Public Health Program Course Descriptions

 

PH 2100 – Introduction to Public Health (LS)

Credits: 3
Required course for major/minor

This course will provide both an overview of the principles and practice of public health and basic information needed to understand and analyze a variety of individual-level and population-level health problems. This course is intended for students with no previous course work in public health.

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PH 3100  Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (SS)

Credits: 3
Required course for major/minor

This course will help students develop a basic understanding of the societal factors that influence health and illness. There will be a special emphasis in this course on how social science scholars analyze the relationship between society and health. That is, health will be viewed as being determined equally by biological, behavioral, social, and environmental factors that interact with each other. This course will have a strong focus on health disparities as well as the environmental contexts for health and illness.

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PH 3200 – Biostatistics

Credits: 4
Required course for major/minor

Prerequisite: PH 2100, STA 1020 OR MAT 1800 OR MAT 2010 with a C or better

This course provides an introduction to statistical methods used in biological and medical research and covers elementary probability theory, basic concepts of statistical inference, sampling theory, regression and correlation methods, analysis of variance, and study design. In addition, the course will examine statistical applications in biomedicine, epidemiology, public health and the life sciences.

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PH 3300 – Epidemiology

Credits: 4
Required course for major/minor

Prerequisite: PH 2100, STA 1020 OR MAT 1800 OR MAT 2010 with a C or better

This course introduces the basic concepts of epidemiology as applied to public health problems. Emphasis is placed on the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation, including the appropriate summaries, displays, and analyses of data, and the use of classical statistical and other methodological approaches to describe the health of populations. Students are also introduced to areas of specialization in epidemiology, such as cardiovascular, environmental, genetic, social, and perinatal epidemiology, and the role that epidemiology has in the prevention of disease and the improvement of health.

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PH 3410 (ANT 3410, GLS 3410) – Global Health (SS)

Credits: 3
Elective

The course introduces students to problems of disease and disorder worldwide and looks at various efforts to define and address these problems through a social science perspective, with special emphasis on the discipline of anthropology.

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PH 3600 – Special Topics in Public Health

Credits: 3
Elective

Special Topics in public health. Course topics may include but are not limited to an examination of health in families, health in the workplace, health across the life course, health of urban communities, community health interventions, access to health care, and health services administration.

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PH 4100 – Public Health Principles and Practice

Credits: 2
Required course for major

Prerequisite: PH 2100, PH 3100, PH 3200, and PH 3300 with a C or better; must be a declared major
Corequisite: PH 4150

This required course examines practice-based approaches to improve public health. The focus will be on learning methods for community health improvement, from assessment to finding and implementing evidence-based public health interventions. Will include a required practicum experience.

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PH 4150 – Public Health Practicum

Credits: 2
Required course for major

Prereqisite: PH 2100 and PH 3300 with a C or better; must be a declared major
Corequisite: PH 4100

This required course is a practice-based experience that provides a hands-on, diverse approach to learning about public health practice. Students will complete a 90-hour practicum experience in a local community organization or other public health setting.

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PH 4400 – Methodological Approaches in Public Health

Credits: 4
Required course for major

Prerequisite: PH 2100, PH 3100, PH 3200, and PH 3300 with a C or better; must be a declared major

This course provides students with a review of methodological approaches in public health. Students will analyze the benefits and costs of each methodological approach, and how to best apply each method in real-world settings.  Students will also critically assess scientific literature in core areas of public health. The content and assignments for this course are designed to prepare students for the Capstone Course (PH 5100).

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PH 4600 – Special Topics in Health Disparities

Credits: 3
Elective

Special topics in health disparities. Course topics may include but are not limited to an examination of health disparities by race or ethnicity, gender, income, age, nationality, or residential location.

(Students may take up to six credits in this course number, since different course topics may be offered under this number depending on the semester.)

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PH 4900 – Directed Study in Public Health

Credits: 1-3
Elective

Directed study in public health. Course requirements include directed readings and participation in public health research, under the direct supervision of a faculty member affiliated with the Bachelors in Public Health program.

(Students may take a maximum of 3 credits in this course number.)

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PH 5100 – Capstone Course in Public Health

Credits: 4
Required course for major

Prerequisite: PH 2100, PH 3100, PH 3200, PH 3300, PH 4100, PH 4150 and PH 4400 with a C or better; must be a declared major

This capstone course provides the culminating curricular experience for students enrolled in Wayne State’s Bachelor’s program in Public Health. A major part of the final course grade is based on the student's completion of an individualized capstone project.

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More course offerings will be developed as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences launches this new major and minor. For more information, please contact publichealthinfo@wayne.edu.

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