Public Health, Community Health Education Concentration (M.P.H.) - Graduate - 2012 University Catalog

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Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Lisa Lieberman
Department Administrator: Ann Schurmann
Phone Number: (973) 655-7681
Email: mph@mail.montclair.edu

The mission of the Master of Public Health program is to prepare culturally and professionally competent leaders in community health education by providing an interdisciplinary academic and experiential program with a focus on social justice. Through this program, students will master public health knowledge and skills while developing professional values and dispositions. Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers as public health leaders in local and state health departments, public and private health agencies, voluntary organizations focused on specific health issues (e.g. cancer or heart health), schools, health care settings, community based organizations, policy and advocacy organizations, and other settings in which health monitoring and health education initiatives are implemented.

The core of the proposed program comprises the five core disciplines of public health: biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences Community Health Education is a concentration that aims to prepare public health professionals to protect and enhance the health and well-being of populations through health promotion and disease prevention initiatives. Communities may be large or small geographic areas, institutions such as schools or workplaces, groups affiliated by common characteristics (race or ethnicity, religious practices, sexual behaviors, common experiences, etc.), or other groups of people.

Program Objectives:

The Master of Public Health program has the following objectives:
  • To prepare public health practitioners with strong skills in performing community health need assessments

  • To prepare public health practitioners with strong skills in planning, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining community health education initiatives.

  • To prepare public health practitioners who are committed to social justice and the elimination of health disparities and who actively and continually examine their discipline using critical thinking.

  • To collaborate with field-based professionals - based on parity, trust, and mutual interests - to improve the public's health and advance the standing of the profession.

PUBLIC HEALTH w/CONC:Community Health Ed

Complete 42 semester hours including the following 4 requirement(s):

  1. CORE COURSES

    Complete 6 courses for 18 semester hours:

    HLTH 501 Public Health Seminar: Foundations, Ethics, and Cultural Competency (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 502 Determinants of Environmental Health (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 504 Behavioral and Social Science in Health (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 565 Foundations of Epidemiology (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 580 Health Policy and Politics (3 hours lecture) 3
    STAT 500 Biostatistical Methods for Research Workers I (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete 4 courses for 12 semester hours:

    HLTH 503 Research Methods in Health (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 528 Program Planning and Evaluation (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 529 Applied Topics in Program Planning and Evaluation (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 555 Health Disparities and Social Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. ELECTIVES

    Complete 6 semester hours from the following:

    ANTH 521 Communities in Transition (3 hours lecture) 3-4
    ANTH 522 Environment and Community 3-4
    ANTH 523 Community & Health (3 hours lecture) 3-4
    ANTH 529 Building Sustainable Communities 3-4
    FCST 512 Child Development I: Theories of Child Development (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 515 Child Development II: Adolescence (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 518 Families, Communities, and Schools: Diversity, Culture, and Democracy (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 505 School Health Program Management (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 510 Health Education Workshop I 1-3
    HLTH 511 Biomedical and Psychosocial Perspectives on Drugs (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 520 Foundations and Methods in Health Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 525 Grant Writing (3 lecture hours) 3
    HLTH 526 Curriculum Development in Health Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 530 Health Issues Seminar (3 hours seminar) 3
    HLTH 533 Behavioral Aspects of Diet, Activity and Health (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 540 Selected Topics in Mental Health (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 544 Community Organization and Health Advocacy (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 551 Selected Topics in Gerontology (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 560 Human Diseases (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 575 The Teaching of Human Sexuality (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 577 Selected Topics in Health (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 585 Organization and Administration of Health Care Facilities (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 592 Controversies in Sexuality Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    LAWS 560 Bullying Prevention (3 hours lecture) 3
    NUFD 557 Food Safety (3 hours lecture) 3
    NUFD 577 Social Marketing in Nutrition (3 hours lecture) 3
    NUFD 580 Current Applications in Nutrition (3 hours lecture) 3
    NUFD 581 Nutrition Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    NUFD 585 Food and Nutrition Issues (3 hours lecture) 3
    NUFD 590 Nutrition Policy (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 551 Mental Health Issues of Hispanics (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 582 Behavior Modification (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 592 Graduate Seminar in Health Psychology (3 hours seminar) 3
  4. FIELDWORK/CULMINATING EXPERIENCE

