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Courses in Public Health Studies

The Integrated Student Information System (ISIS) is Johns Hopkins' first university-wide, web-based student information system. You can read more about ISIS on the main ISIS webpage, or you can search the ISIS course schedule listing for Public Health Studies. 

Nine new public health courses will be offered in Spring 2013, see listing here.

Homewood Public Health CoursesFaculty
Required Courses
280.340 Fund. of Health Policy & Mgmt.Dr. Donald Steinwachs
Through lectures and small group discussions, students will develop a framework for analyzing health care policy problems and gain familiarity with current issues including managed care, Medicare and the uninsured.
280.345 Biostatistics in Public Health

Dr. Scott Zeger

Using problem-based learning focusing on public health topics, students learn to describe and summarize data, make inferences regarding population parameters, and test hypotheses.
280.350 Fund. of EpidemiologyDr. Darcy Phelan
An introduction to principles and methods for investigating infectious and noninfectious disease within human populations contributing to an understanding of etiologic factors, modes of transmission and pathogenesis.
280.335 Environment & Your HealthDr. Michael Trush
This course surveys the basic environmental health sciences (toxicology, risk assessment), current public health issues (hazardous waste, radon, water-borne diseases) and emerging global health threats (global warming, ozone depletion, sustainability).
Elective Courses
280.100 Public Health in Film and MediaLecturer Mieka Smart
Dr. Jim Goodyear

This course uses film to explore and question the cultural landscape of public health in today's society. Public health is a richly diverse field that reaches not only into many areas of daily life, but into our cultural imagination as well. 

280.101 Introduction to Public HealthDr. Miriam Alexander
An overview of the major concepts and themes in public health utilizing the social and natural science disciplines in populations worldwide.
280.120 Lectures on Public Health and Wellbeing in BaltimoreDr. Philip Leaf
An introduction to Urban Health with Baltimore as a case study: wellbeing, nutrition, education, violence and city-wide geographic variation. Lectures by JH Faculty, local government/service providers and advocates. Section 01 is restricted to Seniors only. Section 02 is restricted to Juniors only. Section 03 is restricted to Sophomores only. Section 04 is restricted to Freshmen only. Grading is S/U only.
280.215 Understanding Behavior Change: Theory and ApplicationLecturer Lisa Folda

Sophomores Only. This course will begin by exposing students to a variety of theories of behavior change - why and how we do it, and why we often don't. From there they will use this knowledge to develop a communication campaign designed to encourage changing a behavior among their peers. They will gain the skills necessary to analyze a problem, develop a campaign strategy, create persuasive materials, and implement and monitor that campaign. Some elements of impact evaluation will also be covered in this course. 

280.220 Baltimore and The Wire: A focus on major urban issuesDr. Peter Beilenson

Freshmen/Sophomores Only. Playing off the themes raised in the HBO series "The Wire", this course will provide an introduction to major issues confronting Baltimore and other American urban centers through a series of lectures by policy makers in the region.

280.222.21 Applied Geographic Information Systems in Public Health 

Lecturer Mieka Smart

Course provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and presents its utility in public health. Provides exposure to GIS as a tool for describing the magnitude of health problems, and for supporting health decision-making. Course topics include a historical overview of the intersection between geography and public health; current epidemiological use of GIS; and experiential learning (thematic mapping of health needs observed in the field); and GIS applications in identifying public health problems.
280.320 Seminar on Public Health and Wellbeing in BaltimoreDr. Philip Leaf
Seminar combines lectures from 280.120 with additional readings and discussion to more deeply address urban health issues. If you resister for this course, you do NOT register for 280.120
280.360 Clinical & Public Health Beavior ChangeDr. Larry Cheskin
This course explores the theory and practice of changing the health behaviors of individuals, and the public health and medical impact of doing so. Theoretical concepts are integrated with practical clinical applications, especially in the areas of diet and fitness. Skill building in persuasive, health-related communication will be included in smaller group discussions.
280.375 Cultural Factors in Public HealthDr. Thomas LaVeist

This course covers influence of culture on health policy, management and practice. Also provides background in disparities in health in the United States. Guest speakers include healthcare providers, managers, and policy-makers.

280.380 Introduction to Global Health 
Introduces approaches used by various countries in solving their health and medical care problems and the role of major international health organizations. Analyzes some of the current important issues in global health. Seniors and Juniors only, all others by permission.
280.399 Practicum in Community HealthDr. Lee Bone

Students will participate in community-based health services intervention programs, working with community leaders and health interventionists from the schools of Medicine and Public Health. Classroom presentation and paper required. Seniors & Juniors only.

280.495/499 Honors in Public Health

Dr. Kelly Gebo
Dr. Jennifer Schrack

Using lectures, oral presentations, and writing assignments, this seminar is designed to assist Public Health Studies majors in writing a senior thesis. Students will formulate their topics, develop research skills, and address issues of professional ethics. Participating in this seminar is required for students pursuing honors in Public Health Studies. Classes are held at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Dr. Gebo permission is required before enrolling.

180.289 Economics of HealthDr. David Bishai

Application of economic concepts and analysis to the health services system. Review of empirical studies of demand for health services, behavior of providers, and relationship of health services to population health levels. Discussion of current policy issues relating to financing and resource allocation. Prereq: 180.102

230.225 Population Health & DevelopmentDr. Stan Becker

This course will cover the major world population changes in the past century as well as the contemporary situation and projections for this century. Topics include rapid population growth, the historical and continuing decline of death and birth rates, contraceptive methods as well as family planning and child survival programs, population aging, urbanization, population and the environment and the demographic effects of HIV/AIDS.

230.341 Medical SociologyDr. Agree

This course introduces students to medical sociology, which is the application of the sociological perspective to health and health care. Major topics include stress, social epidemiology, and the social organization of health care.

250.351 Reproductive PhysiologyDr. Barry Zirkin
Focuses on reproductive physiology and biochemical and molecular regulation of the female and male reproductive tracts. Topics include the hypothalamus and pituitary, peptide and steroid hormone action, epididymis and male accessory sex organs, female reproductive tract, menstrual cycle, ovulations and gamete transport, fertilization and fertility enhancement, sexually transmitted diseases, and male and female contraceptive methods. Introductory lectures on each topic followed by research-oriented lectures and reading from current literature.



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