Example of Doctoral Minor in Public Health

The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health offers a rigorous, highly focused 12-credit hour Minor in Public Health. The field of public health is growing in national and international importance, is integral to many areas of pursuit, enhances analytic and data-based management skills that are desirable for many doctoral level research projects, offers population-based research perspectives, offers skills that are of interest to the private and public sectors, and formally acknowledges the course work that doctoral students are currently taking as electives through the School of Public Health.

The minor in Public Health will provide students with concepts and principles of the research, field, theory and practice of public health so that they will be able to:

• Use biostatistical methods to analyze and report public health data.
• Specify approaches to assess, prevent and control environmental and occupational hazards to human health and safety.
• Use epidemiologic methods to collect, study, analyze and report the patterns of disease in human populations for diverse audiences.
• Identify and analyze the components and issues of leadership, including financing and delivery of public health services and systems.
• Apply policy process, development and analysis methods to address current national, state and local public health issues.
• Identify social and behavioral science factors, theories and models and develop, implement and evaluate interventions designed to positively affect health behaviors in populations.
• Collect and disseminate public health data through the use of technology and media.
• Explain how human biology influences health and public health practice.
• Exhibit high standards of personal and organizational integrity, compassion, honesty and respect for all people.
• Use systems methods to analyze the effects of political, social and economic influences on public health systems at the individual, community, state, national and international levels.
• Demonstrate the impact of diversity and culture on public health across discipline areas.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of public health data.

The minor in Public Health offers the opportunity to draw together students from all health related graduate programs, including doctoral students in the Schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Medicine, Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Health and Rehabilitative Sciences, and Public and Environmental Affairs.

Faculty in the School of Public Health will serve as advisors for the Minor in Public Health. The curriculum for the 12 credit hour minor in Public Health is comprised of the following 4 required courses: P500, P504, P517 and P519. This minor provides students with a foundation in
public health. Satisfactory completion of the requirements for the minor in Public Health will be monitored by the student’s minor advisor on their program and dissertation

Doctoral students must notify the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health before beginning their course of study for the Public Health Minor. All courses must be taken in the School of Public Health. No transfer credit is allowed. No credit will be awarded toward a Minor in Public Health if students have earned or are working toward a Master of Public Health degree or Graduate Certificate in Public Health.

Required Courses for the 12-hourMinor in Public Health:

P500: Social and Behavioral Science in Public Health 3.0 cr. Fall/Spring
P504: US Health Care Systems and Health Policy 3.0 cr. Fall/ Spring
P517: Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3.0 cr. Fall/ Spring
P519: Environmental Science in Public Health 3.0 cr. Fall/ Spring

Course Descriptions:

PBHL P500: Social and Behavioral Science in Public Health (3 cr.)
Students will learn the principles of health education and behavioral science and strategies for their application to health problems in communities and among special populations.

PBHL P504: US Health Care Systems and Health Policy (3 cr.)
This course explores components of the health care system and associated managerial challenges. Ideological paradigms that predict utilization and health behavior, guidelines for ethical analysis, the policy process, interaction of federal, state and local politics in formation of policies, and theoretical assumptions associated with major policy models are included

PBHL P517: Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 cr.)
This course introduces basic epidemiologic concepts including determinants of health and patterns of disease in populations and implications of disease processes on prevention strategies and policy development. Among the topics to be covered are measures of morbidity and mortality, sources of data, and design of research studies and clinical trials.

PBHL P519: Environmental Science in Public Health (3 cr.)
This course examines national and international environmental factors that influence health such as population, toxic substances, energy, food quality and air and water quality.
Students will discuss risk analysis as well as prevention strategies.

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