Family and Community Health Concentration

Course #TitleCompetenciesCredits
HK 590 Public Health Program and Policy Evaluation (Fall) 2,3,5 3
Category A: Comminications Selective (Choose 3 Credits)
COM 559   Current Trends in Mass Communication (Odd Fall) 2,3,5 3
COM 576    Health Communication (Fall) 1,2,3,5 3
COM 676   Health Advocacy Campaigns (Odd Fall) 1,2,3,5 3
COM 590   Cross-Cultural Communication (Fall) 1,3,4,5 3
HK 590 Health Counseling (Fall) 3,5 3
CSR 590 Social Marketing for Health (Fall) 1,2,3,5 3
COM 676 Interpersonal Health Communication (Even Spring) 3,5 3
Category B: Social Side of Health Selectives (Choose 3 credits)
Fall Semester
HDFS 590 Health in the Social Context OR Families and Health 1,3,4,5 3
SOC 611 Social Inequality:Class, Race, and Gender 1,4 3
Spring Semester
CSR 590 Consumer Health Determinants and Disparities 1,3,4 3
SOC 571 Health and Social Behavior 1,3,4 3
SOC 576 Health and Aging in Social Context 1,4,5 3
HDFS 629      Family and Couple Interventions in Health Problems 12,3,4 3
Category C: Family and Community Health Electives (Optional)
Nutrition and Physical Activity
HK 590 Physical Activity and Public Health (Fall) 1,3,5 3
NUTR 430 Public Health Nutrition (Spring) 1,2,3,4,5 2
NUTR 590 World Food Problems (Fall) 1,2,3,4,5 3
NUTR 590 Nutritional Epidemiology (Spring) 1,2,4,5 3
NUTR 612 Obesity: Behavior, Physiology, and Policy (Even Spring) 1,3,5 2
NUTR 634 Nutrition and Cancer Prevention (Even Spring) 1 2
              Healthcare Systems
NUR 69060 Innovative Care/Innovations in Healthcare Delivery 9Fall-Dual Degree Students only) 1,2,3,4,5 3
NUR 67800 Health Economics and Finance (Fall) 1,2,3,4,5 3
SOC 572 Comparative Healthcare Systems (Fall) 1,2,3,4,5 3
SOC 573 The Human Side of Medicine (Fall) 1,3,4 3
            Technology in Public Health
ASM 540 Geographic Information Systems (Fall) 1,2,5 3
POL 524 Publci Policy and the Family (Spring) 1,5 3
POL620 Pro-seminar: Public Policy (Fall) 1,2,4,5 3
NUTR 590 Food Policy (Spring) 1,2,3,4,5 3
Human Sexuality
CSR 590 Human Sexuality and Sexual Health 1,2,3 3

Guidelines: For the family and community health concentration, plans of study must include HK 590 Public Health Program and Policy Evaluation, and three credits from Category A and three credits from Category B. The remaining six credits can be from categories A, B, or C. Three credits may be applied to independent research credits. Additionally, all family and community health competencies must be thoroughly covered.

CSR 590 — Consumer Health Determinants and Disparities

Our social environment is widely recognized for playing a critical role in shaping our patterns of health and vulnerability to diseases. Who we are, where we were born, grew up, live, work and age are all key determinants to our current and future health. Understanding the processes through which social environment influences our health has become an important question across medical and social science fields. This course will explore key social determinants of health, including: socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, neighborhood environments, social relationships and political economy. Mechanisms through which these factors are hypothesized to influence health, such as stress and access to health resources and constraints, will be discussed. An overarching theme of the course will be how social factors that adversely affect health are inequitably distributed, contributing to marked health disparities.   

CSR 590 — Social Marketing for Health

Healthy lifestyle impacts people’s quality of life at the individual and population level. Social marketing, as a process, applies marketing principles and techniques to benefit the target audience and the society through its approach for developing programs to promote healthy behaviors. This course aims to equip learners the knowledge, skills, and technologies for organizing and implementing effective health programs. It adopts more learner-focused activities in order to engage students in active learning. The delivery entails readings, case studies and a final project that students will venture into crafting a health-related marketing campaign. Students are assigned to groups of 3-4 students for cultivating their team and interdisciplinary work ethics. 

NUTR 430 — Public Health Nutrition

The focus of the course is the assesment of nutritional needs of the community and the programs that service these needs. The course will enable students to articulate, explain the purpose of, and apply the three core functions of public health including: assessment of the nutritional needs of the community, assurance and provision of programs that services those needs, and policy development to promote health. Students will develop critical thinking skills to allow evaluation of the scientific evidence supporting public health programs and policy. In addition, the class will expose students to a variety of professional careers in public health in community, clinical, and educational/academic settings. 

