Community Health

Community Health is an interdisciplinary concentration that examines patterns of and explanations for, population health and disease; health policy; cross-cultural and international aspects of health; the organizational and social structures through which health services are delivered/received; and the public health system. Courses in the concentration demonstrate the ways in which the social, political, behavioral and biological sciences contribute to the understanding of national and international health care systems, resource allocation, and patterns of population distributions of health and disease. The concentration provides students with courses in basic research methods and statistics necessary for problem solving and critical thinking in the emerging emphasis on evidence-based health care and public health.

This concentration is relevant for students with career interests in public health; disease prevention and health promotion; health policy and epidemiology; clinical health care delivery; health care administration; international health, and health law.

Required Courses. There are four required courses: PHP 0310, 0320, 1320, 1910.

Electives. The concentration requires eight elective courses.

A. One from each of the following areas:

1. Environmental Health

2. U.S. Health Care Organization and Policy

3. Global Health

4. Social and Behavioral Science for Prevention

5. Human Biology/Physiology

6. Statistics

B. Two approved courses in the university that are health-related.

Honors. An Honors track is available. Honors track students are also required to enroll in PHP 1970 in both semesters of their senior year to write the honors thesis.


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