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PUBH - Public Health

PUBH-101: Introduction to Public Health (Credits: 3)

The course will familiarize students with the various, multidisciplinary aspects of public health, including the history of public health, overview of public health professions, basics of epidemiology, health information and communication, health policy and law, health promotion, overview of infectious and chronic diseases, access to healthcare, health care systems, and disaster preparedness and management.

PUBH-190: Public Health Seminar I (Credit: 1)

The art and science of public health is constantly changing, with new public health issues emerging on a daily basis, as well as new and novel methods of addressing these issues. This course will cover a variety of topics relating to contemporary issues in public. Topics related to the practice of the public health professional will also be covered. Topics such as leadership, systems thinking, public health competencies, professionalism, and continuing education will be covered in this class.

PUBH-210: Infectious and Chronic Diseases (Credits: 3)

The course will review the major organisms that cause infectious disease will be discussed, as well as lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that predispose to both infectious and chronic disease. Individual diseases will also be discussed, reviewing basics of epidemiology, diagnosis, clinical features and treatment for the disease. Finally, a broader overview of the ecology of disease will be discussed, such as the epidemiologic and demographic transition; the emergence and re-emergence of diseases once thought to be controlled; the challenges of preventing, controlling and treating chronic diseases; and the increasing evidence showing the link between infectious agents and chronic diseases.

PUBH-240: Applied Quantitative Method Publc Health (Credits: 4)

This course is an introduction to selected important topics in biostatistical concepts and reasoning. This course represents an introduction to the field, provides a survey of data and data types and covers the basic tools for the collection, analysis and presentation of data in all areas of public health. It provides examples of data used to evaluate public health decisions, programs and policy. Specific topics include general principles of study design; tools for describing central tendency and variability in data; methods for performing inference on population means and proportions via sample data; statistical hypothesis testing and its application to group comparisons; issues of power and sample size in study designs; and review of methods for comparison of discrete and continuous data including ANOVA, t-test, correlation and regression.

PUBH-250: Global Health (Credits: 4)

The course will introduce students to public health concepts related to global health, the role of globalization in the spread of illness, the link between socioeconomic factors and health, the role of politics and governments in health, key diseases and conditions in global health, the role of culture and social factors in health, and key organizations and their role in global health.

PUBH-300: Special Topics in Public Health (Credits: 1 to 4)

Covers special topics normally not offered in regular Public Health curriculum.

PUBH-300A: Introduction to SAS Programming (Credits: 4)

The focus of this course is to learn to program in SAS. SAS is a powerful data management and statistical analysis software package, used extensively in health and medical research, in academic, government and private sectors. It is available on mainframe computers, as well as on microcomputers under the UNIX, Apple, LINUX and Windows operating systems. This introductory course will introduce the SAS programming software to students interested in conducting research in the health and medical fields. Students will learn how to create SAS databases from a variety of sources, manipulate and manage the data, conduct elementary statistical analysis, and output and present the data. This is an introductory course, designed for those who have little or no programming experience in SAS or any other programming language. However, even those who have some SAS programming experience can benefit from this course.

PUBH-300AA: Love (& Hate) in the Time of Corona (Credits: 2)

This course explores the global pandemic connected to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, otherwise known as the novel coronavirus. Drawing from epidemiology, sociology, history, anthropology, journalism and public health, students will study the causes and consequences of this pandemic. Students will learn about the unique features of this virus and its transmission paths. They will also explore the social, economic and political implications of this public health emergency. Finally, they will identify ways to productively respond to this crisis, both locally and globally. Students will leave this class with a clear understanding of the medical reality of this virus, a firm grasp of its societal implications, and tools to help ameliorate its worst effects.

PUBH-300B: Advanced Epidemiology (Credits: 4)

This is an advanced course in epidemiological principles that will introduce methodological approaches to handling common problems in epidemiologic research that extend beyond the scope of traditional methods.

