School of Public Health

About UAB

Over four decades, UAB has evolved from an academic extension center into an autonomous, comprehensive urban university and academic health center within the University of Alabama System. UAB has established wide-ranging programs in six liberal arts and professional schools and six health-professional schools, with graduate programs serving all major units. The University has seen record overall enrollment for five consecutive years, with more than 18,500 students in Fall 2013. Classes are offered seven days a week.

UAB is situated near downtown Birmingham and the historic Five Points South district. The campus stretches across 86 square blocks and occupies more than 100 primary buildings. UAB is Alabama's largest single-site employer, with more than 23,000 employees and an economic impact exceeding $5 billion annually on the state.

About the School of Public Health

The School of Public Health was established in 1978 when Dr. William Bridges established a program to address community health problems. His activity captivated a great deal of press and attracted the attention of Dr. Jarvis Ryals, a neurologist, 1965 UAB graduate, and donor. He initiated the creation of the building that the school now occupies and requested that it be named after his parents.

For over thirty years, the School of Public Health has continued Dr. Bridges’ crusade to improve health and living conditions in local Alabama communities and has expanded that vision to all areas of the world. Through research, education, and community outreach, we address community and global health problems and train the next generation of innovative public health workers.

The mission of the School of Public Health is to lead in developing, disseminating and applying knowledge to prevent disease and promote health in the human population.  Because of its inherent breadth, public health is comprised of many disciplines. Thus the school achieves its mission by bringing the various disciplines together to educate individuals who will be working to prevent disease and improve the health of the school's constituent populations.  These individuals include experienced public health and other health professionals, undergraduates with education backgrounds in the sciences, and persons from developing countries with health-related backgrounds.  An implicit part of this mission is a commitment to increase and validate, through research and practice, the body of knowledge upon which the school's educational programs are necessarily based.

Contact Information

Dean: Max Michael, MD
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs: Donna K. Arnett, PhD
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate ProgramsSuzanne E. Judd, PhD
Undergraduate Student Advisor:Nicole Gravitt, MA
Advisor's Contact Number:(205) 934-7759
Major Offered:Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Minor Offered:Public Health


Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Degree Concentration

The bachelor's degree is designed to give students a foundational understanding of public health issues and methods. The UAB School of Public Health will offer a Bachelor of Science in Public Health in the following three concentrations:

  • Global Health Concentration
  • Environmental Health Concentration
  • Public Health Preparedness Concentration



To apply to UAB, you’ll need to submit the following:

  • a completed UAB application
  • $30 application fee (payable by credit or debit card) or application fee waiver
  • Your official high school transcript (which should be sent directly to UAB from your high school)
  • Your official ACT or SAT scores (please send ALL test scores regardless of highest composite or test date)

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Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate Courses

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

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Bachelor of Science in Public Health



The B.S in Public Health degree program will train students in multidisciplinary approaches to public health practice and research.  The degree will explore both quantitative and qualitative aspects of public health at all levels of analysis.  Graduates will advance, through employment or further education, to become the new generation of public health professionals prepared to face the emerging challenges to human health from a population perspective.

The B.S. degree in Public Health will be offered through the UAB School of Public Health which is the only CEPH accredited program in the state (Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), a U.S. Department of Education recognized agency).  The Public Health major will provide a broad and rigorous sequence of courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, public health systems, behavior science, and environmental health sciences. Students must choose one of the following public health concentrations:  preparedness, environmental health sciences, or global health studies. (November 2013)
Program Completion Requirements

  • Credit hours required in major: 39 hours plus a 1 hour first year experience course
  • Credit hours required: Concentration – 21 hours
  • Credit hours in institutional general education or core curriculum: 41
  • Credit hours in required or free electives: 18 hours
  • Total credit hours required for completion: 120

