Population Health Sciences Graduate Programs (PHS) Clinical Science (CS), Population Health Sciences (PHS), Public Health (MPH), & Rehabilitation Sciences (RS) Course Descriptions

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Course Descriptions

Rotation (PHS 6011)

This course allows the student, under faculty guidance, to engage in a limited research project unrelated to his or her thesis or dissertation, but concerned with their area of study (Population Health Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences, or Public Health). Credit and hours to be arranged. Course grade will be based on satisfactory performance and accomplishments in the chosen research area.

1-9 Credits

Integrative Learning Experience (PHS 6016)

The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) is a requirement of all MPH students. The ILE is a culminating project that allows students to integrate the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout their MPH coursework and practice experience. It is intended to provide students with the opportunity to explore a public health area of interest in greater depth, produce a high-quality written product that aligns with their educational and professional goals, and demonstrate the synthesis of competencies attained during the MPH program. Grading is based on a proposal outlining what student will accomplish during ILE and the final report.

3 Credits

Topics in Biostatistics (PHS 6056)

This course is a reading course for students interested in particular areas of Biostatistics. The course changes from year to year depending on the needs of the individual students. The course will review material on graphical methods in categorical data analysis and other areas which include structural equations models and survey sampling. the student is evaluated with written papers and oral examinations on a weekly basis.

1-4 Credits
Prerequisites: PHS 6443; permission of instructor
Terms offered: Fall; Spring; Summer
Year offered: Annually
Hours per week: Conference or Discussion 2 8

Public Health Practice (PHS 6070)

The core functions of public health assessment, policy development, and assurance - are met through the delivery of 10 essential services. This course provides students with applied experience in the delivery of those services through placements in public health practice settings, including government agencies, community based organizations, and work-site health programs. At the host site, students will complete mentored projects that require them to put in practice knowledge and skills learned in their academic curricula. Grading will be based on a written report, critical incident journal entries, a self-assessment of practice based competencies, and evaluation by the host site preceptor. Consent of instructor required to take this course.

2-4 Credits

Research (PHS 6097)

This course is designed to afford the student the opportunity to develop a thesis or dissertation proposal under faculty guidance. The proposal development may involve a literature search, preliminary experimentation, or a pilot field study. The research will be preliminary but relevant to the thesis or dissertation. Credit and hours to be arranged. Teaching technique is tutorial in nature.

Prerequisites: None
Terms offered: Fall; Spring; Summer
Year offered: Annually
Hours per week: Variable

Thesis (PHS 6098)

Once admitted to candidacy, it is required for students pursuing a Master of Science or Master of Arts degree to enroll in this course. This course is for the formal research and writing leading to the preparation and completion of the thesis for the Master of Science or Master of Arts degree while under the direction of the student’s supervisory committee. The student will pursue the proposed research and present a progress report and/or agreed upon objectives to the mentor and/or supervisory committee for approval and recommendations. Grading will be based upon the student’s level of performance as reported by the chairperson of the student’s supervisory committee and will be assigned as Satisfactory (S), Needs Improvement (N), or Unsatisfactory (U).
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy
Terms offered: I, II, III
Year Offered: Annually
Hours per week: Variable 3-9

Dissertation (PHS 6099)

Once admitted to candidacy, it is required for students pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy degree to enroll in this course.  This course is for the formal research and writing leading to the preparation and completion of the dissertation for the Doctor of Philosophy degree while under the direction of the student’s supervisory committee. The student will pursue the proposed research and present a progress report and/or agreed upon objectives to the mentor and/or supervisory committee for approval and recommendations. Grading will be based upon the student's level of performance as reported by the chairperson of the student's supervisory committee and will be assigned as Satisfactory (S), Needs Improvement (N), or Unsatisfactory (U).
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy
Terms offered: I, II, III
Year Offered: Annually
Hours per week: Variable 3-9

Professional Presentations & Teaching Strategies (PHS 6144)

This course is designed to develop students' ability to design effective scientific posters and PowerPoint presentations, and successfully communicate their science through both poster and oral presentations. In addition, students will learn and use effective teaching strategies and fundamental course design. They will develop a teaching philosophy statement, construct instructional objectives, and design a course syllabus. Through a classroom observation experience, students will observe and discuss teaching strategies used by university faculty. The course will end with an opportunity to conduct a teaching demonstration to prepare students for faculty job interviews in higher education.