PUBH-300C: Stories of India (Credits: 4)

This course will explore social, cultural, and political inequalities related to gender, sexuality, and health in India. Students will meet with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), individuals, and health centers in three different locations in Maharashtra: the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai, the village of Wai (with a population of 30,000), and Pune. This comparative approach will introduce students to a variety of perspectives about these topics, and demonstrate the complexity of facilitating community action around issues of gender, sexuality, and health. Building on a long-term partnership with the Akshar Institute for Students with Special Needs, Westminster students will engage in a service-learning project, collaboratively with Akshar students, faculty, and staff. The aim is to design a book about Akshar students, based on students' stories and art, that supports the mission of the school and the full humanity of its students. Throughout this project -- and throughout all of our meetings with individuals working to build community support and action around issues of gender, sexuality, and health - we will engage in structured reflections on the experience of sharing stories, with attention to power, privilege, and the processes and potential for using these stories to foster community action.

PUBH-300DD: Service Learning in Thailand (Credits: 4)

This course will explore the educational, health, and developmental needs of rural Thai citizens as well as indigenous populations through cultural immersion and active participation in service projects. Students will participate in deep cultural immersion activities and service-learning projects in two distinct rural Thai villages, one in the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai, Thailand, and one in the rural Northeast near Khon Kaen, Thailand, that will help alleviate some of the health, educational and developmental issues present while staying with local families within the villages. Other activities will include a visit to a groundbreaking new concept school in the Northeast, tours of historically significant sites in Thailand, visiting an HIV/AIDS hospice, sightseeing in Bangkok and a relaxing few days on a tropical island to end the trip. Students will meet during Spring Semester for preparatory sessions that will ready them for the experience. Course assignments will include reflective journaling, active discussions during the trip, and a reflective multimedia project at the end of the trip.

PUBH-300E: Violence and Public Health Framework (Credits: 3)

Sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, trafficking, and other forms of interpersonal violence disproportionately affect women, girls, and marginalized populations. Violence against women has become a significant public health threat with measurable impact on indicators such as illness, injury, and mortality. This course will use the public health framework to examine the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence, including an analysis of individual, community, and societal risk and protective factors, implications for public policy, and research directions for primary prevention.

PUBH-300F: Contemporary Topics in Global Health (Credits: 3)

The focus of this course is an overview of public health on a global scale. Students in this course will immerse themselves with a global outlook of public health, and understand how disease and illness ignore national borders. The course will begin with a broad overview of the global health situation, comparing the different regions of the world. Students will then be exposed to specific topics in global health, including infectious diseases, chronic diseases, women and children's health, nutrition, occupational and environmental diseases, mental health, culture/religion and health, traditional and indigenous health, and health care systems. The course will be a blend of lectures and discussion, along with guest lectures and multimedia presentations. The capstone for the course will be a presentation and final paper on a topic of the student's choice.

PUBH-300G: Killer Diseases of the World (Credits: 2)

Killer Diseases of the World will explore deadly viruses, killer parasites and life altering diseases that have threatened humanity. The class will explore diseases and infections including AIDS, cholera, malaria, small pox, influenza, tuberculosis and terrorist-related infectious diseases. Through discussion, readings, case studies and media, epidemiology, diagnosis, signs and symptoms and disease treatment will be explored.

PUBH-300HHH: Narrative Medicine (Credits: 4)

This course will lead students through an examination of the intersections of race, class, gender and disabilities in narrative medicine. We will examine diverse representations of health issues as a means to develop an understanding of how cultural and political attitudes shape how the medical field responds and treats marginalized populations. This course will study how structural racism, sexism, cissexism and ableism are present in the practice of medicine and how this informs and is informed by law and popular culture. This course is divided into three sections. The first section, Eugenics and Ethnic Minority Bodies, explores the long-term health effects of racism, poverty, and sexism on women of color. The second section, Transgender Articulations, explores the legal and cultural classifications that shape health practices for transgender individuals and how this affects hormonal and surgical interventions. The third section, Disability & the New Genetics, explores the disability rights critique on how prenatal testing supports an argument for genetic perfection and reinforces discrimination against people with disabilities.

