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PH101 Health and Wellness

An overview using a balanced, integrated, holistic model of health and an exploration of the dimensions of wellness. Focus on self-assessment, development of critical thinking, and behavior change skills to facilitate personal awareness and well-being. Fall, Spring.

INPH175 Essentials of Nutrition Science

An introduction to basic nutrition science concepts including nutrition guidelines, micro and macronutrients, anatomy and physiology of digestion and absorption of nutrients, energy balance, and health and wellness. The course will integrate course content, technology and quantitative reasoning using hands-on investigative activities to interpret and evaluate nutritional needs. Fall, Spring.

PH185 Introduction to Addiction and Pre-Professional Mental Health

2 credits

This courses offers an introduction to the Addiction and Pre-Professional Mental Health option in Public Health. Topics include an overview of mental health and substance use, integrated service delivery, co-occurring disorders as well as ethical and professional preparation and standards. Fall, Spring.

PH200 Alcohol and Other Drugs: The Fundamentals

An introduction to alcohol and other drugs and their biopsychosocial effects across the lifespan. Topics include the history and classification of drugs; the physical, cognitive, emotional, and societal impact of psychoactive substances; levels of use; poly-substance use; and addiction liability. Prerequisites: Public Health majors, Addictions minors, Criminal Justice majors/minors. Fall, Spring.

PH203 Introduction to Meditation

1 credit

Students will experience the basic forms of mindfulness meditation - awareness of breath, body, sounds, thoughts, and feelings - mindfulness while doing yoga, and loving-kindness meditation. Students will experience various informal practices: mindfulness while eating, walking, and conversing, and doing routine activities. A focus on reducing stress is interwoven into the course. Pass/Fail. Cross-listed as EDUC 203.

PH204 The Psychology of Mindfulness Meditation

1 credit

Students will explore the psychological underpinnings of mindfulness meditation and research support for meditation. Each student will do a major project. Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: PH 203 or HLSC 203. Cross listed as EDUC 204.

PH215 Nutrition Science and Application

Principles of nutrition, including macro- and micronutrients and their functions, DRIs, and assessment of nutritional status and dietary patterns are explored. In-depth review of digestion, absorption, utilization, and function of nutrients, with emphasis on using food for disease prevention and wellness. Concepts and skills are developed through an integrated lab. Prerequisites: INPH 175, BIO 230, and Nutrition option only. Spring.

PH216 Food Culture and Community Nutrition

An introduction to community nutrition including policy, food security, and the effects of economics and culture related to food choice. Analysis of community food and nutrition programs. Overview of beliefs, customs and food practices of various cultural groups. Prerequisite: INPH 175 and Public Health majors only. Fall, Spring.

PH225 The Nutrition Profession

2 credits

An introduction to the educational, professional, and career expectations in the nutrition profession. Students will explore career options, including national registration, community service, and lifelong learning. Other topics include ethics, research, and current issues in health. Professional portfolios will be introduced. Prerequisites: INPH 175 and Nutrition Option only. Spring.

PH240 Microbiology for Health Professionals

An introduction to microbiology for health professionals. Topics include basic microscopy, microbial cell structure and function, microbial physiology and genetics, basic virology, control of microbial growth, epidemiology, immunology, and food microbiology. Lecture material will be integrated with laboratory-based experiences such as microscopy, staining, culturing and basic molecular techniques. Prerequisite: INPH 175, BIO 230. Fall, Spring.

PH245 Introduction to Research Methods

An introduction to research methods, ethical principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Students will critically review published research in public health and determine how research findings are useful in guiding evidence-based decisions. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Public Health majors only. Fall, Spring.

ISPH285 Health in Society

An introduction to the social determinants that impact health, such as socioeconomic status, education, culture, and health policy. Topics of social justice and ethics will be explored. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Fall, Spring.

PH290 Topics in Public Health

Study of a selected topic in Public Health. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisites vary as topics change. Occasionally.

PH298 Independent Study

1-8 credits

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Consent required of the instructor who will supervise the independent study. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Fall, Spring.

PH305 Epidemiology

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and their applicability in the field of Public Health. Students will examine factors governing health and disease in populations. Skills will be introduced to critically interpret the epidemiologic literature relevant to health professionals. Prerequisites: ISPH 285 and MATH 141 or permission of instructor. Spring.

PH310 Food Science

Introduction to physical and chemical changes in ingredients and nutrients during food preparation and storage. Experimentation through manipulation of food variables. Development of professional skills: menu design, food preparation, recipe modification, nutrient analysis, culinary techniques, and economics of nutrition management. Prerequisites: INPH 175, PH 216, and INCHEM 103. Fall.

PH313 Food Service Management

Theory and integrated practice in management of planning, directing, and coordinating food service systems. Topics: menu design, purchasing, inventory, food production and service, finances, personnel management, space or equipment layout and use, and food safety or sanitation certification. Application of principles through service-learning field experiences. Prerequisite: INPH 175 and PH 225. Spring.

