CGH 300 – Theoretical Foundations in Health Promotion & Education (Fall, 4 units)
This course provides an opportunity for students to explore the theoretical issues and current methodologies related to understanding and influencing health behavior change in diverse populations. The course will focus on the social and behavioral determinants of health on the individual, interpersonal, community, institutional and policy levels. The course features guest appearances by representatives from community-based organizations who relate course material to current challenges in public health practice.
CGH 301 – Biostatistics (Fall, 4 units)
Students are trained in the most commonly used statistical methods in clinical and experimental research. Students learn to select the most appropriate data analytic methods; how to apply these methods to actual data; and how to read and interpret computer output from commonly used statistical packages. In addition, the students learn to read, critique and interpret statistical concepts in the health science literature.
CGH 302 – Epidemiology (Fall, 4 units)
This course provides an overview of the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations. Students are provided with the skills and knowledge to investigate the epidemiology of a specific disease or other health-related phenomenon and to critically evaluate population-based research studies designed to test health-related hypotheses.
CGH 303 – Health Services in the US and Abroad (Spring, 4 units)
This course examines the health care delivery system to understand contemporary issues affecting the health of the American and International public and the institutions that provide health services and protect health. The course includes the historical development of various health care systems, determinants of health and health care utilization, the role of health care providers, health policy and politics, health care financing, public health, and the interactions of various components of the systems. The class emphasizes how institutions within the health care delivery system affect public health including planning, organization, administration, evaluation and policy analysis.
CGH 304 – Environmental and Occupational Health (Spring, 4 units)
This course provides a broad overview of the field of environmental and occupational health, developing a public health approach to understanding and preventing disease and disability. Students apply the principles of the biological impact pathway and environmental epidemiology to environmental and occupational health issues. Students analyze the exposure-disease continuums and disease prevention. Emphasis is placed on learning and using concepts related to the sources and behavioral determinants of exposure, the social behavioral, Physiological and genetic basis of sensitivity, and dose-response relationships.
CGH 305 – Seminar in Grant Writing and Proposal Development (Varies, 2 units)
The goal of this course is to provide students completing their field training an opportunity to enhance their skills in the area of grant writing and reviewing. The student will learn the steps in planning and writing the grant, understanding the funding environment, learning how to choose different types of grants, and understand the submission and review process.
CGH 306 – Supervised Field Training in Public Health (Fall/Spring/Summer, 4 units)
The goal of this course is to provide students completing their field training an opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge and skills acquired in their respective course work to public health work settings. Students complete a 400-hour internship within a public health agency. Reflective journals and a poster presentation complete this requirement. Open to MPH students only.
CGH 307 – Public Health Capstone (Fall/Spring/Summer, 4 units)
Through this course students must demonstrate proficiency with public health core and track specific competencies. Student portfolios can be used to determine whether program student learning outcomes, or in this case, student competencies have been met. Working with advisement from the capstone instructor, students will collect evidence of work in their courses and practice opportunities that have enabled them to master program competencies. Also documented are program experiences outside the classroom, including formal employment in public health, and leadership skills (i.e., professional presentations, publications, professional conference attendance, professional association membership, leadership positions, and civic engagement) and a reflection diversity and cultural competence within their role as a public health practitioner. As part of the capstone requirement, students also prepare a scholarly paper based requirements for their concentration. Open to MPH students only.
Concentration in Health Promotion, Education & Evaluation
CGH 308 – Foundations of Program Planning (Spring, 4 units)
This course introduces the core concepts, values, and methods of public health program planning and evaluation. Students develop skills for assessing community needs for health promotion; preparing written measurable health promotion program objectives with associated methods for achieving those objectives; designing health promotion program action plans that include implementation schemes; and evaluation strategies for measuring health program process, impact, and outcome effectiveness. Students apply their knowledge of health promotion theories to effectively to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion and communication programs.
CGH 309 -- Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Public Health Programs (Fall, 4 units)
This course introduces students to the language and theory of program evaluation to undertake their own evaluation, including how to pose evaluation research questions, data collection methodologies and appropriate methods for various evaluation objectives, and various evaluation designs.
