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    Nov 12, 2014

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    Online Start Date
    Feb 04, 2015

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks

    Core

    PU 500: FOUNDATIONS IN PUBLIC HEALTH (4 Credits)

    This course examines the field of public health from a holistic perspective. Students are introduced to the fundamental tools and skills needed to be a successful public health practitioner. Students will complete an in-depth assessment of a current public health issue and hone analytical skills necessary for the Master of Public Health program.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 505: HEALTH BEHAVIOR (4 Credits)

    This course provides a conceptual grounding in theoretical approaches to health and health behav­ior, emphasizing the use of psychosocial theories and models of health behavior for effective public health practice and research. Students apply the theories and models of health behavior to real-world scenarios encountered in 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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 510: PRINCIPLES OF BIOSTATISTICS I (4 Credits)

    Public health professionals collect and analyze data in order to solve health-based problems. Biostatistics is the application of such quantitative methods. In this course, students will study the general concepts and techniques in biostatistics including measurement, frequency distributions, central tendency, variability, and probability. Statistical inference, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals will be introduced.

    Prerequisites Required:

    PU 500

    Total Core Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 511: PRINCIPLES OF BIOSTATISTICS II (4 Credits)

    This course is an extension of Principles of Biostatistics I. In this course students will continue building skills in biostatistics, focusing on quantitative and categorical response variables. Topics covered include the t-test, ANOVA, sample size estimation, correlation, regression, inference about a proportion, and contingency tables.

    Prerequisites Required:

    PU 510

    Total Core Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 520: PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY (4 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 530: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (4 Credits)

    This course presents an overview of the basic concepts of environmental health sciences. The relationships between exposure to workplace contaminants and ergonomics and health are explored. Major areas of focus include indus­trial hygiene, toxicology studies, environmental microbiology, and clinical occupational medi­cine. Applicable risk assessment and prevention methods based on monitoring chemical and biologic agents and biomarkers are reviewed and discussed. Current environmental health regula­tions and the efficacy of enforcement (as public health prevention) by government agencies at the local, state, national, and international levels are also discussed.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 535: PUBLIC HEALTH BIOLOGY (4 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 550: PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION (4 Credits)

    In this course, students will study the delivery, quality, and costs of health care for individuals and populations. Managerial and administrative constructs are introduced. Students will study the structure, process, and outcomes of health services including the costs, financing, organization, outcomes, and accessibility of care. Students will learn to champion solutions to organizational and community challenges while energizing commitment to goals.

    Prerequisites Required:

    PU 520 and PU 505

    Total Core Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 680: PRACTICAL SKILLS IN PUBLIC HEALTH I (4 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    PU 550 and permission from the Clinical Placement Team

    Total Core Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 690: PRACTICAL SKILLS IN PUBLIC HEALTH II (4 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    PU 680 and permission from the Clinical Placement Team

    Total Core Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 699: MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH CAPSTONE (4 Credits)

    The capstone course is the culminating experience for Master of Public Health candidates. Students will build upon their skills and knowledge obtained throughout the Master of Public Health program through the completion of a project. The project entails analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing public health constructs within a real-world issue or scenario without the use of human research participants.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term or permission from the Dean

    Total Core Credits: 44
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Electives/Choose 4 Courses

    HA 525: HEALTH LAW (4 Credits)

    This course provides analysis of law, the legal system, and current legal problems as they relate to the financing and delivery of health care services. This course covers interrelated legal topics pertinent to health care organizations including contracts, medical malpractice, legal and ethical obligations to provide health care, privileging, medical decision making, tax exemption, antitrust, fraud, and health information management. Students are encouraged to discuss how the law supports or hinders current efforts to improve health care delivery systems.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives/Choose 4 Courses Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 60

    HA 560: COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT (4 Credits)

    This course provides students with the skills needed to enhance (assess) the health of a community. Students focus on health behaviors, environmental influences, health policy, and economic and health care system issues in health promotion and disease prevention.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives/Choose 4 Courses Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 515: PRINCIPLES OF BIOSTATISTICS (4 Credits)

    Public health professionals collect and analyze data in order to solve health-based problems. Biostatistics is the application of such quantitative methods. In this course, students will study the use of probability, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and nonparametric tests as they pertain to health research. Students will study the fundamental concepts of biostatistics as it applies to peer-reviewed, public health publications.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives/Choose 4 Courses Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 540: HEALTH POLICY AND ETHICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH (4 Credits)

    Fundamental ethical issues in public health research, practice, and policy are the focus of this course. Analysis of the health policy formula­tion process and the ethical basis of public health policies and programs are included, as well as the impact of health policies on individual and population health.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives/Choose 4 Courses Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 545: DISASTER MANAGEMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (4 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives/Choose 4 Courses Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 610: PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT (4 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives/Choose 4 Courses Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 615: GRANT AND CONTRACT WRITING (4 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives/Choose 4 Courses Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 620: HEALTH CARE SAFETY (4 Credits)

    This course explains how to manage the unique safety requirements of health care organizations within the framework provided by OSHA regula­tions and voluntary accreditation organizations. Topics include infection control, bloodborne pathogens, patient safety, ergonomics, construc­tion safety, respiratory protection, fire protection, and emergency response. Students apply these studies to real-life scenarios affecting a variety of health care institutions.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives/Choose 4 Courses Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 630: HEALTH EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION (4 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives/Choose 4 Courses Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 640: CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN PUBLIC HEALTH (4 Credits)

    This course provides an in-depth understanding of cultural forces that impact practice of public health. Cultural, sociopolitical, and behavioral fac­tors that impact public health practice in culturally diverse populations are studied. In addition, students learn to evaluate the cultural competence in public health.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives/Choose 4 Courses Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 645: DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (4 Credits)

    This course familiarizes students with basic health data management concepts, principles, and methods. Students learn how to design a simple database for research in health sciences and conduct basic descriptive epidemiological analyses using a data management and analysis program.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives/Choose 4 Courses Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 650: INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY (4 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives/Choose 4 Courses Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 655: CHRONIC DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY (4 Credits)

    The role of public health in selected chronic diseases and the application of various epide­miologic methods to epidemiological studies on chronic diseases are studied. This course includes an overview of the burden of chronic diseases and interventions to prevent and control their burden. Students explore the impact of various risk factors for chronic diseases, prevention strategies, and outcomes.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives/Choose 4 Courses Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 60

    PU 660: INTERNATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY AND GLOBAL HEALTH (4 Credits)

    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.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Electives/Choose 4 Courses Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 60

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