Undergraduate Program:
Public Health Courses

Course Schedules

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Course Descriptions

This list includes all regular courses offered at the Bloustein School as of December 1, 2011. Special topics courses may be found by viewing the Electronic Course Grid. Courses are taught by multiple instructors and may not be offered each semester. Check the Electronic Course Grid or faculty pages for specific syllabi.

10:832:101 Introduction to Planning, Policy, and Health (3)

Overview of public health, public policy, and urban planning with an emphasis on how these fields intersect in a U.S. context.
Credit not given for this course and 762:101 or 833:101.

832:201 Designing Healthy Cities (3)
The experience and physical nature of America’s cities and suburbs from their original planning stage to their ultimate reality and how it affects human health and well-being. Digital camera required.
Credit not given for this course and 762:201.

10:832:212 Health Disparities (3)
Overview of health disparities in the United States, with a focus on the "trifecta" of inequality - race/ethnicity, socioeconomic position (SEP), and gender.
Credit not given for this course and 833:212.

10:832:232 Principles of Public Health (3)
Dimensions of personal and environmental health and their relationship to social, economic, cultural, psychological, and political factors. Measurements of community health status.

10:832:235 Urban Health (3)

Explore patterns of disease and disability associated with global urban populations, understand the factors contributing to them, and evaluate policies intended to reduce the burden of disease.

832:240 Global Health Perspectives (3)
Introductory course examining how socio-cultural, economic, environmental, and political forces contribute to vulnerability and inequality in developing countries, and their impact on health and well-being.
Credit not given for this course and 910:240.

10:832:241 Principles of Health Education (3)
The introduction to the theory and practice of health education as a public health profession.

10:832:242 Principles of Health and Wellness (3)

Focus on health education, health promotion, wellness, community engagement, and the ramifications of lifestyle choices from a personal and societal perspective.

10:832:243 Wellness Learning Community I (1.5)
In a shared learning experience, students examine wellness at personal, institutional, and community levels.

10:832:244 Wellness Learning Community II (1.5)
In a shared learning experience, students create and implement a wellness intervention.

10:832:252 Health and Social Justice (3)
Introduction to social justice issues, health equity and policy, determinants of health, and health disparities, with a focus on individual and community health.

10:832:260 Health Care Systems (3)
Review of elements of the American healthcare system, including the provider components, financing of health care, basic structure of public policy making and public health systems.
Credit not given for this course and 510:260.

10:832:297 Special Topics (3)
Topics vary. This course is designed to address current issues in public health. See the Bloustein School's Electronic Course Grid for active offerings.

10:832:298,299 Independent Study (BA,BA)
Prerequisites: Students must contract with a faculty sponsor and be granted permission by the program director.

10:832:300 Writing for Professionals (3)

Students develop professional writing skills using appropriate, clear, and effective grammar and syntax. Focus on critical thinking and analysis as elements of effective writing.
Credit not given for this course and 762:300, 833:300 or 971:300.

10:832:301 Sexual Health Advocacy Training (3)
Opportunities for learning new information about sexual health and community development, strengthening critical thinking skills, and broadening empathy for others.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Course not open to seniors.

10:833:302 Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy (3)

Focus on the origins of reproductive health policies and the ramification of their implementation. We will examine the health, political, and moral influences that impact current policies.
Credit not given for this course and 833:302.

10:832:310 Information Systems for Health Care (3)

Exploration of the types and uses of information systems; their management and strategic application; related privacy policies and their transformative role in health care delivery.
Open to 501 and 832 majors only with junior or senior standing.

10:832:332 Public Health Economics (3)

Principles of microeconomics are used to examine the demand for health and the allocation of public resources to improve the public’s health. Case studies.
Credit not given for this course and 510:332 or 220:316.

10:832:333 Financial Aspects of Public Health (3)
Financial management tools for various health settings. Develop analytical skills to interpret financial information and understand the processes and tasks performed by the financial departments of an institution.
Credit not given for this course and 510:333.

10:832:334 Principles of Health Administration (3)

Application of administrative theory to health delivery, policy, and planning. Structures and functions of management and their application in the field.
Credit not given for this course and 375:406.

