Public Health (PUBH)

PUBH 140V. Introduction to Public Health. 1 Unit.

This course discusses an interdisciplinary perspective of the health of individuals and populations locally, nationally, and globally. The roles of natural, social, and behavioral sciences, including communities, the environment, policies, and business, are discussed in relation to diverse individual and population health, including health care systems, interventions, services and delivery. Public health careers are presented, and a survey of responsibilities of global, national, state, and local organizations are also described.

PUBH 290. Special Topics. 1 Unit.

PUBH 300. Foundations of Health Policy. 1 Unit.

This course covers U.S. healthcare system organizational structures, including the Affordable Care Act. Healthcare delivery, management, and financing are introduced, comparing health systems globally, assessing their differences and the impact on social justice. Legal, ethical, and economic issues are addressed among historical and current policies and practices. Students discuss case studies and health policy current events locally, nationally, and globally. Offered once per year.

PUBH 301. Foundations of Environmental Health Science. 1 Unit.

Students assess fundamental concepts of environmental factors impacting human health, including sources, exposure pathways, and methods of prevention, intervention, and control. Water, air, and soil pollution are examined, and introductory toxicology and adverse health effects to which a diversity of populations is exposed. Students discuss case studies, current environmental health issues, and related scholarly publications, including environmental justice and policy. Offered once per year.

PUBH 303. Global Health. 1 Unit.

The course introduces students to the values, concepts, and functions of public health applied to solving global health problems. Students will learn how social, economic, political, environmental and cultural factors influence and interact with global health challenges. This course will take an interdisciplinary approach towards various health issues and disparities the global community encounters with a focus on developing countries.

PUBH 308Q. Health and Medical Statistics. 1 Unit.

Quantitative and analytical skills will be developed to analyze and interpret health and medical data collected from observational and experimental studies. Emphasis will be placed on interpretation of methods throughout published literature in public health, medicine, and the broader health sciences.

PUBH 325. Epidemiology. 1 Unit.

Epidemiology is the study of the causes and spread of diseases in populations. The methodologies utilized by epidemiologists gather evidence to determine not only the treatment and management of diseases, but also public health policy and funding for research. The principles and techniques of epidemiology incorporate statistical and mathematical constructs to determine the probability and outcomes of disease by answering the who, why, how, when, and where questions associated with a specific disease state or event. Prerequisite: IHSC 308Q, MATH 125Q, BIOL 243Q, PSYC 321Q, HLSC 308Q or other approved statistics course.

PUBH 375. Community Healthcare Seminar. 0.5 Units.

Offered in collaboration with practitioners from Florida Hospital, this course provides an academic foundation for expected subsequent one-year Health Coach Practicum I and II experiences with Florida Hospital. Topics include: challenges of delivering adequate healthcare in communities; population health; specific problems posed by diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease; ethical dimensions of “underinsurance;” community medicine and the law; and methods of improving compliance and measuring outcomes. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

PUBH 376. Health Coach Practicum I. 0.5 Units.

This practicum is expected of students with successful completion of HLSC 375. Students are expected to complete at least two semesters of the practicum, though there may be exceptions for seniors and other circumstances. Students will implement concepts learned in HLSC 375 through the role of a Health Coach and will accompany Florida Hospital Community Care Team (FHCC) health professionals on patient home visits to more fully understand how an interdisciplinary care coordination team functions in the homes. Prerequisites: PUBH 375 and permission of nstructor.

PUBH 377. Health Coach Practicum II. 0.5 Units.

Offered in collaboration with Florida Hospital, this second practicum follows successful completion of IHSC 376 Health Coach Practicum I. Students are expected to complete at least two semesters of the practicum, though there may be exceptions for seniors and other circumstances. Prerequisite: HLSC 376 .

PUBH 378. Health Coach Practicum III. 0.5 Units.

Public Health and healthcare is largely dependent on practice, and this advanced practicum is focused on enhancing the knowledge and experience gained in PUBH 375, PUBH 376, and PUBH 377. Students will be assigned a minimum of 2-3 patients/'clients,' in collaboration with Florida Hospital, to guide clients in self-managing their chronic diseases and solving complex health problems, including overcoming barriers to healthcare access. Prerequisite: PUBH 377 and Permission of instructor.

PUBH 390. Special Topics in Public Health. 0.5 or 1 Units.

PUBH 395. Teaching Apprenticeship. 0.5 Units.

PUBH 397. Public Health Internship. 1 Unit.

Enrollment in an internship course requires students to attend an orientation prior to beginning work at their internship site. For more information regarding internship orientations, please contact Career & Professional Development at or 386-822-7315.

PUBH 490. Special Topics in Public Health. 1 Unit.