    Complete 2 courses for 6 semester hours:

    HLTH 604 Internship 1-3
    HLTH 605 Community Project 1-3

Course Descriptions:

ANTH521: Communities in Transition (3 hours lecture)

Case studies of community conflict and decay, conflicts over immigration, problems of racial and cultural diversity, multiculturalism and cultural misunderstandings, role of education and the local school system, urban infrastructure and community decline, sprawl versus community, introduction to basics of program evaluation. 3 - 4 sh.

ANTH522: Environment and Community

How environmental change affects community structures and practices, social and cultural responses to environmental change, role of citizen organizations, government and other institutions in solving environmental problems, green building and certification, ecological community planning and design, urban planning aspects of community and environment, sustainable cities initiatives, case studies, program evaluation skills, environmental policy making, perceptions of the environment, environmental discourses, environmental justice. 3 - 4 sh.

ANTH523: Community & Health (3 hours lecture)

The study of how social and cultural influences and inequalities related to age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation impact health and disease in communities. Case studies will examine health in relationship to community issues including homelessness, the health care delivery system, role of community in disease prevention/treatment, social inclusion, and program evaluation. 3 - 4 sh.

ANTH529: Building Sustainable Communities

This course will analyze selected case studies of community development programs nationally and internationally and evaluate their implications for community development in New Jersey. Topics will include the importance of citizen participation, inclusion of people with disabilities, aging in place, localization theory, smart growth, ecovillages, cohousing, permaculture, community supported agriculture, community land trusts, and community developent banks and corporations. Program evaluation skills will be integrated into the topics. 3 - 4 sh.

FCST512: Child Development I: Theories of Child Development (3 hours lecture)

This course both examines and critiques the standard theories of so-called "normative" child development along with newer contextual models that consider the role of oppressive structures in the lives of children. Starting Summer 2012: In this course students examine and critique the standard theories of so-called "normative" child development along with newer contextual models that consider the role of oppressive structures in the lives of children. 3 sh.

FCST515: Child Development II: Adolescence (3 hours lecture)

This course uses a developmental and ecological approach to study adolescents (11-18 years). Physical, cognitive, and social development throughout this age period are studied in terms of change within and differences between individuals. Family, peer, neighborhood, sociocultural, and political influences on adolescents are examined. The roles of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconimic status in adolescent development are like wise examined. Out-of-class observations and/or interview projects as well as an APA style research literature review or proposal paper are required. Starting Summer 2012: Students utilize developmental and ecological approaches to study physical, cognitive, and social development of adolescents (11-18 years) in terms of change within and differences between individuals. Students also examine how family, peer, neighborhood, sociocultural factors, and politics can have an influence on adolescents. The roles of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status in adolescent development are likewise examined. Students also engage in out-of-class observations and/or interview projects as well as develop an APA style research literature review or proposal paper. 3 sh.

FCST518: Families, Communities, and Schools: Diversity, Culture, and Democracy (3 hours lecture)

Provides students with an understanding of how social and cultural influences shape children's development and learning. The relationships among teacher, parent, child, and community as they affect learning will be explored. Methods for developing school/family partnerships will be discussed. Students will learn to take into account issues of child diversity and culturally responsive teaching as they create learning experiences. Crosslisted with Early Childhood, Elementary, and Literacy Education, ECEL 518. Starting Summer 2012: Students gain an understanding of how social and cultural influences shape children's development and learning. Students also explore how relationships among teacher, parent, children and community can affect learning and discuss how to develop school and family partnerships. Students learn to take into account issues of child diversity and culturally responsive teaching as they create learning experiences. 3 sh.

