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This required, non-credited seminar for Freshman and Sophomore Environmental health Students explores current affairs and controversies in environmental health theory and practice. Readings and outside speakers will supplement short lectures, faculty and student-led discussions.
This course is designed to orient first year Public Health students to the College of Health Sciences and the University as a whole. The general purpose of the course is to help students identify their areas of interest in Public Health and teach students valuable skills that will maximize their likelihood of success in achieving their academic and professional goals. Areas of priority will be time management and study skills, critical thinking, and communication.
Pre-req: Public Health Majors Only.
Public health topics, both historical and contemporary are of importance to all citizens and to societal decisions. This survey course provides a foundation for understanding public health through exposure to current health care and policy issues viewed through the perspective of multiple disciplines. Methodology for understanding population health and developing critical thinking and decision-making skills in the analysis of public health issues using a population-based perspective will be developed. The course will provide an ecological understanding of the causation and prevention of disease with an emphasis on health issues that affect society as a whole.
College of Health Sciences Majors or Permission of Instructor.
This course emphasizes the concepts, philosophy, and principles of public health and their relationship to physical, mental, and social well-being of the community. The focus is on the prevention of disease, the promotion and maintenance of health, and the provision of environmental and personal health services through organized community effort.
A lecture and hands-on course designed to help students better understand the role of computers and information technology in public health. Students will be guided through the use of various software applications that enhance public health efforts, including: word processing, database design and management, spreadsheets, presentations, geographical information systems (mapping health data), and internet based applications for social networking to address health related issues, as well as other uses. Discussions of what the future may hold for health information technology will also be included. Hands-on assignments will help students become more proficient with PC based software.
This course focuses on the role health education plays in the development of healthful patterns of living. A philosophy of health education emphasizing holistic health will be generated. The organization and administration of school, community, health care facility, and workplace health education programs are introduced.
Pre-req: Public Health Majors, or Community Health Minors, or Instructor Permission.
Introduction to research methodologies used in the study of community and environmental health problems. Students will discuss actual research studies conducted by UMASS Lowell faculty in the College of Health Sciences.
Pre-req: Public Health or Community Health Majors Only.
This is a survey course that provides an overview of the rapidly growing field of environmental health, through an introduction to the links between environmental stressors and impacts on public health. The course will explore human and industrial activities that impact on health such as overpopulation, food production, air and water pollution, waste, toxic substances, pests, and global climate change. The course will also examine the types of diseases and illnesses that result from environmental impacts. These impacts have multiple causes and understanding these can in turn provide clues as to the most effective prevention options. Students will explore topics of interest in greater detail through short writing assignments. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Social Responsibility & Ethics (SRE).
Pre-req: Public Health or Community Health, or Environmental Health Majors only or Public Health or Community Health Minors, or Instructor Permission.
This introductory course will provide students with an overview of the healthcare systems that are currently utilized to provide coverage to Americans with emphasis on existing disparities. Students will also review policies that are developed and implemented to enhance the current health care system. An analysis of how healthcare coverage and costs differs between the US and other developed nations will also be covered in this course.
Pre-req: HSCI 1021 Intro. to Public Health or PUBH 2010 Community Health & Environment and Public Health or Community Health Majors Only.
In this course, health science students learn to apply critical evaluation skills to quantitative data analysis and interpretation of research findings. The course reviews statistics and research methods, making students aware of the importance of the distribution of a range of types of quantitative data encountered in the health sciences. Sources of uncertainty (bias, confounding, and effect modification) and planning and analytical methods to minimize and summarize uncertainty will be summarized.
This course is primarily designed to introduce undergraduate students studying Health Education to the concepts and principles underlying the educational strategies geared toward promoting health and preventing disease in a variety of settings. The course emphasizes practical utility of the concepts as they relate to the students' future health education/promotion efforts. The importance of a needs assessment and program evaluation will be especially focused upon in the course, as well as strategies integrating these valuable tools into curriculum design.
Pre-req: PUBH.2010 Community Health and Environment, or PUBH.1021 Introduction to Public Health, and PUBH.2040 Introduction to Health Promotion. and Public Health or Community Health Majors only, and Junior Level.
This course discusses the uses of information and media technology in health promotion such as mobile devices, GIS (global information systems) for health mapping, social media, and other emerging technologies. Students will explore the ethical considerations pertinent to the use of such technologies in health promotion. The course discusses the concepts of health literacy and the implications of electronic information related to health literacy. Juniors only.
Pre-Reqs: PUBH 3011, PUBH 3030; Co-Reqs: PUBH 3040 ,PUBH 4030, and Community or Environmental or Public Health (BS).
