Course Descriptions

MSPH 70001 EPIDEMIOLOGY I (Introductory).  This course is designed to explore principles of investigating the differential distribution of disease among population groups, provide exercises demonstrating epidemiologic techniques, and introduce students to the use of data to treat and prevent disease and evaluate health care effectiveness. 3 credits.

MSPH 70201 BIOSTATISTICS I (Introductory). This is an introductory course in the basic statistical concepts, principles, and methods used in the health sciences. Taught as part of the core curriculum for all Master of Science in Public Health students, the broad goal of this component is to enable students to have knowledge of the basics and their application in the experimental and non-experimental phases of health care administration and medical disciplines. The student should understand the traditional role of biostatistics and its newer role in the computer age and the age of innovative health care delivery systems. 3 credits.

MSPH 70301 HEALTH PLANNING. This course provides an introduction to the planning processes used in various health care organizations. Includes such issues as allocation of resources and institutional change in the health care environment. 3 credits.

MSPH 70501 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT. This course provides students a comprehensive understanding of strategic management in the health care environment. Strong emphasis is placed on the case study method. Health care organizations, like other organizations, are presented as ecological units relying on their environments (internal and external) as sources for attaining their various strategic objectives. As a result, students are exposed to the techniques for environmental analysis for the long-term direction of the organizations. 3 credits.

MSPH 70701 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH. This course is designed to survey those factors that impact the environment and human health. The student will be provided a conceptual framework for the study, analysis, and control of various environmental problems. 3 credits.

MSPH 70801 HEALTH ECONOMICS. This course is designed to acquaint students, through lectures and discussion, with those principles and techniques of economic analysis that are helpful in developing and evaluating health programs. The course will concentrate on selected topics in economics, allocation of public goods, and economic dynamics. Case studies will be selected for their special relevance to the health field. 3 credits.

MSPH 71101 HEALTH CARE ACCOUNTING. An intermediate-level course that will expose students to the process of generating and analyzing financial information in health care settings. The course will cover financial, managerial, and cost accounting topics. The students will learn about the accounting tools and techniques used in health care organizations through the use of theory and practical examples. The course will also educate the students on the limitations of financial information generated through the traditional processes. 3 credits.

MSPH 71201 HEALTH CARE SEMINAR. This seminar is designed to provide students an opportunity to integrate previous course content into a framework relevant to health care. Seminar sessions, utilizing case materials, the graduate faculty, and occasional guest lectures, will focus on methods of health research, epidemiology, health economics, poverty and illness, research evaluation, communication skills, etc. 3 credits.

MSPH 71401 EPIDEMIOLGY II (Advanced). This advanced course deals with epidemiology theory and methods in the actual study of disease etiology with particular emphasis upon case control study methods including matching, confounding, and selection techniques. Prerequisite: MSPH 70001. 3 credits.

MSPH 71501 ORGANIZATION AND HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive, current introduction to the human resources management function as it relates to the delivery of health care and related services. 3 credits.

MSPH 71601 BIOSTATISTICS II (Advanced). This course deals with statistics required for the analysis of medical care data. It covers further techniques for the application of statistical theory to actual data, combing lectures with computational experience. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the analysis of variance (ANOVA), linear and multiple expression, correlation, and distribution free methods. Prerequisites: MSPH 70001 and 70201. 3 credits.

MSPH 71701 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH I (Introduction). A general overview of occupational health and safety, including historical development, concepts, and a general introduction to recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards. The diagnosis, pathophysiology, management, and prevention of work connected illness and accidents are surveyed. 3 credits.

MSPH 71801 EXTERNSHIP/FIELD PLACEMENT.  The application of skills gained in the class to actual health agency and community programs. Students will identify and solve real health problems in communities, operating agencies, local and state governments, etc. 6 credits.

MSPH 72001 DATA MANAGEMENT. An introduction to principles needed for processing large data files. Subject material will cover editing, encoding, structuring, and manipulating data, as well as timing considerations. Use will be made of the data processing/computing equipment at Meharry Medical College. 3 credits.