HLTH501: Public Health Seminar: Foundations, Ethics, and Cultural Competency (3 hours lecture)

In this course, to be taken in the first semester in the program, students learn about the role of the core areas of public health (epidemiology and biostatistics, health policy, environmental health, behavioral and social aspects of health) in public health practice. Students also learn about the basis of public health ethics by examining the history and codes of ethics for both community-based and research-based public health work. Finally, students explore issues of cultural competency by examining an array of cultures and beginning to develop the skills needed to develop culturally competent interventions. Students apply their knowledge, practice skills, enhance their understanding of culture and ethics, and improve their oral and written communication skills. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Public Health w/conc in Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH majors only.

HLTH502: Determinants of Environmental Health (3 hours lecture)

Advanced study of health and safety aspects of the environment: air, water, industrial pollution and the impact of expanding population on health problems. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Environmental Studies w/ conc: Environmental Science (ESES) MA majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH503: Research Methods in Health (3 hours lecture)

Theoretical and practical experiences in methods of inquiry, designing of research studies, utilization of various tools for gathering data, statistical analysis of data, and writing of research proposals. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Public Health w/conc in Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, Health Education (HLPE) MA, and Nutrition and Food Science (NUFS) MA majors only.

HLTH504: Behavioral and Social Science in Health (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students develop knowledge and skills needed to understand community, individual, and organizational behaviors and change processes in cross-cultural settings as a foundation for planning culturally appropriate public health education programs. Students learn about social theories of health behaviors, and behavioral and social interventions that can promote healthy behaviors and therefore decrease morbidity and premature mortality; and develop skills for planning and evaluating health education and health promotion programs. Students apply knowledge, practice skills, enhance computer literacy, and improve oral and written communication skills. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Public Health w/conc in Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH majors only.

HLTH505: School Health Program Management (3 hours lecture)

Examines management theory and practices applicable to school health programs. Historical developments and philosophical issues are also reviewed. Includes management techniques, staffing patterns, accounting procedures and evaluation methods essential for the successful school health program. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Human Sexuality Education (HSED) CER majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH510: Health Education Workshop I

For teachers of health education; deeper understandings of subject matter, current methods and techniques for the classroom, and considerations for curriculum development. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Human Sexuality Education (HSED) CER majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH511: Biomedical and Psychosocial Perspectives on Drugs (3 hours lecture)

Examines the complex biomedical and psychosocial dimensions of contemporary drug use, emphasizing consideration of a broad spectrum of physiological responses to and health consequences of involvement. Provides a comprehensive view of the historical and social aspects of drug use, and an analysis of selected major issues presented by our current problems with drugs. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Health Education, Counseling w/conc in Addictions Counseling and Public Health w/conc in Community Health Education majors only.

HLTH520: Foundations and Methods in Health Education (3 hours lecture)

Study of the scientific historical foundations and the instructional methodologies in health education and health promotion with opportunity for practical application of various methodologies for the achievement of specific objectives. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Human Sexuality Education (HSED) CER majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH525: Grant Writing (3 lecture hours)

This course prepares students to develop proposals to secure grants from various types of funding agencies, including government, foundation, corporate and individual sources. Students develop skills to identify promising funding sources and write effective grant proposals that address important public health needs, are theoretically sound, empirically supported, feasible, and appropriate given the state of the science and practice. Students develop needs assessments that incorporate relevant data, program goals and objectives, clear program plans, evaluation plans, and budgets. By writing a grant proposal over the course of the semester and incorporating feedback, students develop strong grant writing skills through experiential learning. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Human Sexuality Education (HSED) CER majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH526: Curriculum Development in Health Education (3 hours lecture)

