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Undergraduate
Course Number Course Title Description Credit Hours
BST 330 Statistical Thinking for Population Health

This course provides students with an introduction to statistical concepts that are important for solving real-world public health problems. This course will present statistical principles and associated scientific reasoning underlying public health practice and health policy decision-making.

3
CPH 201 Introduction to Public Health

This course provides the student with basic knowledge about the discipline of public health. After receiving a philosophical and political orientation to public health, students will begin to acquire functional knowledge of the strategies most often applied in public health practice. Key content areas (such as HIV prevention, maternal and child health, reducing obesity rates, and reducing tobacco addiction) will become focal points for the investigation of these strategies.

3
CPH 202 Public Health through Popular Film

This course will provide students with an introductory understanding of public health concepts through critical examination of popular cinema and instruction in basic public health principles, disease principles, and behavioral and social interactions related to the movie topics. A combination of lectures, readings and film viewing will enable students to understand the relationship between behavioral, environmental, biological and other risk factors with disease, injury or other health outcomes. The effect of social, economic and health systems context will also be examined. In addition, students will learn to distinguish between fact and fiction with regard to the science and activities of public health as portrayed in cinema.

3
CPH 203 Sexual Health

This course will provide students with an in-depth study of all sex-related topics that influence the health and wellbeing of humans. Emphasis is placed on healthy sexual expression in the context of global HIV and STD epidemics as well as global issues with unintentional pregnancy and cervical cancer – all of which are highly preventable. Students will also gain an in-depth education about human sexual functioning (physiology and neural pathways), sexual pluralism (diversity in sexual expression), issues pertaining to gay and lesbian health, and the science of understanding relational issues and gender role issues in US culture.

3
CPH 310 Disease Detectives: Epidemiology In Action

This course will outline the history of epidemiology as a science and examine its wide-ranging contributions to the fields of public health, medicine, and the social sciences. This course will focus on epidemiological methods to investigate health outcomes and identify associated and causative factors of disease in populations.

3
CPH 365 Fundamentals of Environmental Health

An overview of the environmental factors that influence human health, including hazards from unsanitary water, polluted air, traumatic injury hazards, toxins, radiologic risks, and other features of the natural and human made environment that can kill, injure, maim, and cause disease in human populations. Special focus is given to understanding the relationships between biological, chemical, and other factors that produce unhealthy environments that sicken individuals throughout their lifespan. Additional topics include the important influence of environmental hygiene, restaurant inspections, occupational safety and health issues, clean water standards, air pollution regulations, and other laws and regulations that protect the health and safety of human populations.

Course Prerequisites: BIO 111 or 150 and CHE 104 or 105; or permission of the instructor.

3
CPH 365 Managing Health Organizations to Improve Population Health

This course will introduce students to a number of foundational concepts related to leadership and management, specifically in the realm of health organizations (e.g., local and state health departments, hospitals, community clinics, etc.). In particular, this course will explore the areas of managing human and non-human resources, and improving agency performance. Students enrolled in this course will participate in class discussions and have regular course assessments related to textbook readings. In addition, students will have the opportunity to interact with managers and organizational leaders from a variety of health service agencies.

3
CPH 365 Preparing for an Apocalyptic Event: Population Health and Crisis Management

Students enrolled in this course will participate in in-depth analyses of multiple large-scale disasters. This course will provide students with the knowledge necessary to participate in all phases of the crisis management process, as overseen by a health service organization. Case studies will be utilized heavily throughout this course and students will have the opportunity to engage in discussion with various health professionals from around Kentucky that engage in crisis management activities. Assessments will be based on course readings and writing assignments. The writing assignments in this course will involve historical analysis of both domestic and international disasters

3
CPH 365 Population Dynamics and Health

This course seeks to develop understanding of the central concepts and processes of population change—fertility, mobility, and mortality —and the ability to apply these concepts to historic and emergent health conditions and issues. Particular attention is given to explorations of such life stage topics as maternal and child health, family and workforce health, and later life health, with focus on the interplay between individual health behavior development and broader population health implications. 

3
CPH 365 A Sick World: Global Public Health in the Early 21st Century

This course provides students with basic knowledge about the issues of global public health and its importance to all peoples of the globe. After receiving an introduction to the principles and goals of global public health, students will begin to acquire functional knowledge of the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of global public health practice. Key content areas such as health determinants, issues of health, education, and poverty, ethical and human rights concerns, the impact of culture on global public health, the burden of disease on the global human population, and other pertinent global public health topics will become focal points for class discussion. This course will emphasize theory-driven empirical investigation of key behavioral issues that influence the health and well-being of people around the globe. Case studies of global public health issues will be utilized.

3
CPH 365 Medicine, Money and Mortality in the U.S. Health Care System

This introductory course reviews how health care organizations and providers, health insurance, health behaviors, and political forces influence the accessibility, quality, and costs of health care in American Society. Students completing the course will be more informed citizens and will be better prepared for careers as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, managers, and policy-makers within the U.S. health care system. 

3
CPH 365 Live Strong Through Life

Live Strong through Life is intended to demonstrate the diverse and inter-related determinants – both modifiable and non-modifiable – of individual and population health. Students will explore contributing and historical factors related to their own health and the health of their families; monitor their current health behaviors; and identify steps that they can take to optimize their health into old age. The role of local/state/federal policies and resources in achieving optimal health across the lifespan will be highlighted.  

3
CPH 440 Foundations in Health Behavior

This course will provide students with an overview of how the social and behavioral sciences contribute to primary prevention in the rapidly expanding field of health behavior. Emphasis will be placed on theory-driven approaches that are supported by empirical investigations. Students will acquire a working knowledge of foundational theories used in public health practice as well as the ability to measure key theoretical constructs. The course includes an overview of public health issues in the United States. The course also includes training regarding the translation of research findings into public health practice.

3
GRN 250 Aging in Today’s World

This class explores the processes and meanings of “growing old,” focusing on influences from childhood through adolescence and adulthood, with constant attention to how these processes and meanings are situated in time and space and eventually inform individual and societal conceptions of and actions concerning old age. The many faces of aging are examined from an array of disciplinary perspectives using selected readings, film documentaries, consideration of personal/family histories, and a series of exercises that allow students to place one’s own life experience and thoughts of growing old in broader societal context. 

3
GRN 250 Aging in Today’s World

This class explores the processes and meanings of “growing old,” focusing on influences from childhood through adolescence and adulthood, with constant attention to how these processes and meanings are situated in time and space and eventually inform individual and societal conceptions of and actions concerning old age. The many faces of aging are examined from an array of disciplinary perspectives using selected readings, film documentaries, consideration of personal/family histories, and a series of exercises that allow students to place one’s own life experience and thoughts of growing old in broader societal context. 

3
Graduate
Course Number Course Title Description Credit Hours
BST 639 Computing Tools for the Biomedical Sciences

This course is an introduction to statistical and epidemiologic software technologies commonly used for the collection, management, and analysis of data. Prereq: STA 580 or consent of instructor and basic computer literacy. (Same as CPH 639.) 

3
BST 655 Introduction to Statistical Genetics

BST 655 presents an introduction to the statistical methodologies used today to investigate genetic susceptibility to complex diseases. The course focuses on linkage and association analysis with applications to real-world data. Commonly used (and freely available) software will be presented and used throughout. Because the field is constantly evolving, a focus of the material for this course will be recent statistical human genetics literature. Prereq: STA 580 or equivalent. (Same as STA 655.) 

3
BST 675 Biometrics I

This course, the first of a two-semester sequence in biometrics, introduces probability, discrete random variables, continuous random variables, joint distributions, and sampling distributions. Prereq: STA 580 and MA 114 or equivalent. 

4
BST 676 Biometrics II

This course, the second of a two-semester sequence in biometrics, introduces techniques for constructing and evaluating point estimators, hypothesis testing procedures, and interval estimators. Prereq: BST 675. 

4
BST 701 Bayesian Modeling in Biostatistics

This course provides an introduction to Bayesian ideas and data analysis applied to the biosciences. The course illustrates current approaches to Bayesian modeling and computation in biostatistics. Prereq: BST 760 and BST 676 or equivalent. 

3
BST 713 Clinical Trials

Design and analysis of Phase I-III clinical trials, interim monitoring of trials, sample size, power, crossover trials, bioequivalency, mixed models, and meta analysis. Coreq: STA 603. (Same as STA 653.) 