PH318 Nutrition Throughout the Lifespan

Comprehensive examination of nutritional requirements, physiological demands, and health concerns from preconception through late adulthood. Challenges posed by physical and psychological growth, development, and lifelong wellness are discussed. Nutrition assessment, intervention, and evaluation of individuals, groups, and communities are addressed. Integrated application of skills through community-based observations. Prerequisites: PH 215. Fall.

PH325 Public Health

Explores public health and community-based models and theories to identify common problems and strengths to mobilize resources and achieve health goals. Public health, health communication, field work tools, coalition building, cross-cultural competency skills, and evaluation of community organizing processes are explored using an interdisciplinary approach. Prerequisite: ISPH 285. Fall, Spring.

PH330 Health Psychology

A biopsychosocial examination of the factors underlying health and disease. Students explore these factors in relation to health promotion, health compromising and enhancing behaviors, stress management, coping strategies, use of health services, addictive behaviors, pain management, and coping with disease. Prerequisites: ISPH 285, PH major, or Exercise Science major, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

IIPH350 Women and Health: Witches, Harlots, and Healers

A survey of women's health from the biological, social, economic, and political perspectives, drawing from the interdisciplinary field of public health. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL.

PH360 Physical Activity and Health

Essential role of physical activity in promoting and maintaining health based on current exercise physiology research. Create and apply physical activity programs for apparently healthy populations and those with common chronic conditions. Students will design, implement, and evaluate a physical activity program. Prerequisites: INPH 175, BIO 230 and BIO 332. Fall, Spring.

PH380 Addiction: Theory, Practice and Research

The analysis of substance-related and addictive disorders through theoretical perspectives and models, including the Public Health model, family systems, sociocultural and psychological perspectives. Drug research and evidence-based practices are examined. Prerequisites: Public Health majors or Addictions minors only, junior standing or above, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

PH382 Introduction to Counseling Skills

This course offers an introduction to addiction and mental health counseling techniques and approaches. Topics include individual and group counseling skills. Specific approaches covered include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Person Centered Therapy and Group Therapy. Prerequisites: Public Health majors or Addiction minors only, junior standing or above, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

PH385 Behavior Change

Expands on knowledge and skills of the behavioral change process. Students analyze and apply behavior or education theories appropriate for diverse population groups. Interviewing, assessment, and motivation skills are enhanced. Students develop and implement a behavioral change-based project for a community audience. Prerequisites: IHCOMM 171, ISPH 285, PH 380. Fall, Spring.

PH410 Applied Research in Food Systems

2 credits

Experimental application of food science, foodservice management, and cultural considerations in food product development. Utilize sensory and objective testing to assess product formulation and acceptability. Prerequisite: PH 310. Fall, Spring.

PH414 Medical Nutrition Therapy I

2 credits

An in-depth examination of nutritional assessment concepts such as anthropometry, dietary intake data collection methods, biochemical measurements, and food/nutrient-medication interactions and their application within the nutrition care process. Prerequisite: PH 318. Fall.

PH415 Nutritional Biochemistry

In-depth analysis of digestion, absorption, transport, and intermediary nutrient metabolism. Review and analysis of research methodologies. Integrated lab to develop skills in critiquing current literature while researching, designing, and delivering a professional seminar on a micronutrient. Prerequisites: PH 215, PH 240, and CHEM 220. Fall.

PH416 Medical Nutrition Therapy II

Comprehensive coverage around pathophysiology of disease and nutrition care for prevention and treatment of disease. Application of the nutrition care process to various diseases and the metabolic response to critical illness as well as the use of parenteral and enteral nutrition. Integrated application of skills through 1:1 service-learning field experience. Prerequisites: PH 240, PH 414, BIO 230, BIO 332. Spring.

PH431 Stress Management

Examination of the nature of stress from biopsychosocial perspectives. A variety of stress-management practices are explored, including coping strategies and relaxation techniques. Prerequisite: Public Health majors or Exercise Science majors or permission of instructor. Spring.

IIPH445 Human Sexuality

An interdisciplinary examination of human sexual development and behavior, including reproduction, sexual anatomy, psychosexual development, sexual socialization, values, and various forms of sexual expression. This course will explore human sexuality from biological, cultural, legal, and political perspectives. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Summer.

PH473 Practicum: Nutrition

Supervised field experience in community, clinical, or food-service management environments providing nutrition, health, and/or wellness practice opportunities for the advanced student. Hands-on experience aimed at developing critical professional skills in the application of theory to practice. Prerequisites: PH 313, PH 318, and PH 385. Fall, Spring.

PH474 Practicum: Population Health

Supervised field experience in population health for the advanced student. Hands-on experience aimed at developing professional skills in the application of theory to practice. Prerequisites: PH 325 and application completion with permission of instructor. Spring.

PH485 Health Promotion Practice

Development of planning, implementation, evaluation, and management skills to effectively deliver health promotion programming. Application of theory to practice, including community-based assessment, risk management, financial planning, quality assurance, marketing, and personnel management. Prerequisites: PH 385. Fall, Spring.

PH489 Drug Abuse Prevention

Current topics in chemical dependency prevention, including the examination of theories and methods in alcohol and other drug prevention. Application and evaluation of contemporary techniques, models, and methods. Prerequisite: PH 380. Summer.

