Public Health (PU)

PU500: Foundations in Public Health

This course provides an introduction to the world of public health. You will study the historical contexts of public health, and its underlying philosophy and values. The biological/genetic, behavioral/psychological, and social/cultural factors related to human health will be examined in relation to basic concepts of prevention. You will analyze the techniques of managing and leading the public health enterprise; locally, nationally, and globally. Globalization and the global burden of disease addressed by public health systems will be discussed. This course contains several public health case studies that will expose you to the interdisciplinary skills, knowledge, and critical thinking demanded by today's public health workforce.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

PU505: Health Behavior

This course provides a conceptual grounding in theoretical approaches to health behavior, emphasizing the use of psychosocial theories and models of health behavior for effective health education and public health practice and research. You will apply the theories and models of health behavior to real-world scenarios encountered in health education and public health. The course focuses on the various factors that influence health behavior, the impact on health and disease of populations, and the implications for health programming.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

PU520: Principles of Epidemiology

This course introduces the epidemiologic methods, concepts, and issues that are critical for the assessment, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data. Students study advanced epidemiologic methods used in surveillance, outbreak investigation, screening, and epidemiologic measures, and apply these methods to relevant public health issues.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

PU530: Environmental Health

This course presents an overview of the basic concepts of environmental health. You will explore the relationships between human health and environmental contaminants, including those within a workplace. Major areas of focus include epidemiological studies, risk assessments, and environmental policies. You will explore different interventions to reduce exposure to environmental hazards, including regulation. The roles and responsibilities of local, state, national, and international health organizations are introduced.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

PU535: Public Health Biology

The impact of biological processes in disease, as related to the mechanisms of causation, disease transmission, host risk factors, and host vulnerabilities, is presented. The pathophysiologic mechanisms are studied in order to plan control strategies and effective interventions to improve the health of the public.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

PU545: Disaster Management for Public Health Professionals

This course examines incident preparedness and response from a variety of public health dimen­sions including: acute and chronic health care delivery, impact on vulnerable populations, delivery of basic human services, epidemiologic response, and effective collaborations in public health preparedness planning. Students learn how to prepare for and address disruptions of public health systems arising from disasters.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

PU550: Public Health Leadership and Administration

Leading a health organization requires a diverse skill set. In this course, students will study the delivery, quality, and costs of health services for individuals, organizations, and populations in a variety of global settings. Students will study the structure, process, and outcomes of health services including the costs, financing, structure, outcomes, and accessibility of care. Students will study way to improve health organizations and make ethical and economic decisions for organizational solvency. Each student will form a personalized leadership development plan for future professional growth.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Master of Science in Health Education or Master of Public Health program

PU610: Public Health Program Development

Students are introduced to the principles of program development and evaluation in public health. Topics include methods of design, develop­ment, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs to improve individual and com­munity health.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

PU615: Grant and Contract Writing

This course provides a general overview of the grant-seeking process. Students study types of projects that generally receive funding, sources that can be used to identify prospective funders, and the essential components of a well-written grant. Students design a grant application using a real-life scenario needs statement, develop a proj­ect that will address that need, write clear goals and objectives for that project, develop a budget, and identify an evaluation tool that could be used to measure outcomes for the project. All phases of the contract formulation process are addressed, and students learn how to write a statement of work document for commonly used contracts in public health administration.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

PU630: Health Education and Communication

This course focuses on the role of health education and communication in the practice of health education and public health. The coursework will include the principles of successful health education, its basis in health behavioral theories, and methods of health education. The student will design a health education campaign using the modern and traditional methods of communication to deliver culturally appropriate, effective health education of public health importance.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

PU650: Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Students are introduced to the scope and practice of infectious disease epidemiology. Topics include historical aspects, definitions and nomenclature, outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies, cohort studies, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field effectiveness. Students explore the global aspects of infectious diseases in the modern world.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

PU660: International Epidemiology and Global Health

This course introduces students to recent trends in global health and current problems of health from an international perspective, and examines the influence of economic, population, and sociopolitical trends on health and living conditions in different countries. Students apply the basics of descriptive and analytical epidemiology to global health and key health indicators used in international epidemiology, and analyze the main transnational factors that influence the transfer of risks to health across the globe.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: None

PU680: Practical Skills in Public Health I

Students will demonstrate public health knowledge and skills by working within a health organization. Through this onsite learning experience, students will engage with other public health professionals and train for the public health workforce. An onsite preceptor and Kaplan University faculty member will evaluate student performance.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: PU550 and permission from the Clinical Placement Team

PU690: Practical Skills in Public Health II

In a continuation of Practical Skills in Public Health I, students will further develop practical skills related to working in the public health workforce. Through this onsite learning experience, students will engage with other public health professionals and train for the public health workforce. An onsite preceptor and Kaplan University faculty member will evaluate student performance. Students will prepare and deliver a professional presentation on their learning experiences within Practical Skills in Public Health I and II.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: PU680 and permission from the Clinical Placement Team

PU699: Master of Public Health Capstone

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Capstone provides a culminating, integrative experience in which you apply public health principles outside of the typical classroom setting. In this course, you will bridge the journey from a graduate student to public health professional through a series of activities, which can be personalized to meet your specific career goals. By successfully completing this course, you will have attained relevant experiences and professional deliverables that highlight your occupational potential in the public health workforce.

Quarter Credit Hours: 4 | Prerequisite: Last term or permission from the Dean