Health Care Organization and Policy

Requirement Fulfilled By:
Degree Offered: M.P.H., M.S.P.H., Dr.PH.
Department Chair: Meredith Kilgore, Ph.D.
Phone: (205) 934-3939
Website: http://www.soph.uab.edu/hcop
Department Contact: Brenda Campbell
Department Contact Email: bcampbel@uab.edu

Health Care Organization and Policy (Dr.P.H., M.P.H, M.S.P.H.)

Overview:

Programs in Health Care Organization and Policy provide training and education at the master's and doctoral level. At the master’s level, programs are available for those desiring a career in the analysis of health services policy or in the management of public health services resources. At the doctoral level, our program offers rigorous training in research methods and evidence-based public health practice suitable for careers in public health leadership, or academic settings.
Our programs require mastering major concepts of health economics, public health management and planning, health policy, outcomes research, and health services evaluation. Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degrees are offered in health policy, health care organization, Maternal and Child Health policy and leadership, outcomes research, as well as coordinated degree options in business, optometry, public administration and juris doctorate. The department’s Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree has concentrations in Public Health Management or Maternal and Child Health Policy.

The department offers the following Masters Program options: 

  • MPH in Health Care Organization (also offered Online)
  • MPH Fast Track (5th Year Program)
  • MPH in Health Policy
  • MPH in Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership (also offered Online)
  • MSPH in Outcomes Research Online
  • Coordinated MPH-JD in Public Health and Juris Doctor
  • Coordinated MPH-MPA in Public Health and Public Administration
  • Coordinated MSPH-PhD in Public Health and Psychology
  • Coordinated MPH-MSN in Maternal and Child Health Policy

Doctor of Public Health in Health Care Organization and Policy (DrPH)

The DrPH degree is the highest professional degree in public health. The DrPH Program in HCOP develops leaders and research faculty who have proficiency in data analysis, management, critical thinking, teaching, and translating research into policy and practice. Students will be exposed to complex practical problems facing public health practitioners and policy-makers. This program, housed within the Department of HCOP has three concentrations:

  1. Health Care Organizaton
  2. Maternal and Child Health Policy
  3. Outcomes Research


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Admissions

Requirement Fulfilled By:
Master Program Deadline: www.soph.uab.edu/apply
DrPH Program Deadline: April 1
GPA: 3.0
Number of Evaluation Forms Required: Three
Entrance Tests: GRE www.soph.uab.edu/apply
SOPH Admissions: www.soph.uab.edu/apply

UAB has many degree programs (both on-campus and online) that can lead to professional licensure or certification (PLC).  Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization.  UAB is working to develop an online, publically-accessible database, to assist in providing this state-by-state information.  In the meantime, if you are interested in learning about potential professional licensure requirements in your state for a specific degree program, please contact the UAB State Authorization office at stateauth@uab.edu or call Dr. Lisa Reburn (205) 934-3258.
 

Master in Public Health in Health Care Organization
  Including the MPH Fast Track Program and Online Degree Program

This program is designed for individuals who are planning on management-focused careers in public health.  Perhaps you aspire to be the Executive Director of a non-profit charitable organization or a senior-level manager in a health department or federal agency.  Perhaps you are a physician, nurse, pharmacist, or other clinician who wants to move from direct patient care into a supervisory position with a broad focus on the health of a community. Students in this program are introduced to the public health system and the fundamental skills necessary for practice in the public health sector and managing health care organizations.  Required coursework includes basic management disciplines and selected content in economics, finance, marketing, law, and health insurance.

HCOP also offers a online MPH HCO Degree Program for Public Health and Health Care Professionals (ie Nsg, MD, SW and Public Health Employees). Qualified applicants who are unable to complete an MPH in the traditional format will be able to complete the program in three years and two summers.
 

Curriculum

Students in this track must complete 44 credit hours. This includes the MPH Core, SOPH requirements, Departmental track requirements, electives and internship. Full-time students generally complete this degree in 2 years or less (4-5 semesters). Part-time students may take up to 5 years.
 

RequirementsHours
Core Requirements (20 hours):
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Introduction to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3
HCO 600Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services4
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience3
Department Track Requirements (21 hours):
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 607Public Health Law3
HCO 609Needs Assessment and Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation3
HCO 612Strategic Management in Health Programs3
or HCO 618 Management Concepts in Public Health Programs
HCO 615Finance for Health Professionals3
HCO 620Health Insurance & Managed Care3
HCO 670Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health3
Internship (3 hours):
HCO 697Internship3
Total Credit Hours44


Master of Public Health in Health Policy 

The MPH in Health Policy is designed to train policy analysts at the master's level to work in government agencies; voluntary health organizations; local, state, and federal legislative bodies; managed care organizations; private industry; and consulting firms. The quantitative policy analysis content emphasizes skills appropriate to an active mid-level research career. The program is designed for the individual who wants to contribute to the public discussion of health issues and policy making. The focus of training here is to give you skills in statistical and economic analysis so that you can help senior investigators write reports that recommend changes in our healthcare systems or that evaluate how well the systems work.
 

Curriculum

Students in this track must complete 44 credit hours. This includes the MPH Core, SOPH requirements, Departmental track requirements, electives and internship. Full-time students generally complete this degree in 2 years or less (4-5 semesters). Part-time students may take up to 5 years.

RequirementsHours
Core Requirements
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Introduction to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3
HCO 600Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services4
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience3
Department Track Requirements
HCO 604Health Economics and Public Health Policy3
HCO 607Public Health Law3
HCO 670Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health3
HCO 687Empirical Methods for Health Research3
HCO 691Policy Analysis: Modeling & Simulation3
BST 619Data Collection and Management3
Electives 3
Internship
HCO 697Internship3
Total Hours44

Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership (also offered fully online)

The MPH programs in the Maternal and Child Health concentration are designed to educate individuals who will plan, administer, and evaluate programs in maternal and child health. The programs provide information about the special problems faced by women and children, including children with special health care needs, and their families. The programs develop and integrate skills from maternal and child health, health policy and leadership and demonstrate their application in problem solving and systems development.

Curriculum

Students in this track must complete 44 credit hours. This includes the MPH Core, SOPH requirements, Departmental track requirements, electives and internship. Full-time students generally complete this degree in 2 years or less (4-5 semesters). Part-time students may take up to 5 years.

RequirementsHours
MPH Core Requirements (20 hours)
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Introduction to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3
HCO 600Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services4
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience3
Department Requirements (9 hours):
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 609Needs Assessment and Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation3
HCO 618Management Concepts in Public Health Programs3
Concentration Requirements (6 hours):
HCO 605Foundations of Maternal and Child Health: Programs and Policies for Women, Children, and Families 3
HCO 625Advanced Leadership and Practice in MCH Part I - Introduction to Leadership1
HCO 626Adv Leadership and Practice in MCH Module II - Collaborative Leadership and Advocacy1
HCO 627ADV Leadership and Practice in MCH Module III - Into the Streets: Lead/Field Experience1
Internship (3 hours):
HCO 697Internship3
Electives (6 hours):
Select 6 hours from 600-level or higher (HCO) courses.6
Total Credit Hours44

(JD/MPH) Coordinated Juris Doctor / Master of Public Health Program

The department offers a coordinated Master of Public Health and Juris doctor degree program in cooperation with the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, also located in Birmingham. The purpose of the program is to offer future attorneys exposure to the broad areas of public health.

Admission: Students enrolled in this program must be enrolled at the Cumberland School of Law. In order to be admitted to the coordinated programs, a student must have a GPA of 2.5 at the end of the first year of law school. A minimum law school GPA of 2.5 each semester and a minimum 3.0 GPA each term in public health are required for students to continue in the coordinated program. Interested students should contact the Office of Student and Academic Services at the School of Public Health for MPH application materials and Cumberland Law School for J.D. application materials.

Curriculum: Students in this track must complete 45 credit hours. This includes the MPH Core, SOPH requirements, track requirements, electives and internship. A total of 90 credit hours of coursework are required for the coordinated JD/MPH. The coordinated JD/MPH degree can be completed in 2 academic years (including 2 summers) of full-time study. Normally, 42 credit hours are required for the MPH degree, however, because of the coordinated nature of the degree, 13 credit hours from the JD curriculum are credited to the MPH and 12 hours from the MPH curriculum are credited to the JD. Students may complete the MPH totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences. Out-of-state online students pay the same tuition rate as Alabama residents.

RequirementsHours
Core Requirements:17
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Introduction to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3
HCO 600Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Requirements:3
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
Department Track Requirements:6
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 603Public Health Policy3
Electives:3
Internship:3
HCO 697Internship3
Transfer of credit for the following Samford Law School courses:13
Law 502: Torts4
Law 506: Contracts I3
Law 507: Contracts II2
Law 526: Business Organizations4
Total Credit Hours Earned for Degree:45

Coordinated Master of Public Administration/Master of Public Health (MPA/MPH) Program

The MPH/MPA degree program provides students with the knowledge base of public health and the skills required to work effectively in a responsible, administrative position in the public sector. Through this coordinated degree program, students in the MPH program can satisfy some of their requirements through courses in the MPA program and vice versa.

Admission: Students entering this program must meet the minimum requirements for admission into the School of Public health. The student must apply to and be admitted to both programs. The graduate School should be contacted for MPA application materials and the School of Public Health should be contacted for MPH application materials. 
 

Curriculum

The MPA/MPH program requires the satisfactory completion of 65 credit hours. Students must complete both MPA and MPH core requirements. Students may choose either of two program options - health policy analysis or management. It is anticipated that a full-time student can complete the dual curriculum in 2 years. Part-time students may take up to 5 years to complete their studies. This is a coordinated dual degree track and, as such, graduation from one program is contingent upon completion of all requirements for graduation from the other program. 
Students may complete the MPH degree program totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences.