1 credit

Grant Writing & Reviewing (PHS 6156)

This course is designed to introduce students to finding and competing for grant funding for disability and rehabilitation research. We will discuss and then practice fundamental elements of identifying funding opportunities and the grantsmanship necessary to develop a competitive application. Most of the background information, practice exercises, and reference material will be posted online (Blackboard) for review outside of class. The primary interaction will be weekly in-class lectures, group discussions, and opportunities to practice. Each student will develop his or her own documents (e.g. biosketch, aims page, etc.) and receive in-class edits, comments, and suggestions from the group. Grades will be determined based on participation in classroom discussions and reviewing exercises, PICO exercise, identifying feasible funding sources, specific Aims page, NIH style Biosketch, outlines for Significance, Innovation and Approach sections, presentations of specific Aims, Significance, Innovation and approach.

1 credit

Seminar (PHS 6195)

This course is a survey of current problems, programs, and needs in population health sciences. Seminar is intended to provide students with continuing education on issues and advances in the field, serve as a forum for the exchange of information about student research interests, and offer practical experience to prepare the student for research presentations.

Prerequisites: None
Terms offered: Fall; Spring
Year offered: Annually
Hours per week: Seminar 1

Special Topics (PHS 6196)

No Description given

Introduction to Data Management (PHS 6210)

This course provides an introduction to the management of data using a statistical software package. Packages covered may include SAS or R. The basics of data management language and data steps will be presented. The course includes instruction in how to read, write, and store data in a Microsoft Windows computer environment. Instructions of basic knowledge in programming are also provided on how to modify, combine, and update datasets as well as produce data summaries. The emphasis on this course is to get students acquainted with the basic data manipulation and some techniques of exploratory data analysis and is organized so that students can begin building up programming skills to manage and analyze the collected data. The course grading will be based on class participation (30%), in class exercises (10%), homework (45%), and a final project (15%).

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor
Terms offered: Fall
Year offered: Annually
Hours per week: Laboratory 3; Lecture 1

Translational Epidemiology I: Patient Oriented Research (PHS 6212)

This course provides an introduction to the methods used in the design and implementation of studies aimed at assessing the effectiveness of medical interventions. Its goal is to provide students with the means of applying epidemiologic concepts and methods to the measurement and analysis of health care outcomes. The first part of the course will focus on alternative research designs, measurement issues, sources of data and analysis techniques for comparing patterns of care and assessing outcomes of preventive services and medical therapies. The components of a research protocol are reviewed with specific examples from funded studies in health care research. In the second part of the course, research design and measurement issues will be presented and evaluated in the context of specific public health and clinical examples

2 Credits
Term offered: Spring

Translational Epidemiology II: Population Oriented Research (PHS 6213)

Models of translational research describe a process of translating: (1) basic science findings to clinical applications, (2) effective clinical applications to broader clinical practice, and (3) practice changes to improved population health. This course focuses on dissemination and implementation research and the translation of research from patients to practices and populations. The course briefly reviews the methods of knowledge synthesis (e.g., development of systematic reviews and evidence-based guidelines) and the conduct of research to build the evidence base for developing guidelines on effective clinical and public health interventions. Greater emphasis is placed on conducting research to promote use and institutionalization of guidelines and evidence-based interventions.

