MPH Core Courses

MPH Core Courses

PHS 7010 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology

Introduces the field of epidemiology and the methods of epidemiologic research. Students learn how to interpret, critique, and conduct epidemiologic research, including formulating a research question, choosing a study design, collecting and analyzing data, controlling bias and confounding, and interpreting study results.


PHS 7000 - Introduction to Biostatistics

Covers the fundamentals of biostatistics including descriptive statistics, estimation, hypothesis testing, precision, sample size, correlation, problems with categorization of continuous variables, multiple comparison problems, and interpreting of statistical results.


PHS 7380 - Environmental Health: Principles and Practices

Examines interdisciplinary approaches to understanding, assessing, and controlling environmental factors that impact public health. Practical examples are used to help public health professionals understand how epidemiology, health surveillance, and exposure surveillance can be used to determine the potential for health problems that result from various environmental factors, and how monitoring and control techniques can reduce the impact of the environment on human health.


PHS 7610 - Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Explores multi-disciplinary fields that attempt to help individuals and communities prevent illness and maintain and improve health.  These health promotion activities are accomplished through the development of a program and policies, and associated studies of these activities.  Although we recognize that there are many factors that impact individuals and population health outcomes, this course will explore the social and behavioral aspects of health, as well as the relationship between health behavior and community, society and the environment.


PHS 7100 - Health Care Policy and Management

Focuses on the evolution of the American health care system from a health policy and values perspective, emphasizing the current health care system. Reviews the new Affordable Care Act and other legislative attempts to implement a health reforms and discusses current issues surrounding the financing and organization of the delivery of health care under various economic and political frameworks.

PHS 7470 - Management and Quality in Health Organizations

Provides a comprehensive overview and in-depth review of the history, evolution, theory, principles, major components and techniques of management for health care organizations, including public health. Topics covered will include organizational management, financial analyses and budgeting, principles and techniques for managing and leading teams, systems thinking, and theories and methods for managing a quality organization.

PHS 7180 – The Practice of Public Health

Introduces students to the MPH Cross-Cutting competencies…woven throughout case discussions and guest lectures from community public health leaders.  Past guest lecturers have included leaders from the Thomas Jefferson Health District, Department of Health, Charlottesville Community Obesity Task Force, the Jefferson Area Board on Aging, and the Region Ten Community Service Board.


PHS 7050 - Public Health Law, Ethics, and Policy

Explores the legitimacy, design, and implementation of a variety of policies aiming to promote public health and reduce the social burden of disease and injury. Highlights the challenge posed by public health’s population-based perspective to traditional individual-centered, autonomy-driven approaches to bioethics and constitutional law. Other themes center on conflicts between public health and public morality and the relationship between public health and social justice. Illustrative topics include mandatory immunization, screening and reporting of infectious diseases, prevention of lead poisoning, food safety, prevention of firearm injuries, airbags and seat belts, mandatory drug testing, syringe exchange programs, tobacco regulation, and restrictions on alcohol and tobacco advertising. 


PHS 7170 – Quantitative Data Analysis in Public Health

Introduces Public Health students to tools needed to utilize SAS for quantitative data analysis.