PBHE501 Public Health in America (3 semester hours)

This course introduces students to the role of public health systems in America. The function of federal, state, and local public health agencies will be examined, as well as current political, environmental, epidemiologic, legal and ethical issues impacting the field public health. Students will also explore future challenges facing public health professionals in the 21st century.

PBHE502 Health Policy (3 semester hours)

This course is designed to give the student an in-depth understanding of the roles that government and the consumer (the patient) can, and do, play in the ever-evolving health care industry. This course places special emphasis on politics and ethics and the results when they clash, as well as how politics and ethics form the mental attitudes of decision makers. This course is rich in information on the various political and ethical dilemmas facing the patients in the new millennium.

PBHE520 Biostatistics with Lab (4 semester hours)

Biostatistics is a fundamental course in public health. This course will prepare the students to collect, analyze and present the data through the understanding of basic concepts, principles, and techniques/methods of statistics as applied to public health. Major topics will include descriptive statistics, statistical models, probability, probability distribution, point and confidence interval estimation, sampling, hypothesis testing, general principles of study design, and comparison of discrete and continuous data such as t-test, ANOVA, correlation, and regression. The lab portion of the course will focus on the application of Biostatistics by using statistical software. The students will learn to apply the concepts learned in the course (PBHE 5XX, Biostatistics with Lab.) Major topics will include descriptive statistics, probability, probability distribution, point and confidence interval estimation, sampling, hypothesis testing, and comparison of discrete and continuous data such as t-test, ANOVA, correlation, and regression.

PBHE526 Public Health and Environment (3 semester hours)

The study and analysis of a variety of environmental problems, issues, and exposures emphasizing the interrelationship between humans and the myriad environmental concerns.

PBHE527 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health (3 semester hours)

This course reviews the conceptual, empirical, and theoretical contributions of the Social and Behavioral Sciences as they contribute to an understanding of health and illness.

PBHE531 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (3 semester hours)

This course is an analysis of public health program planning, implementation and evaluation, with examination of consumer participation, data collection, consultation, negotiation, training, budgeting, and writing program reports.

PBHE532 Ethical Issues in Public Health (3 semester hours)

This course will investigate ethical issues in public health through discussion of case studies and applicable ethical theories.

PBHE540 Emergency Management Health and Medical Issues (3 semester hours)

This course is a fascinating study of the concepts of medical and healthcare issues in emergency management in mass-casualty and high-impact incidents. The student will learn about the planning and coordination--from the national to the local levels--necessary to respond to disasters that are natural (such as earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and heat waves); industrial, technological and transportation (such as hazardous materials, air crashes and mass gatherings); conflict-related (such as terrorist attacks and mass shootings); as well as the education, training and research done before, during and after these events.

PBHE550 Research Methods in Public Health (3 semester hours)

This course teaches the student to design their own empirical research, and evaluate the research of others, in any of the sub-fields of public health. The course begins with an introduction to the field of public health. It introduces the philosophy of social science and several theoretical approaches used in public health. The course then concentrates on teaching the details of public health research design. The course takes the student step-by-step through qualitative, comparative, and quantitative research design and analysis methods.(Prerequisite: PBHE520)

PBHE601 Health Care Administration (3 semester hours)

This course is a study of the forces that now shape, and will shape, health care in the new millennium. The emphasis is on administration. It also provides the student with a summary of the skills necessary to be an effective administrator in this evolving industry. Additionally, it details the various elements that exist in the current system, so as to provide the departure point for new ideas, proposals and restructuring under both voluntary and involuntary (legislated) provisions.

PBHE605 Quarantine (3 semester hours)

This course is a study of the theoretical, historical, and contemporary issues associated with quarantine as a public health and safety measure. Students will learn of quarantine strategy, implementation, effectiveness, and debate. The course topics will include consideration of quarantine as a health and safety measure in the modern homeland security strategy.

PBHE606 Disaster Health Management (3 semester hours)

This course focuses on the principles, types, and forms of health management systems that exist to serve public needs during society’s most threatening crises. Topics range from international and national political and policy views of disaster health management down to local levels where leading hospitals and emergency managers must respond to public health disasters on a daily basis.

PBHE607 Epidemiology (3 semester hours)

This course provides a graduate level study of epidemiologic concepts and approaches to population problems in public health. It covers a wide spectrum of topics, to include outbreak investigation, test properties, and study design. The course will provide understanding of disease and disease transmission, rates and proportions associated with different forms of outbreak, and epidemiological risk management methods and measures. (Prerequisite: PBHE550)

PBHE697 Public Health Practicum (4 semester hours)

This course is intended to give the student practical experience in public health. This practicum is spent in an appropriate program, under the guidance of an administrator qualified by education and/or experience. The practicum consists of a 180-200 hours supervised practical application of previously studied theory and is completed by the student throughout a 16-week course. Development and utilization of original activities is stressed, and periodic progress reports are required. Students must secure a supervised position prior to beginning this course. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor with any questions, prior to registration. (Prerequisite: Students may take the practicum after all other CORE courses are completed)

PBHE698 Comprehensive Exam in Public Health (0 semester hours)

This course is available as the last step in the pursuit of a Master’s in Public Health degree (MPH). The examination ensures that the student has mastered all the program competencies, the CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health) accreditation requirements, the research skills, and the content expected of a professional in the Public Health field. This course will be developed using Open Educational Resources (OER) and includes many resources, lesson handouts, other readings, course notes, etc. This course will be developed and the exam will be structured to mirror the CPH (Certified in Public Health) Exam questions. The CPH is an exam administered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners for professionals in the public health field (https://www.nbphe.org/). The course development will ensure students and classrooms have the necessary course resources; provide students with the exam protocols; provide students with the exam rubric; provide students with extensive feedback on their work as a way to assist in their preparation (feedback is also designed to help students understand what is considered a passing answer to exam questions); ensure students complete all activities leading up to the exam; submit all exam questions to a plagiarism detection tool; approve the proctor (intends to use Examity or external tools if applicable); and grade the exam using the program-approved rubric. IMPORTANT: Students must have COMPLETED all core requirements and elective courses in the program and have a GPA of 3.0 in order to register for this course. Public Health students must pass this comprehensive exam in order to have their degree conferred. The comprehensive exam must be taken by the course end date or a failing grade will be posted. Students must follow all the requirements regarding the comprehensive exam included in the graduate EOP.

PBHE699 Public Health Capstone (3 semester hours)

This course will involve a major research paper or thesis option that demonstrates understanding of the program objectives. The research paper and thesis will demonstrate understanding of social science research methodology. A Research Manual with explicit guidance for the research paper and thesis option will be available. The student shall select their research paper or thesis option professor from designated APUS faculty. NOTE: This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA. THIS COURSE IS 16 WEEKS.