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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)
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Examination of the characteristics, beliefs and behaviors of groups and individuals concerning health issues as a basis for understanding the role of these factors in public health and their incorporation into strategies designed to address health needs of populations. Course draws on the clinical, social and behavioral sciences to examine issues underlying concepts of health and non-health; actions taken in response to symptoms or to promote health/prevent illness; interactions with health care systems; vulnerability to specific health problems; and the effects of health on societal agreements and expectations. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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This course will provide students with an overview of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applied in the context of health (public health, allied health and health care). Students will be introduced to GIS and health applications used locally, nationally and internationally. They will learn about pertinent data, how to visualize the data, how to design maps that represent the data, how to use spatial data, how to geocode data, and how to prepare and analyze data. Real-life examples will be used throughout the course and students will gain hands-on experience using a GIS application. Students will also be kept abreast of any new GIS resources and trends or developments in GIS as relates to health. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills. LEC
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This course is a comprehensive introduction to oral public health in general as it relates to public health in general, within the context of the U.S. health care system. Course content includes: Basic organizational arrangements of health services in the U.S., concepts of public health and dental public health, public health problems and oral public health problems in the context of social and community factors and social determinants of health behavior, oral public health developments from a historical perspective, oral health/dental care financing and decision making; assessments of oral health status and need for care; population-based programs for oral disease prevention/health promotion, oral/dental public health research methodology and the practice of oral public health. LEC
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This is an introductory behavioral research methods, course. Students will learn about research designs, hypothesis formation, measurement, sampling, ethical issues in research, and pragmatic and research issues with evaluating behavioral interventions. Students will also learn how to critically evaluate and develop behavioral randomized clinical trials. Prerequisites: None. Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health and an Introductory statistics course are recommended but not required. LEC
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This course is designed to enhance students' understanding of the immigration progress and its implications on health. This course will address a wide range of health issues experienced by immigrants in the U.S. and will analyze resources, disparities, and cultural factors having an impact on immigrants' health. This course will also review partnerships and strategies developed to address the health of immigrants in the U.S. Prerequisite: Completion of PRVM 818 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health and PRVM 863 Health Disparities is recommended. Instructor or program approval is required. LEC
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Internships with community agencies, community preceptors in areas of concentration. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. FLD
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Study and practice in health hazard appraisal and risk reduction, including knowledge of current approaches to data gathering and analysis. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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Family, maternal, and child health problems will be addressed. Topics will include prenatal care (maternal health and habits); fetal growth factors, well baby care (immunizations, nutrition, growth, development, behavior); developmental disabilities; adoption; adolescence; child abuse; family as a support system; long-term medical and social outcomes of chronic illness/disability in children. Subjects are covered through lecture, discussion and field visits under the supervision of a pediatrician. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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This course examines the principles of financial analysis and budget management used in health care systems. It is designed as an overview course for students with minimal background in financial management theory and emphasizes practical applications in health care settings of financial organization, sources of operation revenues, budgeting and cost allocation, and financial monitoring in both the public and private sector. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the core functions of public health: assessment, policy development, and assurance. It uses both theoretical and practical material to develop basic administrative competencies necessary for the practice of public health. Particular emphasis is placed on case studies which examine how public agencies use public and private resources most efficiently, effectively, and equitably to maintain or improve the health populations. (Same as HP&M 861.) LEC
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Development of basic program management skills as applied to the public health environment. The course will be organized into three components: 1) the public health environment of the United States; 2) the development of public health programs; and 3) public health management. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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The investigative research process will be reviewed using a three-part strategy. The seminar provides information about specific aspects of research design, methodology, and administration. Seminars are supplemented with small group discussions related to developing and completing a research protocol and presentations by faculty to highlight existing research studies. Students may enroll in PRVM 829 for up to 4 credit hours over successive semesters. The Seminar is designed for Primary Care and graduate students. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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This course will identify specific health effects of environmental contaminants and discuss principles of prevention. Specific problem areas will include air and water pollution, solid waste disposal, food preservation, radiation, industrial hygiene, occupational skin and lung diseases, chemical carcinogens accidents, an agricultural health and safety. A number of guest lecturers and field trips will be utilized. LEC