RequirementsHours
MPH Core Requirements (20 hours):
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Introduction to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3
HCO 600Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services4
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience3
MPA Core Requirements (30 hours):
MPA 600Administrative Ethics3
MPA 601The Public Policymaking Process3
MPA 602Scope of Public Administration3
MPA 603Public & Nonprofit Budgeting3
MPA 604Human Resources Management3
MPA 605Information Management for Government3
MPA 606Foundations of PA Research3
MBA 673Planning and Pitching a New Business Concept3
MPA 674GIS for Managers3
MPA 697Graduate Learning Portfolio3
MPH Concentration Elective (12 hours): Select 4 courses12
Health Economics and Public Health Policy
Public Health Law
Needs Assessment and Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
Finance for Health Professionals
Strategic Management in Health Programs
Management Concepts in Public Health Programs
Health Insurance & Managed Care
Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health
Internship (3 hours):
HCO 697Internship3
Total Hours65


Coordinated Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health Policy & Leadership

The coordinated MPH/MSN degree is designed to address the dynamic health care needs of women and children. This program prepares nurse practitioners to participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative maternal and child health (MCH) programs and policies. This dual degree builds on the synergy generated through two complementary curriculum tracks. In this educational experience, advanced clinical skill is combined with expertise in program planning and evaluation.

Admissions: Students are admitted separately to the MPH and MSN degree programs and must meet admission requirements in both the School of Public Health and the School of Nursing at UAB.

Curriculum

Students in this track must complete 44 credit hours. This includes the MPH Core, SOPH requirements, track requirements, electives and internship. The coordinated MPH/MSN degree can be completed in 2-3 years of full-time study. Normally, a minimum of 44 credit hours are required for the MPH; however, because of the coordinated nature of the degree, 6 credit hours from the MSN curriculum are credited to the MPH degree. Students may complete the MPH totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences.

RequirementsHours
MPH Core Requirements (20 hours)
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Introduction to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3
HCO 600Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services4
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience3
MPH Focus Courses (15 hours):
HCO 604Health Economics and Public Health Policy3
HCO 605Foundations of Maternal and Child Health: Programs and Policies for Women, Children, and Families 3
HCO 609Needs Assessment and Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation3
HCO 618Management Concepts in Public Health Programs3
HCO 625Advanced Leadership and Practice in MCH Part I - Introduction to Leadership1
HCO 626Adv Leadership and Practice in MCH Module II - Collaborative Leadership and Advocacy1
HCO 627ADV Leadership and Practice in MCH Module III - Into the Streets: Lead/Field Experience1
Internship (3 hours):
HCO 697Internship3
Electives shared with the School of Nursing (6 hours):
NUR 606Translating Evidence into Practice3
NUR 610Health Care Systems for Advanced Nursing Practice3
Total Hours44

Master of Science in Public Health in Outcomes Research Online

The health care field is placing increasing emphasis on the identification and measurement of clinical decision making and cost/utility analysis.  Continuing pressure for the development and measurement of both efficient and effective protocols and health care policies is the driving force underlying this emphasis. Increasingly, employers are seeking qualified analysts to study treatment effectiveness.  Graduates of this track will work in clinical settings, government agencies, managed care organizations, insurance companies, health associations, pharmaceutical firms, and consulting firms analyzing cost effectiveness, utilization and treatment effectiveness.

Admission

The track is open to students with a bachelor's degree and strong mathematics preparation. An undergraduate grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum combined score of 1080 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) is desirable for admission consideration.

Students receiving a MSPH are required to complete a 3 hour Online course entitled "Overview of Public Health" by the end of their second semester. Students with prior public health education (coursework in each of the public health core disciplines) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean.

Curriculum: Students in this track must complete 43 credit hours. This includes the MSPH Core, Outcomes Research track requirements, electives and project research. Full-time students generally complete this degree in 2 years or less (4-5 semesters). Part-time students may take up to 5 years.

RequirementsHours
MSPH Core Requirements10
BST 611QIntermediate Statistical Analysis I Online3
BST 612QIntermediate Statistical Analysis II Online3
EPI 610QPrinciples of Epidemiologic Research Online4
Outcomes Research Track21
HCO 601QHealth Economics Online3
HCO 621QClinical Decision Making and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Online3
HCO 623QPharmacoeconomics and Regulation Online3
HCO 670QSocial & Ethical Issues in Public Health Online3
HCO 677QPatient-Based/Centered Outcomes Research Online3
HCO 687QEmpirical Methods for Health Research Online3
HCO 691QPolicy Analysis Modeling and Simulation Online3
Electives 3
Masters-Level Research Minimum of 9 hours9
HCO 699Master's Level Project Research Health Care Organization and Policy1-9
Total Hours 43

Coordinated MSPH-PhD in Public Health / Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology)

The department offers coordinated Master of Science in Public Health and PhD degrees in cooperation with the department of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham or at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa).

Admission

To be considered for this program, students must first be admitted to the PhD program in clinical psychology at UAB or in the PhD in psychology at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). Students must meet the admission criteria for the School of Public Health and remain in good standing in their PhD program.

Program Requirements

The MSPH degree requires a minimum of 43 hours. Students in this coordinated program will be waived from the biostatistics requirement upon documentation of successful completion of Advanced Statistics I and II in the PhD program. Students may emphasize health policy issues or outcomes research issues through 6 hours of approved electives. In addition, all students must complete a 9 credit hour research project. This is a coordinated dual degree track and, as such, graduation from one program is contingent on completion of all requirements for graduation from the other program.

Students receiving a MSPH are required to complete a 13 hour online course entitled "Overview of Public Health" by the end of their second semester. Students with prior public health education (coursework in each of the public health core disciplines) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean.

RequirementsHours
MSPH Core Requirements10
BST 611Intermediate Statistical Analysis I3
BST 612Intermediate Statistical Analysis II3
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
PhD Track21
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 670Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health3
HCO 677Patient-Based Outcomes Measurement3
HCO 687Empirical Methods for Health Research3
HCO 691Policy Analysis: Modeling & Simulation3
HCO 721Clinical Decision Making and Cost Effectiveness Analysis3
HCO 722Cost-Effectiveness Research Methods3
Electives3
Masters-Level Research Minimum of 9 hours9
HCO 699Master's Level Project Research Health Care Organization and Policy1-9
Total Hours43

Doctor of Public Health in Health Care Organization and Policy

The DrPH degree is the highest professional degree in public health. The DrPH program in the department of Health Care Organization and Policy develops leaders and research faculty who have proficiency in data analysis, management, critical thinking, teaching, and translating research into policy and practice. Students will be exposed to complex practical problems facing public health practitioners and policy-makers. This program, housed within the Department of HCOP has three concentrations (1) Health Care Organization and Policy, (2) Maternal and Child Health Policy, and (3) Outcomes Research.
 

Curriculum

Students without an MPH (or other master’s degree) must complete the master of public health prerequisite classes (HCO 600, EPI 600, ENH 600, HB 600, BST 601) prior to matriculation in the DrPH program. Students with non-MPH master’s degrees (i.e, MS, MSPH, MHA, etc.), may take the concentration core courses in conjunction with any prerequisites they need. Those with a non-MPH master’s degree will waive PUH 695.

A minimum of 42 credit hours, exclusive of HCO courses 793 and 796-799, are required to complete the degree. Students will complete at least 12 credit hours of analytical or methodological courses; 9 hours of DrPH core course, 9 hours of HCOP concentration courses, 12 hours of any 700-level electives (as approved by advisor). Students must also complete the doctoral seminars (HCO 796) comprehensive examination (HCO 797), practicum (HCO 793), dissertation proposal/Proposal development (HCO 798), and dissertation research (HCO 799).

Students in the Health Care Organization and Policy concentration will be required to meet concentration specific prerequisites (or their equivalent as determined by the program director and advisor).  These credits do not count towards the total degree hours:

  • HCO 604: Health Economics and Public Health Policy
  • HCO 607: Public Health Law
  • HCO 609: Needs Assessment and Program Planning
  • HCO 670: Social & Ethical Issues in Public Health
  • HCO 720: Health Insurance & Managed Care
     
RequirementsHours
HCO DrPH Core Requirements (9 hours):
HCO 716Advanced Leadership and Practice Seminar3
HCO 717Seminar in Public Health Policy3
HCO 635Writing Grants and Programming Awards in Public Health3
HCOP Concentration Core (9 hours):
HCO 706Strategic Mgmt Theory/Research3
HCO 715Finance for Health Professionals3
HCO 718Mgt Concepts in Pub Hlth Progs3
Methods Core (12 hours):
HCO 728Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Public Health3
HCO 781Research Methods ans Study Design3
HCO 787Empirical Methods for Health Research3
HCO 788Longitudinal Meth Hlth Ser Res3
Select 12 hours of approved 700-level Electives (12 hours):12
Directed Readings
Health Economics
Health Insurance and Managed Care
Strategic Management Theory and Research
Research in Organizational Theory
Advances Clinical Trails
Minimum Course Credit Hours: 142
Doctoral Seminar (2 hours):
HCO 796Doctoral Seminar minimum 2 hours1
DrPH Practicum and Research (18 hours): 2
HCO 793DrPH Practicum6
HCO 797Directed Readings3
HCO 798Doctoral Level Directed Research Health Care Organization and Policy3
HCO 799Dissertation Research HCOP6
Minimum Hours Required for Degree (including directed readings, research, practicum and seminars)62
Other Required Training:
CTL Teaching Certificate                        
UAB Mentoring Training           
Global Awareness and Diversity Training
1

All DrPH students must complete a minimum requirement of 42 hours. Successful completion of the DrPH program also includes HCO 793, HCO 796, HCO 797, HCO 798 and HCO 799 with varied credit hours as approved by advisor or program director.

2

 DrPH Practicum, Directed Readings, Dissertation Protocol Development & Research, minimum 18 hours.


Doctor of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health Policy

The DrPH degree is the highest professional degree in public health. The DrPH program in the department of Health Care Organization and Policy develops leaders and research faculty who have proficiency in data analysis, management, critical thinking, teaching, and translating research into policy and practice. Students will be exposed to complex practical problems facing public health practitioners and policy-makers. This program, housed within the Department of HCOP has three concentrations (1) Health Care Organization and Policy, (2) Maternal and Child Health Policy, and (3) Outcomes Research.
 

Curriculum

Students without an MPH (or other master’s degree) must complete the master of public health prerequisite classes (HCO 600, EPI 600, ENH 600, HB 600, BST 601) prior to matriculation in the DrPH program. Students with non-MPH master’s degrees (i.e, MS, MSPH, MHA, etc.), may take the concentration core courses in conjunction with any prerequisites they need. Those with a non-MPH master’s degree will waive PUH 695.

