Course Descriptions

PBHL 1100 Healthy U:  This course is about the care and maintenance of you.  How healthy we are throughout our lives depends in large part on our health behaviors.  This course helps you to make healthier decisions in key areas including mental health and stress management, sexuality, addiction, diet, weight management, and fitness.  Through critical evaluation of information and its application to your personal wellness, it aims to support a lifelong healthier you. UCC Area 1: Personal Well-Being course.

PBHL 1300 Healthy Living After 30:  This course is designed for adult students interested in developing better skills for managing their health.  The course will examine various components of health as they apply to adults, ages 30 and older.  Topics include mental health and stress management, caring for the health of parents and children, challenges to diet and exercise, sexuality and relationships, management of chronic diseases, managing personal health costs, and examination of issues related to death and dying. UCC Area 1: Personal Well-Being course.

PBHL 2100 Women’s Health: This course addresses contemporary issues on the health of women, with attention given to increasing students' understanding of their bodies, identifying resources and services available in the community, and developing the necessary consumer skills for interaction with the health care system.  Topics include mental health, nutrition, sexuality, pregnancy and childbirth, cancer detection and treatment, gynecological care, menstruation and menopause, aging and victimization.

PBHL 2150 Drugs and Health: This course presents an overview of the field of substance abuse and addiction from a bio-psychosociological perspective. Students examine the dynamics of dependency, co-dependency, pharmacology, intervention and treatment modalities, prevention strategies, and community services. Skills will be developed for assessment, counseling, program development, and referral. Public Health majors, Applied Health majors, School Nurse Certification majors, Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification majors, or Health Studies minors only.

PBHL 2200 Stress Management: This course is designed to enable students to understand the role is stress in their lives.  The course will focus on the physiological and psychological aspects of stress, the role of stress in the etiology of many chronic diseases and the development of a repertoire of coping strategies to enable students to manage personal stress.  The course will examine a variety of interpersonal and environmental stressors ranging from the workplace to the family.

PBHL 2210 Nutrition: A foundation study of human nutrition emphasizing its relationship to optimum physical and emotional health.  Includes basics of sound nutrition requirements of various food elements, diet planning, diet patterns for specific age groups, nutritional fads and weight control.

PBHL 2240 Therapeutic Nutrition: Provides foundation of therapeutic nutrition emphasizing knowledge applicable to nursing practice for clinical implementation and education of patients regarding prescribed dietary patterns. Nursing majors only.

PBHL 2550 Health Care and Health Policy:  This course provides an overview of health care in the United States. Who receives and who pays for health care are important issues that individuals, communities and ultimately, our society must address.  Access, cost, and financing are central themes of this course. Policy issues are examined with consideration of the roles played by government, consumers, advocates and other interest groups. Comparative health care models are used to debate ethical, political, economic and public health issues. UCC Area 5: Community and Civic Engagement course. Non-majors only.

PBHL 2700 Concepts and Issues of Aging:  This course is an overview of aging as a biological, psychological and social process.  Behavioral, cultural and social factors which promote physical and mental well-being in older adults are examined. Topics include ageism, normal physiological changes in mid life and older adults, dementia, substance abuse, residential and environmental needs, family caregivers, retirement, poverty, and public policy in contemporary society

PBHL 2950 Disparities in Health: This course will explore the health disparities that exist among and between groups of people based on key demographic factors including race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, and ability. Situated within the historical record of public health in the United States, this course will review the social, political, cultural, legal, and ethical factors that influence health disparities. Significant attention will be given to the idea that health and access to health care is a basic human right in a just society. UCC Area 4: Diversity and Social Justice course.

PBHL 3000 Introduction to Public Health: This course is designed to provide an introduction to the field of public health. It will address the core areas of public health practice, role of the various public health agencies at the national, state and local levels.  The relationship among the determinants of health, public health initiatives, ethical practice and selected contemporary public health issues will be explored.

PBHL 3010 Health Education Theory and Practice: Provides an introduction to the profession of Health Education.  Emphasis is placed on the evolution of the profession, theoretical rationale, major issues, work settings and the extent to which these contribute to health education practice. Pre-requisite: PBHL 1100, Healthy U or PBHL 1300 Healthy Lifestyle After 30; Restriction:  Public Health – Health Education track majors only.

