Core Courses

Note: MPF = Miami Plan Foundation; MPT = Miami Plan Thematic Sequence.

MBI 131 - Community Health Perspectives (3) MPF

Discussion of community health primarily from the perspective of leading causes of disease
and death in the U.S. Exploration of the impact of environment, behavior, and disease,
including prevention and treatment strategies, on human health, public resources, and
quality of life for society.
Does not count as credit toward an A.B. or B.S. in microbiology.

MBI 361- Epidemiology (3) MPT

Consideration of the epidemic nature, etiology, and characteristics of infectious and organic
diseases, and methods used to analyze their control within the framework of environmental
and population variables.
Prerequisite: 2 hours of microbiology or biology or permission of instructor.

IES/KNH 441 - Environmental Public Health

This course is a study of the effects of human-made and natural physical, biological, and chemical agents on human health. The course explores the interaction of population health, demographics, and environmental determinants of disease. The course covers the basic principles of epidemiology, exposure, risk characterization, disease pathogenesis, and diagnostic testing, as well as the public works and regulatory controls used to limit exposure.

GTY 365 - Social Policy and Programs in Gerontology (3)

Provides practical information about working in programs serving older people and an aging population across the life course. Topics include social policy and old age, health policy and programs, federal healthcare reform and comparative social policy.
Prerequisite: GTY 154.

KNH 125 - Introduction to Public Health (3) MPF

Public health is a multi-disciplinary field aimed at reducing preventable morbidity and premature mortality, and promoting a higher quality of life in populations and groups through health intervention. This course is designed to introduce the basic tenets, applications, and foci of public health, including integrating public health with other health professions. It will provide a history of public health, an overview of the core disciplines, current events and issues in the field.

KNH 218 - Applied Health Behavior Change (3)

Applied Health Behavior Change focuses on the role of theory in shaping research and practice in health promotion and education. This course will provide an overview of social and behavioral science theories that are currently used to: 1) understand health related behaviors; and 2) guide development of interventions designed to prevent, reduce or eliminate major public health problems.

KNH 321 - National and Global Health Policy (3)

National and Global Health Policy provides students with an overview of the U.S. health care system, its components, and the policy challenges created by its organization. The course focuses on the major health policy institutions (nationally and globally) and important issues that cut across institutions, including private insurers and the federal/state financing programs. The course will also address mental health issues, disparities in access to care, the quality of care, structure of the delivery system, the challenges of long-term care and the aging of the population, including the drivers of cost growth.

STA 261 - Statistics (4) or STA 301 - Applied Statistics (3) MPT

STA 261

Course examines descriptive statistics, basic probability, random variables, binomial and probability distribution, tests of hypothesis, regression and correlation, and analysis of
variance. Course emphasis is on application.
Prerequisite: Math 102 or 104 or 120, or 3 years of college preparatory math.

STA 301

A first course in applied statistics including an introduction to probability, the development of estimation and hypothesis testing, and a focus on statistical methods and applications. Includes introduction to probability of events, random variable, binomial and normal distributions, mathematical expectation, sampling distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Statistical methods include one and two sample procedures for means and proportions, chi-square tests, analysis of variance, and linear regression.
Credit for graduation will not be given for more than one of ISA 205, STA 261, STA 301, or STA 368.
Prerequisite: Calculus I or II.