Course Requirements

The Master of Public Health program requires completion of 47 units consisting of 24 units from core courses and 8 units from capstone courses. 

Students must also complete all of the requirements in one of the following concentrations: Food, Nutrition and Health, Health Policy and Administration, or Physical Activity.

Core Requirements

HSC502 Environmntal & Occupational Hlth
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This course introduces students to physical, chemical and biological hazards found in the environment and health risks associated with workplace and community exposure to them. Risks to special populations and mechanisms of reducing or controlling these risks are discussed. (3 units; As Offered)

HSC502-A
Fahnestock, Lindsay Ann
03/05/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus

HSC516 Pblc Hlth Prmtn & Ds Intrvntn
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This course discusses approaches to health promotion and disease prevention intervention in different settings, using varied strategies, and for different target groups. The course is intended to be practical in nature focusing on the specifics of intervention development and delivery and how these might vary across settings, behaviors and strategies. The course will emphasize the careful exploration of examples of intervention creation, delivery and effectiveness. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the resources, and other practical considerations necessary to produce, deliver, monitor, and disseminate an intervention with demonstrated effectiveness. (3 units; As Offered)

HSC516-A
Wigginton, Melissa L.
01/08/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus

HSC522 Social/Behvrl Sci Appld to Hlth
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The overall framework for the course is based on the bio-psychosocial or ecologic perspective on health. In these models, health is seen as being determined by biologic, behavioral, social, and environmental factors that interact with each other and, to a greater or lesser extent, can be influenced by individuals and groups. (3 units; As Offered)

HSC522-A
Kim, Sangmin
01/08/2018 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus

HSC530 United States Health Care Policy
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This course is designed to provide the students with an overview of the healthcare policy process in the United States. Students will gain an understanding of how the healthcare system works and how healthcare policy has been made in the U.S. Review and analysis of current various proposals for healthcare reform will be conducted. (3 units; As Offered)

HSC530-A
Nam, Sanggon
09/05/2017 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus L243

HSC540 Prncpls & Mthds of Epidemiology
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Principles and methods used to investigate the distribution, determinants, and prevention strategies for disease in human populations. Major topics include: disease classification, measures of disease frequency and relative effect, comparisons and contrasts of analytic study designs, methods used to isolate effects, statistical significance testing, interpretation of results, and screening for latent disease. (3 units; As Offered)

HSC540-A
Penny, Marshare A'Lise
10/30/2017 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus L247

HSC544 Statistics in Public Health
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This course will cover the statistical methods commonly used in the collection and analysis of public health data. Includes descriptive statistics, basic concepts in regression, non-parametric statistics, and parametric statistics as well as an introduction to the use of statistical software. Emphasis on understanding and applying statistical concepts to the interpretations of health research data. (3 units, Spring)

HSC544-A
LaChausse, Robert G.
09/05/2017 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus L243

HSC560 Public Hlth Prgm Plnng & Evltn
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This is an introductory, graduate level public health program planning, development, and evaluation course that broadly addresses program planning models, process of program development and methods of evaluation in the area of public health. This course will be focused on the following three areas: (1) study of program planning models, (2) process of program development, and (3) methods of evaluation in public health settings. (3 units; Fall)

HSC560-A
LaChausse, Robert G.
09/05/2017 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus A015

HSC570 Outbrk & Emrgncy Prep & Respnse
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This course is an intensive introduction to public health emergency preparedness and response and covers a number of topics, including: the role of public health in disasters; intentional mass threats; emergency operations planning and exercises; and infectious disease emergency readiness. (3 units; As Offered)

Concentration Requirements

Health Education and Promotion

HSC505 Prncpls of Community Nutrition
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This course is an analysis of nutrition issues concerned with health and disease among the population. Biochemical, physiological and socioeconomic interactions will be evaluated as they relate to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programs and research that affect the population as a whole. (3 units; Fall)

HSC505-A
Amankwaah, Akua F.
09/05/2017 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus A013

HSC545 Adv Eval Methods in Health Promo
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This course will focus on principles, methods and issues in conducting program evaluations in health education and health promotion programs. We will be reviewing terms, principles, and methods related to: using program evaluation as the determination of merit, worth, or significance, differences and connections between: evaluation and description, explanation, prediction, recommendation, etc., the main fields in evaluation: program, policy, proposal, product, and performance evaluation, assessing needs, process vs. outcome evaluation, bias and objectivity, evaluation models and history, theories or models for evaluation and current controversies in program evaluation. (3 units; Spring)

HSC545-A
Penny, Marshare A'Lise
03/05/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus A013

HSC553 Behavioral Aspects Phys Activity
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This course will examine psychosocial and behavioral factors as they relate to and impact physical activity. Behavior change theories will be applied to the mental and physical health effects of exercise and physical activity with an emphasis on the relationships between exercise and health for promotion of physical activity in clinical and public health settings. Physical activity determinants and community interventions will also be addressed. (3 units; Fall/Spring/Summer)

HSC553-A
Wigginton, Melissa L.
10/30/2017 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus A015

HSC555 Public Health Leadership
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This course introduces leadership theories and principles and how they can be applied to public health. Students are introduced to different leadership styles and practices in preparatin for leadership and management roles in the field of public health. Through leadership analysis and case studies students will become familiar with leadership skills and competencies as well as applications in the diverse settings of public health. (3 units; Spring)

HSC555-A
Harrington, Susan Dawn
01/08/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus

