• Department of Public Health Graduate Course List

  • Public Health

    CourseCredit Hours
    HIM6120: Fundamentals of Health Information Technology
    This course introduces students to the concepts and practices of health information technology. Topics include, but are not limited to: introduction to the health information technology discipline; major applications and commercial vendors; decision support methods and technologies; information systems design and engineering; and new opportunities and emerging trends.
    3
    HIM6321: Health Information Technology and the Regulatory Environment
    Prerequisite:  HIM 6120 This course introduces students to the concepts and practices of health information technology. Topics include, but are not limited to: introduction to the health information technology discipline; major applications and commercial vendors; decision support methods and technologies; information systems design and engineering; and new opportunities and emerging trends.
    3
    HIM6659: Health Information Technology Software Applications
    Prerequisites: HIM 6120 and HIM 6321 This course covers fundamental concepts associated with the development, utilization and procurement of software systems that assist healthcare professionals in the management and exchange of patients’ electronic health records (EHR). Topics discussed include, but are not limited to: EHR software system architectures; EHR software system development concerns; interoperability among EHR software systems; national regulations, recommendations, and standards that guide the development and define the certification of EHR software systems; utilization of EHR software systems through the study of exemplary and current products; and methodologies to build analyses that support the procurement of EHR software systems.
    3
    HIM6940: Health Information Technology Capstone Project
    Prerequisites: HIM 6120 and HIM 6321 and HIM 6659 This capstone course provides students the opportunity to integrate and apply content from clinical disciplines, health administration, and information technology into a comprehensive and practical framework for working with healthcare software systems. Interdisciplinary student teams will be challenged to put acquired skills, theories, and strategies into practice working with health service organizations in completion of a health information technology project.
    3
    HSC6138: Sexuality Education
    This course provides an overview of physiological, and sociological aspects of human sexuality throughout the lifespan including gender, family life, relationships, reproduction sexual behavior, STDs/HIV, safer sex, and sexual coercion. Planning, implementing and evaluating community sexuality education programs are included in the course. Policy issues that affect sexuality education are also addressed. Students are required to complete research, writing, and practice assignments related to sexuality education in public health.
    3
    HSC6215: Environmental Health
    An ecological examination of the relationships between environmental conditions and human health. Special emphasis will be given to principles, processes, priorities, and current research in the study of environmental problems and their impact on health and disease in human populations.
    3
    HSC6505: Epidemiology
    This course covers epidemiological concepts and methods for measuring and interpreting data related to the distribution and determinants of morbidity and mortality in human populations. The knowledge and skills acquired should enable one to plan, develop, conduct, and interpret findings from epidemiologic investigations and other types of studies, and to make meaningful recommendations for methods of disease control and prevention.
    3
    HSC6526: Special Topics/Infectious & Noninfectious Diseases
    Concepts and characteristics of important infectious and noninfectious diseases to include their biological and behavioral determinants, susceptibility and defense, and current methods in prevention and treatment.
    3
    HSC6585: Health Promotion and Health Education Strategies
    An examination of the implementation, coordination and effectiveness of health promotion and health education strategies and methods.
    3
    HSC6587: Program Planning in Health Promotion/Education
    An analysis of the essential aspects of planning procedures used in the development of community-based health promotion and health education programs.
    3
    HSC6603: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
    An exploration of the theoretical and conceptual models and factors underlying public health behavior and health promotion programs and their application in planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs for behavioral change.
    3
    HSC6625: Global Health