NUTR 590: World Food Problems

The goal in this course is to educate graduate students on the multi-disciplinary challenges that exist in meeting the food and nutrition needs of a growing world population. The course aims to instill an appreciation of the importance of economics, food production and technology, trade, culture, communication, political processes and institutions, demography and related factors in determining adequate food availability and health globally. The end point for this multi-disciplinary perspective is nutritional adequacy, and much of the focus will be on factors that can prevent or limit malnutrition.  

NUTR 590: Food Policy

The  course will explore the nature of contemporary United States food policy and key events thoughout history that have shaped what it is today. We will investigate and discuss the roles individuals, corporations, and federal, state, and other goverment agencies play in creating food policy, and how these stakeholders as well as complex sociological and economic factors influence the way Americans eat. These questions will lead us to consider the future of food and food policy in the United States. Can Americans develop food policy that supports the agriculture economy and promotes the consumption of healthy foods? Could our agricultural system support this? We will learn about and explore these questions with class discussions, debate, research, guest lectures, relevant documentary films, and thought-provoking readings that present a variety of viewpoints. You will explore current, real-life problems and have an opportunity to develop potential solutions. 

NUTR 590: Nutritional Epidemiology

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with nutritional epidemiology methods and research. The methods include study design, e.g. prospective cohort, case control and cross-sectional studies; nutrition surveillance and monitoring; and the validity and reliability of data collection tools such as dietary questionnaires, biomarkers of diet and anthropometric measurements like weight and height for estimation of obesity. 

NUTR 612: Obesity: Behavior, Physiology And Policy

The topics in this course provide a firm conceptual fondation for graduate students interested in issues related to obesity. Topics include issues ranging from molecular to policy: there is a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches and critical thinking as it is a goal to integrate the sophisticated analyses of the physiological, nuritional, developmental, genetic, sensory, socio-economic, and experiential determinats of food and fluid intake. In addition, topics in this course such as health implications of obesity, epidemiology of obesity, endocrine energy metabolism/integration, and neurochemistry will provide the opportunity for greater interdisciplinary collaborations. 

NUTR 634: Nutrition and Cancer Prevention

The goal of this course is to give you an overview of the principles of cancer biology and cancer prevention, to identify approaches to study the role of specific nutrients or bioactice compounds in molecular pathogenesis of cancer, and to discuss existing research on the influence of dietary factors on cancer disease risk.

SOC 571 — Health and Social Behavior

A sociological examination of health and illness that emphasizes the patient and his or her relations to others. Considers the distribution of illness, stress, health and illness behavior, patient-practitioner relationships, and treatment modes.

SOC 572 — Comparative Healthcare Systems

Using cost, quality and access to care as core concepts, this course explores healthcare in comparative context. Special topics are health and gender, the environment, epidemics, long-term care, technology, and rationing, among others.

SOC 573 — The Human Side of Medicine

Focuses on sociological theory and research related to social conflicts over the delivery of healthcare in the U.S. Considers social issues pertaining to abortion, AIDS, human experimentation, reproductive technologies, euthanasia and others.

SOC 576 — Health and Aging in Social Context

Analysis of the social and cultural influences on health in adulthood and later life. Considers distribution of illness among older adults, health behaviro, and health services use, including long-term care.

SOC 611 — Social Inequality: Class, Race and Gender

Survey of major approaches (functional, status attainment, labor market, class, culture) to the sociological study of inequality, including qualitative and quantitative, historical, and comparative studies. Students will be asked to complete a project analyzing inequality, which might provide the basis for a publishable paper.

COM 559 — Current Trends in Mass Communication Research

An examination of current research as it contributes to understanding the process and effects of mass communication. Topics covered include gatekeepers and information control, audience selection processes and uses of the media, persuasive effects of the media, media content and social learning, the effects of adult programming on children, and the effects of the media on the governmental process.

COM 576 — Health Communication

Survey of health communication theory and research. Examines issues such as patient-provider and everyday communication, broader community-societal discourse, and organizational and mass health communication. Prepares participants for subsequent specialized seminars and enriched study in allied specialties.

COM 590: Cross-Cultural Communication

The course is a cross between a seminar and an independent study. Topics to be covered through the course include: "Culture" and "Communication" as theoretical constructs; Cultural Identity Development; Cultural Variation: Patterns, Foundations, and Taxonomies; Cognitive Components and Emotions in Inter-cultural Adjustment; Cultural Factors and Messaging; Influence of Power Dynamics and Dominance on Cross-cultural Communication; Cross- cultural Communication Taboos, Insults, incivility, Joking in the Workplace; Co-cultures and Communication issues; Cros-cultural communication and social calss; Cross-cultural communication and Intimate Relationships; The Cultural Context of Media Interpretetion; Lingua Franca Communication in Multiethnic Contexts; Cultural aspects of Health and Well-being; Inter-cultural Competence and Assessment; and Ethical Considerations and Inter-Cultural Communications.

