Undergraduate Program:
Public Health Courses

Course Schedules

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Course Descriptions

This list includes all regular courses offered at the Bloustein School as of December 1, 2011. Special topics courses may be found by viewing the Electronic Course Grid. Courses are taught by multiple instructors and may not be offered each semester. Check the Electronic Course Grid or faculty pages for specific syllabi.

10:832:101 Introduction to Planning, Policy, and Health (3)
Overview of public health, public policy, and urban planning with an emphasis on how these fields intersect in a U.S. context.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:101.

10:832:232 Principles of Public Health (3)
Dimensions of personal and environmental health and their relationship to social, economic, cultural, psychological, and political factors. Measurements of community health status.

10:832:241 Principles of Health Education (3)
The introduction to the theory and practice of health education as a public health profession.

10:832:242 Principles of Health and Wellness (3)
Focus on health education, health promotion, wellness, community engagement, and the ramifications of lifestyle choices from a personal and societal perspective.

10:832:243 Wellness Learning Community I (1.5)
In a shared learning experience, students examine wellness at personal, institutional, and community levels.

10:832:244 Wellness Learning Community II (1.5)
In a shared learning experience, students create and implement a wellness intervention.

10:832:252 Health and Social Justice (3)
Selected health topics, intervention theories, skills, and strategies for influencing both personal and community health behavior.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:377:252.

10:832:260 U.S. Healthcare System (3) new for Fall 2014
Introduction of the elements of the American healthcare system, including the provider components, financing, the basic structure of health systems, comparative analysis of the American system to other countries' healthcare systems, and the legal/regulatory framework within which the American healthcare system functions. Core competencies of LEAF, SAS, CEPH, and CAHME are supported through learning objectives and assessments.
Course is cross-listed as 10:501:260

10:832:298,299 Independent Study (BA,BA)
Prerequisites: Students must contract with a faculty sponsor and be granted permission by the program director.

10:832:301 Sexual Health Advocacy Training (3)
Opportunities for learning new information about sexual health and community development, strengthening critical thinking skills, and broadening empathy for others.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Course not open to seniors.

10:832:332 Public Health Economics (3)
Principles of microeconomics are used to examine the demand for health, medical care, and health insurance and the behaviors of medical care providers. Analysis of health care behavior.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:220:316.

10:832:333 Financial Aspects of Public Health (3)
Financing management tools for various care delivery settings. Develop analytical skills to interpret financial information and understand the processes and tasks performed by the financial departments of an institution.

10:832:334 Principles of Health Administration (3)
Application of administrative theory to health delivery, policy, and planning. Structures and functions of management and their application in the field.
Credit not given for both this course and 11:375:406.

10:832:335 Epidemiology (3)
Principles and methods of epidemiology; the study of the distribution (patterns of occurrence) and determinants (causes) of disease and injury in human populations.
Pre- or corequisite: 10:762:205 or equivalent. Credit not given for both this course and 11:375:403.

10:832:338 Bridging Public Health and Urban Planning (3)
Comparative and analytical study of health services in the United States and selected other countries. Theoretical framework for viewing organizational issues in the delivery of health services.
Course is cross-listed as 34:970:532

10:832:339 Public Health Literature (3)
Examines historic and current public health literature. Effective writing emphasized through intensive writing exercises.

10:832:341 Public Health and Aging (3)
Students gain a basic understanding of the physical, mental, and social aspects of aging. Focus is placed on the implications of aging for families, caregivers, and communities; wellness models; long-term care; reimbursement; and health care delivery issues.
Required for Long-Term Health Care Certificate.

10:832:342 Long-Term Care Management (3)
This course will introduce the administration, management techniques, and practices and provide a real-life experience from a seasoned Long-Term Care Administrator that will prepare students for a career in Long-Term Care Administration. Emphasis is placed on skilled nursing home care, assisted living, adult day care, home health care, hospice, and senior retirement communities.

10:832:345 Health Program Development (3)
Planning for the promotion and improvement of the public's health through individual, group, institution, and community level interventions.

10:832:346 Health Program Evaluation (3)
Ensuring that public health actions are effective requires evaluating programs after their implementation. Focus on the framework, key concepts, and standards of effective evaluation.

10:832:350 Drugs, Culture, and Society (3)
The history, physical/psychological effects, current trends, and legal/social consequences of drugs. Discussion of prevention, intervention, and treatment approaches.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:350.

10:832:351 Addictions Policy (3)
Practical pharmacology and scientific nature of addiction as public health issue. Exposure to treatment facilities, mutual aid meetings, and discussions of substance abuse policies. Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:351.

10:832:352 Advanced Community Health Promotion (3)
Students work as a team on select topics. Topics include but are not limited to grant writing, needs assessment, and data collection.

10:832:353 The Science of Prevention (3)
Theory and methods of prevention in alcohol, drug, and tobacco addiction.

10:832:354 Organizational Marketing (3)
This course provides a framework for understanding basic marketing theories and practices for students interested in public health, health care administration, policy and planning.

10:832:356 Public Health Law and Ethics (3)
An introduction to public health law and ethics stressing community health and well-being versus the rights of the individual.

10:832:363 Operations Management for Health Care Systems (3) new for Fall 2014
An integrated and strategic approach to operations management that transforms complex health policy into efficient operations that improve care, clinical operations and financial outcomes. Core competencies of LEAF, SAS, CEPH, and CAHME are supported through learning objectives and assessments.
Course is cross-listed as 10:501:363.

