Public Health (PUBH)

PUBH 5001  Professional Seminars in Public Health  (0)  

Orients students in the Baylor Master of Public Health program to the degree program purpose, requirements, and opportunities. Includes concepts and practical guides for developing professional skills and preparing to enter the public health workforce.

PUBH 5121  Public Health Immersion I  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): PUBH 5315, 5334, 5337, and 5350  

Interprofessional experience with graduate students and professionals from diverse sectors to assess community needs and assets in order to generate collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to community health.

PUBH 5122  Public Health Immersion II  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): PUBH 5121, 5315, 5334, 5337, and 5350  

Students engage in literature reviews and data collection to facilitate the development of a graduate project proposal for field-based practice.

PUBH 5199  Non-Thesis Degree Completion  (1)  

To fulfill requirements for non-thesis master's students who need to complete final degree requirements other than coursework during their last semester. This may include such things as a comprehensive examination, oral examination, or foreign language requirement. Students are required to be registered during the semester they graduate.

PUBH 5220  Public Health Immersion Experience  (2)  

Interprofessional experience with graduate students and professionals from diverse sectors to assess community needs and assets in order to generate collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to community health. Literature reviews and data collection facilitate the development of a graduate project proposal for field-based practice.

PUBH 5302  Foundations of Environmental Health Science  (3)  
Cross-listed as ENV 5302  

See ENV 5302 for course information.

PUBH 5315  Theoretical Foundations of Public Health  (3)  

Theoretical models and concepts of social and behavioral health. Theory-based approaches to public health education and health promotion.

PUBH 5329  Current Topics in Public Health  (3)  

Current health issues and directed study to provide appropriate graduate-level experience in health-content areas.

PUBH 5334  Foundations of Public Health  (3)  

Foundational concepts, principles, and practices of public health and population health.

PUBH 5337  Public Health Concepts in Epidemiology  (3)  

A foundational course in study designs and descriptive and analytic epidemiologic methods.

PUBH 5338  Methods in Epidemiology  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): PUBH 5337  

This course provides an in-depth study of common methods used by epidemiologists to obtain valid measures of associations of exposures and outcomes. Basic principles of causal inference, the identification and control of confounding and effect measure modification, and regression-based methods will be covered. In addition, the course covers survival analysis and an overview of methods to handle missing data.

PUBH 5347  Global Health Epidemiology  (3)  

An in-depth study of the application of epidemiology to improve global health through a multidisciplinary approach. Topics include utilizing epidemiological tools to help generate evidence on interventions; determining how social and economic factors influence the spread/distribution of diseases, particularly in low-income settings; estimating disease burden; and translating epidemiologic evidence to policy.

PUBH 5348  Applied Data Analysis for Epidemiology and Population Health  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): PUBH 5337 and PUBH 5300 or equivalent  

An applied computer analytic course designed to provide a foundational background in health-related data management and analysis using SAS software. Topics include primary data collection, importing and managing data sets, creating and modifying variables, univariate analysis, bivariate analysis, and introduction to linear and logistic regression models.

PUBH 5350  Assessment and Planning in Public and Community Health  (3)  

Principles, models, and methods of assessment and program planning in public health.

PUBH 5358  Global Public Health  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): PUBH 5315, 5334, 5337, 5350, 5379 and STA 5300  

Global Public Health is an introductory course for graduate students in community/public health and allied health fields to provide a foundation in key global health concepts. Topics include global health determinants and trends, global health economics and system, culture, grassroots community development, and specific global health issues. Class lectures are interspersed with active learning exercises and in-class practice problems.

PUBH 5360  Evaluation in Public and Community Health  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): PUBH 5350  

Program evaluation and measurement concepts and practical applications in public health.

PUBH 5370  Physical Activity and Public Health  (3)  

This course introduces and explores the social and behavioral epidemiology of physical activity in public health, including outcomes, influences, and promotion for individuals, various settings, communities, and the population at large. In addition, this course will develop an understanding of policy and advocacy as it pertains to physical activity promotion.

PUBH 5377  Principles and Philosophy in Health, Human Performance and Recreation  (3)  

Bases of principles, the evolution of principles and philosophies, and the interpretation and application of principles to program development and conduct.

PUBH 5378  Administration and Leadership in Public Health  (3)  

Public health policy and systems thinking. Administrative and leadership approaches to developing and managing fiscal and human resources in public health programs.

PUBH 5379  Research Methods in Public Health  (3)  

Developmental theory, investigation and gathering of data, statistical analysis and evaluation, and research reporting as these relate to research in public health.

PUBH 5380  Determinants of Health & Health Equity  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): PUBH 5315, 5334, 5337, 5350, 5379, and STA 5300  

This course provides an overview of health disparities and inequities in the U.S., based on the social determinants of health, and prepares students to be effective practitioners by approaching public health practice with a focus on equity and the root causes of health outcomes. Factors such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, health communication, urban and rural contexts, the built environment, and cultural competency are also examined.

PUBH 5390  Public Health Policy and Practice  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): PUBH 5315, 5334, 5337, 5350, 5379 and STA 5300  

This course introduces students to health care policymaking and the impact of decision-making processes on health care delivery in the United States. Students utilize a health in all policies framework to examine current health care policies and understand the significance of equity to advance public health policy and practice.