2 Credits
Term offered: Spring

Public Health Preventive Medicine (PHS 6217)

(Note: Designed for the Aerospace Medicine and General Preventive Medicine residents for their MPH degree) This course will introduce and develop topics in public health and prevention, with a focus on integrating public health practice and the delivery of clinical health services for populations. The course is designed to cover required public health competencies for medical practitioners, particularly residents in preventive medicine specialties. Course will be lecture based, with discussion of reading assignments, case study presentation, and table top exercise format. Student performance in the course is graded A-F and will be assessed as follows: 10% credit for class attendance and participation in discussions, 60% credit for completion of class exercises/quizzes & class presentation,10% for written paper on presentation topic, and 20% credit for final exam.

2 Credits
Term offered: Spring

Stress and Health (PHS 6219)

This course focuses on how stress 'gets under the skin'. This course will examine four different aspects of stress research. First, discussion will focus on defining stress and theoretical models emphasizing pathways from exposure to stress to poor health outcomes. Second, we will discuss measurement issues through looking at the different ways in which stress is measured. Third, we will examine evidence form 50 years of stress research on the effects of stress on mental and physical health. Finally, we will discuss interventions related to the reduction of stress.

Introduction to Occupational Injury and Illness (PHS 6227)

This course will be taught in lecture format, with handouts and slides, using one text as reference. It will serve as an introduction to Occupational Medicine for the three residencies in Preventive Medicine (Aerospace, General Preventive Medicine, and Occupational Medicine) and will be open to 4th year medical students and residents at UTMB to take as an elective without credit. Students will learn the history of occupational medicine and get an overview of a variety of work and health related subjects. The course will be offered in the summer with an intensive five-day curriculum comprising a total of thirty hours of contact time.

2 Credits
Term offered: Summer

Infectious Disease Epidemiology (PHS 6233)

This course is designed as an introduction to the epidemiologic and public health aspects of infectious diseases of importance in the United States and globally. Emphasis will be placed on specific diseases and their etiology, distribution, determinants, prevention and control. After completing this course, students should be able to understand the epidemiologic characteristics of various infectious diseases, and how epidemiologic methods are applied to study these diseases.

2 Credits
Term offered: Spring

Chronic Disease Epidemiology (PHS 6234)

Chronic diseases are the leading causes of disease burden in the developed nations and an increasingly important contributor to disease burden in developing nations. Chronic conditions and diseases are characterized by their prolonged periods of development and progression, multi-factorial and sometimes uncertain causality, and, typically, lack of a complete cure. This course will provide an epidemiological framework for understanding and contributing to the research on chronic conditions and diseases. Course materials and assignments will review: chronic disease surveillance; descriptive epidemiology of chronic diseases; and analytical epidemiology on the causes of chronic diseases, including research examples from genetic epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, behavioral epidemiology, and social epidemiology.

2 Credits
Term offered: Spring

Metabolism Studies (PHS 6250)

This course will introduce students to research in metabolism, keep them abreast of the latest developments in the field, and help them develop the skills for scientific presentations and participation in scientific seminars and conferences. Students are required to actively participate to the seminaries by presenting at least once, and intervening to the discussion of the other presentations. Seminar presentation will court for (60%) of the grade, and participation to the Q & A section of the other presentations will count for the remaining 40% of the grade. Grading will be S/U.

Prerequisites: Admission to PHS graduate program for study in this area
Terms offered: Fall; Spring; Summer
Year offered: Annually
Hours per week: Conference or Discussion 2

Burn Nutrition & Metabolism (PHS 6251)

The course will cover advanced nutrition and metabolism topics related to burn injury and burn-related complications. The following areas will be covered: The effect of burn injury on macro- and micronutrient metabolism. Organ-specific metabolic regulation in burn injury. Methodologies to study burn metabolism (e.g., stable isotopes, a-v balance, tissue biopsies). Nutrition needs of the burn patient. Burn-related metabolic abnormalities (e.g., insulin resistance, sepsis, hepatic steatosis). Grades will be on an A-F basis with three graded components: 1) class participation 15% 2) presentation in journal clubs 25% 3) 60% final paper and presentation of original research project.

Grades will be on an A-F basis with three graded components:
1) class participation 15%;
2) presentation in journal clubs 25%
3) 60% final paper and presentation of original research project

Social Determinants of Health (PHS 6241)

This course will be taught in the spring and is currently in development. It’s being sent to committee for approval in October to be presented in the November Curriculum Committee

Special Topics (PHS 6296)

No description given.

