Graduate School of Nursing Public Health Courses

MPH  602 - Global Public Health - Emphasis on Latin America (2)

This course examines globalization and health care in Latin American countries with comparison to the US. Students will focus on an understanding of the Latin American social determinants of health, social justice and efforts for equitable health care. Students will also explore and analyze a variety of health promotion interventions, strategies and tactics in the context of cultural relevance and appropriateness. The areas of particular emphasis will be the top five public health issues in Latin America today: reproductive health, nutrition, population dynamics, environmental issues, peace and conflict resolutions.

MPH  607 - Legislation, Regulation, and Innovation in Public Health (2)

This course begins by providing an overview of the roll of legislation, regulation, innovation, and related policy in public health. We will examine how policy and regulation both encourage and discourage health innovation. We will describe how such regulations and policies are developed and how they work in practice.

MPH  611 - Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion (3)

This course is a comprehensive analysis of the healthcare delivery system. Component studies include: local, state, and federal direct care regulatory agencies; nonprofit organizations promoting health and/or providing services; health planning and coordinating bodies at various levels; accrediting agencies for healthcare facilities; and organizations representing healthcare consumers. Formal, informal, financial, and political relationships between and among these components are highlighted. Regional patterns of healthcare delivery as well as trends, problems, and potential solutions are examined. Consideration of differences between the U.S. system and the systems in other regions of the world are also discussed.

MPH  612 - Biostatistics in Public Health (4)

In this course, lectures and laboratory exercises acquaint the student with the basic concepts of biostatistics and their applications and interpretations in public health. Topics include descriptive statistics, graphics, diagnostic tests, probability distributions, reference, and tests of significance, association, linear and logistic regression, life tables, and survival analysis.

MPH  621 - Epidemiology (4)

General core course provided for Master's of Public Health (MPH) students introducing concepts, strategies and perspectives of epidemiology to be used in public health practice and administration.

MPH  622 - Communicating for Healthy Behavior and Social Change (4)

This core course provides a practical introduction to the contribution of social and behavioral sciences to the distribution, etiology and solution of public health problems. The methods and theories used for interventions to promote health in individuals, groups and committees will be examined including their application in creating, communicating and advocating for social change.

MPH  623 - Women's Health Across the Lifespan via a Lifeworld Perspective (2)

This course examines women's health across the lifespan via a lifeworld perspective. A lifeworld perspective examines how a woman is historically, culturally, politically, economically, and socially situated in the immediate world she is a part of and how each of these influence and determine the choices she will have, and ultimately impact her health and well-being. The course aims to prepare the public health practitioner to interpret these factors along with the epidemiological factors, and apply them in developing interventions, programs, and policies to improve overall quality of life for women from adolescence to old age.

MPH  631 - Public Health Systems Leadership and Administration (4)

This core course will focus on preparing students to develop entry-level competencies in public health management, leadership and administration. Topics will include leadership, mission and vision definition, quality improvement, strategic planning and marketing, and other emerging topics necessary for the effective delivery and administration of public health services.

MPH  632 - Environmental and Occupational Health Issues in Public Health (4)

This course is designed to introduce the student to a wide range of issues where human health is related to the environment. Public health issues related to air, water, food, and soil will be examined. Occupational health issues and the unique exposures that workers will be explored. The basic framework for environmental and occupational policies in the U.S. will be reviewed.

MPH  633 - Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) (2)

This course will cover theories, principles and strategies of community-based participatory research (CBPR), and understanding of CBPR's advantages and limitations, an appreciation of the ethics of CBPR, and the necessary skills for taking part in CBPR projects.

MPH  634 - Public Health Law: Research and Drafting Legislation (2)

In this course students learned that the law can be utilized to promote, or impede, proposed public health interventions at the local, state, and federal level. In this course, students develop a more nuanced appreciation of the relationship between law and public health, and practical skills in research and drafting public health legislation. Students will scrutinize the issues from the perspective of three different theories of contemporary public health law; as well as local ordinances.

MPH  635 - Social Justice, Health Policy, Ethics, and Public Health Law (4)

An interdisciplinary approach to understanding the ethical, political and legal dimensions to promoting and protecting the public's health. Examines the fundamental relationship of public health with social justice and the roles of public policy and law in promoting public health.

MPH  636 - Public Health Program Planning, Management and Evaluation (4)

Principles of formal program planning, evaluation and research methods in health care. Topics include the nature of evaluation, formulation of hypotheses, the role of evaluation in the program life cycle, evaluation research designs, the application of particular designs to selected problems in health care, relationship of statistical processes to specific evaluation designs, sampling, culturally appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods, data collection and analysis and interpretation of findings.