HSC575 Adv Methodology in Health Educ
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This course reviews various approaches to health promotion and disease prevention intervention strategies. The course is intended to be practical in nature, focusing on the logistics of intervention development and delivery and how these might vary across settings, behaviors, strategies/theories, and populations. Examples of intervention creation, delivery and effectiveness will be provided and the practical considerations necessary to produce, deliver, monitor, and disseminate an intervention with demonstrated effectiveness will be emphasized. (3 units; Summer)

Health Policy and Administration

HSC521 Poverty, Inequality, & Policy
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This course examines the nature and extent of poverty primarily in the U.S. but with a comparative perspective (developed countries in Europe). It considers possible causes and consequences, and the antipoverty effects of existing and proposed policies. (3 units; As Offered)

HSC535 Health Economics
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Health economics is a growing field and is an important aspect of public policy in developed and developing countries. This course is designed to introduce upper level undergraduate students in economics to the field of Health Economics. The provision and production of health care have different characteristics and incentives from other consumer goods making health related markets a unique topic for study. We will cover a number of topics including basic economic concepts important for the study in health economics. (3 units; Fall)

HSC535-A
Parks, Ashley Victoria
10/30/2017 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus A015

HSC539 Health Care Management Strategy
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This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills pertaining to the functions of strategic planning and marketing in the health care setting. These will be applied to the health care manager whose responsibilities center upon management functions other than an assignment as a planning or marketing specialist. Areas to be covered include an analysis of strategic planning and marketing theory emphasizing strategic planning concepts in an era of regulation and competition and a marketing orientation to designing the services offered by the health care organization. (3 units; As Offered)

HSC539-A
Parks, Ashley Victoria
03/05/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus

HSC552 Health Law and Ethics
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Students explore and analyze current ethical issues such as biomedical research, insurance statutes, and demand management. Students survey the extensive legal foundations of health care, and apply current case law to contemporary situations. Topics include legal aspects of legislation, patient rights, data security, professional liability, and labor relations. (3 units; As Offered)

HSC552-A
Parks, Ashley Victoria
01/08/2018 T 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus

HSC565 Financial Mgmt in Pblc Hlth Orgn
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In this core course in financial management, students will learn the fundamentals of budgeting and accounting for public, health, and not-for-profit organizations. Through readings, lectures, real-world case studies, and assignments, students will gain an understanding of how to use financial information in organizational planning, implementation, control, reporting, and analysis. In addition, students will have the chance to develop their spreadsheet skills by using Excel to perform financial calculations and create financial documents. (3 units; As Offered)

HSC565-A
Parks, Ashley Victoria
09/05/2017 Th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Health Science Campus A015

Capstone Requirements

HSC590 Research Methods
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This course provides an introduction to research methods that examines two major approaches in research paradigms. The course will study in depth different types of quantitative research designs such as experimental, quasi-experimental, and descriptive approaches and students will initiate a research project that investigates behavior, knowledge, or attitudes factors that help students to understand the complexity of behavior change through the use of qualitative and quantitative data. Prerequisite: HSC 544 or STA 544. (3 units; Summer)

HSC599 Public Health Thesis/Project
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This Capstone course is designed to be a culminating exercise for students to reflect upon, evaluate, and assimilate knowledge and experience they gained by participating in a research or project opportunity prior to or concurrent with this course. Following Research Methods, sequentially, this course continues the student’s development of the research and reflective experience initiated in Research Methods. Students in the capstone will prepare a presentation (both oral and written) that focuses on that experience. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Permission of the Program Director. (2 units; Fall/Summer)

HSC599-A
Parks, Ashley Victoria
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
HSC599-B
Kim, Sangmin
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
HSC599-F
Nam, Sanggon
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
HSC599-G
Amankwaah, Akua F.
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
HSC599-C
LaChausse, Robert G.
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
HSC599-D
Penny, Marshare A'Lise
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
HSC599-E
Wigginton, Melissa L.
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC
HSC599-A
Wigginton, Melissa L.
01/09/2018 - Instructor OFFC
HSC599-B
LaChausse, Robert G.
01/09/2018 - Instructor OFFC
HSC599-C
Penny, Marshare A'Lise
01/09/2018 - Instructor OFFC
HSC599-D
Kim, Sangmin
01/09/2018 - Instructor OFFC
HSC599-E
Nam, Sanggon
01/09/2018 - Instructor OFFC
HSC599-F
Parks, Ashley Victoria
01/09/2018 - Instructor OFFC
HSC599-G
Fahnestock, Lindsay Ann
01/09/2018 - Instructor OFFC

Choose One:

HSC595 Public Health Practicum
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The practicum is a structured and supervised professional experience with an approved agency for which students receive academic credit. As a working partnership between students and public health agencies, the practicum offers students hands-on experience in an area of public health with the goal of furthering students' practical experience while enhancing the work of public health. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate an integration of coursework into a real-world setting. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (3 units; Spring/Summer)

HSC595-A
Kim, Sangmin
09/05/2017 T 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Health Science Campus A015
HSC595-A
Kim, Sangmin
01/09/2018 Th 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Health Science Campus A016

HSC594 Global Engagement Practicum
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The practicum course consists of a minimum of 150 hours of structured and supervised professional experience in an international setting in which students will receive academic credit. As a working partnership between students and public health agencies, the practicum offers students hands-on experience in an area of public health with the goal of furthering students’ practical experience while enhancing the work of public health. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate an integration of coursework into a real-world, international setting. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Permission of the Program Director.(3 units; Spring/Summer)