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FAY W. BOOZMAN COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH

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BIOS 5315 Logistic Regression and Survival AnalysisBIOS 5315This course introduces the principles and methods for logistic regression and survival analysis. The major topics covered are: simple and multiple logistic regression, Kaplan-Meier estimator, log-rank method, and Cox regression, variable selection, model building strategies and model diagnosis. The emphasis of the course is on practical application and interpretation rather than theory.BIO
COPH 5140 History and Theory of Public HealthCOPH 5140This course focuses on the historical and theoretical background of public health as a scientific discipline. The focus is on epidemiology, health behavior, and environmental health as key sciences of public health. Major schools of public health from the Roman-Greek, Italian, English, Danish, and American schools will be compared and contrasted.HBHE
COPH 5146 Rural and Global HealthCOPH 5146This course focuses on rural concerns and global influences on public health. Students will become familiar with trends in global health, global health policies, human rights, health equity, and mobile and vulnerable populations. Students will be introduced to global health research methods and design, which will be used to analyze rural and global health issues. The class will emphasize evaluation of health initiatives in rural areas across the globe.HBHE
COPH 5147 Special Topics in Rural Public Health PracticeCOPH 5147 HBHE
COPH 5410 Infectious Diseases and Tropical MedicineCOPH 5410Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine is part of the interdisciplinary Global Health Certificate Program, which is intended to equip students with practical skills specific to global health practices and the ability to positively impact social determinants of health. The course will explore the interactions between infectious agent, host, and environment, modes and dynamics of disease transmissions, the role of immunity in infectious disease epidemiology, as well as introduce students to concepts related to disease elimination and eradication.CW
COPH 5420 Introduction to Global Health PolicyCOPH 5420This course is divided into four core topics: 1) the burden and distribution of disease and mortality; 2) the determinants of global health disparities; 3) the development of global health policies; and 4) the outcomes of global health interventions. Each are examined in relation to wider patterns of global interdependency, highlighting how both global health disparities and global health policy responses are themselves shaped by global ties and tensions. The global burden of disease and mortality in multiple dimensions (e.g., geography, socioeconomic class, race, and gender) along with patterns of health and welfare disparity among all of these dimensions will be examined. Disparities in both acute and chronic disease patterns over time will also be addressed, exploring the associated role of global social, political, and economic changes. The social, political, and economic determinants of health disparities will be examined with particular attention given to the ways in which global inter-dependencies that do not appear immediately related to health (e.g., global trade, global finance, and global governance) play a role in explaining unequal experiences of sickness and health. Different concepts of globalization shape distinct approaches to policy. Learners will understand how health policy takes different forms in changing political-economic environments including discussions of primary health care systems * e.g., inadequate investment, health workforce migration management): disease specific policies (e.g., child survival, HIV/ADS treatment); disease specific policies (e.g., World Bank and IMF Structural Adjustment Programs, pharmaceutical patent protections). The course focuses on the most important and consequential of these with a view of helping learner’s better understand the terrain of global governance in which any new global health policy is necessarily developed. Last, this course will present outcomes resulting from the ways in which new global health policies change patterns of health practice and intervention globally. Doing so will close the loop in understanding global health practice, thus evaluating the degree to which policy responses to global health disparities are taking global health further away from the fields of tropical medicine, international health and national public health from which it first developed.CW
COPH 5421 Global Health Impact AssessmentCOPH 5421This course brings together natural and social science theory of assessment to explore the health impacts of policies, programs and projects on population health. The course provides an overview of the history and rationale of HIA and explores specific methods so that students are provided with the knowledge and skills to evaluate, synthesize and communicate the evidence to assess potential health risks stemming from public intervention across a wide range of sectors and geographical locations. This course is designed for a high level of participation from from students and interaction between the students and instructor. Students will serve as discussants in each session.CW
COPH 5422 Global Health SystemsCOPH 5422Global health systems will provide students an introduction to health systems, health policy and health economics from a global perspective. Factors that impact global health systems, analysis of health, care delivery systems and influential health system analysis on a country of their choice.CW
COPH 5430 Global Health Field ExperienceCOPH 5430All Global Health Certificate students must complete a practicum that is related to global health. Students generally fall into two categories: 1) those enrolled in a degree program (at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) that requires a practicum and 2) those that are enrolled in a degree program (at UAMS) that requires a practicum. The practicum for the degree program can be used to satisfy the certificate requirements if it is related to global health and approved by the certificate director in advance. Other requirements (e.g., number of hours, preceptor qualifications, etc.) are aligned with those of the degree program. Students in this category generally complete the practicum in the summer after the first year of study. Category 2: Students who are enrolled in the certificate only or in a degree program (at UAMS) that does not have a practicum requirement. Students in this category complete the practicum in the summer after meeting all other certificate course requirements.CW
EPID 6224 Clinical EpidemiologyEPI 9493 (PBHL 9493) This course is designed to introduce students to clinical epidemiology. Topics will include screening, diagnostic clinical research, prognostic clinical research and etiognostic clinical research, randomized and non-randomized clinical studies, clinical decision making and meta-analysis. This course also provides examples of how these methods are applied in actual clinical epidemiologic studies, and guidelines for critically evaluating evidence from these studies. Course evaluations will be based on the students' performance in class participation, examinations, written assignments, as well as a written project demonstrating the students' ability to apply these methods.EPI
EPID 6225 Qualitative Data Analysis Theory and PracticumEPID 6225Examines approaches to collecting, reducing, managing, and analyzing qualitative data. Explores qualitative software packages used in data management. The practicum portion of the course includes practice sessions for interviewing, coding data, establishing inter-rater agreement, and developing themes. Prerequisite: PBHL 5513 (NUSC 6233): Qualitative Methodology in Nursing Research.EPI
EPID 6402 Advanced Integration of Epidemiologic Concepts and MethodsEPID 6402This course designed to help the students integrate and apply key epidemiologic concepts and methods from required courses, current literature, and textbooks. Opportunities will be given in this course to practice integrating concepts and methods in epidemiology in test taking situations with in-class and take-home examination formats. This is a credit/no credit course, which can be taken as an elective for doctoral students in epidemiology only. Course evaluations will be based on the students' performance on weekly assignments and practice examinations.EPI
HBHE 6120 Introduction to Mixed Methods Research DesignHBHE 6120This course (3-credit hours) is designed to introduce an array of conceptual strategies and practical techniques for formulating, planning, and implementing a mixed methods research study. The course content includes philosophical and historical perspectives of mixed methods research, definitions of mixed methods research, objectives, purposes, and rationales for conducting a mixed methods study, and writing mixed methods research questions. Theoretical and conceptual frameworks for developing a mixed methods research design that fits the research question(s), selecting/constructing a mixed sampling design, techniques for collecting, analyzing, and integrating qualitative and quantitative data. Additionally, the application of quality criteria throughout a mixed methods study will be emphasized, including research ethics and protection of human subjects. The course also will cover approaches for applying guidelines when reporting results in publications. Required Prerequisites: COPH 6438 Fundamentals of Research, NPHD 6102 Qualitative Methodology in Nursing Research or approval by Instructor. Recommended Prerequisites: HBHE 6212 Applied Behavioral Research Methods, NPHD 6108 Qualitative Data Analysis Theory and PracticumHBHE
HBHE 6235 Translational Application of Theory and MethodsHBHE 6235This course is structured to cultivate skills required to critically evaluate published literature addressing complex public health issues and to design studies with strong potential to help translate research findings into established practice. The RE-AIM Framework will provide a structure for discussing various methodological approaches required to develop and apply new knowledge in public health science and practice. Students will apply standard guidelines for reporting research methods and findings (e.g. SRQR, STROBE, TREND, CONSORT, RECORD) to evaluate the quality of published studies and to suggest design modifications that can augment the rigor and/or relevance of study design. A systems perspective will be used to examine socio-demographic, behavioral, and biological factors associated with public health at multiple levels of influence in the Social Ecological Model. Students enrolled in the course must have a solid foundation in health behavior theory and research design. Primary emphasis will be on the critical evaluation of published articles relevant to each student's area of dissertation research. Students will critique studies conducted by various disciplines and employing a broad range of methodologies (e.g., qualitative and quantitative, observation, randomized, and non-randomized interventions, and studies using routinely collected health data) in order to define and evaluate an integrated, multidisciplinary body of evidence that can be applied in related research and translated into practice. Critique and discussion will emphasize in-depth comprehension of representative studies rather than exhaustive review to define the full scope of relevant studies.HBHE
HPMT 5213 Healthcare Quality Management and Information SystemsHPMT 5213This course serves the dual purpose of familiarizing the student with major issues and trends in healthcare information technology, while also exploring contemporary issues in quality management and process improvement. Particular emphasis will be placed on the nexus between emerging clinical technologies such as the electronic medical record and other clinical databases, and the opportunities these advances present for clinical quality evaluation, procedural improvements in a variety of care settings, advances in community health, and improvements in day-to-day operations as well as strategic management. Also considered will be quality standards used by regulators and accreditation agencies, and the potential for significant advances in outcomes research.HPM
HPMT 6112 Management of Healthcare OrganizationsHPMT 6112The purpose of this course is to expose graduate students to the fundamental management issues and techniques that can be used to administer a health care organization. Students will gain experience applying these issues and techniques to a health care organization. The students are also expected to identify and apply relevant methods for evaluating health policies and programs and for assessing the performance of organizations and professors in the areas of quality, safety, accessibility, efficiency and equity.HPM
COPH 6011 Public Health Research and Practice IHPPR 9011 (PBHL 9111) This course provides an introduction to issues addressed by core disciplines representing the full breadth of public health. Students will attend 15 one-hour presentations scheduled at the College of Public Health and at the Arkansas Department of Health. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standingHBHE
COPH 6121 Public Health Research and Practice IIHPPR 9021 (PBHL 9121) This course provides an introduction to issues addressed by core disciplines representing the full breadth of public health. Students will attend 15 one-hour presentations scheduled at the College of Public Health and at the Arkansas Department of Health. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standingHBHE
