Course Descriptions

Core Courses

PH305 Policy Org & Financing of Health Care (summer) (Satisfies the same core requirement as PH317. Only one course will count towards the certificate)
Provides an overview of health care policies, organizational structures, and financing systems examined from economic, social, ethical, political, and global perspectives. Financing of health care systems will also be examined with respect to concepts and principles of change theory, ethical decision making, policy processes, and analysis.


PH317 Management in Health Services and Medical Care (summer, spring) (Satisfies the same core requirement as PH305. Only one course will count towards the certificate)
Addresses major issues, challenges, and opportunities faced by health services managers and practitioners relating to established and evolving social, public health, regulatory and legislative, economic, and professional policies.  Focuses on the performance of the U.S. health system on health access, quality, and cost.  Perspectives of consumers, employers, providers, insurers, public health agencies, and health policy makers are considered.

PH321 Controversies in Health Economics (summer)
In this course, you will learn health economic concepts, principles and theories as well as, true to the course title, how to apply these methods to a range of practical scenarios. We will start by talking about scarcity in healthcare and how different numbers can mean very different things, depending on the viewpoint. You will learn how to undertake your own health economic evaluation, whether cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-utility analysis, or cost-benefit analysis.

PH324 Public Health Informatics (fall)
Public Health Informatics is an emerging field that seeks to employ information technology tools and methods in order to address public health challenges and improve public health practice. Because data is the currency of public health professionals, informatics is essential to successful and efficient completion of public health goals given its fundamental role in every step of the data life cycle: collection, storage, analysis, representation, and dissemination.

PH326 Legal Issues in Health Care (spring)
This course provides students with an overview of the legal environment as it affects the provision of health care. Utilizing court decisions and other law, the course explores medical malpractice, negligence, liability (physician, product, and corporate), intellectual property, criminal aspects of health care, patient consent and rights, health care reform, and compliance with such laws as Medicaid, Medicare, and HIPAA.


*Please note this list is subject to change based upon instructional availability. The following courses are examples of electives that have been previously offered by the UVM Public Health program.

PH301 Public Health & Health Policy (summer, fall)
In the United States, we spend vast resources on health care and lag behind other developed countries in measures of health. Students will examine current health issues and barriers to improving health, as well as identify credible sources of health information to understand health topics such as preventing obesity, vaccines, global tobacco use, alcohol, environmental health topics, emerging infectious diseases, and access to health care. Students will learn about the compelling need for creative and multidisciplinary solutions, and how stronger policies to improve the health of the public might be accomplished.

PH302 Epidemiology I (summer, fall)
Epidemiology methods give us a framework in which we can order these complex relationships into information that can be used to improve population health. Students will learn how to define populations and estimate the distribution of health related conditions and their determinants. We will apply epidemiology methods to surveillance, screening and study design, and understand how to assess causality and control for factors that may mask our ability to find a relationship between an exposure and a health outcome.

PH306 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (spring)
Addresses the behavioral, social, and cultural factors related to individual and population health, and health disparities over the life course.

PH310 Public Health Law and Ethics (fall)
Public health law examines the government’s authority, at various jurisdictional levels, to improve the health of the general population within societal limits and norms. Public health ethics seek to understand and clarify principles and values that guide public health actions, offering a framework for making decisions and a means of justifying them.

PH 311 Global Public Health (spring)
Explores global public health and global health challenges affecting people primarily in developing or resource-constrained countries. Cultural competency concepts will be embedded. Examine basic principles of global public health, culture and health behavior, social determinants of health, the burden of disease (infectious, chronic, mental health), reproductive health, complex humanitarian emergencies, and global health agencies and collaborations.

PH318 Improving Health of Patients and Populations (summer)
This course uses population health as a context to develop students’ knowledge and appreciation of the impact of chronic conditions and social determinants, including culture, on health, linking care of individual patients and populations. Students will discover how social determinants of health (related to “place”) impact the health of populations and individual patients. Finally, students will apply these principles to the specific chronic conditions prevalent in the population of individuals over the age of 65, and evidence-based strategies to prevent and manage disease in this population.

PH328 Epidemiology for Practice (spring)
Epidemiology is the basic science of understanding disease and health at the population level. This course is designed to teach students basic concepts and terminology of epidemiology and how epidemiology is used in determining causes of disease, public health practice, and healthcare delivery. The focus is less on detailed mathematical analyses and more on applications of epidemiologic principles. This course is ideal for health administrators, health care and public health practitioners, and students seeking an introduction to epidemiology.