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MPH COURSES

  • CORE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

    HS A605 Public Health and Society
    Incorporates behavioral and social science concepts in the analysis of a variety of public health issues nationally, particularly Alaska and the northern regions. Also presents how socioeconomic status, culture, race/ethnicity, age, and gender relate to health and disease outcomes and the quality of life. Students gain experience in problem identification, assessment, intervention, and evaluation through analysis of behavioral, cultural, and attitudinal factors.

    HS A610 Environmental and Occupational Health
    Provides a practical overview of occupational health and safety, and environmental health. Gives special attention to issues surrounding work-related illnesses and injuries and environmental concerns in Alaska and the northern environment. Students learn practical approaches regarding prevention, finding resources, and problem solving. They also gain an understanding of legal, political, and cultural issues involved when dealing with occupational and environmental health.

    HS A615 Health Services Administration
    Provides students with the basic knowledge necessary to understand the planning, organization, administration, management, evaluation, and policy of health programs in the United States and, particularly, the state of Alaska. Addresses issues such as the current provision of hospital and ambulatory care, how health care is financed, and the politics of health care delivery.

    HS A624 Circumpolar Health Issues
    Provides graduate students with a comprehensive overview of major circumpolar health issues affecting Northern residents. It begins with an analysis of health and traditional healing practices among indigenous northern peoples prior to contact with Euroamericans. It then explores the history of epidemic diseases in the North and their impact on northern populations and cultures, from contact through the present-day. It examines the emergence of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer, and problems of alcohol abuse and violence in contemporary northern societies. Students will explore growing efforts to combine traditional healing practices and community healing with Western medicine. Environmental health issues, including provision of water and sewer systems and environmental contamination of country foods will also be discussed. An overview of health care systems and public health infrastructure in the North will be presented.

    HS/NS A625 Biostatistics for Health Professionals
    Explores principles of statistical reasoning and quantitative skills for analyzing health-related data. Topics include the binomial, Poisson, and normal distributions, the treatment of rates, measures of location and dispersion, and testing of statistical hypotheses. Both descriptive and inferential statistics are illustrated in mortality and morbidity problem sets requiring manual or computer assisted calculations. The comparison of methodological techniques and the choice of appropriate statistical methods to answer clinical practice and research questions are stressed. This course is designed to enhance rather than substitute for statistical knowledge gained at the undergraduate level.

    HS/NS A626 Principles of Epidemiology
    Introduces students to the principles and methods of epidemiological investigation of common national and state public health problems, ranging from infectious and noninfectious diseases to social, behavioral, and environmental concerns. Discusses different types of epidemiological study design, and explores past and present trends in epidemiology, giving special attention to epidemiological issues in Alaska and the northern regions. Clinical application within health care administration, nursing, social work, and public health are emphasized.

    HS/SWK A628 Program Evaluation
    Provides knowledge of purpose, design, and implementation of health and social sciences program evaluation process. Develops the ability to conceptualize and implement a program evaluation in a real work setting. Covers both formative and summative evaluation processes. Includes discussion about the necessity of conducting program evaluations, and the necessity of the cultural competence of the evaluators.

    HS A629 Public Health Research Tools and Methods
    Introduces students to the basic principles and methods of public health research from its conception to its analysis and evaluation. Discusses statistical concepts and issues of research bias and validity. Significant amount of data from Alaska and its surrounding northern regions are utilized, and ethical issues in research are presented. The complementing lab session of the course gives students a practical hands-on experience with various computer statistical programs and databases.

    HS A630 Public Health Emergencies and Disasters
    Exposes students to public health issues concerning natural or human-made disasters and emergencies in different parts of the world and nationally, with a focus on the State of Alaska. Teaches students effective public health interventions during such emergency situations--from conducting a public health needs assessment to establishing basic health services. Political, legal, and ethical challenges of public health emergencies are addressed; and the sometimes controversial influences of donor agencies and the media are discussed.

    HS A699 Thesis Practicum or HS A698 Project Practicum
    Required for students completing the Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice degree. Involves independent research, policy analysis, program evaluation, or other approved project under the supervision of an individual graduate study committee that is also monitored by an outside reader. Culminates in a document prepared to publication standards, and a public presentation.

  • SCHEDULE OF CORE COURSES

    Offerings Through Summer 2016

    Course (Prefix and Number) Summer 
    2016
    Fall
    2016
    Spring
    2017
    HS A605: Public Health & Society   X X
    HS A610: Environmental & Occupational Health   X X
    HS A615: Health Services Administration      
    HS A624: Circumpolar Health Issues   X X
    HS/NS A625: Biostatistics for Health Professionals   X X
    HS/NS A626: Principles of Epidemiology   X X
    SWK/HS A628: Program Evaluation X  X X
    HS A629: Public Health Research Tools & Methods   X X
    HS A630: Public Health Emergencies & Disasters   X X
    HS A699: Thesis Practicum
    or HS A 698: Project Practicum
    X X X
  • ELECTIVES

    Possible SUMMER 2017 (HS 690)

    For more information about Summer core classes and electives, download the flyer Summer 2017 Classes (pdf).

    One Health: An Integrated Approach (3 Credits )
    - Dr. Nancy Nix
    This 5-week course (during the second half of the semester) focuses on the One Health concept, exploring the interconnectedness of human medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, and ecosystems. 
    Health Communication in the Popular Media (3 Credits)
    - Dr. Gabriel Garcia.
    This course discusses how popular media influences health, how research is conducted on this issue, and how health professionals can use or influence popular media to make it healthier, and to make populations who use it healthier.  
    Public Health Ethics (3 Credits)
    - Dr. Rhonda Johnson
    This online five week course (during the second summer session) will provide an overview of the broad field of public health ethics, and the opportunity to apply ethical principles and standards in an individual project.
    HS A690: GIS and Public Health (3 Credits)
    - Dr. Philippe Amstislavski.
    This five week course embeds learning how to use GIS software in the context of carrying out projects for visualizing and analyzing health-related data.
    Social Change Marketing in Public Health
    (3 Credits)
    - Dr. Kathy Anderson
    This 10-week online course will teach the theory and practice of Social Marketing, or Social Change Marketing, which is a dynamic and widely-used framework for developing behavioral change interventions that benefit individuals and communities for the greater social good. 
    Disability and Public Health (3 Credits)
    - Dr. Jenny Miller
    This course will examine disability issues in the context of public health programs and policies, and will explore measures of population health and social determinants of health among individuals with disabilities. 

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