Major Requirements for Public Health

First Year Experience (for students entering UAB w/ less than 24 credit hours earned)
PUH 101Prepare, Promote and Prevent1
Public Health Core Classes (39 hours)
PUH 201The Origins of Epidemics: How Public Health Defines Population and Nations3
PUH 202Introduction to Global Health3
PUH 204Health Meets Life: Sex, Drugs, Weight, and other Health Behaviors3
PUH 210Biological Basis of Public health3
PUH 250Biostatistics3
PUH 300Environmental Factors in Public Health,Environment Factors in Public Health3
PUH 302Epid: Beyond the Outbreak3
PUH 306Information Literacy and Communication in Public Health3
PUH 307Public Health Systems3
PUH 309Health Disparities in Diverse Populations3
PUH 405Managing Public Health Programs3
PUH 493Public Health Service Learning3
PUH 495Public Health Capstone Experience3
Total Hours40


Click the following link to view undergraduate Public Health Electives:


Undergraduate Program Concentrations

Environmental Health Concentration

A degree in Environmental Health Sciences will prepare you to protect both the environment and workers by identifying and eliminating health hazards. The environmental health sciences concentration will teach you to identify toxins and their effects on human and natural populations. Environmental scientists work in public and private sector careers to address problems such as pollution, water safety, and ecosystem protection.

Environmental Health Curriculum Planning Sheet

Concentration in Environmental Health Sciences

ENH 300Toxicology: Poisons, People and the Environment3
ENH 301The Workplace Environment and Worker Safety and Health3
ENH 310Environmentalism, Environmental Justice, and Ethics3
ENH Electives 112
Total Hours21

 Approved electives for the Environmental Health Sciences concentration include:
ENH 401, ENH 412, ENH 491 or ENH 498, GHS 430, and GHS 420.

Global Health Concentration

As a student in the Global Health concentration you will learn about health conditions that affect people around the world and associated challenges that make these issues difficult to address such as poverty, cultural beliefs, and population dynamics. This program will prepare you to work both locally and globally in public health by studying the effects of disease and learning how to plan and implement public health programs.

Global Health Curriculum Planning Sheet

Concentration in Global Health Studies

GHS 401Global Communicable Disease Challenges3
GHS 301The Rise of Non-Communicable Diseases Globally3
GHS 302Introduction to International Development3
GHS 303Food Security and Nutrition: Local, National and Global Issues3
GHS 402Global Health Cases3
GHS Elective 16
Total Hours21

 Approved Electives for the Global Health Studies concentration include:
GHS 220, GHS 404, GHS 405, GHS 406, GHS 430, GHS 420, GHS 497, GHS 498, EC 407, PSC 360, PSC 362, ANTH 299.

Public Health Preparedness Concentration

Public Health Preparedness Concentration - With the increase in prevalence and magnitude of natural disasters, it is important for organizations and communities to be prepared for emergencies. In the preparedness concentration, you will learn about disasters from an economic, historical, and policy perspective. You will also learn to develop and evaluate emergency preparedness plans.

Preparedness Curriculum Planning Sheet

  • Please visit the Health Care Organization and Policy website for more information:

    Concentration in Public Health Preparedness

    HCO 305The History and Consequences of World Disasters3
    HCO 306Public Health Preparedness and Response Capabilities3
    HCO 340Disaster and Emergency Management3
    HCO 341Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Management: Law, Policy, and Planning3
    HCO 405Issues in Emergency Preparedness: Ethics and Vulnerable Populations3
    HCO 406Emeregency Preparedness Training, Exercises and Improvement Planning3
    HCO 407Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Systems: Preparedness Capstone Course3
    Total Hours21


Minor in Public Health

Public Health is an exciting and growing field of study. The field challenges its professionals to confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury. A Bachelor in Public Health is an undergraduate degree, which trains students in the essential skills needed to plan, initiate and manage healthcare programs. Research has shown the impact of healthy lifestyles on the rate of incidence of illnesses and on increasing longevity; hence, public health is now considered a very significant area of study.  


Minor Requirements for Public Health

Required Public Health Courses
PUH 201The Origins of Epidemics: How Public Health Defines Population and Nations3
PUH 202Introduction to Global Health3
PUH 302Epid: Beyond the Outbreak3
Elective Courses
Any Public Health Undergraduate Elective Courses 13
Select two courses from any college or school within the University.6
Total Hours18

Number of hours required: 18 hours

  • 12 hours offered by the School of Public Health
  • 6 hours of Selectives - The selective may be from any school within the University (i.e biology, business, education, sociology, communications, engineering, education, journalism and African American Studies, etc.)