PH490 Advanced Special Topics

1-4 credits

Study in an area of Public Health beyond that provided in other courses. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisite: Varies with topic. Fall, Spring.

PH491 Addiction and Pre-Professional Mental Health Treatment: Critical Issues

This course examines new or developing theories, methods, models, techniques, and concepts in addiction and pre-professional mental health. Prerequisite: PH 382. Fall.

PH492 Internship in Addiction and Pre-Professional Mental Health

4-8 credits

Field-based internship opportunity for students to apply theory, strategies, interventions, and knowledge learned in the classroom. Prerequisites: PH 382 and PH 491 or PH 493, and application completion with permission of instructor. Spring.

PH493 Co-Occurring Disorders: Continuum of Care

An in-depth examination of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The course will cover an introduction to assessment, diagnosis, intervention, treatment, recovery, and relapse prevention for co-occurring disorders. Prerequisites: PH 380, Public Health majors or Addiction minors only, junior standing or above, or permission of instructor. Spring.

PH494 Public Health Capstone

This senior-level class is designed to integrate, examine, and enhance the knowledge, skills, and attitudes learned throughout the Public Health major. It provides academic and professional development activities including the completion of a senior portfolio. Prerequisites: PH 385, Public Health major with senior standing, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

PH495 Seminar: Public Health Research

This senior-level course is designed to integrate, examine, and enhance the knowledge, skills, and attitudes learned throughout the Public Health major. Students engage in an extensive Public Health research project and present results in a public forum. This course is recommended for students who intend to pursue graduate education. Prerequisites: PH 385, Public Health majors with senior standing, or permission of instructor. Fall.

PH498 Independent Study

1-8 credits

Independent study under faculty supervision of a problem in an area of Health Science. Initiative and self-direction required. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

PH601 Food Systems and Sustainability

2 credits

This course examines emerging food systems trends and issues, considers sustainable food system attributes and explores how food production, principles and practices impact the environment, nutritional status, health and the human condition at the local, state and global levels. Students must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition Program. Summer.

PH602 Food and Nutrition Policy

2 credits

This course provides an in-depth review of the public policy process and the development of health policy in the United States. Students will develop professional skills in management of nutrition programs including legislative advocacy and analysis of current nutrition programs at local, state and federal levels. Students must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition Program. Summer.

PH603 Advanced Nutrition Counseling

3 credits

This course will examine effective counseling strategies and techniques. Students will acquire skills to motivate patients towards healthy lifestyles through the application of nutrition knowledge and behavior change theories. Students must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition Program. Spring.

PH604 Educational Theory and Practice: Developing Nutrition Education Programs

3 credits

This course provides students the information and tools for developing community nutrition interventions. Student will use learning and behavior change theory and community needs assessments to identify problems, develop program objectives and intervention strategies appropriate for a target audience. Students will conduct a program evaluation to determine a program’s effectiveness. Students must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition Program. Fall.

PH605 Nutritional Epidemiology

3 credits

This course will examine principles and methods of epidemiology and their application in public health with an emphasis on nutrition. Students will critically evaluate epidemiological literature relevant to public health. Students must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition Program. Spring.

PH606 Learning and Human Development

3 credits

An exploration of the biological, psychological and sociological theories and issues related to an individual’s ability to learn. The course will address factors that influence development throughout the lifespan with an emphasis on educational implications. Prerequisite: PH 604. Summer.

PH612 Public Health Nutrition I: Capstone

3 credits

Students will start the process of applying skills and competencies acquired in the program with an in-depth examination of an area within public health. Application-based activities include community assessment, strategic planning, intervention development, program evaluation, coalition building and preparing grant applications. Students must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition Program. Fall.

PH614 Public Health Nutrition II: Capstone

3 credits

This course is a continuation of PH 612. Students will complete their in-depth examination of an area within public health. Students will develop a culminating written project that integrates all aspects of program planning with a final presentation. Prerequisite: PH 612. Spring.

PH615 Nutritional Biochemistry

An in-depth analysis of digestion, absorption, transport and cellular metabolism of macronutrients with an emphasis on certain micronutrients. Disorders of energy metabolism will be integrated into the course such as obesity, diabetes and malnutrition. Students must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition Program. Fall.

PH616 Research Methods and Design

3 credits

An examination of research methods, ethical principles, bio-statistical concepts, and the process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed designs. Students will be guided through issues to inform future research. Students must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition Program. Spring.

PH618 Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry

2 credits

This course integrates previous knowledge in physiology, biochemistry and medical nutrition therapy to understand micronutrient metabolism concepts and their application in human health and disease. Prerequisite: PH 615. Students must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition Program. Summer

PH620 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy

3 credits

This course expands knowledge on pathophysiological conditions while integrating medical nutrition therapy concepts. Students will apply the nutrition care process to a variety of acute and chronic conditions from pediatrics to geriatrics. Students must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition Program. Fall.

PH630 Dietetic Internship

2-3 credits

The Dietetic Internship includes a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice including but not limited to food service management, clinical settings and public health programs with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention, food systems and behavioral nutrition interventions. Students must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition Program. Course must be repeated to a minimum total of 14 credits. Summer, Fall, Spring.