Courses

Here is list of all of the current classes that are being offered relevant to the HIPS program and its research.


Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS

PubH 3010
The purpose of this undergraduate level course is to learn about the epidemiology and biology of HIV/AIDS and the community response to the epidemic, with an emphasis on translating scientific findings into primary (preventing HIV infection in those who are uninfected) and secondary (preventing development of HIV disease in those who are HIV-infected) prevention practices. We will explore the social, medical, and political correlates and consequences of the HIV epidemic through in class discussions, assigned readings, and guest lectures.

PubH 6010
The purpose of this graduate level course is to learn about the epidemiology and biology of HIV/AIDS and the community response to the epidemic, with an emphasis on translating scientific findings into primary (preventing HIV infection in those who are uninfected) and secondary (preventing development of HIV disease in those who are HIV-infected) prevention practices. We will explore the social, medical and political correlates and consequences of the HIV epidemic through in class discussions, assigned readings, and guest lectures.

PubH 6000 Sex, Sexuality and Sexual Health

This course is a graduate-level class for students preparing for careers in public health research and practice where sex, sexuality and sexual health is a key component. It is a highly applied, highly interactive course focused on developing skills needed in sex research and sexual health practice. For much of the course, the teaching pedagogical approach is “flipped classroom” approach. Students are expected to learn the content from the assigned podcasts, movies and readings, and to come to class ready to participate in exercises, discuss case studies, complete assignments and immerse themselves in public health practice and research focused on sex, sexuality, and sexual health. The purpose of this graduate population sexual health concerns by deepening their knowledge of and exposure to research practice in the field, increasing comfort familiarity and ability to speak on sexual health topics, and by practicing their skills. The assignments focus on “hot topics” in sex and sexual health, and are designed to increase knowledge of the field of sexual health, while developing skills in conceptualization, measurement, intervention design, and evaluation.

Please note this course addresses the greatest challenges in sexual health facing our world, including such “hot” topics as the Zika virus and HIV prevention, clergy sexual abuse, campus rape, LGBT health, contraception abortion, women’s right, teen sex and unplanned pregnancy. Students uncomfortable with such topics should contact the course instructor to discuss and concerns prior to taking the course.

PubH 6385 Epidemiology and Control and Infectious Disease

The purpose of this graduate level course is to learn more about the principles and practice of infectious disease epidemiology, with direct relevance to how communicable diseases and their control affects public health locally, nationally and internationally. Learning objectives for this course include a greater appreciation and understanding of:

  • General principles of infectious disease epidemiology, including outbreak investigation
  • Surveillance, analysis of infectious disease data, and laboratory testing of specimens
  • Major modes of transmission of infectious diseases, including airborne, food and water, insect vector, zoonotic, blood, and sexual transmission
  • Different control strategies for infectious diseases, including immunization, infection control, behavior change, antibiotic treatment, blood screening, and disease eradication

We will also explore infectious disease from a variety of different perspectives (including historical and ethical), in different institutions, and as it affects different populations.

PubH 6020 Fundamentals of Social & Behavioral Science

Four major approaches to public health problems: psychosocial, economic, community, policy. Theory, implementation. Small groups practice skills.

PubH 6390 Special Topics: International Health: Control of Infectious Disease

The course explores important infectious diseases that impact on global health, and on the fundamental epidemiologic principles and methods that are applied to the study of the epidemiology of the diseases covered by the course, and to their prevention and control. Emphasis in the course will be given to the following aspects: epidemiology of disease transmission (person, place, and time, infectious disease transmission dynamics); disease surveillance; effective methods for prevention and control, evaluation of program effectiveness, policy formulation, economic evaluation; and ethical considerations of the diseases under study. Instruction will be through lecture format with student participation in problem analysis and presentation of case-studies involved with the diseases under study.

PubH 6025 / CSci 5129 / Writ 5270  e-Public Health: Design, development and testing of effective online Public Health interventions

e–Public Health is defined as “the promotion of health and prevention of disease at the community or population level using Internet-based research methodologies, interventions, and policies. An emerging subdiscipline, e–Public Health encompasses online health promotion strategies for the public or targeted communities, the study of how Internet use and e-communication may change health risk, and also the health promotion and disease prevention of virtual communities.” This introductory course covers the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of Internet-based public health interventions or e-Public Health. Because e-Public Health is by definition a multidisciplinary activity, this course will be taught by a multidisciplinary team.

PubH 6607 Adolescent Health: Issues, Programs & Policy

This two-credit course focuses on the major public health issues of adolescents in the United States and the programs and policies that improve the health and well-being of this population. The course is designed to examine the prevalence and etiology of health and wellness indicators for youth. This course is designed for graduate students in the health sciences and other health-related areas.

PubH 6627 Sexuality Education: Criteria, Curricula & Controversy

PubH 6675 Women’s Health

PubH 6074 Mass Communication and Public Health