Minorities Aging & Health (PHS 6312)

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the special health problems of major ethnic minority groups of socioeconomic, historical, and cultural factors influencing theses health problems, and the difficulties in students studying these groups in the fields of preventive medicine and community health. The course is designed to provide the opportunity: 1) to acquire and applicable knowledge and general appreciation of the concepts, theories, issues, and trends in public health; 2) to apply that knowledge to an understanding of the physical, biological and social interdependencies as they relate to minority elderly relevant to the field of public health and minority aging through concerted interdisciplinary efforts. Special emphasis will be given to the morality and life expectancy, chronic diseases and disability, mental health, health services and long-term care, and health policy. Students will have several components that comprise their final grade in the course: Class participation and presentation (40%), first draft of the term paper (20%), final draft of the term paper (40%).

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor
Term offered: Spring
Year offered: Annually- Even years
Hours per week: Lecture 2; Conference/Discussion 1

Longitudinal Data Analysis (PHS 6313)

This course will introduce students to the analysis of longitudinal data. The topics will be motivated by actual data sets, chosen by the instructor or possibly the students and cover both continuous and categorical outcomes. Statistical concepts and theory will be presented and related to applied settings where possible. Topics will include: a review of matrices; paired data; general linear models for longitudinal data; the mixed model; time varying covariates; general estimating equation (GEE) methods; weighted least squares.

3 Credits
Year offered: Biennially - Even years

Survival Analysis (PHS 6321)

This course exposes students to the following: Scope of Survival Analysis; The Clinical Trial Environment; Define Failure Times; Left & Right Censoring; Accelerated Failure Time Testing; Distributions of Failure Times (particularly families of exponentially distributed failures); Hazard Functions; Survivorship Functions; Product Limits and Actuarial Estimators; Statistical Tests for Comparing Failure Time Distributions; Statistical Software for Survival Analysis; Competing Risks and Proportional Hazards; Time Dependent Covariates; Issues in Monitoring Clinical Trials, including Interim Analysis; Sequential Clinical Trials.

3 Credits

Research Design (PHS 6322)

This class focuses on research design in clinical and population health sciences. The course begins with an overview of steps in developing a research hypothesis and a review of the hierarchy of evidence provided by different research designs. In the second section, specific research designs are examined in detail, including the design of experiments (randomized controlled trials); quasi-experiments and cohort studies; and case-control and cross-sectional studies. Critique of journal articles is interspersed with researchers presenting examples of projects illustrating various research design and measurement issues. The course concludes with students designing individual research projects. The final project must include: a statement of purpose (research aims); a description of previous work relevant to the topic (literature review), culminating in a rationale for the proposed project; and a description of how the study is to be conducted (what the units of observation are why and how they will be selected; what materials will be used in the study; and how information will be analyzed to meet the aims of the project.). Students must also take and pass the university human subjects training course.

3 Credits
Term offered: Spring

Public Health Assessment Planning & Evaluation (PHS 6324)

This course is designed to facilitate the integration and application of a variety of public health topics, issues, and skills. The lecture-based course is designed to provide students with different perspectives and approaches, as well as a greater familiarity of a range of methods, essential to public health practice. Topics will be framed around skills in public health practice and evaluative research. This course will prepare students for capstone and public health practice experience planning. The grade will be based on class participation and methods presentations, capstone proposal and application, evaluation plan project, public health symposium poster presentation, and capstone background and literature review.