    Description: This course will examine the principles, current trends and practical applications of key global health strategies. This is an interdisciplinary study designed for students who are looking to gain real life skills and insights that can be translated directly into practice.
    3
    HSC6712: Evaluation of Health Programs
    This course addresses procedures used to evaluate the effectiveness of health programs. Included in the course is a review of evaluation methods, standards of performance, and available standardized evaluation/assessment instruments. Emphasis will be on process, impact and outcome evaluation. A field experience may be required.
    3
    HSC6716: Health Program Evaluation
    This course focuses on principles and methods employed in program evaluation and evaluative research. Issues of conceptualization and design in evaluation are emphasized. The course also addresses operational procedures used in evaluation studies ranging from identification of variables to instrument design and use of findings. The course reviews applications of evaluative research in health services decision making.
    3
    HSC6735: Health Science Research
    Prerequisite:  HSC 6505. A study of the investigative and analytical methods used in health related research. Emphasizes design, sampling techniques, data collection and processing, interpretation of the results and ethics.
    3
    HSC6816: Field Experiences in Health
    Prerequisite: Approval of department advisor. The application of methods, techniques and materials used in community and school health. May be repeated up to 18 credits.
    v. 3-6
    HSC6906: Independent Study and Research
    Prerequisite:  Permission of department chair. A specific health related research project conducted under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated up to 15 credits.
    v. 3-9
    HSC6931: Special Topics
    A detailed study of a topic in the health science field. Topics will vary each time the course is offered and will be based on a current health issue or subject. May be repeated up to 12 credits.
    3
    MHS6070: Psychopathology

    Description: An overview of abnormal behavior and knowledge of the basic criteria for categorizing mental disorders, using the DSM-IV. Includes a survey of the theoretical models of maladaptive behavior, as well as case studies to facilitate understanding of the breadth and complexity of reliable diagnosis.
    3
    MHS6205: Assessment and Evaluation in Mental Health Counseling
    The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the knowledge necessary to select, administer and interpret assessments and evaluations in clinical settings,including the implications of testing and evaluation for cultural and special needs populations. Students will be introduced to assessment and evaluation concepts, terminology, and methodology, including the psychometric statistics underlying commonly used tests and assessments, with an emphasis on legal and ethical considerations guiding the practice of assessment. Non-test assessment theory and practice will be studied and demonstrated experientially.
    3
    MHS6305: Career Counseling
    This course is designed to familiarize students with professional career growth through an examination of foundational tenets of career theories for the purpose of assessing clients' skills and aptitudes to provide effective career counseling The course is also designed to help counselors-in-training gain a better understanding of the relationship between career choices and personality traits and emotional states, and how the these components are essential to optimize job/career success.
    3
    MHS6401: Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Community Settings

    Description: This course addresses current issues in the provision of counseling services in community and agency settings. Students will become familiar with mental health services across the continuum of care including inpatient, outpatient, partial treatment and aftercare. Current controversies regarding managed care and accountability, and public mental health policy will be explored. Practical applications include the development of methods for assessing community needs for counseling services, managing mental health services and programs, engaging in case conceptualization, treatment planning and documentation, practicing consultation, and providing clinical supervision.
    3
    MHS6402: Overview of Brief Counseling

    Description: This course provides opportunities for students to hone their skills in the application of solution-focused counseling in a variety of mental health settings. Classes will involve a combination of discussion, skill-building exercises, and student presentations.
    3
    MHS6404: Theories in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    The purpose of the course is to provide an overview of theories of counseling and psychotherapy, with an emphasis on mental health and clinical application of these theories. The course will focus on counseling theory, both in general and within the field of mental health counseling. Through readings, discussions, and observations students will gain a better understanding of human behavior and the issues confronted daily by those involved in clinical settings. Major counseling theories will be examined, applied, and translated to practice.
    3
    MHS6428: Counseling Diverse Populations
    Designed to provide students with knowledge of diverse populations and the skills necessary to counsel individuals with diverse needs.
    3
    MHS6430: Introduction to Family Counseling
    Prerequisite:  MHS 6006. This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of contemporary theories and practices in family counseling. Students will acquire knowledge of psycho dynamic, humanistic, systems, structural, communication/strategic, and behavioral/cognitive approaches to working with families. Special emphasis will be placed on professional issues and ethical practices in family therapy.
    3
    MHS6431: Advanced Seminar in Family Counseling
    Prerequisite:  MHS 6006 and MHS 6430. This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth focus on a particular contemporary treatment approach to working with families. The selected treatment approach (e.g., systems, psychodynamic, strategic, cognitive-behavioral, etc.) will vary from semester to semester. Students will acquire knowledge of basic theoretical concepts as well as the techniques and interventions germane to the specific modality chosen. Special emphasis will be on skill-building and practicing family counseling techniques.
    3
    MHS6436: Counseling Military Families