A minimum of 42 credit hours, exclusive of HCO courses 793 and 796-799, are required to complete the degree. Students will complete at least 12 credit hours of analytical or methodological courses; 9 hours of DrPH core course, 9 hours of HCOP concentration courses, 12 hours of any 700-level electives (as approved by advisor). Students must also complete the doctoral seminars (HCO 796) comprehensive examination (HCO 797), practicum (HCO 793), dissertation proposal/Proposal development (HCO 798), and dissertation research (HCO 799).

Students in the Maternal and Child Health Policy concentration will be required to meet concentration-specific prerequisites (or their equivalent as determined by the program director and advisor). These credits do not count towards the total degree hours:

  • HCO 604: Health Economics and Public Health Policy
  • HCO 605: Foundations of MCH: Programs and Policies for Women, Children and Families
  • HCO 609: Needs Assessment and Program Planning
  • HCO 625: Adv Leadership in MCH Part I: Introduction to Leadership
  • HCO 626: Adv Leadership in MCH Part II: Collab Ldrshp & Advocacy
  • HCO 670: Social & Ethical Issues in Public Health
RequirementsHours
HCO DrPH Core (9 hours):
HCO 716Advanced Leadership and Practice Seminar3
HCO 717Seminar in Public Health Policy3
HCO 735Writing Grants and Programming Awards in Public Health3
Concentration Core (9 hours):
HCO 714Life Course Seminar3
HCO 718Mgt Concepts in Pub Hlth Progs3
HCO 720Health Insurance and Managed Care3
Methods Core (12 hours):
HCO 728Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Public Health3
HCO 781Research Methods ans Study Design3
HCO 787Empirical Methods for Health Research3
HCO 788Longitudinal Meth Hlth Ser Res3
Electives (12 hours):
HCO 708Reproductive Health3
HCO 729Immigrant Health3
HCO 772Perinatal Hlth Issues3
Elective Course 700 level as approved bv advisor: 13
Directed Readings
Health Economics
Finance for Health Professionals
Strategic Management Theory and Research
Research in Organizational Theory
Advances Clinical Trails
Doctoral Seminar (2 hours):
Minimum Course Credit Hours: 242
HCO 796Doctoral Seminar minimum 2 hours1
DrPH Practicum & Research (18 hours): 3
HCO 793DrPH Practicum6
HCO 797Directed Readings3
HCO 798Doctoral Level Directed Research Health Care Organization and Policy3
HCO 799Dissertation Research HCOP6
Minimum Hours Required for Degree (including directed readings, research, practicum and seminars)62
Other Required Training:
CTL Teaching Certificate Date of Completion:                          
UAB Mentoring Training Date of Completion:                          
Global Awareness and Diversity training Date of Completion:
1

Must be 700 level & may be selected from anywhere within the university with advisor approval.

2

All DrPH students must complete a minimum requirement of 42 hours. Successful completion of the DrPH program also includes HCO 793, HCO 796, HCO 797, HCO 798 and HCO 799 with varied credit hours as approved by advisor or program director.

3

 DrPH Practicum, Directed Readings, Dissertation Protocol Development & Research, minimum 18 hours.


Doctor of Public Health in Outcomes Research

The DrPH degree is the highest professional degree in public health. The DrPH program in the department of Health Care Organization and Policy develops leaders and research faculty who have proficiency in data analysis, management, critical thinking, teaching, and translating research into policy and practice. Students will be exposed to complex practical problems facing public health practitioners and policy-makers. This program, housed within the Department of HCOP has three concentrations (1) Health Care Organization and Policy, (2) Maternal and Child Health Policy, and (3) Outcomes Research.

Curriculum

Students without an MPH (or other master’s degree) must complete the master of public health prerequisite classes (HCO 600, EPI 600, ENH 600, HB 600, BST 601) prior to matriculation in the DrPH program. Students with non-MPH master’s degrees (i.e, MS, MSPH, MHA, etc.), may take the concentration core courses in conjunction with any prerequisites they need. Those with a non-MPH master’s degree will waive PUH 695.

A minimum of 42 credit hours, exclusive of HCO courses 793 and 796-799, are required to complete the degree. Students will complete at least 12 credit hours of analytical or methodological courses; 9 hours of DrPH core course, 9 hours of HCOP concentration courses, 12 hours of any 700-level electives (as approved by advisor). Students must also complete the doctoral seminars (HCO 796) comprehensive examination (HCO 797), practicum (HCO 793), dissertation proposal/Proposal development (HCO 798), and dissertation research (HCO 799).

Students in the Outcomes Research concentration will be required to meet concentration-specific prerequisites (or their equivalent as determined by the program director and advisor). These credits do not count towards the total degree hours:

  • HCO 604: Health Economics and Public Health Policy
  • HCO 670: Social & Ethical Issues in Public Health
  • HCO 720: Health Insurance & Managed Care
     
RequirementsHours
HCO DrPH Core (9 hours):
HCO 716Advanced Leadership and Practice Seminar3
HCO 717Seminar in Public Health Policy3
HCO 735Writing Grants and Programming Awards in Public Health3
Concentration Core (9 hours):
HCO 721Clinical Decision Making and Cost Effectiveness Analysis3
HCO 777Patient-Based Outcomes Measures3
HCO 791Policy Analysis:Modeling & Simulation3
Methods Core (12 hours):
HCO 728Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Public Health3
HCO 781Research Methods ans Study Design3
HCO 787Empirical Methods for Health Research3
HCO 788Longitudinal Meth Hlth Ser Res3
Select 12 hours of any 700-level electives (as approved by advisor) (12 hours): 1
HCO 795Directed Readings1-5
or HCO 701 Health Economics
or HCO 715 Finance for Health Professionals
or HCO 720 Health Insurance and Managed Care
or AH 706 Strategic Management Theory and Research
or AH 715 Research in Organizational Theory
or BST 725 Advances Clinical Trails
or NRM 774 Designs and Methods for Research of Vulnerable Populations With Health Disparities
Minimum Course Credit Hours: 242
Doctoral Seminar (2 hours):
HCO 796Doctoral Seminar minimum of 2 hours1
DrPH Practicum & Research (minimum 18 hours): 3
HCO 793DrPH Practicum6
HCO 797Directed Readings3
HCO 798Doctoral Level Directed Research Health Care Organization and Policy3
HCO 799Dissertation Research HCOP6
Minimum Hours Required for Degree (including directed readings, research, practicum and seminars)62
Other Required Training:
CTL Teaching Certificate                        
UAB Mentoring Training           
Global Awareness and Diversity Training
1

Must be 700 level & may be selected from anywhere within the university with advisor approval.

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All DrPH students must complete a minimum requirement of 42 hours. Successful completion of the DrPH program also includes HCO 793, HCO 796, HCO 797, HCO 798 and HCO 799 with varied credit hours as approved by advisor or program director.

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 DrPH Practicum, Directed Readings, Dissertation Protocol Development & Research, minimum 18 hours.

Courses

HCO 600. Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services. 3-4 Hours.

Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services (HCO 600) is part of the UAB School of Public Health core curriculum. Most MPH students, regardless of program affiliation, must complete this course in order to graduate. The course presents selected information, concepts, and methods from the field of public health. This is a survey class, thus it will introduce the student to the public health system and general health care organization and policy issues. Topics concerning the history, organization, financing, and services of the public health system, as well as the structure, management and current status of the public health system are discussed.

HCO 600Q. Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services Online. 3-4 Hours.

Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services (HCO 600) is part of the UAB School of Public Health core curriculum. Most MPH students, regardless of program affiliation, must complete this course in order to graduate. The course presents selected information, concepts, and methods from the field of public health. This is a survey class, thus it will introduce the student to the public health system and general health care organization and policy issues. Topics concerning the history, organization, financing, and services of the public health system, as well as the structure, management and current status of the public health system are discussed.

HCO 601. Health Economics. 3 Hours.

Economics as systematic way of thinking about use of resources. Tools of economics applied to issues of organization, delivery, financing, and outcome of health care. Develops economic principles and describes system of health care financing and delivery in the United States, providing basis for analyzing health management and policy options. With didactic coursework provided in HCO 601, doctoral students prepare a major paper under instructor's direction.

HCO 601Q. Health Economics Online. 3 Hours.

Economics as systematic way of thinking about use of resources. Tools of economics applied to issues of organization, delivery, financing, and outcome of health care. Develops economic principles and describes system of health care financing and delivery in the United States, providing basis for analyzing health management and policy options. With didactic coursework provided in HCO 601, doctoral students prepare a major paper under instructor's direction.

HCO 602. Narrative Public Health. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to develop communication skills primarily through written exercises directly relevant to public health. Each exercise will explore and teach students different formats and techniques for communicating complex public health information to different audiences, such as colleagues, the lay public, public officials, or potential future public health students. NOTE: Only available to School of Public Health degree seeking students.

HCO 603. Public Health Policy. 3 Hours.

Theoretical framework and concepts used to understand evolution of public health policies and processes of policy formulation, implementation, and change. Significance of health policy for public health practical foundation of knowledge and skills useful in analyzing and responding to policy environment. Doctoral student will have an emphasis on independent analysis of health policy issues. Preq: HCO 601 or HCO 701 recommended.

HCO 604. Health Economics and Public Health Policy. 3 Hours.

Economics is the study of choices in a world of scarcity. This course applies basic microeconomic principles to the study of the US health care system and public health policy. The first goal of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the core economic concepts (scarcity, economic welfare and market failures) which shape health care and public health policy. Next, students will be introduced to two competing theories of government – public interest theory and the economic theory of regulation – which will serve as a foundation for thinking about the role of government in health policy. Finally, the remainder the semester will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the US health care system including public and private health insurance, hospitals, physicians, the pharmaceutical industry and current issues in health care reform.

HCO 604Q. Health Economics and Public Health Policy Online. 3 Hours.

