Public Health Elective Courses

(9 credits)

Course Credits Pre-requisite(s) How/Where Offered
PUBH 525 - Multicultural and Native American Public Health 3 None Online
PUBH 545 - Maternal and Child Health 3 None Online
PUBH 590 - Research 3 Consent of instructor/adviser Online
PUBH 591 - Various topics 3 None Online
PUBH 592 - Independent Study 3 Consent of instructor/adviser Online
PUBH 610 - Data Science & Research Methods Using R 3 Consent of instructor/adviser Online/In-Person

Required Forms

Both the Independent Study and Research Credit courses require a proposal form be approved by the course advisor and submitted to the Program Coordinator before registering.  You can access the Independent Study Proposal Form and theResearch Proposal Formhere or request the forms from the Program Coordinator.

Possible Electives

Below is a list of approved elective courses taught by other departments at the UM. MPH students may take approved courses from other departments in order to satisfy their electives requirement (6 credits); however, not all of the courses are taught online and many require the instructor's approval. Students who wish to take electives that are not on this list must consult with their advisor before registering. If a course is offered as a 400-level course with a graduate increment, be sure to sign up for the course as "Graduate" or the credits will not qualify as transferable electives.

UM Departments and Programs that may have courses in this topic area:

ACTG 509: Financial Rptg & Control 

Credits: 3. Reporting and using financial information of an enterprise, with a focus on internal and external decision-making.  Topics include analysis and recording financial transactions, understanding how these events affect financial statements, and using quantitative tools for internal decision-making. Level: Graduate

PSCI 504: Organization Theory

Credits: 3. Concepts and theories relevant to the administration of complex organizations, including administrative structure, behavior, process and functions.

PSCI  503: Policy Analysis (offered online and in person)

Credits: 3. The role of public administrators in the policymaking process with emphasis on methods of policy analysis and program evaluation.

PSCI 525: Strategic Planning & Leadership, Upson, Internet course

Credits: 3. Focus on the means by which public and nonprofit agencies can carry out their missions effectively. 

UM Departments and Programs that may have courses in this topic area:

CHMY 541:  Environmental Chemistry

Credits: 3. Chemical principles and reactions in natural systems: Fate of chemical contaminants in the environment; partitioning of contaminants between phases (air/water/soil); chemistry of atmospheric pollutants; computer modeling of equilibrium and kinetic processes; degradation and transformation of organic contaminants. 

BIOS 534: Integrated Systems Ecology

Credits: 3. Principles, theories and empirical studies that describe the complex attributes and processes of coupled natural and human systems. Landscape, climate, economic and social change dynamics and processes emphasized. Flagship course of the UM-DBS Systems Ecology Program. Students strongly advised but not required to take BIOS 532 Fundamentals of Ecosystem Ecology prior to this course.

ENST 510: Native American Environmental Issues

Credits: 3. This graduate readings seminar provides an overview of environmental issues of Native American communities through the 19th to 21st centuries.

ENST 513: Natural Resource Conflict Resolution

Credits: 3. Same as NRSM 513 and LAW 613. Examines the basic framework for preventing and resolving natural resource and environmental conflicts in America. Reviews the history of alternative approaches, emphasizes the theory and practice of collaboration, and considers future trends. This highly interactive course uses lectures, guest speakers, case studies, and simulations.

UM Departments and Programs that may have courses in this topic area:

HHP 544:  Community-Based Participatory Research Methods for Health

Credits: 3. Instruction will present the principles and practice of community-based participatory research methods (CBPR) and mixed-methods approaches that offers strategies for studying and addressing health and social problems.

HHP 540: Community Health Promotion Strategies

Credits: 3. Exploration of the role of the health professional in the development and implementation of educational, organizational, economic, and/or environmental strategies that promote individual and community health.

SW 465: Social Work in a Global Context

Credits: 3. Examination of globalization, human rights, poverty, international aid, and gender issues; their relationship to social work and social justice, and strategies for action.

COMX 425: Communication in Health Organizations

Credits: 3. This course explores the key issues at the intersection of health communication and organizational communication by considering communication processes that occur in a number of distinct contexts of health organizations. Through case studies and health campaigns students explore contemporary concerns and theory in the area of health communication.

COMX 485: Communication and Health

Credit: 3. Theory and research on the health correlates of human interaction.

COMX 575: Seminar in Rhetoric and Environmental Controversy

Credits: 3. Same as ENST 575 (EVST 575). The study of how advocates use symbols to influence meaning and action in environmental controversies. Rhetorical theory is used to identify, analyze, and evaluate persuasive strategies and tactics.

AHHS 430: Health Aspects of Aging

Credits: 3. Overview of the health aspects of aging in the United States including biological theories of aging, normal physiological changes associated with aging systems, common pathological problems associated with aging, cultural and ethnic differences in the health of elders, health promotion and healthy aging, and the health care continuum of care for older persons.

UM Departments and Programs that may have courses in this topic area:

STAT 451: Statistical Methods I

Credits: 3. May not be counted toward a major in mathematics. Intended primarily for non-mathematics majors who will be analyzing data. Graphical and numerical summaries of data, elementary sampling, designing experiments, probability as a model for random phenomena and as a tool for making statistical inferences, random variables, basic ideas of inference and hypothesis testing.

STAT 457: Computer Data Analysis I

Credits: 1. An introduction to software for doing statistical analyses. Intended primarily for students in STAT 451.

STAT 452: Statistical Methods II

Credits: 3. Continuation of STAT 451. May not be counted toward a major in mathematics. Multiple regression, experimental design, analysis of variance, other statistical models.

STAT 458: Computer Data Analysis II

Credits: 1. Continuation of STAT 457. Intended primarily for students in STAT 452.

SOCI 563: Social Data Analysis

Credits: 3. A hands-on introduction to preparing sociological reports and documents, performing research and statistical tasks common to the field. Presumes no previous knowledge of microcomputers.

UM Departments and Programs that may have courses in this topic area:

GYD 520:  Critical Issues in Helping

Credits: 3. Exploration of psychological, political, spiritual, ethical, and practical dimensions of offering assistance cross-culturally. This course includes discussion of ethical and personal issues related to intercultural work, gender and development, trauma, program evaluation, etc.

ANTY 426:  Culture, Health and Healing

Credits: 3. Cross-cultural comparisons of theories and concepts and health and illness. Examination of the impact of these concepts upon health practices and treatment of disease around the world.

ANTY 433: Indigenous Global Health and Healing 

Credits: 3. Examination of traditional and contemporary uses of medicine in Native American societies. Issues covered will include current health conditions of American Indians, and the relationship from a cultural perspective on health, healing and medicine.

COMX 415:  Intercultural Communication

Credits: 3. Communication principles and processes in cross-cultural environments. Non-Western cultures are emphasized by contrasting them to Western communication norms.

PSCI 463:  Development Administration

Credits: 3. Study of the functions and processes of public administration in the Third World. Focus on alleviating poverty and underdevelopment. Includes project design and development planning activities.

PSCI 431:  Politics of Global Migration

Credits: 3. Exploration of the elective and forced migration of peoples within countries and across national boundaries. Geographical coverage includes Asia, North and Central America, Africa, and Europe. Attention to policy and gender issues surrounding economic and political migration.