3
BST 740 Spatial Statistics

Course will cover risks and rates, types of spatial data, visualizing spatial data, analysis of spatial point patterns, spatial clustering of health events based on case control studies, and based on regional counts, linking spatial exposure data to health events through regression modeling, Bayesian spatial analysis. Prereq: BST 760 

3
BST 760 Advanced Regression

This course provides an introduction to theoretical methods and applications of linear and generalized linear models. Regression methods for normally distributed outcomes will provide a discussion of experimental design, design matrices, and modes of parametric inference for the linear model. Students will learn to apply these concepts in sophisticated data analysis where they will implement tools for model building and selection, variable selection, and handling categorical predictors, confounders and interactions. Additionally, students will learn polynomial regression and flexible alternatives such as weighted least squares and robust, ridge and nonparametric regression. Regression models for non-normal outcomes (focusing on binomial and count data) will be covered in detail, providing students with foundational tools for understanding and implementing generalized linear models that are commonly used to analyze epidemiologic and public health data from various study designs including but not limited to cohort, case-control, and clinical trials. Prereq: BST 675 and STA 580; coreq: BST 676. 

3
BST 761 Time to Event Analysis

Analysis of time to event data encountered in Public Health and Medicine. Survival distributions and hazard functions. Time to event analysis using Kaplan-Meier method and life-table method. Accelerated failure time model, logit model for discrete data, complimentary log-log model, and proportional hazards model. Tests for goodness-of-fit, graphical methods, and residual and influence statistics. Time- dependent covariates, non-proportional hazards, left truncation, and late entry into the risk set. Sample size and power, competing risks, and time to event analysis with missing data. Prereq: STA 580 or equivalent. 

3
BST 762 Longitudinal Data Analysis

This course presents statistical techniques for analyzing longitudinal studies and repeated measures experiments that occur frequently in public health, clinical trials, and outcomes research. This course will cover linear mixed models, generalized linear mixed models and an introduction to nonlinear models as they apply to the analysis of correlated data. Prereq: BST 676 and BST 760 OR STA 603 and STA 607. (Same as STA 632.) 

3
BST 763 Analysis of Categorical Data

Multinomial and product-multinomial models; large-sample theory of estimation and testing, Pearson chi-square and modified chi- square statistics, Pearson-Fisher Theorem, Wald Statistics and generalized least squares technique; applications to problems of symmetry, association and hypotheses of no interaction in multi-dimensional contingency tables. Prereq: STA 603 and STA 606. (Same as STA 665.) 

3
BST 764 Applied Statistical Modeleing for Medicine and Public Health

This course introduces some useful statistical models not typically encountered in the core courses of a master’s or doctoral biostatistics curriculum. These include finite mixture models, nonparametric regression models, covariance-based models, and stochastic models. Prereq: BST 675 and BST 760. 

3
BST 765 Missing Data Methodology for Public Health

This course surveys methods for analyzing data with missing observations. This includes methods for data missing completely at random including hot deck cold deck, mean substitution, and single imputation; methods for data missing at random including multiple imputation and weighted estimating equations and methods for data missing not at random including pattern mixture models, selection models, and shared random effects models. Prereq: BST 676 and BST 762. 

3
BST 766 Analysis of Temporal Data in Public Health

This course surveys methods for analyzing public health data collected over time. Methods covered include smoothing time series data, the modeling of stationary time series for Gaussian, dichotomous, and case count responses, methods for detecting the clustering of disease over time, and methods for the surveillance of infectious diseases in real time. Prereq: BST 675 and BST 760. 

3
CPH 535 Databases and SAS Programming

Students will learn how to construct and maintain databases with applications to public health. They will also learn how to program in SAS, the leading statistical analysis system. SAS skills include report writing, MACRO writing, and Programming using SAS Intranet. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours per week. Prerequisites: STA 291 or equivalent.

3
CPH 601 Environmental Health

An introduction to the theory and practice of assessing, correcting, controlling, and preventing environmental health hazards that may adversely affect the health of current and future generations. Prereq: Undergraduate chemistry and biology, or permission of instructor. (Same as ES 620.)

3
CPH 604 Public Health and Disease Prevention

This course will introduce students to issues of public health and populations health status. Principles of disease prevention and the focus on population health will be explored. The behavior of population is a major variable in health outcomes. Behavior models resulting in positive health will be introduced. Prereq: Admission to MPH program or permission of instructor.

3
CPH 605 Epidemiology

This is an initial graduate level course in the principles of epidemiology and applications in preventive medicine and environmental health. The course consists of lectures and informal discussions. Principles and methods of epidemiologic research with a focus on issues of study design and analysis will be presented. Prereq: Graduate student in good standing in the MPH program, MSPH program, or community health nursing, or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 608 Public Health Capstone

To be successful in the M.P.H. degree program and the profession, students are expected to demonstrate excellence in communication skills both orally and in writing. The “manuscript” format for the capstone project is intended to familiarize students with the rigors of preparing manuscripts for professional journals. This course provides course credit for students who successfully complete the M.P.H. capstone project and oral final examination. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits.

3
CPH 609 Public Health Practicum

The public health practicum is designed as an integrative experience in the workplace. The practicum is an opportunity to apply classroom theories and methods under the guidance of an experienced public health practitioner with faculty oversight. Prereq: Admission to MPH program or permission of instructor.

3
CPH 610 Injury Epidemiology and Control

The epidemiological basis for understanding the distribution and determinants for traumatic injury and poisonings including both intentional and unintentional events. Topics include sources of data, methodological approaches to studying injuries, evaluation of injury interventions and the link between epidemiology and public health policy impacting injuries. Prereq: PM 620 and/or permission of instructor.

3
CPH 611 Advanced Epidemiology

This course provides specialized epidemiologic content and method designed to meet the research and practice needs of health professionals. Practice-based problem sets and hands-on computer assignments will complement this seminar-oriented course, focusing on the role of epidemiology in the prevention of disease and injury. Prereq: CPH 605 or consent of instructor. (Same as PM 621.)

3
CPH 612 Infectious / Emerging Diseases Epidemiology

The theory/concepts of infectious diseases epidemiology, such as epidemic modeling expostulated through a systematic study of the more recent emerging diseased. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 613 Molecular Epidemiology, Cancer Prevention and Control

This course consists of didactic lectures, journal clubs, and small group round table discussions related to the principles of underlying biomarker discovery and development for cancer prevention and control. The overarching goal of this course will be to assess how biomarkers are developed and used for the risk assessment, early detection, diagnosis, prognosis, and theragnosis of cancer. Prereq: CPH 605 or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 614 Managerial Epidemiology

This course applies and integrates the principles and tools of epidemiology to the decision-making process in health care management. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program and CPH 605, or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 615 Cancer Epidemiology

This course applies and integrates the principles and tools of epidemiology to the study of cancer. The course includes discussion of the burden of various kinds of cancer across the United States and the world by age, gender, and race/ethnicity, the underlying biology behind the development of cancer in humans, cancer surveillance, the epidemiology of various kinds of cancer by category of major risk factors such as human behavior (e.g. smoking and alcohol use), endogenous/exogenous hormones, viruses, environmental/ occupational, and diet, and sources of data and methods for evaluating cancer screening, measuring the impact of risk factors, determining the incidence of cancer and cancer clusters, measuring patterns of care, and understanding the determinants of survival. Prereq: CPH 605 or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 616 Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology

This course is designed to study and evaluate the broad array of epidemiologic studies on cardiovascular disease and the impact on prevention policy. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program, CPH 605/PM 620 - Introduction to Epidemiology, or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 617 Environmental / Occupational Epidemiology

A study of work-related and environmental exposures and hazards associated adverse health outcomes. Integrating the fields of occupational and environmental epidemiology. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program and CPH 605/PM 620 or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 618 Epidemiology of Aging

This course introduces the application of epidemiologic methods to the study of older persons. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree and CPH 605/PM 620 Intro to Epidemiology and GRN 650, or consent of instructor. (Same as GRN 618.)

3
CPH 620 Occupational and Environmental Health II

CPH 620 addresses advanced theories and practices of identifying, assessing, and controlling occupational and environmental hazards that may adversely affect the health of communities and working populations. The course emphasizes harmful effects of non-chemical hazards, such as radiation, noise, hypoxia, and physical agents that lead to morbidity and mortality. However, evaluation and control measures will cover many types of hazardous exposures, including those from chemical exposures. Prereq: CPH 601.

3
CPH 622 Toxis Agents and Their Implications in Public Health

This course provides an overview of chemical agents within the environment, their interaction with the human organism, and resultant public health implications. The goal of this course is to utilize toxicological information to create, understand, and explain control strategies that protect and improve public health. Prereq: CPH 601.

3
CPH 630 Biostatistics II

Students will learn statistical methods used in public health studies. This includes receiver operator curves, multiple regression logistic regression, confounding and stratification, the Mantel-Haenzel procedure, and the Cox proportional hazardous model. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours per week. Prereq: STA 580 or equivalent. (Same as STA 681.)

