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Combined Degree Program Graduate Curriculum Core

The following courses are open to students completing the Combined Degree Program (BSPH/MPH, BSPH/MSPH, or BSPH/MHA), and are not mandatory.

SPHL 6020 Foundations of Public Health (3) will be taught in a blended learning format. The course is divided into five segments that cover: Introduction to Public Health; Biological Determinants of Health; Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health; Environmental Determinants of Health; and, Public Health Issues. Instead of traditional in-class lectures, students listen to a series of online lessons with a short knowledge check after each. Students attend an in-class session at the end of each segment to discuss the topic and analyze a scenario applying the topics covered. Faculty: Lichtveld, M., Wiser, M., Begalivieva, M., Madkour, A., Moses, L. Semester: Fall, Spring,  Summer (online only)

SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health (3) is one of five interdisciplinary courses that contribute to the foundational competencies required of graduates with professional degrees in public health. Strong analytical skills in evidence-based practices are essential across all public health disciplines. In SPHL 6050, students learn how to collect, manage, and visualize a wide variety of data and appropriate biostatistical methods, including probability distributions, estimations, power and sample size, and regression. Interdisciplinary exercises, homework assignments, and data sets are drawn from real-world scenarios. The course also prepares those students who move on to advanced biostatistics courses. Biostatistics for Public Health is a requirement for all students in the MPH, MSPH*, and MPH&TM professional degree programs. Faculty: Lefante, J., Shankar, A. Semester: Fall, Spring,  Summer TBA

SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health (3) is one of five interdisciplinary courses that contribute to the foundational competencies required of graduates with professional degrees in public health. SPHL 6060 introduces students to epidemiological methods and approaches for use across all public health domains. This includes measuring the occurrence of disease, outbreak investigations, incidence and prevalence, natural history of disease, study designs, and estimating risk. The course also addresses the interpretation of data analyses for research, policy, and practice. Epidemiology for Public Health is a requirement for all students in the MPH, MSPH*, and MPH&TM professional degree programs. Faculty: Gustat, J., Mills, K., Hoffman, A.  Semester: Fall, Spring, Summer TBA

SPHL 6070 Health Systems, Policy and Management (3)  is one of five interdisciplinary courses that contribute to the foundational competencies required of graduates with professional degrees in public health. SPHL 6070 exposes students to the complexities, scope, and impact of decisions affecting public health. It provides a survey of public health and health care systems, policy and management principles used in public health settings. Class discussion and exercises provide opportunities for students to apply principles and skills to their own areas and career interests. This course is a requirement for all students in the MPH, MSPH*, and MPH&TM degree programs. Faculty: Diana, M.  Semester: Fall, Spring, Summer TBA

SPHL 6080 Design Strategies for Public Health Programs (3)  is one of five interdisciplinary courses that contribute to the foundational competencies required of graduates with professional degrees in public health. SPHL 6080 equips students with the knowledge and skills to design, implement, and evaluate public health programs for diverse public health issues, populations, and settings. This course features active and collaborative learning and real-world application of course concepts. Ultimately, the course will illustrate that the effective design of public health programs is critical to improving community. This course is a requirement for all students in the MPH, MSPH*, and MPH&TM degree programs. Faculty: Lederer, A., Sheats, J.  Semester: Fall, Spring, Summer TBA

SPHL 6100 Health Equity (3) The course addresses health and human rights in Latin America from health equity, gender, and ethnicity perspectives. The main topics are: introduction to health and human rights and health equity, health and the rights of the child, sexual and reproductive health rights, health and human rights for indigenous and Afrodescendant populations, health and human rights in contexts of violence, the judicialization of healthcare access, social movements for the right to health, and the politics of health and human rights. The course contextualizes and analyzes: 1) health and human rights within its economic and political context, 2) the social inequality roots of health and human rights issues, and 3) the main health and human rights challenges faced by Latin American governments. It uses country case studies from throughout Latin America. It is open to undergraduate students in the social sciences and in public health. Faculty: T. LaViest, A. Madkour Semester: Summer, Fall, Spring