PUBH 5399  Epidemiology Capstone  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): PUBH 5001, 5315, 5334, 5337, 5338, 5347, 5348, 5379 and STA 5300  

This course pursues the integration of epidemiology competencies through an independent research investigation and publication of findings. Students conduct independent data analyses, make written and oral presentations of findings, and practice peer review to simulate a professional research and practice experience.

PUBH 5699  Community Health Capstone  (6)  
Pre-requisite(s): PUBH 5001, 5315, 5334, 5337, 5350, 5360, 5379, 5V94, and STA 5300  

Students integrate public health and community health competencies into a culminating experiential learning project.

PUBH 5V70  Special Topics in Public Health  (1-6)  

Opportunities for intensive, in-depth study of areas of public health of special professional interest and need to the student. Supervision and support is given by selected resource persons.

PUBH 5V74  Professional Literature Seminar in Public Health  (1-6)  

Supervised readings in public health. May be repeated once.

PUBH 5V75  Seminar in Public Health  (1-3)  

Seminar topics in Public Health.

PUBH 5V90  Public Health Internship  (6-7)  

Full-time experience in an agency, corporation, or hospital for on the job training in a professional field.

PUBH 5V94  Public Health Practicum  (3-4)  

Part-time experience in an agency, corporation, or hospital for exposure to various professional areas of employment. Lab fee $50.

PUBH 5V99  Thesis  (1-6)  

Credit received when thesis approved. A total of six hours will be required

PUBH 6101  Mentored Teaching in Public Health I  (1)  

Doctoral students in public health are assigned to an experienced public health instructor as a teaching mentor and a course taught by the mentor. They observe the mentor in each class period, assist with various teaching aspects, develop and teach some course lectures and class activities, and obtain feedback from the mentor.

PUBH 6102  Mentored Teaching in Public Health II  (1)  
Pre-requisite(s): PUBH 6101  

Doctoral students in public health are assigned to an experienced public health instructor as a teaching mentor and a course taught by the mentor. They co-teach the course and assist with various teaching aspects, lecture and lead class activities and projects, and help revise course materials for future use.

PUBH 6300  Mentored Public Health Research  (3)  

Doctoral students in public health work with their faculty mentors on various aspects of research (e.g., literature review, study design/instrument development, study implementation, data analysis/interpretation, manuscript development, grant and report writing). Projects are specific to the student’s research interests and needed skills. Students enroll in this 3-hour course in each of 3 semesters for a total of 9 credit hours.

PUBH 6321  Advanced Theory & Practice in Behavioral Health I  (3)  

Advanced study of sociobehavioral theories and applications in public health research. Focus on societal-level influences, social structures, sociocultural factors, and individual attitudes and beliefs. Procedures for developing and validating quantitative and qualitative instruments that assess health behaviors and related theoretical constructs examined. Adapting measurement approaches to address cultural and sociodemographic factors included.

PUBH 6322  Advanced Theory & Practice in Behavioral Health II  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): PUBH 6321 Advanced skill development for the examination and construction of measurements related to behavior change constructs and theories  

Building upon PUBH 6321 Advanced Theory & Practice in Behavioral Health I, content focuses on additional methods of theory testing, assessment design, scale validation for different populations, and application to community based participatory research (CBPR).

PUBH 6331  Advanced Epidemiologic Methods  (3)  

Study of methodologic issues and epidemiologic applications in public health and medicine. Includes causation and causal inference, measures of occurrence, measures of effect and measures of association, concepts of interaction, validity and precision in epidemiologic studies, design strategies to improve study accuracy, applications of stratified analysis methods, social epidemiology, meta-analysis, and emerging ethical issues in research.

PUBH 6332  Advanced Epidemiologic Data Analysis  (3)  
Pre-requisite(s): PUBH 6331  

Study of advanced epidemiologic data analysis: underlying principles and assumptions, practical application, and correct interpretation of epidemiologic multivariable models. Includes exploratory and descriptive statistical methods, linear regression, logistic regression, survival analysis, repeated measures and longitudinal data analysis, generalized linear models, causal inference, predictor selection, missing data, and complex surveys.

PUBH 6370  Grant Writing and Research Ethics in Public Health  (3)  

Focus on grant writing process, seeking and securing funding, and grant management. Students apply advanced methods from their respective public health concentrations to write external grant proposals appropriate for their proposed lines of public health research and participate in the peer-review of proposals drafted by other students. Ethics, principles, and regulations applicable to prevention and public health research are also addressed.

PUBH 6380  Seminar on Professional Writing in Public Health  (3)  

Development of technical writing skills among students pursuing a Public Health doctorate. Students learn writing and manuscript development basics and work with their faculty mentors to write literature review/research-focused manuscripts designed for publication.

PUBH 6V99  Doctoral Dissertation in Public Health  (1-12)  
Pre-requisite(s): Instructor consent  

Must have completed all required courses and passed qualifying exam. Doctoral students in public health gain approval of a written dissertation and research, analyze, write, and defend their dissertation. A total of 12 credit hours of dissertation work is required and counts toward the degree. These credits are commonly divided across multiple semesters and only begin after students have successfully completed all course work and passed their doctoral qualifying examinations.