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Elective Suggestions - Masters of Public Health (MPH)

These electives prepare students for pursuing their Masters of Public Health (MPH), to fulfill the prerequisites in at least seven areas of the competencies:

Environmental Health Sciences
Health Policy and Management
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Communication and Informatics
Diversity and Culture
Public Health Biology


PSYC 220 - Research Design and Statistics I - Methods for designing psychological studies and the statistics used to describe and interpret the data. Focus on non-experimental method. Prerequisite: 111 with a C or better and declared major in psychology.

PSYC 221 - Research Design and Statistics II - Methods for designing psychological studies and the statistics used to describe and interpret the data. Focus on non-experimental method. Prerequisites: 111 and 220 with a C or better and declared major in psychology.

PAPA 412 - Introduction to SPSS - Skills in using SPSS-PC: importing files; data entry; data analysis; exporting files. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in 420 and consent of instructor.

PAPA 420 - Quantitative Analysis - Research design; descriptive statistics; hypothesis testing; nonparametric statistics; analysis of variance; correlation; regression. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in 412 and consent of instructor.

SOC 303 - Statistics with Computer Applications - [DSS] (CJ 303 may be substituted.) Survey of key statistical concepts, their application and interpretation. Using a computer to calculate and graphically display statistics. Creating and manipulating data sets. Hypothesis testing. Prerequisite: 301.

STAT 244 - Statistics - [SKST] [IAI No. M1 902] Summarizing data, including distributions, change and growth, relationships. Basics of survey design and experimental design. Inferential statistics, including confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Credit may not be granted for both 107 and 244. Prerequisite: MATH 120 or 125 or 150 with grade of C or better.

STAT 380 - Statistics for Applications - [SKST] Descriptive statistics, basic probability rules and distributions, inferences for means, variances and proportions, design and analysis of experiments, regression analysis. Prerequisite: MATH 152 with grade of C or better.

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Environmental Health Sciences

BIOL 330/ENSC330 - Environmental Health and Waste Management - [DNSM, II] (same as ENSC 330) Introduction to human health effects of pollution and environmental hazards of a biological, radiological, or physical nature in food, water, air, soil, animals, and wastes. Prerequisite: 111 and CHEM 111 or BIOL 150; or equivalent(s) or consent of instructor.

BIOL 464 - Applied Ecology - [DNSM] Examination of the mechanisms, directions, and magnitude of an organism's or ecosystem's response to human perturbation. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: 365 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor.

BIOL 468 - Pollution Ecology - The application of biological, ecological, chemical, and physical sciences to understanding the fate and transport of pollutants through ecosystems. Prerequisite: One year of college chemistry CHEM 121a,b and 125 a,b with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor.

ENSC 220 - Principles of Environmental Sciences - [DNSM] System approaches to policy analysis of air, soil, and water environments, land use, energy supplies, and other resources using biological, ecological, physical and chemical principles.

ENSC 402/POLS497 - Environmental Law - [DSS] Principle issues in environmental law and the judicial interpretation of important environmental statues. Prerequisites: ENSC 220 or consent of instructor.

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Health Policy and Management

CJ 420 United States Drug Policy - Examines historical and contemporary drug use and policy efforts, including secondary problems affiliated with drugs, the War on Drugs and its impact, nationally and internationally. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing.

MGMT 541 (graduate) Health Care Law - Patient rights, provider rights, and the legal implications of the denial of treatment. Examination of current case law and the U. S. health care system.

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

PSYC 208 Cognitive Psychology - [DSS] A broad survey of cognitive psychology. Topics include attention, perception, memory, language, reasoning and decision making. Prerequisite: 111

SOCW 302 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I - Perspectives on human functioning from a range of theories with social work application to individuals, families and groups; emphasis on developmental perspectives and human diversity. Prerequisites: 211 with a minimum grade of B, PSYC 111, BIOL 111.

SOCW 303 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II - Perspectives on human functioning from a range of theories with social work application to neighborhoods, organizations and communities; emphasis on developmental perspectives and human diversity. Prerequisites: 211 with a minimum grade of B, ANTH 111.

SOC 300 Social Problems - [DSS] [IAI No. S7 901] Extent and causes of a number of current American social problems; how social conditions become problems. Some attention to methods of researching problems.

SOC 309 Social Inequality - [DSS] Extent and causes of social inequality. Attention to consequences of the sustained existence of such inequalities in our everyday lives.

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Communication and Informatics

ANTH 111B Human Culture and Communication - [ISS, IC, IGR] [IAI No. S1 901N] An introduction to cultural and linguistic anthropology. Examines diversity in life-ways of people around the world. Includes anthropological approaches to social groups, symbolic systems, globalization.

ENG 416 Language and Society - Relationships among language, society, and culture, and their implications for education and intercultural communication. Topics include language variation, socialization, and ethnography of communication. Prerequisite:junior standing or consent of instructor.

