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New Department Addresses
Biostatistics
Epidemiology
Gerontology
Health Behavior
Health Services Management
Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health

Dr.P.H. Course Description

CPH 910, TOPICS IN ADVANCED EPIDEMIOLOGY: LECTURE AND LABORATORY (3)

Provides the student with an introduction to advanced epidemiologic content areas as well as methods designed to meet the research and practice needs of health professionals. A series of topic-driven lectures, discussions, applied problem sets and case studies will focus on the application of epidemiologic principles used in disease research and intervention studies. This course is taught with a corresponding laboratory each week that emphasizes the content of the course with applied applications using the microcomputer or small group discussions. Problem sets will require the use of statistical and epidemiologic software for the microcomputer. Some content areas of the course will use the Do-Epi software developed by the CDC for teaching epidemiology and computing.

CPH 911 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (3)

CPH 911 is an advanced course in one of the five content areas of public health. All students enrolling will have completed the prerequisite introductory course at the masters’ degree level, and the advanced course at the doctoral level. The Professional Seminar in Epidemiology is designed as the opportunity to link academic work in epidemiology with application in public health practice, and to prepare the student for a leadership role in public health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies and exercises, and individual research relevant to the discipline and the profession of public health.

CPH 920 (PM 770) ADVANCED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (3)

Is the first required Environmental Health course in one of the five content areas of public health for DrPH candidates. All students enrolling will have completed the prerequisite introductory course at the masters degree level. This Professional Seminar in Environmental Health is designed to provide comprehensive coverage of the principles upon which the Environmental Health field relies. This will be accomplished through text and journal readings, case study, and discussion of the core, emerging, and controversial issues in environmental and public health.

CPH 921 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (3)

An advanced, elective course that develops depth in one of the five content areas of public health. All students enrolling will have completed the prerequisite introductory course at the masters degree level, and the advanced course at the doctoral level. The Professional Seminar in Environmental Health is designed as the opportunity to link prior academic work in environmental health with application in public health practice, and to prepare the student for a leadership role in public health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies and exercises, and individual research relevant to the discipline and the profession of public health.

CPH 930 ADVANCED TOPICS IN BIOSTATISTICS (3)

Addresses advance topics in biostatistics for the public health professional. Content emphasizes biostatistical concepts over methodology to prepare students for generalist public health positions. Course topics will address public health problem solving using study design, vital statistics, data, large health surveys, and an overview of multivariate statistics including multiple regression, logistic regression, longitudinal data, survival analysis, and recursive partitioning. Prerequisites: STA 570/580 or equivalent and one semester of calculus.

CPH 931 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN BIOSTATISTICS (3)

Professional Seminar in Biostatistics is an advanced course in one of the five content areas of public health. All students enrolling will have completed the prerequisite introductory course at the masters’ degree level, and the advanced course at the doctoral level. The Professional Seminar in Biostatistics is designed as the opportunity to link academic work in biostatistics with application in public health practice, and to prepare the student for a leadership role in public health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies and exercises, and individual research relevant to the discipline and the profession of public health.

CPH 940 HEALTH-RELATED BEHAVIORS: MODELS AND APPLICATIONS (3)

Will use both classic and up-to-date works on models of health-related behavior, including the Health Belief Model, the Theory of Reasoned Action, Social Learning Theory, and Protection Motivation Theory, discussing development of hte models, similarities and differences, strengths and weaknesses, and suggestions for future model development. Students will assess the extent to which the models explain behavior and behavior change empirically, and how useful they may be (or not be) in the development of primary and secondary prevention interventions, including those implemented within clinical practice. Behaviors to be discussed will include HIV-related risk behaviors, licit and illicit substance use, eating practices, exercise, and other heart disease-and cancer-related behaviors.