COPH 6131 Public Health Research and Practice IIIHPPR 9031 (PBHL 9131) This course provides an introduction to issues addressed by core disciplines representing the full breadth of public health. Students will attend 15 one-hour presentations scheduled at the College of Public Health and at the Arkansas Department of Health. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standingHBHE
HBHE 6600 Mentored ResearchHPPR 960V (PBHL 920V) This course is intended to help the student establish a foundation for dissertation research, identify a Doctoral Advisory Committee, and prepare for the candidacy exam. It provides supervised experience in ongoing projects through which the student becomes familiar with the application of behavioral theory and scientific methods in public health research. Guidance from the mentor will help the student develop a dissertation topic, define the knowledge base and skills required to address the dissertation topic, and initiate discussions with potential Doctoral Advisory Committee members. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing and permission of instructor.HBHE
HBHE 6800 Dissertation ResearchHPPR 980V (PBHL 930V) The doctoral dissertation is a culminating experience that requires the student to synthesize knowledge and apply behavioral theory and scientific methods in an independent research project. A written dissertation proposal must be presented and defended at a meeting of the Doctoral Advisory Committee. The completed dissertation must also be presented and successfully defended during a meeting of the Doctoral advisory Committee. The final written product must be submitted in accordance with the guidelines contained in Regulations for Preparing Theses and Dissertations. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing and permission of instructor.HBHE
BIOS 6213 Application of Microcomputers to Data Management and AnalysisHSRE 5313 (GSIC 5753, HSRE 5313) Brief overview of software packages commonly used for data management and analysis that include Excel, Access,SPSS and Stata, followed by primary focus on use of SAS software in data management and recoding techniques.These include working with SAS libraries, inputting raw data, reading and writing from external files, using logicalstructures, using numerical and character functions, working with dates and using arrays. Course focuses onprogramming techniques with limited use of analytical procedures. Class activities include lecture/discussion andintensive programming work using SAS.Prerequisite: Prior completion or concurrent enrollment in Biostatistics I isrecommended.BIO
HPMT 6013 Instructional Methods and Teaching PracticumHSRE 9013This course includes a review of instructional concepts and methods for graduate education and a teaching practicum that will involve significant responsibilities in course design, instruction, and evaluation for an existing MPH, MHSA, or DrPH graduate course taught in the COPH. Prerequisites: Doctoral student status.HPM
HPMT 6103 Health Systems Theory and ResearchHSRE 9103 (PBHL 9213) This course will review conceptual foundations of health services and systems research (HSR), and examine current topics and ongoing research in this field. Students will examine current empirical research conducted by local investigators concerning the development, organization, financing, and delivery of health services and their impact on population health. Students will also gain experience in conceptualizing research questions of interest in HSR, developing theoretical frameworks to inform these questions, and critically reviewing the empirical literature on topics of interest. HPM
HPMT 6303 Applied Research Methods using Retrospective Data SourcesHSRE 9303 (PBHL 9403) This course will outfit students with the skills necessary to analyze and conduct studies using retrospective health care data with a focus on large administrative claims data such as Medicaid and private payer insurance claims. Students will use SAS to analyze actual health care data. Instruction on study design, statistical techniques, and data integrity issues specific to observational studies using these data sources will be offered.HPM
HPMT 6323 Advanced Econometric Methods and Special TopicsHSRE 9323 (PBHL 9413) Examines advanced econometric methods used in health systems research, including instrumental variables analysis, propensity score methods, longitudinal and panel data analysis methods, and duration models.HPM
HPMT 6014 Introduction to Health Care QualityHSRE 9603Examines critical issues and processed for the evaluation and management of quality in health care delivery systems. Includes issues related to quality of care in community and clinical settings, customer service definitions and quality improvement in health care organizations. Prerequisites: Doctoral student status or permission of the instructorHPM
HPMT 6315 Advanced Methods for Quality and Health Outcomes ResearchHSRE 9613 (HPPR 9343, HSRE 9343, PBHL 9613) Examines conceptual models, methods, and dimensions of quality of care (QOC) research. Students will analyze the history and rationale of QOC assessment and methodological issues in measuring QOC in research. Prerequisites: Doctoral student status or permission of the instructor.HPM
HPMT 6317 Performance Measurement, Reporting and IncentivesHSRE 9623 (PBHL 9623) This course will examine the theoretical constructs and empirical methods currently used to assess, profile, and compare the performance of health professionals, health care institutions, and health systems. We will examine the advantages and disadvantages of alternative measurement approaches in the context of alternative purposes of measurement, including: quality improvement; regulation and accreditation; payment; consumer education and empowerment; and research and evaluation. The course will examine a number of case studies based on contemporary developments in this field, including the National Quality Forum measurement process, Medicare's quality reporting initiatives, and private sector pay-for-performance programs. The course will also examine approaches for studying the impact of performance measurement, reporting, and incentive programs. Prerequisites: HSRE 9301HPM
HPMT 6319 Implementation Research in Clinical Practice SettingsHSRE 9653 (PBHL 9653, GSIC 9653) Examines the theoretical frameworks relevant for studying diffusion of innovations and implementation of change in clinical practice settings, assesses the empirical evidence on strategies for adopting and implementing change, and considers methods for evaluating change processes.HPM
HPMT 6104 Introduction to Health EconomicsHSRE 9703The course provides an overview of economic theory with health care applications. Economics is the study of optimal allocation of scarce resources. Health economics considers the allocation of health care resources to evaluate whether more efficient or equitable distributions can be achieved. Economics concepts and principles will be introduced, followed by the application of these principles to heath care, health management, and health policy. Prerequisites: BIOS 5013: Biostatistics I; HPMT 5103: The Health Care System; or permission of instructor.HPM
HPMT 6320 Advanced Health Economics 1: Demand-side EconomicsHSRE 9723 (PBHL 9723) Examines theory and advanced methods for modeling the demand for health, health care, health insurance, and public health activities.HPM
HPMT 6321 Advanced Health Economics II: Supply of Health ServicesHSRE 9733Provides an advanced examination of the supply side of health economics, including theory and research involving the production and distribution of health services and related products and technologies.HPM
HPMT 6326 Pharmacoeconomics and Health Care Technology AssessmentHSRE 9743 (PBHL 9743) The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills to design, conduct, analyze and rate investigations that assess the value or outcomes of health care technologies with a focus on pharmacy related products and services. The course will also integrate the theoretical prefaces to health care technology as well as provide real world applications using decision modeling software to conduct cost effectiveness and other related studies.HPM
HPMT 6328 Healthcare Organizational TheoryHSRE 9803This graduate course will explore the scientific study of the components of organizational Theory and research particularly as it relates to healthcare. A useful way to understand organizational theory is the definition offered by Martin Kilduff: Organization theory is a set of approaches to the understanding of how organizations form, survive and grow, interact with each other, recruit and process members, gain and manage resources, and deal with problems both internal and external. Organizational theory is one of the most interesting areas in social science research as we move towards a system-based approach. In each class session, we will examine both important historical contributions and more recent treatments of the topic for the day. Each session may contain both theoretical and empirical contributions. While sessions may differ somewhat in their execution, each session will generally begin with a more general discussion of the components and boundaries of the week's topic. This discussion will be followed by a more in-depth exploration of the articles assigned for the week, where we will explore not just what has been said but also how these theories have been tested.HPM
HPMT 6800 Directed Research StudiesHSRE 980V (PBHL 986V) Practical research experience involving working on a research project under the supervision of a program faculty member with significant experience in health services and policy research. Students will complete three semester-long rotations (nine hours) of study in one or two substantive areas of policy of research. Prerequisites: Doctoral student status.HPM
HPMT 6900 Doctoral Dissertation ResearchHSRE 990V (PBHL 990V) Independent research on a health system topic led by the doctoral candidate and guided by the approved dissertation committee. Students will complete at least 18 hours of dissertation research including research proposal development and conduct and defense of research. Prerequisites: Doctoral student status and completion of comprehensive exams.HPM
NPHD 6102 Qualitative Methodology in Nursing ResearchNPHD 6102Examines the philosophical foundation for and methodological issues in using qualitative approaches for scientific inquiry and knowledge development. Strategies for enhancing scientific and methodological rigor are explored.EPI
NPHD 6108 Qualitative Data Analysis Theory and PracticumNPHD 6108Examines approaches to collecting, reducing, managing, and analyzing qualitative data. Explores qualitative software packages used in data management. The practicum portion of the course includes practice sessions for interviewing, coding data, establishing, inter-rater agreement, and developing themes. Prerequisite: NPHD 6102: Qualitative Methodology in Nursing ResearchEPI
UNKNOWN Introduction to OncologyOEHM 5082Lectures, assigned readings and examinations regarding the molecular basis of carcinogenesis. Emphasis is placed on in-depth study of chemical carcinogenesis and factors mediating the oncogenic response. The role of host-factors and techniques for assessment of carcinogenic risk are presented.EOH
OEHM 6013 FDA RegulationsOEHM 6013This class explores how developing science and changes in commerce have influenced the basic laws, regulations and policies used by the United States Food and Drug Administration to insure the safety of medical products, food and cosmetics. Also, the impact of FDA’s regulations and policy in protecting consumers and promoting public health is examined. The course will focus on the use of toxicology as the scientific discipline that forms the foundation for actions taken by the Food and Drug Administration. The overall goal is for students to gain a working knowledge of how laws and regulations impact on Regulatory Sciences and public health. The course incorporates lecture presentations, classroom discussions of case studies and writing of critiques of current issues before the agency.EOH
OEHM 6023 Product Safety AssessmentOEHM 6023The course reviews the utilization of risk assessment by Federal Government regulatory agencies with emphasis on the US Food and Drug Administration. The course describes basic principles and provides hands-on training with methods used to quantify or predict human risk. Emphasis will be placed on dose-response assessments and topics relevant to estimating human health risk from drugs, food additives, cosmetics and other regulated products. The course is organized to provide a systematic approach to current and emerging assessment practices. The course includes the application of the latest methods for describing human health risks from drugs and other chemicals. Topics include the utilization of current in vitro and in vivo pre-clinical testing methods, scientific principles underlying extrapolation from animal toxicity testing to the assessment. The use of post approval data to estimate risk is demonstrated. The course will utilize readings, classroom lectures and presentations, classroom discussions/demonstrations, written critiques, and presentations of current issues in risk assessment.EOH