Explores educational theories and methodologies as they apply to Health Education. The main focus is on planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of health curricula for a variety of circumstances and groups with strong emphasis on the development of skills and techniques in these areas. Appropriate teaching methods, materials and evaluation procedures are considered. Students explore comprehensive curicula that are appropriate for diverse settings including schools, communities, workplaces and the health care system. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Human Sexuality Education (HSED) CER majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH528: Program Planning and Evaluation (3 hours lecture)

This course provides an overview of the principles and methods of program planning and evaluation for health education and health promotion activities. Students develop an understanding of theoretical and applied issues in planning, implementing and evaluating health programs. They critically examine ethical and political dimensions of program planning and evaluation and consider how these affect current practices and future directions. Course sessions and assignments are designed to engage students in developing applied skills in program planning and evaluation as well as critiquing programs and evaluations. It is recommended that students take a basic course in statistics before taking this course. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Basic course in Statistics Recommended. Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Human Sexuality Education (HSED) CER majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH529: Applied Topics in Program Planning and Evaluation (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students apply the principles and methods of program planning and evaluation through a variety of hands-on learning activities. Drawing from the program planning and evaluation theories and principles learned in HLTH 528, students practice and refine skills in: setting program goals and objectives; designing surveys and other measurement instruments (both quantitative and qualitative); collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data; and using data to modify and improve health promotion programs. Students explore issues of program implementation and fidelity, working within local contexts and cultures, and program sustainability. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HLTH 528.

HLTH530: Health Issues Seminar (3 hours seminar)

Provides seminar setting for concentrated study of selected major contemporary health issues. A minimum of five topical areas are presented for analysis and interpretation through extensive readings, pertinent written projects, and directed oral communication. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Human Sexuality Education (HSED) CER majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH533: Behavioral Aspects of Diet, Activity and Health (3 hours lecture)

The combination of poor diet and lack of physical activity has been identified as the second leading preventable cause of death in the United States, second only to tobacco. Therefore, understanding and positively changing these bahaviors is of paramount importance for the field of public health. This course examines the epidemiology of population-based dietary and physical activity behaviors, the social and behavioral contexts and meanings of diet and physical activity, their relationships to chronic diseases, and public health intervention approaches. Students use the principle of energy balance -the balance between energy intake (through food and drink) and energy expenditure (primarily through physical activity) - as a framework for studying and intervening in diet and activity behaviors. Students examine issues including overweight and obesity, poverty and food insufficiency, sedentary leisure habits, and the roles of individuals, government, and industry. Students critically analyze current initiatives in the United States and other industrialized nations. Emphasis is placed on theoretically sound intervention approaches and primary prevention through the cultivation of habits that promote health and prevent disease. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Human Sexuality Education (HSED) CER majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH540: Selected Topics in Mental Health (3 hours lecture)

Entails use of seminar approach for in-depth analysis of selected topics in mental health. Topics will vary according to class interest, but will include, among others, stress, labeling, racism, sexism, and ageism. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: A basic course in mental health. Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Human Sexuality Education (HSED) CER majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH544: Community Organization and Health Advocacy (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on community-based health organizations (CBHOs) and their functions. Students examine the political and economic management of these organizations, and their role in and future potential for improving health outcomes. They examine the advocacy model of community health and develop strategies and skills necessary to become an effective health advocate. They explore community organizing techniques for health advocacy, with examples of how these techniques have been successfully applied to achieve gains in health policies and practices. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Human Sexuality Education (HSED) CER majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH551: Selected Topics in Gerontology (3 hours lecture)

Entails use of seminar approach for in-depth analysis of selected topics in gerontology. Topics will vary according to class interest, but will include, among others, ageism, health problems, loss and diminishment, homelessness and terminal old age. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Human Sexuality Education (HSED) CER majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH555: Health Disparities and Social Justice (3 hours lecture)

