Course Descriptions

Core Courses

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 1 (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.

PH304 Environmental Public Health I (Fall, Spring)
Students will explore major areas of environmental public health (EPH), including environmental hazards, exposures, and related health outcomes, including emerging topics in environmental public health. Students will learn how to evaluate the burden of disease due to a particular exposure; critique an environmental public health article to make conclusions and recommendations; design questions for a brief public health survey; recognize the role of environment and environmental health organizations; write a grant proposal for a public health project.

PH308 Environmental Public Health II (Fall 2018, Spring)
Building on PH304 Environmental Public Health 1, students will examine populations at higher risk for environmental health effects, as well as explore cross-cutting and emerging environmental health topics that affect global populations. Students will practice skills such as exposure assessment and risk communication that are necessary for public health practice in a variety of settings.
Prerequisite: PH304 Environmental Public Health 1

Electives

*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.

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.

PH312 Public Health & Food Systems (Summer)
Eating is an everyday act for most of us, one that profoundly affects our health and wellbeing. As we face an unprecedented obesity epidemic with associated chronic diseases, our food systems are becoming increasingly consolidated, globalized and complex. Students will explore food systems’ influence on public health, and how technology, policy, biology, epidemiology, and historical knowledge can support a healthier food system.

PH314 Environmental Risk & Communication (Fall)
Risk assessment is a scientific approach to identifying and quantifying risks to public health and the environment. Communicating health risk in relation to environmental issues is complicated by social, economic, political and scientific factors. This course explores theory, policy and techniques for environmental risk communication from the viewpoints of government, industry, special interest groups, and the general public.

PH315 Public Health Surveillance: Tracking Health Behaviors and Disease (Fall)
Surveillance of infectious and non-infectious diseases, as well as health behaviors and population characteristics, is fundamental to nearly all fields of modern public health practice. By definition, public health surveillance is the “ongoing systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of outcome-specific data for use in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice” (CDC/ATSDR). To understand the practice of surveillance, students will examine many examples of surveillance systems from the developed and developing world with emphasis on U.S. State and Federal systems.
Prerequisite: PH302 Epidemiology 1

PH319 Environmental Public Health Law and Policy (Spring)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the major U.S. environmental public health laws and the approaches, strategies, standards, and enforcement techniques by which American law protects our environmental and our health. The focus of the course is on what law consists of, who makes it, how it is made, and how it is enforced. Students will be introduced to the major environmental laws and will evaluate issues, controversies, and developments in environmental health policy.

PH322 One Health: Zoonoses (Fall 2017, Summer)
Zoonoses and vector-borne disease account for the majority of emerging and re-emerging diseases, and most bioterrorism agents are zoonotic. The role of other animals as reservoirs and transmitters of disease requires consideration of human, animal and environmental factors. In this course, students will examine the drivers that influence infection in animals and humans including: weather and climate, land use, biodiversity, poverty, globalization, domestication, population pressure, and anthropogenic change.

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.

PH325 Investigating Disease Outbreaks (Fall)
Field epidemiology is the term used for the investigation of outbreaks that are creating current, urgent health problems, and to inform the selection and implementation of appropriate interventions. In conducting such investigations, epidemiologists work with colleagues from a variety of disciplines (e.g., laboratory science, environmental health, communications, clinical medicine, governmental agencies). Students will gain insight to the importance of understanding outbreak investigation principles for health professionals working in these settings.

PH327 Climate Change and Human Health (Spring)
Following an introduction to climate science, this course explores the associated health risks, including respiratory disease, vector-borne disease, food-borne disease, malnutrition, mental health, and disaster-related illness. Students explore how these changing health risks vary by geography and socio-demographics resulting in differences in population vulnerabilities.

 

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