CPH 941 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN HEALTH BEHAVIOR (3)

Because Professional Seminar in Health Enhancement is an advanced course in one of the five content areas of public health, all students enrolling will have completed the prerequisite introductory course at the masters’ degree level and the advanced course at the doctoral level. This course is designed as the opportunity to link academic work in health enhancement with application in public health practice, and to prepare the student for a leadership role in public health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies and exercises, and individual research relevant to the discipline and the profession of public health.

CPH 950 THE WELL MANAGED PUBLIC HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATION (3)

Addresses effective senior management of public and private organizations focusing upon public health.  Effective management processes will be addressed  through lectures, readings and case studies applying the concepts to public health organizations.

CPH 951 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT (3)

An advanced course in one of the five content areas of public health.  All students enrolling will have completed the prerequisite introductory course at the masters’ degree level, and the advanced course at the doctoral level.  The Professional Seminar in Public Health Management and Practice is designed as the opportunity to link academic work in public health management with application in public health practice, and to prepare the student for a leadership role in public health.  This will be accomplished through readings, case studies and exercises, and individual research relevant to the discipline and the profession of public health.

CPH 952 SEMINAR IN ADVANCED LEADERSHIP:  THEORY AND PRACTICE (3)

This course provides the opportunity to link academic work in public health leadership with application in public health practice and to prepare the learner for a leadership role in public health.  This will be accomplished through readings, case studies, exercises, and individual research relevant to the disciplines of the profession of public health and leadership.

CPH 953 SEMINAR IN ETHICAL AND MORAL DECISION-MAKING (3)

This course provides the opportunity to link academic work in public health decision-making with its application to public health practice and to prepare the learner for the practice of public health decision-making based on ethical and moral principles.  This will be accomplished through readings, case studies, exercises, and individual research relevant to the disciplines of the profession of public health decision-making.  The period of Nazi Germany 1933-1945 will compose the underlying case study. The seminar will consider in depth the decisions made by Nazi political and military leaders, citizens, religious leaders, concentration camp commanders, guards, prisoners, physicians, scientists and business leaders.  Films will be used extensively in the seminar.

CPH 954 SEMINAR IN ADVANCED PUBLIC HEATLH FINANCE AND ECONOMICS (3)

This course provides the opportunity to link academic work in public health finance and economics with application in public health practice and to prepare the learner for key leadership roles in public health.  This will be accomplished through readings, case studies, exercises, and individual research relevant to the disciplines of the profession of public health finance and economics.

CPH 955  PLAGUES AND POLITICS (3)

This course provides the opportunity to link the political aspects of national and international epidemics and diseases, while understanding the responsibility of the US Public Health Service for developing and implementing policies and procedures for dealing with them.

CPH 956 PROGRAM EVALUATION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND LEADERS 3)

The course is designed to provide DrPH students the knowledge and skills to guide and critically review program evaluations in their roles as public health professionals and leaders.  The course focuses on providing an overview of the key concepts, methods, and approaches to program evaluation with an emphasis on public health practice.    Topics include approaches to program evaluation, defining evaluation questions, managing an evaluation, program evaluation standards, program evaluation designs, reporting and disseminating results and findings, and political issues of evaluation.  

CPH 960 BIOLOGY OF AGING (3)

The course will be organized utilizing a systems approach to presentations, class discussions, class readings, and on-line discussions.  All in-class presentations will include preparatory readings, and students are expected to play active roles by asking questions and by participating in classroom discussions.  This class is primarily focused on the Biology of Aging, but the student will be required to generally recognize and discuss the outcomes of these biological changes in terms of the effects on the individual, particularly in terms of physical function, but also in terms of psychosocial effects.

CPH 961 HUMAN AGING: CELL TO SOCIETY (3)

This lecture course examines the dynamic interaction between cellular, individual, and societal changes and behavior over the life course of human aging.  This team-taught course will explore and examine relationships between physiological changes that occur with aging and their bidirectional impact on society, ranging from individual to societal level behavior, including, but not limited to public policy, ethics,  decision making, cognition, and health behavior (prerequisite: GRN 612 or permission of instructor).