PBHL 3020 Health Care in the US: This course provides an overview of the many facets of health care delivery in the US. Beginning with an examination of the determinants of health and health disparities, the history, characteristics, personnel, services, costs, and future of health care delivery in the US are examined.  Public Health majors, Applied Health majors, and Public Health minors only.

PBHL 3030 Applied Program Planning (1 credit): This course provides students with hands-on experience in the planning, implementation and evaluation of a health education /health promotion program for a diverse community. It requires the student to be an active participant in all steps of the planning process. Public Health majors only.

PBHL 3040 Health Research Methods I: This course is the first part of a two course sequence. It introduces students to health research with an emphasis on population-based research methodologies. As a writing-intensive course, students will develop and use the critical skills needed to search the literature and construct a literature review on a selected health topic.  Considerable attention is given the process of scientific writing, identification of legitimate sources of health information, and proper attribution to avoid plagiarism. UCC Writing Intensive course.  Prerequisite: MATH 1300. Public Health majors and Applied Health majors only.

PBHL 3042 Health Research Methods II: This course is the second part of a two course sequence. It introduces students to advanced concepts in population-based health research by building upon the content and skills introduced in PBHL 3040.  As a technology-intensive course, students will develop and use the skills needed to plan and conduct a health survey including analyzing and presenting the results in a final research report.  Students will develop and use the research and technology skills needed to critically analyze and interpret scientific literature relevant to current public health problems. UCC Technology Intensive course.  Prerequisite: PBHL 3040.

PBHL 3110 Global Health Issues: This course presents an overview of global health issues through examination of major determinants of health and key areas of disease burden.  Students will be introduced to the complex tapestry of social, economic, political, and environmental factors that affect the health of populations globally.  Students will examine global health interventions to understand features of successful programs.  Working in small groups, students will use their knowledge to design a solution to a real world health challenge facing a developing country. UCC Area 6: Global Awareness course.

PBHL 3140 Reproductive Rights: This course explores the multifaceted and complex issues related to reproductive rights from an interdisciplinary perspective. The controversies surrounding reproductive technologies, pregnancy and childbirth, birth control, foster care, abortion, and adoption will be explored with particular focus on public policy and its impact on the private lives of individual women. UCC Area 5: Community and Civic Engagement course.

PBHL 3150 Food and Community: This course is an exploration of the complex and challenging public health issues related to the globalization of our food supply.  This course investigates the connections among the current food and food-animal production and distribution systems, food policy, and public health, with an emphasis on the growing movement toward sustainable, community-based systems of agriculture and the citizen’s role in this movement at local, state, national, and global levels.  In this course students will integrate theory, practice, and problem-solving strategies in community settings, including community gardens, farmer’s markets, local family farms, food banks, civic organizations, and the larger systems in which these exist.  UCC Area 5: Community and Civic Engagement course.

PBHL 3210 Lifespan Nutrition: Study of specific nutrition needs and barriers to meeting those needs during the lifespan categories of pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood adolescence and various stages of adulthood.  Prerequisite: PBHL 2210

PBHL 3220 Food and Social Issues: Explores social issues affecting the food supply and consumption in the US and globally. Includes study of historical, cultural and psychological factors that influence food habits and behaviors. 

PBHL 3400 Environmental Health: This course examines the social, economic, and political dimensions of environmental problems that impact on health. Emphasis will be on those human activities in the environment that contribute to deterioration in quality of life. Professional opportunities in environmental health will also be discussed. Pre-requisite: PBHL 3000, Public Health majors and minors only.

PBHL 3610 Methods in Public Health Education: A variety of methods used to conduct health education/ promotion programs are presented. Students demonstrate these methods, when appropriate, in a group setting.  UCC Technology Intensive course.  Prerequisite: PBHL 3010.

PBHL 3720 Social Policies and Community Programs in Aging: This course examines how communities and society respond to the challenges and opportunities we face in our later years.  Discussion of public policies  (Medicare, Medicaid, Society Security, and the Older Americans Act) focuses on the financial, residential, health, and social needs of a diverse older population. Community- based services are examined in terms capacity to maximize independence, dignity and well-being among older adults, from the active to frail.

PBHL 3750 Human Disease: Selected disease processes with emphasis on the relationship among lifestyle, risk factors and prevention strategies are discussed. Prerequisites: PBHL 1100, BIO 1140. Public Health majors and Applied Health majors only.