This course applies basic microeconomic principles to the study of the US health care system and public health policy. The first goal of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the core economic concepts (scarcity, economic welfare and market failures) which shape health care and public health policy. Next, students will be introduced to two competing theories of government - public interest theory and the economic theory of regulation - which will serve as a foundation for thinking about the role of government in health policy. Finally, the remainder the semester will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the US health care system including public and private health insurance, hospitals, physicians, the pharmaceutical industry and current issues in health care reform. Ideally, students will come away from the course with a better understanding of the role of economics in the US health care system, and an improved ability to analyze the motivations and consequences of government intervention in markets.

HCO 605. Foundations of Maternal and Child Health: Programs and Policies for Women, Children, and Families. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge about current major Maternal and Child Health (MCH) issues (health, social, economic, and environmental) and programs and policies designed to address these issues among women of reproductive age, infants, and children. This course will focus primarily on public health problems and solutions of MCH populations in the United States. In addition to introductory information on specific health issues related to children and families, the evolution, status, and future performance of selected federal, state, and community programs will be analyzed. Course work also includes a review of factors that influence policy development and program implementation, including: 1) research, 2) data issues, 3) current public policy reform movements, and 4) advocacy. The course will include lectures, discussions, and other activities. Students will gain information on the history of MCH and public health, selected MCH issues for each stage of growth and development, the importance of family and communities in addressing MCH issues, and federal and state-specific programs and policies that address the needs of MCH populations.

HCO 605Q. Foundations of Maternal and Child Health: Programs and Policies for Women, Children, and Families. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge about current major Maternal and Child Health (MCH) issues (health, social, economic, and environmental) and programs and policies designed to address these issues among women of reproductive age, infants, and children. This course will focus primarily on public health problems and solutions of MCH populations in the United States. In addition to introductory information on specific health issues related to children and families, the evolution, status, and future performance of selected federal, state, and community programs will be analyzed. Course work also includes a review of factors that influence policy development and program implementation, including: 1) research, 2) data issues, 3) current public policy reform movements, and 4) advocacy. The course will include lectures, discussions, and other activities. Students will gain information on the history of MCH and public health, selected MCH issues for each stage of growth and development, the importance of family and communities in addressing MCH issues, and federal and state-specific programs and policies that address the needs of MCH populations.

HCO 606. Fundamentals of Maternal and Child Health Part II: Application of Essential MCH Skills. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to basic research methods used by public health practitioners, with a specific focus on their use in the MCH field and to introduce the needs assessment, program planning, and evaluation processes specifically related to public health and finally to provide practical educational experiences to develop skills in applying several research methods and the range of activities needed to conduct needs assessments and use the information gathered to plan, direct, and evaluate public health programs and impact public health policies.
Prerequisites: HCO 605 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 606Q. HCO 606 MCH Fundaments II: Application of Essential MCH Skills Online. 3 Hours.

This course is taught entirely in online format, with sessions occurring two times per week for 1 hour and 15 minutes per session. Course sessions will entail a combination of lectures, group discussions via course discussion board, small-group activities, and student presentations based on assigned readings and projects. Active student participation in all class discussions and presentations is essential. Guest presenters may be used to address specific topics.
Prerequisites: HCO 605 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or HCO 605Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 607. Public Health Law. 3 Hours.

An introductory course in public health law designed for graduate students in public health. There are no prerequisites for this course. The purpose of the course is to introduce non-lawyers to the United States legal system and to the basic principles of law relevant to public health practitioners. It is intended to provide students with basic legal knowledge to assist them in communicating with attorneys about potential legal issues that may arise in formulating policy and exercising managerial authority. An overarching theme of the course is the tension between community interests and individual rights.

HCO 607Q. Public Health Law Online. 3 Hours.

An introductory course in public health law designed for graduate students in public health. There are no prerequisites for this course. The purpose of the course is to introduce non-lawyers to the United States legal system and to the basic principles of law relevant to public health practitioners. It is intended to provide students with basic legal knowledge to assist them in communicating with attorneys about potential legal issues that may arise in formulating policy and exercising managerial authority. An overarching theme of the course is the tension between community interests and individual rights.

HCO 608. Reproductive Health. 3 Hours.

This course is intended to provide students with a foundation in reproductive health. It examines reproductive health issues, problems, policies, programs and services primarily in low-to-middle income countries.

HCO 608Q. Reproductive Health Online. 3 Hours.

This course provides you with a foundation in reproductive health. It examines reproductive health issues, policies, programs and services, primarily in low-to-middle income countries, with comparisons to the US situation. The learning objectives and competencies are listed further below. The course is a HCO elective and is recommended especially for students with a MCH policy and leadership concentration, as well as for students focusing on global health,epidemiology, and health behavior. There are no course prerequisites other than a genuine interest in reproductive health, a willingness to do all the readings and assignments, and to participate fully in class discussion.

HCO 609. Needs Assessment and Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation. 3 Hours.

The purposes of HCO 609 are (1) to introduce the needs assessment and program planning, implementation, and evaluation processes specifically related to public health; and (2) to provide practical educational experiences to develop skills in applying rigorous methods and essential skills needed to conduct needs assessments and use the information gathered to plan, direct, and evaluate public health programs and impact public health policies. This course is required for all HCOP students.

HCO 609Q. Needs Assessment and Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation Online. 3 Hours.

The purposes of HCO 609 are (1) to introduce the needs assessment and program planning, implementation, and evaluation processes specifically related to public health; and (2) to provide practical educational experiences to develop skills in applying rigorous methods and essential skills needed to conduct needs assessments and use the information gathered to plan, direct, and evaluate public health programs and impact public health policies. This course is required for all HCOP students.

HCO 610. Global Health Law. 3 Hours.

This course will provide a systematic overview of global health law. It will focus on the diplomatic, political, social and economic factors that impact the substance of global health law. I will provide an introduction to the nature and sources of international law as well as the role of multiple international agencies that affect global health (e.g., WHO, UNAIDS, World Bank). Key themes in the course include: health equity; global solidarity; health in all policies; good governance, and the right to health care.

HCO 610Q. Global Health Law Online. 3 Hours.

This course will provide a systematic overview of global health law. It will focus on the diplomatic, political, social and economic factors that impact the substance of global health law. The instructor will provide an introduction to the nature and sources of international law as well as the role of multiple international agencies that affect global health (e.g., WHO, UNAIDS, World Bank). Key themes in the course include: health equity; global solidarity; health in all policies; good governance, and the right to health care.

HCO 611. Child Health and Development:Womb to Young to Adulthood. 3 Hours.

The premise of this course is that an understanding of principles of development is critical to developing, implementing, and evaluating effective programs and services for children and women of childbearing age. Through didactic, experiential, and interactive learning activities students will explore the processes that influence children¿s health and development and the supports and services that are needed to enhance those mechanisms. Issues for children and adolescents with special health care needs and well as typically developing children and youth will be included in lectures, discussions, and class projects.

HCO 612. Strategic Management in Health Programs. 3 Hours.

Provides a framework for strategic management in health care and public health organizations and provides opportunities to develop strategic plans for health care organization. Objectives are: to relate prior knowledge and experience to specific problem-solving situations; encourage strategic thinking in decision making in health care organizations; provide opportunities to engage in and manage a group decision-making process; gain experience in analyzing the public health environment and prepare a strategic plan for that environment; and develop implementation plans to accomplish strategic plans.

HCO 612Q. Strategic Management in Health Programs Online. 3 Hours.

The overall goal of the course is to provide a framework for strategic management and an opportunity to develop a strategic plan through a case study. In addition, the course provides participants an opportunity to integrate the knowledge and experience they have acquired in previous courses and health care organizational settings into a broad theory of management. The overall goal of the course is to develop strategic thinking, strategic planning, and managing strategic momentum concepts and skills and generally provide a framework for strategically managing an organization.

HCO 613. Health Information in Technology & Policy. 3 Hours.

The overall purpose of this course is to familiarize students with current issues associated with health information technology and their impact on the U.S. healthcare system.

HCO 613Q. Health Information in Technology & Policy Online. 3 Hours.

The overall purpose of this course is to familiarize students with current issues associated with health information technology and their impact on the U.S. healthcare system.

HCO 615. Finance for Health Professionals. 3 Hours.

The goal of this class is to teach the principles necessary for effective financial management in healthcare to individuals who are not experienced financial executives. The focus of the class is on tools and techniques that assist managers in creating information to support managerial decision making. The course uses the case method of instruction, case analysis, and lectures.

HCO 615Q. Finance for Health Professionals Online. 3 Hours.

The goal of this class is to teach the principles necessary for effective financial management in healthcare to individuals who are not experienced financial executives. The focus of the class is on tools and techniques that assist managers in creating information to support managerial decision making. The course uses the case method of instruction, case analysis, and lectures.

HCO 618. Management Concepts in Public Health Programs. 3 Hours.

Management Concepts in Public Health Programs is an overview of management concepts applied to public health agencies and programs. In recognition of public and private managements’ responsibility for organizational success the course approaches management by examining recurring themes in management thought. Selected readings are provided for each class session that apply the concepts examined to the health care sector. Some of the articles relate to domestic (USA) while others relate to management in the international context. Some of the articles focus on public health organizations, some on hospitals, others on nursing homes, etc.

HCO 618Q. Management Concepts in Public Health Online. 3 Hours.

Management Concepts in Public Health Programs is an overview of management concepts applied to public health agencies and programs. In recognition of public and private managements’ responsibility for organizational success the course approaches management by examining recurring themes in management thought. Selected readings are provided for each class session that apply the concepts examined to the health care sector. Some of the articles relate to domestic (USA) while others relate to management in the international context. Some of the articles focus on public health organizations, some on hospitals, others on nursing homes, etc.

HCO 619. Social Work in Public Health. 3 Hours.

Introduction and overview of the field of public health and the subspecialty of public health social work. Provides practical macro-level skills and explores the role and functions of social workers within major public health programs.

HCO 619Q. Social Work in Public Health Online. 3 Hours.

This course provides information about practical macro-level skills and increases the knowledge of students regarding the role and functions of advanced-trained social workers within major public health programs. Within the course, students will learn about: 1) the history and philosophy of public health and social work; 2) the roles and functions of public health social workers including practice standards; 3) the application of epidemiology and prevention in social work practice; 4) the contribution of social work in selective health programs and with diverse population groups; 5) the organization and administration of public health social work programs at the local, state and federal levels; and 6) the unique practice contexts of public health social workers.

