Featured Courses

The department offers a broad range of courses that cover numerous disciplines based on our faculty expertise and leading public health issues. A majority of these courses can be chosen by students outside of the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences  to fulfill an elective credit. For more information or to request a prerequisite waiver, contact Mary Pipkin (979.436.9366).

Spring Terms

HPCH 689-Legal Issues in Health Promotion

Graduate Course (3 credits)
This course will address legal issues relevant to health promotion, fitness and wellness in community settings. Students with an interest in applied legal topics will learn about tort law in the context of active recreation, participatory sport, physical literacy, fitness and wellness. There will be interactive opportunities to brief and present cases in a group format, and argue a hypothetical case in a moot court experience.

HPCH 689-Cultural Competence

Graduate Course (3 credits)
Principles of cultural competence for practitioners in public health and related fields. Covers fundamentals related to concept, self-reflections, implicit bias assessment and other strategies required to begin developing cultural competency skills needed for effective public health practice.

HPCH 606-Public Health Informatics

Graduate Course (3 credits)
Provides an overview of the field of public health informatics, and focus on PHI competencies for public health practitioners. Key informatics challenges and current topics, such as evidence-based public health data and vocabulary standards, privacy and security, interoperability and health information exchange, electronic health records, and data integration, are explored.

HPCH 607-Biological Basis of Health and Common Diseases

Graduate Course (3 credits) 
The Biological Basis of Health and Common Diseases is designed to provide public health students grounding in the biological basis of health human functioning and the biology of diseases that they are likely to encounter in public health practice. The course provides an overview of molecular biology, genetics, immunology, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, the metabolic syndrome, cancer, respiratory infections, intestinal infections, and emerging infectious diseases. The course is recommended for all public health students who do not have significant training in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or closely related field.

HPCH 640-Diet & Lifestyle Interventions for Obesity, Diabetes, & Cardiovascular Disease*

Graduate Course (3 credits)
Diet and Lifestyle Interventions for Obesity, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease. Diet and Lifestyle Interventions for Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease reviews social and behavioral research related to the prevention and control of these diseases. The course reviews policy guidelines, the social and behavioral activities that are associated with beneficial clinical outcomes, and the methods used to increase these activities.

HPCH 641-Coaching Health Behavior Change*

Graduate Course (3 credits)
Coaching Health Behavior Change provides the process skill training necessary to assist those who want assistance in making lifestyle behavior changes to prevent or manage common chronic diseases. The course is focused on how to coach individuals or small groups to make behavioral lifestyle change. It is heavily process oriented, delivering theories, concepts and practice in individual health behavior change, client assessment, motivational strategies, motivational interviewing, cognitive restructuring, problem posing, problem solving and the ethics of professional practice. This process level course is often taken in conjunction with courses that present the content evidence for best behavioral lifestyle practices, especially HPCH 640 Diet and Lifestyle Interventions.

HPCH 665-Proposal Writing & Grants Management

Graduate Course (3 credits)
Introduction to skills needed to successfully develop proposals for funding in fields related to healthcare and social services. Course focuses on best methods used by community-based organizations to develop public and private funding applications, develop and maintain relationships with the funding agency and assess organizational implications of applying for and managing grants.

Fall Terms

PHLT 489-Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse: A Public Health Matter

Undergraduate Course (3 credits)
The purpose of the course is to explore the socioecological aspects of a major public health issues (e.g., natural disasters, disease epidemics). Using a fictitious zombie disease outbreak as the vehicle, students will explore the social, behavioral, psychological, epidemiologic, environmental, agricultural, built environment and other aspects critical to understanding the spread and subsequent control and survival of a major public health–related outbreak.

HPCH 689-mHealth: Mobile Technologies for Public Health

Graduate Course (3 credits)
As of 2015, the number of internet users in the world has exceeded 3 billion and number of mobile phone subscription has reached 8 billion. The ubiquitous access to mobile tools (e.g., Internet, cell phones) offers tremendous opportunity to deliver health services to a large population in a cost-effective manner. mHealth has been applied in surveillance of infectious disease, treatment of chronic diseases, and addressing health disparities around the world. In this course, students will learn how mobile technologies are revolutionizing approaches to patient care and management, point-of-care support for health workers, health education, diagnostics, and supply chain management and logistics. Through case studies, multimedia tutorials, interactive exercises, and live demonstrations of tools, students will explore delivery mechanisms, such as interactive voice recognition (IVR), SMS (text message), communication programs, smartphone applications, and health information systems (HIS) for data collection and management. The course aims to present a broad range of perspectives on mHealth, including those from to governments, private sector, academia, NGOs, and international organizations.

HPCH 689-Healthy Aging in Public Health

Undergraduate/Graduate Stacked Course (1 credit)
Healthy Aging and Public Health is designed for graduate students from any disciplinary background interested in healthy aging. The one-hour online course provides an overview of clinical, behavioral, social, and environmental perspectives on healthy aging with specific emphases on the determinants and consequences of population aging, major public health and aging issues, and successful interventions for promoting health aging; issues examined in domestic and global contexts.

HPCH 689-Evidence-Based Programs

Graduate Course (3 credits)
In response to the need for greater effectiveness and accountability of prevention and intervention programs, evidence-based programs offer proven ways to promote health and prevent disease among older adults. Evidence-Based Programs will provide an overview of evidence-based approaches; specific evidence-based self-management programs addressing health issues such as chronic disease, physical activity, and falls prevention; evidence-based program administration, including instruction, implementation, and evaluation.

*These course are included in the Certified Health Coach (CHC) curriculum. For more information, visit theDegrees & Certificates website.