Projected Course Offerings for Ph.D students:

Please see the grid of the projected course offerings for the required core coures offered by other departments in SPH. Please also see the projected course grid for current and future courses offered by the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. This is a list of the descriptions of the courses that are being offered in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health.

Sample of Courses Offered in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health for Doctoral Students:

HLTH 606 Foundations of Public Health Education and Policy

Examines foundations and content of two professions, health education and public health, including history, mission, terminology, philosophy, ethical principles and scientific foundations. Emerging and reemerging threats to the public's health will be discussed, as well as societal influences on health and health policy. Also addresses professional competencies and preparation, and the role of professional organizations.

HLTH 652 Quantitative Research Methods I in Public Health

Covers intermediate statistics and procedures in health-related research for doctoral students. The course focuses on the applied level of statistics rather than theoretical with the emphasis on 1) how to apply statistical models, 2) how to perform the analysis with available software, and 3) how to interpret findings.

HLTH 653 Quantitative Research Methods II in Public Health

Intermediate and advanced statistics and procedures in health-related research for doctoral students with the focus on applications of these statistical methodological methods to public health research.

HLTH 665 Health Behavior I

The psychological, social psychological, and sociological theories of health behavior. The relation of health knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, intentions, and behavior to preventive, illness, sick-role, and health utilization behaviors.

HLTH 666 Health Behavior II (Preq HLTH 665)

An advanced course with intensive training in health behavior research and the opportunity to carry out original research in health behavior. Patient-provider interaction, patient cooperation with medical treatment and other social and psychological influences on health care.

HLTH 671 Public Health Communication

An exploration of the broad and diverse field of health communication including medical encounters, everyday communication about health, advertising, news, public health campaigns, community outreach, public policy and international programs.  Theories and applied efforts that have been studied and documented will be examined.

HLTH 672 Public Health Informatics

A basic overview of Informatics and its application in a public health setting. The major goal is for students to understand the basic tools and building blocks needed to utilize this technology in order to improve their professional productivity.  

HLTH 688 Special Problems in Health Education

Independent study. See Independent Study Form for more information.

HLTH 688L: Health Literacy

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to health literacy research, practice, and skills. The course will develop students' understanding of how health literacy is both a barrier and an asset for health and how health literacy affects a wide range of outcomes. Students will learn the basics of health literacy concepts, models, and research methods, and discuss similarities and differences in health literacy research in clinical and public health settings.

HLTH 710 Methods & Techniques of Research

Provides an overview of research design and methodological issues in health education. Through lecture, reading, and several exercise, students will acquire an understanding of the research process. Issues include those of experimental and non-experimental designs, and both qualitative and quantitative data collection strategies. The course is designed as an examination of several research issues, particularly those related to reliability and validity of measurement and design, instrumentation and data collection methodology.

HLTH 711 Advanced Methods of Research (Preq HLTH 710)

Quantitative techniques, advanced research methods and design issues.

HLTH 712 Applied Research Methods in Behavioral and Community Health

This course is designed to build on the research skills obtained in 710, Methods and Techniques in Research, and other fundamental research methods and statistics courses. Methods and problems that are commonly encountered in health education research will be discussed including the examination of actual research studies. Complex behavioral research issues will be addressed with existing research data sets. With these data sets, students will develop an analytic plan, and conduct data analysis.

HLTH 742 Professional Writing & Presentations

Acquaints students with a variety of types of professional writing required of public health professionals, including: grant proposals; journal articles; textbooks; presentation proposals and papers; and theses and dissertations. The scope of the course includes both the form and content of a range of technical documents as well as the processes of writing, peer review, and critique.

HLTH 774 Community Health Program Planning (Preq HLTH 710)

An introduction to the development, planning and administration of community health programs. The overall goal of this course is to develop a program using health behavior theories and/or models and to conceptualize the implementation of the intervention.

HLTH 776 Community Health Program Evaluation (Preq HLTH 774)

An application of basic research methods to evaluate of community health programs. Students will work in groups to evaluate the effectiveness of a community health intervention.

HLTH 898 Individualized Research Plan

HLTH 899 Dissertation