Hiram College

Core Classes

PUBH 10100: Introduction to Public Health

This course will offer an overview of the basic concepts of public health. Health systems -both in the U.S. and abroad- will be detailed, with special attention to the essential services they provide, and how they respond to issues of public health differently. Past public health events will be examined, giving students a framework to analyze current issues in the news (e.g., Zika, heroin, obesity, etc.). Through a mixture of guest speakers, discussions, and case studies, students will develop a strong grasp of this multidisciplinary field, and the core philosophy and functions of public health

PUBH 20100: Epidemiology and Biostatistics

This is a beginning course in epidemiology and biostatistics. The course will introduce the essential models used to analyze and interpret the distribution and determinants of disease in a population. It is designed to give students a general introduction to epidemiological and statistical principles that help professionals investigate health in a population, and determine what increases (and decreases) the risk of disease. Students will be introduced to the many models used in public health, their purpose, and how to apply them to their own research ideas. Through hands-on practice with real health data, the student will acquire the basic tools needed to understand and address threats to global health at the population level

PUBH 20200: Epidemiology and Health Research

This course provides a survey of the epidemiological principles and practices of research design and data collection used in public health. We will focus on (a) how research is designed to test hypotheses, and (b) the hurdles and biases during study design, data collection, and data analysis that must be anticipated and managed by health researchers. Applying the scientific method, students will apply epidemiological principles to develop their own research that will be submitted for presentation at a national public health conference. Laboratories will provide hands-on experience for students to evaluate the many potential limitations and biases in research.

PUBH 28000: Determinants of Health, Disease, and Disability

This course provides an overview of how disease and disability develops in the human body and spreads across populations. Students will learn of the biological mechanisms of disease at the cellular, individual, and community levels. We will focus on a natural progression in the development of disease, moving from a discussion of the cell, to the individual, and finally, to the social and environmental determinants that help influence health and disease. The interaction of societal influences upon individual behavior, biological processes, and physiological systems will be emphasized. This course is designed to provide a good foundation in the mechanisms of health and disease. Students will apply their knowledge to designing appropriate communication and intervention strategies to improve public health.

Public Health Electives Previously Taught

PUBH 28000: Sex Panic: Sexual Health & Outbreaks through History

The United States is currently facing an epidemic of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This course introduces students to key epidemiological, conceptual, and historical constructs critical to understanding and responding to this crisis. Data-focused and driven by current research study findings and surveillance data, this course will have students consider multiple data sources and think critically about what’s going on behind the numbers. Employing a seminar format, this course will explore the role of social, cultural, and ecological factors and theoretical constructs (e.g., race and ethnicity, intersectionality and minority stress, arts and literature, gender and masculinity, policy and structural changes, and other social determinants) on individual and population-level experiences of sexual health. Together, we will explore epidemics of STIs in different times and places, considering their causes, how society has responded, and how our culture has been affected in the long term. In doing so, we will examine changing ideas of sex, and how society affects health.

SOAN 1855: Environmental Health

The course will introduce underlying environmental health science topics through a survey of current public health issues (Zika, GMO’s, fracking), and emerging global health threats (climate change). Students will be given an overview of how communities impact the environment, which, in turn, influences community health. Special attention will be given to the tools public health professionals use to establish the causal links between environmental hazards and health (e.g., exposure science, toxicology, risk assessment), and how they subsequently manage community health risks.

SOAN 28000: The Lead Crisis

The course will be a fast-paced, interactive survey that focuses on key community health issues, with a special emphasis on the greater Cleveland area as the field for experiential learning. The topics will be presented through many contexts (social, biological) to show how health issues develop, and how risks are modified by existing policies and practices. Additionally, students will be given the tools needed to navigate complex issues through lectures, and cross-cultural discussions facilitated by community members and industry experts. Through interdisciplinary team labs, student will apply class concepts to synthesize what they’ve learned to craft action plans for real-time situations. The goal will be to enable students to develop an analytical methodology that has practical application for their future work. Throughout the course a major effort will be made to expose students to the wide array of opportunities in the community that are available to those pursuing a career related to public health.

SOAN 28000.31: Heroin Epidemic

The opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic has led to a record in overdose deaths. This public health emergency has surged in recent years for a complicated mix of causes and factors. This class will attempt to use a holistic approach to understanding this public health threat – linking policy, politics, and medicine. Students will immerse themselves in this issue through a mix of lectures, guest presentations, site visits, case studies, and discussion. By highlighting the use of multi-level solutions linking policy, prevention, regulation, advocacy, communication, and community organizing, students will work to address the interdisciplinary roots of this epidemic.