Analysis of current organizational arrangements and patterns for provision and financing of medical care services in the United States. Topics include the medical care process and factors which affect need, access and use of services; factors affecting supply and distribution of health professionals and health facilities, and current issues pertinent to these health care services; factors related to health care costs; quality assessment and assurance; and financing of care through health insurance and governmental programs.
Students will gain understanding of the comprehensive management of a person with a disability in a health care or public health setting. This will include learning to effectively communicate and partner with people with disabilities. This course will address disability civil rights; provide a basic understanding of a variety of disability conditions; and provide options/resources available to assist the healthcare provider in providing care to people with disabilities. Beginning in winter 2021, it will be a 2-credit course that is offered as an interprofessional education course.
This course is intended to serve as an introduction to the major issues of public health in the United States, although issues of global health will be considered as well. We will examine environmental, social and ethic determinants of public health, and how they may be altered.
Introduction to diseases and transmission characteristics, and the descriptive epidemiology of infectious agents. This course will help students to understand the theoretical basis of pathogen transmission and what factors determine patterns of disease occurrence. Students will learn how to apply this understanding to disease prevention and control.
An Application of Psychosocial Theories --- Patient medication use behavior when managing chronic conditions are discussed using relevant psychosocial theories. Students gain an understanding in using a theory-based approach to address patient challenges with medication adherence.
Advances in genetics and genomics research are rapidly presenting both great opportunities and complex challenges for public health. In order for the potential benefits of genetic research to be realized (and unintended harms minimized), numerous issues relevant to health behavior and health education (HBHE) will need to be addressed.
This course uses interactive, seminar format to analyze major policy problems and opportunities related to mental health. It focuses on three interrelated questions: 1) which programs and policies represent the best investments in mental health for children and yhouth, 2) are we making those investments as a society, and 3) how can we make better investments than we are currently doing. Students will learn how to take a rigorous and systematic approach to analyzing a broad policy question: how do we optimize our investments in youth mental health.
This course will survey the distribution, determinants, and psychological and behavioral aspects of health, mental health and wellness across the life span. Social, economic, environmental, and cultural variations in and determinants of health, mental health, disease, and quality of life will be addressed, including the influence of factors such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and biological and genetic factors. Barriers to access and utilization, geopolitical influences, environmental justice, social injustice and racism, historical trends, and future directions will be reviewed.
The influence of microorganisms on human-health is significant and control strategies often rely on the use of physical (heat, UV, etc) and chemical (antimicrobial, anti-biofilm, etc) technologies. This course will focus on such endeavors with particular focus on broad acting antimicrobials (less emphasis on antibiotics) and new/re-merging microbial control technologies.