2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Public Health (PUB)

Public Health

School of Public Health and Health Professions
419 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
Ph: 716-829-5000
W: www.sphhp.buffalo.edu
Office of Undergraduate Public Health Programs
Advisement

The Learning Environment

Academic programs in Public Health consist of coursework both from Public Health (PUB) and from other departments across the university. The public health courses are delivered in person in a classroom setting. Our faculty use a variety of high quality, learner centered teaching techniques in their courses, including projects, in class and out of class activities, and fieldtrips in addition to lecture. Classes range from large, introductory courses at the first and second year level to smaller, more specialized courses at the third and fourth year level.

About Our Facilities

Public Health programs use classroom facilities on both North and South Campus. For Public Health courses (PUB), 100- and 200-level courses are primarily offered on North Campus, while 300- and 400-level courses are primarily offered on South Campus. The location for elective courses from other departments will depend on the department offering the course.

About Our Faculty

The core faculty for undergraduate public health come from multiple departments in the School of Public Health and Health Professions. Each faculty member has training in one of the core areas of public health or in a discipline that contributes to the interdisciplinary basis of public health. All of the faculty teaching core courses (PUB prefix courses) have a doctoral degree or equivalent professional degree. No PUB core courses are currently taught by adjunct faculty or teaching assistants.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit theĀ School of Public Health and Health professions website for additional information about our faculty.

PUB Courses


  • PUB 101LEC Introduction to Public Health
    Lecture

    Public health seeks to understand and improve the health and wellbeing of both individual people and of populations (groups of people). In this course we examine public health perspectives on health, wellness, illness, and population well-being. This includes understanding key influences on the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations and addressing health problems from a population health perspective.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • PUB 102LEC Historical and Contemporary Public Health Problems
    Lecture

    This course is an integrative overview of both historical and contemporary public health problems and how they were/are being addressed. The course also introduces students to the public health approach to improving health by integrating approaches from the five core areas of the discipline. Public health researchers and practitioners often examine lessons learned from previous generations as they consider strategies to effectively address current public health issues. Using a population perspective, we will examine the historical experience of the theory and practice of public health and consider the role of the field in addressing present-day issues and problems facing the nation and the globe.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • PUB 11SA Special Studies Public Health
    Conversion from Transcript

    Credits: 0 - 99
    Grading: Conversion from Transcript (CNR)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • PUB 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • PUB 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • PUB 210LEC Global Public Health
    Lecture

    PUB 210 will provide upper division undergraduate students with a meaningful appreciation of the challenges in achieving the human right to health in low- and middle-income countries worldwide. Students will understand the leading causes of illness, death, and disability and approaches to prevention and control of those conditions in resource-constrained settings. Students will also understand the complex interrelationships between social, environmental, and political factors that affect health and well-being in low- and middle-income countries. Further, students will learn how to critically evaluate solutions to improve global health.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • PUB 211LD Behavior Driven Disease: A Global Epidemic
    Lecture

    This study abroad course in Jamaica will allow students to explore how lifestyle choices are linked to obesity and overweight from 2 different perspectives the United States and Jamaica. Students will attend classroom sessions before departure to learn how cultural evolution in the U.S. has created an environment of abundance and comfort, leading to widespread over consumption of food and physical inactivity. In Jamaica, participants will interact with faculty and students in health-related disciplines at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, will explore markets and farms in the area to determine the availability and cost of fresh food, and will visit various restaurants and assess nutritional value of the served food. Through observation, immersion and survey, students will explore daily physical activity patterns among individuals in different settings - city, village/town, and rural - to make comparisons and analyze data. Students will also engage and interact with obesity practitioners and patients during visits to community health centers and clinics. This course is the same as ES 210 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Winter
  • PUB 220LEC Behavioral and Social Influences on Health
    Lecture

    The discipline of public health helps inform decisions that shape the behavior of individuals, communities, and societies. PUB 220 is an exploration of theories, models, and methods of social and behavioral disciplines relevant to the identification, description, and solution of public health problems. The course is designed to engage students? curiosity and aid them in developing basic literacy as well as critical and creative thinking regarding social and behavioral concepts and processes that influence personal and population health. PUB 220 will also provide students with a firm foundation for developing public health competency in social and behavioral principles and related core themes in health promotion and disease prevention. This course examines social, behavioral, structural, and cultural factors that have an impact on public health in multiple contexts including individual, community, national and global perspectives.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • PUB 230LEC Stress and Population Health
    Lecture

    This course will focus on the physiological, psychological, and behavioral responses to stress and the resulting impact on health. More specifically, we will analyze research investigating the associations of factors such as acute and chronic stress, traumatic stress, with diseases of the cardiovascular system, the metabolic system, and the immune system. During this course students will develop programs and policies designed to control and facilitate positive stress management at the individual, organizational, and community levels.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • PUB 301LEC Introduction to Epidemiology
    Lecture

    The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and its role in public health. Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related events in populations and its application to the prevention and control of diseases in human populations. Students will learn how to explore natural phenomena using basic epidemiologic principles and methods, including hypothesis development, data measurement and interpretation, experimentation, and the evaluation of evidence. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts in epidemiology and to how the basic tenets in epidemiology are used to solve issues in public health. A variety of exposures and health outcomes will be used as examples in class to demonstrate the broad application of epidemiologic concepts in public health to resolve health issues in society.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • PUB 310LEC Health and Disease: Biological, Personal, and Environmental Influences
    Lecture

