04910/Public Health (PUBHLTH)


Lower Division Courses

1101. Introduction to Public Health (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0100.)

This course introduces students to the concepts and models of public health using a historical perspective on the contribution and roles of public health in society. The course introduces the contributions of the five core public health disciplines: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, behavioral sciences/health education and health services administration. Students learn to identify prevention strategies such as vaccination, screening, counseling and education interventions and a range of health promotion and disease prevention modalities inlcuding environmental-occupational, legal and policy approaches. Particular attention is directed to addressing health disparities and the role of cultural competency in delivering effective publich health services.

1103. International Health (3 s.h.) F S. Core: IS.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH C089.)

Examines avenues of international cooperation in health; explores the most significant health problems and resources in developing and developed countries by focusing on international differences in health status, social/economic/political factors in health care, varied approaches to providing health services, the role of health workers, and the involvement of foundations and multilateral and bilateral agencies.

1104. Nutrition and Health (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0104.)

Examines food habits and nutritional needs of young adults. Considers nutritional advertisements, food faddism, fad diets, deficiency diseases, and evaluation of diets.

1105. Society, Drug, and Alcohol Perspectives (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0101.)

Examines the current use of alcohol and drugs in society and the effects of one's experience with psychoactive chemicals. This course includes historical, physiological, psychological, sociological, and philosophical perspectives.

1106. Human Sexuality (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0106.)

Explores sexuality and personal lifestyle, including human sexuality as a dimension of health personality, sex roles and sexual identity, the physiological bases of the sex drive, sexual function, and sexual response, and psychological factors related to sexual development and expression.

1201. Contemporary Health Issues (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0110.)

This course explores the basic concepts of health and how they relate to our lifestyles. The student will acquire extensive knowledge of injuries and prevention, cardiovascular disease, cancer, human reproduction, human sexuality and communicable diseases including sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.

Upper Division Courses

2101. Disease Prevention and Control (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0102.)

Explores selected transactions between individual, environment, and disease agents, and their influence on human diseases, human nature, and human environment.

2102. Environmental Health (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0107.)

An introductory course incorporating not only the common concepts associated with environmental health (population dynamics, air pollution, water pollution, land pollution) but also emerging and controversial issues associated with environmental threats to human health, such as emerging diseases, global warming, and biological and chemical weapons. Emphasis is on biological, chemical, and physical sources of exposures, the effects on human health, and the methods of limiting exposures and effects.

Note: This course is for Public Health majors and minors only.

2201. Health Communication (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0188.)

Communication processes and effects are examined from the perspective of interpersonal, intrapersonal, organizational and mass communication. The impact of these types of communication in the health care arena is also discussed.

2202. Man-Made Disasters: Radiological, Chemical & Biological Terrorism (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0201.)

This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and models of public health preparedness, mitigation, and response in the context of man-made disasters, including radiological, chemical and biological incidents. The course will address identified core competencies of emergency preparedness for public health professionals which include: disaster management, risk assessment, risk communication, governmental resources, functional roles, surveillance, and preparedness evaluation. Man-made disasters will be looked at in a historical, environmental and psychological context in order to elucidate the role of public health in man-made disaster preparedness and response. In addition the role of cultural competency in emergency management and preparedness will be addressed. Public perception of risk and media views of man-made disasters will be explored.

2203. AIDS and Society (3 s.h.) S SS.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0305.)

This course offers the student the opportunity for an in-depth study of one of the most critical public health issues facing society today. Topics include: current HIV/AIDS information as well as exploration of related issues including sexuality, homophobia, and discrimination, research, international/political implications and worldwide economic effects.

2204. Diet and Weight Management (3 s.h.) S SS.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0343.)

Examination of modern techniques for weight management and weight loss. Emphasis on participation in and understanding of programs for weight management, nutrition management, and exercise management.

2205. Coping with Life Stress Workshop (3 s.h.) SS. $.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0348.)

The impact of poorly managed stress on physical and emotional health. Coping skills and strategies for effective stress management. Individual stress profiles will be developed, emphasizing a holistic view of the individual in a rapidly changing society.

Note: Lab fee required.

2206. Holistic Health & Aging (3 s.h.) SS.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0350.)

Complementary and alternative medicine covers a broad range of healing philosophies, approaches, and therapies. Some are based upon religious or cultural traditions; others are driven by anti-professionalism, and still others, such as chiropractic, are alternative professions, reimbursed and regulated like allopathic medicine, but based upon alternative theories of illness and health. The purpose of this class is to describe the basic principle and practice of a number of alternative therapies.

2207. Emergency Medical Practice (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0351.)

A comprehensive course in recognition and management of trauma, sudden illness and the epidemiological analysis of trauma.

Note: Advanced First Aid and CPR certification issued upon successful completion on the course.

2209. Violence and Injury Prevention (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0105.)

This course presents the public health perspective on violence and both intentional and unintentional injury. Course topics include information regarding the incidence of injury-related morbidity and mortality in the United States, as well as strategies for the prevention of injury.