3 credits

Introduction to Epidemiology (PHS 6330)

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of epidemiology, the study of the distribution and determinants of health in populations and the application of this study to control and improve health outcomes. Concepts that will be covered include: historical foundations of epidemiologic research, measures of disease frequency, standardization, study design, measures of effect, screening, and causality. The student will gain insight in the strengths and limitations of population-based research, acquire skills to critically evaluate epidemiologic research, understand the basis of casual inference regarding health and disease, and appreciate the scope of epidemiology and its uses in the areas of public health and clinical care. Grading: Midterm Exam 25%; Final Exam 30%; Class assignments 45%. Students taking the course for credit towards a degree program are required to take the course for A-F grading. Public Health Certificate students only will have the option at the start of the course to choose A-F grading or S/U grading. Public Health Certificate students choosing S/U grading are required to complete all graded components of the course. The grade of S, satisfactory, is equivalent to a C or better. The grade of U, unsatisfactory, is equivalent to an F.

Prerequisites: PHS 6443 or permission of instructor
Term offered: Fall
Year offered: Annually
Hours per week: Lecture 3

Advanced Epidemiologic Methods (PHS 6331)

This lecture course is designed to provide a rigorous overview of epidemiologic methods in clinical and public health research. In view of the growing need for quantitative approaches in epidemiology, the main thrust of this course will be statistical methods and interpretations pertinent to practice of modern epidemiology.

3 Credits
Term offered: Spring

Epidemiological Methods (PHS 6333)

This class is meant to be a continuation of the Introduction to Epidemiology Course offered in the fall, and as a supplement to (PMCH 6322/PMCH 6371) Seminar in Research Design. Conceptual issues challenging epidemiologic research and public health practice presented in the introductory course will be reviewed in greater detailed. Although the core of the class is directed to conceptual based learning, tools to manage these challenges will be taught in parallel.

3 Credits
Term offered: Spring

Field Epidemiology: Principles & Practices (PHS 6334)

This two-week course taught in Lima, Peru is designed to provide a comprehensive review of epidemiologic principles and practices applied to public health field studies. The course combines lectures, case study, and hands-on training in the design, conduct and publication of epidemiological field investigations. The fieldwork component includes specific abilities, such as household interviews, collection of biological specimens from humans and household animals, trapping small mammals, vector collection, and basic parasitology, bacteriology and virological techniques in BSL 2/3 laboratories. This course is directed to professionals who have completed at least an introductory course in epidemiology, have a basic understanding of field investigations and use epidemiologic methods in their work or study.

Restrictions: Intermediate Spanish/Instructor Permission from Dr. White
3 Credits

Community-based Public Health (PHS 6336)

This course is designed to provide students with exposure to basic health concepts and introduce students to community-based public health practice. Students will utilize basic public health skills to describe and explain population health problems and will identify and review the evidence for policy and community responses. Students will gain a better understanding of underserved populations, health and non-health needs that affect health outcomes, and community-based resources that align with public health and medical education, training, and practice. The course includes an introductory overview of concepts and methods used in public health followed by more in-depth consideration of current issues in the field. Grading will be based on, attendance and participation, mentored team projects, presentations of results and peer evaluation.

3 credits

Design & Analysis of Clinical Trials (PHS 6337)

This course introduces students to issues of design and data analysis when conducting clinical trials. Clinical trials can be made more efficient or ethical with careful consideration of how comparison trial Is designed and how many subjects are involved. Additionally, reliable data analysts requires understanding the role of design complexities as well as missing mechanisms and data reliability. Topics in this course will include reviews of relevant statistical methods, design issues such as randomization and sample size calculations, types of clinical designs including adaptive designs, issues In monitoring and reporting of results, and Bayesian approaches. Grades will be based on participation and attendance, homework and two exams (mid-term and final).

3 credits

Public Health Professionalism & Leadership (PHS 6338)

This course is designed to familiarize students with communications, leadership, advocacy, and inter-professional practice, in a public health context, and to better prepare them for their public health practice experience and the work force. It incorporates real-world case studies and scenarios to improve practice-based knowledge and skills. Grading will be based on chapter presentation, advocacy presentation, inter-professional practice activity, participation and attendance, group projects and a written paper.