    This course provides an overview of the biological bases of health and illness as well as an overview of the intersections of biological, personal, and environmental determinants of health and illness. Students will learn about key biological processes and physiological systems relevant to public health issues, as well as how biology and the environment interact to lead to health outcomes.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Other Requisites: Pre-Reqs: PUB 101 and PGY 300
  • PUB 315LEC Asking and Answering Scientific Questions in Public Health
    Lecture

    This course provides an overview of scientific methodology and evidence-based practice in public health. Students will learn about the research methods used to collect data and the statistical methods used to evaluate that data in public health research and practice. Students will also gain exposure to how those methods are used to address problems in public health.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Pre-Reqs: PUB 101 and STA 119
  • PUB 320LEC Models and Mechanisms for Understanding Public Health
    Lecture

    This course addresses how we understand and explain the causes of public health problems. Students will gain an understanding of the complex causes of different types of public health problems, including infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and environmental health hazards. A particular focus will be on how the person and the environment interact to influence health and illness.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Pre-Reqs: PUB 101 and (PSY 101 or SOC 101)
  • PUB 325LEC Interventions to Address Public Health Problems
    Lecture

    This course addresses how public health professionals take action to solve public health problems. Building on the foundation of understanding problems from PUB 320, the course addresses interventions used to prevent and treat infectious diseases, to change health behaviors, and to address environmental health hazards. A particular focus will be on intervention strategies that can be used at the population level to improve health for groups and communities.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 1. PUB 101 2. PSY 101 or SOC 101 3. PUB 320
  • PUB 330LEC Public Health Systems and Policies
    Lecture

    This course addresses how the public health system and the broader health care system function to promote health and treat illness, as well as how governments function to address public health issues. Major topics addressed will include the structure and function of the public health system in the United States, how those functions are provided for by law and financed by governments; the structure of the health care delivery system and how it relates to the public health system; policy design and implementation and the role of government in that design.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: PUB 101 and PSC 101
  • PUB 420LEC Social Determinants of Health
    Lecture

    In this course we will examine the social nature of health, illness, and medicine. Over the first half of the semester we will seek to understand how the context of a person's life shapes their likelihood of achieving good health and susceptibility to illness. We will explore the social patterning of health, longevity, and disease in the US today. Who avoids illness and who does not? Who is at increased risk of dying prematurely? We will then turn to understanding the social factors that shape health. How does the context of a person's life (where they live, who they are friends with, if they are married, if they work, their gender and sexual orientation) shape health? Finally, we will examine the role of medical care in contributing to health in the US. What is good health care, who gets it, and why? We will explore these issues through the lens of social science, biology, epidemiology, economics, public policy, and medicine.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • PUB 422LEC Public Health Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Exploration
    Lecture

    Public Health Ethics explores interdisciplinary perspectives using literary, philosophical, and historical examples. Public health ethics has a special concern about functions of the state and organizations in protecting and promoting health. The American Public Health Association Principles of Ethical Practice of Public Health will be employed to assess important moral dilemmas presented in cases, literature, and films. Principles of moral philosophy and moral psychology will also be used.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: PUB 101
  • PUB 430LEC Pathogens, Prevention & Controversy
    Lecture

    Vaccines have prevented millions of cases of infectious disease in the U.S. and are considered one of public health?s greatest achievements. Despite this, childhood and adolescent vaccine administration have become significant topics of controversy in the U.S. and other developed countries. This controversy and the anti-vaccine movement that has arisen from it threaten the health of communities and populations. PUB 430 is an exploration of various vaccine-preventable illnesses and the vaccines that were developed to protect populations from these devastating diseases. The historical burden, clinical manifestations and epidemiology of these diseases will be explored. The course will take an in-depth look at how vaccines work, how they are developed, how the safety of vaccines are monitored, and current vaccination laws. The course will conclude by delving into the vaccine controversy and the arguments brought forth by competing sides. Students will be prepared to create and deliver public health messaging to dispel vaccine myths with facts, data, and science.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: PUB 101
  • PUB 440LEC Public Health Nutrition
    Lecture

    This course focuses on the intersection of public health and nutrition and enables students to articulate, explain the purpose of, and apply core functions of public health including: assessment of the nutritional needs of the community, assurance and provision of programs that service those needs, and policy development to promote health. Students will develop critical thinking skills to allow evaluation of the scientific evidence supporting public health programs and policies. In addition, the class will expose students to a variety of professional careers in public health in community, clinical, and educational/academic settings.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: PUB 101
  • PUB 494LEC Capstone: Modern Public Health Problems and Solutions
    Lecture

    This course satisfies the capstone requirement for the major in public health. The course focuses on integrating and synthesizing knowledge gained in the public health major core curriculum and using that knowledge to analyze, explain, and address public health problems. Students will also gain exposure to how knowledge from the core curriculum is applied in public health practice. The course will center around student projects based on case studies of public health problems.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Pre-Reqs: Completion of PUB Core Sequence (310, 315, 320, 325, 330)
  • PUB 498TUT Undergraduate Research in Public Health
    Tutorial

    A program of supervised research to be agreed upon by the student and a faculty sponsor in the department, including procedures for evaluating student performance.

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Other Requisites: Pre-Reqs: Public Health major or minor, or permission of instructor.
  • PUB 499TUT Independent Study in Public Health
    Tutorial

    A program of independent study on a topic to be agreed upon by the student and a faculty sponsor in the department, including procedures for evaluating student performance.

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Public Health

School of Public Health and Health Professions
419 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
Ph: 716-829-5000
W: www.sphhp.buffalo.edu
Office of Undergraduate Public Health Programs
Advisement

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Published: October 05, 2018 09:47:45 AM