Prevention Science Courses

APHI 501D: Applied Public Health Informatics (2 credit hours)

Enables participants to apply the technologies and methodologies available to improve the use and management of information for problem solving and decision making. Topics include types of data resources available, evaluating data in its context, and ways that the data may be used to affect outcomes.

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, BIOS 503D, PRS 535D, PRS 542D 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, PRS 542D, PRS 575D and PRS 505D 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 Methods (2 credit hours)

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 (2 credit hours)

Prerequisites: BSHE 504D, PRS 542D, PRS 575D, PRS 505D, 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)

Prerequisites: BSHE 504D, PRS 542D, PRS 575D, PRS 532D, PRS 535D and PRS 540D or by special permission.  The purpose of this course is to provide students with the academic background, technical skills and experience to conduct a health-related community needs assessment. The course assignments are a mix of individual and group assignments. Students will work in small groups. Each group will identify a community to assess and will prepare a community needs assessment report outlining the data descriptive of the community and the community health status. The report will form the basis of class presentations and other class assignments.

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

Prerequisites: BSHE 504D, BIOS 503D, PRS 542D, PRS 575D, PRS 532D, PRS 535D and PRS 540D or by special permission.  This course will provide an overview of program evaluation, using an applied case study approach. Course assignments include required reading, analysis of case study examples and the development of an actual evaluation plan for an evaluation client.

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 (2 credit hours)

Prerequisites: HPM 500D, PRS 535D, PRS 532D, PRS 542D, PRS 575D, PRS 505D and PRS 580D or by special permission.  Public Health Advocacy (PRS 561D) introduces students to the systems of law and policy that influence health and public health in the U.S. and globally. Prepares students to lead the transformation of laws and policies to meet the health challenges of the 21st Century. Uses case studies to address basic legal concepts such as sources of law, ethical foundations of law, constitutional law, the tension between individual rights and public health, the law-making process, police powers, the courts and the relationship between the federal government and states. Draws from legal, political science, and behavioral science theory and applies theories for creating change to real world public health issues and covers practical techniques and approaches to policy formulation, strategic policy communications, legislative advocacy, and program development.

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

Prerequisites: BSHE 504D, PRS 532D, PRS 505D, PRS 580D, PRS 535D, PRS 542D, PRS 505D, PRS 575D, one of PRS 530D, PRS 533D, PRS 534D 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 portfolio of documents that summarizes their 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: HPM 500D, PRS 542D, 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.

PRS 595R: Practicum (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 culminating project.

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