CGH 310 – Foundations of Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Fall, 4 units)
This course provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding key public health challenges that transcend local and national boundaries and require collaborative solutions. Threats to the health security and well-being of communities in the U.S. and abroad are extensive ranging from natural and technical disasters to environmental degradation, poverty and health disparities, and emerging and non-communicable disease. Topics that impact health outcomes, including globalization and climate change, over- and under nutrition, substance use, accidents and injuries, disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies, poor reproductive and maternal child health practices, and cultural influences will be addressed from a multi-sectoral perspective. Innovative solutions to public health problems, including use of technology, micro credit, public-private collaboration, and community and grassroots activities will be highlighted. The course will utilize interactive, participatory learning methods, including in-depth cases studies, class debates, and a field study project to provide maximum opportunity to develop problem-solving strategies for application.
CGH 311 – Curriculum and Materials Development (Spring, 4 units)
This course is designed to increase knowledge and skills in curriculum writing and training in health promotion and disease prevention settings. The course includes a review of the applicable learning theories and provides an opportunity to design curriculum for demographically diverse groups. Students work in small groups to develop a curriculum and conduct a presentation/ training based on the needs of varied local health organizations.
Concentration in Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology
CGH 312 – Data Analysis (SAS) (Spring, 4 units)
Students learn how to manage and analyze data using the SAS system. Topics include inputting data into SAS, preparing data from analysis, data screening to understanding distributions, detect outliers etc., hypothesis testing (e.g. t-tests, nonparametric procedures, chi-square tests, etc.), simple and multiple linear regression, techniques for building and evaluating a regression model, analysis of variance model and logistic regression.
CGH 313 – Research Methods in Public Health (Spring, 4 units)
The goal of the course is to provide students with a firm basis in public research methodology. The course covers topics ranging from the philosophy of science, ethics, research conceptualization, experimental and quasi-experimental design and measurement. In addition, the course covers issues of interpretation – from detecting data patterns to inferring whether a set of findings can be generalized to other people, places, and time periods. We also will discuss a number of specialized research techniques that have wide use in public health investigations.
CGH 314 – Emerging Chronic & Infectious Diseases Worldwide (Fall, 4 units)
This course provides an overview of the causative factors and demographic distribution of the major chronic diseases and infectious in the world. Epidemiologic concepts, methods and research design are emphasized. Necessary tools for applying epidemiologic approaches to chronic disease prevention are provided. The course will also cover topics in microbiology, immunology, laboratory diagnosis, outbreak investigation, infectious disease diagnosis and control in populations and very basic analytic methods. It provides students with exposure to local public health department experts with knowledge on topics such as vector control, emerging infections and bioterrorism.
CGH 315 – Health Geoinformatics (Varies, 4 units)
Health Geoinformatics is the use of geospatial technologies and information to improve our understanding of the relationships between, people, location, time, and health and healthcare issues. Students examine how these technologies can assist: in discovering and eliminating disease, in disease prevention and health promotion for community health, and in healthcare service planning and delivery. This course discusses Geographic Information System (GIS) fundamentals and concepts, utilize geodemographic data for spatial analysis, and examine the application of health geoinformatics using case studies from around the world.
Concentration in Leadership & Management
CGH 316 – Public Health Leadership for the 21st Century (Fall, 4 units)
This course focuses on the knowledge, skills and practical tools needed to direct organizations to successful implementation of institutional vision and overall strategy. It is organized into six major Modules –future-focused leadership, leading public health systems, formulating strategy, leading and managing change, developing public health organizations, and implementing strategy. Each module offers an applied training opportunity to gain advanced knowledge to build executive and managerial skills lead and enhance health systems performance.
