Health Management and Policy 618

Provides a comprehensive examination of the historical and contemporary use of tobacco products and of their health and social implications. The objective of the course is to learn how lessons from history, epidemiology, health behavior, and policy analysis can be combined to understand the nature of, and potential policy responses to, the ongoing epidemic of tobacco-related disease.

Epidemiology 609

Vaccines represent the most cost-effective medical intervention and vaccination has contributed significantly to the morbidity and mortality reduction and population growth. This course introduces an essential knowledge of vaccinology. It covers the epidemiological, statistical, biological, microbiologic, immunological, genomics, and genetic principles and methods used in vaccine development and immunization program design. The course also introduces students to the traditional and modern approaches and general procedures for new vaccine development and licensure.

Health Management and Policy 634

This class offers interested public health, pharmacy, or medical students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries by studying the relevant development, approval, and reimbursement processes. Because the fields of pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research offer opportunities for students with an interest in careers in pharmaceuticals and/or medical device, students will study these to understand how they relate to each of the key processes under study.

Sociology 475

This course will explore social aspects of health, illness, and the health care system in American society. Along the way, we will explore such issues as: why health and wealth are so closely related in what is viewed as a “land of opportunity”; why patients’ race, gender and social status affects the diagnoses and treatments they receive; how health professionals and patients make life-and-death decisions; why social problems, such as children’s “bad” behavior in the classroom, come to be defined as diseases; why the U.S.

Public Health 554

The course addresses the diverse health impacts of economic, environmental, and cultural globalization.  Well-being is affected by the transnational movement of people, technologies, capital, commodities, toxins, pathogens, ideologies and treatments, and changing global power relations and actions of international organizations.  These topics are explored through lectures and discussion of readings.

Entrepreneurial Studies 720

This interdisciplinary course introduces graduate students to the key issues faced by companies attempting to bring science and technology innovations in biomedical therapeutics, devices and diagnostics to market. Because the details of doing this change, the course will present not just current practices but also the rationales behind those practices and more general, analytic frameworks that students will be able use when specific industry conditions change.

Health Management and Policy 685

Policy requires politics: behind every positive or negative decision governments make, there are elected politicians, politically skilled officials, journalists, and other stakeholders. Understanding the world of politics is crucial to influencing and implementing policies- or even to understand the landscape in which any health care organization must operate. Indeed, it is impossible to understand health policy outside of its political context. Understanding and influencing those crucial strategic factors requires understanding and influencing politics.

Business Administration 620

Healthcare delivery in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is influenced by a number of factors such as provider expertise, patient trust, access, financing, medication/treatment availability, policies, and evolving technologies. Some components vary from culture to culture, while others remain constant. Improvements in healthcare delivery in these countries will rely on a good understanding of the various disciplinary approaches to care and how they can vary between cultures.

Health Behavior Health Education 613

Reducing racial/ethnic health disparities is core to the mission of public health. This course provides an in-depth examination of racial/ethnic disparities specific to healthcare and healthcare delivery in the United States.

Pharmaceutical Sciences 717

Advances in life science research during the last two decades are opening the door to a new set of specialty biopharmaceuticals and related biologics for medical intervention and disease prevention that promise to transform the entire biomedical sector. These new proteins, vaccines and other medications are increasingly having a significant impact on our health care system. Unprecedented advances in cellular and molecular biology have resulted in a dramatic increase in our knowledge about cells, gene and protein structures and their functions.