HCO 620. Health Insurance & Managed Care. 3 Hours.

This course provides an overview of health insurance, health insurance regulation, state healthcare reform efforts, and the Affordable Care Act. It begins with a history of the development of health insurance and its theoretical basis. It then turns to the problems of moral hazard and adverse selection. The role of managed care and employer sponsored health insurance are discussed. Regulation of private insurance and the Medicare and Medicaid programs are also reviewed. A significant part of the course will focus on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on private health insurance markets.
Prerequisites: HCO 604 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or HA 645 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or AH 701 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 620Q. Health Insurance & Managed Care Online. 3 Hours.

This course provides an overview of health insurance, health insurance regulation, state healthcare reform efforts, and the Affordable Care Act. It begins with a history of the development of health insurance and its theoretical basis. It then turns to the problems of moral hazard and adverse selection. The role of managed care and employer sponsored health insurance are discussed. Regulation of private insurance and the Medicare and Medicaid programs are also reviewed. A significant part of the course will focus on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on private health insurance markets.
Prerequisites: HCO 604 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or HA 645 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or AH 701 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 621. Clinical Decision Making and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. 3 Hours.

Cost-effectiveness analysis applies decision analysis to circumstances where both costs and outcomes are important criteria for making choices. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the methods and uses of decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis. Students are not assumed to have any prior exposure to the field of decision analysis, but should have basic familiarity with probability and statistics. The course will provide a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis, and also will introduce several intermediate-to-advanced topics. This course is open to Master’s and Doctoral students from the School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions. The overall purpose is to train informed consumers of cost-effectiveness analyses, able to assess the quality of studies presented in the literature and determine when the results are valid and applicable to policy decisions in public health and medicine. NOTE: If course work (BST 600 or BST 611 and BST 612) are not met, then permission of instructor is required.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 611 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and BST 612 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 612Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 621Q. Clinical Decision Making and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Online. 3 Hours.

Cost-effectiveness analysis applies decision analysis to circumstances where both costs and outcomes are important criteria for making choices. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the methods and uses of decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis. Students are not assumed to have any prior exposure to the field of decision analysis, but should have basic familiarity with probability and statistics. The course will provide a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis, and also will introduce several intermediate-to-advanced topics. This course is open to Master’s and Doctoral students from the School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions. The overall purpose is to train informed consumers of cost-effectiveness analyses, able to assess the quality of studies presented in the literature and determine when the results are valid and applicable to policy decisions in public health and medicine.
Prerequisites: (BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C]) or (BST 611 [Min Grade: C] or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C] or BST 612Q [Min Grade: C])

HCO 622. Design and Conduct of Cost-Effectiveness Research. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the design and implementation of cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis.
Prerequisites: HCO 621 [Min Grade: C] or HCO 721 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 623Q. Pharmacoeconomics and Regulation Online. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to pharmacoeconomics and the regulatory role of the FDA. It is open to students in the MPH program and Master's and Doctoral students from the School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions.
Prerequisites: HCO 604 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and HCO 621 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or HCO 621Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or HCO 721Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or HCO 721 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 624. Healthy Lifestyles for the MCH Population: Integrating Nutrition with Physical Activity. 3 Hours.

This course will examine healthy lifestyles from the community viewpoint. Although nutrition is the primary focus of the course, it will also explore how nutrition and physical activity are integrated in programs and interventions for healthy lifestyles for the MCH population. There will be an emphasis on childhood obesity prevention and intervention. The course will integrate the Life Course model, illustrating the importance of early intervention as well as intervention at critical periods. This course will allow students to design an intervention and develop a policy paper to support MCR nutrition initiatives. Students will learn community-based strategies for promoting healthy lifestyles through improved eating and physical activity behaviors. The application of community-based planning based on "five cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle" (MCRB and ASTPHND,2008): access, collaboration, science and research, workforce, and communication will be included.

HCO 624Q. Healthy Lifestyles for the MCH Population: Integrating Nutrition with Physical Activity Online. 3 Hours.

This proposed course will look at nutrition and physical activity from the community nutrition and physical activity viewpoint. It will explore nutrition and physical activity in the MCH population and students will become aware of the different public health venues where current interventions are occurring as well as where intervention can occur.

HCO 625. Advanced Leadership and Practice in MCH Part I - Introduction to Leadership. 1 Hour.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the leadership skills necessary to work effectively at a community, state or regional level in the capacity of designing and advocating for programs and policies necessary to promote the health of women, children and families. This course is required for MPH and DrPH students in the HCOP/Maternal and Child Health track and is open to students from other tracks and departments. It is offered as a 3, one-hour course sequence to allow sufficient time for students to develop the background and skills that build upon each other. Other faculty members and external guest presenters will be invited to address specific topics. The course will include lectures, small group discussions, exercises, individual projects and service-learning field-based activities. Student presentations are required.

HCO 625Q. Advanced Leadership and Practice in MCH Part One - Introduction to Leadership Online. 1 Hour.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the leadership skills necessary to work effectively at a community, state or regional level in the capacity of designing and advocating for programs and policies necessary to promote the health of women, children and families. This course is required for MPH and DrPH students in the HCOP/Maternal and Child Health track and is open to students from other tracks and departments. It is offered as a 3, one-hour course sequence to allow sufficient time for students to develop the background and skills that build upon each other. Other faculty members and external guest presenters will be invited to address specific topics. The course will include lectures, small group discussions, exercises, individual projects and service-learning field-based activities. Student presentations are required.

HCO 626. Adv Leadership and Practice in MCH Module II - Collaborative Leadership and Advocacy. 1 Hour.

This is the second of a three course sequence designed to equip students with knowledge and skills needed to provide leadership in the development and delivery of needed programs and policies to promote the health and well being of MCH populations.
Prerequisites: HCO 625 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or HCO 625Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 626Q. Adv Leadership and Practice in MCH Module II - Collaborative Leadership and Advocacy Online. 1 Hour.

This is the second of a three course sequence designed to equip students with knowledge and skills needed to provide leadership in the development and delivery of needed programs and policies to promote the health and well being of MCH populations.
Prerequisites: HCO 625Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or HCO 625 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 627. ADV Leadership and Practice in MCH Module III - Into the Streets: Lead/Field Experience. 1 Hour.

The purpose of this course sequence is to provide students with the leadership skills necessary to work effectively at a community, state or regional level in the capacity of designing and advocating for programs and policies necessary to promote the health of women, children and families.
Prerequisites: HCO 625 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 627Q. Adv Leadership and Practice in MCH - Module III, Leadership/Field Exp Online. 1 Hour.

HCO 627 is the culminating module in the Advanced Leadership and Practice in MCH. HCO 625 and HCO 626 are the prerequisites for this final course. The overall purpose of this course sequence is to provide students with the leadership skills necessary to work effectively at a community, state or regional level in the capacity of designing and advocating for programs and policies necessary to promote the health of women, children, and families.
Prerequisites: HCO 625 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or HCO 625Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and HCO 626Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or HCO 626 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 628. Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Public Health. 3 Hours.

The class is designed to be interactive with practice sessions in class for the various skills of qualitative research: observation, writing, coding, analysis, individual interviewing, and focus group discussions. There will be three activities that will give the students a taste for being “in the field”: non-participant observation, a mock focus group, and in-depth interviews. Students will experience writing field notes, memo writing, coding, and abstracting from data via these three activities. Because many students will be applying qualitative methods in evaluation and needs assessment projects in the field of public health, we will also focus on these aspects in class.

HCO 629. Immigrant Health. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of key public health issues facing immigrant populations in the US, including the interrelationship between migration processes and health behaviors and outcomes, health and disease burdens for immigrant subgroups (e.g., Latinos, children), health care access and use, and health promotion/disease prevention.

HCO 631. Public Health Demography. 3 Hours.

Demography (the study of population) has become more important across a range of academic disciplines. There is a growing call on demographers outside academia, such as for policy-making, health care planning and analysis, or business administration. Demographic changes play a critical, though often poorly understood role in influencing the social, economic, and health fabric of our lives. This course introduces the core concepts and methods used in demographic analysis. It also provides a basic understanding of population dynamics and its health and socio-economic implications. Students will gain a firm foundation in how to measure fertility, mortality and migration; how to analyze population change and project population growth; and how to interpret demographic trends, their determinants and consequences.

HCO 631Q. Pubilc Health Demography Online. 3 Hours.

Demography (the study of population) has become more important across a range of academic disciplines. There is a growing call on demographers outside academia, such as for policy-making, health care planning and analysis, or business administration. Demographic changes play a critical, though often poorly understood role in influencing the social, economic, and health fabric of our lives. Demography (the study of population) has become more important across a range of academic disciplines. There is a growing call on demographers outside academia, such as for policy-making, health care planning and analysis, or business administration. Demographic changes play a critical, though often poorly understood role in influencing the social, economic, and health fabric of our lives. This course introduces the core concepts and methods used in demographic analysis. It also provides a basic understanding of population dynamics and its health and socio-economic implications. Students will gain a firm foundation in how to measure fertility, mortality and migration; how to analyze population change and project population growth; and how to interpret demographic trends, their determinants and consequences.

HCO 632. Readings in Maternal Child Health. 1-3 Hour.

Critical analysis of literature in single area of maternal and child health under supervision of faculty member.

HCO 633. Research Design and Analysis. 2 Hours.

The Research Design and Analysis course is designed to provide graduate students with an introduction to fundamental tools needed to propose, conduct, and assess outcomes of their research. The course will take them from the basics of developing hypotheses, conducting literature reviews (including an introduction to legal research) and critically analyzing literature reviewed, formalizing constructs to be addressed and developing valid, accurate and reliable tools/techniques to measure those constructs, and finally, will address how to analyze and interpret results.

HCO 633Q. Research Design and Analysis Online. 2 Hours.

The Research Design and Analysis course is designed to provide graduate students with an introduction to fundamental tools needed to propose, conduct, and assess outcomes of their research. The course will take them from the basics of developing hypotheses, conducting literature reviews (including an introduction to legal research) and critically analyzing literature reviewed , formalizing constructs to be addressed and developing valid, accurate and reliable tools/techniques to measure those constructs, and finally, will address how to analyze and interpret results.

