Genomics in Public Health [SAR HS320] This course focuses on studying the impact of the genetics and genomics, and their interactions with behavior, psychosocial factors, and environment on population health and disease in the post-Human Genome Project Era. Fundamental concepts of genetics, molecular biology, immunology, and epidemiology will be discussed. The effects of the advancement of high-throughput innovations in scientific discoveries in public health policies will be explored. 4 credits. Spring 2nd semester (prereq: biology course is required; epidemiology course (or concurrently) is recommend). Format: Lecture Hall.
Topics in Public Health [SAR HS470] This course addresses new and emerging issues in the field of public health through interactive case study method and the medical literature. The format is small group discussion. Topics vary each semester; but include infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS), maternal and child health (neonatal screening, vaccinations), chronic diseases (obesity, mental illness), health and human rights, and international health. 4 credits. Spring 2nd semester (prereq: SAR HS300, health science major, senior standing or consent of instructor). Format: This is an unique senior-level course that encourages 1) discussion group, 2) critical thinking, and 3) student presentation.
Introduction to Critical Inquiry [HS210] This course demonstrates access to information resources in the biomedical sciences, including hard copy, on-line databases (e.g., LexisNexis, PubMed, OVID), and web searching and how to critically evaluate these information sources. Classes are hands-on learning using laptops. Students will learn how to 1) compose a hypothesis, 2) ask interesting research questions, 3) finds resources and references to justify argument, and 4) write and revise.