3 credits

Health Economics (PHS 6339)

This advanced course is designed to provide an understanding of the economics of health and health care. The U.S. health care sector accounts for roughly one-fifth of the overall gross domestic product. Its performance has Important implications for Individual health outcomes and population health. Using key concepts from economics, we will understand how health care is delivered in the United States, how the health insurance market works, and the role of government regulations/policies In governing health care effectiveness. Grades will be based on class participation, topic presentations and paper presentations and writing.

3 credits

Categorical Data Analysis (PHS 6341)

This course provides researchers an introduction to some of the major techniques used in analyzing categorical data. This includes a review of probability and some common discrete distributions. Log-linear models, weighted least squares and logistic regression are presented. In addition, techniques for small samples and for survey samples are discussed. Most of the examples are drawn from published articles although occasionally an artificial data set is used to emphasize a particular point. For more than two variables most computations require the use of a computer.

3 Credits

Biostatistics (PHS 6343)

Course objective is to provide the student with a basic understanding of the use and interpretation of certain classical and state-of-the-art statistical techniques and in the study of health and biomedical problems. Topics to be covered are basic probability, sensitivity and specificity, Bayes Rule, population measures of location and dispersion, Gaussian distributions, point estimation, confidence intervals, classical and practical hypothesis testing, simple analysis of variance with mean separation tests, nonparametric procedures for one- and two-way classifications, least squares regression and correlation, including lack of fit tests, simple categorical data analysis including goodness of fit, and homogeneity of proportions.

3 Credits
Term offered: Fall

Introduction to Linear Models (PHS 6344)

This course provides an introduction to the most common statistical model used in data analysis. The model has been adopted as a conceptual framework throughout the biomedical, public health and social sciences. It includes as special cases: simple regression and correlation, multiple regression, analysis of covariance and analysis of variance. The model is termed the liner model and with broad assumptions uses simple computational techniques known as: ordinary least squares. The course will cover assumptions and diagnostic methods of these models. Examples from the biomedical and socio-medical sciences will illustrate all of the techniques. Computations require using the computer package SAS. The interpretation and presentation of results are emphasized.

3 Credits
Term offered: Spring

Introduction to Bioinformatics (PHS 6345)

This course provides students the opportunity to hear about the latest advancements and techniques in a wide variety of biomedical sciences. Students are required to attend seminars by on- or off-campus speakers during each of the Fall and Spring terms. Students choose twelve seminars to attend on the basis of student interest and/or program recommendations. A required module on avoiding plagiarism and the proper use of citations and paraphrasing is part of the fall calendar. Grades will be satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) based on attendance.

Term offered: Fall
Year offered: Annually - odd years

Applied Statistical Methods (PHS 6347)

This course introduces the general concepts of regression analysis, as used in the biomedical, public health and social sciences. The course will examine how a wide variety of problems can be described and analyzed using the language of regression. Specific topics to be covered include: simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, polynomial regression, random effects, linear mixed models, nonlinear regression, logistic regression, and Cox regression. As these topics are developed, related subjects will be addressed: diagnostics for regression, assumptions of regression, the notions of confounding and effect modification, interaction terms, extensions of the above models, ANOVA, research design, and further more advanced topics as time permits. The emphasis of the course is to familiarize students with the vocabulary and basic notions associated with the methods, as well as with interpretation of statistics. While this is a quantitative course, most of the time will be spent working on intuitive understanding of what the regression models are telling investigators, what their limits are, and what is required to properly use the models. Grade will be composed of: In class exercises and class discussion 40%, homework 40%, and a final project 20%. Students taking the course for credit towards a degree program are required to take the course for A-F grading. Public Health Certificate students only will have the option at the start of the course to choose A-F grading or S/U grading. Public Health Certificate students choosing S/U grading are required to complete all graded components of the course. The grade of S, satisfactory, is equivalent to a C or better. The grade of U, unsatisfactory, is equivalent to an F.

Grade will be composed of:
In class exercises and class discussions 40%,
homework 40%,
and a final project 20%.