HCO 635. Writing Grants and Programming Awards in Public Health. 3 Hours.

Whether your public health career path leads you to a position in a public, non-profit, private, or academic setting, you will very likely be involved in some capacity with either writing or managing a grant. This course on grant-writing will provide you with in-demand skills necessary to possess when seeking a job in the field of public health. You will learn how to: 1) communicate your ideas effectively and persuasively, 2) write clearly and succinctly, 3) prepare a coherent, logical research plan, and 4) develop an organizational and management plan for carrying out your work. At the completion of this course, students will have written a grant proposal that is suitable for submission to an extramural funding agency.

HCO 640. Disaster and Emergency Management. 3 Hours.

The course will provide a concerted look into the realm of disaster and emergency management. Discussions in this course will concentrate on how disaster and emergency management has changed since 9/11 including new legislation and governmental structures. The course will culminate with a look at the roles and responsibilities of the public health system in preparing for and responding to both natural and man-initiated disasters. This course is intended for advanced MPH or doctoral students with an interest in prepraredness policy, emergency management, or public health preparedness.

HCO 641. Health Preparedness and Response Policy. 3 Hours.

Preparedness policy can be defined as the sum of national and subnational governmental activities with the intent to protect the public's health and security. Discussions in this course will focus on policy and policy making in the U.S. and more particlarly on preparedness policy and its evolution since 9/11. The purpose of this course will be to develop a skill set that will allow students to frame issues tinto social, cultural, regional and ethical norms, consider historical and poltical influence policy choices. Courses is for advanced MPH or doctoral students with an interest in preparedness policy, emergency, management, or public health preparedness.

HCO 642. Preparedness and Agriculture. 3 Hours.

This course presents the potential effects of an animal disease outbreak, whether natural, accidental or deliberate, on the affected communities. Topics covering the prevention and diagnosis of and the response to an animal disease outbreak will be presented. Examples of the interaction of public health with other disciplines will be provided. This course is designed for MPH students with an interest in preparedness policy, emergency management, or public health preparedness. NOTE: It is preferred that this course be completed during the final year of enrollment; however, any MPH candidate who has completed the entire core curriculum is eligible to enroll in the course.

HCO 643. Emergency Preparredness Exercise, Evaluation & Communication. 3 Hours.

This course will provide participants with an understanding of the psychological processes that occur during crises, how those processes impact human functioning, and how communication plays a critical role in the psychological outcomes of crisis situations.

HCO 644. Needs Assessment, Program Planning and Evaluation: The Public Health Planning Process. 3 Hours.

To introduce the needs assessment, program planning and evaluation processes specifically related to public health and to provide practical experiences to develop skills in the range of activities needed to conduct needs assessments and use the information gathered to plan, direct, and evaluate public health programs and impact public health policies.

HCO 670. Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health. 3 Hours.

This class examines ethical issues related to public health research and practice, and explores the social issues that complicate ethical decision-making. There are no pre-requisites. This class is open to all students with graduate standing. It is a required course for the MPH in Health Policy, the MPH in Public Health Preparedness, the MSPH in Outcomes Research and the DrPH in Public Health Management.

HCO 670Q. Social & Ethical Issues in Public Health Online. 3 Hours.

This class examines ethical issues related to public health research and practice, and explores the social issues that complicate ethical decision-making. There are no pre-requisites. This class is open to all students with graduate standing. It is a required course for the MPH in Health Policy, the MPH in Public Health Preparedness, the MSPH in Outcomes Research and the DrPH in Public Health Management.

HCO 672. Perinatal Health: Issues, Data & Policies. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge related to perinatal health issues and polices. In addition, the course will allow students to gain basic skills in analysis of population-based data sets using SAS. This course at the 600-level is an elective for students seeking the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy’s MCH Leadership and Policy Track. It is offered at the 700-level for doctoral students. Other students interested in this area are encouraged to register. An introductory SAS course is recommended but not required.

HCO 672Q. Perinatal Health: Issues, Data & Policies Online. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge related to perinatal health issues and polices. In addition, the course will allow students to gain basic skills in analysis of population-based data sets using SAS. This course at the 600-level is an elective for students seeking the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy’s MCH Leadership and Policy Track. It is offered at the 700-level for doctoral students. Other students interested in this area are encouraged to register. An introductory SAS course is recommended but not required.

HCO 673. Applied Health Policy:Global Child Health Issues. 3 Hours.

The focus of the course will be on four current and complex policy issues (2 domestic; 2 international): refugee health; immunization activities and the link to autism; obesity in children and physical inactivity; and child labor. Pertinent background information related to international, federal, state and local policies and systems will be studied. Students should gain both technical capacity for analysis and an understanding of the health policy process. This course is intended for advanced MPH or doctoral students with an interest in health policy, international health, or maternal and child health.

HCO 675. Improving Health Care Quality and Outcomes. 3 Hours.

Examination of current issues in quality of care and outcomes management. The course includes a review of past and current efforts, tools, and theories of quality assessment, assurance, utilization management, and measuring and improving outcomes.

HCO 677. Patient-Based Outcomes Measurement. 3 Hours.

This course will provide an in-depth overview of the concepts, methods, and instruments used to evaluate health from the perspective of the individual. The overall objective of this course is to provide a detailed examination of patient-based/centered outcomes measurement in the context of health care delivery systems and health care policy.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 611 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 677Q. Patient-Based/Centered Outcomes Research Online. 3 Hours.

This course will provide an in-depth overview of the concepts, methods, and instruments used to evaluate health from the perspective of the individual. The overall objective of this course is to provide a detailed examination of patient-based/centered outcomes measurement in the context of health care delivery systems and health care policy. The course will incorporate lectures, classroom discussion, in-class exercises, and occasional guest speakers.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 611 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and BST 612 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 612Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 680. Aging Policy. 3 Hours.

Providing for the physical and economic well-being of the aging population is a continual challenge facing society. The objectives of this course are to develop an understanding of the influence of demographic changes, economic factors, and public policy on the health status and health care of the aging population; investigate the work, retirement, savings, and health insurance decisions facing the elderly; describe the system of health care financing and delivery arrangements for the elderly in the United states and other developing countries. NOTE: Basic biostatistics or equivalent required.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 686. Integrative Health Policy Analysis. 3 Hours.

The aim of this interdisciplinary course is to engage students in critical thinking about the goals, paradigms, effectiveness and implementation of health care policy in the United States. The course will incorporate several concepts from public policy analysis, public policymaking, health politics, public opinion research, media research, and technical-writing communication. NOTE: There are no prerequisite course requirements; however, students are expected to be familiar with the basics of the U.S. health care system and prior experience in health policy will be useful.

HCO 687. Empirical Methods for Health Research. 3 Hours.

The course aims to provide a thorough treatment of simple and multivariate regression models, simple binary dependent variable models, simple panel data models, and instrumental variables methods. Particular emphasis is placed on methods used to address omitted variable bias, such as difference-in-difference. The course is structured to provide students with ample opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in working with data by performing empirical analysis using the statistical software STATA.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 611 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 687Q. Empirical Methods for Health Research Online. 3 Hours.

The course aims to provide a thorough treatment of simple and multivariate regression models, simple binary dependent variable models, simple panel data models, and instrumental variables methods. Particular emphasis is placed on methods used to address omitted variable bias, such as difference-in-difference. The course is structured to provide students with ample opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in working with data by performing empirical analysis using the statistical software STATA.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 611 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 690. Integrative Experience. 3 Hours.

This course has been designed "to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in course work and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice" through the analysis of actual cases from the annals of public health practice, participation in a strategic planning exercise, and the development of a new case from current and emerging areas of critical interest to public health. Students working in multi-disciplinary groups will demonstrate their ability to apply the general and specific public health knowledge they have acquired through their courses of study and effectively apply that knowledge across disciplines to the effective resolution of public health problems.

HCO 691. Policy Analysis: Modeling & Simulation. 3 Hours.

This course shows how models are built and used for public policy making and clinical decision analysis. The goal is for you to develop basic skills with building various types of models. Models include spreadsheets with various types of randomness, bootstrapping historical data to estimate how much a model’s results may vary, discrete event modeling, queuing, Markov models, System Dynamics models and Agent Based models. If time permits, we will also look at Linear Programming.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and HCO 604 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 691Q. Policy Analysis Modeling and Simulation Online. 3 Hours.

This course shows how models are built and used for public policy making and decision analysis. Topics include spreadsheet models, discrete event modeling, queuing, random number generation, Markov models, systems dynamics models and agent based models. If time permits, we will also look at Linear Programming.
Prerequisites: HCO 601 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or HCO 601Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and BST 601 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 692. Adv Top Hlth Disparities Rsch. 3 Hours.

The primary aim of this course is to engage students in critical thinking about the current paradigms for health care disparities research in the US. As a part of this process, students will be challenged to think about the social, political, and economic determinants of health disparities for diverse health care consumers, to identify substantive trends and gaps in the health disparities literature, and to develop an innovative research or policy-oriented strategy for reducing health disparities. A secondary aim is to provide students with a broad overview of health and health care disparities according to race/ethnicity, gender, and health status. The three specific racial/ethnic groups are: African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, and Asian/Pacific Islanders. The gender classifications include men and women. The health status groupings include persons with chronic health problems (such as diabetes or mental health condition, e.g. schizophrenia).

HCO 694. Special Problems in Policy Analysis. 3 Hours.

Continuation of HCO 693 - Policy Analysis: Modeling and Simulation.
Prerequisites: HCO 693 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 695. Seminar in Health Care Organization. 1-3 Hour.

Factors currently influencing finance and administration of public and private health programs; availability, accessibility, and utilization by selected population groups.

HCO 696. Selected Topics in Public Health Finance. 3 Hours.

Financing of public health programs; sources of revenue (grants and contracts, tax revenues, and service fees), capital financing, and management of cash flows Techniques of maximizing revenues in public health programs.
Prerequisites: HCO 601 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 697. Internship. 3 Hours.