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A basic introduction to primary care research with a central focus on developing a framework for planning, designing, and conducting a research investigation. A written prospectus for a research project will be developed by each student. The Seminar is designed for graduate students. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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Epidemiological concepts applied to problems in environmental and occupational health will be discussed. This course will focus on studies of workplace and environmental exposures, exposure assessment and monitoring, hazardous exposures and adverse health effects, and approaches to prevention. Specific health effects of exposure to toxic chemical and physical agents will be discussed, as well as reading, evaluating, and interpreting epidemiologic studies. Prerequisites: PRVM 800 Principles of Epidemiology and PRVM 830 Environmental Health or permission of instructor. LEC
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Explore the political forces determining health policy. Critical analysis of key case studies in Public Health are used to study policy formulation, implementation through legislation and other strategies, and policy modification. Issues addressed include historical precedent, problem emergence, agenda setting, windows of opportunity, the politics of naming, funding strategies, coalition development, the role of the civil service, public mobilization, and organization response. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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Designed to teach students the core concepts in community health education and promotion, students will be introduced to the scientific and practical knowledge necessary to develop successful research and implement programs. Students will learn models of analysis, management of health promotion in the workplace, health education diagnosis, planning, and evaluation. A variety of examples will be used, including the Centers for Disease Control model, and other commonly recognized approaches to community health promotion. Prerequisites: PRVM 818 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health or permission of instructor. LEC
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Principles and procedures to evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs. Includes data collection methods, instrument scale development, measurement, and evaluation designs. Case studies of disease prevention literature on evaluation will be analyzed. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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An overview of the aging process, review of current knowledge of epidemiology of selected diseases, such as dementia and osteoporosis, and falls that primarily affect aging individuals. Emphasis on epidemiologic designs, methods, and issues (e.g., low response rate and measurements) that are pertinent to research on aging individuals. Prerequisite: PRVM 800, BMTR 811/PRVM 804, or permission of instructor. LEC
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Web-based course. Children rely on adults to protect them from hazards. Are we doing as much as we should? Are certain health problems in children related to environmental contamination? This course reviews and applies concepts in epidemiology, toxicology, reproductive health, and childhood development. Important children's health problems such as asthma, attention deficit disorder, and others are addressed. Students apply principles of health communication in a project designed to prevent environmental health problems among children. Prerequisite: PRVM 800 Principles of Epidemiology. LEC
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Epidemiologic concepts applied to problems in reproductive health of men and women. Critical analysis of epidemiologic studies on sociocultural, individual and pregnancy-specific risk factors to reproduction. Field trips will be used to explore methods to reduce adverse reproductive health outcomes in populations (worksites, managed care organizations, local health departments). Literature synthesis skills are used in a project focused on preventing adverse reproductive outcomes in a defined population. LEC
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Overview of how population-based epidemiological concepts are applied to primary care settings, within the framework of community-oriented primary care (COPC). Community and clinic populations will be emphasized. Epidemiology theory and primary care research applications will be taught. Prerequisite: PRVM 800 or permission of instructor. LEC
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Application and elaboration of epidemiologic principles in the context of clinical decision-making; design and interpretation of studies relating to diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, and therapeutics; techniques of economic analysis and meta-analysis; use of clinical epidemiology to develop practice guidelines. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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Application of the principles of epidemiology and the techniques of statistical analysis to the solution of epidemiologic problems. Emphasis will be placed on theory and application of various statistical techniques in the analysis of epidemiological data. Students will be oriented toward application and interpretation of various methodologies. Skills necessary for thesis preparation will also be addressed. Prerequisite: PRVM 800, SAS, or PRVM 814. LEC
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This course will concentrate on concepts and application of various statistical techniques in the analysis of epidemiological data. Topics include: 1) design of studies, 2) evaluation of data, 3) analysis of cohort studies, 4) clinical trials, and 5) community trials. Students will be oriented toward application and interpretation of various methodologies. Prerequisite: PRVM 800, PRVM 802, SAS Programming, or permission of instructor. LEC
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Obesity is becoming epidemic and pandemic throughout the world. What are the personal public health consequences of this phenomenon? Are we as focused as we should be on the effects of this growing problem? This course reviews the basic definition of obesity and defines its known personal and public health effects: including issues of bias and stigmatization. The course further examines the epidemiology, and future predicated consequences of obesity and then examines personal models of treatment followed by examination of public health efforts to date. Finally, proposed interventions and areas for research are discussed and evaluated. Students apply principles of behavioral change and communication to develop proposed public health approaches to ameliorating the obesity problem in children and adults. Prerequisite: PRVM 800: Principles of Epidemiology and PRVM 818: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health, or permission of instructor. LEC