PBHL 3900 Human Sexuality: The biological, sociological, psychological and educational aspects of human sexuality are presented.  Students explore the personal decision- making process and discuss issues related to reproduction, sexual response, sexual orientation, birth control, dating and relationships, communication, sexual health, atypical behavior, sexual violence, and cultural influences.

PBHL 4000 Epidemiology: This course will address the distribution and determinants of diseases/conditions in populations. An overview of epidemiologic principles and practices using current health topics will be presented.  Prerequisite: PBHL 3000.  Public Health majors and minors only.

PBHL 4300 Counseling Skills for Health Professionals: This course is designed to provide students with the information and skills necessary to conduct one-on-one health education interventions in a variety of settings. Public Health majors, Applied Health majors, School Nurse Certification majors, or Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification majors only.

PBHL 4500 Health Administration: This course introduces students to the concepts, principles and methods of health care management and administration. Using a systems perspective, the course will examine organizational roles and authority, leadership styles, resource management & budgeting tools.   Organizational communication, decision making, and stakeholder participation will be discussed.  Students will conduct strategic planning and prepare a grant proposal. Prerequisite: PBHL 3020, PBHL 3042.

PBHL 4520 Teaching School Health: This course is designed to provide the student with the skills, knowledge, and philosophy necessary to become a successful school health educator. Principles and procedures used in teaching, planning and evaluating the school health program are emphasized. Prerequisite: PETC 3950 and/or PETC 3960. Physical Education/Health Certification or School Nurse Certification majors only.

PBHL 4610 Public Health Program Planning: This course introduces the generic skills needed to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate health education programs.  Students will use these skills to conduct a needs assessment, and plan a health education program. Prerequisites: PBHL 3042, 3610

PBHL 4950 Cultural Dimensions of Health: This course explores the relationship between culture and health behavior as a means of increasing cultural sensitivity and competence. The impact of cultural and religious beliefs and corresponding health practices on health promotion and disease prevention will be the focus.

PBHL 4961 Introduction to Internship in Applied Health (1 credit): This seminar assists student selection of applied health internship sites. It introduces parameters of the internship experience and provides an in-depth look at various work settings.  Opportunities for self-assessment, culminating with students selecting their placement sites are provided. Prerequisites: PBHL 3750, PBHL 3042. Must hold senior AHLT status.

PBHL 4962 Introduction to Internship in Public Health (1 credit): This seminar assists student selection of public health internship sites. It introduces parameters of the internship experience and provides an in-depth look at various work settings. Opportunities for self-assessment, culminating with students selecting their placement sites are provided.  Prerequisites: PBHL 3400, PBHL 3750, PBHL 3042. Must hold senior PBHL – General status.

PBHL 4963 Introduction to Internship in Public Health Education (1 credit): This seminar assists student selection of internship sites. It introduces parameters of the internship experience and provides an in-depth look at various settings in which health education is practiced. Opportunities for self-assessment, culminating with students selecting their placement sites are provided. Prerequisites: PBHL 3400, PBHL 3750, PBHL 3610, PBHL3042. Must hold senior PBHL- Hlth Ed status.

PBHL 4971 Internship in Applied Health (3 credits): This is a 120 hour supervised internship designed to provide an opportunity for students to apply their academic preparation in health care settings. By permission only.  Major GPA of 2.0 or better and grades of C or better in PBHL core and major elective courses grades of C- or better in co-requisite courses and within 12 credits of graduation.

PBHL 4972 Internship in Public Health (6 credits): This is a 240 hour supervised internship designed to provide an opportunity for students to apply their academic preparation in professional work settings and develop competencies required for entry level public health practice. By permission only.  Major GPA of 2.0 or better and grades of C or better in PBHL core and major elective courses grades of C- or better in co-requisite courses and within 12 credits of graduation.

PBHL 4973 Internship in Public Health Education (12 credits): This is a 480 hour supervised internship designed to provide an opportunity for students to apply their academic preparation in professional work settings and develop competencies required for entry level health education practice. By permission only.  Major GPA of 2.5 or better and grades of C or better in PBHL core and major elective courses grades of C- or better in co-requisite courses and be within 12 credits of graduation.

PBHL 5050 Cultural Dimensions of Health: This course explores the relationship between culture and health behavior as a means of increasing cultural sensitivity and competence. The impact of cultural and religious beliefs and corresponding health practices on health promotion and disease prevention will be the focus. Graduate students only.