Prevention Science Courses

PRS 502D: EMPH Thesis Advising Seminar (0 credit hours)

Prerequisites: Vary by track. This seminar is required for all EMPH students completing a thesis. The course consists of a six-week, self-paced online seminar that covers expectations and planning for the thesis, as well as participation in two synchronous online boot camps sessions for the development of a thesis topic.

PRS 505D: Integrated Communication Strategies (2 credit hours)

Prerequisites: BSHE 504D or by special permission.  Explores methods of applying behavioral and cognitive theories to communicating health and behavioral change information. Illustrates communication strategies using a variety of approaches including face-to-face instruction, technology-mediated strategies, and print-based products. Provides students with an overview of concepts and strategies used in data presentation, social marketing, and public health information campaigns. Emphasis is placed on developing skills that enable practitioners to create consumer-oriented public health intervention, advocacy, and professional development efforts. Skills include formative research, audience segmentation, and channel analysis, and multidimensional data presentation.

PRS 530D: Quantitative Analysis (2 credit hours)

Prerequisites: BIOS 503D, PRS 535D, PRS 532D or by special permission.  Provides students with an introduction to measurement methods and basic knowledge of quantitative applications using SPSS software. Content will stress specific skills and knowledge of working with data sets using basic SPSS functions to analyze research questions and hypotheses, perform appropriate data analysis procedures, and interpret data outputs. [Prevention Science students may elect to complete either this course or PRS 533D]

PRS 532D: Qualitative Research Methods (2 credit hours)

Prerequisites: PRS500D or by special permission.  Introduces students to qualitative research methods used in public health and applied settings. Content covers relevant aspects of qualitative research including research design, sampling, construction of data collection instruments, data collection techniques including observation, interviewing and focus groups, validity and reliability in qualitative research, analysis, and ethical issues.

PRS 533D: Qualitative Analysis and Mixed Methods (2 credit hours)

Prerequisites: PRS532D and PRS 535D or by special permission.  This course focuses on the theory and application of qualitative data analysis from multiple sources, including focus group and interview data. Students will use MaxQDA software to analyze previously collected data samples. [Prevention Science students may elect to complete either this course or PRS 530D]

PRS 535D: Questionnaire Design and Analysis (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: BIOS 503D or by special permission.  This course presents the basics of questionnaire development and data analysis, as well as the interpretation and reporting of findings. The course introduces students to both quantitative and qualitative data methods. Students will develop proficiency in the windows version of Epi Info - an analytic computer package commonly used in the analyses of public health data.

PRS 538D: Community Needs Assessment (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: BSHE 504D, PRS 532D, PRS 535D, and PRS 575D or by special permission. Encompasses the development of systematic plans for collecting data about the health status, knowledge, perceptions, attitudes, motivation, and health practices of a population or community and its socioeconomic environment.

PRS 540D: Conduct of Evaluation Research (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: BSHE 504D, PRS 532D, PRS 535D or by special permission. Covers all aspects of evaluation research, including formative process, outcome evaluation, and issues related to collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data.

PRS 542D: Curriculum Development for the Public Health Workforce (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites: PRS 535D or by special permission. This course will present principles of curriculum development for the public health workforce. The course will focus on instruction that is presented through distance-based methodologies. Course will cover foundational concepts such as definitions, perspectives and theories; curriculum and instructional design models; and e-Learning standards. In addition the course will delve into instructional technologies, and designing instruction. Students will develop an instructional module designed for distance-based delivery.

PRS 561D: Public Health Advocacy Capstone (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: HPM 500D, PRS 505D, PRS 535D, PRS 542D, PRS 575D, one of PRS 538D or PRS 540D or by special permission. In this capstone course, students work with a local, state, or national organization to develop materials to promote and/or implement a public policy solution to a current, significant domestic or international public health problem. Students will create a digital portfolio of materials such as drafts of proposed policies, fact sheets, Power Point presentations, You Tube videos, and social media messages for the organization to further the adoption or implementation of a policy solution. The capstone experience is intended to provide the student with experience and skills, including working collaboratively with outside organizations, to ultimately lead the transformation of laws and policies to meet the health challenges of the 21st Century. Students will gain an understanding of the public policy-making process; learn to access tools for identification of evidence-based approaches to public health policy development; practice interaction with community-based and governmental organizations around policy matters; and, refine their skills to synthesize scientific and public health policy information into persuasive written and verbal communications with real-world application.

PRS 562D: Program Planning Capstone (2 credit hours)

Prerequisites: BSHE 504D, PRS 505D, PRS 535D, PRS 542D, PRS 575D, and either PRS 538D or PRS 540D or by special permission.  This course is intended to integrate student’s previous coursework with a focus on developing a community intervention or program. Students will develop a comprehensive program plan drawing upon previous coursework and experience in program planning, needs assessment, intervention design, program implementation and evaluation.  This course is one of the integrative experience options for Prevention Science students will help build a portfolio that illustrates skills in program planning strategies.

PRS 575D: Planning and Performance Measures for Nonprofits and Other Local Agencies (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites: PRS 532D, PRS 535D, HPM 500D and PRS 540D or AEPI 515D or by special permission.  Introduces the basic concepts and vocabulary needed to operate, make decisions, and evaluate a nonprofit organization or other local agency. The course focuses on large and small nonprofits and other agencies that provide health education and interventions to improve the health of the public. Attention is given to the flow of funds to and from organizations with consideration given to adherence and compliance to a variety of regulatory requirements. Assignments are a combination of case studies and interactions with actual organizations. The course is designed to provide the learner with practical knowledge and tools to succeed within the nonprofit world.

PRS 580D: Research Design and Grant Preparation (3 credit hours)

Prerequisites:  PRS 505D, PRS 532D, PRS 535D, BSHE 504D and BIOS 503D or by special permission. Explores the basics of the scientific methods used in public health research. Covers how to state hypotheses, critique the scientific literature, develop a research design to test stated hypotheses, and write a research proposal. Compares and contrasts proposal writing and grant writing. This course will cover the basics of the scientific methods used in public health research. The course will describe different types of research designs and statements of hypotheses or research questions. Discussions and assignments will include critiquing scientific literature, developing a research design to test stated hypotheses, and writing a proposal for a research study or an intervention program. Assignments will allow students to evaluate research designs, describe elements of a study proposal, distinguish between research proposal writing and program grant writing, and write a competitive grant proposal in their field of work or study.

PRS 595R: Applied Practice Experience (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: Completion of 9 EMPH credit hours or by special permission. Enables students to apply skills and knowledge in an applied setting through a supervised field training experience in a public health setting that complements the student’s interests and career goals.

PRS 599R: Thesis (4 credit hours)

Prerequisites: PRS 502D and completion of 12 EMPH credit hours or by special permission.  Provides an opportunity to integrate the content and skills learned in the academic setting through participation in scholarly research or other integrative learning experience.

*3 credit hour classes may have an additional lab meeting during on-campus sessions.