Visit the following page to view undergraduate Public Health electives:


Excluding the following courses:  GHS 320, GHS 429, GHS 430, ENH 498, and PUH 495.

First TermHoursSecond TermHours
FYE EH 1023
EH 1013BY 1013
MA 1053BY 1021
CH 1053Core Area IV course 
CH 1061Core Area II course 
Core Area II course Core Area IV course 
 10 7
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PUH 2013PUH 2043
PUH 2023PUH 2503
Core II Area course Core Area II course 
Core Area IV course Core Area IV course 
General Elective General Elective 
 6 6
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PUH 2103PUH 3023
PUH 3003PUH 3063
Concentration course Concentration course 
Concentration course Concentration course 
General Elective  General Elective 
 6 6
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
PUH 3093PUH 4933
PUH 3073PUH 4953
Concentration course PUH 4053
Concentration course Concentration course 
General Elective General Elective 
 6 9
Total credit hours: 56

ENH-Environmental Health Sci Courses

ENH 300. Toxicology: Poisons, People and the Environment. 3 Hours.

Basic principles in toxicology will be covered including: dose-response relationships; absorption, distribution, storage, biotransformation and elimination of toxicants; target organ toxicity; mutagenesis and carcinogenesis; and an overview of fate and transport of contaminants in the environment. The course will focus on contaminants of environmental and public health interest and will include the fascinating roles toxins have played in human history.
Prerequisites: PUH 210 [Min Grade: C]

ENH 301. The Workplace Environment and Worker Safety and Health. 3 Hours.

This course will explore known physical and chemical hazards found in the workplace, and we will combine our technical knowledge with skills to identify and control work-related hazards. We will begin with the importance of key events and milestones in the history of worker safety and health. We will research the ethical, legal and social implications associated with the working environment. We will define the related roles and responsibilities of government, non-government agencies, private organizations, businesses and industry in worker safety and health.

ENH 310. Environmentalism, Environmental Justice, and Ethics. 3 Hours.

In this course students, will investigate and analyze the disproportionate burdens of environmental contamination and the health disparities affecting communities of color across the U.S. and internationally. Using a broad range of examples we will look at the incidents that lead to this grass roots movement, many of which came from towns and peoples of the Deep South.

ENH 400. Our Global Environment: Issues and Challenges. 3 Hours.

This course will consider how biological, chemical and physical agents in the environment impact human health. Sources, routes of exposure, human health impacts and risk reduction will be discussed for each topic. Topics include indoor air pollution, medical radiation, noise, food and water contaminants, pests and pesticides, hazardous and solid waste treatment, natural disasters, biological and chemical terrorism, regulatory agencies and legislation, risk awareness and reduction.

ENH 401. Environmental Chemistry. 3 Hours.

This didactic lecture course consists of 5 parts: (1) Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution, (2) Energy and Climate Change, (3) Water Chemistry and Water Pollution, (4) Toxic Organic Compounds, and (5) Environment and the Solid State. Weaved into this course are the concepts of social responsibility towards the environment, sustainability, and green chemistry.
Prerequisites: CH 115 [Min Grade: C]

ENH 405. Nature vs. Nurture: Genes, Environment and Health. 3 Hours.

This didactic lecture course will examine how components of the world around us impact our lives and health. The classic battle of nature (genes) vs. nurture (environment) is being replaced with the understanding of how our exposure to our environment impacts gene expression, which can increase (or decrease) our own likelihood of disease. Using everyday, real-world examples we will study the environment-gene interaction and how this helps determine why some people are more disease prone than others. Each example will focus on the underlying science and the medical consequence of exposure, and will also examine exposure prevention strategies for individuals and practical legislation to reduce environmental contamination. Examples will vary from year to year, but damaging examples may include nanoparticles, smog, medical radiation, drugs and alcohol, pesticides, noise, indoor air pollution, toxic metals, plastics, food and water contamination, and sexually transmitted infections. We will also discuss how the environment can positively impact gene expression, and will include discussions of functional foods (i.e. nutraceuticals such as soy, green tea and garlic) and other alternative medicinal therapies. Prerequisite: BY116 or equivalent is required; completion of or registration in BY210 or BY330 is recommended.
Prerequisites: BY 116 [Min Grade: C] or BY 123 [Min Grade: C]

ENH 412. Environmental Risks in a Global Society. 3 Hours.