3
CPH 631 Design and Analysis of Health Surveys

Students will learn design and analysis issues associated with well-known national health surveys, including reliability and validity of measurements, instrument validation, sampling designs, weighing of responses, and multiple imputations. Students will learn how to use statistical software to analyze data from complex survey designs. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours per week. Prereq: STA 580 or equivalent.

3
CPH 635 Public Health Finance and Accounting

Introduces the use of management accounting techniques to decision making in health care organizations. Lectures, problems and cases will be used to provide an opportunity to focus on the various types of health care providers.

3
CPH 636 Data Mining in Public Health

This course concerns statistical techniques for and practical issues associated with the exploration of large public health data sets, the development of models from such data sets, and the effective communication of one’s findings. Prereq: STA 570 or 580 and CPH 535, or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 639 Computing Tools for the Miomedical Sciences

This course is an introduction to statistical and epidemiologic software technologies commonly used for the collection, management, and analysis of data. Prereq: STA 580 or consent of instructor and basic computer literacy. (Same as BST 639.)

3
CPH 641 Public Health and Anthropology

Examination of how the perspectives and methods of anthropology can be and have been applied in public health research and intervention projects. Prereq: Enrollment in the MPH. or DrPH program, or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 642 Ecological Perspectives on Health Bhavior

Exploration of ecological model of health behavior, based on theoretical and case-study literature. Contrasts individual-level and population-level approaches to health behavior. Prereq: CPH 604 or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 643 Measuring Health Behavior

This course focuses on measurement, the key component of research, and focuses on survey research. Ultimately this course emphasizes how to do research rather than what to research. Topics cover the capstone research process including theoretical framework, research design, ethical considerations, and rudimentary survey statistics. The goal of the course is to train the student in how to measure human behavior both responsibly and effectively. Prereq: Enrollment in the MPH or DrPH program, or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 644 Rural Health Disparities

Through class meetings, course readings, and assignments, this course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of issues pertaining to health disparities of rural populations by examining current programs and policies, relevant literature, public health practice, and quantitative and qualitative research pertaining to the health and well-being of rural populations.

3
CPH 645 Food Systems, Malnutrition and Public Health

Exploration of the role of the global food system in shaping food consumption and the implications for public health. Prereq: Enrollment in College of Public Health or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 646 Special Topics in Behavioral Health: (Subtitle required)

This course will engage students in readings, projects, lectures and/or discussions to address current topics of special interest or concerns. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 647 Research Methods for Public Health

This course provides the student with basic knowledge about the design and analysis of research in the field of health behavior. The theory, design, applications, and analytic strategies used for various types of research are presented in a sequential format. Goals of the course include: 1) gaining the ability to critically evaluate research in health behavior 2) achieving competence in research methodology, and 3) understanding the conceptual application of analytic techniques to data. Prereq: M.P.H., Dr.P.H., or Ph.D. in public health student or permission of instructor.

3
CPH 648 Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

This course will help the learner understand differences in minority populations in order to help build and lobby for the infrastructure needed to prevent excess disease and death among underserved populations. A special emphasis in this class will be placed on understanding the role of culture in influencing the adaptation of health attitudes, practices, and behaviors. An additional focus will be placed on health status, current trends, and health indicators for special populations. Prereq: Graduate student in Public Health and others by instructor permission.

3
CPH 649 Independent Studies in Health Behavior

Designed for advanced students with research or special study interest in Behavioral Health. Students are under guidance and confer individually with faculty. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 650 Management of Public Health Organizations

This course teaches the theories and practice of administration as they are applied in public health settings. It addresses knowledge and applications of the functions of public health management and their relationship to organizational effectiveness.
Prerequisite: enrollment in MPH program or consent of an instructor.

3
CPH 652 Finance Management for Health Care Delivery/Public Health Organization

This course teaches the theories and practice of administration as they are applied in public health settings. It addresses knowledge and applications of the functions of public health management and their relationship to organizational effectiveness.
Prerequisite: enrollment in MPH program or consent of an instructor.

3
CPH 653 Public Health Law and Policy

Introductory course for non-lawyers in selected aspects of the law relating to public health and policy.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 655 Public Health Accounting and Finance

This course is designed to introduce the use of accounting and financial management techniques in the management of public health organizations. Emphasis will be on the use of accounting and financial information to achieve management functions such as planning, staffing, organizing, controlling, and directing. Prereq: Enrollment as an MPH student.

3
CPH 658 Public Health Economics

This course describes the role and methods of economics as applied to public health care delivery in the United States. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program, CPH 602/HSM 601, or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 660 GIS and Public Health

This course will introduce students to the ArcView Geographic Information System (GIS) to map and spatially analyze public health data. Prereq: Public Health graduate student or permission of instructor.

3
CPH 661 Bioethics for Public Health Professionals

This course will engage students in readings, projects, and discussions to address controversial issues of bioethics for public health professionals. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 662 Public Health Response to Terrorism, Disasters and Emergencies

This course will focus on the public health concepts, history, methods, planning and response preparedness to weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, natural and human-made disasters, and other health emergencies.
Prerequisite: enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 663 Public Health Practice and Administration

This course is to be a practical application of the principles of health care organization to public health at the national, state and local levels.
Prerequisite: enrollment in MPH program or consent of an instructor.

3
CPH 664 Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials

This course will introduce the fundamental concepts used in the design of Phase IIV clinical trials and statistical methodology associated with trial data analysis. Prereq: STA 570 or permission of instructor

3
CPH 665 Ethical Issues in Clinical Research

Based on NIH guidelines for Responsible Conduct of Research, this course will present ethical and regulatory guidelines for conducting clinical research. Prereq: Participation in curriculum leading to Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Skills, or permission of instructor. (Same as PHR 665.)

3
CPH 666 Practicum in Clinical Research I

This course for participants in the curriculum leading to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Skills includes participation in a mentored research experience with the final goal of a presentation at a local program-specific retreat; attendance at monthly journal club meetings, two annual retreats, and special seminars; and completion of research reports. Prereq: Participation in curriculum leading to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Skills.

1
CPH 667 Practicum in Clinical Research II

Participants working toward Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Skills earn credit for associated activities and an abstract for a national meeting. Prereq: Participation in curriculum leading to Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Skills.

1
CPH 668 Practicum in Clinical Research III

Participants working toward Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Skills earn credit for associated activities and a journal article or funding proposal. Prereq: Participation in curriculum leading to Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Skills.

1
CPH 669 Methods and Technologies in Clinical and Translational Science

This overview course is designed to introduce the student to the major methods and technologies of clinical and translational science. The course will consist of 14 presentations followed by open discussion of the presentation and assigned readings by class members. The location of classes may change based on the content of the lecture. Homework assignments will provide experiential opportunities to work with the various methods and technologies. Active participation by all members is expected. Each weekly presentation is designed to provide a general overview of a method or technology commonly used in clinical and translational science. Discussions are intended to integrate the information across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Homework assignments are designed to provide practical experience with the discussion topic. Prereq: Graduate standing. (Same as BSC 731.)

3
CPH 670 Interdisciplinary Protocol Development

This course is designed to orient students to leadership and teamwork processes involved in clinical and translational research and to train students to function effectively in team settings. Students will be assigned to multidisciplinary teams with a designated principal investigator. Each team will be assigned to develop an integrated multidisciplinary grant application to address an assigned clinical research topic. Students are expected to apply their knowledge of effective scientific communication, responsible conduct of research, and methods and technologies of clinical and translational science to the grant application. The course will consist of four class periods. The first three classes will consist of an orientation to communication and the role of leadership and teamwork in multidisciplinary clinical and translational research. The final class period will be reserved for a teams organizational meeting. Supplemental team meetings are optional. Each team member will be required to complete an individual five-page research methods report that is integrated into a multidisciplinary research application addressing a clinical research topic assigned to the team under the direction of an assigned principal investigator. Prereq: Graduate standing. (Same as BSC 732.)

2
CPH 671 Semina in Clinical and Translational Science

This seminar course is designed to orient students to clinical and translational research community and activities at the University of Kentucky and to incorporate a multidisciplinary cooperative approach to clinical and translational research. Students are expected to apply their knowledge of effective scientific communication, responsible conduct of research, and methods and technologies of clinical and translational science to ongoing discussions. The course will consist of seven evening seminars focusing on different topics of clinical and translational research. Students will be required to present a description of their research interests and activities during one seminar. Homework assignments will require students to summarize the key elements of each seminar as related to clinical and translational research and the relevance of these issues to their own research interests and career plans. Active participation by all members is expected. Prereq: Graduate standing. (Same as BSC 733.)