    Description: Counseling Military and their Families is a 3-credit elective course which provides comprehensive coverage of salient aspects of military life and military psychology, including the psychological consequences of combat-zone deployments and the cycle of deployment. Special emphasis will also be placed on the treatment of sub-threshold and clinically significant symptoms consistent with depressive, anxiety, and cognitive disorders, as well as interpersonal difficulties faced by military members and their family members.
    3
    MHS6440: Counseling Couples

    Description: This course is designed as an elective in the counselor education program. Students will learn various models of counseling couples; will practice specific skills, interventions, and assessment procedures appropriate for couples; and will become knowledgeable and skilled in dealing with issues such as cultural differences, gay and lesbian relationships, domestic violence, and crisis intervention.
    3
    MHS6450: Addictions Counseling

    Description: This course is designed to prepare students for the challenges of working with clients who have substance and/or process addictions. Students will acquire knowledge in assessment, individual and group treatment approaches, and in crisis intervention and prevention strategies. This course emphasizes the acquisition of counseling skills and provides opportunities for students to practice skill building.
    3
    MHS6470: Sexual Issues in Counseling

    Description: This course is designed to provide mental health counseling students and other individuals in the mental health field with an introduction to sexual issues in counseling. The course will cover theories of human sexuality, sexual dysfunctions, sexual deviations, and life adjustments in sexuality. Students will learn principles of assessment and formulation of sexual problems and will gain skill in treatment of sexual issues.
    3
    MHS6486: Human Development Across the Lifespan
    This course is designed to familiarize clinical mental health counseling students about psychosocial elements of human development across the lifespan, including various developmental stage theory, tasks related to each stage and maladaptive behaviors related to unsuccessful fulfillment of psychosocial stages Students will learn how translate development theory into effectual counseling techniques and strategies.
    3
    MHS6500: Advanced Practice in Group Therapy
    Prerequisites: MHS 6510, MHS 6941 Advanced Practice in Group Therapy is designed to provide students with specialized knowledge of group theory, research and practice. Students will explore the application of group psychotherapy in culturally diverse populations and in diverse practice settings. Special emphasis will be placed upon existential-humanistic approaches which focus on here-and-now interactions between group members and on groups which incorporate nonverbal forms of self-expression. Students will also practice a variety of advanced group leadership skills needed to facilitate different types of group formats.
    3
    MHS6510: Group Counseling

    Description: This course is designed to provide students with theoretical knowledge and skills appropriate for counseling in a group setting. Students will participate in an on-going group, will learn and demonstrate group leadership skills, and will design, conduct, and evaluate a structured group counseling program.
    3
    MHS6700: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling

    Description: This course is designed to provide an overview of the legal, ethical, and professional issues in counseling to help you develop an understanding and awareness of knowledge and skills related to ethical decision making and practice, professional identity development, professional preparation standards and credentialing requirements, crisis intervention skills and life-long professional development, self-reflection, and self-care. Attention will be given to the Florida laws and rules that govern the practice of counseling as well as the ACA Code of Ethics.
    3
    MHS6800: Practicum in Mental Health Counseling

    Description: The practicum in clinical mental health counseling is the initial supervised field site experience that allows student to assimilate didactic information with clinical performance and gives them time to build their counseling skills before entering internship.
    v. 3-6
    MHS6830: Internship in Mental Health Counseling

