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  School of Public Health 2022-2024 Courses Health Behavior, Society, and Policy  

Health Behavior, Society, and Policy

HBSP  0581 Adult Psychopathology for Public Health (3) This course is designed as an introduction and overview of current knowledge regarding adult psychopathology, including mental disorders, symptoms of mental disorders, psychological distress, substance use, and related behaviors (e.g., suicide). The course will address foundational topics such as definitions of mental disorders, psychological distress, substance use, and related behaviors; standard approaches to diagnosis and assessment; key causal mechanisms; epidemiology; course; and risk and protective factors. Prerequisite: PHCO 0502.
HBSP 0600 Health Behavior and Policy Research Design and Methods (3) This is a basic course in research methods, designed to acquaint students with methods to conduct health behavior and health policy research. The course explores major research methods and techniques. While the emphasis will be on quantitative methods, qualitative methods are also introduced. While this is not a statistics course, a basic understanding of statistics will be useful in this course as statistical concepts, problems, and analyses are frequently considered. Prerequisite: PHCO 0504.
HBSP 0601 Aging and World Cities (3) Population aging often provokes fears of impending social security deficits, uncontrollable medical expenditures, and transformations in living arrangements. This course explores the response of world cities in wealthier nations to population aging and the effect of these systems on health and health services.
HBSP 0602 Long Term Effects of Child Inequality & Adversity (3) This course will introduce students to a life course perspective on population health and aging. Building on an overview of the data and literature on inequalities in infant and child health, this course will examine how the long-run influence of these disparities at both the individual and group levels can be traced from early life into old age. An interdisciplinary perspective will be adopted for understanding the lasting impact of childhood experiences, incorporating frameworks from epidemiology, psychology, sociology, and economics. The bi-directional relationship between health and wealth over the life cycle will be explored along with intergenerational transmission of disadvantage, and while the course will primarily focus on the United States, these relationships will also be explored in other contexts, for example in low-income countries. Throughout, emphasis will be placed on evaluating the long-run implications of public health interventions and policies in light of these life cycle effects. Prerequisites: PHCO 0502 and PHCO 0504.
HBSP 0603 Mental Health and Aging (3) This course provides an overview of the theory and research in mental health for older populations focusing on psychological, social, and biological aspects of mental health. The main objective of this course is to equip students with the content knowledge and skills needed to understand the aging process as well as the common biopsychosocial issues that present in later life. The course will explore the epidemiology, etiology, assessment, and treatment of psychological disorders commonly experienced by older adults as well as the social, historical, cultural, and political climate in which older adults age. This course will also explore careers in aging, aging policy, and aging research with a focus on mental healthcare.
HBSP 0620 Public Health Ethics and Law (3) This course examines key elements of the U.S. legal system that govern and influence public health, including the U.S. Constitution, federal, state and local laws, administrative law, and judicial decisions. The legal foundations of public health are essential to understanding the tools available to government to address public health threats. This class will examine government power, its legal limits, and ethical dimensions of various topics. The course also examines core public health issues, including current events, in the context of this legal framework.
HBSP 0621 Health Care Economics (3) This course introduces economic concepts and their use in analyses of the health care sector. The concepts developed through course and readings will be applied to assess the efficiency with which health care resources are used and the equity with which health care is distributed. The course will explore considerations of efficiency and equity in a variety of contexts, including the performance of the 'health care economy;' the demand for and production of 'good health;' the demand for health care services; the costs and benefits of specific health care resource use; decisions to obtain health insurance; the role of government in the health care sector; and reform of the health care sector. Prerequisite: PHCO 0501.
HBSP 0622 Health Politics and Policy (3) This course is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of the government institutions and processes that affect health policy in the American context. The course will explore how the institutional arrangements of American government work with respect to the development of health policy, and review several health policy case studies and identify lessons from them. The course explores fundamental challenges that face all health policymakers, whatever the country or its level of economic development, and the array of policy instruments that can be deployed to address them.
