The systems thinking competency encompasses the ability to recognize system-level properties that result from dynamic interactions among human and social systems and how they affect the relationships among individuals, groups, organizations, communities and environments.

Med Hist 504 Society and Health Care in American History

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall, spring 
  • Cross listed with HISTORY, HIST SCI, MED HIST 

This course is designed to acquaint students with the history of health care in America. Although the focus will be on the past, efforts will be made to relate the past to the present.

MED HIST 509 The Development of Public Health in America 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall, spring 
  • Cross listed with HIST SCI, MED HIST 

This course provides an overview of health problems in the U.S. from the colonial period to the 20th century as well as efforts made toward their solutions.

POP HLTH 553 International Health and Global Society 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall 
  • Cross listed with HIST SCI, MED HIST, POP HLTH 

Major problems in international health from 1750 to the present are reviewed. Focus on disease epidemiology and ecology; political economy of health; migration; quarantine; race; ethnicity and health care; international health research; cross-cultural healing; mental and maternal health; growth of international health organizations.

I SYS E 559 Patient Safety and Error Reduction in Health Care 

  • Credits: 2 
  • Offered: Spring 
  • Prerequisites: Junior standing or consent of the instructor 
  • Cross listed with I SY E, MED PHYS 

Techniques for evaluating and reducing risks in medical procedures, including probabilistic risk assessment methods, failure mode and effects analysis, human factors analysis and quality management are covered. Patient safety standards, recommendations from agencies and continual quality improvement are also discussed.

I SY E 617 Health Information Systems 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Varies 
  • Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing, or consent of the instructor 
  • Cross listed with I SY E, L I S 

Provides grounding in core concepts of health information systems. Major applications include clinical information systems, language and standards, decision support, image technology and digital libraries. Evaluation of IE tools and perspectives designed to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of health information.

SOC 663 Population and Society 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall 

This course is a survey of the field of population studies. It covers substantive, non-technical aspects of demography. It is addressed to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. For some this course will be their only class on population. For others, and especially for graduate students thinking about specializing in demography, the course is the first of several they will take. Readings and lectures have been selected to be informative and challenging to both groups.

POP HLTH 795 Principles of Population Health Science 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall 

This course introduces students to the multiple determinants of health including medical care, socioeconomic status, the physical environment and individual behavior and their interactions. Also covered will be the definition and measurement of population health, economic concepts in population health and ethical and managerial issues in population health improvement. Note: MPH students are required to take the 1-credit section of this course. They may take the 3-credit section and receive 2 credits toward their elective credits.

POP HLTH 796 Introduction to Health Services Research 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Spring
  • Prerequisites: POP HLTH 795, or consent of the instructor 

Introduces students to a variety of perspectives, substantive areas and methodological approaches to health services research that provide the foundation for understanding the structure, process and outcomes of the U.S. health care system. Note: This course serves as a methods course for the MPH program.