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This course will demonstrate an understanding of the difference between health care and medical care and the place of medical care in the economic system; the role of social values and economic principles in societal decision making and the utilization of health care services; the role of NEED in the utilization of health care services; the public and private financing of the health care system; the organization of resources and types of managed care systems; the unique payment and the reimbursement mechanisms in the health care system; and the role of government in the health care system. LEC
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This course provides students with a broad range of contemporary research and writtings in the area of cultural competence in public health as it relates to health disparities and health interventions. Specific attention will be paid to examining self-awareness, developing cross-cultural competence, and identifying and utilizing culturally appropriate strategies in health promotion and prevention. Students emerge from this course with an understanding of how culture operates as a critical variable in health behaviors, planning health promotion and disease prevention strategies, and in addressing health disparities. LEC
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This course is designed to explore the application of economic theories, principles and concepts to the U.S. medical care system. Students will demonstrate an understanding of: the difference between health care and medical care and the place of medical care in the economic system; the role of social values in economic principles and societal decision making; the determinants of supply and demand of medical care services with particular attention to the relationship between supplier and demand and need and demand; complements and substitutes as they apply to medical care services; the unique nature of the medical care product; the interrelatedness of markets; the principles of and demand for health insurance and its role in the demand for medical care services; the role of government in the medical care system. LEC
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Medicine in Public Health is a 3 credit hour introductory graduate level course concerning the interface between clinical medicine and public health. MPH students will work with physicians-in-training to help support traditional public health practices in the community, apply principles of evidence-based medicine, and use systemic approaches to promote the health of a population. MPH students and medical students will undertake joint classes and participate in a service-based learning project related to population health. LEC
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The class analyzes long-term care in the U.S., addresses system and organizational aspects that affect organizational outcomes and quality of long-term care services, and considers long-term care policy and management issues. It explicitly applies a trajectory model of chronic illness, conceptualizing formal long-term care services as one series of responses to chronic illnesses and disability. LEC
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Qualitative research has diverged from its anthropology roots to become commonplace in marketing, business, clinical and public health settings. This course is focused to basic qualitative methodologies with applications in public health, health services research, health behavior, and quality improvement. This course reviews and gives real practice with strategic planning, choice of methods, logistics, and integration with quantitative methods. Students will receive hands-on experience with logistics and actual data collection using several methods. Students will present and discuss recent journal articles reporting qualitative studies in weekly "journal club" fashion. Students will present the results of their qualitative research in an oral class presentation and poster, and in an abstract submitted to a local, regional or national conference. Prerequisite: PRVM 800 or permission of instructor. LEC
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Epidemiology of major malignant disease is discussed. Emphasis is placed on the identification of populations at risk, etiologic factors and foreseeable methods of prevention. Relevant information on tumor biology, immunology, and viral, chemical and physical carcinogenesis is presented. Problems unique to epidemiologic investigation of cancers are discussed. Epidemilogical methodology is stressed. Prerequisite: PRVM 800. LEC
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This course is designed to prepare public health leaders to live and work in a world of laws, and to play an active and effective role in policy making and analysis. Students will understand the source of national, state, and local statutes and regulations and understand the role of common law. Students will understand the policy process at the national, state, and local level, and develop skills analyzing legislation and influencing policy decisions. Students will understand the rule making process at the national and state level. LEC
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This course examines the health and social needs of population groups with higher-than-average risk of disease, disability, and negative social outcomes. Such groups include low-income racial and ethnic minorities, urban adolescents, people in jails/prisons, the homeless, drug users, sex workers, immigrants, and people living with HIV/AIDS. The course utilizes the disciplines of social epidemiology and medical sociology to explore the individual, community, and structural-level determinants of health and implications for health care. LEC
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The purpose of this course is to engage research trainees in reading about, considering, and discussing the responsible conduct of science. The course is designed as an option for meeting current federal regulations, which require that all NIH training grants provide training in the responsible conduct of research. This course provides a concise overview of key subject areas in the responsible conduct of research. It is designed to make students aware of relevant guidelines, policies and codes relating to ethical research, as well as to provide the skills for identifying and resolving ethical conflicts that may arise in research. LEC
