PHLS-PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCES

PHLS 1110G. Personal Health & Wellness

3 Credits (3)

A holistic and multi-disciplinary approach towards promoting positive lifestyles. Special emphasis is placed on major problems that have greatest significance to personal and community health. Topics to include nutrition, stress management, fitness, aging, sexuality, drug education, and others. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will identify, describe and explain human health behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the contexts of complex and diverse communities. Students should: Develop an understanding of self and the world by examining content and processes used by social and behavioral sciences to discover, describe, explain, and predict human behaviors and social systems. Students will articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions. Students should: Enhance knowledge of social and cultural institutions and the values of their society and other societies and cultures in the world. Students will describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment. Students should: Understand the interdependent nature of the individual, family/social group, and society in shaping human behavior and determining quality of life. Students will apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments. Students should: Articulate their role in a global context and develop an awareness and appreciation for diverse value systems in order to understand how to be good citizens who can critically examine and work toward quality of life within a framework of understanding and justice.

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PHLS 2110. Foundations of Health Education

3 Credits (3)

Role and responsibility of the health educator with emphasis on small group dynamics, oral and written communication skills, building community coalitions and introduction to grant writing. Taught with PHLS 375. Cannot receive credit for both PHLS 2110 and PHLS 375. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 1110G, or consent of instructor.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Define health, three levels of prevention, health education and health promotion, and describe the major determinants of health. Describe the 7 major areas of responsibility, major competencies and sub-competencies of a professional health educator and the CHES’s possible roles in various community health settings. Describe and examine the historical context and development of the profession of health education. Identify and critique major processes and practices of health education programming. Describe the steps involved in conducting needs assessments, program and intervention planning, implementation, and program evaluation. Identify, examine and describe elected health behavior change theories and models and explore possible applications in health education practice. Describe and discuss the process of community mobilization and building of a community coalition. Identify health issues and describe effective methods/strategies in health education advocacy. Describe and discuss the future trends and issues in the professional preparation and practice of professional health educators. 1 Demonstrate effective and appropriate oral and written communication skills for health education professionals.

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PHLS 2120. Essentials of Public Health

3 Credits (3)

The course will focus on principles and major areas if public health, including ecological and total personal concept of health care system, epidemiological approaches to disease prevention and control . Consent of Instructor required. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the sources of public health data, and how to interpret that information. Access existing health related data. Analyze health related data. Identify populations for health education programs. Incorporate data analysis and principles of community organization. Interpret results from evaluation and research. Infer implications from findings for future health–related activities. Have a basic understanding of health topics faced by various populations.

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PHLS 3110V. Human Sexuality

3 Credits (3)

Examination of human sexuality from a variety of perspectives: cultural, sociological, physiological and psychological. Issues examined from viewpoints such as gender, individual, family, and professional roles. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 3120V. Women's Health Issues

3 Credits (3)

A focus on the unique issues and problems that confront women today and how they affect the health of women. Crosslisted with: GNDR 381V. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 3130V. Global Environmental Health Issues

3 Credits (3)

Introduction to global environmental health challenges in the 21st century with an emphasis on environmental problems as they affect public health and personal well-being. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 3210. Foundations of Community Health Education

3 Credits (3)

Role and responsibility of the health educator, with emphasis on small-group dynamics, oral and written communication skills, building community coalitions, and an introduction to grant writing. Equivalent to PHLS 2110 for prerequisite purposed. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 3220. Foundations of Public Health

3 Credits (3)

The course will focus on principles and major areas of public health, including ecological concepts of healthcare systems and epidemiological approaches to disease promotion and control. Equivalent to PHLS 2120 for prerequisites. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 4130. Environmental Health

3 Credits (3)

Introduction to environmental health designed to address public health issues. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: PH,PHL majors.

Prerequisite: PHLS 3220 or PHLS 2120.

PHLS 4210. Methods of Community Health Education

3 Credits (3)

Responsibilities of health educators, analysis of social forces affecting health needs, application of wide range of health education methods and instructional media, and program implementation skills. Restricted to: Public Health majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 3220 or PHLS 2120.

PHLS 4310. Biometrics and Health Research

3 Credits (3)

Critical analysis of community health research and related methodologies. Restricted to: Public Health majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: (MATH 1350G) or MATH 2350G or A ST 311.

PHLS 4320. Epidemiology

3 Credits (3)

Epidemiologic approaches to disease prevention and control. Factors influencing health status. Restricted to: PHL majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 3220 or PHLS 2120.

