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.

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 are examined and applied to issues including healthcare financing, cost containment, regulation, access, insurance, productivity, and program evaluation.

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 2020 goals.

HPM 5001 Health Care in the United States
This course provides comprehensive overviews of the American healthcare systems, their organization, administration and financing. In addition lectures, exercises and papers are structured to provide an understanding of the major stakeholders involved in health care; the issues driving the health care reform agenda; the use of community-based needs assessment in planning the delivery of healthcare services; and methods for measuring and monitoring the quality of care.

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 6001 Principles and Techniques of Behavior Change
This course is designed as a practical and theoretical approach to health behavior change. It explores the principles and methods of health behavior change for problems such as obesity, smoking, and alcohol and substance abuse. Strategies for individual behavior change, worksite wellness programs, self-help groups, 12-step programs, and public health programs are examined. Techniques such as cognitive behavior therapy, deep muscle relaxation, imagery and self-monitoring are practiced, and students are given experience in the design, development, and evaluation of health behavior change.

ENV 6010 Principles of Food Safety and Hygiene
The course explains what safe food is and how to provide it; the classes supply information on the FDA Food Code, and public health related aspects of food safety. Students will learn to determine and define safe food handling practices. Included in the course will be HACCP & Sanitation techniques, which provide information on safe and regulatory compliant practices ranging from purchasing and receiving food to properly washing the dishes. This course also provides insights into common regulatory compliance issues such as correcting time and temperature abuses, cross-contamination, personal hygiene practices, biological, chemical and physical hazards; proper cleaning and sanitizing; waste and pest management; and the basic principles of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points).

BSHP 6012 Research Methods in Population Science
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.  Pre-requisite:  BSHP 5001; Pre-requisite or Co-requisite:  EPI 5002.

EPI 6012 Advanced Epidemiology I
This upper-level course builds on the foundation of Introduction to Epidemiology, expanding on concepts and problems of epidemiologic reasoning, and the design and analysis of epidemiologic research. Lecture topics include reliability and validity, causal inference, stratification and modeling techniques, and confounding and effect modification, as well as summaries of topics that influence these fundamental skills and factors. Pre-requisite(s): Introduction to Epidemiology; Introduction to Biostatistics. Co-requisite(s): Intermediate Biostatistics I (strongly recommended); Introduction to Data Management or a seminar course in either SAS or STATA (strongly recommended).

BSHP 6021 Health Program Planning and Evaluation
This course covers the basic concepts and principles of the health planning process. Topics include: needs assessment, program planning, and implementation and evaluation of public health interventions and programs. The use of quantitative and qualitative data is discussed. Examples are drawn from health education, health promotion, disease prevention and community health services.

BIOST 6031 Intermediate Biostatistics I
This course is the first part of a two-semester sequence. Topics covered during this semester include: descriptive statistics, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing for one and two samples, non-parametric methods and introduction of hypothesis testing with categorical data. Use of statistical packages is recommended, but not required. Prerequisite: Introduction to Biostatistics

BIOST 6032 Intermediate Biostatistics II
This course is the second part of a two-semester sequence. Topics covered during this semester include: hypothesis testing with categorical data, multiple and logistic regression, and statistical methods frequently used in epidemiological studies and clinical trials, including life table analysis, logistic analysis, and relative risk assessment with and without covariates. Use of statistical packages is recommended, but not required. Prerequisite: Intermediate Biostatistics I

BIOST 6052 Introduction to Clinical Study Design
This course is designed to provide an overview of randomized clinical trials. Topics include randomization procedures, parallel group design, crossover design, equivalency and on-inferiority design, sample size and power, medical device clinical trials, and data monitoring and early stopping. The course also includes an introductory overview of claims database analyses. The claims database provides effectiveness and “real-world” data which most randomization clinical trials do not have. Prerequisite: Introduction to Biostatistics

HPM 6036 Information Systems for Health Care Management
Today’s healthcare managers must understand information technology and the use of data for planning, evaluation and decision making. This course provides healthcare managers with an overview of information management, information technology, the strategic use of information resources and the benefits to the organization.

HPM 6062 Ethics in Health Care
This course focuses on the practical application of the principles of medical ethics to contemporary issues in healthcare planning, management, and delivery. In an era of increasing regulatory mandates and resource scarcity, an understanding of the function of ethical analysis is of critical importance in the identification, elucidation, and resolution of healthcare controversies. The course includes an overview of the philosophical foundations of the principles of medical ethics and presents a methodology for their employment in the attempted resolution of problems which exist at the confluence of medicine and morals. Issues of patient and professional autonomy, beneficence and non-malfeasance, confidentiality, informed consent, and distributive justice are explored. Application is made to such contemporary issues as euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and AIDS.

ENV 6043 Environmental Health Policy
This course explores the complex and frequently contentious process of environmental policy development and formulation. All levels of government are examined, but the primary focus is at the federal level and the role of the EPA in implementing policy. Topics include: stages of the policy life cycle; the political context of policy formation; economic aspects of environmental regulation; role of the judiciary in policymaking; and, case studies in policy.


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