This course introduces students to the concept of social determinants of health, and strongly emphasizes the influence of social power relations on public health. An examination of a set of major health issues, at both the international and national levels provides the framework for students to learn and understand these concepts. A set of learning modules begins with identifying major contemporary health problems,definitions of health and health promotion as established through the World Health organization, and an exploration of social power relations and how they can shape public health. The course then moves to examine a set of specific health issues to see how they have been shaped by their social determinants. Juniors only.
The course addresses a range of contemporary health problems (primarily in the U.S.) that are described and analyzed in their social context. Areas for consideration will include: political, economic, scientific/technological, environmental, and cultural factors. Students will be introduced to health education theories and methods that support the development of strategies for social change. Juniors only.
Pre-req: PUBH 3030 Social Determinants of Health, and HSCI 1021 Intro. to Public Health or PUBH 2010Community Health & Environment and Public Health Majors Only.
This course is designed to introduce basic epidemiological methods used in the study of current major health problems. Content includes explanation of the scope and focus of epidemiology, simple measures of disease frequency and association used in the study of the distribution and determinants of disease, types of epidemiological study designs, and practical applications. Emphasis on interpretation of epidemiological information and application of findings Prerequisite: Community Health and an elementary statistics course. Required for seniors in Community Health Education; open by permission to other upper division students in Health Professions. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Information Literacy (IL) and Quantitative Literacy (QL).
Pre-req: PUBH.2010 Community Health and Environment, or PUBH.1021 Introduction to Public Health, and MATH.2380 Introduction to Statistics. Public Health Majors/Minors only, Nutritional Sciences Senior Majors only, or Instructor Permission required.
Systems thinking, ecological and spatial principles and techniques are used to assess multiple contemporary health issues such as health literacy, emergence,reemergence of infectious diseases, climate change impacts and dimensions, aging population, and war and violence among other topics. The practical component of the course includes mapping and spatial analysis projects. Juniors only. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Critical Thinking & Problem Solving (CTPS).
Pre-req: PUBH 3030 Social Determinants of Health, and Co-req: PUBH 3040 Politics of Health, and Community Health or Environmental Health or Public Health (BS), Junior Level.
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of communicable diseases and how humans and the environment affect their distribution and impact. The course will provide an overview of infectious diseases, how these diseases affect humans, vectors and sources of these diseases. The course will also cover infectious disease surveillance, outbreak investigation and response as well as prevention planning and bioterrorism.
Pre-req: HSCI.2110 Basic Clinical Microbiology & Pathology, and HSCI.2130 Basic Clinical Microbiology & Pathology Laboratory.
This course introduces students to the principles of toxicology in the context of environmental health. The course will introduce basic principles and mechanisms of toxicology with review of necessary human biology. Toxicology of major organ systems (e.g. respiratory, neurological, immunological, cardiovascular) will be reviewed and presented in the context of major occupational and environmental diseases. The toxic responses of major workplace and environmental health hazards including toxic chemicals, physical agents, biological agents, and their mechanisms of action will be discussed. The course will focus on case examples of toxic agents and their impacts. New directions in toxicology and communicating toxicology will be explored.
Through a combination of class lectures, field trips, and a service learning project, this course is designed to introduce students to the daily responsibilities of an environmental health professional. The class will provide in-depth knowledge and hands-on understanding of topics such as food safety, indoor air quality, water quality, waste water disinfection, and chemicals management. Through lectures and guest speakers students will understand the challenges facing environmental health professionals and the resources available to them. Students will undertake a final group project for a health board or other organization.
Pre-req: PUBH.2080 Principles of Environmental Health, and Environmental Health or Public Health (BS).
This course describes and analyzes the nature and functions of health care services and health professionals. The course examines the impact of social, political, economic, ethical, professional, legal, and technological forces on them and the system they comprise. Juniors and Seniors only.
This is the first semester of a two-semester undergraduate course sequence that provides an overview of the field of occupational health and safety. This course focuses on safety and ergonomics. The identification and control of hazards in the workplace and the safety of consumer products will be explored. Students will discuss the detection and reduction of hazards in the workplace to prevent negative impacts on health.
This is the second semester of a two-semester undergraduate course that provides an overview of the field of occupational health and safety. This course focuses on occupational hygiene and includes the recognition and evaluation of health hazards, and the control of health hazards including the use of protective equipment and ventilation systems. A laboratory for the course (PUBH333) allows the student to apply course content in the laboratory setting
Co-req: PUBH.3330 Occupational Health and Safety II Lab.
This is the laboratory associated with Occupational Health and Safety II. It is designed to provide the students with practical hands-on experience in the various technical topics taught in Occupational Health and Safety I and II. Students will collect and measure noise, gas, vapor, and aerosol samples and evaluate performance of personal protective equipment. The laboratory meets for three hours once a week. Actual laboratory exercises will be held every other week, followed the next week by a discussion of the results from the previous week.