OEHM 5107 Design and Management of Clinical TrialsOEHM 6033This course examines the design and conduct of clinical trials from the perspectives of the investigator, sponsor, and regulators. Basic principles of study design is reviewed and applied. Students will gain experience developing a clinical trial protocol in a team-based environment that will simulate project development in the pharmaceutical industry. Elements of study conduct is explored from multiple perspectives including study sites, sponsors, and regulatory agencies. Contemporary issues in study design and management is considered. Problem solving, case studies, and group projects, are used to provide a participation-based learning experience. Many of the topics are presented by guest lecturers who are experts in their subject matter.EOH
PSGP 6101 Good Regulatory PracticesOEHM 6043 (PHSC 6043) This course examines the FDA and ICH regulations on good manufacturing, laboratory, and clinical practices. The meaning of these regulations, the globalization of practices, and the roles and responsibilities of various professionals implementing these regulations is addressed. Special emphasis is on detailed coverage of the process for the assembly and submission of an IND or NDA and the function of the regulatory affairs department in a pharmaceutical company and data quality issues required for regulatory decision-making.EOH
HPMT 5003 Introduction to Public HealthPBHL 5003An introduction to basic and contemporary issues of public health, including tools of community-based health assessment, surveillance, health promotion, disease prevention, policy and ethics will be presented. This course provides an overview in the diverse areas of public health practice.HPM
ENVH 5011 Biology for Public Health: Infectious DiseasePBHL 5011Biology for Public Health is an introductory course which provides a foundation of biology concepts necessary for the practice of public health. The lectures in this course will focus on the biology basics related to infectious disease including an overview of infectious disease epidemiology; the different types of pathogens; the immune system and response to pathogens; treatment, prevention, and control of infectious disease; and the role humans play in the evolution of infectious diseases. Each lecture series will relate covered biological concepts back to examples of common infectious diseases affecting US and worldwide populations. The course will also assist students in their preparations for the National Board of Public Health Examiners’ (NBPHE) Certification Exam.CW
BIOS 5013 Biostatistics IPBHL 5013 (BIOM 5013) Introductory topics in descriptive biostatistics and epidemiology, database principles, basic probability, diagnostic test statistics, tests of hypotheses, sample size estimation, power of tests, frequency cross-tabulations, correlation, nonparametric tests, regression, randomization, and analysis of variance.BIO
BIOS 5212 Biostatistics II: Advanced Linear ModelsPBHL 5023 (BIOM 5023) Multiple regression and linear models for analysis of variance. Experimental Designs with factorial arrangement of treatments, repeated measures, and multiple covariates. Introduction to logistic and non-linear regression. Prerequisite: Biostatistics I.BIO
BIOS 5223 Biostatistics III: Multivariate Analysis & Linear ModelsPBHL 5033 (BIOM 5033) This course is designed to give students an overview of applied multivariate analysis. Some of the topics include principal component analysis, exploratory/confirmatory factor analysis, path analysis, structural equation model, discriminant analysis and classification, clustering methods and algorithms, Hotelling’s T-square, and MANOVA. Prerequisite: Biostatistics IIBIO
ENVH 5202 Environmental Hazards ControlsPBHL 5043 (OEHM 5043) Detailed study of the principles and practices involved in the control of environmental health hazards. Topics covered will include ventilation for airborne contaminants, respiratory protection, electrical, fire, and some mechanical safety methods, and the control of hazards from noise, vibration, radiation, heat, and chemical hazards in all environmental setting such as schools, home, public places and workplaces.EOH
ENVH 5302 Principles of Toxicology in Public HealthPBHL 5063 (OEHM 5063) This course focuses on the application of toxicology to protecting and improving public health. Toxicology is an interdisciplinary science. Toxicology is a tool to evaluate the hazards to health from toxicants in the environment, community and workplace. Toxicological methods including the detection of. Examples of regulatory application are provided. Emphasis is placed on dose response relationships and the risk assessment synergism between animal toxicology and epidemiology. The role and responsibility of toxicology in the function of the EPA, FDA, CDC, ATSDR, OSHA, NIOSH, ADH and ADEQ is articulated by the instructors and demonstrated in classroom exercises and presentation of case studies. When advantageous, hazard analysis and risk assessment is explained in the contest of site specific and community based exercises and case studies. The role of toxicology in setting policy is demonstrated utilizing the “whose risk and whose benefit” approach Environmental Justice as a benchmark.EOH
ENVH 5221 Regulation of Environmental HealthPBHL 5073 (OEHM 5073) Operational and conceptual toxicology with the statutory basis for and aspects of governmental regulation of environmental hazards to public health. Provides potential industrial hygienists with a better understanding of the relationships that exist between scientific aspects of toxicology and their application through the statutory framework and related governmental regulations in the public health arena. EOH
HPMT 5285 Health Administration ResidencyPBHL 5083A three-month administrative residency in a health institution or agency; work experience under a qualified health administrator with selected field projects and written reports. The residency is designed to provide “real world” experience in a healthcare organization, and so that students may apply program competencies learned in their first year of study. Full-time students perform their residency during the summer between their first and second years of study. Prerequisite: Completion of twenty-four (24) hours in the MHA program or permission of instructor.HPM
HPMT 5286 Management ProjectPBHL 5093Administrative problem defined by a health institution or agency. This experience is designed so that part-time students may be exposed to “real world” experience in a healthcare organization. The student’s Preceptor and faculty supervisor develop a project which will be mutually beneficial to the student and the sponsoring organization. Part-time students complete this project during a summer session. PREREQUISITE: The completion of twenty-one (21) hours in the MHA program.HPM
BIOS 5111 Biostatistics Computing with R IPBHL 5101 (GSIC 5101) This course will introduce statistical software computing associated with topics discussed in Biostatistics I. The primary statistical software will be R. R is an extremely versatile and powerful statistical package that is becoming very popular among researchers in virtually every research realm. Unlike most statistical software, R is free and is constantly being enriched by users themselves. Additionally, R can be downloaded and compiled on almost any computer platform, thus allowing students to use their own computer in the course and beyond. Topics include inputting data, calculation of descriptive statistics, t-tests, confidence intervals, chi-square test, regression, analysis of variance, and non-parametric methods. This course is designed to enrich computing skills, and simultaneous or past enrollment in Biostatistics I is not required, but is highly recommended. Students should have a background in fundamental statistics. Students must provide their own notebook computer.BIO
ENVH 5102 Environmental and Occupational HealthPBHL 5113 (OEHM 5023) This course is intended to provide a detailed overview of the fields of environmental and occupational health, with an emphasis on the practical aspects of the recognition, evaluation and control of chemical, physical and biological hazards, including basic quantitative assessment of these hazards. Additional topics include significant legal and historical influences as well as currently important issues in the fields.EOH
OEHM 5104 Special Topics in Occupational and Environmental HealthPBHL 511V (OEHM 511V) Gives in-depth treatment to topics of current importance and to specialized subjects not covered in general courses. Each topic will be a narrowly defined aspect of occupational or environmental health.EOH
HPMT 5103 The Health Care SystemPBHL 5123 (GSIC 5113) Analysis of system-wide issues related to delivery of health in the United States, including organizational arrangements, financing, health status issues, health insurance, health manpower, cost of health care, quality of health care, access and regulatory issues.HPM
HBHE 5104 Introduction Health Behavior and Health EducationPBHL 5133 (GSIC 5133) Introduction to health behavior, health education, theory, health disparities, behavioral research, and community-based health promotion practice; defines key terms and concepts; intrapersonal, interpersonal, and community level theories of health behavior; variables influencing responses to interventions; interpersonal and community level theories examining elements in the environment affecting health behavior; basic planning models; and includes discussion of ethical principles and application of theory in culturally distinct and/or other unique populations.HBHE
HPMT 5114 Management of Healthcare OrganizationsPBHL 5143The purpose of this course is to expose graduate students to the fundamental management issues and techniques that can be used to administer a health care organization. Students will gain experience applying these issues and techniques to a health care organization. The students are also expected to identify and apply relevant methods for evaluating health policies and programs and for assessing the performance of organizations and professors in the areas of quality, safety, accessibility, efficiency and equity.HPM
ENVH 5404 Environmental and Industrial Biological HazardsPBHL 5153 (OEHM 5153) Biological hazards associated with exposures via foods, water, air, vectors (human, animal and insect, paracites), drugs, medical waste, bioterrorism and the workplace are evaluated. The course covers impact of direct and indirect human perturbations of the environment, disease control and prevention, surveillance and regulations regarding protecting the public health from biological hazards. Prerequisites: Eight hours of biology coursework, or permission of the instructor. (On Demand)EOH
HPMT 5134 Introduction to Health Systems Financial ManagementPBHL 5163Basic accounting/financial principles and practices as applied to health institutions and agency administration; emphasis on budgeting, financial analysis, cost management, third-party reimbursement systems; working capital management; capital investment decisions, and management of financial risk.HPM
EPID 5110 Epidemiology Laboratory IPBHL 5172 (EPI 5862) Epidemiologists gather, analyze, interpret, evaluate and present information which is meant for use in decisions about how to prevent disease and improve population health. This course is designed to be taken with PBHL 5173: Epidemiology I and it aims to provide experience in the application of basic techniques used in epidemiology research and practice. Emphasis is placed on calculation and interpretation of measures of morbidity, mortality, and association; disease transmission and risk; major epidemiologic study designs; and evaluation of screening tests.EPI
EPID 5112 Epidemiology IPBHL 5173 (BIOM 5173, EPI 5173) This course, the first of the sequence offered by the department of epidemiology, introduces the principles and methods of epidemiologic research and practice. It presents an overview of the history of epidemiology and the current thinking, methods, , measures of morbidity and mortality, disease transmission and risk, major epidemiologic study designs, measures of association, sources of error including bias, confounding and interaction, evaluation of screening tests, inference and causality, with emphasis on practical topics such as public health surveillance and outbreak field investigations.EPI
COPH 5145 Tobacco Cessation for CliniciansPBHL 5193Provides health care professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills for providing comprehensive tobacco cessation counseling to patients who use tobacco across the lifespan. (Requires prior approval of faculty advisor and course instructor.)HBHE
BIOS 5200 Biostatistics Computing with R IIPBHL 5201 (GSIC 5201) This course will introduce statistical software computing associated with topics discussed in Biostatistics II. The primary statistical software will be R. R is an extremely versatile and powerful statistical package that is becoming very popular among researchers in virtually every research realm. Unlike most statistical software, R is free and is constantly being enriched by users themselves. Additionally, R can be downloaded and compiled on almost any computer platform, thus allowing students to use their own computer in the course and beyond. Topics include inputting data, calculation of descriptive statistics, multiple regression, general linear models, experimental designs, logistic regression, and factorial analysis of variance. This course is designed to enrich computing skills, and simultaneous enrollment in Biostatistics II is not required. It is highly recommended that students have a background in topics associated with a second course in statistics. Students must provide their own notebook computer.BIO