PUBH-300I: Health Disparities (Credits: 3)

This course examines the extent/causes of social inequalities in health. The focus is on individual, community and policy approaches to reducing social inequalities in health.

PUBH-300J: Healthcare and the Movies (Credits: 2)

The purpose of this course will be to explore a few areas in health care and how movies shape the general public's perception of public health. Areas to consider are: epidemiology, disaster management, mental health issues, access to care, treatment options for disease, and the role of health care providers. The class will include watching movies related to a specified area, discussion groups, and a paper analyzing how reality and movies are different and what kind of education may be needed to change public perception.

PUBH-300K: Epidemiology of the Zombie Apocalypse (Credits: 2)

This course will break down the epidemiological methods involved in basic epidemiology investigation/methods and the connection to emergency preparedness. This course will also cover decision making, inferences, cultural considerations, and past historical events.

PUBH-300L: Principles of Public Health Informatics (Credits: 3)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of "Informatics" and its application in a Public Health setting. The goal of Public Health Informatics is for students to understand the basic technological tools and building blocks needed to develop and manage Public Health data collection systems to meet analytical needs. Students will learn how show students how to take these systems and implement them successfully in Public Health environments.

PUBH-300M: Basic and Advanced Disaster Life Support (Credits: 2)

This course is a combination of the Basic Disaster Life Support and Advance Disaster Life Support certifications. It is offered through the Intermountain Center for Disaster Preparedness (ICDP) located at LDS Hospital. At the end of the course, the student will have a certification for both BDLS and ADLS. The Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) course is an interactive class that prepares health professionals for the management of injuries and illnesses caused by disasters and public health emergencies. The Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS) course is an intense class that prepares health professionals for any catastrophic event that might impact the ability of health response systems to meet the needs of all affected populations. This course allows participants to demonstrate competencies in mass casualty management and population-based care across a range of disasters. There is a certification fee associated with this course.

PUBH-300N: Applied Ethics: Research & Dev (Credits: 4)

This course involves an in-depth ethical investigation of human activity in two world-changing forms: (a) scientific research and its applications and (b) the socio-economic development of the (natural) world and of human beings. Both sorts of activities, sometimes overlapping in significant ways, aim to increase human welfare (of some or all human beings). While this aim is ethically defensible, does it sometimes or often take place according to the questionable principle of expediency: the ends justify the means? Are these forms of human activities often carried out at the expense of the welfare of other species, the environment as a whole? Just because we can, should we?

PUBH-300O: Disaster Prep Healthcare Proffessional (Credits: 2)

This class will be offered as an online option only, in an asynchronous format. This course will be taught in cooperation with the Intermountain Center for Disaster Preparedness. The goals for the student are to explore different types of disasters, recognize when and how a disaster occurs, the various roles during a disaster, and to be able to explore unique aspects of each disaster. The student will obtain a certificate for Basic Advanced Life Support, as well as several other continuing education certificates from a national certification board.

PUBH-300P: Experience India: Culture, Stereotypes,,and Stories (Credits: 4)

Participants will travel to Western India to explore and understand social, cultural, economic, and environmental determinants of health through coursework, field trips, and service learning activities, primarily in the village of Wai, Maharashtra. Students will engage with local schools, women's groups, and community centers to advance community health and social entrepreneurship, primarily through the art of storytelling. Students and local community members will share and record their exchanges through written, oral, or visual stories that will be the basis of a multimedia reflective project that students will submit after the trip. In addition to immersion and service work in Wai, students will gain a broad appreciation for the range of Indian culture, history, and health conditions by visiting sites of cultural importance. Trip leaders have expertise in global health, Indian culture, literature, and storytelling, and social entrepreneurship. The transformative learning that takes place through active listening and learning with community groups and first hand observations of the broader pursuit of health and wellbeing in India will shape each student's personal philosophy of global citizenship.

