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Undergraduate Courses

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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. 

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.  

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.