health course will consider the public’s viewpoint of environmental and occupational effects, the role of state, local and federal agencies in protecting public health, and the perception of risk. In addition, the roles of community groups and other organizations will be discussed, as will the issues surrounding environmental justice and environmental equity and common terminology in environmental and occupational health.
PHC 6000 Introduction to Epidemiology (3) This course is designed to introduce participants to the theories, concepts, and tools of epidemiology. Specifically, the course will focus on the application of these theories and concepts to the practice of public health. Topics to be discussed include epidemiological and statistical terminology, quantification of disease, disability and health in population groups, vital statistics and reportable disease mechanisms, procedures for infectious and chronic disease control.
PHC 6408 Principles of Behavioral Science and Health Education (3) This course will introduce students to the principles, theories, concepts, and methodologies involved in the study of health behavior and community education. The course will primarily provide a forum to discuss the foundations of health behavior and health education, models of individual and interpersonal health behavior, community health and susceptible populations, community and group intervention models of health behavior.
PHC 6102 Principles of Health Policy and Management (3) This course will consider major aspects of American health care policy. The first half of the course will provide a comprehensive review of general principles underlying federal, state, and private reforms aimed at controlling costs, expanding access, protecting quality and assuring the public’s health. We will identify the forces, both internal and external, to local, state, and federal governments, which influence health policy decisions.
PHC 6934 Topics in Public Health (3) This course will introduce the student to current topics in public health. The course will primarily provide a forum for critical review of the current public health literature and the oral presentation of public health information. Presentations may cover such topics as asthma, rural health care policy, lead poisoning prevention, bio-terrorism, occupational exposure, environmental exposures and disease outcomes, breast and prostate cancer screening guidelines, evaluation of tobacco cessation programs and emerging infectious diseases.
PHC 6011 Advanced Epidemiology Methods (3) The advanced epidemiology course focuses on in-depth examinations of study design, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiologic data. Included in this course is the study of advanced statistical methods as they apply to epidemiologic data. Included in this course is the study of advanced statistical methods as they apply to epidemiologic data (analysis of variance, correlation and regression and logistic regression.) This course will consist of lecture discussion and computer assignments. Prerequisite: Epidemiology-I, Biostatistics for Public Health Practice I
PHC 6071 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (3) The course focuses on the presentation and discussion of chronic diseases which differentially impact minority and economically disadvantaged populations, i.e. cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, accidents. The course will be in seminar format with lectures by professionals working in the field, presentations by student participants. Course readings will be assigned by the instructor.
PHC 6072 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (3) This course will focus on the epidemiology of selected infectious diseases which are: of public health importance today,  and differentially impact minority and disadvantaged populations, and are emerging and are of potential public health importance. Topics include Sexually Transmitted Diseases, arthropod-borne infections, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Enteric Diseases, transmission patterns, and mathematical models. This course will be in seminar format with lectures by professionals working in the field and presentations by student participants. Additional course readings will be assigned by the instructor.
PHC 6051 Biostatistics for Public Health Practice II (3) This course is the second part of biostatistics. Emphasis is given to applied biostatistical methods to health data and concepts, and methods will be illustrated using examples. Major topics include nonparametric methods, regression analysis, analysis of variance, logistic regression, and survival analysis.
PHC 6194 Geographical Information Systems (3) The Introduction to GIS course will cover the input, storage, management, transformation, analysis and graphical output of Geographical Information Systems and how GIS is applied to a variety of spatial geographical problems in public health and epidemiology. The lectures will cover general theories, methodologies and application of GIS while the exercises will be based on using and implementing one of many GIS packages currently available, ArcGIS, developed by one of the leading professional GIS companies, ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute). The lectures and exercises will provide the student background to design his/her own independent project and way to implement a GIS for his/her own dissertation work.
PHC 6712 Demographic Analysis (3) This course covers procedures and techniques for the collection, evaluation, and analysis of demographic data; census and vital registration systems, surveillance systems, and population surveys. It investigates both direct and indirect methods of estimation. It introduces measures of population and composition and of fertility, morality, morbidity and migration; construction of life tables, population estimates, and projections. The Census data and statistical software will be used to demonstrate the concepts and various techniques.  Prerequisites: Biostatistics for Public Health Practice I, II
PHC 6709 Statistics and Computer Methods in Public Health (3) This course will introduce course participants to the processes of data management in the fields of epidemiology and biostatistics. Specifically, participants will learn to utilize a variety of currently available software packages for data management. These include SAS, SPSS, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access. Prerequisite: Biostatistics-I facility with microcomputers.
PHC 6713 Applied Regression Analysis (3) This course will present a unified treatment of modern regression models for discrete and continuous data focusing on practical application to medical and health data. Topics include multiple linear and nonlinear regressions of continuous response data, model diagnostics, analysis of variance and covariance and covariance, logistic regression, Poisson regression for count data, and Cox regression for censored survival data.  Prerequisite: Biostatistics for Public health Practice I, II
PHC 6708 Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis (3) This course covers both theory and methods for drawing inference from discrete categorical data. Topics to be covered include contingency tables, measures of association, goodness-of-fit, loglinear models, model mis-specification, and special experimental design structures such as repeated measures and matched pairs. Prerequisite: Biostatistics for Public Health Practice I, II
PHC 7020 Design, Conduct, and Analysis of Clinical Trials (3)  Prereq.: PHC 6000, PHC 6050, PHC 6051, PHC 6011, or consent of the instructor.  Examples of clinical trials from the literature will be utilized to illustrate salient methodological principles in design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials to develop skills as critical readers of medical literature. Students will comprehend basic elements of clinical trials, recognize and use principles of good study design, and analyze and interpret study results to make correct scientific inferences.
