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PM 501 Foundations in Health Education and Promotion (4 units)
Overview and application of behavioral theories to the field of health education and promotion. Examines the determinants of health behavior and strategies for change at the individual, group and community level.
PM 508 Health Services Delivery in
the U.S. (4 units)
Historical development of the American health care system, determinants of health care utilization, role of health care providers, health policy, public health services and health care finance.
PM 510 Principles of Biostatistics (4 units)
Concepts of biostatistics; appropriate uses and common misuses of health statistics; practice in the application of statistical procedures; introduction to statistical software including Excel, SPSS, nQuery. Laboratory.
PM 512 Principles of Epidemiology (4 units)
Terminology/uses of epidemiology and demography, sources/uses of population data, types of epidemiologic studies, risk assessment, common sources of bias in population studies and principles of screening.
PM 529 Environmental and Occupational Health: An Epidemiological Approach (4 units)
An overview of environmental health, identifying issues in assessing effects of exposure on health and potential interventions for reducing adverse health risks. PR: PM 510 and PM 512
PM 596 Practicum in Public Health (2 units)Field placement in a public health agency, such as a county health department or community-based organization.
PM 564 Public Health Management and Leadership Seminar (3 units)Introduction to business and management concepts, tools and practices in the context of domestic and global health care delivery, public health and allied health industries.
PM 597 Capstone (2 units)Provides the culminating, integrative curricular experience for students during their last semester prior to graduation. Course draws on students’ prior training in the five core areas of public health, their additional track coursework and their real-world experience gained in the field prior to graduation. Designed to challenge students to reflect and integrate their training and experience with the goal of developing their own individual point of view regarding the role of public health in contributing to the improvement of the health and well-being of populations in the United States, as well as abroad.
Practicum / Capstone Total: 7 units*Practicum units are intended to be taken concurrently.
Students in the USC Master of Public Health Online program are encouraged to participate in our unique faculty-led international trips (usually two weeks). These opportunities offer hands-on public health experience in clinics, government organizations, non-governmental organizations, research institutes and in communities around the world. Students can typically earn course credit for the two-week faculty-led trip and then, if desired, set up a practicum and extend their time in country. Through our expert faculty, opportunities have been made available to students to work in Switzerland, India, Ghana, Honduras, Mozambique, Uganda, Mexico, Chile, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Panama, Japan and more. As an example, our course in Geneva investigates the way health is organized and administered at the global level by integrating students directly into the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, and exposing them to the inner workings of key global health organizations.