2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Population Health Sciences (PHS)

PHS 1514 - Personal Health (3 credits) 

Fundamental health content and theory to provide students with constructive health information necessary to meet current and future personal health needs. Special emphasis on wellness and health promotion.

PHS 1984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
PHS 2004 - Introduction to Public Health (3 credits) 

Examination of how public health core disciplines of epidemiology, health policy and administration, health behavior, and environmental health work together in addressing public health problems. Special emphasis on the history of public health, the public health infrastructure and role of health informatics in public health.

PHS 2974 - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
PHS 2974H - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
PHS 2984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
PHS 2994 - Undergraduate Research (1-19 credits) 
PHS 2994H - Undergraduate Research (1-19 credits) 
PHS 3014 - Introduction to Environmental Health (3 credits) 

Overview of environmental health, examining local, national, and international frameworks. Environmental factors that affect human health, including major classes of chemical, biological, and physical exposures from different environmental media (air, water, food, and soil). Special emphasis on toxicology and epidemiology methodologies used at the individual (mechanistic) level and at the population level to determine environmental causes of disease. Find the most appropriate prevention or control measure to minimize adverse health outcomes.

PHS 3064 - Public Health Seminar (1 credit) 

Current topics in public health research, policy and practice, including biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy, environmental health, social and behavioral medicine, infectious diseases, and public health education. Pass/Fail only.

PHS 3534 - Drug Education (3 credits) 

Interpretation of multidimensional (social, psychological and physiological) scientific data regarding drugs. The major drug categories will be covered with special emphasis on substance misuse and abuse.

PHS 3634 - Epidemiologic Concepts of Health and Disease (3 credits) 

Designed to give students in the health sciences a basic understanding of the modern concepts regarding health and disease as well as skills in organizing epidemiological data, disease investigation and surveillance. Includes a survey of terms, concepts, and principles pertinent to epidemiology. Lifestyles of populations and the relationships between lifestyles and health status are studied.

Cross-listed: HNFE 3634 
PHS 3964 - Practicum (1-19 credits) 
PHS 4014 - Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits) 

Fundamental of public health program development, implementation and evaluation. Basic processes, approaches and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations. Pre: Junior Standing.

PHS 4044 - Public Health Policy and Administration (3 credits) 

Evolution and analysis of public health policy in the United States. Public health and care systems. Administrative concepts central to public health such as human resources, strategic planning, controlling, directing, leadership and health law. Junior Standing.

PHS 4054 - Concepts in One Health (3 credits) 

Dynamic interdependence of human, animal and environmental health; theoretical foundations of One Health; One Health research methods for assessing animal-human linkages; One Health operationalization in human medicine, veterinary medicine and public health; policies and practices related to One Health; and capacity building and public engagement; One Health and traditional Medical Model approaches to health problems. Pre: Junior standing.

Pathway Concept Area(s): 3 Reasoning in Social Sciences, 4 Reasoning in Natural Sci., 11 Intercultural&Global Aware. 
PHS 4064 - Modeling Infectious Diseases (3 credits) 

Mathematical modeling of infectious diseases; simple epidemic models, risk structure and modeling risk structure, multi-pathogen models, multi-host models, temporal seasonal models, spatial models, stochastic dynamics and modeling for public health policy. Pre: Junior Standing.

PHS 4074 - Practicum in Public Health (3 credits) 

Public health theories and concepts in a work setting; comprehensive, structured experience requires student to demonstrate professional competencies while working closely with a supervisor in a public health practice setting. Pass/Fail Only. Pre: Senior Standing.

PHS 4094 - Appalachian Community Research (3 credits) 

Undergraduate participatory community research as applied to issues of cultural heritage, sustainability, and identity. Students engage in projects defined by community groups and organizations as being critical to their well-being, continuity, or growth. Emphasis is on developing concepts of civic professionalism and developmental democracy.

Cross-listed: APS 4094, SOC 4094 
PHS 4974 - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
PHS 4974H - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
PHS 4984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
PHS 4994 - Undergraduate Research (1-19 credits) 
PHS 4994H - Undergraduate Research (1-19 credits)