Courses

The course descriptions below are correct to the best of our knowledge as of April 2015. Please note that courses numbered SPH IH XXX are numbered SPH GH XXX as of fall 2015. Instructors reserve the right to update and/or otherwise alter course descriptions as necessary after publication. The listing of a course description here does not guarantee a course’s being offered in a particular semester. The Course Rotation Guide lists the expected semester a course will be taught. Please refer to the published schedule of classes for confirmation a class is actually being taught and for specific course meeting dates and times. In addition to the courses listed in the Bulletin and courses approved after April 1, SPH degree candidates may register for a directed (independent) study with a full-time SPH faculty member. For more information, speak with your faculty advisor or a staff member in the SPH Registrar’s office.

  • SPH SB 822: Quantitative Methods for Program Evaluation
    Graduate Prerequisites: The epi & Bio MPH core requirements & SB721. For SB concentrators, the assessment and intervention selectives.
    This course provides an overview of the major principles and methods associated with systematic evaluation of public health programs. The overall goal is to help students develop skills needed to plan, conduct, critique, and use evaluation research. The course covers: program logic models; formative, process and outcome evaluations; internal, external, validity; threats to internal validity; experimental and quasi-experimental designs; probability and non-probability sampling; questionnaire development; operationalization of variables; statistical analysis strategies; power analysis; and analysis of evaluation design.
  • SPH SB 833: Designing and Implementing a Public Health Communication Campaign
    Graduate Prerequisites: SPH SB721 and the assessment selective.
    What does it take to design a health communication campaign? Who is involved? What works? How do you produce an effective public health video? These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed by students of SB833. Students will work in teams for real non-profit organizations and produce a video that meets the communication needs of that client. They will learn about communication strategic planning and thinking as well as the steps towards producing an effective video. The final product is a finished video and an accompanying narrative report.
  • SPH SB 860: Strategies for Public Health Advocacy
    Graduate Prerequisites: SPH SB721 and assessment selective for SB concentrators. For MCH concentrators, MC725.
    This course is for advanced MPH students. It will explore the role public health practitioners can play in advocating for programs and policies to improve the public's health that have been demonstrated to be effective through peer reviewed scientific research. Students will analyze the process of advocating for policy and program change based on scientific evidence at the city, state and federal level through the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.
  • SPH SB 940: Culminating Experience in Social and Behavioral Sciences
    All Social & Behavioral Sciences concentrators must complete an integrative professional electronic portfolio as their Culminating Experience. The electronic portfolio will frame individual students' expertise, focus, experience, and skills in public health and help them to market themselves for employment as public health practitioners. Within the electronic portfolio, students will reflect upon their studies and synthesize materials from a range of courses. In integrating their knowledge, students will develop a plan of lifelong learning that reflects areas in which to bridge a knowledge gap or focus in greater depth. To document their work on the culminating experience, concentrators must register for SPH SB940, a zero-credit, pass/fail course. For more details on the requirements for the culminating experience, please see the Concentrator Guide.
  • SPH SB 941: Culminating Experience in Social and Behavioral Sciences II
    All Social & Behavioral Sciences concentrators must complete an integrative professional electronic portfolio as their Culminating Experience. The electronic portfolio will frame individual students' expertise, focus, experience, and skills in public health and help them to market themselves for employment as public health practitioners. To document their work on the culminating experience, concentrators must register for SPH SB940, a zero-credit, pass/fail course. Should they not finish the portolio in the semester in which they registered for SB940, students must register for SB941 and complete their work. For more details on the requirements for the culminating experience, please see the Concentrator Guide.