MSPH 72201 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH II (Introduction). Workplace relationship of specific hazards such as solvents and metals is examined. Cancer is the main entity covered; its etiology, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and control. History taking (standard and predictive for placement and surveillance), patch treating, treatment trials, and protective measures are reviewed. 3 credits.

MSPH 73001 HEALTH ADMINISTRATION. An introduction to the basic principles, concepts, and theories of management in the context of the health care delivery system. The course emphasizes the facts, problems, and issues of health care administration at all levels of the delivery system. 3 credits.

MSPH 73201 HEALTH FINANCE. Analytic techniques, capital budgeting, cost of capital, evaluation, leverage, aspects of financial planning, and control. 3 credits.

MSPH 73601 RESEARCH DESIGN. This course is designed as an overview of research design and methodology with specific attention to individual student needs as related to the completion of the thesis. 3 credits.

MSPH 73801 MANAGED CARE. This course is designed to create a basic understanding of the managed health care environment in the United States. The course will cover: the history, growth, and development of managed care; the various types of managed care organizations; contracting in the current health care delivery system; medical management; general management; marketing; finance; underwriting; and legal/regulatory issues. The commercial HMO/PPO market, the emerging public HMO market (Medicaid, Medicare, and CHAMPUS), and special market segments (such as worker's compensation) also will be covered in the course. The objectives of the course include: preparing students to understand the basic structures, organization, and functions of managed care organizations; preparing students to function knowledgeably in a variety of managed care settings; preparing students to understand the relationship between managed care and various health care reform initiatives; and preparing students to negotiate effectively in managed care contracting scenarios. 3 credits.

MSPH 73901 READINGS IN PUBLIC HEALTH. An intensive reading course under the guidance of a division faculty member in an area of public health. The class meets weekly to discuss the selected readings; each student will be required to write a minimum of one research paper on the semester's readings. This paper cannot be related to the student's thesis. The objectives of this course are to provide students an opportunity to investigate a topic of interest in public health in detail that is not covered by the required division curriculum for the Master of Science in Public Health degree and to provide an opportunity for advanced graduate students to conduct individual readings in public health to broaden their areas of knowledge and potential research opportunities. 3 credits.

MSPH 74201 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR. An advanced seminar on the health care organization in a competitive environment. Emphasis on concepts and practices of total quality management and new techniques and regulations in personnel management and group development. 3 credits.

MSPH 74501: PROGRAM EVALUATION. This course will introduce students to the basics of program evaluation from the public health perspective.  Elements of program evaluation will include such steps as engaging stakeholders, describing the program, focusing on the evaluation design, gathering credible evidence, justifying conclusions, and ensuring the use and sharing of lesson learned. 3 credits

MSPH 75301 OCCUPATIONAL TOXICOLOGY. Basic toxicological principles such as dose response, metabolic pathways, and factors influencing toxicity are studied. The response of specific organ systems to toxic agents and recognition of clinical manifestations of specific classes of toxicants are emphasized. 3 credits.

MSPH 75701 INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE. This course is a survey of the identification, evaluation, and control of those factors of the environment that may cause illness, lack of well being, or discomfort among workers or in the community. 3 credits.

MSPH 79001 HEALTH LAW AND ETHICS. A seminar designed to introduce the definitions, structures, and functions of the law and its effects on and its use in the American health care system. Fundamental legal principles relating to the delivery of health care services in this context are emphasized. Important topics include a primer on administrative law and the medical practice acts, health care practitioner and patient relationships, medical liabilities, hospital practices and the law, economic and social regulation of health care facilities, health antitrust law, and important ethics concepts in health care delivery. 3 credits.

MSPH 80001 THESIS RESEARCH. This course will familiarize students with the process of research. The thesis process will help students better understand the effects of that process on providing new knowledge to the field of research (utilizing research design, methodology, and literature research). 1-3 credits.