MC 201 Mass Media in Society - [DFAH] Analysis of mass media focusing on technological, economic, governmental, and societal impact.

MC 401 Media Law and Policy - [DFAH] U.S. Constitution, federal, state law related to mass media. Congressional and public policy. Research paper/case study required. Prerequisite: senior standing.

MC 449 Media Psychology - [DFAH]: Media's short-term and long-term psychological effects; socialization of children and adults; persuasion and social perception in politics, health communication and consumer behavior. Prerequisite: senior standing or consent of instructor.

SPC 103 Interpersonal Communication Skills - [SKOC, IGR] Principles and practices of oral communication emphasizing message formation and delivery, listening, perception, awareness of verbal and nonverbal codes, relationships and managing conflict.

SPC 105 Public Speaking - [SKOC] (IAI No. C2 900) Theories; strategies; techniques for researching, organizing, outlining, and delivering speeches. Emphasis on speaking skills in professional and academic contexts.

SPC 200 Advanced Public Speaking - [DFAH] Advanced practice in developing and delivering speeches, presentations, and briefings in public and professional settings using multimedia. Models and strategies for technical presentations in a variety of contexts. Prerequisite: 104, or 105, or consent of instructor.

SPC 311 Speech Communication - [IGR] This course examines the processes, assumptions and barriers in intercultural encounters. Theories of cognition and communication will be explored.

SPC 430 Persuasion and Social Influence - [DFAH] The study of contemporary persuasion theories and research toward a clear understanding of the process of social influence; application of concepts in analysis of persuasive messages.

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Diversity and Culture

ANTH 340 Cultural Ecology - [DSS, IC] Surveys the relationship between humans and their environment from an anthropological perspective. Begins with the earliest humans and ends with contemporary humans/modern problems.

ANTH 352 Medical Anthropology - [DSS, II, IC] Theories and applications of medical anthropology. Cross-cultural perspectives on health and medicine.

SOC 304 Race and Ethnic Relations - [DSS, IGR] [IAI No. S7 903D] Racial and cultural interaction and conflict; causes of prejudice and discrimination; status and participation of minority groups; national and international aspects of majority- minority relations.

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MGMT 340 Principles of Management - Importance of management to success of organizations; history of management; organizations as systems; decision-making; planning systems; organization structure/design; control systems; managing human resources. Prerequisites: ACCT 200, accounting, CMIS, economics or finance, business administration majors.

MGMT 341 Organizational Behavior and Interpersonal Skills - [IGR] Knowledge and skill applying behavioral science concepts integrating management and diversity issues (i.e.- age, personality, ethnicity, culture and gender) in interpersonal, inter-group and organizational relationships. Prerequisite: 340, admission to School of Business.

MGMT 451 Managing Organizational Change and Innovation - Study of organizational change with emphasis on diagnostic skills necessary for effective management of planned organizational change. Individual and group leadership approaches to increase effectiveness. Prerequisites: 341, admission to School of Business.

MGMT 485 Managing Quality and Performance - Current topics in management, with special emphasis on designs, programs and techniques for managing quality and performance improvements. Advanced readings and cases on innovative business practices. Prerequisites: MGMT 341 and PROD 315.

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Public Health Biology

BIOL 205 Human Diseases - [DNSM] A molecular, cellular, organismic or environmental approach to the human body and its dysfunctions, disorders and diseases including their causes, treatments and recent biomedical advances. Prerequisite: 111 or 150 or 151 with a grade of C or better.

BIOL 335 Introduction to Immunology - [DNSM] Anatomical, cellular, and biochemical aspects of the immune response. Immune mechanisms in transplantation, infectious disease, autoimmune disease. Prerequisites: 220 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor.

ANTH 366 Biology of Human Behavior - [DNSM] A critical look at how biology influences human behavior. Topics include gender, communication, and violence, investigated using non-human animals as comparative models.

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Public Health
Michelle Cathorall, Dr.PH.,
2013, University of North Carolina - Greensboro

David Cluphf, Ed.D.,
1999, West Virginia University
Chaya Gopalan, Ph.D.,       1988, University of Glasgow
Brianne Guilford, Ph.D.,
2013, University of Kansas

Erik Kirk, (Chair) Ph.D.,
2004, University of Kansas

Nicole Klein, Ph.D.
1995, University of Texas at Austin
Georgia Luckey, M. S.,
Doctoral Candidate

Alice Ma, Ph. D.,
2017, University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Bryan Smith, Ph.D.,
2004, University of Missouri - Columbia

Lindsay Ross-Stewart, Ph.D.,
2009, University of North Dakota

Joshua Wooten, Ph.D.,
2008, Texas Woman's University

Huaibo Xin, Dr.PH.
2011, University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Jennifer Zuercher, Ph.D., 2009, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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