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Social and social-psychological processes that shape the experience of mental health and illness and the consequences of disorders for individuals, families, and communities will be examined. Theories of systems, evidence-based treatment, epidemiologic research, diverse populations, mental health consequences of disaster and terrorism, and systems of care and change. Students will become familiar with the role of mental health risk and protective factors in the promotion of well-being. Through critical review and discussion of selected readings in this area, students will consider the implications of mental health and illness as a community or public health issue. Students will be evaluated on critical thinking and evaluation skills through written assignments and projects designed to demonstrate their ability to identify and integrate key elements of mental health theory and research. RSC
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Seminar in Women's Health is a 3 credit elective, graduate level course focusing on gender issues that are relevant in treatment approaches to various health issues, the differing health status of minority women, the evolvement of women's health to include the entire life span and areas other than reproduction, the changing implications of health care and policy and men in women's health. No prerequisite. LEC
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This is a graduate-level course designed to teach students the basic methods of conducting and evaluating community-based participatory research (CBPR). Students will be introduced to the five phases of CBPR, including partnership formation and maintenance, community assessment and diagnosis, defining the issue, documentation and evaluation of partnerships, and feedback, interpretation, and evaluation of partnerships. In addition, students will learn how to find funding mechanisms and journals that are appropriate for CBPR, as well as some of the key factors in writing about CBPR. Students will be introduced to a variety of examples of well-done CBPR and will learn what makes it different from other types of research done in community settings. PREREQUISITES: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health or permission of instructor. LEC
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The course is designed to introduce participants to Motivational Interviewing, its concepts, and to the subsequent skills required for helping people to change. This course will be cross-listed with DN 857. LEC
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The Public Health in Film course will allow students the opportunity to address multiple public health issues throughout time via educational films and public health documentaries and discussion. Specific issues will include, but will not be limited to: polio, leprosy, cholera, tuberculosis, the bubonic plague, influenza, bioterrorism and natural disasters. LEC
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This course will provide an overview of tobacco as a public health problem and tobacco politics. Students will learn about the pharmacology of nicotine, the mechanisms leading to tobacco addiction and biologic factors that affect pharmacology and tobacco use such as the menstrual cycle and comorbid illnesses such as depression and others. Public health approaches to preventing tobacco use initiation will be studied, including which initiatives are most effective. State-of-the-art methods to assist smokers to quit will be reviewed, including pharmacologic interventions, counseling by health professionals and education/motivation support. Barriers to obtaining services will be explored, such as educational needs among various types of helth professionals, and access to care in rural areas or among clients with certain types of health insurance. LEC
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Comparative analysis of the demographic, geographic, and economic structure of various types of communities in Western and non-Western societies. Relationships between these compositional elements of a given community, its food and nutrition resources and services, and the nutritional status of its members. Development of alternative strategies for resource expansion and/or for delivering appropriate nutritional services to target communities. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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Through lectures, tabletop exercises, and invited speakers, the course content will include the following topics: terminology and core competencies, public health infrastructure, collaboration and communication, roles and responsibilities, psychological effects of terrorism, agricultural and zoonotic bioterrorism, law enforcements and public health, epidemiology of BT diseases (including agent specific lectures), burn injuries, risk communication, Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), National Incident Management System (NIMS), public health law as related to bioterrorism, and public health laboratory response related to bioterrorism. LEC
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This course is designed to enhance students' understanding of the biopsychosocial factors that contribute to disparities in health and health care. This course will also review strategies developed to reduce health disparities. Prerequisite: PRVM 818 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health is recommended. LEC
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Historically reviews the HIV pandemic to evaluate lessons learned in prevention and treatment of the disease and successes and failures of public policies to reduce the impact of HIV in various countries. Critically analyzes HIV prevention interventions (voluntary counseling and testing, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, promotion of safer sex practices, clean needle exchange, methadone or buprenorphine programs, treatment with antiretroviral therapy, pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis, vaccine and microbicide development) and challenges with their implementation. LEC
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Advanced study of one or more of the major ethical issues confronting medicine on the current scene. In addition to research resulting in one or more papers, there are guided readings, seminars, and tutorials. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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Advanced study in the history of medicine on a period or topic of the student's choice with approval of the instructor. In addition to the research which must result in one or more papers, there are seminars, guided readings, and tutorials. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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Lectures and small group discussions explore public health ethics, social justice and autonomy as they relate to public health practice and health policy. Current issues in health policy are discussed including: the right to health and health care, bioterrorism, and health inequalities, poverty and power. Weekly small group discussions include cases on MCHP, obesity and "fat taxes," resource allocation, and disparities in infant mortality. Student evaluation is based on class participation, a small group project, and a final paper based upon a case study addressing ethical issues relevant to the student's area of public health specialization. LEC