Co-req: PUBH.3320 Occupational Health and Safety II
Provides a broad overview of how the design, manufacture, use and disposal of chemicals and chemical products affect health and ecosystems. Provides an in-depth overview of how chemicals are monitored in the environment (including biomonitoring), how their risks are characterized, and the prevention of chemical risks through safer chemical design. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Written & Oral Communication (WOC).
Pre-Reqs: HSCI 2510 Physiological Chem I, HSCI 2520 Physiological Chem II, 31.313 Prin of Environmental Health or Public Health (BS).
This course will introduce students to the steps and processes for evaluating and addressing environmental health hazards in a local environmental health setting, focusing on the indoor environment, including; food safety, pool and beach inspections, tattoo parlor and fitness facilities, housing and public building indoor air quality, and workplace health and safety. Students will learn techniques for sampling; how to plan a field evaluation, take samples, analyze evaluations, and develop preventive recommendations. Field sampling and analysis will be supplemented with class lectures examining science and policy. This course is the first of a two semester applied environmental health practice course sequence.
The interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit is integral to achieving "wellness". It is also important to acknowledge the impact each of these three aspects of wellness has upon each of the others. The growing body of research indicating the significant effects of things such as stess, anger, optimism, and healthy relationships on health status will be analyzed and evaluated. Practical strategies related to health advisement will be shared and experimented with during the semester. In this senior level course, we will explore these and many other areas of mind, body, and spirit awareness that are critical to consider when conducting health education programs.
Pre-req: PUBH 3010 Program Planning in Health Promotion, and Co-Reqs: PUBH 3040 Politics of Health, PUBH 3020 Comp Meth for Tchng Hlth; and Community Health or Public Health (BS).
This course focuses upon the communication techniques and mass media approaches necessary to promote and implement effective health promotion programs and activities. Awareness and sensitivity toward cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity will be particularly emphasized when discussing various communication techniques in relation to particular health issues. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Written & Oral Communication (WOC).
Pre.req: PUBH.3011 Program Planning in Health Promotion,and Public Health Majors only or instructor Permission.
This course is designed to serve as a service learning experience in the fall semester of students' senior year in Health Education. Students will be expected to participate in a pre-determined community health project happening in the City of Lowell for a minimum of 40 hours. During the course of this experience, students will provide the community health organization with their time, knowledge, and effort, and will, in return, gain tremendous experience in the organization, development, implementation, and/or evaluation of Community Health Education and Promotion Projects. Collaboration with various professionals involved in the programs and projects will certainly add to students' understanding of what a Health Educator does! An integral piece of this service learning experience will be the bi-monthly seminar geared toward asuring the connection between the community experience and the theoretical and academic framework from which it is derived Through the use of readings, discussions, student presentations, and guest speakers, students will gain wonderful experience in terms of what it means to "build the capacity of a community". Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Applied & Integrative Learning (AIL).
Co-req: PUBH.4050 Communication Techniques in Health Promotion and Public Health Majors only.
Full-time health education field experience (28 hours per week). Students continue at the prepracticum site, participating in the development, implementation and evaluation of health education programs and take an active part in the total community health education process. Seniors only.
Pre-Req: PUBH 4090; and (Co-Req or Pre-Req): PUBH 4140; Community Health (BS), and Public Health or Community Health Majors only.
The concepts of program planning, development, budgeting and evaluation, which are essential functions for individuals working in health care agencies, are presented. Starting with the mission of the organization, the steps of conceptualizing, designing, implementing, budgeting and evaluating health programs are covered. Students will be expected to develop a grant proposal
for an agency. This course is a capstone experience and resources from all other relevant coursework will be called upon. Seniors only.
Senior Status, and Public Health or Community Health Majors only.
This course is designed to provide students real world practical experience in the field of environmental health, as final preparation for their BS Degree. This 32 hour/week internship opportunity situates students in an environmental health setting most conducive to his or her needs and interests. Placements can vary from health boards and health departments to non-profit agencies, government agencies, university research institutes, and industry. Students work directly with an academically and professionally qualified preceptor to assure their progress in the field. The faculty supervisor is responsible for periodic meetings and correspondence to also assure appropriate development.
Pre-req: PUBH 4090 Service Learning in Community Health, and Co-req or Pre-req PUBH 4140 Program Mgmt. in Health; Environmental Health (BS).
This course will introduce students to the steps and processes involved in evaluating and addressing environmental health hazards in the outdoor environment, including water and air quality, and waste management. Students will learn techniques for sampling; how to plan an environmental audit, take samples, analyze evaluations, and develop preventive recommendations. Field sampling and analysis will be supplemented with class lectures examining science and policy, including environmental chemistry and environmental policy. Specific sampling and evaluation concepts will be explored through a focus on particular hazardous agents in specific environments. This course is the second of a two semester applied environmental health practice course sequence.
Pre-req: PUBH.3770 Environmental Health Field Evaluation l.
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