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Course Descriptions

Graduate Course Descriptions

HSC 500/400- Principles of Epidemiology (3)

Prerequisites: H SC 301 and H SC 403. Application of epidemiologic procedures to the understanding of the occurrence and control of infectious and chronic diseases, mental illness, environmental health hazards, accidents, and geriatric problems. (Lecture 3 hours.)

HCA 502- The Health Care System (3)

Overview, developmental summary of the American health care system and its driving forces. Major elements of the healthcare system; today's major health policy issues in a historical, economic and political context. (Lecture 3 hours.)

HSC 503- Advanced Community Health Statistics (3)

Prerequisites: H SC 403 or equivalent. Analysis and interpretation of quantitative health education/public health data. Topics include expanded discussion of parametric techniques (e.g., hypothesis testing, confidence interval estimation, power functions, and small sample sizes). Other topics include multivariate analyses, non-parametric tests, and regression analysis. Use of computers required. Traditional grading only. (Discussion, 3 hours.)

HSC 508- Administrative Relationships in Health Education Programs (3)

Prerequisite: Undergraduate major in Health Science or related field. Introduction to administrative theory; investigation of administrative responsibilities and functions implicit in school health or other health education programs.

HSC 528- Advanced Environmental Health (3)

Prerequisite: H SC 422 or consent of instructor. Organization and methods for promoting human health by controlling environmental factors.

HSC 535/435- Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (3)

Prerequisites: H SC 421 or consent of instructor. Health promotion/risk reduction program content, development and implementation for use in corporate, hospital and public settings. Intended primarily for Health Science majors. (Discussion, 3 hours.)

HSC 570- Theoretical Concepts and Issues in Health Science (3)

Identification and analysis of current trends, philosophies, and issues in health science.

HSC 581- Curriculum Development in Health Education (3)

Prerequisites: H SC 430, 440. Principles of curriculum development; selection and evaluation of resource materials; theory and practice in measurement in health education.

HSC 585- Health Education Internship (1-6)

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Extended applied experience under guidance of faculty and preceptors in an approved health education practice setting. Traditional grading only. (480 hours of field placement or the equivalent experience.)

HSC 590- Independent Study (1-3)

Independent research conducted under the supervision of a full-time faculty member resulting in a written report of the investigation. Traditional grading only. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.

HSC 624- Seminar in Community Analysis and Program Planning (3)

Prerequisites: H SC 625 or consent of instructor. Process and techniques of community analysis and program planning.

HSC 625- Advanced Community Health Education (3)

Prerequisites: H SC 401 or 485; or consent of instructor. Advanced study of educational and related theory applicable to the conduct of health education program sin community and other settings. Methods of promoting change; role as program and staff director and evaluation techniques.

HSC 626- Integrative Seminar in Public Health (3)

Prerequisites: H SC 570, advancement to candidacy. Summative critical analysis of current methodologies, research, and practices in public health and health education in particular. Synthesis of coursework, internship, and other relevant experiences in the graduate program. Traditional grading only.

HSC 696- Research Methods (3)

Prerequisites: Undergraduate major in Health Science or related field; undergraduate course in statistics. Introduction to research methodology in the area of Health Science.

HSC 697- Directed Studies (1-3)

Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy. Independent investigation of research problems in health science.

HSC 698- Thesis (1-3)

Prerequisites: H SC 696, advancement to candidacy. Planning, preparation and completion of an approved thesis.

Unit requirements

The MPH requires 42 units, including three units of electives and six units of internship.

Having a somewhat more flexible curriculum, the MS program requires 43 units including 18 units of electives and four units of thesis.

The Department of Health Science and the Department of Nursing govern the MPH/MSN, which requires 57 units, jointly. If you are interested in the MPH/MSN program, you may obtain a brochure by calling 562/985-4473.

The department typically offers graduate courses in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate professional students.