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Political, economic, and methodologic issues that affect health care quality and outcome measurement will be discussed and analyzed in this seminar. Visiting faculty experts in outcomes research and management will present models for health care outcomes assessment and evaluation. (Same as HP&M 876 and NRSG 888.) LEC
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This course combines instruction and practical exercises to move the participant step-by-step through all stages of planning programs, identifying funding sources, and writing grant proposals. Upon completion of the course, the student will have developed a quality proposal and be able to demonstrate skills in preparing grants. These will include: Development of fundable idea, Researching appropriate funding opportunities from foundations, corporations, and governmental sources; Finding grant information on the Internet; Reviewing federal grant applications, including NIH, NSF, and HRSA applications; Development of proposal elements and crafting a quality grant application; Review of certification and assurances required on grant applications; Review of evaluation and program outcome requirements on grant applications; Working with other participants in small groups to act as internal grant reviewers, responding to reviewers, and resubmitting grants. LEC
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Includes the mechanics of how to write clearly, focusing on mechanics, structure, and style. Students will practice specific strategies for writing effectively, with in depth attention paid to how ideas are distributed through well written sentences and paragraphs. Also includes editing and revision of writing for publication and grant submission. LEC
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A 3 credit hour graduate level course concerning basic computing skills necessary for any advanced epidemiologic or administrative quantitative methods. This course covers basics of variable and dataset creation, building, maintenance and basic descriptive (not interpretive) analysis. The course is designed to be of use to students entering a variety of research, administrative and public health settings in public health, clinical and other fields. Software covered will include SAS, SPSS, Epi Info, KIPHS, Microsoft-EXCEL and ACCESS. The course can stand alone, or prepare students for Biostatistics and Epidemiology courses. Public data presentations will be stressed to prepare students to communicate about data with the lay public. LEC
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This course is focused on community health education and promotion, especially designing and evaluating health communication programs for populations with shared risks, exposures or behaviors. Ways in which the general public receives and assigns meaning to health messages will be reviewed. The strengths and weaknesses of specific health communication initiatives will be analyzed in terms of theoretical constructs, costs and outcomes. Students apply public health principles by designing a substantive health communication piece or educational material. Prerequisite: PRVM 800: Principles of Epidemiology and PRVM 818: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health. Permission of instructor may be granted in lieu of these prerequisites. LEC
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This course examines techniques that are used in making clinical and management decisions when outcomes are uncertain. The course begins with a review of probabilistic decision making, then explores methods of analyzing choices with uncertain outcomes. stressing the use of decision trees and sensitivity analysis. The course examines cost minimization analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, and cost benefit analysis. (Same as HP&M 872) LEC
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This course provides students with an overview of performance improvement and management integrated within the core public health functions: assessment, policy development and assurance. It uses both theoretical and practical material to develop basic competencies necessary for performance management in community and public health settings. Key topics will include assessment tools and models, continuous quality improvement, evidence-based practice, performance improvement methods (epidemiologic measurement, measures of central tendency, problem identification and analysis, control charts) and the development of team-based problem solving and resolution. Prerequisite: PRVM 800 Principles of Epidemiology, PRVM 875 Management of Public Data; PRVM 827 Public Health Administration is preferred. LEC
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Research in community health, leading to the Master of Public Health degree. Prerequisite: PRVM 800, PRVM 818, BMTR 811/PRVM 804, and departmental approval. LEC
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Students will complete a practicum of at least 8 hours per week in a community health setting. (Same as NRSG 825.) Prerequisite: PRVM 800, PRVM 818, BMTR 811/PRVM 804, and permission of instructor. LEC
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Completion of a written project based on the community health practicum. The student will be examined orally over the methodology and content of the project. (This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours.) Prerequisite: PRVM 891 and permission of instructor. LEC
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Preparation of a formal thesis based on the research conducted on a community health problem. After the thesis has been completed, the student will be given an oral examination on the research methods and content. Prerequisite: PRVM 890 and departmental approval. (This course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.) THE
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Provides an overview of the discipline of psychology. Emphasizes developing an understanding of opportunities in psychology at the University of Kansas, exploring service-learning options related to the major, and helping students plan goals for their education through an understanding of their personal values and options within and outside the discipline. Open to KU-degree-seeking students only. Contact the Psychology Department to enroll in the course. Non-degree-seeking and non-KU students may enroll in the course by signing up with KU Continuing Education. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. LEC
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A basic introduction to the science of psychology. LEC
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Open to students in College or Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. LEC
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An introductory survey of personality theories, development, assessment and current research. LEC