ENVH 5002 Biology for Public Health: Chronic DiseasePBHL 5211Biology for Public Health is an introductory course which provides a foundation of biology concepts necessary for the practice of public health. The lectures in this course will focus on the biology basics related to chronic disease including an overview of Mendelian genetics; cardiovascular disease; diabetes; respiratory disease; as well as the biology of addiction and mental illness. Each lecture series will relate covered biological concepts back to major issues surrounding chronic diseases affecting US and worldwide populations. The course will also assist students in their preparations for the National Board of Public Health Examiners’ (NBPHE) Certification ExamCW
EPID 5325 Epidemiology of Chronic DiseasesPBHL 5223This course is designed for graduate students interested in chronic disease epidemiology. Chronic diseases to be discussed in this course include cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes mellitus, cancers and oral health. Emphasis will be on both the descriptive epidemiology and pathogenesis of each specific disease. Screening of chronic diseases will be also covered. Prerequisites: PBHL 5173: Epidemiology IEPI
BIOS 5233 Statistical Methods for Clinical TrialsPBHL 5233 (BIOM 5133) Principles underlying the planning, management, and implementation of modern clinical trials, the application of statistical methods used in the analysis of data from clinical trials, and the interpretation of results.Basic statistical techniques used in design and analysis of Phase I-III single- and multicenter trials. Recommended prerequisites include knowledge of basic statistics, familiarity with SAS software, and knowledge of a clinical area.BIO
HPMT 5124 Health Systems Strategic PlanningPBHL 5243Covers the major types of health planning in the U.S. including related supply regulation. Strategic, business and market-based planning are emphasized. Several exercises introduce students to relevant data sources and prepare them to develop a market-based health services plan. Prerequisites: PBHL 5013: Biostatistics I; PBHL 5143: Management of Health Care Organizations.HPM
HPMT 5212 Health Information Systems for AdministratorsPBHL 5253 (GSIC 5253) Course is designed to expose students to the purpose and value of health information systems. Various components of such systems, how such systems are designed and how information provided by such systems can assist day-to-day operations as well as strategic planning. Prerequisites: PBHL 5123: The Health Care System.HPM
ENVH 5222 Environmental Exposure AssessmentPBHL 5263 (OEHM 5263, GSIC 5263) Quantitative introduction to the process of environmental hazard, exposure and dose evaluation for inhalation, ingestion, and dermal absorption routes. Particular attention is given to air contaminant measurement principles and interpretation of monitoring results. Includes the assessment and modeling of workplace, community, and residential environments, and the associated sources and pathways of chemical exposure.EOH
HPMT 5104 Introduction to Health EconomicsPBHL 5273 (GSIC 5273) The course provides an overview of economic theory with health care applications. Economics is the study of optimal allocation of scarce resources. Health economics considers the allocation of health care resources to evaluate whether more efficient or equitable distributions can be achieved. Economics concepts and principles will be introduced, followed by the application of these principles to heath care, health management, and health policy. Prerequisites: PBHL 5013: Biostatistics I; PBHL 5123: The Health Care System; or permission of instructor.HPM
HPMT 5203 Public Health Law and EthicsPBHL 5283Introduction to the legal and ethical issues encountered in health policy and management. Course content includes: constitutional authority and limits on governmental intervention in public health (i.e., individual rights vs. society's rights); the functions of and interaction between courts, legislatures, regulators; the role of the courts in health policy and health care delivery; how to recognize legal issues and communicate with attorneys; how law will affect students as strategic thinkers in health care positions; how to apply basic tort and contract principles; and the process of public health regulation and potential legal barriers to public health strategies. Specific legal topics will vary, but will usually include: the nature and scope of public health authority; constitutional constraints on public health initiatives; liability; fraud and abuse; privacy and confidentiality; regulatory oversight of the health care system; legal requirements for access to health care; nondiscrimination; conflicts of interest; and a review of ethical and moral issues commonly faced in health care management. Prerequisites: PBHL 5003: Introduction to Public Health; PBHL 5123: The Health Care SystemHPM
HPMT 5201 Health LawPBHL 5293Basic principles and practices of law affecting the administration of health institutions and medical practices, with emphasis on the legal aspects of patient care and treatment, torts and contractual obligations, rights and obligations of governing boards, medical staff and employees, and labor law.HPM
ENVH 5003 Biology for Public Health: Current IssuesPBHL 5311 (GSIC 5311) Biology for Public Health is an introductory course which provides a foundation of biology concepts necessary for the practice of public health. The lectures in this course will focus on the biology basics related to current topics in public health including an overview of the biology of growth and development, biology of aging, biology of cancer, micronutrients and dietary supplements, and obesity. Each lecture series will relate covered biological concepts back to major issues surrounding current diseases affecting US and worldwide populations. The course will also assist students in their preparations for the National Board of Public Health Examiners’ (NBPHE) Certification Exam.CW
BIOS 5313 Nonparametric MethodsPBHL 5313 (BIOM 5113) This course will provide an overview of nonparametric techniques with a primary focus on their application to healthcare data. Appropriate techniques for one-sample and multi-sample data will be covered as well as the use of nonparametric methods to assess correlation, independence, and linear relationships. Students will learn when it is more appropriate to use a nonparametric approach instead of the usual parametric tests, and which techniques have been incorporated into popular statistical software. Prerequisite: Biostatistics I.BIO
HPMT 5333 Advanced Health Systems Financial ManagementPBHL 5333The course is designed to present in-depth discussions on topics related to financial management in a healthcare setting. It focuses on the application of financial management principles and concepts to health care organizations. A broad range of issues will be discussed and evaluated with assignments to familiarize students with both theoretical concepts and practical application of financial management principles in the current operating environment. Computerized software packages will be utilized to emphasize the application of financial techniques to problems in health care management and/or health services delivery. Students should have a basic understanding of health care system, health care management, health care statistics and information systems, financial accounting and Excel. Prerequisites: PBHL 5013: Biostatistics I; PBHL 5123: The Health Care System; PBHL: 5143 Management of Health Care Organizations; PBHL 5163 Introduction to Health Systems Financial Management.HPM
HPMT 5223 Seminar in Human Resource ManagementPBHL 5353Variety of situations and techniques involved in the management of human resources in health care institutions, including ethics, recruitment, training and development, grievance procedures, wage and salary administration, affirmative action, labor unions, and professional credentials. Prerequisites: PBHL 5003: Introduction to Public Health or PBHL 5123: The Health Care System.HPM
HPMT 5132 Introduction to Health Policy and PoliticsPBHL 5363 (GSIC 5363) Examines the nature of public policy making process within the various core functions of public health, and the influence of the political, bureaucratic, and social environment in which policy decisions are made. The consequences of health policy decisions and the key dimensions of current public health policies will also be examined. In addition to conceptual discussions of each of the above, the course includes evaluation of case studies of public health policy decisions and discussions with policy makers from multiple levels of government and multiple backgrounds.HPM
EPID 5323 Epidemiology II LaboratoryPBHL 5371This is an intermediate level course in epidemiologic theory and methodology that prepares students who have completed the basics of Epidemiology to the study of advanced methods. This course is designed to integrate methods introduced in Epidemiology II and its application to scenarios. Solidifies understanding of concepts in Epidemiology II by working through complex exercises and rigorous critiquing of studies and designing own studies given real life scenarios and their challenges researches face. Prerequisites: PBHL 5173 Epidemiology I, PBHL 5861 Epidemiology I Lab, PBHL 5013 Biostatistics I, PBHL 5373 Epidemiology II. Mandatory for students in the Epidemiology track. Concurrent or previous enrollment in PBHL 5023 Biostatistics II or approved equivalents.EPI
EPID 5322 Epidemiology IIPBHL 5373 (BIOM 5183, EPI 5183) This is an intermediate level course in epidemiologic theory and methodology that prepares students who have completed the basics of Epidemiology to the study of advanced methods. Epidemiology II builds on the concepts, methods, and strategies introduced in Epidemiology I. The course focuses on methodologic tools and skills needed to conduct or evaluate epidemiologic research; emphasizes on tools and skills to assess study designs, data collection, threats to study validity and reliability, biases e.g. confounding and heterogeneity of effects. Prerequisites: PBHL 5173 Epidemiology I, PBHL 5861 Epidemiology I Lab, PBHL 5013 Biostatistics I.EPI
HPMT 5340 Management CapstonePBHL 5393Policy and decision making processes in health institutions and agencies, uses case studies of health institutions and agencies. This course is designed to provide a culminating experience, and is specifically designed to provide students with experience applying many of the competencies learned earlier in the program. Culminating experience typically completed in last semester of the student’s course of studies; or permission of instructor.HPM
UNKNOWN Special Topics in Health Services AdministrationPBHL 540VPossible topics include healthcare leadership, reimbursement and insurance, computer proficiency in health services administration, rural health care systems, quality assurance systems, risk management, multi-institutions systems, and negotiations.HPM
HPMT 5107 American Health Care ReformPBHL 5413This seminar will address key policy issues facing American health care. The seminar is interdisciplinary, and is open to students pursuing study in public health, law, or public policy. In this course we will take up (1) problems of cost, access, justice, and quality in the U.S. health care system; (2) models for health care delivery in other countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan; and (3) proposals for reform of the health care system offered by the various presidential candidates at the national level, and reforms implemented at the state level in (e.g.) Massachusetts and Hawaii. We will explore the political and structural obstacles to achieving health care system reform at the national level. Prerequisites: PBHL 5003: Introduction to Public Health; PBHL 5123: The Health Care System; or permission of instructor.HPM
EPID 5326 Epidemiology of Infectious DiseasesPBHL 5483This course will provide an overview of the history, epidemiology, and control of various infectious diseases. A selective overview of immunology and molecular diagnostic methods will be provided as a foundation for later lectures. Major human pathogens will be addressed within the conceptual framework of foodborne, waterborne, and vector-borne diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, respiratory diseases, parasitic diseases, and vaccine preventable diseases. Prerequisites: PBHL 5173: Epidemiology I and PBHL 5373: Epidemiology II; PBHL 5013: Biostatistics I and PBHL 5023: Biostatistics II; or permission of the instructor.EPI
EPID 5224 Clinical EpidemiologyPBHL 5493This course is designed to introduce students to clinical epidemiology. Topics will include screening, diagnostic clinical research, prognostic clinical research and etiognostic clinical research, randomized and non-randomized clinical studies, clinical decision making and meta-analysis. This course also provides examples of how these methods are applied in actual clinical epidemiologic studies, and guidelines for critically evaluating evidence from these studies. Course evaluations will be based on the students' performance in class participation, examinations, written assignments, as well as a written project demonstrating the students' ability to apply these methods.EPI
EPID 5214 Qualitative Methodology in Nursing ResearchPBHL 5513 (NUSC 6233) Examines the philosophical foundation for and methodological issues in using qualitative approaches for scientific inquiry and knowledge development. Strategies for enhancing scientific and methodological rigor are explored.EPI
