The public health competency encompasses the ability to incorporate public health biology – the biological and molecular context of public health – into public health practice.

MMI 554 Emerging Infectious Disease & Bioterrorism 

  • Credits: 2 
  • Offered: Fall 

The focus of this course is on the identification of analysis and solution of emerging infectious disease problems and the problems of bioterrorism.

MMI 555 Vaccines: Practical Issues for a Global Society 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Spring
  • Prerequisites: MMI 301 & either MMI 341 or MMI 528 

Students will consider innovative approaches to the development and use of vaccines in the past, today and in the future, including the public health impact and the economic, ethical and safety issues associated with vaccine development, licensing and use.

POP HLTH 603 Clinical and Public Health Microbiology 

  • Credits: 5 
  • Offered: Spring 
  • Prerequisites: MM&I 301 & 302 or equiv 
  • Cross listed with MM&I, POP HLTH 

Lectures describe microorganisms of clinical and public health significance. Seminar sessions discuss issues and controversies of specimen receiving and processing, bacteremia, sero-diagnosis of infectious agents, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, laboratory management and novel approaches.

NUTRI SCI 625 Advanced Nutrition: Obesity and Diabetes 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Spring 
  • Prerequisites: Nutr Sci 619 or con reg & Physiol 335 or equiv 

Students will complete a critical review of current research on etiology and treatment of obesity and diabetes and gain an understanding of the physiology, biochemistry and genetics of human obesity and diabetes.

POP HLTH 650-082 Public Health Laboratory 

  • Credits: 2 
  • Offered: Fall 

The public health laboratory plays a vital role in keeping communitites and the environment healthy and safe by providing testing that can be used to prevent or minimize spread of disease, monitor outbreaks and provide surveillance. This course will provide students with an in-depth exposure to the complex testing performed at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene and how results are used to impact the citizens of Wisconsin and beyond. Topics include communicable diseases, environmental testing, toxicology, public health genomics and occupational health hazards.

POP HLTH 888 Public Health Genomics 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Spring 

Public health genomics uses knowledge gained from genetic and molecular research along with a consideration of ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) to prevent disease and improve the health of the population. Students enrolled in this course will be provided an introduction to public health genomics through a review of fundamental principles of genetics, followed by lectures and discussions on the use of genetic information in clinical and research settings and its implications for disease management and prevention. Students will also gain an awareness of policies that guide public health and will be able to discuss current ethical, legal and social implications of these policies. These learning objectives will be met through readings and videos, lectures and discussions of recent journal articles and current topics in public health genomics.

POP HLTH 794 Biological Basis of Population Health 

  • Credits: 2 
  • Offered: Fall 
  • Prerequisites: POP HLTH Grad student or MPH student 

This course covers the physiology, biology and biochemistry of selected disease processes deemed to be important to students of population health sciences by virtue of their clinical significance, including incidence, mortality and morbidity.