    Description: The two 3-hour internships are the culminating clinical experiences in the Clinical Mental Health Program. Supervision is provided by Clinical Mental Health Counseling Faculty as well as qualified site supervisors at each clinical site.
    3
    MHS6876: Clinical Research and Outcome Eval in Mental Health Counseling
    Counseling professionals are expected to be accountable for determining and communicating clinical and program effectiveness. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the basic concepts and statistical skills necessary to determine counseling outcomes and evaluation of clinical counseling programs. As a result, course instruction will center on research design, quantitative data analysis, and interpretation and reporting of the data.
    3
    MHS6905: Directed Individual Study
    Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor. Supervised individual investigation of specific problems in counseling within an educational or mental health setting. May be repeated up to 30 credits.
    v. 1-3
    MHS6916: Conceptual and Research Independent Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    Description: The Conceptual/Research Independent Study (CRIS) class will allow students who seek to explore topics of interest to them to be able to do so under the guidance of a professor who is willing to work in concert with them. It may sometimes be more than one student. It will NOT be an Independent Study where a student can help a faculty member with his or her research. It must come from the student's interest and not the professor's interest. The student will be responsible for developing a syllabus for the project and having the syllabus approved by the faculty person.
    Repeatability: This course is repeatable one time for a maximum of six credits.
    3
    MHS6930: Special Topics in Counselor Education
    Prerequisites: Variable. In-depth study of particular counseling strategies, theories, methodologies or populations. Variable titles may include topics such as Counseling Children, Cognitive Therapy or Counseling the Aging. May be repeated up to 30 credits.
    v. 1-3
    MHS6931: Contemporary Problems and Issues
    Exploration of selected contemporary topics relevant to counselors in the area of social and cultural foundations. Topics include trends and changes in gender roles; multicultural and pluralistic characteristics and concerns of selected subgroups; and societal issues such as stress or substance abuse.
    v. 1-3
    MHS6941: Clinical Counseling Skills
    This is an academic and training experience designed to promote students' acquisition and development of specific skills in verbal and nonverbal communication and human relations. Students will learn fundamental skills in active listening, reflecting content, responding empathetically, as well as advanced skills such as reframing, confrontation, and interpretation. Students will also learn how to identify clients' issues and apply appropriate counseling strategies.
    3
    PHC6000: Epidemiology I

    Description: This course covers epidemiological concepts and methods for measuring and interpreting data related to the distribution and determinants of morbidity and mortality in human populations. The knowledge and skills acquired should enable one to plan, develop, conduct, and interpret findings from epidemiologic investigations and other types of studies, and to make meaningful recommendations for methods of disease control and prevention.
    3
    PHC6002: Infectious Disease Epidemiology

    Description: This course introduces the basic methods for infectious disease epidemiology and case studies of important disease syndromes and entities. Methods include definitions and nomenclature, outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies, cohort studies, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field effectiveness. Case studies focus on acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria, and other vector-borne diseases.
    Availability: One semester per year
    3
    PHC6003: Chronic Disease Epidemiology
    Prerequisite:  HSC 6505 or APK 6336
    Description: This advanced epidemiology course is intended to be a survey of the major chronic diseases and related risk factors with emphasis on recent epidemiology research and findings. Lectures will introduce the burden of chronic illnesses and will lead into specific diseases that are prevalent in western societies. Each chronic disease will include a discussion on the epidemiologic features including demographics, risk factors, prevention, treatment, early detection, and control of the disease. The specific chronic diseases that will be discussed are: cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, diabetes, arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases, and chronic neurologic disorders. The specific related risk factors that will be discussed are tobacco use, alcohol use, physical inactivity, diet and nutrition, high blood pressure, and cholesterol.
    3
    PHC6011: Epidemiology II

    Description: This course will build upon the knowledge learned in Epidemiology I to further develop understanding of epidemiological concepts and methods and how to apply them. The practical epidemiological skills learned in this course will prepare students to effectively address challenges that arise in public health research and practice.
    Availability: One semester per year
    3
    PHC6045: Emerging Issues in Epidemiology

    Description: This course focuses on current national and international emerging issues in epidemiology. Leading themes include infectious disease, chronic non-communicable disease, risk behaviors, violence/bioterrorism, mental health, and maternal/child health.
    Availability: One semester per year
    3
    PHC6050: Public Health Biostatistics I
    Prerequisite:  Undergraduate statistics course or equivalent
    Description: This course focuses on the principles and methods of reasoning that underlie modern biostatistics, providing the basis for further study in epidemiology and biostatistics. The course will provide information concerning specific descriptive and inferential techniques commonly used in public health research.
    3
    PHC6051: Public Health Biostatistics II