COM 676 — Interpersonal Communication

This course is designed as an introduction to several aspects of interpersonal health communication. The majority of the semester will cover aspects of the provider-patient interaction, including how this relationship has evolved, emergence and goals of patient-centered care, and factors that affect patient and provider communication during the medical interaction. We will also touch on patient and partner/loved one communication surrounding difficult topics such as cancer and family reproduction.

COM 676 — Health Advocacy Campaigns

This course considers how federal, state, and local policy influence health status and health improvement. Through the course students will gain an understanding of the role of health communication campaigns in health advocacy efforts. To engage their understanding, students will apply an advocacy campaign model to address a health issue.

HK 590: Physical Activity and Public Health

In this course students will be exposed to epidemiological, behavioral, and publci health issues relevant to eefective promotion of physical activity. The course is appropriate for students trainning to be practiconers or researchers from a range of disciplines including exercise science, nutrition, psychology, and public health. Major topic areas will include physical activity epidemiology, determinants of physical activity in youth and adults, and current evidence for physical activity interventions ranging form individual, behavioral strategies, to enviornmental or policy approaches. 

HK 590 — Health Counseling

This graduate public health course examines methods used by public health professionals to effectively facilitate healthy behavior change in individuals and selected populations. Among the topics presented in this course include: health risk appraisal, effective communication techniques, behavioral monitoring and change assessment. Students will examine contemporary research and case studies using motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior interventions.

HK 590 — Public Health Research in the Latino Community

Students will work with Dr. Ruiz to carry out public health research in the area of health disparities among Latinos with a particular emphasis on Latino youth and their families. Research activities will explore factors that affect the decision-making process such as availability of resources, life events (i.e., migration), living patterns, intentions, beliefs, expectations, self-efficacy, attitudes of families, and external forces such as public policies and programs. Students roles and responsibilities might include conducting literature reviews, recruiting participants, collecting and analyzing data, attending project meetings, and assisting in preparing reports, articles, and presentations.

HDFS 590 — Health in the Social Context

Social ties and interactions with close social partners and association with individual health, management of disease, and psychological well-being are covered. This course reviews research on social ties and health from a multidisciplinary perspective.

HDFS 590: Families and Health

Family ties and family process in the promotion of individual health and management of disease across the life course are covered. Course topics include: promotion and disease prevention, disease management, health care, and medical decision-making in the family context.

HDFS 629 — Family and Couple Interventions in Health Problems

This course addresses issues in behavioral and family interventions and research methodologies in health problems. Students will develop expertise in family and health theories and interventions, randomized clinical trial methodology, intervention research in healthcare settings, assessment of health and healthcare outcomes, models of patient-centered care and adherence issues, and how to obtain funding for randomized clinical trials for family interventions in healthcare. 

POL 524: Public Policy and the Family

The American approach to social welfare tends to leave much of the work of raising the young and tending the old to the private sphere of the family or market; we often hear that expensive, hyper-regulatory welfare states like Sweden run counter to our core values. But wheter we want a hands-off state or a generous one that mitigates work-family conflicts, nurtures all children, and cares for the frail elderly, we do have a variety of family-related laws and policies in the United States, crafted in the context of fundamental historical, political and institutional forces. The aim of this course is to understand family policies and the forces that shaped them better. 

POL 620: Pro-seminar: Public Policy

The purpose of this course is to provide an intensive overview of theories of the policy-making process. Students will learn to recognize, compare and critique various key perspectives on how policy is (and sholud be) designed, adopted, implemented, and assessed. Through engagement with course content, students will also practice and improve upon core academic skills such as writing a literature review and providing feedback. The course is reading and writing intensive, with a focus on helping students master the existing literature rather than generating new research. 

NUR 69060: Innovative Care/ Innovations in Healthcare Delivery

This course will address both the theoretical and practical issues of healthcare innovation. It will cover theories of organizational change, evidence translation and implementation, and strategies for evaluating healthcare innovations. Students will apply knowledge gained in the course by analyzing and reporting on case studies of healthcare innovations. The course strives for a transdisciplinary exchange between doctoral students from nursing and other disciplines, such as engineering and social and behavioral sciences. 

AMS 540: Geographic Information System

This course provides an introduction to fundamentals of geographic information systems (GIS) for spatially analyzing problems related to environmental, agricultural, and engineering domains. You will learn key concepts of GIS, including data sources, projections, spatial analyzsis methods, data and metadata creation, and conceptualization framework for solving spatial problems. GIS is a powerful tool and most students find it to be interesting and enjoyable, although it takes time and effort. The course will use ESRI ArcGIS Pro software, which is the newest version of ArcGIS, released in 2015. At the end of the course, students are expected to be informed GIS users, as well as being reasonably competent using ArcGIS Pro.

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