PHLS 4410. Administration of Health Programs

3 Credits (3)

Covers administrative responsibilities, organizational theory, strategic planning, and systems theory as applied to the administration of a variety of health programs. Restricted to: PHL majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 3220, PHLS 2120, or consent of instructor.

PHLS 4420. Health Program Planning

3 Credits (3)

Planning and development of community health education interventions for behavior change at the individual, family, social network levels of practice. Emphasis on applying program-planning models and designs into a grant-writing project. Restricted to: Public Health majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 3210 or PHLS 2120 and PHLS 4430.

PHLS 4430. Theoretically-Based Interventions

3 Credits (3)

Identifying and developing interventions to problematic health-related behaviors. Restricted to: Public Health majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 3220 or PHLS 2120.

PHLS 4440. Health Program Evaluation and Research

3 Credits (3)

Covers the application of research and evaluation models for decision-making program and policy development of community health education interventions. Focus on the individual, family, and social network levels of practice. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 4420.

PHLS 4510. Public Health Seminar in Community Health Education

1 Credit (1)

Critical analysis of issues in CHE and health care. Readings focus on social, economic, cultural, and political issues as they affect the profession and practice. Emphasis on future, local, national, and international health trends. Restricted to: Public Health majors. May be repeated up to 1 credit.

Prerequisite: PHLS 4320, PHLS 4420, and PHLS 4430 or consent of instructor.

PHLS 4515. Problems in Health Education

3 Credits (3)

Provides opportunity for synthesis of program planning, implementation, and evaluation methodologies in the preparation and delivery of health education topics. Some field trips will be required. Restricted to: PHL majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: Either PHLS 3220, PHLS 2120, PHLS 4440, PHLS 4430, or consent of instructor.

PHLS 4610. Health Disparities: Determinants and Interventions

3 Credits (3)

Investigates: descriptions of health disparities and measurement issues; physical environmental factors, behavioral and emotional variables; impact of aging of the populations, increased racial and ethnic diversity, and technological developments; intervention strategies and evaluation results. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 4620V. Cross-Cultural Aspects of Health

3 Credits (3)

An examination of health practices from a variety of cultural perspectives: communication, observation, research, and assimilation. Issues to be addressed will be examined from a number of viewpoints, such as individual, family, community, and professional roles. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 4630. International Health Problems

3 Credits (3)

Comparison of domestic health programs and problems with those in other parts of the world; emphasis on political parameters and delivery processes. Additional attention is focused on the health issues of the U.S.-Mexico border. Taught with PHLS 5630. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 3220 or PHLS 2120 or consent of instructor.

PHLS 4640. Rural Health Issues

3 Credits (3)

Comprehensive overview of rural health services with Southwestern United States and New Mexico focus. Taught with PHLS 5640. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 4650. Coping with Loss and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

3 Credits (3)

A cross-cultural perspective to death, loss and grief. Hospice philosophy of caring for the dying will be included. Taught with PHLS 5650. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 4660. U.S.-Mexico Border Health Issues

3 Credits (3)

Interdisciplinary analysis of the impact of living conditions and health issues of communities along the U.S.-Mexico border and of the strategies and initiatives to address these issues. Problem-based learning, case analysis, lecture, guest speakers, computer based instruction, and field trips. Taught with PHLS 5660 May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 4710. Introduction to Gerontology

3 Credits (3)

Social, psychological, and physiological aspects of aging, with an interdisciplinary emphasis on health promotion. Demographic characteristics of the aging population. Taught with PHLS 5710. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 4720. Health Promotion for the Older Adult

3 Credits (3)

Common health concerns and lifestyle issues relevant to older adults. Facts about the content area, health behaviors, and practices to promote health and prevent disease; program development strategies applicable to a variety of settings. Taught with PHLS 5720. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 4730. Adulthood and Aging

3 Credits (3)

Normal transitions in later life; those occurring from 40 years of age to the end of life are discussed. Changes in interpersonal relationships and adaptations commonly made by individuals and meeting those alterations are presented through research findings, case studies, and autobibliographies. Taught with PHLS 5730. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 4740. Aging and Public Policy

3 Credits (3)

Exploration of public policies relating to elders, historical development, current status and trends in public policy for this age group. Impact of political behavior of elders on policy making and implementing processes. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 4810. Infectious and Noninfectious Disease Prevention

3 Credits (3)

History, etiology, and prevention of diseases affecting humans. Restricted to: Public Health majors. Taught with PHLS 5810. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 3220 or PHLS 2120, PHLS 4320 and Consent of Instructor.