The course will cover the basic components of risk assessments including 1) the different types of datasets used to identify hazards; 2) the different ways in which exposure to a hazard may be assessed; 3) how a relationship between the hazard and a health response is measured and how to identify and deal with uncertainty in risk estimates. Risk perception and communication will also be discussed. This course is designed to instill critical thinking regarding the often conflicting economic, social, and environmental tradeoffs inherent in environmental policy and management. College level biology, chemistry, and statistics recommended.
Prerequisites: PUH 300 [Min Grade: C]

ENH 491. Special Topics in Environmental Health Sciences. 1-6 Hour.

This course will consider various topics related to environmental health sciences, and the topic will differ each term. Course requirements may include lecture, laboratory, fieldwork, readings, discussions, service learning, and internships. Course may be conducted primarily on- or off-campus. May be taken more than once for credit with different topics.

ENH 498. Undergraduate Research in Environmental Health Sciences. 1-6 Hour.

An opportunity for senior level undergraduate students to conduct research in some area related to environmental health sciences research. Students will perform research under the supervision of a faculty member, and must present their work at the end of their last semester of registration (students may register for 1 or 2 semesters, 2 being preferred) in the form of a thesis which also must be defended.

GHS-Global Health Studies Courses

GHS 301. Non-Communicable Disease. 3 Hours.

This course provides an introduction to selected key topics in chronic diseases burden endured globally. We will address the following questions: How is it that people in some countries live twice as long as in others? Why is there a rising epidemic of NCDs such as cancer, heart and lung disease, obesity, and diabetes spreading globally? What are the burdens posed by these diseases? What steps are being taken to control it? What key tools are at our disposal? Who are the global actors and stakeholders addressing this global health epidemic? What is the link between globalization and the rise of NCDs?.

GHS 302. International Development. 3 Hours.

The course addresses the following questions: What is development? How might we conceive it? What does history teach us and how does knowledge of this history influence our conception and practice of development? How might we implement and achieve it? What elements of social, political, and economic life must we consider if we were to prioritize the allocation of limited resources?.

GHS 303. Food Security and Nutrition. 3 Hours.

The service-learning course will examine food security and nutrition as complex issues of sustainable human development. While learning about food security and nutrition in the classroom, students will gain further understanding of the topic through engaging with non-profit organizations in Birmingham that address food security and nutritional issues. Topics to be covered include issues of availability, access, and use of food in the domestic and global context, as well as current responses and potential solutions. The course will also focus on helping students develop a skill set for global citizenship that includes opportunities for advocacy, leadership, and critical thinking.

GHS 320. Global Health Service Learning. 3 Hours.

This course provides students with an opportunity to apply principles of interprofessional collaboration, community partnerships, and global health in the development and implementation of a project to address a global health problem in collaboration with a community partner. The global health problem may be addressed in collaboration with a partner at a local site, at a site within the U.S., or at an international site. Students apply concepts and theories related to global health, interprofessional collaboration, team building, community partnerships, and the ecological framework developing and implementing a plan to address a specific global health problem with a community partner.

GHS 401. Global Communicable Disease Challenges. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to introduce students to the major infectious diseases of public health importance globally. Since we cannot cover all infections in depth in the time allowed, we will highlight major categories of infections as well as focus on a few major infections that together cause the greatest morbidity and mortality in children or adults worldwide. The purpose of this course is to equip participants with up-to-date knowledge of resources on major infections of global importance, and their prevention and control strategies.
Prerequisites: (BY 101 [Min Grade: C] and BY 102 [Min Grade: C]) or BY 123 [Min Grade: C]

GHS 402. Global Health Cases. 3 Hours.

Global Health cases refer to instances of health problems that transcend national borders. Diseases are not constrained by borders. Similarly, problems and solutions to these cases are not unique to a particular race, region, socio-political system or even level of economic development. These cases also carry the dubious reputation of having a global political and economic impact. Yet a closer look at site specific successes can yield important lessons about how to tackle the challenges confronting similar cases in other sites.