The internship provides an opportunity for each student to work in a public health setting in a position that carries responsibility and is of particular interest. HCO 697 is a 3-credit hour course requirement of all MPH-seeking students. In order to register for the internship course, students must have completed all public health core coursework. Usually, this means that students must wait until their 3rd semester to complete the internship. Students must complete a minimum of 180 contact hours with the organization during the semester in which they register for the internship.
Prerequisites: (BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C] or BST 612 [Min Grade: C] or BST 612Q [Min Grade: C]) and (ENH 600 [Min Grade: C] or ENH 600Q [Min Grade: C]) and (EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 600Q [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 610Q [Min Grade: C]) and (HB 600 [Min Grade: C] or HB 600Q [Min Grade: C]) and (HCO 600 [Min Grade: C] or HCO 600Q [Min Grade: C])

HCO 697Q. Internship Online. 3 Hours.

The internship provides an opportunity for each student to work in a public health setting in a position that carries responsibility and is of particular interest. HCO 697 is a 3-credit hour course requirement of all MPH-seeking students. In order to register for the internship course, students must have completed all public health core coursework. Usually, this means that students must wait until their 3rd semester to complete the internship. Students must complete a minimum of 180 contact hours with the organization during the semester in which they register for the internship.
Prerequisites: (BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C]) or (BST 611 [Min Grade: C] or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C] or BST 612Q [Min Grade: C]) and (ENH 600 [Min Grade: C] or ENH 600Q [Min Grade: C]) and (EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 600Q [Min Grade: C]) and (HB 600 [Min Grade: C] or HB 600Q [Min Grade: C]) and (HCO 630 [Min Grade: C] or HCO 630Q [Min Grade: C])

HCO 698. Master's Level Directed Research Health Care Organization and Policy. 1-9 Hour.

Independent study with guidance of appropriate faculty.

HCO 699. Master's Level Project Research Health Care Organization and Policy. 1-9 Hour.

Research for project under direction of appropriate faculty and/or research project committee.
Prerequisites: GAC M

HCO 701. Health Economics. 3 Hours.

Economics as systematic way of thinking about use of resources. Tools of economics applied to issues of organization, delivery, financing, and outcome of health care. Develops economic principles and describes systems of health care financing and delivery in the United States, providing basis for analyzing health management and policy options. With didactic coursework provided in HCO 601, doctoral students prepare a major paper under instructor's direction.
Prerequisites: BST 611 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 703. Public Health Policy - Doctoral Level. 3 Hours.

Theoretical framework and concepts used to understand evolution of public health policies and processes of policy formulation, implementation, and change.Significance of health policy for public health practical foundation of knowledge and skills useful in analyzing and responding to policy environment. Doctoral students will have an emphasis on independent analysis of health policy issues.
Prerequisites: HCO 601 [Min Grade: C] or HCO 701 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 704. Health Economics and Public Health Policy. 3 Hours.

This course applies basic microeconomic principles to the study of the US health care system and public health policy. The first goal of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the core economic concepts (scarcity, economic welfare and market failures) which shape health care and public health policy. Next, students will be introduced to two competing theories of government – public interest theory and the economic theory of regulation – which will serve as a foundation for thinking about the role of government in health policy. Finally, the remainder the semester will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the US health care system including public and private health insurance, hospitals, physicians, the pharmaceutical industry and current issues in health care reform. Ideally, students will come away from the course with a better understanding of the role of economics in the US health care system, and an improved ability to analyze the motivations and consequences of government intervention in markets.

HCO 706. Strategic Mgmt Theory/Research. 3 Hours.

AH 706: Strategic Management Theory and Research is to provide a forum for the introduction of the concepts and issues ofstrategic management in order to facilitate their imderstanding and communications. The mission ofthe strategic management track is to develop highly qualified strategic management scholars and teachers who are contributing to the field. We accomplish this mission through: Our strategic management courses, Faculty/student interaction, Publishing and presenting our work, and Teaching others.

HCO 708. Reproductive Health. 3 Hours.

This course is intended to provide students with a foundation in reproductive health. It examines reproductive health issues, problems, policies, programs and services, primarily in low-to-middle income countries.

HCO 711. Child Health and Development: Womb to Young to Adulthood. 3 Hours.

The premise of this course is that an understanding of principles of development is critical to developing, implementing, and evaluating effective programs and services for children and women of childbearing age. Through didactic, experiential, and interactive learning activities students will explore the processes that influence children¿s health and development and the supports and services that are needed to enhance those mechanisms. Issues for children and adolescents with special health care needs and well as typically developing children and youth will be included in lectures, discussions, and class projects.

HCO 713. Health Information Technology and Policy. 3 Hours.

Expands on content of introductory course in health policy. Insights into system's attributes; characteristics dictating its structure and function.

HCO 714. Life Course Seminar. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to expand knowledge and research skills around MCH life course issues. As guided by faculty, students will review and critique the literature in given areas around life course science and specific life span issues. Students will work with the library liaison to conduct extensive literature reviews and move toward writing a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. It will serve as a foundation for skills needed in other courses as well as foundational knowledge related to maternal and child health science. The course is required for all HCO-MCH doctoral students. Other doctoral or higher level Masters' students interested in a research path may register with the approval of the instructor. Prerequisites: Ideally, students will have taken all course work prior to taking this course. However, the DrPH director and course instructors may make exceptions.

HCO 715. Finance for Health Professionals. 3 Hours.

Financial management of public health care organizations. Emphasis on time value on money, capital raising methods, cost of capital, capital budgeting methods and working capital policy. Problem-solving orientation with applications to public health issues.

HCO 716. Advanced Leadership and Practice Seminar. 3 Hours.

The goal of the DrPH program in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy is to prepare students to serve and succeed as leaders in public health practice, in public health research settings, or in both. Therefore, the aims of this seminar are multifaceted. Part I of the course will explore and discuss the nature and processes of doctoral education and academic teaching, scholarship, service, and other duties related to a traditional academic research or scholarly practice setting. Part II of the course allows doctoral students to enhance their leadership skills, through personal development activities as well as through interaction with public health leaders. In Part 111, students will gain a deeper understanding of how research is applied in public health practice through the completion an interdisciplinary project that draws upon management and organizational skills. The course will be co-led by faculty members with across the department. Prerequisites: Ideally, students will have taken all course work prior to taking this course. However, the DrPH director and course instructors may make exceptions.

HCO 717. Seminar in Public Health Policy. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to enhance doctoral students' understanding of policy and their ability to integrate policy into research and practice. The course will engage students in discussion and reflection about the intersection between policy and public health practice, with an emphasis on tools and skills needed for policy development. Prerequisites: Ideally, students will have taken all course work prior to taking this course. However, the DrPH director and course instructors may make exceptions.

HCO 718. Mgt Concepts in Pub Hlth Progs. 3 Hours.

Organization structure, management, finance and budgeting, human resources, contracts, negotiation, and operations research in public health settings. Presentation of general principles combined with study of actual cases from practice.

HCO 720. Health Insurance and Managed Care. 3 Hours.

This course provides an overview of health insurance, health insurance regulation, state healthcare reform efforts, and the Affordable Care Act. It begins with a history of the development of health insurance and its theoretical basis. It then turns to the problems of moral hazard and adverse selection. The role of managed care and employer sponsored health insurance are discussed. Regulation of private insurance and the Medicare and Medicaid programs are also reviewed. A significant part of the course will focus on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on private health insurance markets.
Prerequisites: HCO 604 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or HA 645 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or AH 701 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 721. Clinical Decision Making and Cost Effectiveness Analysis. 3 Hours.

The objectives of this course are to acquaint public health and other professionals with techniques of decision making under conditions of uncertainty and the basics of cost-effectiveness analysis. Topics include decision analysis, Markov processes, Monte Carlo simulation, valuing diagnostic tests, and measuring the costs and outcomes of health service programs. Students who successfully complete the course will be able to understand the strengths and limitations of these types of analysis and determine the relevance of research findings to their own areas of expertise. NOTE: If course work (BST 601 or BST 611 and BST 612) are not met, then permission of instructor is required.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 611 [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 722. Cost-Effectiveness Research Methods. 3 Hours.

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the design and implementation of cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis. Specific topics include cost estimation, effectiveness measurement, time preference, uncertainty, ethical issues, valuing health outcomes, and ethical issues in cost-effectiveness research. At the end of the course students will develop and present analysis plans related to their particular fields of practice. Preq: HCO 721 or permission of instructor.
Prerequisites: HCO 721 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 723. Management of Complex Health Organizations. 3 Hours.

Complexity as related to management of health organizations. Academic health centers as models of complex organization. Incentive systems, organizational politics, and ownership and control within context of high complex health organizations.

HCO 728. Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Public Health. 3 Hours.

The class is designed to be interactive with practice sessions in class for the various skills of qualitative research: observation, writing, coding, analysis, individual interviewing, and focus group discussions. There will be three activities that will give the students a taste for being “in the field”: non-participant observation, a mock focus group, and in-depth interviews. Students will experience writing field notes, memo writing, coding, and abstracting from data via these three activities. Because many students will be applying qualitative methods in evaluation and needs assessment projects in the field of public health, we will also focus on these aspects in class.

HCO 729. Immigrant Health. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of key public health issues facing immigrant populations in the US, including the interrelationship between migration processes and health behaviors and outcomes, health and disease burdens for immigrant subgroups (e.g., Latinos, children), health care access and use, and health promotion/disease prevention. This course is designed to be taken by doctoral students in either a DrPH program or a health related PhD program at UAB. Knowledge of quantitative or qualitative methods and experience with data analysis will be helpful for completion of the final research project.

HCO 735. Writing Grants and Programming Awards in Public Health. 3 Hours.

Whether your public health career path leads you to a position in a public, non-profit, private, or academic setting, you will very likely be involved in some capacity with either writing or managing a research/evaluation grant. This doctoral-level course on research grant-writing will provide you with in-demand skills necessary to possess when seeking a research or evaluation job in the field of public health. You will learn how to: 1) communicate your ideas effectively and persuasively, 2) write clearly and succinctly, 3) prepare a coherent, logical research plan, and 4) develop an organizational and management plan for carrying out your work. Students will learn how to find the right grant mechanism, plan and write a successful grant proposal, put together a good research team, as well as create budgets and other administrative sections of grants. In addition, students will gain understanding of the grant peer review process, how to handle resubmissions, and post-award management. At the completion of this course, students will have written a research grant proposal (such as an NIH R03 grant) that is suitable for submission to an extramural funding agency.