    Description: This course focuses on statistical software commonly used in modern biostatistics, providing the basis for further study in epidemiology and biostatistics. The course will provide information concerning software-based descriptive and inferential techniques commonly used in public health research.
    Availability: One semester per year
    3
    PHC6102: Public Health Policy and Management

    Description: The course examines the organization, financing, and delivery of public health and personal health services, with emphasis on major current health policy and management issues related to access, quality and cost.
    3
    PHC6103: Public Health Practice

    Description: This course provides an introduction to the field of public health. Students will make local public health contacts in Northeast Florida, become involved at the state level through the Florida Public Health Association, and explore national public health organizations. Students will hone their professional presentation, writing, and research skills, and receive ethics and cross-cultural communication training.
    3
    PHC6450: Community Organization in Public Health Practice
    Prerequisite:  PHC 6103 and HSC 6603. This course presents selected social and behavioral change theories and the translation of these theories into specific health education policies and interventions. Readings and discussions will center on the development of theory-based strategies with an emphasis on control, participation an empowerment. Principles of citizen participation and empowerment are highlighted. Effectiveness of coalition and partnership models, including media advocacy and marketing strategies are reviewed. Case examples of health programs designed to address community health issues and social inequalities add to the analysis process.
    3
    PHC6762: Global Health Epidemiology
    Prerequisite:  HSC 6505
    Description: This course will explore global differences in the distribution and determinants of disease and health, and examine interventions aimed at improving health status. Specific topics of discussion will include the epidemiology of disease in developing countries, rapid growth of urban populations and impacts on disease transmission, refugee health, global tobacco control, and ethical issues in research of disadvantaged populations.
    Availability: One semester per year
    3
    PHC6940: Public Health Capstone
    Prerequisite:  Completion of or current enrollment in all required MPH courses and permission of the PHC 6940 Public Health Capstone Instructor
    Description: This course prepares students for entry into a public health career through development of professional skills, securing an internship site, developing the internship project proposal, obtaining necessary approvals, and preparation for national certification. This course must be completed the semester immediately prior to Public Health Internship.
    Availability: This course is offered spring term only.
    Course Fees: $125.46
    3
    PHC6945: Public Health Internship
    Prerequisite:  Completion of PHC 6940 and permission of the Capstone Instructor This course consists of two major components: 1) a planned, supervised practice experience with an approved public health organization; and 2) the comprehensive examination. During the practice experience students will apply the knowledge and skills learned in MPH core and health education specialization courses to actual public health problems. The comprehensive examination will assess student proficiency in the concepts and skills learned in MPH core and health education specialization courses. This course is offered summer term only.
    3
    RCS5243: Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Disorders
    Prerequisite:  RCS 5450. In this course, we will explore many of the issues related to addiction and its related dysfunction including, but not limited to: (1) the dynamics of compulsive behavior; (2) biological, personality, and environmental influences on addiction; (3) multiple family and gender issues related to addiction; (4) assessment of addiction; and (5) exploration and evaluation of treatment models.
    3
    RCS6250: Dual Diagnosis - Addictive Disorders and Physical and/or Psychopathological Disorders
    Prerequisites: RCS 5450 and RCS 5243. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the complexity of dual diagnosis of addiction and other forms of psychopathology as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV), and to help students determine diagnostic criteria.
    3
    RCS6845: Clinical Supervision in Rehabilitation Counseling
    Prerequisite:  RCS 6825. The purpose of this course is to introduce advanced rehabilitation counseling students to models of counseling supervision so that they understand the necessary dynamics and protocol of professional clinical supervision of students, which most will be called upon to do once they are practicing professionals.
    3
    RCS6930: Seminar in Rehabilitation Certification
    This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to prepare for the Rehabilitation Counseling Certification Examination.
    1
    RCS6931: Seminar in Substance Abuse and Clinical Management
    Prerequisites: RCS 5450 and RCS 5243. Addiction is a phenomenon that is both complex and fascinating. In this course, through review and critique of current and "classic" addiction literature, information sharing, and observation, students will explore many of the issues related to substance abuse, specifically as they relate to a full spectrum of diversity and ethical issues.
    3