GHS 404. Controversies in Global Health. 3 Hours.

This course adopts the strategy of examining selected controversies in global health. Poverty, international aid, education, governance, corporations, culture, gender, ethics, and a host of other macro level issues may impact on the creation and perpetuation of global health problems and on solutions to address these problems. For each controversy that is examined, these issues are considered from a global and or local perspective taking into account the idiosyncrasies of extenuating country specific context. Through the learning activities of this course, students should gain a better appreciation of why the challenges of global health often seem to defy our best efforts to solve them.

GHS 405. Comparative Health Systems. 3 Hours.

This course examines both global health issues and health systems from a comparative perspective. Like the U.S., many countries are struggling with economic, social, and legal issues facing their respective health care systems and are being overwhelmed by escalating costs. In the process, many countries are confronting tensions between improving quality, ensuring adequate access, and controlling costs. This course will begin by discussing global health themes, including: international health organizations, right to health, access to medicines, significant international health issues, women’s health, children’s health, and the environment and health. We then will define “health systems” and explore what they do and how they have evolved. We will then look at the configuration of health systems, examining different frameworks for healthcare delivery, financing, coverage, and allocation of resources. Next, we will focus on select health care systems around the globe and review the structure and functioning of their health systems. We will explore country-level debates on issues such access to care and funding and will note how a country’s history has influenced the development of its health system. The teaching strategies for this class include readings, lectures, videos, group discussions, an exam, group presentations, and experienced guest speakers.

GHS 406. Maternal and Child Health in Africa and Asia. 3 Hours.

Despite significant advances in global health over the last fifty years, the burden of disease among the maternal and child health (MCH) population in certain areas of the world remains alarmingly high. While child mortality has declined over the last fifty years, maternal and neonatal mortality has seen relatively little improvement, especially in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia, which bears a disproportionate share of the global burden of maternal and child health disease. Maternal health is especially critical due to the far ranging impact of a maternal death on the family, community, and society. Fortunately, high impact, cost-effective solutions exist to address these highly preventable maternal and child deaths. In this course we will discuss those successful MCH interventions and policies in addition to identifying different barriers and challenges to the implementation and scale up of MCH services in Africa and Asia.
Prerequisites: PUH 202 [Min Grade: C]

GHS 420. Field Studies: Jamaica. 3 Hours.

This course is designed for students interested in global health, whether from public health, medicine, nursing, or other allied graduate programs. Key details about this course include: 1)It is focused on community-based approaches to public health, this course emphasizes the integration and application of classroom, laboratory and field experiences in order to foster problem-solving skills for infectious disease ecology, surveillance and control in resource-constrained settings. 2)Lectures will be given online prior to the beginning of the course and briefings will be held in UWI facilities while in Jamaica. 3)The three primary field projects will be mosquito surveillance, STD/HIV care and prevention, and water & sanitation. 4)In Jamaica, students will attend briefings, acquire laboratory identification skills and use field techniques to generate and analyze data.

GHS 429. Intensive Global Health Training - SIFAT. 3 Hours.

Become a better Global Citizen by learning critical issues on Household Energy use in the developing world that affect health, environmental sustainability, gender equity, economics, and the development of millions of families and communities globally. Eight days, twelve hours a day.

GHS 430. Global Health Training, SIFAT. 6 Hours.

This two week intensive field training course will take place at SIFAT’s 176-acre international training campus in Lineville, AL. Students will attend didactic sessions and participate in hands-on activities and simulations. SIFAT trainers are experienced in international development and cross-cultural dynamics.

GHS 497. Special Topics in Global Health. 1-6 Hour.

Topics will vary from term to term. Course requirements may include lecture, fieldwork, readings, discussions, service learning, research, and internships. Course may be conducted on- or off-campus.

GHS 498. Directed Study in Global Health. 1-6 Hour.

This course is open to junior and senior level undergraduate students to conduct research or explore an approved topic of interest within global health under the supervision of a faculty mentor. This is an individualized course, and students will have individual end of term goals, typically a comprehensive paper and presentation.

HCO-Health Care Organization Courses

HCO 305. Consequences of World Disaster. 3 Hours.

