Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses

The Global Public Health Program currently offers the following courses:


Course Number Course Title Description Semester Offered
NURS 1210 Fundamentals of Public Health 

This foundation course presents public health as an interdisciplinary science focused on health promotion and disease prevention at the population level. It provides an overview of the history of public health, the global burden of disease, the sub-disciplines of public health, and emphasizes the collaborative nature of the public health field through examples in research and practice. [This course also counts toward the Social Science Core requirement.] 

previously Public Health in a Global Society

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020
NURS 3210 Contemporary Issues in Public Health

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the foundational skills of public health to contemporary public health issues. It integrates data and research to begin a more in-depth examination of the major burdens of disease and emerging areas of public health concern. Principles and concepts learned in NURS 1210: Public Health in a Global Society are reinforced through a focus on specific health conditions, behaviors, and topics.

*Prerequisites: NURS 1210 or NURS 4260

Spring 2020
APSY 405001 Public Health Practice in the Community 

This course puts public health into practice, with an experience of community engagement and public health activity. Students will develop a deeper understanding of applying public health principles and evidence-based practice in a community setting, locally or globally. Themes stressed in the previous two courses will be reinforced, this time in practice, including: the importance of data and evidence, the interdisciplinary approach to solving public health problems, and a focus on at-risk populations and reducing health disparities.

*Prerequisites: NURS 1210 and NURS 3210

Spring 2020
BIOL/PHCG 1120 Introduction to Epidemiology Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health and disease in populations, and the application of this knowledge to improve health outcomes. This course will provide an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of epidemiology. Topics will include: measures of disease occurence and association, study design, basic statistics, reading and interpreting published epidemiological studies, and special topics (e.g. chronic disease epidemiology, outbreak investigations), with an emphasis on critical thinking and application. Fall 2019 & Spring 2020
PHCG Ethics in Global Health Global public health is both an urgent good and a needed right that is integral to a vision of just society. The course studies, first, the ethical issues raised by global public health (from epidemics and pandemics to poverty and underdevelopment); second, the ethical approaches to address them (from rights to the common good); third, concrete solutions and praxes. International examples from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas help to identify the ethical agenda and to implement it. The course's readings, analyses, and proposals engage: health sciences, anthropology, social sciences, philosophical and theological bioethical discourses, and social doctrine by considering, among others, Catholic and Protestant contributions.  Spring 2020
PHCG Global Health Law This course will examine the critical role of law in creating and implementing social policy and achieving (or at least seeking) social justice. Through the lens of current global threats, it will study the ways in which laws and regulations promote and protect - as well as impede – both individual and public health at the local, national and international levels. Specific topics may include: global differences in the definition of health care as a human right and access to health care; climate change; expanded trade in agricultural products; socioeconomic contributors and legal responses to the opioid crisis, vaping, epidemic causation (HIV, Ebola) and control (including vaccines); anthropogenic organic compounds; child lead poisoning (Flint water crisis) and the integrity of resources of the global commons. This course is designed to instill the policy-makers of tomorrow with the active skill set necessary to grapple with new public health challenges as they arise. There are no prerequisites for this course and no need for prior familiarity with the law, legal method or the legal system.  Fall 2019
BIOL 2320 Case Studies in Epidemiology Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in populations. It is the core discipline of public health and preventive medicine. Students will become familiar with core concepts in epidemiology, including disease rates, incidence, prevalence, relative risk, case-fatality ratios, confounding and bias. Through a graduated series of case studies modeled on the famed introductory course of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) Epidemic Intelligence Service, the course will provide students with the basic tools they need to characterize epidemics by time, place and person; develop testable hypotheses about disease source and mode of transmission; and develop evidence-based interventions. Students will gain proficiency in applying these tools to various subfields of epidemiology (e.g., infectious diseases, reproductive health, and environmental health) and in applying epidemiologic methods to current issues in public health policy. TBD