1
CPH 695 Public Health Practice Through Service Learning

This course will provide students the opportunity to gain first hand public health experience by participating in projects in a community setting, completing a project, and participating in a series of seminars. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours per week. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program and completion of the core curriculum, or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 701 Current Issues in Public Health

This seminar course will introduce M.S. and Ph.D. students to the critical role of public health in protecting, maintaining, and improving the health of the population. Specific emphasis will be directed to the “Ten Essential Functions of Public Health” through weekly lectures, readings, and writing assignments. While all five core areas of public health will be introduced. Prereq: Admission to College of Public Health M.S. or Ph.D. program.

1
CPH 709 Global Health Internship

This course will consist of an internship in a foreign country, preferably in a resource-limited setting. Students will have both a University of Kentucky and a local mentor, and will develop a plan for participating in some type of health-related project or activity during a four-week period. A paper or presentation summarizing the key components of the internship experience will be submitted upon returning to Lexington. Prereq: Enrollment in the Graduate Certificate in Global Health Program, and completion of the course CPH 751, Introduction to Global Health, or approval from the Director of the certificate.

Syllabus

3
CPH 711 Chronic Disease Epidemiology

A survey course on the leading chronic diseases in the U.S., including cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes with focus on surveillance and risk factors. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program, CPH 605/PM 620 Introduction to Epidemiology or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 712 Advanced Epidemiology

Introduction to specialized epidemiologic content areas as well as methods designed to meet the research and practice of health professionals. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours each week. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program and CPH 605/PM 621 or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 713 Pharmacoepidemiology

This course will provide an overview of the field of pharmacoepidemiology and its relationship to health care research. Various topics including methodology and analytical issues relevant to the conduct of pharmacoepidemiologic research will be covered. Time will also be spent reviewing existing papers in the field of pharmacoepidemiology. Prereq: CPH 605 and STA 580 or equivalent; may be concurrent. (Same as PPS 701.)

3
CPH 718 Special Topics in Epidemiology: (Subtitle required)

This course will engage in readings, projects, lectures and/or discussions to address current topics of special interest or concerns. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 719 Independent Studies in Epidemiology

Designed for advanced students with research or special study interests in Epidemiology. Students are under guidance and confer individually with faculty. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 728 Special Topics in Occupational / Environmental Health: (Subtitle required)

This course will engage students in reading, projects, lectures and/or discussions to address current topics of special interest or concerns. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 729 Independent Studies in Occupational & Environmental Health: (Subtitle required)

Designed for advanced students with research or special study interest in Occupational and Environmental Health. Students are under guidance and confer individually with faculty. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 738 Special Topics in Biostatistics: (Subtitle required)

This course will engage students in readings, projects, lectures and/or discussions to address current topics of special interest or concerns. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 739 Independent Studies in Biostatistics

Designed for advanced students with research or special study interest in Biostatistics. Students are under guidance and confer individually with faculty. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 740 Introduction to Maternal and Child Health

This course will acquaint students with the major issues and challenges of working in the area of maternal and child health. Prereq: UK graduate or professional school student status.

3
CPH 748 Research

Half-time to full-time work on thesis. May be repeated to a maximum of six semesters. Prereq: All course work toward the degree must be completed.

0
CPH 750 Legal Basis of Public Health

Introductory course for non-lawyers in selected aspects of the law relating to public health. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 751 Introduction to Global Public Health

This course will acquaint students with the major issues and challenges for public health in a variety of wealthy, emerging, and impoverished nations and with the impact of local or regional issues on national and/or global levels. Prereq: UK graduate or professional school student status.

3
CPH 752 Leadership in Public Health

This course is designed to explore the dimensions of leadership as presented in both the traditional and contemporary literature. It focuses student understanding on their leadership qualities and the ways to apply them in the current public health environment. Prereq: CPH 650 or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 758 Special Topics in Health Services Management: (Subtitle required)

This course will engage students in readings, projects, lectures, and/or discussions to address current topics of special interest or concerns.
Prerequisite: enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of an instructor.

  • Quality Improvement in Healthcare (3): This course introduces the concepts and systems principles, thinking, and dynamic complexity in healthcare organizations.
  • International Public Health (3): Course material and visiting speakers present and analyze major issues in international health, identify and compare health systems in developed and developing countries, and explore emerging global health issues.
  • Strategic Planning and Evidence-Based Decision Making (3): Topics include basic strategic planning theory, the process of strategic plan development, specific methods of analysis including environmental and organizational analysis and appropriate analytical techniques, decision theory and analysis. Several health care trends such as restructuring, innovation in health care delivery and financing and performance measurements will be illustrated through case analysis in public health settings.
  • Leadership in Public Health (3): This course emphasizes the practical application of the theories and principles of leadership. I addition to focusing on one’s personal leadership development, it also includes the integration of the concepts of servant and shared leadership for promoting change in public forums and decision-making arenas. Case studies and interviews of public officials serve as a basis for working with today’s organizations and communities for the good of the public’s health.
  • Public Health Preparedness Planning (3): The Public Health Preparedness planning seminar will address issues of preparing for a variety of public health events, and how common planning activities can be used to prepare for a variety of unplanned events. The course will include major incidents such as bioterrorism and pandemics, but will emphasize the more common occurrences that confront health providers and the communities they serve. Specific tools such as contingency and multiple scenario planning, priority setting, surge capacity, interoperability, legal and ethical considerations, and emergency plans will be addressed, and field trips and tabletop exercises are anticipated.
3
CPH 759 Independent Studies in Health Services Management: (Subtitle required)

Designed for advance students with research or special study interest in Health Services Management. Students are under guidance and confer individually with faculty. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of an instructor.

3
CPH 767 Dissertation Research Credit

Students will enroll in this course to complete their research for their dissertation. Prereq: Approval of DGS.

2
CPH 768 Residency Credit for Master's Degree

May be repeated to a maximum of 12 credits. Prereq: All course work toward the degree must be completed.

6
CPH 778 Special Topics in Public Health: (Subtitle Required)

This course will engage in reading, projects, lectures and/or discussions to address current topics of special interest or concern in public health. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 779 Independent Studies in Public Health

Designed for advanced students with research or special study interests in Public Health. Students are under guidance and confer individually with faculty. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree program or consent of instructor.

3
CPH 786 Doctorial Seminar

Students will attend colloquium sessions that will supplement the core curriculum with additional application. Prereq: Enrollment in the Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics program.

1
CPH 790 Water Sanitation and Health

Prevention of water-related diseases by appropriate supply and sanitation practices with designs applicable to small systems and rural areas of developing nations. Prereq: Previous college-level courses in chemistry and/or biology, CE 451, or consent of instructor. (Same as CE 655.)

3
CPH 841 Orientation to Medical Behavioral Science

This course offers a structural exposure of students to the varieties of basic and clinical science research and current issues in health care policy under discussion at the University Medical Center. Following weekly attendance at research seminars and clinical rounds, students will present their observations in follow-up discussion groups. May be repeated to a maximum of three credits. (Same as BSC 620.)

1
CPH 901 Public Health Doctoral Professional Colloquium

The Public Health Doctoral Professional Colloquium is a one hour seminar course designed as the integrative introduction, consideration, and capstone for the Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) degree. The colloquium is designed to link theory and practice, in the five public health core disciplines (epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics, health enhancement, and management and practice).

1
CPH 910 Topics in Advanced Epidemiology: Lecture & Laboratory

Provides the student with an introduction to advanced epidemiologic content areas as well as methods designed to meet the research and practice needs of health professionals. A series of topic-driven lectures, discussions, applied problem sets and case studies will focus on the application of epidemiologic principles used in disease research and intervention studies. This course is taught with a corresponding laboratory each week that emphasizes the content of the course with applied applications using the microcomputer or small group discussions. Problem sets will require the use of statistical and epidemiologic software for the microcomputer. Some content areas of the course will use the Do-Epi software developed by the CDC for teaching epidemiology and computing.

3
CPH 911 Professional Seminar in Epidemiology

CPH 911 is an advanced course in one of the five content areas of public health. All students enrolling will have completed the prerequisite introductory course at the masters’ degree level, and the advanced course at the doctoral level. The Professional Seminar in Epidemiology is designed as the opportunity to link academic work in epidemiology with application in public health practice, and to prepare the student for a leadership role in public health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies and exercises, and individual research relevant to the discipline and the profession of public health.

