MPH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
PBHC 600-4 and 600-6: Public Health Field Experience (4 or 6 units)
The Public Health Field Experience is required for all MPH students. As part of the MPH Culminating Experience, this field study is a structured and practical experience in a professional public health setting which allows the student to apply and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired during the didactic period into public health practice. Through the Field Study, students apply their academic knowledge to “real world” situations that address public health issues. Students conduct field work as interns at public health organizations, which serve as field study placement sites. The role of the MPH student intern is to assist partnering organizations with specific public health projects and to promote and support the activities of those organizations that provide comprehensive health services to communities, locally or abroad. Student participation should contribute to strategic resolutions, be valued by the Organization, and contribute to meeting its mission and goals. Through their field work, students help to build and strengthen working partnerships between field study placement sites and TUC.
Course Prerequisites: To be eligible to begin the Public Health Field Experience, students must have completed all MPH core and track-required courses, in addition the following online courses:
DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)/MPH) and (PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy)/MPH) dual and Joint Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS/MPH) degree students must enroll in PBHC 600-4 (4 units) and complete the Field Study over a 6-week block. (Two (2) units are transferred from the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), College of Pharmacy, (COP) and PA Program curricula towards the Field Study for MPH dual and joint degree students.)
Independent MPH students (students who are solely pursuing the MPH degree) are required to enroll in PBHC 600-6: Public Health Field Study (6 units) and complete the Field Study over a 10 to 12-week block.
Students enrolled in either the in the Community Health or Global Health tracks conduct their field studies under the guidance of preceptors at affiliated public health field study organizations that serve as field study placement sites. Community Health field study sites include, but are not limited to: county health departments, state and federal health agencies, community health organizations, hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, academic institutions, California correctional facilities, community-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations, and philanthropic and voluntary health agencies. Global Health Track students conduct their field studies at sites in Bolivia, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Nepal, and Uganda under the guidance of country site coordinators and preceptors at public health institutions, universities, ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, and United Nations agencies.
PBHC 600A Field Placement Continuation Course (0 units)
This course is available to students who have received an “Incomplete” for the Field
Study course. These students are required to register for the zero-unit Field Study
Continuation course in the following academic session in order to begin or continue
the Public Health Field Study. By enrolling in this zero-unit credit course, students
will maintain "active MPH student status" while completing their field study placement. Students
may register for PH 600A for up to a maximum of two (2) times following initial registration
in the Field Study course.
PBHC 602A Emerging Health Threats (3 units)
The course is an overview of current emerging and re-emerging infections worldwide
and contributing factors. TB, Malaria and other re-emerging infectious diseases; SARS,
Mad Cow’s disease, Avian flu and other new viral communicable diseases; and biological
weapons, made of bacterial, viral, fungal, and toxins will be examined. Special attention
is directed toward local, regional, national, and international response preparedness
and effectiveness. The role of public health workers in the prevention, and management
of such pandemics will be examined critically.
PBHC 603 Maternal and Child Health (3 units)
The purpose of the course is to orient students to a maternal and child public health
perspective for meeting the health needs of women, children, adolescents and families
by examining the historical and current principles, programs, policies, and practices
related to these populations. It is also designed to introduce students to global
MCH, the presence of wide gap in maternal child health outcome between the developed
and developing countries and its effect internationally.
PBHC 604A Health Policy and Management (3 units)
The course introduces the student to the structure and functions of the U.S. Health
Care System. The health care system in the community and its environment are examined
to determine how they impact Health Services Administration.
PBHC 606 Health Education and Promotion (3 units)
This course is designed to provide an introductory understanding of the basic concepts,
skills, models and resources currently utilized in the field of health education and
promotion. Health care professionals have an obligation to educate their clients
as well as promote healthy lifestyles towards the community. This course will assist
health care providers and public health professionals to holistically approach their
work and acquire the essential tools to deliver information and strategies to improve
health with a focus on underserved populations.
PBHC 607 Biostatistics (3 units)
Public health applications of descriptive statistics, basic probability concepts,
one and two sample statistical inference, analysis of variance and simple linear regression
are discussed. Students are introduced to a statistical computer package such as SPSS.
PBHC 608 Behavioral and Social Aspects of Public Health (3 units)
This course provides grounding in the behavioral sciences with applications to public
health. It examines individual, institutional and societal responses to the psychosocial
factors influencing health and illness.
PBHC 610 Public Health in Times of Conflict (3 units)
This course will provide an overview of the direct and indirect effect on health and
the challenges public health workers confront in times of armed conflict. It will
begin with a review of the history and the consequences of conflict for public health
and health care delivery. It will then move to discussion about the health challenges
and ethical dilemmas a health professional goes through in times of conflict and lessons
learned from such experiences. The proactive strategies to challenge health crisis
and to prevent conflict will conclude the course. Class discussion will be enhanced
by visits from people who have had firsthand experience of armed conflict and the
challenges it presents to health workers. Active student involvement highly encouraged.
PBHC 611 Grant Writing (1 unit)
Public health institutions are financed through a combination of public and private
sources. An important component of this financing for many public health programs
is grant funding. These funds are available from a variety of private foundations
and government sources. Every healthcare professional in a public health institution
must be aware of these sources of funding and the means by which these funds are awarded.
This course provides the student with an understanding of the grant writing process
from proposal development, to funding, and on to implementation. Students will explore
grant funding sources and prepare sample submissions based on real life scenarios
from local Bay Area non-profit programs.
PBHC 613 Health Policy & Disparities in Developing Countries (3 units)
This course examines current health sector policies in lower income countries and
explores the forces driving these policies; the role of donor organizations; government
agencies; training institutions and traditional health practices. Applying inter-disciplinary
theory and tools, the course examines the economic, epidemiological and political
forces currently driving international reform and analyzes their impact on the health
sector. The course will also examine disparities in health and health care; the impact
of poverty and socioeconomic inequality, more generally, on the health of individuals
and populations. Socioeconomic gradients in health; globalization and health; and
the adequacy of public policy responses internationally to growing health inequities
in the age of globalization will be examined as well. The course will be evidence
based, seeking to distill lessons learned and best practices from countries which
have initiated bold health sector initiatives.
PBHC 614A Essentials of Global Health (3 units)
This course introduces students to the field of global public health with an emphasis
on the developing world. The course orients students to the skills necessary for understanding
patterns of health and illness in resource-poor countries. It explores the continuum
between health and sickness in populations around the world, and emphasizes the influence
of both global and domestic factors in contributing to variation in health. Students
are introduced to the major health problems currently impacting the developing world,
and alerted to the importance of global approach to solving these health problems.
Additionally, they will be introduced to the major players in international health:
the donor communities, Ministries of Health, and UN agencies.
PBHC 616 Community Health Economics and Policy (3 units)
This course provides a student with the tools necessary to understand, evaluate, and
implement the most cost effective public health interventions and public policies
towards improving the health of local communities.
PBHC 618 Epidemiology (3 units)
Descriptive and analytic epidemiology, determinants of health and disease in populations
and application of the epidemiologic methods to disease control and prevention are
introduced in this course.
PBHC 619 Research Methodology (1 unit)
This is a course on interdisciplinary research methodologies widely used in the social
sciences and public health prevention studies. As such, this course is an introduction
to social theory, conducting a literature review, framing research questions, research
design, data collection and/or conducting fieldwork, and analyzing or interpreting
research findings for presentation in a report or thesis. The course will address
mixed methods, and qualitative data collection and analytical techniques.
PBHC 620 Health Disparities and Community Organizing
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