MPH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
PBHC 600-4, 6: Public Health Field Study (4 or 6 units)
The Public Health Field Study 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. The Field Experience is an opportunity for students to explore public health careers, cultivate their public health skills, and to develop their professional goals and contacts for future employment through networking. It allows them to apply their academic knowledge to "real world" situations, projects or tasks and make meaningful contributions to public health organizations.
Course Prerequisites: To be eligible to begin the Public Health Field Study, students must have completed all MPH core and concentration-required courses. In addition, all new students are required to complete the TRAIN.org courses listed below through Canvas as part of the TUC_MPH Program Assignments Organization. Effective Fall 2016, these online prerequisites are required for all students (new and continuing).
Students who are solely pursuing the MPH degree (Independent MPH students) 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 period.
Part-time Independent MPH and MPH Dual Degree students enrolled in the Community Action for Health Concentration may complete part-time field study placements over the course of two academic sessions (approximately 12-24 weeks). Students who receive approval to conduct part-time field studies are required to complete a minimum of 20 field study hours per week.
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 period. (Two 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 Community Action for Health, Health Equity and Criminal Justice, or Global Health concentrations conduct their field studies under the guidance of preceptors at affiliated public
health field study organizations that serve as field study placement sites. Community
Action for Health Concentration field study sites include, but are not limited to:
county, state and federal health agencies, community health organizations, hospitals,
clinics, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations. The HECJ Concentration
requires students to complete a Field Study at either a California correctional facility
or with community-based organizations that serve people with a history of incarceration,
their families, and communities. Global Health Concentration students conduct their
field studies at sites in Bolivia, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Nepal, and Uganda under the guidance of course coordinators and preceptors at public health institutions,
universities, ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, and United Nations
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 PBHC 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)
Health policy and management is a multidisciplinary field of inquiry and practice
concerned with the delivery, quality and costs of health care for individuals and
populations. This definition assumes both a managerial and a policy concern with
the structure, process and outcomes of health services including the costs, financing,
organization, outcomes and accessibility of care.
PBHC 606 Community Health 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)
This course covers statistical techniques and data analytical approaches for graduate-level
study in public health. It includes central tendency measures, variability, sampling
distribution, t-tests, analysis of variance, chi-square tests, correlations, and regression
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 first-hand 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 Public Health Advocacy and Policy: A Global Perspective (3 units)
This three-unit course introduces students to the global health policymaking process and provides them with the information and skills needed to become effective advocates for health policies globally. Through lectures, the information and skills needed to become effective advocates for health policies globally. Through lectures, case studies, and class discussions, the class will discuss the organization and financing of global health initiatives, describe the main policy actors and their changing influence in the international arena, review key policies and treaties, and examine innovative arrangements aimed at overcoming critical global health governance challenges. Students will also gain practical experience in identifying, developing, and using advocacy tools for policy change through interactive exercises and class projects.
PBHC 614 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 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 (2 units)
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 Social Inequities and Health (3 units)
This course will examine the contextual factors of primary health care and health
disparities within the US. Current trends will be described and discussed utilizing
case study methodology to examine health indicators among the US population. Students
will gain an increased understanding of the impact of current trends such as increased
negative health outcomes among minority and underserved populations. Issues of community
organizing, community partnerships, empowerment, and community participation and their
relevance in public health strategies, interventions, and policy-making efforts that
address health disparities will also be examined.
PBHC 621 Global Health Economics (3 units)
This course examines global public health interventions from an economic perspective and looks at the role that economic factors play in shaping health systems and driving health outcomes. It gives students a general introduction to micro-economic theory as it relates to health and introduces them to the tools used to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of health interventions and policies.
PBHC 624 Public Health and the Media (3 units)
This course will introduce students to the basic components of media in the U.S., and analyze how the media environment may serve as an influence on and determinant of individual and population health. Through lectures, in-class viewings, readings, assignments and lively class discussions, students will be challenged to explore the relevance of the media in their own lives, to connect this awareness to public health, and to consider how the media environment may be shaped to contribute to a society that promotes and enhances the public’s health.
PBHC 627 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues (3 units)
This course provides a background in the field of drug abuse prevention and cessation. Basic definitions used in the field are taught, along with predictors of drug abuse, types of drug abuse prevention program, types of drug abuse cessation programs, and relapse of prevention programs. Additionally, basic needs for mental and emotional wellness are explored.
PBHC 628 (A, B, C) Independent Study A (1-3 units)
Independent Study is a specialized study between 1 and 3 units arranged by a student in conjunction with and the approval of a faculty member in studying a particular area of interest. Students must have completed at least 15 units of the core courses in Public Health, have a GPA of 3.0 (average of 80) or above and should come prepared with a specific area of interest or project in which they would like to pursue further study. Unit value of a particular Independent Study course is arranged with the faculty sponsor. The workload determination should take into consideration the following formula: 1 unit = 3 hours of work per week over the 15 week semester (including meetings with the faculty member, research, etc.). All Independent Study courses must be taken Pass/No Pass, and a maximum of 3 units of Independent Study may be counted toward the requirements of the MPH degree. Application requires faculty sponsorship and approval of the Program Director prior to enrollment.
Independent Study (PBHC 628) provides an opportunity for students to learn more about a specific topic of interest that is not included among existing TUC course offerings. Study is conducted under the guidance of a PH faculty sponsor who assists the student in planning and implementing the course of study. The independent study topic must be approved by the student’s academic advisor to ensure that the proposed course of study is relevant to the student’s educational goals. The faculty sponsor for the course must agree to be available to the student throughout the duration of the course.
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