Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5005. Biostatistics for Health Professions

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Basic statistical methods in a broad range of medical or public health problems. Emphasizes the use of these methods and the interpretation of results using biomedical and health sciences applications.

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5095. Investigation of Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 36 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced topics and investigations in the field of Allied Health Sciences. Topics and credits to be published prior to the registration period preceding the semester offering.

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5099. Independent Study for Allied Health

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced study, project, or research of intensive, independent investigation in allied health consistent with the student's needs, interests and plan of study.

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5314. Professional Development Project

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 24 credits.

Prerequisites: At least nine credits in Allied Health courses; open only to non-thesis (Plan B) master's students

Grading Basis: Graded

Examines contemporary issues and problems relevant to allied health practice. Focus is on interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and the development of a project relative to the student's particular program emphasis.

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5317. Professional Development Practicum

5.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 24 credits.

Prerequisites: AH 5314, which may be taken concurrently; open only to non-thesis (Plan B) students.

Grading Basis: Graded

The implementation and/or application of theory in AH 5314. A minimum of 300 practicum hours required.

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5319. Health Education and Behavioral Interventions for At-Risk Populations

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The study and application of current learning theories, models, and strategies used by experienced health professionals to become effective interventionists within didactic, clinical, and community settings.

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5350. Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to Dietetics majors, others by consent of the Director of Dietetics. (RG 2006)

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides student with advanced nutrition therapy information for the effective treatment of complex medical problems. Emphasizes all aspects of the nutrition care process as it relates to medical conditions. The research regarding the physiological, pathological and metabolic basis for nutrient modifications will be emphasized.

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5351. Contemporary Nutrition Issues and Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to Dietetics majors, others by consent of the Director of Dietetics. (RG 2006)

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical thinking and application of research to contemporary issues in food and nutrition applied to clinical nutrition and community/public health nutrition. Learning occurs through classroom discussions, self-exploration through reading and applying scientific studies to issues, and participation in a research project.

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5366. Environmental Health

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Focuses on the environmental health consequences of exposure to toxic chemicals, food contaminants and radiation. Basic principles of environmental health are discussed, followed by lectures on specific topics such as: cancer and reproductive risks, occupational hazards, radiation, genetic biomontoring, risk assessment techniques, risk/benefit analysis, social/legal aspects of regulating toxic chemicals, and other related topics.

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5370. Applied Advanced Nutrition

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: DIET 4272, 4350, 4360 and 4365 or equivalent. (RG5744)

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides student with advanced nutrition information for the effective management of complex medical and public health problems. Emphasizes the impact of nutrients and food components on human health. The research regarding the physiological, pathological and metabolic basis for nutrients in health and disease will be emphasized.

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5501. International Health

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examines international health challenges. Through case studies, other appropriate readings, and individual research students will gain a comprehensive understanding of global health related challenges (medical, economic and cultural), including children's health, women's health, communicable diseases, and non-communicable diseases.

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5502. Complex Humanitarian Emergencies Seminar

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

In-depth examination of both theoretical and applied aspects of complex humanitarian emergencies. It provides students with a comprehensive, multidimensional understanding of the needs of displaced persons and systems and practices currently in place to meet these needs.

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5503. Poverty and Public Health

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Social determinants of health and poverty. Health impact assessments. Improving the social determinants of health and poverty, including countries in conflict.

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5504. Nutrition During Human Emergencies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examines the cycle of malnutrition and disease, and major food and nutrition challenges faced by refugee and displaced populations. Covers types of feeding and nutrition supplementation programs in emergencies, and nutritional assessment as a tool to design, target and evaluate feeding and supplementation programs in emergencies. Addresses feeding of special populations such as: infants, pregnant and lactating women, and the elderly during emergencies; international agencies, non-government organizations, and government programs involved with food aid and relief; and food as a human right.

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5505. Principles of Sustainability

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides students with an understanding of the basic principles of environmental, social, and economic sustainability and will assist students to develop the ability to apply these principles to current issues of sustainability.

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5632. Vaccines: Mechanisms of Immune Protection

Also offered as: PVS 5632

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Focuses on several different approaches to inducing prophylactic immunity in the host. Both traditional and modern molecular approaches to vaccine design will be discussed. In addition, the mechanisms employed by pathogenic microbes to avoid hosts' immune responses will be examined in the context of vaccine design. The students will gain an appreciation for the transition from basic research to practical applications.