3
CPH 920 Advanced Environmental Health

Is the first required Environmental Health course in one of the five content areas of public health for DrPH candidates. All students enrolling will have completed the prerequisite introductory course at the masters degree level. This Professional Seminar in Environmental Health is designed to provide comprehensive coverage of the principles upon which the Environmental Health field relies. This will be accomplished through text and journal readings, case study, and discussion of the core, emerging, and controversial issues in environmental and public health.

3
CPH 921 Professional Seminar in Environmental Health

An advanced, elective course that develops depth in one of the five content areas of public health. All students enrolling will have completed the prerequisite introductory course at the masters degree level, and the advanced course at the doctoral level. The Professional Seminar in Environmental Health is designed as the opportunity to link prior academic work in environmental health with application in public health practice, and to prepare the student for a leadership role in public health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies and exercises, and individual research relevant to the discipline and the profession of public health.

3
CPH 930 Advanced Topics in Biostatistics

Addresses advance topics in biostatistics for the public health professional. Content emphasizes biostatistical concepts over methodology to prepare students for generalist public health positions. Course topics will address public health problem solving using study design, vital statistics, data, large health surveys, and an overview of multivariate statistics including multiple regression, logistic regression, longitudinal data, survival analysis, and recursive partitioning. Prerequisites: STA 570/580 or equivalent and one semester of calculus.

3
CPH 931 Professional Seminar in Biostatistics

Professional Seminar in Biostatistics is an advanced course in one of the five content areas of public health. All students enrolling will have completed the prerequisite introductory course at the masters’ degree level, and the advanced course at the doctoral level. The Professional Seminar in Biostatistics is designed as the opportunity to link academic work in biostatistics with application in public health practice, and to prepare the student for a leadership role in public health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies and exercises, and individual research relevant to the discipline and the profession of public health.

3
CPH 940 Health-Related Behaviors: Models and Applications

Will use both classic and up-to-date works on models of health-related behavior, including the Health Belief Model, the Theory of Reasoned Action, Social Learning Theory, and Protection Motivation Theory, discussing development of hte models, similarities and differences, strengths and weaknesses, and suggestions for future model development. Students will assess the extent to which the models explain behavior and behavior change empirically, and how useful they may be (or not be) in the development of primary and secondary prevention interventions, including those implemented within clinical practice. Behaviors to be discussed will include HIV-related risk behaviors, licit and illicit substance use, eating practices, exercise, and other heart disease-and cancer-related behaviors.

3
CPH 941 Professional Seminar in Health Behavior

Because Professional Seminar in Health Enhancement is an advanced course in one of the five content areas of public health, all students enrolling will have completed the prerequisite introductory course at the masters’ degree level and the advanced course at the doctoral level. This course is designed as the opportunity to link academic work in health enhancement with application in public health practice, and to prepare the student for a leadership role in public health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies and exercises, and individual research relevant to the discipline and the profession of public health.

3
CPH 942 Seminar in Public Health Communication

Seminar in Public Health Communication is intended to acquaint students with theory and empirical work related to communication in public health settings. It is designed to provide insight into the communication that serves as the lifeblood of the organized institutions which promote public health. Those who wish to have a significant role in the management of others, who wish to improve their understanding of organizations, who wish to understand how groups and individuals fit into the larger mission, who need to applied advanced information and communication technologies, and who desire to become more effective communicators will find taking this course worthwhile. This course is primarily designed to give students a background in theories, perspectives, concepts, and approaches to understanding communication. Thus, it seeks to promote student understanding, analytical skills, and critical thinking necessary for such professions as consulting, research, and management and for their own personal development.

3
CPH 949 Doctoral Capstone Resarch

Students can only register for this when all course work is completed, may be repeated indefinitely while completing major project paper.

0
CPH 950 The Well Managed Public Health Care Organization

Addresses effective senior management of public and private organizations focusing upon public health. Effective management processes will be addressed through lectures, readings and case studies applying the concepts to public health organizations.

3
CPH 951 Professional Seminar in Health Services Management

An advanced course in one of the five content areas of public health. All students enrolling will have completed the prerequisite introductory course at the masters’ degree level, and the advanced course at the doctoral level. The Professional Seminar in Public Health Management and Practice is designed as the opportunity to link academic work in public health management with application in public health practice, and to prepare the student for a leadership role in public health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies and exercises, and individual research relevant to the discipline and the profession of public health.

3
CPH 952 Seminar in Advanced Leadership: Theory and Practice

This course provides the opportunity to link academic work in public health leadership with application in public health practice and to prepare the learner for a leadership role in public health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies, exercises, and individual research relevant to the disciplines of the profession of public health and leadership.

3
CPH 953 Seminar in Ethical and Moral Decision-Making

This course provides the opportunity to link academic work in public health decision-making with its application to public health practice and to prepare the learner for the practice of public health decision-making based on ethical and moral principles. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies, exercises, and individual research relevant to the disciplines of the profession of public health decision-making. The period of Nazi Germany 1933-1945 will compose the underlying case study. The seminar will consider in depth the decisions made by Nazi political and military leaders, citizens, religious leaders, concentration camp commanders, guards, prisoners, physicians, scientists and business leaders. Films will be used extensively in the seminar.

3
CPH 954 Seminar in Advanced Public Health Finance and Economics

This course provides the opportunity to link academic work in public health finance and economics with application in public health practice and to prepare the learner for key leadership roles in public health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies, exercises, and individual research relevant to the disciplines of the profession of public health finance and economics.

3
CPH 955 Plagues and Politics

This course provides the opportunity to link the political aspects of national and international epidemics and diseases, while understanding the responsibility of the US Public Health Service for developing and implementing policies and procedures for dealing with them.

3
CPH 956 Program Evaluation for Public Health Professionals and Leaders

The course is designed to provide DrPH students the knowledge and skills to guide and critically review program evaluations in their roles as public health professionals and leaders. The course focuses on providing an overview of the key concepts, methods, and approaches to program evaluation with an emphasis on public health practice. Topics include approaches to program evaluation, defining evaluation questions, managing an evaluation, program evaluation standards, program evaluation designs, reporting and disseminating results and findings, and political issues of evaluation.

3
CPH 960 Biology of Aging

The course will be organized utilizing a systems approach to presentations, class discussions, class readings, and on-line discussions. All in-class presentations will include preparatory readings, and students are expected to play active roles by asking questions and by participating in classroom discussions. This class is primarily focused on the Biology of Aging, but the student will be required to generally recognize and discuss the outcomes of these biological changes in terms of the effects on the individual, particularly in terms of physical function, but also in terms of psychosocial effects.

3
CPH 961 Human Aging: Cell to Society

This lecture course examines the dynamic interaction between cellular, individual, and societal changes and behavior over the life course of human aging. This team-taught course will explore and examine relationships between physiological changes that occur with aging and their bidirectional impact on society, ranging from individual to societal level behavior, including, but not limited to public policy, ethics, decision making, cognition, and health behavior (prerequisite: GRN 612 or permission of instructor).

3
CPH 993 Professional Seminar in Foundations of Public Health Practice

This course is a culminating experience doctoral-level professional seminar based on ASPH competencies. Students will have the opportunity to link evidence-based academic work in public health with the foundations of practice. This course reflects core competencies including cultural issues, professionalism, ethics, techniques in community-based participatory research, and understanding health equity and social justice issues as they relate to Public Health practice. A fundamental part of this course is to prepare the learner for a community advocacy role in public health using skill sets developed by critical analysis and leadership.

3
CPH 994 Professional Seminar in Leading People - Managing Organizations

This course is a culminating experience professional seminar, based on the ASPH competencies providing the opportunity to link academic work in public health leadership, management, and ethics with application to public health practice and to prepare the learner for a leadership role in public health. This course reflects the ASPH core competencies of doctoral education adopted by the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies, exercises, and individual research relevant to the disciplines of public health leadership and management.

3
CPH 995 Doctoral Research Methods in Public Health

This course focuses on the concepts and methods of health services and public health research. It is structured around the primary stages of research proposal development. It is designed for DrPH students in the College of Public Health and other graduate students who have successfully completed the appropriate prerequisites. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to

  • conceptualize a research project and generate testable hypotheses
  • summarize the literature related to a particular research question
  • describe the various study designs that are used to conduct research
  • understand how sampling is used in the research framework
  • be able to explain the ingredients of basic power calculations (ie. what to bring to the biostatistician)
  • understand and have a working knowledge of the key components of a survey research instrument (questionnaire)
  • understand the importance of qualitative research stemming from focus groups, case-studies, and other ethnographic research
  • have facility with basic statistical tools used to test research hypotheses
  • understand the importance and the processes of data collection
  • understand why data reduction and presentation are important
  • be able to share research findings in appropriate venues
3
CPH 996 Public Health Project Research

Research Credit for the Doctoral Degree.

