Public Health - Courses

Term One

BPH 400 | Health Care Systems and Organizations | 3 credits | 5 weeks

This course introduces the history and evolution of our health care system.  The structure and function of healthcare organizations, internally and with one another, is examined in depth. A systems approach to administration and management is covered within the health care context.  The organization of health services is reviewed with an overview of the interaction among, the integration of, the major health care subsystems: primary; secondary; tertiary; long-term; palliative; special populations/disorders.  Delivering health care in a systematic and integrated framework is stressed throughout the course.

BPH 425 | Multicultural Health | 3 credits | 5 weeks

Healthcare professionals work in a very diverse environment that poses both opportunities and challenges. Being culturally diverse is essential to be competent in their roles. The course will focus on differences in cultural beliefs about health and illness and models for cross-cultural health and communication.


To achieve quality and affordable health call for all, we must implement steps to reduce health disparities which include reducing barriers to quality health care for all people, requiring cultural competency training for medical personnel, recruiting diverse workers and eliminating language barrier.  

BPH 300 | Intro to Public Health | 3 credits | 5 weeks

This course will introduce you to the big-picture population perspective of the determinants of health and disease and the tools available to protect and promote health.  It will explore the full range of options for intervention including the use of the healthcare system, the public health system and society-wide systems.

Population health is an important way of looking at the world, whether you are going into public health as a profession, a clinically oriented health profession, law, international affairs, or a range of other professions. Students will learn through case-studies, example, and vignettes.  This course is about providing the student with frameworks for learning and applying these frameworks to real situations and thought-provoking scenarios.

PHL 413 | Bioethics | 3 credits | 5 weeks

This module will assist students to better understand their values and the relationship of those values to professional activities.  Ethical decision-making will be explored through the analysis of everyday dilemmas that occur within healthcare delivery.  This module focuses on ethical decision-making, especially in the healthcare setting in which you function. It is not being assumed that you are not ethical or have not thought seriously before about how you make ethical decisions. What is being assumed, rather, is that all of us can benefit by taking time to reconsider our approach to ethical issues in a conscious, systematic manner.

Term Two

BPH 350 | Community Health and Education | 3 credits | 5 weeks

This course provides an overview of community health and the factors that affect the health of a community.  Students will explore the foundations of both community and public health and explore the organizing and building of health promotion programming.  Concepts and Theories association with the selection and implementing community health education will be explored at both the individual and community or policy level.

BHA 450 | Health Care Budgeting and Finance | 3 credits | 5 weeks

This course addresses the issues of budgeting and finance in health care from a non-financial manager’s point of view. The course will seek to familiarize the adult learner with the principles of budgeting and finance in the health sector. Topics include: 1) budgetary systems, 2) budgetary methods, 3) budgetary processes and cycles, 4) preparation of budgets, 5) an overview of financial statements, 6) costs and cost behavior in healthcare settings, and 7) justification and financial information systems. The course will also include a survey of the federal prospective payment system and other current developments in reimbursement methods.

BPH 470 | Leadership in the Community | 3 credits | 5 weeks

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the complexities of leadership in public health.  Students will explore the theories and principals of leadership, leadership styles and practices and the public health system. Leadership across all levels will be explored:  personal, team, organization, community, global and professional.

BPH 460 | Environmental Health | 3 credits | 5 weeks

Environmental health is a vast topic. This course provides a study of the major topic so environmental health including the history and background of environmental health. Students will learn about environmental epidemiology, environmental toxicology, and environmental policy and regulation in addition to environmental disease and application and domains of environmental health. The course will address the behaviors of both individual and society that result in environmental health hazards.

Term Three

BHA 480 | Epidemiology for Public Health | 4 credits | 6 weeks

In this introductory course, students will learn and apply basic concepts of epidemiology to multiple domains of public health. The student will illustrate and practice using epidemiology to better understand, characterize, and promote health at a population level. The class will engage the students in active and collaborative learning through team activities, individual projects, case studies, group discussion, and individual projects.

MTH 351 | Biostatistics | 4 credits | 6 weeks

Biostatistics is an innovative field that involves the design, analysis, and interpretation of data for studies in public health and medicine. Biostatistics experts arrive at conclusions about disease and health risks by evaluating and applying mathematical and statistical formulas to the factors that impact health


This course provides an introduction to selected important topics in biostatistical concepts and reasoning. This course represents an introduction to the field and provides a survey of data and data types. Specific topics include tools for describing central tendency and variability in data; methods for performing inference on population means and proportions via sample data; statistical hypothesis testing and its application to group comparisons; issues of power and sample size in study designs; and random sample and other study types. While there are some formulae and computational elements to the course, the emphasis is on interpretation and concepts.

BPH 395 | Applied Research Project | 5 credits | 7 weeks

The applied research module requires adult learners to select a problem they have encountered at work or in the community, conduct research to determine its cause(s), and make practical recommendations to solve the problem based on the results of the study.  Intended to provide solutions to concrete problems, questions, or concerns within an organization or community, the research project enables adult learners to apply the academic skills and knowledge acquired across the healthcare curriculum. The value of the research project, therefore, depends on its applicability to real management or organizational concerns.  While the project is individual, adult learners gain a basic understanding of the applied research process through collaborative work with their academic Project Advisor, Workplace Site Contact person, and classmates.

The first few weeks of this research course lays the groundwork for the research study by providing an introduction to research, establishing the development of the background statement and research problem statement, and culminates with a comprehensive literature review. The second half of the course requires the adult learner to determine the most appropriate data collection method and procedure, design a data collection instrument, if need be, collect the necessary data, analyze the data, and present the overall results of the research project in both written and oral reports.

Total credits: 37

Students must have no less than 124 credit hours (including program coursework) to graduate. Credit requirements may be satisfied through a variety of credit sources.

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