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MPH Foundation Courses

Descriptions of required courses for all MPH concentrations.

PUBH 510 Environmental Health (3)
Study of the environmental factors (natural, anthropogenic or combination) on human health and the integrity of the ecosystem.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate

PUBH 520 Health Systems, Policy and Leadership (3)
Exploration of public health and healthcare systems, health policy formulation, and associated implications for management and leadership.

PUBH 530 Biostatistics (3)
Application of descriptive and inferential statistical methods to analyze and interpret data for health-related problems and programs. |
(DE) Prerequisite(s): Introductory statistics.
Registration Restriction(s): Admission to MPH, public health nutrition (MS) programs or doctoral program in Public Health or consent of instructor.

PUBH 537 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation (3)
Introductory course on the different types of program evaluation, including formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outcomes, impact assessment and cost analysis. Covers experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental study designs and the strengths and limitations of each.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): PUBH 530 or Statistics 531 or consent of instructor

PUBH 540  Epidemiology (3)
The distribution and determinants of health-related outcomes in specified populations with application to control of health problems. Issues addressed include: historical origins of discipline, hypothesis formulation, research design, data and error sources, measures of frequency and association, etiologic reasoning, and disease screening.
(DE) Prerequisite: Introductory statistics. Registration Restriction(s): Admission to MPH, public health nutrition (MS), or doctoral program in Public Health or consent of instructor.

PUBH 552 Assessment and Planning (3)
This course applies an ecological framework to health assessment and program planning to address health disparities. Requires 25 or more hours of community service learning.

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PUBH 509 Graduate Seminar in Public Health (1)
In-depth discussion of timely topics reflecting scope of public health as a discipline and its interrelation with many other academic and professional disciplines. Speakers both internal and external to The University of Tennessee are featured.
May be repeated. Maximum 4 hours. (Same as Kinesiology 509, Nursing 509, Nutrition 509, and Social Work 509.) S/NC only.
(Note: MPH curriculum requires completion of two semesters of PH 509)