Issues in Prevention (PHS 6349)

The fields of preventive medicine and public health both focus on disease prevention and health promotion. The fields differ, however, in their traditional target groups and analytical and intervention approaches. Preventive medicine activities typically target individuals with research and interventions taking place in clinical settings. Public Health, in contrast, is concerned with the health populations and research and interventions are commonly set in communities or in community-based settings (e.g., worksites, schools). This course will review both types of approaches with emphases on developing answerable research questions, identifying appropriate data sources, critiquing empirical articles, synthesizing research literature, and integrating quantitative skills with relevant concepts and theories to address specific questions. Grade is based on 1) participation 15%, 2) data presentation exercises 15%, 3) writing and oral presenting a protocol proposal for a systematic review paper 10%, 4) writing and orally presenting a protocol for a systematic review paper 30%, 5) final exam 50%. Offered Biennially-Even Years.

Directed Studies in Metabolism (PHS 6350)

This course will introduce students to research in metabolism and keep them abreast of the latest developments in this field.

2 Credits

Linear Models (PHS 6354)

This course deals with statistical models for the analysis of quantitative data, of the types usually encountered in biomedical research. The statistical methods studied are the general linear model for continuous responses (including multiple regression, analysis of variance and analysis of covariance). All of these techniques are covered as special cases of the General Linear Model, which provides a central unifying statistical framework for the entire course. The emphasis is on understanding and applying statistical concepts and techniques. Some familiarity with matrix algebra and calculus is necessary. Computer literacy is essential, as we make extensive use of the computer.

3 Credits

Tracer Methodology (PHS 6355)

To learn the main aspects of tracer methodology, particularly stable isotope methodology. Analytical issues will include instrumentation, sample preparation, and (primarily) calculation of results. General topics related to metabolic/nutrition research include measuring whole body oxidation, glucose, fat, protein, and DNA kinetics and some basic aspects of compartmental modeling. Classroom activities will be held for 2-3 hours weekly. The balance of the 3 course credit, if any, will be devoted to analyzing and discussing data assigned as homework and reading published manuscripts on tracer methodology; 1-2 articles will be assigned by the course organizer every week. Homework problems will be given most weeks and will be due the week after the relevant lecture was given. A take-home final will be given at the of the course. Homework will count for 50% of the grade and the final will count for 50% of the grade. Grading will be A-F for graduate students, S-U for post-doctoral fellows.

Prerequisites: None, but physiology and biochemistry are recommended
Term offered: II
Year offered: Annually
Hours per week: Lecture 1; Conference or Discussion 2

Aging and Health (PHS 6366)

This course provides an opportunity to obtain an overview of the influence of social and behavioral factors in the aging process and of the relationship between the aging process and health and disease. Emphasis is given to trends in mortality and longevity, leading causes of death and disability in old age, issues in prevention and health promotion, mental health, and institutionalization and its alternatives. In addition, the effect of demographic changes and changes in health of older people of social institutions and social and health policy are examined.

3 Credits
Year offered: Biennially - Odd Years

Applied Survey Methods (PHS 6374)

The course covers a mixed-methods approach to survey methods. First, qualitative methods are used to develop content for questionnaires. This phase of a study is important for focusing the study purpose, learning what questions are relevant, and obtain content for subsequent systematic questions. Second, interview materials and questionnaires are developed from responses to qualitative interviews and previous surveys. We review best practices for writing clear questions, review several national surveys, and discuss scale development. Third, a sampling plan is developed. Sampling theory is reviewed as well as in-class exercises for drawing representative samples. Fourth, data analysis techniques relevant to surveys are presented. Tests can be used to compare sample results to national or census data, as well as evaluation of reliability and scale structure of scales.

Social Epidemiology (PHS 6379)

This course will develop and enhance students’ ability to gather, synthesize, and critically evaluate the research literature in social epidemiology. The course will also provide students with conceptual and methodological frameworks for conducting empirical research in the field. Health disparities will be described and theory and evidence addressing plausible causal pathways will be reviewed. Students will practice assembling and critiquing empirical evidence for specific hypotheses in social epidemiology. Grading will be based on class participation, article critiques, and oral and written presentation of term paper.