10:832:335 Epidemiology (3)
Principles and methods of epidemiology; the study of the distribution (patterns of occurrence) and determinants (causes) of disease and injury in human populations.
Pre- or corequisite: 762:205 or equivalent. Credit not given for this course and 375:403.

10:832:338 Health and Public Policy (3)
The basic machinery of policymaking and the legal processes that underpin the U.S. individual health care and public health systems.  Focus on contemporary issues in health policy and law, with an emphasis on recent health care reform.
Credit not given for this course and 833:338.

10:832:339 Public Health Literature (3)

Examines historic and current public health literature. Effective writing emphasized through intensive writing exercises.

10:832:340 Aging and Public Policy (3)
The implications of aging for society in terms of public policy and response. Topics include ageism, cultural and racial-ethnic diversity as it pertains to aging, and the impact of longevity on national health and social service delivery.
Credit not given for this course and 762:340 or 833:340.

10:832:341 Public Health and Aging (3)
Students gain a basic understanding of the physical, mental, and social aspects of aging. Focus is placed on the implications of aging for families, caregivers, and communities; wellness models; long-term care; reimbursement; and health care delivery issues.

10:832:342 Long-Term Care Management (3)
Administration, management techniques, and practices for those seeking a career in Long-Term Care Administration. Emphasis on skilled nursing home care, assisted living, adult day care, home health care, hospice, and senior retirement communities.
Credit not given for this course and 510:342.

10:832:345 Health Program Development (3)
Planning for the promotion and improvement of the public's health through individual, group, institution, and community level interventions.

10:832:346 Health Program Evaluation (3)
Ensuring that public health actions are effective requires evaluating programs after their implementation. Focus on the framework, key concepts, and standards of effective evaluation.

10:832:350 Drugs, Culture, and Society (3)
The history, physical/psychological effects, current trends, and legal/social consequences of drugs. Discussion of prevention, intervention, and treatment approaches.
Credit not given for this course and 762:350.

10:832:351 Addictions Policy (3)
Practical pharmacology and scientific nature of addiction as public health issue. Exposure to treatment facilities, mutual aid meetings, and discussions of substance abuse policies.
Credit not given for this course and 762:351.

10:832:352 Community Health Promotion (3)
Students work as a team on select topics. Topics include but are not limited to grant writing, needs assessment, and data collection.

10:832:353 The Science of Prevention (3)
Theory and methods of prevention in alcohol, drug, and tobacco addiction.

10:832:354 Marketing for Health Organizations (3)
This course provides a framework for understanding basic marketing theories and practices for students interested in public health, health care administration, policy and planning.
Credit not given for this course and 510:354.

10:832:356 Public Health Law and Ethics (3)
An introduction to public health law and ethics stressing community health and well-being versus the rights of the individual.
Credit not given for this course and 510:356.

10:833:360 Principles of Public Management (3)
Overview and understanding of the field, focusing on selected management skills and competences for effectively implementing organizational goals.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:360 or 10:833:360.

10:833:361 Managing People and Organizations (3)
Introduction to organizational theory and concepts of management. Explore approaches that promote and hinder effective management in public and nonprofit organizations.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:361 or 10:833:361.

10:833:362 Nonprofit Management (3)

Nonprofit organizations are essential to community well-being. This course covers the wide-ranging skills needed to manage these complex enterprises effectively while meeting mission.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:362 or 10:833:362.

10:832:363 Health Systems Operations (3)
An integrated and strategic approach to operations management that transforms complex health policy into efficient operations that improve care, clinical operations and financial outcomes.
Open to 501 and 832 majors only. Credit not given for this course and 510:363.

10:832:395 Research Methods (4)

Research concepts and skills applied to public health, public policy, and planning. Includes development of original and online data sources, coding, appropriate selection of statistical methods for analysis, and professional presentation of results.
Open to School 10 students only.

10:832:400 UMDNJ-SPH (BA)
Open to students admitted to the five-year B.A. or B.S./M.P.H. program by permission only.

10:832:401 Public Health Preparedness I (3)
The biological, chemical, and radiological agents that have the potential to cause widespread harm to public health. Scenarios for various exposures and public health responses are presented.

