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Undergraduate Bulletin 2007-2008
 
Bulletin Homepage |School of Public Health | Courses in Public Health

Courses in Public Health

 All undergraduate H Sph courses, H Epi 460, H Hpm310, and H Hpm 381, offered by the School of Public Health, are considered “liberal arts and sciences” courses for the purposes of meeting B.A. and B.S. degree requirements.

Courses in the School of Public Health are preceded by the school’s letter H.


H Sph Courses

H Sph 201 Introduction to Public Health (3)

A general introduction to what public health is, its importance for everybody’s health, and how it functions as a combination of science and politics. The role of the public health system will be illustrated by describing issues confronting New York State and what is being done about them.

H Sph 202 From Cholera to Cancer: History, Challenges, and Achievements in Public Health (3)

Public health crosses political, disciplinary, social, and economic borders. Within this context, students will discuss key events in the history of public health and the philosophical basis of studying the health of populations. Readings and outside assignments include popular plays and books, as well as films and various self-teaching streaming videos.

H Sph 231 Concepts in Epidemiology (3)

This course is designed to introduce students to the science of epidemiology. Specific subjects will include casual thinking, the epidemiologic framework, and study designs utilized in epidemiologic studies and the role of epidemiology in public health. Prerequisite(s): A Mat 108.

H Sph 310 (= H Hpm 310) Health Care in the U.S.: Key Policy Issues (3)

This course is an overview of the status, trends, and key issues concerning U.S. health care delivery today. It will include a comparative assessment of health policies by determining which issues in the U.S. health economy have similar causes with those in other nations, and which are specific to domestic circumstances. Prerequisite(s): A Eco 110 or permission of the instructor.

H Sph 321 Global Environmental Issues and Their Effect on Human Health (3)

Globalization has made the earth a much smaller place so that we can no longer focus merely on issues in the United States. This course will address global environmental concerns and their impact on human change, atmospheric pollution, sanitation, etc.) within the context of their impacts on populations throughout the world. Faculty and invited lecturers will be guest presenters. Prerequisite(s): One semester of college-level course in biology or chemistry.

H Sph 341 Promoting Healthy People and Communities (3)

This course focuses on how health promotion strategies influence healthy behaviors, healthy people, and healthy communities. Current public health issues will guide us in examining key health promotion concepts, health concerns at different ages, and the causes of different health behaviors. Health inequalities and mass media’s role will also be highlighted.

H Sph 342 How U.S. Health Care Works: Myths and Realities (3)

This course will introduce students to everyday realities of the U.S. health care system related to current issues like health care quality, access to care, the uninsured, patient safety, health care inflation, prescription drugs, physician-patient interaction, use of health care technology, and end-of-life care. The course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the various actors, stakeholder interactions, and functions of the U.S. health care system, through a case-based approach interweaving real world events, practice experience, and research about those events.

H Sph 381 (= A Eco 381, H Hpm 381) Economics of Health Care (3)

Economics concepts are used to explain the nature of demand and supply in the health care field. The behavior of consumers and health care providers is examined from an economic perspective. Areas of market failures and the rationale for government intervention are also described. Prerequisite(s): A Eco 300 or permission of the instructor.

H Hpm Courses

H Hpm 310 (= H Sph 381) Health Care in the U.S.: Key Policy Issues (3)

This course is an overview of the status, trends, and key issues concerning U.S. health care delivery today. It will include a comparative assessment of health policies by determining which issues in the U.S. health economy have similar causes with those in other nations, and which are specific to domestic circumstances. Prerequisite(s): A Eco 110 or permission of the instructor.

H Hpm 381 (= A Eco 381, H Sph 381) Economics of Health Care (3)

Economics concepts are used to explain the nature of demand and supply in the health care field. The behavior of consumers and health care providers is examined from an economic perspective. Areas of market failures and the rationale for government intervention are also described. Prerequisite(s): A Eco 300 or permission of the instructor.

H Epi Courses

H Epi 460 Participatory Action Research (3)

Theory, methods, and practice of Participatory Action Research (PAR), for identifying collective social problems, negotiating, implementing and evaluating possible solutions. Issues of power; principles of equity/democracy; politics of the conduct/products of sciences; university-community partnerships, with applications in public health, education, social welfare, ecology, community planning, labor and business development are discussed. Permission of instructor required. Contact Professor Donna Armstrong at (518) 402-0372.

H Sta Courses

H Sta 271 Medical Informatics (3)

Medical Informatics covers the use of computers to manage healthcare data, decision support for diagnosis and treatment, and the use of artificial intelligence for patient care and clinical investigations. Course taught on-line. Contact Donald Parsons at (518) 474-7047.