MPH Common Core Courses

PHI 511: Foundations of Public Health

Autumn 2020, 3 credits

Course Description

This interdisciplinary core course examines public health and healthcare in the US and globally using a social justice lens and emphasizing the interconnectedness of population and individual health. Using public health and healthcare delivery as the overarching framework, the course will cover foundational elements of public health, including, but not limited to, its history and impact, the importance of health equity and human rights, and how racism manifests and is perpetuated within public health and healthcare systems. The course will build a sense of community and instill a public health mindset among each entering MPH cohort by having all students learning together, and it will lay the foundation for students to work effectively as public health professionals on inter-professional teams.

Instructors

Miruna Petrescu-Prahova, Health Services

Jennifer Balkus, Epidemiology


PHI 512: Analytic Skills for Public Health I

Autumn 2020, 7 credits

Course Description

To explore problems in public health/global health research and practice using both quantitative and qualitative methods, PHI 512 and PHI 513 will introduce mixed methods approaches to produce rigorous results. The importance of contextual understanding and integration of conceptual, theoretical, and methodological frameworks will be emphasized in the first of this two-part series. PHI 512 focuses on principles and methods of epidemiology and biostatistics, including: descriptive epidemiology, data summaries and presentation, study design, measures of excess risk, causal inference, screening, measurement error, misclassification, effect modification, confounding, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, p-values, sample size calculation, and modeling approaches such as linear regression analysis. Includes hands-on data analysis. The material in this course will position students to continue with EPI 513 and BIOST 512 in the Winter Quarter should they seek more depth in their quantitative methods training.

Instructors

Noah Simon, Biostatistics

Brandon Guthrie, Epidemiology


PHI 513: Analytic Skills for Public Health II

Winter 2021, 3 credits

Course Description

This course will introduce qualitative and mixed methods and their relevance to rigorous public health research and practice. This course places a strong emphasis on qualitative data analysis as an integral dimension of the mixed-methods approach. The first part of the course will describe contexts for and types of qualitative research questions, introduce frameworks, study designs and sampling approaches in qualitative research, and apply methods for data collection and analysis. The second part of this course focuses on mixed methods research and the integration of quantitative measures of magnitude and frequency with qualitative measures of meaning to produce rich contextual understandings of complex behaviors, cultures, and characteristics. The third part of the course focuses on strength of evidence, distinguishes and draws parallels between implementation and discovery science; and describes alternative study designs in the context of implementation science.

Instructors

Todd Edwards, Health Services

Arianna Rubin Means, Global Health


PHI 514: Determinants of Health

Winter 2021, 3 credits

Course Description

Many factors combine and interact to affect the health of individuals and communities. This course will describe and apply frameworks for understanding determinants of health at multiple levels and within different systems. Course material will emphasize individual- and family-level determinants, physical and social environments, population-level determinants, and systems dynamics. Students will learn how to apply theory and how to interpret and weigh evidence to identify and prioritize health determinants for public health research, practice, and policy.

Instructors

Jeremy Hess, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences

Barbara Baquero, Health Services


PHI 515: Implementing Public Health Interventions

Spring 2021, 4 credits

Course Description

In this course students will use evidence and ethics in intervention design, conduct, and evaluation. The concepts, models, and methods of implementation science in public health will be emphasized across multiple levels of the socio-ecological framework. Ethical considerations will include assessing and acting on the values and preferences of stakeholder groups and striving for equity in potential outcomes. Through lecture, small group discussion, poster presentation and an intervention project paper, students will learn how to go from evidence to action, building on the perspectives and skills taught in the previous core courses.

Instructors

Nancy Puttkammer, Global Health

India Ornelas, Health Services


PHI 516: Public Health Practice

Spring 2021, 3 credits

Course Description

PHI 516: Public Health Practice is the culminating course of the common MPH core curriculum, designed to integrate and apply knowledge of health determinants and public health systems, analytic skills and evidence-based approaches to real world public health problem solving. This course will develop system thinking skills and an understanding of the interrelationships between public health infrastructure, generation and evaluation of public health evidence, public health policy, leadership, management, communication and community engagement. Students will work in teams to apply their knowledge and skills in these areas to public health practice-based challenges using a case study framework.

Instructors

Tania Busch Isaksen, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences

Christine Khosropour, Epidemiology


MPH Core Syllabi