Students may not register for more than 6 research credit hours in any semester.

Registration for research credit hours will require a scope of work developed with the student’s Capstone Committee Chair and endorsed by signature.

A student cannot register for additional research credit hours if an “I” or an “S” remains on the record for previous research credit hour registrations.

May be repeated indefinitely but may be taken for 0 credit hours for only one semester, while completing major project paper.

CPH 997 Field Practicum

The purpose of the field requirement is to encourage exposure to professional public health practice and the application of didactic knowledge and problem solving in the field. The two doctoral field experiences are required of all students regardless of prior work experience. Doctoral Field Experience I (two hours) will be an introductory one semester, experience for a total of 120 contact hours. Doctoral Field Experience II (four hours) will be an advanced one semester, experience for a total of 240 hours. The field experience time periods are set as minimum expectations; it is assumed that some students will elect to expand their field work activities.

4
CPH 998 Special Topics in Public Health: Research Methods in PH

Focuses on the concepts and methods of health services and public health research. It is structured around the stages of proposal development, including conceptualization of the research question and testable hypotheses, review of the literature, research design, development of measures, data collection and analysis.

3
CPH 998 Special Topics in Public Health: (Subtitle Required)

Addresses contemporary topics of significance to the field of public health. Offered as a formal classroom study of specific topics and problems. May be repeated to a maximum of eight semester hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

3
CPH 999 Directed Studies in Public Health

Study and research on contemporary and specific topics and problems of significance to the field of public health, and the interests of individual students. Offered as an independent study course with consent of instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of eight semester hours. Topics, objective, assignments, readings, and grading criteria will be developed by the instructor for each Special Topics in Public Health offering.

3
GRN 513 Geriatric Pharmacy

A course designed to educate students in the basic knowledge of attitudes and skills required to meet the pharmaceutical needs of the elderly. Topics include discussions of the aging process, physiological and psychological changes in the elderly, how these changes influence patient compliance and the responses to drug and nondrug treatments, monitoring drug use in long-term care facilities, and special community services available to the elderly. Prereq: PHR 849, 852, 853, 854 and 856 or permission of instructor. (Same as PPS 813.) 

3
GRN 585 Aging and Environment

Explores the elderly person’s changing experience of environment. Physiological, psychological and social changes are related to adjustment within urban and rural community environments, special housing for the elderly, and long-term care environments. Prereq: Graduate or advanced undergraduate standing and consent of instructor. (Same as FAM/GEO 585.) 

3
GRN 600 A Study of the Older Person

This didactic/experiential course is designed to give the student an overview of the experience of growing old by focusing on the individual older person. Framed from a cell to society perspective, didactic lectures will focus on historical, demographic, biological, psychological, social, environmental, life course and humanistic dimensions of growing old. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between individual experience and societal context. The experiential component will consist of having each student interact with a healthy elder mentor who will provide insight from the perspective of lived experience. Prereq: Admission to the Ph.D. Program in Gerontology. 

3
GRN 602 Certificate Practicum in Gerontology

The course is a field experience of approximately 220 hours focused on aging. Content, site, and supervisor may vary; but the student must have an objective-based proposal approved prior to beginning the practicum. Prereq: Acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.

3
GRN 610 Psychology of Aging

This is a graduate level seminar on the psychology of aging. The course will focus on many of the major topics and theories relevant to understanding the aging process. It focuses on health behaviors, sensation and perception, cognitive abilities, personality, social interactions, motivation and emotion, psychological disorders, end of life issues, and successful aging. The course examines the topics above from a normal aging perspective, atypical aging, successful aging, and demonstrates the interrelationships between the topics to address the aging individual. The course will also focus on the methods used to conduct psychological research with an aging population. 

3
GRN 612 Biology of Aging

A multidisciplinary discussion of how the process of aging affects biological systems. Coverage will be quite broad and includes topics such as subcellular and cellular aging, genetics, immunology, anatomy and physiology, animal model of aging, etc. Prereq: Enrollment in the doctoral program in Gerontology or a biomedical science department or consent of instructor. (Same as ANA/BIO/PGY 612.) 

3
GRN 615 Seminar in Teaching Medical Science (Med Schience Teaching I)

A two (2) credit seminar course in which issues related to the theory and practice of life science education are discussed in a Socratic manner. May be repeated to a maximum of three credits. Prereq: Current enrollment in a life science graduate program. (Same as PGY 615.) 

2
GRN 616 Teaching Seminar in Gerontology

The purpose of this seminar is to prepare doctoral students as classroom instructors, and to enhance instructional skills of those students with teaching experience. Emphasis is placed on developing the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to survive and excel in the classroom. Topics covered include: course development strategies; lecture preparation and delivery; interactive and group learning; writing for learning; student evaluation; student advising; and instructional ethics and responsibilities. Seminar activities include development of instructional materials, thematic discussion, and demonstrations/simulations of classroom experiences. Prereq: GRN 600 and GRN 620, or consent of instructor. 

2
GRN 617 Teaching Practicum in Gerontology

This practicum provides a forum for continued development of teaching skills by concurrently combining classroom instruction experience with formal instructor debriefing sessions. Problematic and successful experiences will be discussed, and specific instructional concepts and issues will be addressed in depth. Prereq: GRN 616 and concurrent classroom teaching. 

3
GRN 618 Epidemiology of Aging

This course introduces the application of epidemiologic methods to the study of older persons. Prereq: Enrollment in a Public Health degree and SPH 605/PM 620 Intro to Epidemiology and GRN 650, or consent of instructor. (Same as SPH 618.) 

3
GRN 620 Human Aging and Adjustment

The intent of GRN 620 is to provide continued development (from GRN 600) of critical interdisciplinary skills in studies of the aging process. Students will, as a group, identify a single central issue associated with aging and conduct comprehensive literature reviews and appropriate research to thoroughly address that issue. Prereq: GRN 600 and admission to the Ph.D. program in gerontology. 

3
GRN 644 Demography and Aging

This course examines the dynamics of human population distributions, densities, and growth patterns as they relate to population aging. The essential demographic processes of fertility, mortality, and mobility are addressed from multiple disciplinary perspectives, and topical coverage includes the environmental, social, political, economic, and cultural impacts on personal demographic behavior and population change. Emphasis is placed on historic and contemporary meanings and influences of population diversity, and how this diversity affects the patterns and consequences of aging across space and time. 

3
GRN 650 Research Design in Gerontology

This course will provide training in research design appropriate for the study of aging and the aged and will critically assess special considerations involved in studying this population. Topics to be covered will include: philosophy of science; data sources for research on aging (including medical informatics and clinical epidemiology sources); the use of animal models in aging research; special design considerations for the study of aging [reconciling age, period, and cohort effects]: longitudinal research; measurement tools for assessing the elderly [functional assessment, ADLs, life satisfaction scales, etc.] issues in interviewing older people; qualitative methods in aging research; the ethics of research on aging and the aged. Prereq: Admission to Gerontology Ph.D. Program. 

4
GRN 651 Qualitative Gerontology

This course (1) critically evaluates different qualitative epistemologies including biography, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography and the case study; (2) assesses the value of alternative qualitative methodologies for gaining deeper understanding of the experience of elders; (3) explores practical issues in employing such methodologies; and (4) provides opportunities for participants to engage in different styles of qualitative research. Prereq: Graduate standing. 

3
GRN 653 Laboratory Research in Gerontology

Students will be exposed to current biomedical techniques by conducting supervised research in a laboratory setting. Prereq: Permission of instructor. 

3
GRN 656 Integrative Studies in Gerontology

This seminar is designed to provide gerontology doctoral students the opportunity to place individual dissertation topics within the broader field of gerontology, and to broaden the authority with which the students engage in their dissertation work. Although work will largely be independently driven, frequent class meetings provide ongoing feedback from the group on progress and allow all participants to learn from each others work. Prereq: Completion of gerontology core requirements. 

3
GRN 660 Aging Issues and Family Relations

The study of dynamics of family interactions and issues when some family members are elderly. Emphasis is placed on perspectives from multiple generations and across various kin categories. (Same as FAM 660.) 

3
GRN 704 Mental Health and Aging

The aim of this class is to provide some breadth and selected depth in the area of Mental Health and Aging, aimed at research perspectives. Various psychiatric syndromes will be evaluated in lectures and throughout the readings in relation to prevalence, assessment, etiology, and treatment in reference to research in older adults. Prereq: Graduate student status. 

3
GRN 705 Cognitive Aging

This is a graduate level seminar on cognitive aging. Topics to be addressed include theories of aging, memory, sensation, and perception, attention, language, social cognition, intelligence, decision-making, and dementia. 