EPID 5225 Qualitative Data Analysis Theory & PracticumPBHL 5523 (NUSC 6283) Examines approaches to collecting, reducing, managing, and analyzing qualitative data. Explores qualitative software packages used in data management. The practicum portion of the course includes practice sessions for interviewing, coding data, establishing inter-rater agreement, and developing themes. Prerequisite: PBHL 5513 (NUSC 6233): Qualitative Methodology in Nursing Research.EPI
HBHE 5214 Advanced Concepts of Human SexualityPBHL 5543In-depth examination of human sexuality based on the premise that individual sexuality cannot be referenced to just one theory or simply biological, psychological, sociological, or cultural factors but from the complex interactions of these influences; designed to stimulate learners to think critically forming conclusions in light of scientifically gathered data.HBHE
EPID 5332 Cancer EpidemiologyPBHL 5553 (PBHL 9553) This course is designed to provide an overview of the epidemiology of common cancers as well as methodologic issues in etiologic research and cancer screening. Emphasis will be placed on risk factors that can be modified for cancer control and prevention. The course will address: geographic variation and temporal trends in cancer, cancer burden, biology of normal and cancer cells, biomarkers, selected risk factors (e.g., occupation, tobacco, alcohol, radiation, viruses, immunity, hormones, and genetic factors), and screening objectives, recommendations, and controversies. Prerequisites: PBHL 5173: Epidemiology I and PBHL 5373: Epidemiology II; PBHL 5013: Biostatistics I and PBHL 5023: Biostatistics II; or permission of the instructor.EPI
HPMT 5563 Healthcare Information Systems and Quality for AdministratorsPBHL 5563This course first provides a comprehensive overview of healthcare information systems and capabilities, responsibilities and core competencies of the responsibilities for such systems. The course also provides a foundation for healthcare quality, patient safety and performance measurements used in the U.S. healthcare system. We focus on the importance of patient safety issues, methods, programs, and goals and provide an overview of curent measurement activities and strategies for measuring and implementing quality improvement initiatives using data driven techniques. The hybrid executive course format includes weekly online readings and discussion threads, as well as four onsite Saturday sessions (4 hours each in duration). We use didactic instructions, case analyses and discussions, project team-based learning, and opportunities to learn via guest lectures from professionals working with real-world health information systems and quality management systems.HPM
EPID 5573 Data Management and Programming for EpidemiologistsPBHL 5573This course focuses on developing student skills in data management, including quality control procedures, and basic programming for data management and analysis. Specific skills will include building databases for data entry, preparing database documentation, completing quality control checks, and completing basic programming for analysis for epidemiologic data. The course will focus on programming techniques with limited use of analytical procedures; however, basic programming for common analytic techniques (i.e., ttest, chi square, linear regression, logistic regression, correlation, etc.) will be addressed. Class activities include lecture/discussion and intensive programming work using Excel, Access, and SAS, along with exposure to other software packages (e.g.,SPSS, Stata). Prerequisites PBHL 5173: Introduction to Epidemiology (Epi 1); PBHL 5013: Introduction to Biostatistics (Biostats 1); PBHL 5373: Research Design and Implementation (Epi 2); and PBHL 5023: Advanced Linear Models (Biostats 2); or permission of instructor.EPI
HPMT 5583 Advanced Applications in Healthcare ManagementPBHL 5583Hospital organization and management; emphasis on administration, medical staff, trustee relationships; provides an understanding of the diversity and complexity of the daily routine of a hospital administrator and clarifies the roles of various constituencies in hospital organizations. Prerequisites: PBHL 5143: Management of Health Care Organizations; or permission of instructor.HPM
HBHE 5324 Program Planning and EvaluationPBHL 5623This is a course in health promotion program planning. It is designed to help the learner develop the fundamental understanding and skills necessary to implement program planning, implementation, and evaluation irrespective of setting. It provides both theoretical and practical information in program development and community-based participatory research. Prerequisites: PBHL 5133: Introduction to Health Behavior and Health Education; or permission of instructor.HBHE
HPMT 5343 Healthcare Operations Management: Quality and Decision AnalyticsPBHL 5633Health care managers face a formidable challenge in meeting the Triple Aim objectives of reducing systems and organizational level costs while simultaneously improving patient's clinical outcomes and experiences with the care process. Adding to the complexity of this charge, health care organizations must do this while being "squeezed" by declining reimbursement rates and changing reimbursement mechanisms. In order to effectively "do more with less," managers are embracing operations management techniques developed in other industries and adapting them for use in the service oriented healthcare sector. Performance quality improvement projects, supply chain initiatives, and organizational restructurings are common in today's healthcare environment. This course, Operations Management, is designed to arm students with the practical analytical tools required to make effective tactical decisions in a value based health care environment. The course examines operations decisions through a combination of lectures, in-class problems, homework assignments, and readings. Specific topics to be covered include quality and the value paradigm, decision-making frameworks, capacity planning, staffing, facility location selection, facility design, work process design, supply chain management and general project management. A specific emphasis will be placed on learning and using new tools and technologies to solve analytic problems and then develop solutions to those problems that are managerially-understandable and actionable.HPM
HBHE 5225 Theories of Health Behavior and Health EducationPBHL 5653 (GSIC 5653) Addresses the social and behavioral foundations of public health; emphasis on social and cultural determinants that shape behavior through complex interaction; presents a socio-ecological framework for understanding the relationship between human populations and health status; locates health problems in the context of multilayered social systems and temporal processes of change. Prerequisites: PBHL 5133: Introduction to Health Behavior and Health Education; or permission of instructor.HBHE
EPID 5334 Epidemiology IIIPBHL 5673 (BIOM 5193) Extends consideration of concepts, methods, and strategies introduced in Epidemiology I and II. The course focuses on tools and skills related to data analysis and interpretation. Prerequisites: PBHL 5173: Epidemiology I and PBHL 5373: Epidemiology II; PBHL 5013: Biostatistics I and PBHL 5023: Biostatistics II. (PBHL 5782: Data Management and Programming for Epidemiologists or PBHL 5753: Application of Microcomputers to Data Management and Analysis).EPI
COPH 5346 Social Determinants of HealthPBHL 5683 ( HPPR 9353) This course is designed to examine the scientific basis for associations between social factors, both contextual (e.g., poverty, housing, education) and interpersonal (e.g., racism, social support, stigma), and health. In addition, students will be challenged to consider social factors in understanding the epidemiology of diseases, the design and implementation of health protection/promotion programs, and the implementation of health policy. Prerequisites: PBHL 5173: Epidemiology I; PBHL 5133: Introduction to Health Behavior and Health Education; or permission of the instructor.EPI
HPMT 5202 Food and Nutrition PolicyPBHL 5693This course examines food and nutrition policies and programs and their role in public health. Scientific evidence that informs national dietary guidance, the food system, various policy approaches, food and agricultural policies, legal, political and environmental aspects are reviewed. The course also examines the role of the food industry in shaping the food environment, food availability and consumer behavior.HPM
HBHE 5733 Stress and HealthPBHL 5733Stress is a common experience for many. However, excessive or prolonged activation of stress response systems in the body can produce damaging effects on health across the lifespan. Therefore, is increasingly important for public health practitioners and researchers to address stress in the development of effiective health promotion activities. This course will review the literature on the psychosocial and biological components of stress; associations between stress and chronic health conditions; and issues surrounding assessment of stress. Students will apply the literature to the design of health promotion programs that are appropriate for populations experiencing high levels of stress. This course uses traditional approaches to learning (such as assigned readings, analysis, and discussion) combined with personal and group experiential learning.HBHE
BIOS 5213 Biostatistics Computing with SAS IPBHL 5753 (HSRE 5313) Brief overview of software packages commonly used for data management and analysis that include Excel, Access, SPSS and Stata, followed by primary focus on use of SAS software in data management and recoding techniques. These include working with SAS libraries, inputting raw data, reading and writing from external files, using logical structures, using numerical and character functions, working with dates and using arrays. Course focuses on programming techniques with limited use of analytical procedures. Class activities include lecture/discussion and intensive programming work using SAS.Prerequisite: Prior completion or concurrent enrollment in Biostatistics I is recommended.BIO
BIOS 5214 Categorical Data AnalysisPBHL 5763This course is designed to give students an overview of statistical methods commonly used for analysis of categorical data. Some of the topics include binomial and Poisson distributions, analysis of 2×2 tables, Fishers exact test, McNemar test, stratified analysis, trend analysis and logistic regression. Class activities include lecture/discussion, group work, analytical assignments and critical literature reviews. Prerequisite: Biostatistics I.BIO
HBHE 5325 Survey Research MethodsPBHL 5773This course will provide students with a practical overview of survey research methods. The primary focus will be on identifying or developing questionnaire items and scales and designing a survey instrument. The logistics of implementing a survey, tailoring instruments for specific settings, populations, and methods of administration, sampling methods, assessing sampling bias, and maximizing response rates will also be covered.HBHE
BIOS 5324 Analyzing Health SurveysPBHL 5793 (PBHL 9793, GSIC 5123) This course will teach students the fundamentals of survey sampling and analysis and introduce them to national health surveys currently used. Students will report on the published analyses results of the “are of interest” national health survey. They will also apply statistical analysis techniques to a project – a class presentation on an existing national survey, and a final analysis project of their choosing (with instructor approval) using a national health survey. Prerequisites: Prior completion of PBHL 5013: Biostatistics I and prior knowledge of SAS procedures Freq, Means, Reg, and Logistic. Instructor approval required prior to course registration.BIO
HPMT 5344 Healthcare Operations Management: Performance and Quality ImprovementPBHL 5833This course is designed to provide an introduction to the Lean Six Sigma philosophy and terminology and provide the necessary tools to address complex problems. The Lean methodology focuses on the removal of waste and non-value added work, while the Six Sigma methodology focuses on the reduction of defects and minimizing process variation. The material covered aims to provide students with the practical and analytical tools required to make effective tactical and operational decisions in a health care environment. This course uses a combination of lectures, in-class studies, problems, and exams. At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to obtain their Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from a certified provider. Specific topics include value stream mapping, Six Sigma DMAIC model, understanding data and variation, and learning to use Minitab statistical software. Prerequisite: PBHL 5163 Introduction to Health Systems Financial Management.HPM
HPMT 5426 Racial-Ethnic Health Disparities: Theory, Experience, and EliminationPBHL 5843 (GSIC 5843) This course explores racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States. Students will examine the literature on health and health care disparities; the historical and social structural determinants pertinent to the etiology of disparities; the role of genomics; and policy and programmatic strategies for reducing disparities. This course uses traditional approaches to learning (such as assigned readings, analysis, and discussion) combined with personal and group experiential learning.  Students will be required to engage in active discussion of readings and to participate in service learning activities which will include preparation, reflection and practice components. Therefore students will spend time in class with instructors, online in group discussions, and as a group in the community with community based partners and instructors.HPM