10:832:395 Research Methods (4)
Research concepts and skills applied to public health, public policy, and planning. Includes development of original and online data sources, coding, appropriate selection of statistical methods for analysis, and professional presentation of results.
Course is cross-listed as 10:762:395. Open to students enrolled in the Bloustein School only.

10:832:400 UMDNJ-SPH (BA)
Open to students admitted to the five-year B.A. or B.S./M.P.H. program by permission only.

10:832:401 Public Health Preparedness I (3)
Introduces the biological, chemical, and radiological agents that have the potential to cause widespread harm to public health. Scenarios for exposures and various means of protecting the health of the public and the first responders are presented. A case study on chemical terrorism and an exercise on pandemic influenza.

10:832:402 Public Health Preparedness II (3)
Introduces emergency management concepts as they apply to public health. Topics include public health roles during a crisis, how to enhance emergency response, and how to minimize the impact of disasters by saving lives and protecting health. A group exercise in public health response and a case study on public health emergency law will be conducted.

10:832:403 Public Health Risk Communication (3)
Examines the theory, core concepts, and practice of public health crisis and emergency risk communication.

10:832:410 Writing for Professionals (3)
To develop skill in the formulation of ideas and in expository and professional writing using appropriate, clear, and effective grammar and syntax, and develop critical thinking and analysis as elements of effective writing.
Cross-listed as 10:762:410.

10:832:413 Health Disparaties
The overarching goal of this class is to provide a broad overview of health disparities in the United States, with a focus on the "trifecta" of inequality - race/ethnicity, socioeconomic position (SEP), and gender. Because social justice is a primary thrust of public health, it is crucial to understand both which groups are at higher risk of developing acute and chronic conditions and which groups are more likely to have poor health outcomes. We will use a multi-pronged approach to explore the following five key ways in which race-based health inequities are created and sustained, with a key focus on structural factors in the environment.
Cross-listed as 34:832:513, 34:833:513

10:832:414 Culture and Health (3)
Belief and value systems rooted in families are analyzed, along with perceptions and experiences of health/wellness and disease/illness. Focus on how selections are made between traditional health care practitioners and alternative healers.

10:832:415 Women and Health (3)
Exploration of issues raised by women's health care needs and by women's participation in the health labor force, in the context of contemporary feminist thought.

10:832:416 Mental Health Policy (3)
Historical and contemporary policies regarding mental health care in the United States. Deinstitutionalization, public versus private care facilities, patient and consumer empowerment.

10:832:417 Population Tools and Policy (3)
Basic demographic concepts, methods, and their application. Population growth, mortality, fertility, migration, and marriage patterns. Special topics include AIDS, world population growth, teen pregnancy.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:417.

10:832:420 GIS Health and Planning (3)
Computing concepts and methods applicable to planning and health, including database management, introduction to GIS, and graphics.
Credit not given for this course and 10:762:420.

10:832:425 Financial Management (3) new for Fall 2014
An in-depth application of financial theory to make informed decision in a health care organization including advanced financial anaylsis and decision making, strategic formulation, economic and statistical applications, budgeting and performance measurement. Core competencies of LEAF, SAS, CEPH, and CAHME are supported through learning objectives and assessments.
Course is cross-listed as 10:501:425. Open to 832 and 501 majors only. Prerequisite 10:501/832:333

10:832:437 Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
Contemporary topics in environmental and occupational health, including workers' compensation, ergonomics, hazardous waste, and air and water pollution.

10:832:438 Environmental and Public Health Practice (6)
This seven-week intensive course prepares students to sit for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) examination. A 200-hour internship at a local health department follows the course.
Offered in the summer only by special permission.

10:832:440 International Public Health (3,4)
Examines the wide range of global health issues and the various policies and programs nations adopt to deal with them. Additional 1 credit offered for alternative spring break.

10:832:462 Human Rights and Health (3)
Covers human rights law, its uses in wartime, the theoretical reframing of women's rights, and its application to health and health care.
Credit not given for this course and 10:762:462.

10:832:476 Immigration Policy (3)
Facts and controversies surrounding immigration. Legislative history, urban and public health impacts, racial implications.
Credit not given for this course and 10:762:476.

10:832:478 War and Public Health (3)
The effects of war on health, human rights, and the environment, and the results of diverting resources from health and human welfare to war and the military.

10:832:480 Emerging Infectious Diseases (3)
Consideration of the public health impacts of new and emerging infectious diseases in global populations.

10:832:483 Protecting Public Health and the Environment (3)
The policies and realities facing places trying to protect community health in the face of economic feasibility and political forces.
Credit not given for this course and 10:762:483.

10:832:490,491 Independent Study (BA,BA)
Open to 832 majors only. Prerequisite: Students must contract with a faculty sponsor and be granted permission by the program director.

10:494:01 Information Systems for Healthcare (3) new for Fall 2014
Exploration of the types and uses of information systems; their management and strategic application; related privacy policies and procedures and the transformative role of emerging technology in health care delivery. Core competencies of LEAF, SAS, CEPH, and CAHME are supported through learning objectives and assessments.
Course is cross-listed as 10:501:310.

10:832:495,496 Special Topics (3,3)
Topics vary. These courses are designed to address current issues in public health.

10:832:499 Internship with Seminar (6)
A 225-hour field experience plus a weekly classroom experience. Students are required to complete a contracted project under the supervision of a field preceptor and a faculty supervisor. Projects are presented in a public forum.
Open to 832 majors only. Prerequisites: Completion of 100 credits toward graduation and major core requirements.



updated May 20, 2014