3 Credits
Term offered: Fall
Year offered: Biennially - Even Years

Society and Health Care (PHS 6380)

This course provides a critical analysis of modern health care delivery systems, focusing on the United States and cross-national comparisons. Topics include historical origins, organizational structure, utilization patterns, economic and political aspects and provider-consumer issues. Analysis of problems in providing care, professional socialization of healers, the sick role, patient role, health status, institutional functioning, and social policy will be addressed.

2 Credits
Year offered: Biennially

Health Policy & Management (PHS 6384)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the U.S. healthcare delivery system and policies. We will compare the U.S. system with that of other industrialized countries. Detailed examination of the structure of the U.S. health insurance market and the Affordable Care Act will be conducted. This course will also help you develop an understanding of current problems and issues in healthcare delivery. Student performance in the course is graded A-F. Grading is based on class participation, group participation, proposal outline, oral presentation of proposal and written research proposal.

3 credits

Introduction to Rehabilitation Science (PHS 6390)

The interdisciplinary course provides an introductory study of rehabilitation science and engineering from basic to selected theories. The course is divided into four modules that highlight reflective practice, research, and evidence related to 1) the dynamic interplay between disability, rehabilitation science and engineering; 2) cognitive disabilities; 3) motor disabilities; and 4) psychosocial disabilities. Qualitative and quantitative methods will be presented. Students will be evaluated based on class participation and two independent projects. Grading students is an A-F scale. The students final grade will compromise of class participation (50%), lecture on disability/rehabilitation related topic (25%), and a presentation and report on UTMB research areas (25%).

3 Credits
Year offered: Biennially - Even Years

Evidence-Based Health Care: Issues and Methods (PHS 6391)

The aim of this course is to introduce students and professionals to the concepts of evidence-based practice and outcome measurement in rehabilitation. The course will emphasize the growing need for evidence-based practice in rehabilitation and discuss how the methods and procedures developed in clinical medicine can be used to establish evidence-based strategies for persons with disability and/or chronic disease.

3 Credits
Year offered: Biennially - Odd Years

Special Topics (PHS 6396)

No Description given

Intensive Course in Tropical & Travel Medicine (PHS 6410)

Provide trainees with in-depth didactic training in tropical medicine, travel medicine, and issues related to global public health with a goal of preparing them for international work. This course is part of a global health program designed to satisfy the criteria for the American Society for Tropical Medicine Certificate of Knowledge in Tropical Medicine and Travel Health. This course is designed for physicians and medical students who anticipate working in less developed countries or with immigrants from those countries, but is taught at the level of graduate courses.

4 Credits

Principles in Aviation & Space Medicine (PHS 6482)

The objective of this course is to develop comprehension and appreciation of major contributions to the advancement of aviation and space flight by life science professionals, and awareness of current and future challenges. Each course participant should demonstrate comprehension of the course objectives by writing a brief paper of research questions yet to be answered.

3 Credits
Term offered: Summer

Special Topics (PHS 6496)

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Foundations in Public Health (PHS 6601)

Identifying and addressing public health problems, development of interventions and policy solutions, and assurance of service delivery and workforce performance. This public health course will introduce students to basic content and skills from the public health related disciplines of environmental health sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and health policy and management. Students will practice application of the core content and skills in case based exercise. To satisfactorily complete the course, students must: 1) Attend class regularly and participate in class discussions (15%); 2) Write a brief environmental health risk assessment paper (15%); 3) Write a brief intervention proposal paper (15%); 4) Write a brief policy position paper (15%); and, 5) Write a repost that uses an evidence-based public health approach to address a community health problem (40%). Students taking the course for credit towards a degree program are required to take the course for A-F grading. Public Health Certificate students only will have the option at the start of the course to choose A-F grading or S/U grading. Public Health Certificate choosing S/U grading are required to complete all graded components of the course. The grade of S, satisfactory, is equivalent to a C or better. The grade of U, Unsatisfactory, is equivalent to an F.