EPID 5335 Molecular EpidemiologyPBHL 5873The objective of this course is to provide conceptual and practical knowledge of the methods used in molecular epidemiology. Specifically, students will learn about: motivation and strategies for the application of molecular methods in etiologic and translational research; some novel and commonly used laboratory assays; measurement issues for biomarkers; methods used in genetic studies of complex diseases; phenotypic markers of exposure and disease; analytic issues and approaches to high dimensional data; evaluation of biomarkers for clinical use; and ethical issues specific to biospecimen banking and genetic data.EPI
HBHE 5320 Drugs and SocietyPBHL 5913This course will review the major classes of psychoactive drugs of abuse and misuse and will explore the complex relationships between psychoactive drug use and the social response to such drug use in the United States. Students will gain knowledge about the different types of psychoactive drugs of abuse and misuse in the United States and will develop an understanding of evidence based principles of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery as well as theories and principles related to reducing drug related harms, both individual and societal.HBHE
BIOS 5001 Special Topics in BiostatisticsPBHL 595VAdvanced work in specialized fields such as bioassay, multivariate analysis, time series, etc. Credit, 1 to 3 hours per semester, limit of 9 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty advisor and course instructor.BIO
EPID 5000 Special Topics in EpidemiologyPBHL 596VProvides an opportunity for students to engage in detailed study of a topic relevant to epidemiology, with the guidance of a faculty supervisor. A completed and signed directed study contract is required at the time of registration. (Requires prior approval of faculty advisor and independent study faculty supervisor.)EPI
COPH 5989 Preceptorship in Public HealthPBHL 5983The Preceptorship is a field experience, requiring a minimum of 200 clock hours of work in a public-health related activity, under the join supervision of a qualified specialist working in a selected area of public health and a COPH faculty advisor. A written report specifying activities, products, and outcomes of the experience is required upon completion of the Preceptorship. The project must be undertaken during the semester registered for Preceptorship. Prerequisites: PBHL 5003 Introduction to Public Health, PBHL 5013/BIOM 5013 Biostatistics I, PBHL 5123 The Health Care System, PBHL 5133 Introduction to Health Behavior and Health Education, PBHL 5173 Epidemiology I, PBHL 5113/OEHM 5023 Environmental and Occupational Health; a minimum of nine hours of specialty concentration courses; other requirements as listed in the Preceptorship Manual.CW
COPH 5991 Culminating Experience SeminarPBHL 5991 The Culminating Experience Seminar (or proof of passing the CPH exam) is required of all students to complete the MPH program. The Seminar must be taken in the same semester in which the student initiates the Culminating Experience (CE) Project (PBHL 5992). The Seminar is designed to provide information and support to students who are completing their CE Projects, and to provide a forum in which students will provide their Project findings in a public forum. The Seminar will provide students with an opportunity to learn about other students’ Projects and activities, to share ideas with students and faculty about resources that can support their respective Projects, to increase their knowledge of current issues facing public health professionals, and to gain experience in professional presentation skills. Prerequisites: Enrollment in this course is open to all MPH degree-seeking students in the UAMS COPH who are completing their CE Project and have submitted an approved CE Project plan to the COPH Public Health Practice Coordinator; other requirements as listed in the Culminating Experience Manual.CW
COPH 5992 Culminating Experience ProjectPBHL 5992The Culminating Experience Project requires the student to synthesize and integrate knowledge and apply theory and principles learned to an area of public health practice resulting in preparation of a manuscript for publication, a health policy proposal, a research proposal for submission, or equivalent, as approved by the Culminating Experience Project Advisory Committee (CEPAC) composed of COPH Faculty members. Prerequisites: PBHL 5003 Introduction to Public Health, PBHL 5013/BIOM 5013 Biostatistics I, PBHL 5123 The Health Care System, PBHL 5133 Introduction to Health Behavior and Health Education, PBHL 5173 Epidemiology I, PBHL 5113/OEHM 5023 Environmental and Occupational Health; a minimum of nine hours of specialty concentration courses; other requirements as listed in the Culminating Experience Manual.CW
UNKNOWN Special Topics in Public HealthPBHL 601VOffered intermittently. Course offerings from visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or in-depth examination of a current topic in public health. (Requires prior approval of faculty advisor and course instructor.)CW
ENVH 5303 Climate Change and Public HealthPBHL 6023 (OEHM 5913) Climate change is an exceptional global environmental crisis primarily driven by anthropogenic activities with adverse consequences on ecological and life systems. This course will provide students an overview of the driving forces and mechanics of climate change and comprehensive analysis of the implications on Earth's natural/human ecosystems and health in a local, regional, and global scale. The concepts, approaches and uncertainties of methods applied to assess and monitor the health impacts of climate change will be presented and specific disease cases will be discussed. Lastly, ongoing efforts to cope/adapt, mitigate or reduce the impacts and the mechanisms to develop these tools will be examined.EOH
COPH 5200 Directed StudyPBHL 602VProvides an opportunity for students to engage in detailed study of a public health topic relevant to their program of study, with the guidance of a faculty supervisor. A completed and signed directed study contract is required at the time of registration. (Requires prior approval of faculty advisor and independent study faculty supervisor.)CW
EPID 6001 Instructional Methods and Teaching PracticumPBHL 9001 (EPI 9001) This course provides doctoral level (PhD and DrPH) students with training and practice in the methods and principles of teaching. This course is one credit hour and has two components which must be completed to earn the credit: 1) a weekly seminar course, and 2) lectures in three separate courses taught within the COPH MPH program.EPI
BIOS 6212 Biostatistics IIPBHL 9003Multiple regression and linear models for analysis of variance. Experimental Designs with factorial arrangement of treatments, repeated measures, and multiple covariates. Introduction to logistic and non-linear regression. Prerequisite: Biostatistics I.BIO
COPH 6000 Independent StudyPBHL 900VThis course provides in-depth consideration of specialized subjects not covered in general courses.HBHE
HPMT 6011 Mathematics and Statistics PrimerPBHL 9011 (HSRE 9011) This course will provide a review of fundamental mathematical and statistical concepts used in health systems research including linear and matrix algebra, nonlinear functions, derivatives, and probability theory. The course will require completion of a series of problem sets containing mathematical and statistical exercises, and final examination. Prerequisites: doctoral student standing.HPM
EPID 6322 Epidemiology IIPBHL 9013This is an intermediate level course in epidemiologic theory and methodology that prepares students who have completed the basics of Epidemiology to the study of advanced methods. Epidemiology II builds on the concepts, methods, and strategies introduced in Epidemiology I. The course focuses on methodologic tools and skills needed to conduct or evaluate epidemiologic research; emphasizes on tools and skills to assess study designs, data collection, threats to study validity and reliability, biases e.g. confounding and heterogeneity of effects. Prerequisites: PBHL 5173 Epidemiology I, PBHL 5861 Epidemiology I Lab, PBHL 5013 Biostatistics I.EPI
COPH 6438 Fundamentals of ResearchPBHL 9021 (HPPR 9051) This course is designed as an introduction to basic research principles and methods that may be applicable in health promotion and health services research environments. Cross-cutting issues related to framing a research question, generating a testable hypothesis, evaluating the appropriateness of a range of study designs, minimizing threats to internal and external validity, establishing the sample (sample size, power analysis, sampling), and protecting human subjects during the research endeavor will be considered. It is expected that students will follow this brief introductory course with a more in-depth course in either behavioral research or health services research methods. Pre-requisites: Enrollment as a doctoral student in the COPH or permission of instructors.CW
HBHE 6021 Advanced Health Behavior TheoryPBHL 9023 (HPPR 9023) This course will review the major theories of behavior change and explore the complex relationships between socio-demographic factors and theory constructs. Students will gain substantial experience in designing behavioral theory-based public health interventions. Prerequisites: PBHL 5133: Introduction to Health Behavior and Health Education or its equivalent; Doctoral student standing in the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health; or permission of instructor.HBHE
HPMT 6114 Advanced Public Health Policy and ManagementPBHL 9033 (HSRE 9113) This course provides an advanced examination of issues related to the development, implementation, and impact of public policies and health system management strategies on population health. It will include an in- depth exploration of: theories of policy development applied to health issues, including the competing influences of political, economic, and socio-cultural forces; strategies for agenda-setting and policy formation in the health arena; policy implementation and management approaches; policy analysis methods and tools; and policy and managerial decision-making strategies in health, including values-based and evidence-based perspectives; case studies of policy and managerial decisions made at national, state, and community levels will provide opportunities for in-depth discussion and analysis Prerequisites: Course for doctoral students or by permission of instructor. Students should be familiar with major public health concepts and practices, the organization and financing of the US health care system, major political institutions and processes in the US, and basic principles of statistics and probability.HPM
EPID 6121 Principles and Practice of Public Health SurveillancePBHL 9042 (EPI 9042) Surveillance is a methods course focused on the principles and methods employed in the surveillance of diseases, conditions, and events of public health concern. Students will learn about: the selection of diseases, conditions, and events for surveillance; the design of effective surveillance programs in routine and emergency situations; the operation of effective and efficient surveillance programs in a state health department, hospital, corporate, and other settings; the evaluation of surveillance programs; and the use of surveillance data for the purpose of epidemiologic research and practice.EPI
ENVH 6043 Environmental and Occupational Health PolicyPBHL 9043 (OEHM 5083) This course covers issues relevant to policy decisions in the environmental and occupational health field, including such topics as strategies for the assessment, management and communication of risk, alternative approaches to environmental regulation and compliance, ethical questions in environmental and occupational health, and similar contemporary concerns. Prerequisites: PBHL 5113 and 5023. EOH
BIOS 6214 Categorical Data AnalysisPBHL 9053 (GSIC 5763) This course is designed to give students an overview of statistical methods commonly used for analysis of categorical data. Some of the topics include binomial and Poisson distributions, analysis of 2×2 tables, Fishers exact test, McNemar test, stratified analysis, trend analysis and logistic regression. Class activities include lecture/discussion, group work, analytical assignments and critical literature reviews. Prerequisite: Biostatistics I.BIO
HBHE 6212 Applied Behavioral Research MethodsPBHL 9073 (HPPR 9053) This course addresses behavioral research: the role of theory, problem definition, and hypothesis generation; research design; measurement of health behaviors; and critical review and interpretation of published research. Prerequisites: Doctoral student standing in the UAMS College of Public Health, and completion of HPPR 9023, or by permission of instructor. HBHE
COPH 6303 Community Based Program DesignPBHL 9103This course will use an interdisciplinary approach to public health program design, incorporating the community-based participatory model. Students will gain experience in examining background epidemiological data in order to design an appropriately targeted intervention for a population. Survey, qualitative, and qualitative designs will be explored. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing and successful completion of three public health sciences core courses, or permission of instructor.CW