This course examines what makes an event a disaster and how that disaster may be measured in terms of its effects on population health, infrastructure, and economy. In addition, the course explores how disasters may be exacerbated by geography, population, and poverty. Several difference classifications of selected world disasters case studies will be discussed in terms of impact, preparation, response, and consequences. Finally, hazard analysis, vulnerability analysis, risk assessment, recovery systems, and policy responses will be discussed. Student projects will explore and predict location, type, and possible prevention/remediation recommendation.

HCO 306. Public Health Preparedness and Response Capabilities. 3 Hours.

This course provides an introduction to public health preparedness capabilities used in the United States. This course will also provide background on federal funding for these programs. We will examine the following questions: After a major disaster or public health emergency, what public health services are in place to address the needs of the population? For example, in case of a public health emergency, how would a health department distribute vaccines, medicine, and antidotes to a population? Or, how does a public health department respond in case of a mass casualty incident? How are these services procured after a disaster? Who delivers these services? How do public health departments track patients and resources during a disaster?.
Prerequisites: HCO 305 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 340. Disaster and Emergency Management. 3 Hours.

This course will provide a concerted look into the realm of disaster and emergency management and public health emergency preparedness. Discussions in this course will concentrate on how disaster and emergency management is changing and how public health emergency preparedness has evolved since the beginning of the millennium. Pertinent background information related to federal, state, and local activities to plan, prepare for, and mitigate potential threats will be studied along with activities around response and recovery. An analysis on federal roles in preparedness, response, and recovery risk assessment and hazard vulnerability analysis; and review of elements of emergency response plans will be included. This course will culminate with a look at the roles and responsibilities of the public health systems in preparing for and responding to both natural and man-made disasters. This course will include a service learning project in which students will be provided with the opportunity to apply concepts learned in class to real-life situations in the community.

HCO 341. Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Management: Law, Policy, and Planning. 3 Hours.

The course will introduce students to the legal aspects of public health preparedness and emergency management for both hostile attacks and natural disasters. The threats posed by bioterrorism (e.g., anthrax, smallpox) , naturally occurring pandemics ( e.g.,influenza), bombings, and natural disasters (e.g, fires, hurricanes, tornados, floods, and earthquakes) will be examined.
Prerequisites: HCO 305 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 405. Issues in Emergency Preparedness: Ethics and Vulnerable Populations. 3 Hours.

The initial section of this course will introduce the topic of ethics in emergency preparedness and will specifically concentrate on issues relevant to vulnerable/at-risk/special needs populations during emergencies and disasters. Discussions will center on how these populations are defined, what are the specific functional needs of the populations and particular tasks that need to be incorporated into emergency planning for these groups.

HCO 406. Emergency Training, Exercises. 3 Hours.

This course will provide participants with an understanding of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP), exercise development, and evaluation. During this course you will learn how to identify threats within your community, determine what capabilities are most needed to prepare for and meet these threats, and how to develop and evaluate exercises to test knowledge, skills and abilities.

HCO 498. Special Topics in Health Care Organization and Policy. 1-6 Hour.

This course will cover policy, advocacy and service issues that arise from a public health prospective. This course will be taught under the direction of faculty in the department. Topics will vary from term to term.

PUH-Public Health Courses

PUH 101. Prepare, Promote, and Prevent. 1 Hour.

This First Year Experience (FYE) course is for students majoring in or interested in Public Health. It is designed to introduce freshmen to the tools and techniques that will enhance their transition to college and improve their academic success. Goal setting, time management, faculty/peer interaction, and other relevant academic skills will be addressed. Students will also gain an understanding of the various educational opportunities and career options associated with Public Health.

PUH 201. The Origins of Epidemics: How Public Health Defines Population and Nations. 3 Hours.

This course explores the richness of public health through its disciplines and its stories to demonstrate how the understanding of the origins of epidemics determines the progress of civilization.