PHLS 4820. Health Informatics

3 Credits (3)

The application of technology to engage communities and individuals in behavioral and environmental change processes. The course will focus on the use of technology to describe the magnitude of health problems and their sources; analyze risk factors; identify community strengths from which strategies may be defined and tools created to intervene, prevent problems, and promote health and well-being; and continuously evaluate, refine, and implement what works. Taught with PHLS 5820. Restricted to: Restricted to Public Health majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 3220 or PHLS 2120 or consent of instructor.

PHLS 4996. Special Topics

3 Credits (3)

Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated up to 12 credits.

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PHLS 4997. Independent Study

1-6 Credits (1-6)

Individual studies with prior approval of department head. May be repeated up to 12 credits.

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PHLS 4998. Community Health Education Field Experience

1-6 Credits (1-6)

Senior-standing community health education majors will integrate and apply various concepts related to actual community health education practice. Experience aims to prepare students to integrate the competencies and responsibilities of community health education. Approximately 55 hours at field agency required per credit hour. Restricted to: Public Health majors. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 4210 or concurrent enrollment.

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PHLS 5110. Community and Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health

3 Credits (3)

Social, behavioral, and educational aspects of disease prevention and health promotion programs. Restricted to MPH majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5120. Biostatistical Applications in Public Health

3 Credits (3)

Quantitative methods for public health students including tabular, graphical, and numerical descriptive methods, random sampling, principles of statistical inference, confidence intervals, statistical tests of hypothesis through analysis of variance and regression. Restricted to MPH majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5130. Epidemiological Approaches to Disease Control and Prevention

3 Credits (3)

Basic epidemiological principles applicable to infectious and noninfectious disease. Descriptive techniques and analytic designs, and application of statistical and epidemiological investigation methods included. Restricted to MPH majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5140. Health Services System: Administration and Organization

3 Credits (3)

This course focuses on using a systems approach to identify and analyze factors and interrelationships that influence the operation of health services organizations. Specific attention is to administrative structures and operations, finance and quality among public health departments, hospitals, multi-institutional systems, integrated health systems and strategic alliances. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5150. Environmental Public Health Issues

3 Credits (3)

Environmental health issues from a public health perspective. Restricted to MPH majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5210. Foundations of Public Health Education

3 Credits (3)

Social, behavioral, and educational aspects of disease prevention and health promotion. Includes history and theoretical basis of health education. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5220. Techniques of Health Communication/Education

3 Credits (3)

Application of a wide range of communication and education theories/methods, including program planning and evaluation, in public health programming. Restricted to: MPH majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 5110.

PHLS 5230. Community Organization in Public Health

3 Credits (3)

Strategies for identifying and involving community leaders, community needs assessment, small area analysis and planning, and community-level development strategies. Restricted to: MPH majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 5110.

PHLS 5240. Health Program Planning

3 Credits (3)

Covers process of successful public health education program planning and grant writing. Restricted to: MPH majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 5110.

PHLS 5250. Evaluative Approaches in Public Health

3 Credits (3)

Survey and analyses of health testing and evaluation procedures, uses and limitations of knowledge and attitude tests, behavioral inventories, check lists, questionnaires, interviews, and other techniques. Restricted to: MPH majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 5120.

PHLS 5260. Research and Resources in Community Health

3 Credits (3)

Exploration of available public health research studies, data, results and implications. Restricted to MPH majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PHLS 5120.

PHLS 5310. Principles of Health Program Management

3 Credits (3)

This course prepares the student to assume a supervisory role in the management of health and human services programs. The course will cover essential management functions such as leadership, organizational assessment, planning, decision-making, organizational structure, budgeting, marketing, and human resource management. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5320. Health Services Organization and Delivery

3 Credits (3)

This course includes the framework of the United States healthcare system; organization and administration of health services; alternate ways of organizing and financing health systems; the roles of the government and free market on health care services; and the barriers to health services delivery. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5330. Public Health Finance and Budget Management

3 Credits (3)

Introduces health care accounting and finance to non-financial students. Students are exposed to the financial structure of health care organizations and the environment within which they operate. Instruction also introduces the use of accounting and financial information in investor-owned and not-for-profit organizations in the health care industry. Topics include understanding the creation and interpretation of financial statements, financial accounting and reporting requirements, financial analysis, budgeting, and resource allocation. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5340. Public Health Law and Ethics