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5700. Ethical Considerations in Genetic Testing and Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: a course in human genetics. (RG5887)

Grading Basis: Graded

Conceptual and philosophical analysis of ethical issues specific and special to genetic testing and research. Presentations, case studies and readings will provide responsible conduct in research training and allow for analysis of World Wide Web genomics, access to genetic information, privacy and confidentiality, ownership, personal and societal perceptions, reproduction, utility and limitations of genetic data, education of physicians and patients, treatment versus enhancement, regulation and reimbursement, and other time-relevant issues.

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5710. Genetics and Genomics of Health

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Students must have passed a course in human genetics to enroll in this course.

Grading Basis: Graded

Interaction of genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors in the predisposition to disease, onset of disease, response to treatment and maintenance of health. Genetics and genomics in health promotion and disease prevention will be examined through seminars and literature review.

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5715. Current Topics in Clinical Genetics

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 2 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of current research and advances in clinical genetic diagnosis and testing through primary literature review.

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5720. Theory and Practice of Clinical Genomics

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 18 credits.

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: a course in human genetics. (RG5888)

Grading Basis: Graded

Theory and practice of diagnostic laboratory methodologies and genomic data analyses for the clinical scientist. Sections are taught in a series of modules and include clinical case scenarios and analyses. With a change of content, this course may be repeated for credit.

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6005. Multilevel Mediation-Moderation Modeling for Health Sciences

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: A Course in pre-calculas or higher; and GPAH 5005 or other advanced/graduate course in Statistics. (RG 5438)

Grading Basis: Graded

Presents advanced multivariate statistical methods focusing on statistical techniques commonly used in empirical research under a latent-variable approach teaches students multilevel mediation-moderation techniques in order to analyze complex or multilevel databases. At the end of the course, students will understand how to analyze multivariate data using multilevel mediation-moderation concepts to test a variety of health-related research hypotheses. Knowledge of linear models is needed for participants enrolling in this course.

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6094. Health Promotion, Disease and Disability Prevention Research Seminar

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Inquiry into the theory and nature of research in health promotion, disease and disability prevention. Students are encouraged to meet regularly with their major advisors.

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6181. Experiential Learning in Health Promotion Research

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: AH 6324; a graduate statistics course; instructor consent required; open only to doctoral students after first semester of doctoral work.

Grading Basis: Graded

Mentored research experiences on and/or off-campus to increase doctoral student's breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and competence in health promotion science.

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6184. Graduate Seminar in Health Promotion Research

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 5 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

In a small learning environment under the direction of one or more faculty, students develop their research and academic abilities in health promotion sciences. Activities include: individual goal setting and implementing learning plans; attending scientific seminars; preparing and delivering research presentations; research writing; college-level teaching; grant and compliance administration; and applying for post-graduate employment.

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6305. Program Planning and Evaluation for Health Professionals

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A theoretical and practical introduction to program evaluation for health professionals who deliver health care services, manage departments and personnel, or provide training and continuing educational opportunities. Students apply the practical program evaluation framework for health-related intervention programs and document the impact of interventions within health promotion and disease and disability prevention programs. Skill development is facilitated.

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6306. Research Methods in Allied Health

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: EPSY 5605 or a course in basic statistics (RG160).

Grading Basis: Graded

An inquiry into the nature of research with emphasis on the spirit, logic, and components of the scientific method. Health related research literature is used to aid the student in learning to read, understand, and critically analyze published materials. The preparation of research proposals and reports is emphasized.

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6324. Critical Issues in Health Promotion, Disease and Disability Prevention

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An in-depth study of health promotion, disease and disability prevention policies, programs and strategies.

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6405. Exercise Intervention for Health Promotion in Persons with Chronic Disease and Disability

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

In-depth information for determining functional capacity and developing appropriate exercise programming for optimizing functional capacity of persons with chronic disease and/or disabilities. Understanding the effects of exercise on the disease process as well as the effects of disease on the exercise responses in chronic disease and disability are explored.

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6422. Writing Successful Grant Proposal

Zero credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Designed for advanced graduate student in a health field to obtain experience writing a scientific research proposal. Students will be expected to enter the course with both a fairly well developed research topic and an actual Request for Proposal in hand. The final outcome from this class will be a grant proposal that is suitable for submission to a funding agency.

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6423. Advanced Topics in Stress and Health Promotion

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Selected topics in assessing and treating stress related disorders in health care delivery are examined. Emphasis on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention interventions are examined. Current measures used in assessment along with self-management skills for patients are the focus of this course.

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