PUBH-300RRR: Black Women, Citizenship, Love (Credits: 4)

This past October, in a South Carolina high school, a Black teenage girl was violently flipped out of her desk chair by the school resource officer while her Black male teacher passively looked on. The schoolteacher had called the officer because this Black teenage girl refused to put away her phone or some other typical teenage behavior. The video of this incident was captured on phones by other students in the class and spread like wild fire over social media. Quickly-too quickly-a cacophony of voices rose to justify the officer's excessive use of force, while others cried out in anger and pain at the violence enacted on this Black teenage girl. Why was the national outcry over this incident so mixed? This course sets out to investigate a set of complex question: does the U.S. deny Black women love? What is the relationship between love and citizenship? Why are Black women both vilified in the news media and sexually glorified in music videos? Through a variety of disciplinary perspectives-history, law sociology, cultural anthropology, visual art and literature-we will focus on the key issues of Black feminist theory that can help shed light on the longevity of public policies and laws put into place during slavery that allows for the systematic abuse of Black women and how this manifest today in law, education, culture and society. This course will begin by investigating Black female stereotypes-such as jezebel, sapphire and the mammy and their more recent manifestations such as welfare queen and baby mama-and how these manifest in the court of law, political speeches and in stand-up acts by popular Black comedians to understand how sexism, class oppression and racism deny Black women basic human rights.

PUBH-300X: Aging and Ageism in America (Credits: 2)

More Americans are living longer than ever previously imagined. Life expectancy in the U.S. has risen from 47-years-old in 1900 to just under 80 today; the median age of the U.S. population has jumped from 28 in 1970 to just under 40 today; and the number of Americans living to 90-or-older has tripled since 1980. In light of these developments, this May Term course explores how definitions of what it means to be older in America have been changing along with the demographics of an aging America. In addition to addressing some of the cultural, economic, and social dimensions of these changes, we'll also examine the invaluable contributions that older Americans make and how ageism often limits and undervalues many of these contributions. Finally, we'll look at what resources and services are available to assist older Americans and what more can be done to better provide for them. (Along with classroom activities; field trips and guest presentations will be a part of this May Term experience.)

PUBH-300Y: Death and Dying: Public Health Persp (Credits: 2)

This course is designed to analyze the relationship between death and health with emphasis upon the biological, psychological, bioethical, and legal aspects of death in contemporary society. This course will examine various controversial topics and current events related to death and dying within the field of public health. Some of these topics include end-of-life care issues, physician assisted suicide and euthanasia, and coping with life threatening illnesses. The course will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and practical applications and scenarios.

PUBH-305: Epidemiology (Credits: 4)

The course will focus on the development of epidemiology, concepts and elements of infectious and chronic disease, and measurement and study design for epidemiological research. Students will gain knowledge about developing preventative programs and addressing overall ongoing health concerns using epidemiological data.

PUBH-310: Social and Behavioral Science in Public,Health (Credits: 4)

The course will cover the basic theoretical underpinnings of human behavior, both at the individual and population levels. Utilizing this framework, this course will analyze the social and behavioral determinants to health, such as culture, socioeconomic class, gender, etc. Finally, these theories will be applied to various real-world settings, from schools to mass communications to special-needs populations.

PUBH-320: Environmental Health (Credits: 4)

This course will cover health issues, scientific understanding of causes, and possible future approaches to control of the major environmental health problems in industrialized and developing countries. Topics include how the body reacts to environmental pollutants; physical, chemical, and biological agents of environmental contamination; vectors for dissemination (air, water, soil); solid and hazardous waste; susceptible populations; biomarkers and risk analysis; the scientific basis for policy decisions; and emerging global environmental health problems.