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Open to students in College or Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. LEC
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An examination of the scientific "ways of knowing" employed by psychologists to discover the laws governing human behavior across a wide domain. The focus of the course is upon these methods and the statistical techniques that support them. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and MATH 101 or equivalent placement. LEC
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An examination of the scientific "ways of knowing" employed by psychologists to discover the laws governing human behavior across a wide domain. The focus of the course is upon these methods and the statistical techniques that support them. Open to students in University and Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. Not open to students taking PSYC 200. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and MATH 101. LEC
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This course is designed for the study of special topics in Psychology. course work must be arranged through the Office of KU Study Abroad. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC
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An introduction to statistical concepts and methods as they relate to analysis and interpretation of psychological data. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and MATH 101 or equivalent placement. LEC
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An introduction to statistical concepts and methods as they relate to analysis and interpretation of psychological data. Open only to student in University and Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. Not open to students who have taken PSYC 210. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and MATH 101 or equivalent placement. LEC
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An introduction to contemporary research and theory in human learning and memory, relevant perceptual processes, and higher functions such as language. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or equivalent placement. LEC
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Open to students in University or Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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A survey course on the science and application of child and adolescent development; including physical, motoric, social, emotional, and cognitive changes from conception through adolescence. The course covers methods and theory, genetics, and may incorporate content on aggression, morality, parenting, media, and peers. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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A survey course on the science and application of child and adolescent development; including physical, motoric, social, emotional, and cognitive changes from conception through adolescence. The course covers methods and theory, genetics, and may incorporate content on aggression, morality, parenting, media, and peers. Open to students in University or Departmental Honors Programs or by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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An examination of psychopathology including anxiety disorders, psycho-physiological disorders, affective disorders, and schizophrenic disorders. Disorders are considered from psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and biological perspectives. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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Open to students in College or Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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An introduction to the psychology of social behavior. Systematic consideration of such concepts as social influence, conformity and deviation, social attitudes and prejudice, socialization and personality, communication and propaganda, morale, and leadership. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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An introduction to the psychology of social behavior. Systematic consideration of such concepts as social influence, conformity and deviation, social attitudes and prejudice, socialization and personality, communication and propaganda, morale, and leadership. Open to students in University or Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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A survey of basic topics relating to the biological bases of behavior, including the physiology of neuronal and synaptic transmission, neurochemistry, and neuropharmacology. This survey will be followed by lectures on selected topics within the area of brain and behavior such as motivation, appetite, reward, language, and left-right hemispheric differences. Prerequisite: An introductory course in Psychology, an introductory course in Biology and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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A survey of basic topics relating to the biological bases of behavior, including the physiology of neuronal and synaptic transmission, neurochemistry, and neuropharmacology. This survey will be followed by lectures on selected topics within the area of brain and behavior such as motivation, appetite, reward, language, and left-right hemispheric differences. Open to students in University or Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: An introductory course in psychology, an introductory course in biology and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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The organization and function of the nervous system as it relates to topics of interest to psychologists, including pain, anxiety, stress, sleep, depression, schizophrenia, akinetic and dyskinetic movement disorders, and senile dementia. Prerequisite: An introductory course in psychology, an introductory course in biology, and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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The organization and function of the nervous system as it relates to topics of interest to psychologists, including pain, anxiety, stress, sleep, depression, schizophrenia, akinetic and dyskinetic movement disorders, and senile dementia. Open to students in University or Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: An introductory course in psychology, an introductory course in biology, and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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This course is designed for the study of special topics in Psychology equivalent to courses at the 300 to 600 level at KU. course work must be arranged through the Office of KU Study Abroad. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC
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The applied study of child development theories and research methods on the influences and effects of television and related visual media on childhood in the contexts of families, schools, and society. (Same as ABSC 405 and THR 405.) LEC
