Prevention Science Courses

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

Prerequisite: PRS 500D or by special permission

This course introduces the mid-career learner to the emerging field of public health informatics through an overview of public health informatics areas of focus, information management techniques, and key information technology principles. The course 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. The course is designed for public health professionals and assumes no background in information technologists or public health informatics. [Applied Public Health Informatics students take APHI 520D instead of APHI 501D.]

PRS 500D Strategies and Resources for Online Learning (0 credit hours)

Strategies and Resources for Online Learning is a requirement for all new students in the Executive MPH program. This Online Orientation is the first introduction for students to Executive MPH courses and the Blackboard Learning platform. This course will orient students to the design and structure of Executive MPH courses, provide instruction on course navigation and use of Blackboard Tools, and simulate activities that you will participate regularly in your academic courses. The assignments throughout the course will help you prepare for your first semester. Students are required to participate in the course and complete the assignments as scheduled. [This 10-14 day course is taken prior to enrollment in the first fall semester.]

PRS 501D Technology Tools for Public Health (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: BIOS 503D and PRS 535D.
This course provides an overview of technology tools used to facilitate and enhance collaboration, communication, instruction, productivity, and social networking. Students will become familiar with each of these tools through hands-on practice and will evaluate the tools' usefulness for the practice of health education and behavioral sciences.

PRS 505D Integrated Communication Strategies (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: 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)

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.

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 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 (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: 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 (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: PRS 500D 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 554D Prevention Effectiveness (2 credit hours)

The Prevention Effectiveness course introduces the basic methods of decision analysis and economic evaluation in public health. Students will engage in a variety of learning activities to gain a general understanding of prevention effectiveness and its methods. Several short assignments based on an ongoing case study and a semester project will provide opportunities for reflection, skill building, and practice throughout the course.

PRS 561D Public Health Advocacy (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: HPM 500D 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 565D Public Health Ethics (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: At least 6 hours of EMPH credit preferably after completing 1 BIOS course and 1 AEPI course or by special permission.

This course is designed to provide learners with an overview of general ethical perspectives and principles, and an understanding of how these ethical theories and constructs have been applied in medicine, bioethics, and law. This will form the basis for exploring the evolution of public health ethics and applying these lessons to practice.

PRS 575D Planning and Performance Measures for Nonprofits and Other Local Agencies (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: 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 (2 credit hours)

Prerequisite: 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 6 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)

Prerequisite: 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.