PUH 202. Introduction to Global Health. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to introduce students to the topic of global health and impart a basic understanding of its interdisciplinary nature, successes to date, and current challenges in the field. The first part of the course provides a basic framework for understanding global public health issues and improvement of health at a population level by exposing students to basic public health concepts of disease burden, standard indices for measuring population-based health, and highlighting global epidemiologic trends. Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals will be a focus of discussion. The second section of the course will discuss vulnerable populations and how their specific needs are prioritized and addressed. Third, the class will examine strategies for organization and delivery of health care services at a population level and examine health as a human right. Finally, the course will look at the key institutions and organizations working in tandem with health ministries to address global health and the need for major collaborative initiatives to address health disparities worldwide.

PUH 204. Health Meets Life: Sex, Drugs, Weight, and other Health Behaviors. 3 Hours.

This course will be structured around lectures, in-class activities, and discussions of lecture, readings, and current events. The successful student will engage in active listening and critical thinking of the topics presented. Students will be evaluated by class participation, projects, and exams.

PUH 210. Biological Basis of Public Health. 3 Hours.

This course will consist of lectures and in-class active-learning activities centered on deepening the students’ understanding of the fundamental biological concepts with an emphasis on significant public health problems. Each major system will be presented first as normal physiology, then, how genetics and/or specific exposures (voluntary and involuntary) contribute to diseases of public health significance. Examples may include genetics/genomics with cancer and disease susceptibility; the immune system and infectious diseases; respiratory system with asthma; the nervous system with pesticide exposure; the reproductive system, STIs and reduced fertility; and, fetal development with drug addiction. The relevance for the biological basis of public health will be underscored through a major assignment in which the student will research a current issue in public health, thoroughly explain the biological basis of the condition, identify factors (genetic and non-genetic) that may contribute to the problem, and finally propose interventions (behavior choices, genetic counseling, policy, avoiding or limiting exposures, etc.) that could lead to improvements in public health.
Prerequisites: (BY 101 [Min Grade: C] and BY 102 [Min Grade: C]) or BY 123 [Min Grade: C]

PUH 250. Biostatistics. 3 Hours.

Students will gain a thorough understanding of basic analysis methods, elementary concepts, statistical models and applications of probability, commonly used sampling distributions, parametric and nonparametric one and two sample tests, confidence intervals, applications of analysis of two-way contingency table data, simple linear regression, and simple analysis of variance.
Prerequisites: MA 102 [Min Grade: C] or MA 105 [Min Grade: C] or MA 106 [Min Grade: C] or MA 107 [Min Grade: C] or MA 109 [Min Grade: C] or MA 110 [Min Grade: C] or MA 125 [Min Grade: C]

PUH 300. Environmental Factors in Public Health. 3 Hours.

This didactic lecture course open to students from all majors will survey current issues and challenges in our global and local environmental and how those impact our health. It will examine the sources, exposure routes, regulation and health outcomes associated with biological, chemical, and physical agents in the environment, both naturally occurring and man-made. We will examine these agents and how they impact air, water and food quality to cause disease. Regulatory agencies, risk assessment and disaster response and preparedness will be discussed.

PUH 301. Origins of Epidemics: How Public Health Defines Population and Nations. 3 Hours.

The intellectual tools of public health describe diseases from cholera and pandemic avian influenza to obesity and diabetes that threaten the integrity of organized societies. This course explores the richness of public health through its disciplines and its stories to demonstrate how the understanding of the origins of epidemics determines the progress of civilizations.

PUH 302. Epid: Beyond the Outbreak. 3 Hours.

The course will provide students with a basic understanding of epidemiology history, methods, and practice. The history of epidemiology will focus on major historical events such as John Snow and the 1854 Broad Street cholera outbreak . The course will also cover basic epidemiologic methods such measures of disease occurrence (e.g., prevalence and incidence) as well as basic study designs such as case-control and cohort studies. Later in the term, students will utilize actual epidemiologic investigations in order to learn how these methods are put into practice. The coursework will focus mostly on discussion for the first part of the course focused on the history of epidemiology. The section on methods will primarily be problem-based, performing basic analysis of epidemiologic data through calculation of prevalence/incidence and measures of association (e.g., prevalence ratio, incidence rate ratio). This work will lead to students to prepare a document on how they would respond to an outbreak in a situation described by the course master. The entire coursework will take place in a lecture format, with the class meeting twice a week.