3 Credits (3)

This course examines major legal and ethical concepts and their impact on public health policy and practice. The course examines governmental authority, at various jurisdictional levels, to improve public health. This course will focus on public health law in the United States. Restricted to: MPH majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

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PHLS 5350. Public Health Policy Analysis

3 Credits (3)

Covers issues related to U.S.-health policy and allocation of resources. Examination of local, state, and federal public health and health care funding. Assessment of impact of health policy on health education, medical practice, and the workplace. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5610. Health Disparities: Determinants and Interventions

3 Credits (3)

Investigates: descriptions of health disparities and measurement issues; physical environmental factors, behavioral and emotional variables; impact of aging of the populations, increased racial and ethnic diversity, and technological developments; intervention strategies and evaluation results. Taught with: PHLS 4610. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5620. Cross-Cultural Aspects of Health

3 Credits (3)

An examination of health practices from a variety of cultural perspectives; communication, observation, research, and assimilation. Issues to be addressed will be examined from a number of viewpoints, such as individual, family, community, and professional roles. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5630. International Health Problems

3 Credits (3)

Comparison of domestic health programs and problems with those in other parts of the world; emphasis on political parameters and delivery processes. Additional attention is focused on the health issues of the U.S.-Mexico border. Taught with: PHLS 4630. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5635. International Health Practicum

1-3 Credits (1-3)

Intensive examination of health practices and beliefs from a cultural perspective. Focus on health structure, index of diseases, morbidity, mortality and epidemiological approaches to planning. Required travel (personal travel, lodging, and related expenses are extra). May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5640. Rural Health Issues

3 Credits (3)

Comprehensive overview of rural health services with southwestern United States and New Mexico focus. Taught with: PHLS 4640. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

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PHLS 5650. Coping with Loss and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

3 Credits (3)

A cross-cultural perspective to death, loss and grief. Hospice philosophy of caring for the dying will be included. Taught with: PHLS 4650.

PHLS 5660. U.S.-Mexico Border Health Issues

3 Credits (3)

Interdisciplinary analysis of the impact of living conditions and health issues of communities along the U.S.-Mexico border and of the strategies and initiatives to address these issues. Problem-based learning, case analysis, lecture, guest speakers, computer based instruction, and field trips. Taught with: PHLS 4660. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5710. Introduction to Gerontology

3 Credits (3)

Social, psychological, and physiological aspects of aging with an interdisciplinary emphasis on health promotion. Demographic characteristics of the aging population. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5720. Health Promotion for the Older Adult

3 Credits (3)

Common health concerns and lifestyle issues relevant to older adults. Facts about the content area, health behaviors, and practices to promote health and prevent disease; program development strategies applicable to a variety of settings. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5730. Adulthood and Aging

3 Credits (3)

Normal transitions in later life; those occurring from 40 years of age to the end of life are discussed. Changes in interpersonal relationships and adaptations commonly made by individuals and meeting those alterations are presented through research findings, case studies, and autobibliographies. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5810. Infectious and Noninfectious Disease Prevention

3 Credits (3)

History, etiology, and prevention of diseases affecting humans. Consent of Instructor required. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5820. Health Informatics

3 Credits (3)

The application of technology to engage communities and individuals in behavioral and environmental change processes. The course will focus on the use of technology to describe the magnitude of health problems and their sources; analyze risk factors; identify community strengths from which strategies may be defined and tools created to intervene, prevent problems, and promote health and well-being; and continuously evaluate, refine, and implement what works. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5830. Public Health Preparedness and Response

3 Credits (3)

This course is designed to teach students about the role of public health in emergency preparedness and response. It focuses on the nature of public emergencies as well as the role various sectors have in responding to them. One purpose of this online course is to introduce students to the basics of disaster preparedness and responding to disasters, and to build a base for further development in responder training. The course provides training and resources for a basic understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS). May be repeated up to 3 credits.

PHLS 5996. Special Topics

3 Credits (3)

Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Restricted to: MPH majors. May be repeated up to 12 credits.

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PHLS 5997. Independent Study

1-6 Credits (1-6)

Individual studies with prior approval of department head. Consent of Instructor required. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

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PHLS 5998. Field Experience

1-4 Credits (1-4)

Student will work in a public health setting under the supervision of an experienced public health professional and will use acquired knowledge and skills to conduct a project which addresses a specific public health problem or program need. Projects are agreed upon by the student and faculty. Consent of department head required. Restricted to MPH majors. May be repeated up to 4 credits.

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PHLS 5999. Master's Thesis

1-6 Credits (1-6)

Minimum of 4 credits required but may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

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