This course is intended for students interested in working with underserved populations in the United States and internationally. The course helps prepare students to become leaders in US and international health by developing their ability to research, analyze, and compare information from multiple sources, and guides them in their efforts to improve the health conditions of those overburdened by poverty, marginalization and social injustice. Students examine the ways in which multiple forms of discriminationas well as neighborhood and community factors and inequalities in socioeconomic status interact to influence health behaviors. They explore the impact of access to health care services on health outcomes. Instruction is case-based and focuses on a set of medical problems of relevance to people living at the margins of society. Students work individually and in teams to develop interventions and solutions to the problems addressed in class. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Human Sexuality Education (HSED) CER majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH560: Human Diseases (3 hours lecture)

Presents a contemporary view of the major infectious and chronic/degenerative diseases with an emphasis on the principles of causation, process, diagnosis, prevention, and management. Important past and present medical developments are discussed in the context of continuing change, methods and inferences of epidemiologic investigation are studied and the implications of ongoing research are considered. Concludes with an instructional component which addresses methodology and disease specific information resources. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: A basic course in biology. Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Human Sexuality Education (HSED) CER majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH565: Foundations of Epidemiology (3 hours lecture)

Provides an understanding of the epidemiologic method of identifying disease-causing agents. Emphasizes the generation of hypotheses based on descriptive epidemiologic data, the testing of hypotheses by analytical epidemiologic research design, the determination of causality and value of epidemiologic research in developing disease prevention programs. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Public Health w/conc in Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, Health Education (HLPE) MA & CER and Nutrition and Food Science (NUFS) MS majors only.

HLTH575: The Teaching of Human Sexuality (3 hours lecture)

Provides for the study of instructional methodologies and resource materials pertaining to human sexuality education. Emphasizes curriculum development, teaching plans, resource selection and the role of the teacher in school and community setting. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HLTH 290. Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Human Sexuality Education (HSED) CER majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH577: Selected Topics in Health (3 hours lecture)

Course provides students with the opportunity to expand their professional preparation and expertise about selected topics in health not covered in other graduate health courses. The selected topics will be based on significant, emerging health problems and issues and new scientific developments and discoveries. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6.0 credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education (HLED) MA & CER, Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH, and Human Sexuality Education (HSED) CER majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH580: Health Policy and Politics (3 hours lecture)

Provides for the study of politics of health care, health policy issues and the health care delivery system. Special emphasis is placed on health policy as it has evolved in response to sociopolitical and economic factors and expected future trends. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH585: Organization and Administration of Health Care Facilities (3 hours lecture)

Analyzes organization and administration of health care facilities. Topics include nature of health care facilities, managerial processes, institutional staffing and productivity, social responsibilities, techniques of managerial innovation, funding sources and health facility legislation. Provides practical applications of relevant theory. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education (HLED) MA & CER and Public Health w/conc: Community Health Education (PUBC) MPH majors only or departmental approval.

HLTH592: Controversies in Sexuality Education (3 hours lecture)

This course investigates current controversies in the field of sexuality education and how they are played out at various levels including within the classroom. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Restricted to MA in Health Education and Public Health w/conc in Community Health Education and Human Sexuality Education majors only.

HLTH604: Internship

Students work with and advisor to identify suitable placements - including schools, community agencies, medical care facilities, laboratories, and other sites engaged in health education/public health activities - with the goal of providing students real-world work experience. A faculty supervisor and an on-site preceptor are assigned to each intern. Students must complete a minimum of 180 on-site hours for this three-credit internship. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: 18 credit hours completed in either MA in Health Education or MPH in Community Health Education programs.

HLTH605: Community Project

In this course, students enhance their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of public health professionals and increase their competence as community health educators. Community project sites are carefully selected to provide experiences that reflect the mission of the Public Health Community Health education program and meet the individual learning and career needs of students while responding to real public health issues in the community. Students are linked with community groups that are either planning, want to plan, or have an identified need for a community health education activity and may be involved in a variety of projects, including performing community health assessments, producing health education materials, and serving as health educators. Students must complete all of the core and required courses proior to participating in the community project. 1 - 3 sh.

