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  School of Public Health 2022-2024 Courses Urban-Global Public Health Courses  

Urban-Global Public Health Courses

UGPH 0515 Global Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases (3) The course will be divided in two parts: Part I. Non-Communicable Diseases: Topics central to global non-communicable diseases (NCD) and risk factors are addressed. Attention is focused on NCDs that make major contributions to the global burden of disease. Part II. Infectious Diseases: An overview will be given of critical topics related to the identification, control and prevention of newly emerging and as well as long recognized infectious diseases with public health importance. The emphasis will be on major infections that are prevalent in tropical and developing countries. The clinical presentation, modes of transmission, geographic distribution and prevention of these infections will be considered from an epidemiologic perspective. Selected global disease control programs and policies will be assessed for their strengths and weaknesses.
UGPH 0521 Culture and Health (3) This course examines theoretical, ethical, and applied elements of sociocultural research including major methods, challenges, and practices. It also combines a diversity of timely cases to convey the need for cultural awareness and competency in all contexts on global health. The course further seeks to explain the various concepts and perspectives on culture and health and situates culture as an integral component to be considered in attaining health goals. Participants will examine public health problems within a larger social and cultural context. The role of culture in research, development of and evaluation of public health initiatives, will also be explored. To effectively create and implement public health policies and practices, public health professionals must account for the cultures of the people they serve, while recognizing cultural blind spots practitioners and the discipline possess. This course will examine examples of how public health officials have succeeded and failed to account for culture and its influence on how communities have engaged with, created, and responded to public health campaigns and actions.
UGPH 0560 Foundation In Maternal and Child Health (3) In this course, students will gain an understanding of the determinants of the health of mothers and children, from a macro perspective including public policy, neighborhoods, schools, and health facilities, and from an individual perspective, including health beliefs and behaviors.
UGPH 0580 Social Determinants of Health (3) This course will provide an overview of the social determinants of health, focusing on how social and economic conditions affect a person's health. The course will explore multiple social determinants of health including social integration, racial discrimination, and adverse childhood experiences as they impact the health and well-being of various populations. The course will end with by examining interventions to achieve health equity.
UGPH 0600 Introduction to Global Public Health (3) In a world that is increasingly globalized, yet also fragmented, it is important to develop a health care workforce that is conversant with global health concerns and to build knowledge networks and research capacities to address information gaps. This introductory course on global public health provides students with an overview of the impacts of weak health systems, lacking infrastructure, economic dependencies, climate, geography, vector biology, and war activity on communicable and noncommunicable diseases, mental, maternal, and environmental health.
UGPH 0605 Qualitative Research Methods (3) This course focuses on the methods of qualitative research in public health. The emphasis will be on learning the basic approaches, concepts, content, and skills associated with qualitative research methods, including case studies, ethnography, grounded theory, narratives, and phenomenology.
UGPH 0621 Public Health and Health Disparities (3) As members of the public health community, we have a role to play in shaping how people think about and work to eliminate health disparities. This course examines how social, economic, environmental, cultural, and lifestyle factors contribute to differences in morbidity and mortality in racial and ethnic minorities and the medically underserved. We will also examine social determinants of population health.
UGPH 0630 Global Food Systems and Policy (3) This course focuses on the challenges faced by food systems locally and globally, and critically analyzes the design, evaluation, and impact of programs and policies aimed at addressing those challenges.
UGPH 0640 LGBTQ Health: Global History and Context (3) The course introduces students to the historical context of LGBTQ health and health disparities through the lens of the manifestation of dominant patriarchal systems that produce those disparities.
UGPH 0642 LGBTQ Health and Health Disparities (3) This course examines the core interdisciplinary theories, knowledge, research, and methods evidenced in understanding LGBTQ health and disparities in the LGBTQ population. The course introduces students to the main conceptual frameworks for the study of LGBTQ individuals, communities, and populations across the lifespan and overviews existing knowledge about LGBTQ health in the United States and globally. The course highlights research design, measurement, ethics, and analysis issues in population research in LGBTQ health.
UGPH 0644 Methods for Hard-to-Reach Populations (3) This course provides master's students with tools to design and conduct research among LGBTQ populations and other populations that are hidden and hard to reach.
UGPH 0646 Transgender Health (3) People who are transgender, gender queer or gender nonconforming are becoming more visible in society. Despite the increased visibility of transgender people and the significant social, political and medical advances regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, gender queer, nonconforming/binary and people that identify as transgender face severe discrimination, stigma, systematic and structural oppression, and violence. This course will examine the health and daily life of people that are transgender, gender queer or gender nonconforming. Students will hear from experts in the field, hear personal stories from adults, parents of transgender, gender queer or gender nonconforming children and adolescents, and participate in events produced by the transgender community. At the completion of the course, students will have a working knowledge of the health and the structural factors (e.g., discrimination, transphobia, harassment, laws, barriers to health services, as well as the social, political and medical advances) that have shaped the lives of transgender people.