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A survey of the nature and sources of differences in human behavior and a consideration of the consequences of these differences for society. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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A social psychological perspective on adult intimate relationships, examining friendship, dating, committed relationships, and the dissolution of committed relationships. Topics include romance, jealousy, self-disclosure, power, loneliness, and social support. Discussion of heterosexual and homosexual relationships, traditional forms (e.g., marriage) of relationships as well as alternative lifestyles (e.g. cohabitation) and gender-linked differences in relationships. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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An interdisciplinary exploration of the social and cultural sources of self-experience. The first part of the course emphasizes a general process: how the development and experience of self, though it might seem essentially personal, is shaped by social interaction. The second part of the course highlights particular cases: how self-experience may be constructed differently depending on the particular social and cultural settings a person inhabits. Cases include influences of gender, socioeconomic status, and age group on the construction of self-experience within societies from around the world, and ethnic-identity groups within the USA. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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Examines the data and methodologies of the disciplines that comprise Cognitive Science, an inter-disciplinary approach to studying the mind and brain. Topics may include: consciousness, artificial intelligence, linguistics, education and instruction, neural networks, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, evolutionary theory, cognitive neuroscience, human-computer interaction, and robotics. (Same as LING 418, PHIL 418, and SPLH 418.) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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Clinical application of personality theories; personality development and assessment research. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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A basic survey course in the development of thinking and understanding in normal children. The course will cover Piaget's theory and information processing theories at the advanced undergraduate level. Topics include perception, attention, learning, memory, language, problem solving, and individual differences from birth to the mid-teens. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 or ABSC/HDFL 160. LEC
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A survey of human behavioral genetics for upper division undergraduates. Emphasis is on how the methods and theories of quantitative, population, medical, and molecular genetics can be applied to individual and group differences in humans. Both normal and abnormal behaviors are covered, including intelligence, mental retardation, language and language disorders, communication, learning, personality, and psychopathology. (Same as ANTH 447, BIOL 432, SPLH 432.) Prerequisite: Introductory courses in biology/genetics or biological anthropology and psychology are recommended. LEC
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An introduction to social and personality development with consideration of both classic and contemporary theoretical viewpoints. The role of social contexts is considered (e.g., family, peers, communities), as well as biological influences (e.g., behavioral genetics). Topics include parent-infant attachment, peer relationships, aggression, etc. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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Faculty supervised laboratory or field research for Human Biology majors. Students design and complete a research project in collaboration with a Human Biology faculty member. (Same as ANTH 449, BIOL 449, and SPLH 449.) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and Human Biology major. FLD
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Study of human musical behavior, including basic psychoacoustic phenomena, musical taste, functional music, musical ability, cultural organization of musical sounds, and the affective response. Prerequisite: General Psychology, MEMT 370, or consent of instructor. LEC
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A seminar for juniors and seniors in the Honors Program in Psychology. Students who have been admitted to the Honors Program in Psychology may enroll for one credit for one or both semesters of their junior year and are required to enroll for two credits for both semesters in their senior year. IND
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This course covers a variety of theoretical views concerning the origins of stereotypes and the factors that maintain them, as well as how and when the revision of such beliefs take place. Analysis of various stereotypes (including gender and race) and the experience of prejudice across a variety of cultural contexts is examined. Many difficult social issues are discussed in depth. Prerequisite: PSYC 360 or PSYC 361; or consent of instructor. LEC
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A survey of the psychological theories about women; similarities and differences in behavior of women and men; the effects of biological and social factors on the behavior of women and men; and issues of concern to women of different races, sexual orientations, ages, and so forth. (Same as WGSS 468.) Prerequisite: PSYC 104 or WGSS 201. LEC
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Review of current psychotherapies with special references to their underlying philosophies, theories of personality, techniques, and effectiveness. Issues concerning the use of drugs in the treatment of mental disorders are also reviewed. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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This course reviews recent evidence on the roles of dreaming and dreamless sleep. Psychological, developmental, personality, and social psychological aspects are considered. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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The neurobiology of higher mental processes such as perception, attention, learning, memory, thinking, and language, as studied by techniques such as recording from individual neurons, electrical brain stimulation, brain damage, and brain scans and measurements of regional cerebral blood flow in conscious people. Emphasis will be placed on in-class analysis of original research articles. Prerequisite: One of the following courses - PSYC 318, 319, 370, 371, 380, or 381; or consent of instructor. LEC
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