COPH 6403 Community Based Program EvaluationPBHL 9113 (HPPR 9113, EPI 9113) Evaluation frameworks, needs assessments, and logic models will be studied with a particular emphasis on evaluating community-based programs. Performance evaluation as well as formative, process, impact, and outcome evaluation purposes and techniques will be compared. Theoretical and pragmatic approaches to the design and implementation of evaluation protocols will be explored, along with the role of both quantitative and qualitative methods. Prerequisites: Doctoral student standing in the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health; successful completion of PBHL 9103:Community-Based Public Health Program Design; successful completion of PBHL 9xx1: Fundamentals of Research; PBHL 9023: Advanced Health Behavior Theory or equivalent; and either PBHL 9073: Applied Behavioral Research Methods or PBHL 9473/5473:Health Services Research Methods or equivalent; or permission of instructor. CW
COPH 6437 Grantsmanship and the Peer Review ProcessPBHL 9123 (HPPR 9123) This course is designed to provide information and cultivate skills required to develop competitive grant applications supporting scholarly efforts to better understand and resolve complex public health challenges. Pre-requisites: Doctoral student standing in the UAMS College of Public Health or the graduate school or permission of the instructor.EPI
BIOS 6223 Biostatistics III: Multivariate Analysis & Linear ModelsPBHL 9133This course is designed to give students an overview of applied multivariate analysis. Some of the topics include principal component analysis, exploratory/confirmatory factor analysis, path analysis, structural equation model, discriminant analysis and classification, clustering methods and algorithms, Hotelling’s T-square, and MANOVA. Prerequisite: Biostatistics IIBIO
EPID 6423 Advanced Epidemiology Methods LaboratoryPBHL 9142 (EPI 9142) This is an advanced, doctoral level laboratory-based course for students who require extensive preparation in epidemiologic theory and methodology. This course is designed to integrate and apply the methods introduced in Epidemiology III, Epidemiology III Lab, and Advanced Epidemiology Methods I, along with new methods, in order to prepare students to apply these methods as independent researchers in epidemiology.EPI
EPID 6424 Advanced Epidemiology MethodsPBHL 9143 (EPI 9143) This is an advanced, doctoral level course for students who require extensive preparation in epidemiologic theory and methodology. Topics covered include causal inference; study design; the analysis of crude, stratified, and matched data; approaches to assessing effect modification and adjusting for confounding; modeling data; bias and the critical evaluation of epidemiological studies.EPI
EPID 6324 Genomics/Genetic EpidemiologyPBHL 9163 (EPI 9163) The course covers statistical models and methods that are used to understand human genetics and genomics; specifically how genetic information can be incorporated into statistical models to discover disease genes. Topics include basic molecular and population genetics, marker selection algorithms, multiple comparison issues, population stratification, genome-wide association studies, genotype imputation, analysis of microarray data (gene expression, methylation data, eQTL mapping), and next-generation sequencing data analysis. The focus is modern approaches to association analysis. Many examples are used to illustrate key points. The course is intended for biostatisticians, epidemiologists and quantitatively-oriented geneticists and health scientists wanting to learn about statistical methods for genetic and genome analysis, whether to better analyze genes-related data, or to pursue research in methodology. An intermediate background in statistical methods is required (Biostat II). No background in genetics is assumed.EPI
HPMT 6213 Variation in Health System PerformancePBHL 9203 (HSRE 9203) At its core, the field of health services research is devoted to the study of variation in health system performance and health care practice. This course will focus on what can be learned from studies of variation in health systems and services - investigating the causes, consequences, and solutions to harmful, wasteful, and inequitable variation. In doing so, this course will review conceptual foundations of health services and systems research (HSR), and examine current topics and ongoing research in this field. Students will examine current empirical research conducted by investigators concerning the development, organization, financing, and delivery of health services and their impact on population health. Students will also gain experience in conceptualizing research questions of interest in HSR, developing theoretical frameworks to inform these questions, and critically reviewing the empirical literature on topics of interest.HPM
HPMT 6243 Pharmaceutical Economics and PolicyPBHL 9243 (PHSC 5363) This course is designed to provide an understanding of pharmaceutical products markts and institutions in the United States from an economic perspective. Tools of economic analysis are introducted that are relevant to understanding the topics of interest. A primary focus of the course is to bring economic perspectives to bear on the debate over issues in pharmaceutical industry and policy. The course will use basic principles of economics to analyze the nature of demand for and supply of pharmaceutical products, innovation and market structure of the pharmaceutical industry. The course will further discuss issues related to distribution channels, benefit design and reimbursement mechanisms.HPM
HBHE 6234 Faith-Based Health PromotionPBHL 9253 (HPPR 9253) This course will review the literature on religion and health, and faith-based health promotion. Students will explore the complex relationships between religion and health, and apply the literature on religion and health into the design of faith-based public health interventions. Students will gain experience in building upon the current religion and health literature, and in the design of public health interventions that are appropriate for a faith-based setting. Prerequisites: For MPH Students: You must have successfully completed PBHL 5003, PBHL 5133, PBHL 5623, and PBHL 5653, and receive the instructor’s permission to enroll in this course. For DrPH Students: You must have doctoral student standing in the DrPH program in Public Health Leadership, and have successfully completed at least one graduate-level course in health behavior or health education to enroll in this course. For PhD Students: You must have doctoral student standing in the PhD Program in Health Promotion and Prevention Research, and have successfully completed at least one graduate-level course in health behavior or health education to enroll in this course.HBHE
HBHE 6733 Stress and HealthPBHL 9273Stress is a common experience for many. However, excessive or prolonged activation of stress response systems in the body can produce damaging effects on health across the lifespan. Therefore, is increasingly important for public health practitioners and researchers to address stress in the development of effiective health promotion activities. This course will review the literature on the psychosocial and biological components of stress; associations between stress and chronic health conditions; and issues surrounding assessment of stress. Students will apply the literature to the design of health promotion programs that are appropriate for populations experiencing high levels of stress. This course uses traditional approaches to learning (such as assigned readings, analysis, and discussion) combined with personal and group experiential learning.HBHE
HPMT 6003 Advanced Organizational BehaviorPBHL 9303 (HSRE 9003) This primary goal of this graduate course is to explore the scientific study of the components of organizational behavior and leadership that help administrators of health systems maximize the performance of personnel in their organization. The framework of the course will examine the three core elements of organizational behavior including individual, group and organizational components. It will examine the common research methods in organizational behavior and current research findings. It will also explore leadership theories, research and current approached to leadership development that can be applied to health care systems. The course is organized as a seminar and the students are expected to develop an ability to actively critique peer-reviewed scientific research. HPM
HBHE 6436 Communication for Public Health LeadersPBHL 9313 (HPPR 9313) Theoretical overview of organizational communication; includes communication flow, networks, organizational relationships, groups, conflict, language. Special topics may include teams in organizations, diversity, organizational politics, leadership, and change. The focus is on applying organizational communication theories and concepts to understand others better and to control one’ own communication in organizations.HBHE
HBHE 6373 Effective Crisis CommunicationPBHL 9373 (HPPR 5843) Issues such as terrorism, public health crises, and corporate malfeasance have increased the importance of crisis communication. This course will: facilitate understanding of the critical role of communication on the onset and recovery of crisis; enhance the student’s effective crisis communication skills; promote understanding of the counter intuitive nature of crisis communication; utilize crisis communication theory and perspectives to argue for effectiveness and ineffectiveness in crisis communication; and assist interactions between students, researchers, and policy makers on effective crisis communication. Prerequisites: Doctoral student standing in the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health; successful completion of three public health sciences core courses; or permission of instructor.HPM
EPID 6401 Advanced Public Health PracticePBHL 9423This course is designed to introduce students to an integration of public health science, leadership principles, policy skills and government agency operation into a course that emphasizes practical application in the public health practice setting.CW
HPMT 6203 Public Health Law and EthicsPBHL 9443Introduction to the legal and ethical issues encountered in health policy and management. Course content includes: constitutional authority and limits on governmental intervention in public health (i.e., individual rights vs. society's rights); the functions of and interaction between courts, legislatures, regulators; the role of the courts in health policy and health care delivery; how to recognize legal issues and communicate with attorneys; how law will affect students as strategic thinkers in health care positions; how to apply basic tort and contract principles; and the process of public health regulation and potential legal barriers to public health strategies. Specific legal topics will vary, but will usually include: the nature and scope of public health authority; constitutional constraints on public health initiatives; liability; fraud and abuse; privacy and confidentiality; regulatory oversight of the health care system; legal requirements for access to health care; nondiscrimination; conflicts of interest; and a review of ethical and moral issues commonly faced in health care management. Prerequisites: PBHL 5003: Introduction to Public Health; PBHL 5123: The Health Care SystemHPM
HPMT 6313 Advanced Methods in Health Services ResearchPBHL 9473 (HSRE 9313) This course provides an overview of study design and methods for health services research (HSR) applied to health policy and public health problems. It will include exploration of: (1) study design principles with emphasis on the non-experimental and quasi-experimental designs most often employed in health policy and services research; (2) methodological problems often encountered in applied health policy and services research; (3) the “toolbox” of quantitative methods most often used in health policy and services research; and (4) principles and strategies for interpreting study results and communicating them to diverse stakeholders in public health. The course will emphasize hands-on exercises in using HSR methods and case studies of published HSR studies, with a focus on health policy and public health topics. The course will focus on quantitative research methods grounded primarily in the disciplines of econometrics and statistics, while highlighting the many close connections to other methodological perspectives including epidemiology, sociology, demography, and political science. Prerequisites: Doctoral student standing in the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health; successful completion of three public health sciences core courses; or permission of instructor.HPM
UNKNOWN Special Topics in Public Health PracticePBHL 950V(Offered intermittently) Course offerings from visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or in-depth examination of a current topic in public health practice; requires prior approval of faculty advisor, course instructor, and the DrPH Faculty Leadership Chair. Prerequisites: Doctoral student standing in the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health; completion of public health science core courses; or permission of instructor.CW