LAWS560: Bullying Prevention (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide students with the theory of bullying prevention in various settings. Students will critically analyze situations targeted to support bullying prevention, study state laws regarding bullying prevention and harassment, and enhance the connections with conflict management and related fields. 3 sh.

NUFD557: Food Safety (3 hours lecture)

This course is offered for those who must understand food sanitation and safety for effective food management and production. The course emphasizes the understanding of food safety and food sanitation risk management and microbial food contaminants as it encompasses changing federal and state compliance regulations including Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), good manufacturing practices and Safe, Sanitary Operational Procedures (SSOP). 3 sh.

NUFD577: Social Marketing in Nutrition (3 hours lecture)

Social Marketing in Nutrition course entails a comprehensive view of the applications of social marketing in the design, implementation, and evaluation of nutrition education programs. Social marketing is an audience-centered approach that focuses on multiple, reinforcing channels of communication along with environmental changes to influence behavior. Highlights of social marketing will be presented in light of its usefulness and applicability to nutrition education. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Basic nutrition course or departmental approval.

NUFD580: Current Applications in Nutrition (3 hours lecture)

This course enables students to develop detailed and in-depth knowledge of recent findings in human nutrition and to apply this knowledge by learning how to write a grant application for funding. Emphasis is placed on the critical review and analysis of recent developments in nutrition research and developing a successful proposal. 3 sh.

NUFD581: Nutrition Education (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to provide students with skills for developing, implementing, evaluating and funding nutrition education programs for populations with various demographic characteristics. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: NUFD 182 or 192, and BIOL 243 or equivalent.

NUFD585: Food and Nutrition Issues (3 hours lecture)

An investigation of current issues in food and nutrition with an emphasis on consumer, food industry, government and professional perspectives. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: NUFD 382.

NUFD590: Nutrition Policy (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces students to theories, models, and analytic frameworks for understanding the dynamics of policy making and evaluation processes that address nutrition policy problems. Students develop a project for evaluating policy decision-making, outcomes and impacts. Case studies are used as a teaching tool to underscore policy lessons, facilitate small group discussion, and introduce students to several policy initiatives (i.e., School Meal Programs, Food stamps, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children). 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Graduate Standing.

PSYC551: Mental Health Issues of Hispanics (3 hours lecture)

This course will familiarize the student with the personal, social, cultural and institutional forces that affect the mental health of Hispanics and Hispanic Americans and how these impact on treatment issues. The course will explore the heterogeneity of the Hispanic groups in the United States and how these groups respond in unique ways to the various services offered in community mental health settings. 3 sh.

PSYC582: Behavior Modification (3 hours lecture)

This course reviews applications of conditioning principles to changing human behavior in clinical, educational, occupational and community settings. Selected topics include operant and classical conditioning, social learning theory, token economies, experimental design, cognitive behavior modification, aversive control, cognitive restructuring, biofeedback, and ethical issues in behavior modification. The course is designed to enable students to construct and implement behavior modification programs. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval, and an undergraduate course in learning or the equivalent.

PSYC592: Graduate Seminar in Health Psychology (3 hours seminar)

The theoretical, empirical, and clinical aspects of Health Psychology will be explored and discussed. The relation of Health Psychology with other areas of Psychology and various scientific disciplines will be discussed. The historical development of the field, its research methodologies, theoretical models and exemplary interventions will be described. A specific emphasis will be placed on applications in regards to education, industry and other organizations as they relate to the various masters programs offered by the department of Psychology. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: A graduate research methods course, and at least one other graduate psychology course, or permission of the department.

STAT500: Biostatistical Methods for Research Workers I (3 hours lecture)

Planning effective observational and experimental research, data collecton and summarization, significance testing and p-values, t-test, chi-square, regression and correlation, use of statistical software, reading statistical results in the literature. Required course for the MPH degree. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Permission of graduate program coordinator.