HBSP 0623 Cross National Comparisons of Health Systems and Policy (3) This course will go beyond the discussion of comparative health systems in the core course in public health and survey the policy responses of a range of nations to the strains imposed by the evolution of modern health care systems. Students will seek to explain why nations differ in their policy choices, explore the pros and cons of some of these approaches, and draw implications for U.S. policy debates. Students should leave the course with an enhanced understanding of the range of strategic responses to the major policy problems facing modern societies, and this understanding should help them to comprehend more fully both the dynamic environment in which they work and the complexities of health care reform.
HBSP 0624 Population Health and Public Policy (3) This course examines selected population health problems and how they are shaped by the social, economic, and residential circumstances of individuals, their political environments, and their health behaviors. Particular emphasis of the course is to explore public policy initiatives to address the health problems under consideration, and to evaluate their success and unintended consequences.
HBSP 0625 Issues in Private and Public Health Insurance (3) This course explores issues related to the role of private and public health insurance in the health care sector. The focus is on institutional features of the private and public health insurance systems, the theory underlying the population's demand for private and public health insurance, and potential behavioral responses by persons with such coverage. Students engage in a critical evaluation of the private and public insurance systems with the intent of identifying changes that might improve the efficiency and equity with which these markets pool risks. Prerequisite: HBSP 0621 or  HSAP 0615.
HBSP 0630 Topics in Health Systems and Health Care Policy (3) This course covers selected topics related to the performance and structure of health care systems, and the possible policy responses to address perceived shortcomings in health system performance. Prerequisite: Varies depending on the topics for the semester.
HBSP 0640 Seminar in Health Education Topics (1-3) This seminar is used to address timely public health problems and issues that are not ordinarily dealt within department courses. Prerequisite: PHCO 0505.
HBSP 0652 Program Planning and Evaluation (3) This course provides students with the hands on skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate public health and health promotion programs in various settings. Students develop and plan an evaluation for a program for a health problem in a population at risk. Prerequisite: PHCO 0505.
HBSP 0653 Modifying Health Behaviors: Theory and Practice (3) The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the more commonly used, and scientifically supported, health behavior modification theories and models that facilitate successful behavior change within and across diverse populations/communities as well as the principles of learning theory that underlie these health behavior modification theories and models. Prerequisite: PHCO 0505.
HBSP 0654 Public Health Communication/Risk Communication (3) The purpose of this class is to familiarize students with health communication theories and applications in public health campaigns, interventions and programs. Prerequisite: PHCO 0505.
HBSP 0655 Social Marketing (3) This course focuses on the planning and application of theory-based social marketing strategies for promoting behavior change and achieving program goals and objectives. Prerequisite: PHCO 0505.
HBSP 0660 Dissemination and Implementation Research for Health Promotion (3) This course provides an introduction to dissemination and implementation (D&I) research or science, a growing field of study that examines the process by which evidence-based interventions are adopted, implemented, and sustained in community or clinical settings. In particular, this course will focus on how D&I can promote health and reduce health inequities. Topics covered in this course include fundamental D&I concepts and terminology; commonly used theories and frameworks for research and practice; strategies, evaluation designs, methods, measures, and analysis; issues of sustainment and de-implementation; D&I in vulnerable populations and in global settings and future issues.
HBSP 0700 Advances in Public Health Theories (3) This course is designed to provide an overview of applied public health theories, concepts, and methods in the field of public health practice, policy, and research. The primary aim of this course is for students to cultivate an understanding of modern paradigms to understand public health problems. Its emphasis will be on multidisciplinary and holistic theories related to the social determinants of health and how psychosocial, cultural, environmental, and political factors affect the health of populations and communities over the life course. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing.
HBSP 0701 Grant Writing for Public Health, Behavioral and Biomedical Research (3) This course offers an introduction to grant-writing, with a focus on the behavioral, social science, and public health portfolio at the National Institutes of Health. Students will learn about the funding opportunities offered by NIH, the grant submission process, and the grant review process. Although the focus is on NIH, students will gain knowledge, practice skills, and cultivate effective professional habits that will facilitate positive grant submission outcomes for funding agencies worldwide. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing.