UGPH 0648 Public Health Aspects of HIV Prevention and Care (3) Students will consider the evolution of the HIV epidemic in the United States throughout the last four decades using a public health lens and with consideration to population-based health promotion strategies. Students will learn about the history of the disease in the U.S. and within a global context, the biomedical aspects of the disease including HIV testing and treatment, the epidemiology of the disease, the socio-bio-behavioral drivers of the disease, and HIV/AIDS public health policies and calls to action. Students will examine, analyze, apply, and evaluate theoretical paradigms and research, drawn from public health and interrelated disciplines with regard to HIV prevention, treatment, and care as it is manifested in and across all segments of the population. The course utilizes a biopsychosocial framework for understanding illness and health promotion and emphasizes theorybased HIV prevention and care. Prerequisite: PHCO 0505
UGPH 0670 Global Food and Culture (3) Food tells a unique story about people, places, and perspectives. By understanding what drives people to eat the foods they do, we can gain insight into the broader factors that influence nutrition and health outcomes of populations around the world. The overarching aim of this course is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the cultural, social, environmental, political and economic determinants that affect the food choices, nutrition and health of populations globally. Students will learn cultural concepts that relate to food and body shape preferences, they will examine how different farming and food systems influence the foods that populations have access to, and they will learn about the diverse dietary patterns from around the globe, and how they might influence health outcomes. A combination of lectures, individual assignments, virtual in-class group discussions and presentations will be used to meet the course objectives.
UGPH 0680 Urban Public Health (3) The course provides the student with basic information about how cities `workż and the background needed to better promote health in urban settings. Cities are ultimately about their residents and visitors, and the many interactions among them within complex urban ecosystems. The course describes the multiple social and physical environments of cities and the ways by which class, power, oppression, socioeconomic status, development, and the natural and built environments interact to influence the health and wellbeing of urban populations and subpopulations.
UGPH 0711 Leadership and Management I: Organizations Contributing to Public Health (3) This course will include a chance to build systems thinking capacity, develop strategies for influencing organizations within complex macro environments, and practical skills for all aspects of organizational leadership and management. The course will focus on the need for recruiting, retaining, and developing diverse professionals within organizations. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore their own leadership goals, work collaboratively with other students, and meet influential leaders. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing.
UGPH 0712 Creating Interventions for Impact (3) This course will provide students with a foundation to rigorously identify and define targets for public health intervention, develop organizing conceptual frameworks to guide intervention development, and to interrogate and refine these targets and frameworks as new information comes to light. Addition, this course aims to provide a foundation in basic design and implementation principals used in diverse settings within the technology sector, and to adapt these approaches and principals to creating innovative public health interventions in ongoing collaboration with members of the targeted community and other stakeholders. Finally, the course aims to provide a basic foundation in selecting appropriate assessment, evaluation, and research techniques during this era of rapidly changing social, economic, and technological contexts. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing.
UGPH 0715 Leadership and Management II: Organizations Contributing to Public Health (3) In this second course in the Leadership and Management course sequence, topics covered include comparing the popular press leadership literature with the scientific literature (including an assessment of the strength of the science in this area), negotiation and mediation skills, media skills, implicit and explicit bias in organizations, hiring and supporting staff to ensure diversity, and employee engagement. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing and UGPH 0711.
UGPH 0716 Evaluation and Evidence for Public Health (3) Public health professionals are both consumers and creators of evidence about what works and does not work to enhance public well-being. Through this course, students will understand the role of program evaluation in developing evidence for policy and program decisions. With a grounding in impact, implementation, and cost-benefit evaluation, students will demonstrate mastery by developing an evaluation design and an outline for a request for proposals for their dissertation. Throughout, students will make connections between the methods and how to apply them to their dissertation. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing.
UGPH 0723 Leadership and Management III: Organizations Contributing to Public Health (3) In this third course in the Leadership and Management course sequence, students will expand their knowledge to build systems thinking capacity, develop strategies for influencing organizations within complex macro environments, and practical skills for all aspects of organizational leadership and management. Students will also learn about and have conversations with leaders who have deep experience with measuring organizational impact, transforming organizations, partnering across sectors, and creating effective approaches to diversity, equity and belonging. Students will also plan their DrPH Applied Practice Experience during this course. Prerequisites: UGPH 0711 and UGPH 0715. Doctoral student standing.
UGPH 0724 Policy, Power, and Advancing Public Health (3) This course will help students learn to analyze the public health care policy environment, understand power and dynamic decision-making, white supremacy and misogyny and the role of racism and sexism in driving poor health policy, and acquire the tools to craft and win effective public health policy. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing.
UGPH 0744 Methods for Hard to Reach Populations (3) This course provides doctoral students with tools to design and conduct research among LGBTQ populations and other populations that are hidden and hard to reach. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing.
UGPH 9000 Introduction to the United Nations (3) This course introduces students to the historical, theoretical and practical foundations of the United Nations and discusses the UN's influence as an intergovernmental organization for public policy and international norm setting in the areas of security, peacekeeping, human rights and development among others. It also discusses the UN as a bureaucracy and examines current and potential structural and operational challenges that lie ahead.
UGPH 9000 is a required course for students enrolled in the United Nations & Global PH certificate program. This course is offered by the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences.
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