3
GRN 710 Aging of the Nervous System

This course will examine the alterations in the brain that occur with aging and in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. The emphasis will be on human aging although the relevance of animal models to studies of human aging will be a recurrent theme. The course will examine aging at several levels, including molecular, cellular, organismic, and behavioral. A strong background in the basic sciences in encouraged. (Same as ANA/PGY/PHA 710.) 

3
GRN 715 Health Policy and Aging

This course will present an overview of health policy in the United States as it affects the older population. It will provide an overview of the health care system, allocation of health services across the population and projected impact of the increase in the aging population on health care delivery. Various health policy proposals will be analyzed with a focus on their impact on the older population. (Same as HA 715.) 

3
GRN 720 Gerontology / Geriatric Dentistry

This course is designed to help students gain an appreciation for the significant opportunities as well as challenges the aging population will bring to their oral health practice. This course will provide students basic knowledge and information in gerontology/geriatric dentistry. Lecture, 17 hours. May be repeated to a maximum of two credits. Prereq: Permission of course director. 

1
GRN 731 Elder Mistreatment

This course reviews major issues and trends related to elder mistreatment. The course emphasizes individual and systemic issues related to elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, and self-neglect on individual, local, state, and federal levels. Special consideration is given to dynamics that shape past, current, and future issues related to elder mistreatment. Prereq: Graduate student status and/or permission of instructor. 

3
GRN 749 Dissertation Research

Half-time to full-time work on dissertation. May be repeated to a maximum of six semesters. Prereq: Registration for two full-time semesters of 769 residence credit following the successful completion of the qualifying exams. 

0
GRN 767 Dissertation Research Credit

Residency credit for dissertation research after the qualifying examination. Students may register for this course in the semester of the qualifying examination. A minimum of two semesters are required as well as continuous enrollment (Fall and Spring) until the dissertation is completed and defended. 

2
GRN 769 Residence Credit for the Doctor's Degree

May be repeated indefinitely. 

12
GRN 770 Special Topics in Gerontology

This course is designed to present contemporary topics in gerontology in either a lecture or seminar format. It is intended to provide students with opportunities to be informed of current issues in gerontology as well as to explore in-depth studies of particular gerontological topics. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve credits. 

3
GRN 771 Aging in Rural Environments

In the context of a changing rural environment, this seminar explores the life circumstances and life experience of rural elders in relation to the health and well-being of this population. 

3
GRN 772 Aging and the Life Course

This seminar will establish a common foundation of knowledge through examinations of traditional “life courses” influencing individuals as they age through time, including household and family, education and work, and housing. This foundation will be built upon using critical examinations of such themes as gender roles, spatial experience, cognitive change and memory, and structural effects on life trajectories. Emphasis will be placed on surveys of existing literature and on integrating various life course elements within social and behavioral theory. 

3
GRN 773 Ethics and Aging

The focus of this class is on applied ethics and aging. We will address the following topics: mid/late life reproduction; research with older adults; spirituality/selfhood; legal issues; cultural issues; vulnerable older people; caregiving and community-based care; specific issues related to Alzheimer’s Disease; issues at the end of life, and other timely ethical issues that may arise during the course. The course will make use of provocative readings, case studies, supplementary professional articles, a presentation and paper, lively class discussion, and outside speakers who will share their expertise with you on a variety of ethical issues related to aging. 

3
GRN 774 Public Policy and Aging

This course reviews major issues and trends in the economics of aging and social policy and aging. The course emphasizes health, economic, and welfare policies and considers their implications on federal, state, and local levels. Special consideration is given to dynamics that shape past, current, and future policy in the area of aging. Prereq: Graduate standing. 

3
GRN 775 Clinical Geriatrics

This course provides a perspective of clinical geriatrics. Basic concepts of geriatric care are presented, along with concepts of gerontology as it applies to geriatric medicine. This course is designed for both clinicians and non-clinicians. 

3
GRN 778 Current Topics in Brain Aging

Students will learn cellular and molecular changes that occur in the brain through AD progression in addition to the impact of these changes on individual lifestyle and on society. 

3
GRN 780 Applied Gerontology Practicum

This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to experience the practical application of gerontology in such domains as government, administration and clinical environments. In addition, the student will gain in-depth experience with the organization and an introduction to problems in applied research. Students will work under the supervision of a gerontology faculty member to coordinate efforts, establish timelines for completion, and determine grading criteria. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Approval of the Director of Graduate Studies required. 

3
GRN 781 Student Development

This practicum provides an opportunity for students to present and discuss their research findings in a venue that promotes skill development in the areas of preparation and delivery of research presentations. Students are required to enroll in GRN 781 during each of the first five semesters in residence. Prereq: Admission to Gerontology Ph.D. program. 

1
GRN 782 Women's Health and Aging

This class explores the issues related to health and well-being among older women. Using a multidisciplinary approach that blends humanities, social and medical science and public policy, the course examines social, economic and cultural contexts of chronic physical and mental health. Prereq: Upper level/graduate class in social science. (Same as BSC 782.) 

3
GRN 783 Public Health and Aging

Public Health and Aging is an elective course in the Graduate Center for Gerontology and Department of Health Behavior and is offered to students on the graduate level. The focus of the course is to help students identify a public health framework and a paradigm for addressing the issues of social, emotional, physical, and mental health in older adults, as well as a keen understanding and awareness of chronic disease prevention, mortality, and quality of life issues that are germane to aging in the United States. Prereq: Graduate standing. 

3
GRN 785 Independent Research in Gerontology

Open to doctoral students who have the necessary training and ability to conduct research at an advanced level. Students will work under the supervision of a gerontology faculty member to coordinate research efforts, establish timelines for completion, and determine grading criteria. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 credits. Approval of the Director of Graduate Studies required. 

6
GRN 786 Independent Readings in Gerontology

Open to doctoral students who have the necessary training and ability to work independently at an advanced level. Students will work under the supervision of a gerontology faculty member to identify readings appropriate for the student’s chosen topic, establish timelines for completion, and determine grading criteria. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credits. Approval of the Director of Graduate Studies required. 

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GRN 790 Professional Development in Gerontology

This seminar will cover elements of professional development in the areas of research, teaching and service as students are prepared for obtaining positions and developing careers in gerontology. Emphasis will be placed on means of documenting progress and accomplishment (e.g., CV building, teaching portfolio development, evaluation), effective strategies for searching for and securing jobs (e.g., interview skills), and strategies for promoting quality performance and professional success in gerontology-related professions. Prereq: Admission to the Gerontology Ph.D. program. 

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GRN 791 Integrative Research Seminar II

This seminar is the second in a two-course sequence involving students and gerontology program faculty in in-depth exploration of major health and aging-related issues. Course details are the same for GRN 790. Prereq: GRN 790. 

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HA 601 Overview of U.S. Healthcare

An introduction to the health care delivery system in the United States, including its composition, functioning, the interrelationships of organizations and professional groups within the system in various settings, health care terminology, and major problems and issues in the delivery of health services. Prereq: MHA/MPA program status. (Same as PA 671.)

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HA 601 Overview of U.S. Healthcare

An introduction to healthcare in the United States, including its composition, function, organizations and professional groups, settings, terminology, major problems and issues. ​Prerequisites: MHA program status or permission of instructor.

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HA 602 Strategic Planning and Marketing in Healthcare

This course is designed to focus on the future needs of the health care organization as contrasted to day-to-day operational management. Strategies for the design and implementation of organizational change including techniques of quality and process improvement will be addressed. The strategic planning components of needs assessment, demands analysis, generation of alternative, priority setting and evaluation form the basis of the course. Several health care trends such as restructuring, innovation in health care delivery and financing, and performance measurements will be illustrated through case analysis in a variety of provider settings. Prereq: MPA/MHA program status and PA/HA 621.

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HA 602 Strategic Planning and Marketing in Healthcare

This course is designed to focus on the future needs of the health care organization as contrasted to day-to-day operational management. Strategies for the design and implementation of organizational change including techniques of quality and process improvement will be addressed. The strategic planning components of needs assessment, demands analysis, generation of alternative, priority setting and evaluation form the basis of the course. Several health care trends such as restructuring, innovation in health care delivery and financing, and performance measurements will be illustrated through case analysis in a variety of provider settings. Prereq: MHA program status or permission of instructor.

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HA 603 Legal Aspects of Healthcare Management
The course will familiarize students with the application of law to management issues in health care organizations. Skills including terminology, legal reasoning, the tools of law, and topics specific to the health care setting are addressed. Prereq: MHA program status.
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HA 603 Legal Aspects of Healthcare Management

The course will familiarize students with the application of law to management issues in health care organizations. Skills including terminology, legal reasoning, the tools of law, and topics specific to the health care setting are addressed. Prereq: MHA program status. 