MPH  641 - Public Health Fieldwork Internship (4)

Students undertake an individually defined experience of 300 hours related to their identified MPH concentration. This internship culminates in a self-assessment on all of the MPH program competencies.

MPH  642 - Public Health Capstone Seminar (2)

Serves as a culminating synthesis experience in which students are expected to apply knowledge gained from their graduate experience. The course is designed to provide a final experience in which students demonstrate mastery of content and allow an opportunity for closure and connection between courses. The purpose of this capstone course is to facilitate the integration and synthesis of content through critical thinking; it is also a turning point for the student from education to professional practice.

MPH  644 - Addressing Mental Health Issues From a Public Health Perspective (2)

This course will address disparities and sociocultural barriers to mental health issues in the community and how this population is treated. It will also focus on the development and application of cultural competence in public mental health practice.

MPH  645 - Sexual Health in Public Health Practice (2)

This course addresses the intersection of sexual behavior, sexuality, public health, and human rights. Also addressed are issues related to sexual health and health policy. The scope of the subject matter will range from an analysis of local San Francisco policies to issues of global sexual health concern.

MPH  646 - Advanced Epidemiology with Statistical Software Applications (2)

This course is designed to build on the MPH graduate student's knowledge of basic statistical techniques used in public health research. The focus of this course will be in using and applying associated statistical software packages to analyze data. Survey data will also be discussed.

MPH  654 - Global Health Policy: At the Intersection of Policy, International Law, and Epidemiology (2)

This course introduces students to global health policy and focuses particularly on issues at the intersection of policy, international law, and epidemiology, exploring pressing issues in governance, trade, human rights, and social determinants of health. Students examine the distinct conceptual frameworks that can be employed to critically examine a global health problem; and apply those frameworks to identify multiple points of intervention across the lifespan to reduce morbidity and mortality among affected populations. Students learn skills to conduct research in global health policy, and develop skills in presenting their research. This course is geared towards graduate students in public health and nursing who ideally have some prior training in international health affairs, law, or public policy.

MPH  655 - Global Health (2)

This introductory course provides an overview of the field of global health with a focus on the least developed countries. The student will gain an understanding of the distribution of the global disease burden and how it is measured, the key players in global health, the need for a multispectral approach to global health problems, and an understanding of the characteristics of successful health interventions.

MPH  656 - Agriculture, Food and Nutrition (2)

This will be a survey course on the public health implications of agricultural processes; farm policies; food safety; food distribution and equity (including government sponsored nutrition programs); and emerging issues in food and agriculture.

MPH  657 - Health Economics and Public Health (2)

This course provides a macro systems approach and an overview of health economics as it relates to public health. Course materials will touch on some fundamental components of the field and most importantly, demonstrate why economics is inseparable from public health.

MPH  658 - MPH Mobile Applications: Mobile Application Development for Public Health (2)

This course allows students to plan, create, demonstrate and document mobile applications that address specified public health needs. Students will develop prototypes or final products using mobile application development software. Principles of planning, evidence-based design and evaluation are emphasized. The course reinforces the importance of writing skills for professional dissemination and for documentation of public health mobile application technology.

MPH  659 - Essential Tools for Making Public Health Change (2)

Students will acquire skills for their public health "tool box" which will include the basic elements of organizing and the specific skills of how to convene a focus group, facilitate meetings, give testimony, identify and develop true community partnerships, work with the media (including convene a press conference), and do research with grassroots communities in a collaborative and respectful manner.

MPH  692 - Cultural and Linguistic Preparation for Health Care (0)

This elective course will prepare students working in health care to respond with sensitivity to the needs and preferences that culturally and linguistically diverse patients/consumers bring to the health encounter. Students will learn strategies to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS), so that access to care, to quality of care, and, ultimately, health outcomes may be improved. This course is a prerequisite to MPH694, for non-credit only.

MPH  693 - Cultural and Linguistic Preparation for Healthcare (2)

This elective course will prepare students working in health care to respond with sensitivity to the needs and preferences that culturally and linguistically diverse patients/consumers bring to the health encounter. Students will learn strategies to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS), so that access to care, to quality of care, and, ultimately, health outcomes may be improved. Students may take this class for credit if not planning to take MPH694 the following semester.

MPH  694 - Cultural and Linguistic Preparation for Healthcare Immersion (2)

This elective clinical course affords the opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding of the impact of socioeconomic and political influences on the health and well-being of individuals and communities in a "low resource setting". Students will participate in an immersion learning program in which they will live and work in a culture different from their own. Students will experience first hand the challenges or providing high quality, cultural competent health care in clinical environments with sub optimum resources. Linguistic preparation that will begin in prerequisite course will continue during the immersion through structured lessons in the language of the specific geographical area.

MPH  699 - Directed Study: (1 - 4)