BSPH 101 Introduction to Public Health
This course provides foundational knowledge of public health’s historical contributions and functions, including key concepts to understand factors that impact community health. In addition, this course introduces essential tools for assessing health outcomes in order to frame questions, analyze underlying causes, brainstorm solutions, and critically analyze evidence-based public health.
BSPH 202 Health Disparities, Equity and Social Justice
This course will explore health disparities, examine social determinants of health, and understand multi-level strategies at reducing poor health outcomes within a public health context founded in social justice. As an introductory course, we will examine, address, and respond to health disparities for the achievement of health equity.
BSPH 203 Community Health Education and Communication
The course introduces students to the theoretical foundations and practical applications of community health education and effective health communication strategies. Through a number of active learning experiences, students will develop the skills necessary to develop, structure and communicate health education content to a variety of audiences.
BSPH 301 Introduction to Epidemiology
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 community health.
BSPH 302 Theoretical Principles of Health Behavior
This course introduces students to the behavioral, social, cultural, and environmental theories influencing health behaviors, and their application in public health promotion programs. Students will explore, critique and recommend appropriate health behavior change theories to address health promotion and disease prevention programs targeting culturally diverse underserved populations.
BSPH 303 Comparative Health Systems
This course provides students with a comprehensive analysis of the health care delivery system and the public health system and services. It covers identification of health problems and potential solutions related to health service delivery, health care reform, and trends in issues, policy, financing, regulation, and technology in U.S. and globally.
BSPH 304 Introduction to Environmental Health
This course introduces students to the key areas of environmental health. Students will gain an understanding of the interaction of communities with the urban environment, the domains of environmental health (water and air quality, food safety, waste disposal, occupational health), environmental risk factors (microbial agents, ionizing and nonionizing radiation), and their potential impact on health.
BSPH 306 Research Methods in Public Health
This course provides an introduction to research methods and concepts, including research study design, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use and analysis. It serves as an introduction to quantitative, qualitative, mixed method and community participatory approaches to research, as well as ethical issues in conducting research.
BSPH 307A Domestic & Global Community Health Internship I
This is part one of the supervised field experience/internship for BSPH students. This course provides the instructions and requirements of the hands on internship experience for the second part of this course (BSPH 307B); it exposes students to the different internship sites and preceptors, their organizations’ mission and goals, and prepares the students to submit their internship proposal for their hands-on experiential learning in BSPH 307B.
BSPH 307B Domestic & Global Community Health Internship II
This is the second/continuation course for the Domestic and Global Health Internship and is required for the implementation of the student’s internship plan and SMART objectives proposed in BSPH 307A Domestic and Global Health Internship I. Students complete 150 hours (50 hours/unit) of an internship which enables them to gain a hands-on experience in a community health setting.
BSPH 310 Physiological and Lifestyle Basis of Disease
This course introduces students to the role of behavioral and lifestyle factors on human health and disease. Students will be able to propose health promotion and disease prevention strategies to address varies lifestyle diseases based on the pathophysiology of diseases.
BSPH 400 Program Planning, Proposal and Evaluation
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to plan, develop, and evaluate public health programs and interventions for the improvement of community health and quality of life specifically focusing on culturally diverse urban communities burdened with disease, using a social ecologic framework and the PRECEDE-PROCEED Approach.
BSPH 401 Health Policy, Leadership and Ethics
This course examines the U.S. policy making processes as they affect the health of individuals and populations. Students gain an understanding of the institutional frameworks that shape health policy and the policymaking process. Students also examine and apply principles and theories of leadership to advocate for social justice and health equity across diverse urban populations.
BSPH 403 Foundations of Global Health
This course introduces students to key challenges and proposed solutions to global health disparities that impact health and wellbeing. The course covers the social determinants of health and the impact of global politics, economics, social norms, health beliefs, cultures, traditions and practices that impact global health inequities.
BSPH 410 Capstone Project
This course focuses on the integration of public health knowledge, skills, and practice acquired during the BSPH course of study and the student’s internship experience. The capstone course engages students in assessing their individual level of achievement of the BSPH public health domains and learning outcomes, and allows students to reflect on, finalize, and present their internship experience projects in a high quality written report.
BSPH Elective Courses
BSPH 305 Food Systems and Health Disparities
This course introduces the systems thinking approach to understanding how food systems influence health and health disparities among vulnerable populations. The model describes how a series of broad system factors such as food supply, food affordability, food environments operate in communities to affect disparities in dietary patterns of minority underrepresented populations.
BSPH 308 Intro to GIS Applications in Public Health
This course provides students with an introduction of how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used as a computer technology to describe how place impacts social and health determinants. The course will cover the basic concepts of understanding geospatial theories and methods with an emphasis on health and social disparities.
BSPH 311 Cuban Health Model for Public Health Professionals
This elective study abroad is an immersion course for health professionals wanting to learn more about the Cuban Health System. The instruction will occur in Cuba with faculty and health professionals.
BSPH 399 Directed Public Health Research
This course is designed to provide BSPH students with an opportunity to explore an area of interest related to public health research and to enhance their public health research knowledge and skills.
BSPH 402 Ethnic Studies in Public Health
This course introduces the student to the field of Ethnic Studies through defining, reviewing, and analyzing the basic principles of race, racism, ethnicity, and culture in the United States with a special emphasis on health science histories. The course emphasizes general concepts, terminology, principles, and key moments in US history.
BSPH 405 Public Health Seminar
This public health seminar course is designed to expose the BSPH students to a broad range of health disparities by bringing together the many different social, political and academic arenas that are discussing health and social justice issues. The overarching objective is to impress upon the student the different ways that “public health” is addressed and how it works.