EPID 6109 PharmacoepidemiologyPBHL 9573 (PHSC 6313) Pharmacoepidemiology is the study of the use of and the effects of medications in large numbers of people. This specialty combines information from clinical pharmacology (the study of effects of drugs in humans) and epidemiology (the use and effects of exposure in populations) to form a unique area of study. Scientists that are interested in the patterns medications are used and their effects, whether beneficial or harmful, incorporate pharmacoepidemiology theory and applications into their studies. This specialty is useful in understanding published literature that involves medication use and can be applied to varied research roles including those within academia, pharmaceutical industry and government affairs. This course is designed to teach graduate students the application of general epidemiological principles to topics concerning pharmaceuticals.EPI
EPID 6227 Public Health Preparedness and Emergency ResponsePBHL 9583 (EPI 9583) Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response is an elective course within the Department of Epidemiology. It is designed to provide an overview of how public health interfaces with all hazards including bioterrorism, chemical and radiological emergencies, as well as natural hazards and disasters. Organizational needs will be addressed in order to prepare for and respond to these events. Specific competency-based education will be addressed in the areas such as bioterrorism agents, emergency response capabilities, crisis communication during disasters, and development of plans and responses for humanitarian emergencies. The course will involve practical sessions at the Arkansas Department of Health.EPI
COPH 6100 Directed StudyPBHL 9601 CW
COPH 6700 Directed Study in Public Health PracticePBHL 960VProvides an opportunity for students to engage in the detailed study of a public health practice area that is relevant to their program of study, with the guidance of a faculty supervisor. A completed and signed directed study contract is required at the time of registration; requires prior approval of faculty advisor, course instructor, and the DrPH Faculty Leadership Chair. Prerequisites: Doctoral student standing in the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health; completion of public health science core courses; or permission of instructor.CW
HBHE 6437 Teaching the Adult LearnerPBHL 9634This course is designed to provide practical application of adult learning theory and course design to graduate students. The objective of this course is to position graduate students to take on teaching responsibilities before or after graduation.HBHE
COPH 6346 Social Determinants of Health/Social EpidemiologyPBHL 9683 (EPI 9683, PBHL 9683) This course is designed to examine the scientific basis for associations between social factors, both contextual (e.g., poverty, housing, education) and interpersonal (e.g., racism, social support, stigma), and health. In addition, students will be challenged to consider social factors in understanding the epidemiology of diseases, the design and implementation of health protection/promotion programs, and the implementation of health policy. Prerequisites: PBHL 5173: Epidemiology I; PBHL 5133: Introduction to Health Behavior and Health Education; or permission of the instructor.EPI
COPH 6501 Special Topics in Public Health LeadershipPBHL 970V(Offered intermittently) Course offerings from visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or in-depth examination of a current topic in public health leadership; (requires prior approval of faculty advisor, course instructor, and the DrPH Faculty Leadership Chair). Prerequisites: Doctoral student standing in the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health; completion of public health science core courses; or permission of instructor.CW
COPH 6500 Current Issues in Public Health SeminarPBHL 9711This seminar is designed to provide students with an opportunity to consider the leadership challenges faced in public health organizations today, including but not limited to prevention and control of obesity and tobacco use, emergency preparedness, the changing health care environment, and other key issues of importance.HPM
HBHE 6325 Survey Research MethodsPBHL 9773 (HSRE 9333, HPPR 5773) This course will provide students with a practical overview of survey research methods. The primary focus will be onidentifying or developing questionnaire items and scales and designing a survey instrument. The logistics ofimplementing a survey, tailoring instruments for specific settings, populations, and methods of administration, samplingmethods, assessing sampling bias, and maximizing response rates will also be covered.HBHE
UNKNOWN DrPH Dissertation ProjectPBHL 979VThe DrPH Doctoral Dissertation Project is a culminating experience that requires the student to synthesize and integrate knowledge by applying learned theories and principles to an area of public health practice relevant to the health needs of Arkansans. A written product must be submitted and must take the form of a dissertation, “n” manuscript(s) that is/are suitable for publication in a national-level public health journal(s), a technical report with supplemental materials if applicable accompanied by a grant proposal, case study(ies) from initiation to completion/ethnography and/or other similar scholarly document approved of by the student's Dissertation Committee. The written product must be presented and successfully defended.CW
COPH 6800 Directed Study in Public Health LeadershipPBHL 980VProvides an opportunity for students to engage in the detailed study of a public health leadership topic/experience that is relevant to their program of study, with the guidance of a faculty supervisor; a completed and signed directed study contract is required at the time of registration; requires prior approval of faculty advisor, course instructor, and the DrPH Faculty Leadership Chair. Prerequisites: Doctoral student standing in the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health; completion of public health science core courses; or permission of instructor.CW
EPID 6700 Directed Research StudiesPBHL 982V (EPI 982V) The Directed Research Studies course provides the student with hands-on experience in scientific and public health practice research during their first year in the program. Working with a faculty advisor, the student will gain experience in: completing literature searches in order to frame research questions; scientific writing, including the preparation and submission of grants and manuscripts; developing and implementing research protocols; obtaining IRB assurance for research projects; database management and quality control of data; data analysis; working on collaborative research and writing teams; and the responsible conduct of research. Students will spend a minimum of 200 contact hours each semester (maximum of 300 hours per semester) and will enroll in 6 credit hours (3 credit hours in each of 2 consecutive semesters). Prerequisites: Enrollment as a doctoral student in the PhD Program in Epidemiology.EPI
EPID 6102 Special Topics in EpidemiologyPBHL 9831 (EPI 9831) In-depth study of current topics in epidemiology or advanced study of specialized topics not covered in other courses. Instructional techniques may include directed reading, group discussion, lectures, and/or web-based instruction, and/or student presentations. Prerequisites: Enrollment as a doctoral student in the PhD program in Epidemiology.EPI
HPMT 6426 Racial and Ethnic DisparitiesPBHL 9843This course explores racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States. Students will examine the literature on health and health care disparities; the historical and social structural determinants pertinent to the etiology of disparities; the role of genomics; and policy and programmatic strategies for reducing disparities. This course uses traditional approaches to learning (such as assigned readings, analysis, and discussion) combined with personal and group experiential learning. Students will be required to engage in active discussion of readings and to participate in service learning activities which will include preparation, reflection and practice components. Therefore students will spend time in class with instructors, online in group discussions, and as a group in the community with community based partners and instructors.HPM
EPID 6335 Molecular EpidemiologyPBHL 9863 (EPI 9863) The objective of this course is to provide conceptual and practical knowledge of the methods used in molecular epidemiology. Specifically, students will learn about: motivation and strategies for the application of molecular methods in etiologic and translational research; some novel and commonly used laboratory assays; measurement issues for biomarkers; methods used in genetic studies of complex diseases; phenotypic markers of exposure and disease; analytic issues and approaches to high dimensional data; evaluation of biomarkers for clinical use; and ethical issues specific to biospecimen banking and genetic data.EPI
EPID 6336 Design and Analysis of Follow-up StudiesPBHL 9873 (EPI 9873) This course is on designs and analyses used for cohort studies and their derivatives (nested case-control studies and case-cohort studies). The first part of the course covers designs for cohort studies. Various designs will be demonstrated through examples from the literature, and issues in carrying them out will be discussed including strengths and limitations. The second part covers analyses of cohort studies, beginning with simple designs and progressing to more complex designs. The course is a mix of theory to motivate methods and hands-on application of methods to gain familiarity with the interpretation and presentation of results. SAS procedures are used for analyses of grouped data (Poisson regression using GENMOD), analyses of time-to-event data (proportional hazards regression using LIFETEST & PHREG), and analyses of repeated measures (GLM & MIXED). The course will be supplemented with exercises that give the students experience in study design and statistical analysis.EPI
EPID 6101 Laboratory Methods in EpidemiologyPBHL 9883 (EPI 9883) Students in the MPH program often come from many different backgrounds and some have little background or understanding of laboratory science and its integral part of the health care system. This course will include a brief introduction to the laboratory profession, scope of practice, state/federal laws and regulations, code of ethics and various types of lab tests (hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, immunology, serology, and molecular diagnostics). Students will acquire knowledge of commonly used laboratory techniques and an understanding of the testing procedures being carried out. They will also learn how tests can be affected by specimen collection and handling as well as issues related to strengths and limitations of the different testing procedures. Upon completion, students will be more familiar with general laboratory practice, and tests used in epidemiologic studies.EPI
HBHE 6320 Drugs and SocietyPBHL 9913This course will review the major classes of psychoactive drugs of abuse and misuse and will explore the complex relationships between psychoactive drug use and the social response to such drug use in the United States. Students will gain knowledge about the different types of psychoactive drugs of abuse and misuse in the United States and will develop an understanding of evidence based principles of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery as well as theories and principles related to reducing drug related harms, both individual and societal.HBHE
COPH 6989 Doctoral PracticumPBHL 997VThe Doctoral Practicum consists 270 hours of field experience under the joint direction of a COPH faculty member and a practicing professional with leadership experience in a public health institution. A written report specifying activities, potential products, and outcomes of the experience is required upon completion of the practicum.CW
COPH 6900 Doctoral Projects SeminarPBHL 9981This seminar will support DrPH students as they prepare for, plan, and work on their doctoral projects, including discussions on selecting and refining capstone topics, working effectively with site and faculty advisors, faculty advisory committees, managing project activities and the writing phase, and other topics as identified by participating students. Each student will be expected to facilitate one session during the semester about his or her practicum or dissertation project.HPM
COPH 6999 DrPH DissertationPBHL 999V CW
PSGP 5122 Applied Health EconometricsPHSC 5383This course is designed to provide students with training in health econometrics techniques applicable to health care data. This course starts with basic econometrics theory, followed by discussions of selected econometric techniques that are commonly used in health economics. The course emphasizes application of these techniques and uses primarily Stata. Introduction to Stata is provided. Prerequisites: Biostats I & II or permission of the instructor.HPM
HPMT 6263 Patient-reported Outcomes MeasurementPHSC 5393This course will provide graduate students a solid grounding in patient reported outcomes (PROs) and health-related quality of life (HRQL) concepts and how to measure them. Materials will cover PRO instrument development, including psychometric and utility theory. The course will provide students hands on experience with statistical analyses and psychometric testing using SAS. It will cover how to select appropriate PRO instruments for clinical studies to comply with governmental regulatory guidance. The course also offers students opportunities to assess and evaluate literature involved with HRQL information and PRO instruments in specific diseases/conditions as well.HPM