92 Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Public Health Program Course Descriptions Note: Listed at the end of each entry are lecture hours, laboratory hours, and semester hours. Prerequisites are also listed. DEM 5050—Bioterrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness This course will define the interdisciplinary roles and responsibilities of professionals, paraprofessionals, and volunteers in all-hazards emergency planning, response, mitigation, and recovery. FSHC 5000—Family Systems Health Care I Students receive an orientation to the field of family systems health care that focuses on the collaboration between family therapists, health care providers, patients, and patients’ families. An in-depth study of clinical skills that translate well within health care settings will be presented. A case study method will be used to examine the impact of language; culture; beliefs; and specific chronic, debilitating, and terminal diseases upon the experience of illness. The biopsychosocial issues surrounding specific medical conditions throughout the life cycle will be presented. This course is offered during the winter semester. MED 0630—Effective Instruction Strategies in Health Professions Education This course is designed to assist faculty members in the improvement of their teaching skills in formal, informal, and nontraditional settings. Topics addressed include theories, principles, and practices associated with effective education and learning in higher education. Course activities and assignments are designed to encourage participants to develop skills and abilities that enhance the teaching and learning processes. The course will also explore the diversity of student populations within health care education and find practical solutions to current problems. MI 6405—Public Health Informatics Public health informatics is the systematic application of information and computer science and technology to public health practice, research, and learning. This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of systemic application of information, computer science, and technology to public health practice. Students will acquire a basic understanding of informatics in public health practice and be able to use some informatics tools in public health practices. Prerequisites: PUH 5301, PUH 5430 NUT 5110—Foundations of Community Nutrition This course will provide students with the principles and practices needed to identify community nutrition issues and problems, as well as how to develop interprofessional nutrition strategies and programs to alleviate and/or reduce the problems and challenges and achieve positive health outcomes. It explores the role of public health nutrition in the 21st century from a local, national, and global perspective. PUH 5002—Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Students learn health education strategies that can be incorporated into multiple settings, focusing on wellness and preventive interventions. This course addresses individual and social factors as well as behavioral issues, health determinants, and community resources. PUH 5004—Public Health Grant Writing Introduction to the skills of grant writing in public health. Each student will submit a grant as a culminating experience. PUH 5050—Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention This course provides an overview of substance abuse in a public health context, focusing on local, national, and global issues. It will enhance the student’s understanding of current prevention and intervention strategies. PUH 5110—Culture, Ethnicity, and Health Introduces students to skills and insights necessary in promoting health in diverse populations. Issues discussed include the need for effective communication, with an understanding of cultural factors and how they impact on preventive efforts, health care status, access to health care, and use and cost of health care services. The course also explores traditional modalities of health maintenance among various populations. PUH 5111—Public Health Issues of the Elderly Examines important determinants of morbidity and mortality among the aged population. Emphasizes social, cultural, economic, behavioral, and physical characteristics of importance in the design and development of appropriate prevention efforts directed at the elderly. PUH 5112—All-Hazards Preparedness Students will review the ecological, sociological, environmental, and general health effects of disasters, natural and manmade. The course will explore the interprofessional roles and responsibilities of professionals, paraprofessionals, and volunteers in all-hazards emergency planning, response, mitigation, and recovery. Students will gain insights into allhazard preparedness within the health system, community, and state and local agencies. PUH 5115—Principles of Health Education This course provides an overview of the fundamental concepts of health education, contemporary health education philosophy, and the process to become a certified health education specialist.