Public Health

Students in UE's public health program learn about issues that impact population health, global health, environmental health, various other issues, preparing them for careers in the growing generation of public health professionals.

Course Offerings

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of Public Health, students will take courses from many disciplines across the university. Listed below are courses and their descriptions that are unique to the Public Health program.

PH–190 Intro to Public Health (3 credits)
Introduces students to the concepts, principles, and outcomes of public health. Students will explore theories of health, illness behavior, and health education considering community health data sources, classical health intervention approaches, and the planning and evaluation of community health interventions. Course provides basic knowledge and skills needed for conducting community needs assessment with diverse populations. Additional topics such as infectious diseases, environmental health, chronic diseases, maternal and child health and women's health are also covered.
PH–195 Global Health Issues (3 credits)
Provides an overview of important health problems of the world's populations, including improving health globally, reducing health disparities and examining key areas of disease burden. Particular attention will be paid to health status of women, children and the poor.
PH–315 Health Behavior (3 credits)
Introduces health behavior in context of health psychology. Explores various theoretical models to understand health, illness, and sick-role behaviors. This course presents studies in health and disease from a biopsychosocial perspective, and examines means of preventing and treating health problems.
PH–340 Public Health Nutrition (3 credits)
The course focuses on food and nutrition problems in the setting of the general community. The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of theoretical and practical issues underpinning population-level assessment in nutrition and an appreciation of nutrition within the broader context of public health or ‘population health.’ Specific topics include the derivation and application of nutrient requirement estimates and nutrition recommendations, the measurement of food intake and food insecurity, current issues and controversies in food policy, and the development of individual vs. population-based intervention strategies.
PH–380 Programs, Probs, & Policies in Public Health (3 credits)
This course examines the myriad of programs and policies in public health via a developmental approach to learning about health problems. The course will cover a variety of topics, including state programs and policies, maternal and infant health, program planning, research, monitoring, and advocacy.
PH–400 Food Science (3 credits)
Students are introduced to the basic fundamentals of food science and underlying technology associated with providing a safe, nutritious, and abundant supply of fresh and processed foods to humans. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of new product development, food preservation, processing, packaging, and safety. Students will also gain an understanding of the scientific principles in chemistry of food constituents. USDA dietary guidelines, quality assurance of food, and food policies will also be reviewed.
PH–425 Biostatistics (3 credits)
This course will cover biostatistical methods and applications related to public health. Topics will include descriptive statistics, probability theory, and a wide variety of inferential statistical techniques that can be used to make practical conclusions about empirical data. Learned statistical knowledge will be applied to understanding and designing research studies.
PH–488 Internship (1-12 credits)
Offers the public health major practical experience in a specialized career area. Fosters development of skills, competencies, and organizational and administrative techniques needed for successful entry into the public health workforce or entry into a professional graduate program, while working under direct supervision of selected professionals.
PH–490: HSA–490 Decision Making in Health Care (3 credits)
Examines decision making in health services administration and public health by extensive use of case studies. Integrates material from other public health courses into the study of decisions facing all types of health care organizations and public health agencies.
PH–499 Special Topics Public Health (1-3 credits)
Study of topics of special interest not covered in regular course offerings. Topics announced. Course may be repeated, but the topic must be different. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.