2211. Communication in Health Care Settings (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0288.)

Communication processes, issues and problems in health care settings, particularly in the context of changes in health care organizations. Topics include communication between health care consumers and providers, in interdisciplinary health care teams, in self-help and support groups, and across ethnic groups.

2212. Advanced Human Sexuality (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0325.)

Prerequisite: Public Health 1106 (0106).

An advanced examination of human sexuality as it relates to both sexuality and personal lifestyle. Psychological, socio-cultural, political and biological issues surrounding sex and sexuality are examined in-depth.

2213. Trauma and Coping (3 s.h.)

General overview of issues surrounding cognitive and affective strategies to help students become aware of trauma-related coping behaviors. Common reactions to trauma would cover emergency situations, on-going trauma and death, dying and bereavement.

2304. Health Teaching Techniques for Peer Educators (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0206.)

Peer educators are Temple University students who focus on promoting campus social and educational environments consisting of lower-risk choices, which reflect the attitudes, behaviors, and values of healthy lifestyles. The peer educators are trained to facilitate on-campus as well as off-campus workshops and programs that deal with sexual health, nutrition, and fitness, stress management, tobacco, and other general wellness issues. This class is meant only for those students training to be THEO peer educators.

Note: This course is for THEO Peer Educators only.

3101. Epidemiology (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0225.)

Prerequisite: Statistics (QB) course: Math 1013 (C067), Psychology 1167 (C067), Sociology 1167 (CO67) or Statistics 2101 (CO21).

This course explores the application of epidemiology practices in public health including: using and interpreting data, calculating measures of health status, and identifying various research study designs used in epidemiologic studies. Additionally, the course will apply the steps in epidemiological disease investigation in order to become familiar with the methodology used in studying an epidemic outbreak.

Note: This course is for Public Health majors or minors only.

3102. Research Methods (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH W312.)

This course will cover the basic concepts of public health research including: study designs, human subjects protection, quantitative and qualitative research techniques and data collection. These concepts will be applied to public health settings and topics.

Note: This course is for Public Health majors only.

3103. Counseling Techniques for Health Professionals (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0324.)

An introduction to counseling techniques used by health professionals working with individuals and groups.

3104. Professional Seminar in Public Health I (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0200.)

Prerequisite: Open to junior status Public Health majors only.

Introduction to various professional issues including, but not limited to: multi-culturalism, professional organizations, and ethics as well as professional behavior in public health settings.

Note: This course should only be taken the semester before going out on the first internship, Public Health 3185 (0280).

3105. Teaching Techniques (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0302.)

Prerequisite: Kinesiology 1223 (C100).

Designed to introduce public health education majors to basic principles of teaching and help them develop a repertoire of essential teaching skills which will then be executed under controlled conditions.

Note: This course is for Public Health majors only. Includes a weekly one-hour practicum.

3106. Teaching Health (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0303.)

Prerequisite: Public Health 3105 (0302), Kinesiology 1223 (C100) and 1224 (C101).

A continuation of Teaching Techniques, where students examine various teaching practices and their adaptations. Students learn how to create and carry out lesson plans and other health education interventions.

Note: This course is for Public Health majors only.

3185. Internship I (4 to 6 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0280.)

Prerequisite: Public Health 3104 (0200), 3496 (W321) and 3105 (0302), Kinesiology 1223 (C100) and 1224 (C101).

A field placement experience at an agency in which students are involved with ongoing public health projects and programs.

Note: This course is for Public Health majors only.

3208. International Health Study Abroad (6 s.h.) SS.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0301.)

Prerequisite: Must be approved by the International Programs office. Co-Requisite: Public Health 4391 (0210).

Study abroad in Costa Rica.

3382. Independent Study in Public Health (1 to 6 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0140.)

Supervised independent projects on issues related to public health.

Note: This course is for Public Health majors only.

3496. Introduction to Public Health Programs (3 s.h.) F. Core: WI.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH W321.)

An overview of public health programs, functions, services and interactions within and between public and private sector agencies on local, state and national levels. Emphasis on completing needs assessments of community issues and designing innovative community programs to meet consumer needs. Involves writing a fictional grant proposal.

Note: This course is for Public Health majors only.

3596. Public Health Program Administration (3 s.h.) S. Core: WI.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH W340.)

Prerequisite: Public Health 3496 (W321).

A continuation of Public Health Programs, with an emphasis on understanding the steps necessary to market and administer a successful health program.

Note: This course is for Public Health majors only.

4185. Internship II (8 to 10 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0380.)

Prerequisite: Public Health 3185 (0280).

Semester long field based placement where students apply academic learning to demonstrate competencies associated with entry-level practice.

Note: This course is for Public Health majors only.

4391. Directed Research in Public Health (3 s.h.) SS.

(Formerly: PUBHLTH 0210.)

Co-Requisite: Public Health 3208 (0301).

Study abroad in Costa Rica.

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