HCO 740. Disaster and Emergency Management. 3 Hours.

The course will proivde a concerted look into the realm of disaster and emergency management. Discussions in this course will concentrate on how disaster and emergency management has changed since 9/11 including new legislation and governmental structures. The course will culminate with a look at the roles and responsibilities of the public health system in preparing for and responding to both natural and man-initiated disasters. This course is intended for advanced MPH or doctoral students with an interest in preparedness policy, emergency management, or public health preparedness.

HCO 741. Health Preparedness and Response Policy. 3 Hours.

Preparedness policy can be defined as the sum of national and subnational governmental activities with the intent to protect the public's health and security. Discussion in this course will focus on policy and policy making in the U.S. and more particularly on preparedness policy and its evolution sice 9/11. The purpose of this course will be develop a skill set thta will allow studentd to frame issues into social, cultural, regional, and ethical norms, consider historiacl and political influence policy choices. Course is form advanced MPH or doctoral students with an interest in preparedness policy, emergency management, or public health preparedness.

HCO 742. Preparedness and Agriculture. 3 Hours.

This course presents the potential effects of an animal disease outbreak, whether natural, accidental or deliberate, on the affected communities. Topics covering the prevention and diagnosis of and the response to an animal disease outbreak will be presented. Examples of the interaction of public health with other disciplines will be provided. This course is designed for MPH students with an interest in preparedness policy, emergency management, or public health preparedness. NOTE: It is preferred that this course is completed during the final year of enrollment; however, any MPH candidate who has completed the entire core curriculum is eligible to enroll in the course.

HCO 743. Emergency Preparedness Exercise, Evaluation & Communication. 3 Hours.

This course will provide participants with an understanding of the psychological processes that occur during crises, how those processes impact human functioning, and how communication plays a critical role in the psychological outcomes of crisis situations.

HCO 772. Perinatal Hlth Issues. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge related to perinatal health issues and polices. In addition, the course will allow students to gain basic skills in analysis of population-based data sets using SAS. This course at the 600-level is an elective for students seeking the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy’s MCH Leadership and Policy Track. It is offered at the 700-level for doctoral students. Other students interested in this area are encouraged to register. An introductory SAS course is recommended but not required.

HCO 773. Applied Health Policy:Global/Child Health Issues. 3 Hours.

The focus of the course will be on four current and complex policy issues (2 domestic; 2 international ): refugee health; imunication activities and the link to autism; obesity in children and physical inactivity; and child labor. Pertinent background information related to international federal, state and local policies and systems will be studied. Students should gain both technical capacity for analysis and an understanding of the health policy process. This course is intended for advanced MPH or doctoral students with an interest in health policy, international health, or maternal and child health.

HCO 777. Patient-Based Outcomes Measures. 3 Hours.

This course will provide a detailed examination of patient based outcomes measurement in the context of health care delivery systems and health care policy.
Prerequisites: BST 611 [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 781. Research Methods ans Study Design. 3 Hours.

This course examines empirical methods utilized in health policy and management research.
Prerequisites: HCO 787 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 782. Advanced Casual Inference. 3 Hours.

Casuaul inference involves the methods and thinking one uses to move from associations to cause-and-effect relationships. This course provides an intermediate treatment of econometric and biostatistical methods for the casual inference in public health.

HCO 786. Integrative Health Policy Analysis. 3 Hours.

The aim of this interdisciplinary course is to engage students in critical thinking about the goals, paradigms. effectiveness and implementation of health care policy in the United States. The course will incorporate several concepts from public policy analysis, public policymaking, health politics, public opinion research, media research, and technical-writing communication. NOTE: There are no prerequisite course requirements; however, students are expected to be familiar with the basics of the U.S. health care system and prior experience in health policy will be useful.

HCO 787. Empirical Methods for Health Research. 3 Hours.

The objectives of the course are to provide thorough treatment of simple and multivariate regression models, simple binary dependent variable models, instrumental variables estimators, sample selection and two-part models, and simple panel data models. Course provides students with an opportunity to acquire hands-on software. This course is designed for students who have had limited experience with regression analysis but a working knowledge of simple statistics, probability distributions, and basic calculus. Students must have upper level undergraduate or graduate coursework in statistics and probability; basic calculus.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 788. Longitudinal Meth Hlth Ser Res. 3 Hours.

This course provides an intermediate treatment of econometric and biostatistical methods for longitudinal analyses of data in public health.
Prerequisites: HCO 787 [Min Grade: B]

HCO 791. Policy Analysis:Modeling & Simulation. 3 Hours.

Training in basic skills necessary to design, test, implement, manage, present, and critique policy analysis in health care sector. Fundamentals of policy research design, and linkage between theory and operation. Various research techniques examined case studies and analyses of secondary data. Emphasis on choosing appropriate analytical strategies for particular policy issues. Data analysis using computers and critical evaluation of technical policy literature. Special topics in econometrics also addressed. Original policy analytic paper required at end of sequence. Preq: BST 600 or higher.
Prerequisites: BST 600 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 792. Advanced Topic in Health Disparities Research. 3 Hours.

This primary aim of this course is to engage students in critical thinking about the current paradigms for health care disparities research in the U.S.

HCO 793. DrPH Practicum. 3-6 Hours.

Doctoral students are required to complete a 6 hour practicum working in a public health agency or organization.

HCO 795. Directed Readings. 1-5 Hour.

The purpose of this course is to assist students in preparing literature reviews, manuscripts, or to complete other activities as deemed appropriate by the faculty member. Final objectives will be based upon the work between the student and advisor.

HCO 796. Doctoral Seminar. 1 Hour.

Doctoral students will be introduced to advanced topics in public health policy and practice, health services research methods and management research. In addition, topics directly related to doctoral studies (article critques, literature reviews, manuscript preparation, dissertation protocol development, etc.) will be discussed.

HCO 797. Directed Readings. 3-9 Hours.

The primary aims of this seminar are to engage students in critical thinking about current issues in management research, public health policy and public health practice and to expose students to state-of-the-art methodological issues in health services research.

HCO 798. Doctoral Level Directed Research Health Care Organization and Policy. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is for students to develop dissertation research protocols that will be presented to their dissertation committee for final approval. Final objectives will be based upon the work between the student and advisor.

HCO 799. Dissertation Research HCOP. 3-9 Hours.

Research for dissertation under direction of dissertation committee. Must be advanced to candidacy.
Prerequisites: GAC Z

Faculty

Becker, David J., Associate Professor, 2005, Ph.D. (University of California - Berkley), Specializes in health, labor and regulatory economics
Blackburn, Justin, Assistant Professor, 2012, Ph.D. (UAB), Research is primarily focused on using large secondary data sources, such as medical billing claims from Medicaid and Medicare, to answer questions about health outcomes, health services utilization, and changes in health policy
Bronstein, Janet M., Professor Emeritus, Health Care Organization and Policy; Co-coordinator of M.P.A.-M.P.H. degree program, UAB School of Public Health, 1986, Ph.D. (Kentucky), Health services utilization, health policy, community-based organizations
Budhwani, Henna, Assistant Professor, 2012, M.P.H., Ph.D. (UAB), Health disparities and global health
Duncan, W. Jack, Professor Emeritus and University Scholar, 1972, Ph.D. (Louisiana State)
Ginter, Peter M., Professor; Interim Dean; Director of the Alabama-Mississippi Public Health Training Center, 1983, Ph.D. (North Texas), Strategic management, leadership, and health care organizations
Hites, Lisle, Associate Professor, 2010, Ph.D. (Tulane), Structural modeling of predictors of on the job injuries suffered by law enforcement, firefighters, and corrections officers, and understanding the relationship between situation awareness and decision making quality in non-routine emergency response
Kilgore, Meredith, Professor and Chair, 2002, Ph.D. (RAND Graduate School), Burden of disease associated with osteoporosis and related bone fractures and the effects of bone metastases on skeletal related events, an intervention to improve osteoporosis in the home health setting, the effectiveness of prophylactic enteric feeding tubes in patients undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer, and a study of the quality of primary care for patients diagnosed with cancer.
Kulczycki, Andrezej, Associate Professor, 2000, Ph.D. (Michigan), Reproductive health, demography, maternal and child health, health programs and policies, and research methods
Mennemeyer, Stephen T., Professor Emeritus, 1989, Ph.D. (SUNY Buffalo)
Michael III, Max, Professor, 2001, M.D. (Harvard)
Nelson III, Leonard "Jack", Adjunct Professor, 1987, JD (Gonzaga); LLM (Yale), Health care law; ethics
Preskitt, Julie, Associate Professor, 2010, M.S.O.T., M.P.H. (UAB), Ph.D. (Auburn), Children with special health care needs, maternal and child health policy, disability policy, and underinsurance/adequacy of insurance
Rucks, Andrew, Professor, Director of Finance and Administration, Dean's Office, 2004, Ph.D. (North Texas), Finance management, strategic planning, and process of analysis; conducts research in public health preparedness for all hazards; designs, facilitates, and evaluates drills and exercises; and provides advice to agencies and companies in a variety of areas including continuity of operations planning, process optimization, and strategic planning.
Sen, Bisakha, Professor, 2002, Ph.D. (Ohio State), Effects of environmental and policy changes on behaviors and health outcomes of vulnerable changes, including substance use, sexual activity, obesity, injury, and health service utilization
Turan, Janet M., Professor, 2011, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins), Maternal and child health (MCH) in low-resource settings of both developing and developed countries, HIV/AIDS, stigma and discrimination, reproductive health
White, Kari, Associate Professor, 2011, M.P.H. (Tulane), Ph.D. (University of Texas - Austin)Ph.D. (, Immigrant women's reproductive health, with an emphasis on contraceptive use
Wingate, Martha, Associate Professor; Director of the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program, 2005, Dr.PH. (UAB), Preterm birth, fetal and infant mortality, racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes, and health policies related to pregnancy and infant health