10:832:402 Public Health Preparedness II (3)
Emergency management concepts as they apply to public health: public health roles during a crisis, how to enhance emergency response, and how to minimize the impact of disasters by saving lives and protecting health. A group exercise in public health response and a case study on public health emergency law will be conducted.

10:832:403 Public Health Risk Communication (3)
Examines the theory, core concepts, and practice of public health crisis and emergency risk communication.

10:832:405 Cancer and Society (3)
The epidemiology of cancer, including the cultural and political history of the disease, global burden, causal mechanisms, disparities, cancer survivorship, and prevention.

10:832:413 Issues in Health Disparities (3)
In-depth exploration of the key ways in which race-based health inequities are created and sustained, with a focus on structural factors in the environment.
Prerequisite 832:212.

10:832:414 Culture and Health (3)
Belief and value systems rooted in families are analyzed, along with perceptions and experiences of health/wellness and disease/illness. Focus on how selections are made between traditional health care practitioners and alternative healers.

10:832:415 Women and Health (3)
Exploration of issues raised by women's health care needs and by women's participation in the health labor force, in the context of contemporary feminist thought.

10:832:416 Mental Health and Society (3)

Historical and contemporary policies regarding mental health care in the United States. Deinstitutionalization, public versus private care facilities, patient and consumer empowerment.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:833:416.

10:832:417 Demography and  Population Studies (3)
Demographic concepts, methods, history and applications, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Global population studies that focus on distributions of wealth and power
Credit not given for this course and 762:417 or 833:417.

10:832:420 GIS for Health and Planning (3)
Computing concepts and methods applicable to planning and health, including database management, introduction to GIS, and graphics.
Credit not given for this course and 762:420.

10:832:425 Financial Management (3)
In-depth understanding of the application of financial theory to healthcare systems, including financial analysis and forecasting, strategic formulation, and economic application.
Open to 501 and 832 majors only. Prerequisite 501:333 or 832:333. Credit not given for this course and 501:425.

10:832:437 Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
Contemporary topics in environmental and occupational health, including workers' compensation, ergonomics, hazardous waste, and air and water pollution.
Prerequisite 832:232.

10:832:438 Environment and Public Health Practice (6)

This seven-week intensive course prepares students to sit for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) examination. A 200-hour internship at a local health department follows the course.
Prerequisite: 32 credits of science and math and permission of the department. Offered in the summer only.

10:832:440 Global Public Health (3,4)

Examines the wide range of global health issues and the various policies and programs nations adopt to deal with them. Additional 1 credit offered for alternative spring break.

10:832:462 Human Rights and Health (3)
Covers human rights law, its uses in wartime, the theoretical reframing of women's rights, and its application to health and health care.
Credit not given for this course and 762:462 or 833:462.

10:832:476 Immigration Policy (3)

Facts and controversies surrounding immigration. Legislative history, urban and public health impacts, racial implications.
Credit not given for this course and 762:476 or 833:476.

10:832:478 War and Public Health (3)
The effects of war on health, human rights, and the environment, and the results of diverting resources from health and human welfare to war and the military.

10:832:480 Emerging Infectious Diseases (3)
Consideration of the public health impacts of new and emerging infectious diseases in global populations.

10:832:483 Protecting Public Health and the Environment (3)
The policies and realities facing places trying to protect community health in the face of economic feasibility and political forces.
Credit not given for this course and 762:483 or 833:483.

10:832:490,491 Independent Study (BA,BA)
Open to 832 majors only. Prerequisite: Students must contract with a faculty sponsor and be granted permission by the program director.

10:832:494,495,496,497 Special Topics (3,BA,BA,3)
Topics vary. These courses are designed to address current issues in public health. See the Bloustein School's Electronic Course Grid for active offerings..

10:832:499 Internship with Seminar (6)

A 225-hour field experience plus a weekly classroom experience. Students are required to complete a contracted project under the supervision of a field preceptor and a faculty supervisor. Projects are presented in a public forum.
Prerequisites: Completion of 100 credits toward graduation and 832 core requirements.

updated September 1, 2014