PHC 7021 Clinical Epidemiology (3) This course will help students learn or refine the skills of Clinical Epidemiology, defined as the study and management of illness in individuals as well as populations using methods. Individual and group sessions will develop techniques of constructive critical appraisal of the medical literature, illustrated by examples from general health, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Students will learn how to assess studies of prognosis or outcomes of illness, treatments, diagnostic tests and screening programs, as well as the basic requirements for randomized clinical trials.
PHC 7222 Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (3) Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting the Public Health and Medical Literature: This course provides the opportunity to analyze, interpret and critique original research articles. Assignments consist of oral and written reviews of recently published papers. A literature review paper on a topic chosen by the student is also required. Student presentations are supplemented by didactic instruction on topics critical to evaluating study validity (e.g. subject selection, bias, confounding, laboratory methods, results presentation, quality control, and statistical analyses). Library search skills and bibliographic database development will also be covered. Upon completion, students will have learned how to critically analyze and interpret research findings and how to present for publication. Class will be limited to 10. Familiarity with basic epidemiology methods, including study design and statistical analyses will be assumed.
PHC 7708 Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (3) Reviews current concepts of the etiology of cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular diseases. The emphasis is on the interrelationship between epidemiology and current concepts of pathophysiology. Critiquing of articles will be included in most sessions.
PHC 7709 Cancer Epidemiology (3) The objectives of this course are to familiarize students with central topics in cancer epidemiology and prevention, including cancer biology, research methods, and applied cancer control; provide students with an opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of an etiology-specific cancer process; provide students with hands-on experience in conducting cancer epidemiology and prevention research; familiarize students with various facets of funding, including grant writing and reviewing. Nutritional etiology is covered.
PHC 7711 Applied Survival Analysis (3) This course covers commonly used statistical methods for the analysis of lifetime data in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences. Basic concepts associated with survival analysis such as censoring, hazard functions, and survivorship functions will be reviewed. Common analytical approaches such as Kaplan-Meier estimation, log-rank tests and proportional hazards regression will also be reviewed and covered in more depth. Additional topics include parametric survival distributions, accelerated failure time modeling, competing risks, duration modeling, quality-of-life-adjusted survival analysis, and design considerations. Computational approaches using statistical software will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Biostatistics for Public Health Practice I, II
PHC 7714 Health Education Seminar Series (3) This seminar series serves as a vehicle for doctoral students to present and discuss conference papers, current research and research proposals.
PHC 7715 Planning and Administration of Health Education and Promotional Programs (3) This course is an analysis of planning and administration of health education and administrative programs in a variety of public health and health care settings, such as schools, communities and worksites. Goals, advantages and special concerns of working in each of these settings are also examined.
PHC 7716 Advanced Theory in Health Education (3) This course is designed to introduce students to models used for behavioral science and the development of health promotion programs. Students will be taught and asked to apply the theories to develop behavior change programs for individuals, organizations and systems. Students will be encouraged to combine theories to address the particular populations.
PHC 7902 Directed Readings in Epidemiology (6) Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting the Public health and Medical Literature: This course provides the opportunity to analyze, interpret and critique original research articles. Assignments consist of oral and written reviews of recently published papers. A literature review paper on a topic chosen by the student is also required. Student presentations are supplemented by didactic instruction on topics critical to evaluating study validity (e.g. subject selection, bias, confounding, laboratory methods, results presentation, quality control, and statistical analyses). Library search skills and bibliographic database development will also be covered. Upon completion, students will have learned how to critically analyze and interpret research findings and how to present for publication. Familiarity with basic epidemiology methods, including study design and statistical analyses will be assumed.
PHC 7945 Doctoral Practicum in Public Health (3) The Goal of the doctoral practicum is to provide students with opportunities to interact with other health care professionals in a setting that will enhance their knowledge and skills in the subject area of their dissertation.
PHC 7980 Doctoral Dissertation (3 - 4) The dissertation must address an original research question employing a rigorous scientific approach using epidemiologic and statistical methods. As part of the dissertation, the student must interpret and discuss the significance and potential application of the study results within the context of the public health arena. The successful dissertation will contain the components of public health research, public health policy and communication and thus demonstrate the student’s capacity for public health practice. It is recognized that students enter the dissertation process with the intent of advancing the public health dialogue by disseminating their work through peer-reviewed forums.
PHC 7981 Doctoral Research in Public Health
(3)  This course provides for supervised research with ongoing progress assessment by the student’s research advisor in order to develop expertise in techniques and theories related to student’s research for preparation, conduct and completion of the doctoral dissertation.
PHC 8966 DrPH Comprehensive Examination in Public Health
(1)  This course is designed for students who have completed all course requirements for the DrPH degree.  This examination is composed of  written and oral parts and is designed to test students’ knowledge in core content and specialty areas, as well as test the ability to integrate and apply scientific concepts.
PHA 8981 Doctoral Research Protocol
(1)  This course satisfies the requirement for doctoral students to conceptualize, write, propose , present and defend the proposal for the dissertation research.
PHC 8983 Dissertation Defense
(0)  This course is designed for DrPH candidates who have finished all required dissertation research and submitted a dissertation in final form.