CPH 993 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE

This course is aculminating experience doctoral-level professional seminar based on ASPH competencies. Students will have the opportunity to link evidence-based ascademic work in public health with the foundations of practice. This course reflects core competencies including cultural iossues, professionalism, ethics, techniques in community-based participatory research, and understanding health equity and social justice issues as they relate to Public Health practice. A fundamental part of this course is to prepare the learner for a community advocacy role in public health using skill sets developed by critical analysis and leadership.

CPH 994 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN LEADING PEOPLE – MANAGING ORGANIZATIONS

This course is a culminating experience professional seminar, based on the ASPH competencies, providing the opportunity to link academic work in public health leadership, management, and ethics with application to public health practice and to prepare the learner for a leadership role in public health. This course reflects the ASPH core competencies of doctoral education adopted by the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. This will be accomplished through readings, case studies, exercises, and individual research relevant to the disciplines of public health leadership and management.

CPH 995 DOCTORAL RESEARCH METHODS IN PUBLIC HEALTH

This course focuses on the concepts and methods of health services and public health research.  It is structured around the primary stages of research proposal development.  It is designed for DrPH students in the College of Public Health and other graduate students who have successfully completed the appropriate prerequisites.  Upon completion of the course, students should be able to

  1.  conceptualize a research project and generate testable hypotheses
  2.  summarize the literature related to a particular research question
  3.  describe the various study designs that are used to conduct research
  4.  understand how sampling is used in the research framework
  5.  be able to explain the ingredients of basic power calculations (ie. what to bring to the biostatistician)
  6.  understand and have a working knowledge of the key components of a survey research instrument (questionnaire)
  7.  understand the importance of qualitative research stemming from focus groups, case-studies, and other ethnographic research
  8.  have facility with basic statistical tools used to test research hypotheses
  9.  understand the importance and the processes of data collection
  10. nderstand why data reduction and presentation are important
  11. be able to share research findings in appropriate venues
CPH 996 PUBLIC HEALTH PROJECT RESEARCH (1-12)

Research Credit for the Doctoral Degree.

  • Students may not register for more than 6 research credit hours in any semester. 
  • Registration for research credit hours will require a scope of work developed with the student’s Capstone Committee Chair and endorsed by signature. 
  • A student cannot register for additional research credit hours if an “I” or an “S” remains on the record for previous research credit hour registrations.
CPH 996 PUBLIC HEALTH PROJECT RESEARCH (0-12)

Residence Credit for the Doctoral Degree. May be repeated indefinitely but may be taken for 0 credit hours for only one semester, while completing major project paper.

CPH 997 FIELD PRACTICUM (2, 3, & 4)

The purpose of the field requirement is to encourage exposure to professional public health practice and the application of didactic knowledge and problem solving in the field. The two doctoral field experiences are required of all students regardless of prior work experience. Doctoral Field Experience I (two hours) will be an introductory one semester, experience for a total of 120 contact hours. Doctoral Field Experience II (four hours) will be an advanced one semester, experience for a total of 240 hours. The field experience time periods are set as minimum expectations; it is assumed that some students will elect to expand their field work activities.

CPH 998 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC HEATLH: RESEARCH METHODS IN PH

Focuses on the concepts and methods of health services and public health research. It is structured around the stages of proposal development, including conceptualization of the research question and testable hypotheses, review of the literature, research design, development of measures, data collection and analysis.

CPH 998 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH: (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)

Addresses contemporary topics of significance to the field of public health. Offered as a formal classroom study of specific topics and problems. May be repeated to a maximum of eight semester hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

CPH 999 DIRECTED STUDIES IN PUBLIC HEALTH

Study and research on contemporary and specific topics and problems of significance to the field of public health, and the interests of individual students. Offered as an independent study course with consent of instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of eight semester hours. Topics, objective, assignments, readings, and grading criteria will be developed by the instructor for each Special Topics in Public Health offering.