College of Health Sciences

Public Health Programs

Health Policy Certificate Program

Course Descriptions

PH500 CAA  Introduction to Health Policy (3 credit hours)*
Surveys theory and practice in the management and policy sciences applied to the field of public health. Topics include global health systems and legal bases of public health; public policy institutions and decision-making processes; methods of policy analysis, and management and decision-making within public and private sector healthcare institutions. Emphasis is domestic and global.

PH501 CAA  Fundamentals of Epidemiology 1 (3 credit hours)*
Introduces students to principles and concepts in epidemiology through lectures, discussion groups, assigned readings, and exercises. Students are given the opportunity to acquire an understanding of these principles and concepts, the vocabulary of epidemiology, methods of epidemiologic investigation, and the design, interpretation, and evaluation of epidemiologic research.

PH507 CAA  Program Implementation and Evaluation (3 credit hours)*
Introduces the basic concepts of public health practice and evolves to include a series of simulated public health practice exercises that clearly demonstrate the applicability of the basic concepts. As the students gain a thorough understanding of the types of program evaluation (needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes, impact assessment, and cost analysis) essential for an effective and successful public health practice.

PH551 EAA  Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Healthcare  (2 credit hours)
The primary objective of this course is to prepare students to read and interpret cost-effectiveness studies. Initial focus of the course is on understanding basic economic concepts that are needed in order to understand the recommendations from the United States Panel on Cost Effectiveness in Health and Medicine. Distinction between opportunity costs and budgetary costs are made as the recommendations from cost-effectiveness research reports are analyzed. As the course progresses, the relationship between cost-effectiveness results and other elements of the healthcare policy decision-making process are discussed to gain a better understanding of how to conduct cost-effectiveness analyses.

PH556 EAA  Health Literacy and Effective Communication Program Design  (2 credit hours)
This course presents the concepts, strategies and processes needed to effectively modify health behavior and health outcomes through public awareness campaigns and training programs in various situational contexts. Students will learn how to identify and assess the political, ecological, social, technological, legal and economic factors that influence the strategic development and delivery of promotional campaigns and training programs. They will develop the skills necessary to establishing programmatic goals, budgets, and delivery models conducive to identified needs. They will learn different methods of evaluating education and its impact on health.

PH557 EAA Epidemiologic Study Design and Grant Writing (1 credit hour)
Students will derive a thorough understanding of experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental study designs, including the strengths and limitations of each. The course also outlines the methodological and logistic problems involved in designing and conducting epidemiologic studies. Students participate in the preparation of a research protocol for a study in human populations.

(*Denotes MPH core requirements, as designated by Council of Education in Public Health).