CGH 317 – Ethics, Human Rights and Cultural Diversity (Fall, 4 units)
This course explores ethical principles in the distribution of health resources, the conduct of global public health research and the implementation of public health initiatives and practices across different nations, cultures and religions, as well as differences in the concepts of right and wrong. Specific areas that are explored include the role of national and international Institutional Review Boards, research integrity, the ethics of health as a political entitlement, state obligation, or a commercial commodity, the right to health, the ethical challenges of institutionalizing worldwide western concepts of informed consent procedures and confidentiality while at the same time seeking to advance scientific discovery and promote universal public health justice.
CGH 318 – Management of International Health Programs and Organizations (Spring, 4 units)
This course reviews the management of health programs and services in the developing world, including international technical cooperating, donor and development agencies as well as private and non-profit health organizations. It offers a management perspective to address the most prevalent problems of health care delivery and systems performance around the world as they relate to the specific administration functions of planning, organizing, resourcing, directing and controlling medical and public health services.
CGH 319 – Current Issues in Global Public Health (Spring, 4 units)
This course is an intensive review of select topics in the practice of global health leadership and management. It reviews emerging trends, lessons learned, best practices, and critical factors connected to the successful implementation, leadership and support of expanded health responses (public, private and non-profit sectors) at local, national and international levels. Topics include strategies and interventions to achieve workforce excellence, enhance organizational performance, strengthen public health infrastructures, and improve the health status and well-being of people around the globe.
Concentration in Health Informatics
IST 370 – Geographic Information Systems: Essential Concepts (Fall/Spring, 4 units)
This course provides an overview of the theoretical foundations and the applied use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). At the end of the course, each student should have a working knowledge of GIS and how to apply these systems in various situations and organizational settings. Students demonstrate their understanding of the principles and fundamental concepts of GIS in a culminating project. The course ensures that students are exposed to the most current technologies and examines emerging issues and trends in the field.
IST 380 – Introduction to Health Informatics (Fall, 4units)
This course approaches the related fields of Medical Informatics, Bioinformatics, and Information Science through an examination of foundations, applications, and case studies that reach across arbitrary disciplinary boundaries to explore the intersections and synergies among them.
IST 381 – Persuasive Technologies (Spring, 4 units)
Can computers change what you think and do? Can they motivate you to stop smoking, persuade you to buy insurance, or convince you to conserve water when you shower? The answer is a resounding “yes”. Until recently, most software applications and technologies were developed without much thought to how they influenced their users. This perspective is changing. Today, industry experts and academics are embracing a purposeful approach to persuasive design. In an industry context, designing for persuasion is becoming essential for success. In academic settings, the study of persuasive technology illuminates the principles that influence and motivate people in different aspects of their lives. This course will bring together the latest research happening in three distinct disciplines: information and communication technology, psychology and health sciences. Persuasive technology may be defined as any interactive computing system designed to change people’s attitudes or behaviors without coercion or deception. The emergence of the Internet has led to a proliferation of web sites designed to persuade or motivate people to change their attitudes and behavior. The auction site eBay has developed an online exchange system with enough credibility that users are persuaded to make financial transactions and to divulge personal information. Within the domain of e-health, systems such as mobile applications for managing obesity and digital interventions to overcome addictive behaviors have demonstrated the huge potential of persuasive technologies for behavioral changes.
IST 382 – Health Geoinformatics
Health Geoinformatics is the use of geospatial technologies and information to improve our understanding of the relationships between, people, location, time, and health and healthcare issues. This course will examine how these technologies can assist: in discovering and eliminating disease, in disease prevention and health promotion for community health, and in healthcare service planning and delivery. Specifically, this course will: discuss Geographic Information System (GIS) fundamentals and concepts, utilize geodemographic data for spatial analysis, and examine the application of health geoinformatics using case studies from around the world.
ADDITIONAL COURSE OPTIONS
CGH 396 – Special Topics in Community and Global Health (Varies in semester, day & time, 4 units)
The course involves lecture and discussion focused on specific topics in community and global health. Course topic will vary from semester to semester.
CGH 390 – Directed Research (Varies, time negotiated by instructor, 1-4 units)
This course involves research conducted at the master’s level on a specific topic in community and global health. Maximum number of units applied to the degree is to be determined by the School. Graded S/US.