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HA 604 Healthcare Ethics and Governance

This course addresses the basic concepts and principles of healthcare ethics, including the biomedical, managerial, and organizational components and applies them using case studies, role playing, and analytical exercises. The course also examines the roles and responsibilities of healthcare governing boards and factors that influence their effectiveness. Prereq: MHA program status or consent of instructor.

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HA 604 Healthcare Ethics and Governance

This course addresses the basic concepts and principles of healthcare ethics, including the biomedical, managerial, and organizational components and applies them using case studies, role playing, and analytical exercises. The course also examines the roles and responsibilities of healthcare governing boards and factors that influence their effectiveness. Prereq: MHA program status or consent of instructor. 

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HA 621 Quantitative Methods of Research

A survey of behavioral science research methods for the public administrator. Emphasis is placed upon problem selection and identification, research design, and data analytic techniques. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, one hour per week. Prereq: MPA or MHA program status. (Same as PA 621.)

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HA 621 Quantitative Methods of Research

This course is a survey of quantitative methods for healthcare managers. Specific content areas include problem selection, data collection, measurement, analytic techniques, and research design. Prerequisites: MHA program status or permission of instructor. 

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HA 622 Mental Health Administration

This course focuses upon the administration of local mental health agencies, facilities and coordination of deinstitutionalization programs, e.g., group houses, halfway houses. The course will focus upon system coordination, finance and communication. Prereq: MHA program status. 

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HA 623 Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems

An introduction to organizational decision making under conditions of certainty, uncertainty, risk and multiple objectives. Concepts of analysis from the areas of economics, mathematics, probability, and statistics will be utilized in terms of administrative decision making in health administration. Course work includes use of various management information systems with a focus on how such systems can be used to support and inform decision making. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, one hour per week. Prereq: MHA program status, PA/HA 621. (Same as PA 623.)

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HA 623 Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems

This course covers the basics of operations improvement from project selection through process and outcomes evaluation. The focus is on strategic decision making, under conditions of uncertainty, risk, and multiple objectives, as well as change implementation using teams. Prerequisites: HA 621 or permission of instructor. 

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HA 624 Information Systems in Health Care

This course will focus on the life cycle approach to information systems development. Phases of this approach include systems analysis, design, implementation, maintenance and evaluation. This approach has a technological, financial, and human factors component. The decision making and planning role of administration as well as the need on how to maximize the utilization of current systems is stressed. Topics include the information needs of the strategic planning process, administrative function and clinical care. The course will involve site visits. Prereq: HA 602 and 642.

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HA 624 Information Systems in Health Care

This course will focus on the life cycle approach to information systems development. Phases of this approach include systems analysis, design, implementation, maintenance and evaluation. This approach has a technological, financial, and human factors component. The decision making and planning role of administration as well as the need on how to maximize the utilization of current systems is stressed. Topics include the information needs of the strategic planning process, administrative function and clinical care. The course will involve site visits. Prereq: HA 602 and 642. 

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HA 628 Human Resources Management in Healthcare

This course will present an overview of career development, human resource planning, staffing, and training in the health care sector. Prereq: MHA program status. (Same as PA 628.)

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HA 628 Human Resources Management in Healthcare

This course will examine concepts, methods, systems, and processes for planning and managing human resources in healthcare. It is designed for those aspiring to strategic leadership roles in complex healthcare organizations, rather than primarily for those seeking a specialized role in human resources. Prerequisites: MHA program status or permission of instructor.

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HA 635 Management Accounting for Health Care Organizations

This course is designed to introduce the use of management accounting techniques to decision making in health care organizations. Lectures, problems and cases will be used to provide an opportunity to focus on the various types of health care providers. Prereq: MHA/MPA program status and HA 601 and HA 621.

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HA 635 Management Accounting for Health Care Organizations

This course is designed to introduce the use of management accounting techniques to decision making in health care organizations. Lectures, problems and cases will be used to provide an opportunity to focus on the various types of health care providers. Prereq: MHA program status and HA 601 and HA 621. 

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HA 636 Health Economics

This course applies general theoretical principles of economics to the health care sector. The basic approach is to recognize the importance of scarcity and incentives, allowing for differences peculiar to health. The demand and supply of health and medical care are examined as they involve physicians, nurses and hospitals. The competitiveness of their markets, health insurance and the role of government are explored. Special topics include regulation and planning, benefit-cost analysis, and reform health plans. Prereq: The economics prerequisite can be met in three ways: (a) an undergraduate principles course in microeconomics and HA/PA 652; (b) an undergraduate microeconomics principles course and a graduate course in managerial economics; or (c) an undergraduate microeconomics principles course and an intermediate microeconomics course. (Same as ECO 653/ PA 636.)

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HA 636 Health Economics

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of current health economics issues, using economics as a tool to analyze health care and health care policy. Primary topics covered include the production of and demand for health and medical care; information asymmetries between patients, doctors, and payers; and health care reform. Prerequisites: MHA program status or permission of instructor. 

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HA 637 Health Finance

This course applies general principles of finance to the financial management of health care institutions. The major financial incentives which dictate how health care is delivered are studied and proposals to change these incentives are explored. Prereq: MHA/MPA program status and HA 601, HA 621, PA 623, HA 635. (Same as PA 637.)

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HA 637 Health Finance

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of current health economics issues, using economics as a tool to analyze healthcare and healthcare policy. Primary topics covered include the production of and demand for health and medical care; information asymmetries between patients, doctors, and payers; and health care reform. Prerequisites: MHA program status, and an undergraduate principles course in microeconomics, or permission of instructor.

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HA 642 Public Organization Theory and Behavior

A course which examines the interaction of both external and internal resources and constraints upon the administrative decision processes in a number of public organizational settings. The objective is an understanding of the practice of administration in public organizations. Prereq: MPA/MHA program status. (Same as PA 642.)

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HA 642 Public Organization Theory and Behavior

This course is an introduction to the disciplines of organization theory and organization behavior and their application in healthcare organization management. It includes the interaction of both external and internal resources and constraints on administrative decision-making processes and a focus on the management challenges presented by organizations, particularly healthcare organizations. Special attention is given to understanding the practice of administration in organizations, the skills needed for effective management, and evolving management approaches (i.e. LEAN). Prerequisites: MHA program status or permission of instructor. 

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HA 656 Managerial Epidemiology

A study of the tools necessary for planning and evaluating health programs: planning systems, needs assessment methodologies, data analysis skills, the epidemiologic method, effectiveness and efficiency evaluation. An overview of trends and requirements leading to increased emphasis on planning and program accountability. Prereq: MHA program status, HA 601, HA 621, and HA 635. 

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HA 660 Decision Making in Health Care Organizations

This course is designed to build on the concepts and techniques introduced in the MHA curriculum and integrate them with a decision making focus in a variety of health care problems and settings. Case analysis will be used extensively to develop an opportunity for the student to learn to apply the appropriate skills to an unstructured environment. Prereq: MHA program status and completion of first two semesters MHA course work. 

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HA 673 Health Policy

An analysis of the development and implementation of health policy on a national, state, local and organizational level. The course will focus on issue and policy analysis, formal and informal processes of policy development and the issues, values, and political and community factors affecting policy development and program implementation. Prereq: HA 636, MHA program status or consent of instructor. (Same as PA 673.)

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HA 673 Health Policy

An analysis of the development and implementation of health policy on a national, state, local and organizational level. The course will focus on issue and policy analysis, formal and informal processes of policy development and the issues, values, and political and community factors affecting policy development and program implementation. Prereq: HA 636, MHA program status or consent of instructor.

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HA 711 Practicum in Health Administration

Practical field experience in a healthcare management setting under the shared direction of a workplace preceptor and faculty member. Prereq: MHA program status or permission of instructor. 

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HA 715 Health Policy and Aging

This course will present an overview of health policy in the United States as it affects the older population. It will provide an overview of the health care system, allocation of health services across the population and projected impact of the increase in the aging population on health care delivery. Various health policy proposals will be analyzed with a focus on their impact on the older population. (Same as GRN 715.) 

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HA 775 Special Topics in Health Administration

An analysis of selected issues with special significance for health administration. Prereq: MHA program status.

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HA 785 Independent Studies in Health Administration

Supervised individual research on a topic related to health administration selected by the student. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

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STA 580 Biostatistics I

Descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, paired and unpaired tests, ANOVA, contingency tables, log rank test, and regression with biostatistics applications. Prereq: MA 109 or equivalent.

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