Bachelor of Science, Urban Community Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science, Urban Community Health Sciences

Course Descriptions

UCHS 101 Introduction to Public Health (3 units)
This course offers an introduction to public health concepts for students interested in developing basic understanding in the field. The course will emphasize critical engagement with course material via written and oral presentation assignments. Students will understand the fundamentals in public health, while developing critical perspectives in the concepts presented.

UCHS 201 Core Class I - Introduction to Urban Community Health Sciences (3 units)
This introductory course will provide students with the opportunity to explore and analyze contemporary public health issues and provide a history and context that will allow students to better understand the field of public health, its core disciplines and their role as future public health professionals within the context of urban community health sciences. Additionally, this course will set the context for conceptual understanding of the scholarship surrounding urban community health sciences.

UCHS 202 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 units)
This course offers introductory conceptual understanding in the science of epidemiology. Principles of epidemiology include measures of disease occurrence, common sources and types of data, and important study designs. Basic and more advanced methods are covered as appropriate, with applications to public health and community contexts, and integration with biostatistics.

UCHS 203 Fundamentals in Community Health Education (3 units)
This course is intended to provide students with a broad and comprehensive overview of concepts, frameworks, and public health practice in community health education. The course will present models of how scholars approach domestic and global health education.

UCHS 301 Foundations in Health Disparities (3 units)
This course will provide an overview and explore the gaps in health outcomes associated with race/ethnicity, socio-economic status (SES), gender, sexuality, and societal, environmental, and institutional factors that underlay health disparities. Throughout the course, discussions will center on the social determinants of health – neighborhood environments and strategies toward short and long term solutions in the elimination of health disparities and achieving health equity.

UCHS 302 Introduction to Global Health (3 units)
This course introduces global health by putting its contemporary definition, determinants, development and direction as a field into a broad global context. This course will explore the factors that explain the unequal distribution of health and disease in the world with an introduction to the language of global health: the burden of disease, epidemiology, cost-effectiveness, and health systems. It will then analyze the rationale for and modes of intervention to improve global health via multi-disciplinary views (public health, policy, sociology, etc.).

UCHS 303 Core Class II – Introductions to Comparative Health Systems and Delivery (3 units)
This course is a comprehensive analysis of the health care delivery system including the interface with the public health system and public health services. Components studied include: members of the health care team and their roles. Discussions include the identification of problems and potential solutions related to health services delivery and health care reform; consideration of differences between the U.S. system and the systems in other regions of the world; and, trends in issues, policy, financing, regulation, and technology in U.S. health care and globally.

UCHS 304 Introduction to Program Planning and Evaluation (3 units)
This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate public health programs/interventions for the improvement of health and introduce students to methods used in the development and evaluation of public health programs/interventions, specifically focusing on serving populations burdened with disease. More importantly, students will learn procedures for the identification of community health needs, framing/planning the program/intervention based on such needs, and developing an evaluation plan.

UCHS 305 Social, Behavioral, and Place-Based Theories for Community Health (3 units)
This course examines the social, behavioral and place-based theories in the context of health behavior change, health promotion, and health education. Students will gain an understanding of how these theories have been applied to current public health issues and explore examples of existing individual, interpersonal, community, organizational, and policy interventions.

UCHS 306 Core Class III – Intersecting Domestic and Global Health Issues Internship (3 units)
This field experience opportunity ensures that students gain experience in the practice of community health in public health. A planned, supervised, and evaluated practice experience is an essential component of an urban community health degree program. This course provides students the opportunity to further develop skills in public health concepts and demonstrate the application of these concepts through a hands-on experience in a public health setting. This course serves as a culminating experience in which students are expected to apply knowledge gained from their undergraduate education.

UCHS 307 Foundations in Structural and Cultural Competency (3 units)
Given the overwhelming racial disparities in health and the growing gaps in privilege and power, a thoughtful reflection on how inequity is structured and materialized under cultural frameworks, locally and internationally. In order to thoughtfully reflect on – or critically unpack – how structural inequality operates within public health, this course examines the intersection of health, culture, and medicalization.

UCHS 401 Introduction to Health Policy and Planning (3 units)
This course addresses how public policy development and analysis have an impact on the public’s health and is designed to provide professionals with the skills for collecting, analyzing and communicating information on Public Health policy issues using approaches that would be useful in the policymaking arena to insure social justice. Students will examine theoretical frameworks to become agents of social change using public health models to impact individuals, families, communities and institutions for the achievement of health equity.

UCHS 402 Core Class IV - Research Methods in Community Health Sciences (3 units)
Students will participate in a research series dedicated to the conceptual, theoretical, and applied frameworks in community health sciences. This initial course offers and overview of methods, approaches, and research design considerations relevant to the community health sciences. This course provides instruction and a comprehensive overview of the methods used in the basic scientific research of public health applied in community settings. The content of this course includes experimental and non-experimental research designs, sampling, measurement, reliability and validity, data collection procedures and methods, and generalizability of findings.

UCHS 403 Applied Community Health Education (2 units)
The Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination is a competency-based tool used to measure knowledge in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists delineated by A Competency-Based Framework for Health Education Specialists (2015). A CHES-certified instructor will prepare students for the CHES exam administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. via weekly face-to-face to review key principles, concepts, and techniques in health education.

UCHS 404 Intersecting Inequalities (3 units)
Community is a complex, multilevel set of peoples, organizations, and values, interwoven and bound by relationships. This course seeks to provide students with a general understanding of shared struggles across diverse population groups. Students will engage with community health concepts to identify the relationship between race, class, gender, sexuality, and other categories of identity to understand urban communities.

UCHS 405 Core Class V - Participatory Action Methods for Community Health (3)
This course provides an overview of the fundamental and basic skills needed for conducting research with community partners under a community-based participatory research (CBPR) framework to familiarize students with the tenets of this methodology. Students will consider various definitions of community and reflect on their role. Discussion will focus on community engagement, participatory action research, community assessments, and principles for effective collaboration with communities.