New York Medical College

School of Health Sciences and Practice

Graduate Certificate In Public Health Course Descriptions


BIOST 5001 Introduction to Biostatistics

This course is an introductory graduate course that presents the fundamental statistical approaches employed in clinical research. Lectures cover basic probability, common distributions, samples and populations, interval estimation, and inferential statistical approaches. By reading medical literature, students learn how statistical techniques are applied to clinical data, and practice summarizing and interpreting analytic results.

EPI 5002 Introduction to Epidemiology

This course introduces students to the principles and practices of epidemiology and provides them a population-based perspective on health and disease. Students learn the basic measurements of frequency and association and the methods employed in describing, monitoring, and studying health and disease in populations.

GPH 6006 Critical Analysis of Public Health Issues

Selected issues critical to the health of the public are analyzed to gain an understanding of the processes of public health practice. For each issue, an in-depth analysis of the relationships among existing data, public policy, policy implementation, and future policy needs is undertaken. Strategies for policy change are explored.

HPM 5002 Health Economics

This course explores the concepts of scarcity, social choice, resource allocation, efficiency, investment, and market forces and their relationship to health services delivery and health policy. A variety of analytical principles and methods areexamined and applied to issues including healthcare financing, cost containment, regulation, access, insurance, productivity, and program evaluation.

EPI 6092 Seminar in Epidemiology

Contemporary trends and recent developments in an area of study not covered in other elective courses are examined. Topics may change each term. Consult with the program director to determine subject matter to be covered.

EPI 6020 Psychiatric Epidemiology

Psychiatric epidemiology is a subfield of epidemiology that seeks to measure the prevalence of mental illness. This course will review descriptive and analytic epidemiology for major mental disorders of childhood, adulthood and late life. The course will also examine issues of classification and the nosology of psychiatric disorders as well as measurement techniques to enhance field surveys and risk factor research.

BSHP 5001 Behavioral and Social Factors in Public Health

This course is an overview and introduction to the way in which behavioral and social factors contribute to health. It covers a wide range of topics: theories of behavioral science which have been applied to health behaviors; socio-cultural factors in disease etiology and the role of social conditions and social policy in addressing critical public health problems; individual, group, community, and technology-based strategies for health behavior change; and current issues in behavioral sciences for health promotion including its application to achieving the Healthy People 2010 goals.

ENV 5001 Environmental Influences on Human Health

This survey of the major environmental determinants of human health covers physical, chemical and biological sources of exposure; routes of exposure in humans; etiology of environmental disease and mortality; and the complexities of environmental public policy. Topics include airborne pollution, contaminated water and food, solid and hazardous waste, and risk assessment as a tool for regulation. Students have the opportunity to tour a local public works facility.

HPM 5003 Law and Health

This course provides an overview of the legal system, legal issues, and the convergence of public health policy and the law, through analysis of contemporary topics.

BSHP 6012 Fundamentals of Research Methodology

The course provides an overview of the principles of research as applied to public health issues. Students gain an understanding of the process of research from the initial development of research questions through the final presentation of research findings. Topics covered include: selection of an appropriate research design, discussion of issues of measurement, data collection strategies, and interpretation of data. Examples are drawn from health education, health promotion, disease prevention, and community health services.