PUBH-330: Health Promotion and Education (Credits: 3)

This course introduces the student to the discipline and profession of health education. Students will examine the concepts of health and wellness, the determinants of health behavior, national health status, the history of health education and health promotion. The student will recognize health education as an important foundation for population-based healthcare.

PUBH-340: Health Policy (Credits: 3)

Policy decisions shape our healthcare landscape. The US spends the highest percent GDP on healthcare in the industrial world, but this does not translate into high quality care or health outcome measures. In fact, over 50 million people in the US have no health insurance. People without health insurance (public or private) tend to forgo or delay care, ultimately seeking medical intervention when conditions are more advanced and thus more costly (and difficult) to treat. This course will examine how health care policy is created and adopted in the US, with a focus on Utah. Students will learn the ins and outs of policy, advocacy, lobbying, and the impact policy decisions have on the public and on the medical system. Topics include national and Utah health reform, issues for vulnerable populations, public programs, the health insurance industry, and effective advocacy. The class will be a "hands-on" approach to learning policy, structured around Utah's legislative session. Students will be expected to attend relevant committee hearings, caucuses, coalition meetings, and legislative debate at Utah's Capitol complex during Utah's legislative session. Students will follow proposed legislation through the session, actively working in support or opposition. Students will have the opportunity to work with local advocacy groups and meet Utah's key policy makers.

PUBH-350: Program Planning and Evaluation (Credits: 3)

The course is designed to provide students an overview to develop public health programs and interventions to address the most important health issues affecting our communities at local, national, and international levels. Students will learn the process of public health programming including assessment, design, planning, implementations and evaluation. The course will also include an overview of effective public health interventions using the socio-ecologic framework (individual/behavioral, environmental/social/community and policy) as a foundation to explore various levels of interventions. The course integrates several knowledge and skill areas including: research methods, epidemiology, biostatistics, proposal writing, budget planning, project management, and program evaluation. Students will develop a plan to implement and evaluate a public health intervention to address a health need of their choosing.

PUBH-390: Public Health Seminar II (Credit: 1)

The art and science of public health is constantly changing, with new public health issues emerging on a daily basis, as well as new and novel methods of addressing these issues. This course will cover a variety of topics relating to contemporary issues in public. Topics related to the practice of the public health professional will also be covered. Topics such as leadership, systems thinking, public health competencies, professionalism, and continuing education will be covered in this class. This course will cover more advanced topics than the companion PUBH 190.

PUBH-401: Directed Studies (Credits: 1 to 4)

A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Public Health program. This course is repeatable for credit.

PUBH-440: Internship (Credits: 1 to 6)

Offers students the opportunity to integrate least two separate internships are strongly recommended. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster), minimum 2.5 GPA, and consent of faculty supervisor and Career Center internship coordinator. This course is repeatable for credit. REGISTRATION NOTE: Registration for internships is initiated through the Career Center website and is finalized upon completion of required paperwork and approvals. More info: 801-832-2590 <a></a>

PUBH-480: Public Health Research Methods (Credits: 4)

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of research study design and methods and data collection. It serves as an introduction to quantitative, qualitative, mixed method and participatory approaches to research, as well as ethical issues in conducting research. Through the mix of texts, articles from the public health literature and course work, students will build skills for conducting research and evaluation.

PUBH-490: Public Health Capstone Project (Credits: 4)

The course will provide students with an opportunity to synthesize all previous course work and practical experience to generate an evidence-based public health research project. Students will, with the guidance of a faculty mentor, choose a research topic, and by attending periodic workshops and lectures and by submitting intermediate assignments during the duration of the research project, generate a submission-quality research paper and present the results in a seminar. The course will culminate in a presentation of the research project by the student at a seminar, and the potential submission of a publication-quality research paper or poster. Prerequisite: completion or concurrent enrollment of all required courses in the major. (WCore: SC)