Public Health (PH)

PH 601 Intro Public Health1 Credit hour   

An introduction to public health, including its foundation and history, principles and charactersitics of the discipline, professional roles, and individual career development and planning.

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PH 602 Public Health Biology2 Credit hours   

Reviews biological bases of public health issues, including principles of disease development, including genetics, oncogenesis, and immunology. My be waived for those holding appropriate degress in biological or clinical sciences.

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PH 603 Intro to Rural Health3 Credit hours   

Introduction to the particular issues of rural health, both domestically in the U.S. and internationally.

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PH 610 Intro to PH2 Credit hours   

This course introduces students to the field of public health, how it works, and provides students with an opportunity to become familiar with essential concepts and resources in public health.

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PH 611 Epidemiology3 Credit hours   

An introduction to basic concepts of including risk, study design, and analysis. Students apply these techniques to examine outbreaks, and evaluate preventives, diagnostics and treatments.

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PH 615 Health Sys Research3 Credit hours   

An introduction to research in public health. Students examine prerequisites to successful study, as well as issues including funding, protocol design, data management, analysis, collaboration, and publication.

Co-req: PH 611, PH 621
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PH 616 Clinical Trials3 Credit hours   

An examination of methods and issues in conducting clinical research. Includes critical aspects of study design, protocol development, recruitment and consent, and assessment of outcomes.

Pre-req: PH 611 and PH 621.

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PH 617 Meth Comp Study3 Credit hours   

Examination of methods to determine the relative value of preventive, diagnostic and treatment alternatives for efficacy, cost, and practical application. Models include meta-analysis, comparative effectiveness trials, and data mining.

Pre-req: PH 611 and PH 621.

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PH 620 PH Issues2 Credit hours   

Provide practical situations and contemporary issues in public health where students apply knowledge and theoretical concepts from coursework, strengthen existing skills/analytic thinking, and apply public health core competencies.

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PH 621 Statistical Methods I3 Credit hours   

Introduction to statistical principles and methods. Includes descriptive and inferential statistics. Students will gain experience in the use of SPSS software, and in the interpretation and communication of statistical tests.

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PH 622 Statistical Methods II2 Credit hours   

Examination of procedures including multiple linear and logistic regression, survival analysis, advanced non-parametric tests, repeated measures. Students gain experience in the use of SAS software for data management and analysis.

Pre-req: PH 621.

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PH 631 Environmental Health2 Credit hours   

Introduction to environmental health principles, practices and policy. Students gain knowledge of the study, assessment, prevention and mitigation of exposures adversely affecting health.

Pre-req: PH 621.

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PH 641 Social Behavioral Aspects PH2 Credit hours   

Examination of the application of social and behavioral sciences in public health, with emphasis on behavioral theory and related mechanisms for effecting individual and group changes in health status.

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PH 642 Health Communications2 Credit hours   

Students learn methods to communicate health information effectively with disparate groups, develop communications strategies appropriate to diverse content and audiences, and gain skill in utilizing innovative interactive media.

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PH 650 MPH Practicum6 Credit hours   

To provide students with opportunity to apply concepts and knowledge from the MPH curriculum and demonstrate competency in the public health practice setting.

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PH 651 Public Health Services2 Credit hours   

An introduction to public health management, planning, implementation and evaluation. Students gain an integrated understanding of public health resources and their effective utilization to improve health.

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PH 653 Rural Health Addiction2 Credit hours   

Introduction to the public health issues of, and interventions for, alcohol, tobacco, and drug addiction in the Appalachian region, with a special emphasis on opioid addiction and drug overdose.

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PH 655 Intro Health Policy2 Credit hours   

An introduction to legal and policy foundations of U.S. health care, including its delivery, regulation and financing. Students develop skills in policy analysis and formulation, and learn principles of advocacy.

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PH 656 Topics in Health Policy3 Credit hours   

A study of current issues of health policy, including major issues of health reform. Students apply their skills to formulate, package, and present their own health policy proposal.

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PH 657 Public Health Prog Eval3 Credit hours   

This course deals with the application of research methods to evaluate public health programs and health services.

Pre-req: PH 621 with a minimum grade of D.

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PH 660 Environmental PH3 Credit hours   

This graduate course provides students with a broad knowledge base of environmental public health science by addressing the significance of the environment on human health and wellness.

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PH 661 Chronic Disease3 Credit hours   

Examination of major chronic diseases including mechanisms of development, risk, diagnosis and interventional strategies. Scope of the course includes cardiovascular, respiratory and neurodegenerative disorders, as well as diabetes and cancer.

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PH 662 Control of Inf Disease3 Credit hours   

Examination of infectious diseases from a public health perspective, including strategies for prevention, treatment, control and eradication.

Pre-req: PH 611.

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PH 663 Health Behavior3 Credit hours   

This course introduces students to the models of health behavior as it applies to public health.

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PH 671 Community Health3 Credit hours   

Students learn how to facilitate programs and capacity building to enable communities to identify and address health issues. Students gain training in surveying and interviewing, and in health impact assessment.

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PH 672 Global Health3 Credit hours   

An introduction to global health, including examination of disparities, development. The roles of governments, NGOs and citizens are examined; and students gain experience in issue analysis and developing health strategies.

Pre-req: PH 611.

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PH 678 Principles Epi in PH3 Credit hours   

Basic epidemiology principles, concepts, and procedures useful in the surveillance and investigation of health-related states or events. It is designed for federal, state, local government and private sector health professionals responsible for disease control.

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PH 686 Health Information Technology3 Credit hours   

An introduction to health information technology applications and issues, as well as the growing impact of advances in biotechnology on public health.

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PH 689 Community Outreach Health3 Credit hours   

Applied and experiential course in designing and implementing a community health outreach project for the improvement of health in rural Appalachia.

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PH 691 Health Promo & Disease Prevent3 Credit hours   

This graduate course provides students with a broad knowledge base of health promotion and disease prevention in public health.

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PH 692 Seminar1 Credit hour   

Introduction to health science literature review and critique, as well as presentation of research and practicum reports.

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PH 693 Law and Ethics3 Credit hours   

Introduction to the legal and ethical foundations of public health practice, including study of how individuals, practitioners, organizations and government address key issues.

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PH 694 Practicum3 Credit hours   

Applied public health experience conducted under guidance of a faculty advisor and site preceptor, including a specific set of proposed project and learning objectives, and utilizing a community partner.

Pre-req: PH 611 and PH 621 and PH 641 and PH 686 and PH 693.

Attributes: No Textbook Required
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PH 695 Research3 Credit hours   

Student research project, under guidance of the faculty advisor. Student project may include work towards thesis.

Pre-req: PH 611 and PH 621.

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PH 696 Capstone3 Credit hours   

Course provides a structured and mentored process for students to produce written and oral components of a capstone project on a selected topic or question. (PR: Prior or current PH 694 or PH 695)

Pre-req: PH 694 (may be taken concurrently) or PH 695 (may be taken concurrently).

Concurrent PR: PH 694 or PH 695
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