PUH 303. Introduction to Global Health. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide students witha an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of global health, its history, successes to date, and current challenges. Studetn will be introduced to basic concspts of health disparities, major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide and determinants of health. Students will be introduced to challenges of health care organization and delivery and will discuss health as a human right. Finally students will discuss key 'players' in global health and how partnerships are essential for addressing health needs worlwide, Lectures, discussion, and case studies wil be integral teaching elements of the course.

PUH 306. Information Literacy and Communication in Public Health. 3 Hours.

This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate effectively public health concepts and interventions in an audience-appropriate fashion while addressing possible cultural, language, and educational barriers.

PUH 307. Public Health Systems. 3 Hours.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of public health systems in the United States. A public health system is comprised of an array of entities whose unifying mission is to promote health and well-being at the population level. The course will examine the contributions of federal agencies (Centers for Disease Control, Department of Health and Human Services), state/county/city level health departments, and public and private health care providers (hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians and nurses) to population health.

PUH 309. Health Disparities in Diverse Populations. 3 Hours.

This course discusses health disparities across culture, gender, race, socio-economic status, and geography as well as their influence on policy creation, management, and practice including ethical concerns. Students will also discuss the fundamental right to health and human services.

PUH 405. Managing Public Health Programs. 3 Hours.

This course will consist of lectures and case discussions of management in a public health context. Management involves planning, organizing, directing, and controlling resources to achieve an organizational mission. Following a series of lectures, students will prepare an analysis of an assigned case and present the analysis to the class. Each case analysis presentation will be evaluated by other students and the evaluation presented at a subsequence class meeting. A comprehensive final examination will be administered.

PUH 493. Public Health Service Learning. 3 Hours.

In this course students will undergo a series of service opportunities in public health settings. These opportunities will allow students to develop an appreciation of public health practice and research. Course must be taken concurrent with Public Health Capstone Experience in the semester before graduation.
Prerequisites: PUH 495 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

PUH 495. PUH Capstone Experience. 3 Hours.

This course provides students with the opportunity to synthesize information from the various courses and experiences. Students will report on their service learning experience to discuss issues and report activities. Students will present a final report on their experience and how they applied their coursework. Course must be taken concurrent with Public Health Service Learning in the semester before graduation.
Prerequisites: PUH 493 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

PUH 498. Special Topics in Public Health. 1-6 Hour.

This special topics course will be used in the undergraduate program to cover emerging issues or specialized content not represented in the main curriculum.


Becker, David J., PhD, Professor
Dickinson, Dale A., Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director - , Molecular mechanisms of the adaptive response to environmental toxicants and pollutants; mechanism of action of naturally occurring compounds; induction of glutathione; functional genomics & proteomics of naturally occurring compounds
Duncan, W. Jack, PhD, Professor of Management and University Scholar Emeritus
Foster, E. Michael, PhD, Professor
Ginter, Peter M., PhD, Professor
Hites, Lisle, PhD, Assistant Professor
Kilgore, Meredith, PhD, Professor and Chair
Kulczycki, Andrezej, PhD, Associate Professor
Lungu, Claudiu T., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Interim Director Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety , Evaluation of adsorption characteristics of granular activated carbon and activated carbon fibers used in respiratory protection and protective clothing; Measurement and evaluation of VOC exposure in various workplaces; VOC emissions from building materials; Exposure to ionizing radiation.
Maples, Elizabeth H., Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor and Deputy Director, Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety , Reduction of work-related injuries and illnesses through effective training programs, designing, implementing and evaluating occupational health and safety training programs. Also interested in expanding the capacity of environmental public health practitioners in working within communities to address environmental health problems, specifically noise pollution
McCormick, Lisa, DrPH, Assistant Professor
Menachemi, Nir, PhD, Professor
Mennemeyer, Stephen T., PhD, Professor
Michael III, Max, MD, Professor and Dean
Mulvihill, Beverly, PhD, Associate Professor
Pass, Mary Ann, MD, Research Associate Professor
Preskitt, Julie, PhD, Assistant Professor
Rucks, Andrew, PhD, Professor
Sen, Bisakha, PhD, Associate Professor
Turan, Janet M., PhD, Associate Professor
White, Kari, PhD, Assistant Professor
Wingate, Martha, DrPH, Associate Professor