HBSP 0703 Evaluation and Research Designs for Public Health Interventions (3) This course provides students with the necessary knowledge (e.g., terminology, concepts, and procedures) for understanding and conducting behavioral health intervention research. The research designs and procedures as well as the data analytic techniques presented as part of this course are commonly used in the social and behavioral sciences as well as other fields of inquiry. An in-depth understanding of the material presented in this course is requisite for both accurately interpreting the abundance of behavioral health literature and engaging in the conduct of behavioral health intervention research. Class discussions and the development and oral presentation of a pragmatic/feasible behavioral health intervention research protocol will be the major vehicles for achieving these objectives. A working knowledge of the material presented in this course is essential for designing and implementing rigorous behavioral health intervention evaluation and research as well as for effective communication of research procedures, findings, and conclusions. Prerequisites: Doctoral student standing and successful completion of a graduate level statistics course.
HBSP 0713 Public Health Ethics and Law (3) This course examines key elements of the U.S. legal system that govern and influence public health, including the U.S. Constitution, federal, state and local laws, administrative law, and judicial decisions. The legal foundations of public health are essential to understanding the tools available to government to address public health threats. This class will examine government power, its legal limits, and ethical dimensions of various topics. The course also examines core public health issues, including current events, in the context of this legal framework. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing.
HBSP 0722 Mixed Methods Research for Public Health (3) This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of methodological approaches to conducting public health research with a specific focus on mixed methods. The course will review both qualitative and quantitative methods before discussing the integration of these two methodological approaches into a mixed methods study design. The topics presented in this course will mirror the research process beginning with developing a research question, identifying the appropriate research methods, and implementing the proposed study. Students are strongly encouraged to use the assignments and topics presented in this class to critically engage with their dissertation research. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing and BIST 0714.
HBSP 0723 Health Politics and Policy (3) This course is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of the government institutions and processes that affect health policy in the American context. The course will explore how the institutional arrangements of American government work with respect to the development of health policy, and review several health policy case studies and identify lessons from them. The course explores fundamental challenges that face all health policymakers, whatever the country or its level of economic development, and the array of policy instruments that can be deployed to address them. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing.
HBSP 0724 Population Health and Public Policy (3) This course will cover selected population health problems, including the leading risk factors for premature death and explore the underlying circumstances, monetary and non-monetary incentives, and behaviors of individuals that contribute to such problems. In doing so, students will identify underlying causal mechanisms that lead to health problems and understand the dimensions of policy. This course will also integrate discussions of current health policy initiatives. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing.
HBSP 0725 Effectively Teaching and Training Adults (3) The course focuses on traditional and innovative teaching approaches to facilitating learning in academic, organizational or community settings, taking into consideration the characteristics of the adult learner. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to put theory and research into practice via active learning experiences, primarily in the academic setting. Specifically, students will develop a syllabus for a course or training program, facilitate and in-person and an online lesson, and evaluate teaching methods. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing.
HBSP 0726 Intermediate Survey Research Methods (3) This course on survey research methods introduces students to a set of principles of survey design that are the basis of standard practices in the field. It is assumed that students have taken a research methods course in their respective discipline. It is expected that students will utilize knowledge from other courses and work experiences in this course. The course will use the concept of total survey error as a framework to discuss sampling, modes of data collection, field operations (i.e., implementation), sources of bias, the impact of nonresponse, and the effect of question structure, wording, and context on respondent response. Major methods and techniques in the use of surveys for research and evaluation purposes will also be explored in this course. The practical focus of this course is the development and application of a research instrument, as such there is a substantial "hands┐on" component. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing.
HBSP 0582 Alcohol Use, Society & Health (3) This course will introduce the role that alcohol plays in our lives, its impact on society and public health, and the effectiveness of alcohol policies/regulations, interventions, and treatments.
HBSP 0681 Stigma and Mental Health (3) This course will provide an overview of how stigma and discrimination impact mental health across structural, interpersonal, and individual levels in the US and around the world.
HBSP 0682 Understanding Suicide: Risk, Prevention & Intervention This course provides an overview of suicide risk, prevention, and interventions at individual and population levels, considering diverse identities. It addresses theories, epidemiology, history, and communication strategies to combat stigma.
HBSP 0680 Mental Hlth Services & Systems (3) This course introduces students to US health services and systems that address mental health and substance use, including historical trends, care access/quality, prevention and treatment, stigma, disparities, and current issues. PHCO 0501 and PHCO 0502.
 
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