School of Public Health Courses

Undergraduate Courses

How to be a Health Advocate: Health Literacy in Action - HLTH431 - 3 Credits - offered in the Fall and Spring

This course will introduce you to the concept of health literacy and guide you in developing the knowledge and skills to advocate for yourself, family, friends, neighborhood and community, and engage productively with healthcare providers, systems, and policy. You will explore your own and others’ perspectives of health information and communication, and different pathways and strategies to help create the conditions for informed and engaged individuals and communities. 
The course will cover health literacy from a human perspective (what you can do for yourself and others) and a systems perspective (what you can do to get healthcare systems, including providers, to promote health literacy). Course activities include background readings, individual assignments, group projects in and outside of the classroom, a mid-term exam, semester-long project that culminates with a final paper, brief, and slide presentation, and in-class discussions.
You can review the syllabus for the course taught in Spring 2019.

Communicating Safety and Health - HLTH371 - 3 Credits - offered in the Fall


Graduate Courses

Special Problems in Health Education: Health Literacy - HLTH688L - 3 Credits - offered in the Fall

The purpose of this course is to introduce graduate 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. Students will study key health topics, populations, and contexts for health literacy research and practice. The course will describe professional skills necessary for effective public health communication practice and provide opportunities to practice the skills. The implications of research for public health practice, policy, and consumer/patient interventions and behavior will be integrated so that public health practitioners and researchers are prepared to address health literacy in their future work.

You can review the syllabus for the course taught in Fall 2019.

Public Health Communication - HLTH671 - 3 Credits - offered in the Spring


Independent Studies

An independent study is an opportunity for students to explore and research a topic of personal interest related to health literacy. Please contact the Center for more information:

Non-School of Public Health Courses

Graduate Course in Consumer Health Informatics  (INST728K - 3 Credits) 

In this course, we will investigate the fields of Consumer Health Informatics and Information Behavior, focusing most heavily on their intersection – Consumer Health Information Behavior. We will explore whether, how, and why people seek out and use health information and the types of health information they need and find useful. During the second half of the course, we will focus on the important concept of health justice – an ideal state in which everyone has an adequate and equitable capability to be healthy. We will identify populations that frequently experience social injustice and explore the information-related causes and broader consequences of the health inequities members of these populations tend to face. 


Graduate Course in Personal Health Informatics and Visualization (INST682 / CMSC838X - 3 Credits)

Personal Health Informatics cover a broad concept that encompasses an array of approaches to collect, store, share, analyze, and reflect on personal health data. Not only health care providers are relying on Health Technologies to improve patient care, people are increasingly using health devices and apps in their everyday life. Individuals have started using new technologies to collect data, increase awareness, and reflect on and change their behaviors. This course will cover topics such as technologies designed for personal data collection, data integration, self-reflection, goal-setting, DIY health, and personal data visualization.

You can review the syllabus for the course taught in Fall 2018.