Public Health

Updated on August 18, 2023.

PHBIO*700. Intro to Clinical Biostatisti. This course introduces basic applied descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include elementary probability concepts, an introduction to statistical distributions, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, and simple linear regression and correlation. 3 or 4 variable credit hours

PHBIO*701. Biostatistics Methods II. The objective of this course is to provide basic and intermediate skills necessary to apply regression methods to clinical and basic science research data. Topics include regression issues such as least squares estimation, hypothesis testing, diagnostics, model building and variable selection, and indicator variables. Simple and multiple linear regression, logistic regression, Poisson regression, and modeling of time-to-event (survival) data will be covered. The course uses a problem-based approach and applications to clinical and basic science problems are provided. 4 credit hours.

PHBIO*784. Biostatistics Methods III. The categorical data analysis sessions include methods for stratified 2x2 and r x c contingency table data, ordinal data, matched pair dichotomous data, and count data. The correlated data analysis section covers random and mixed effects models and generalized linear models. The didactic classes are augmented by SAS and R sessions lead by the Teaching Assistants. At the completion of this course, students will have the tools to analyze these data using SAS and R, and make appropriate inferences from the analyses. 3 credit hours.

PHBIO*785. Prob and Statistical Inferenc. The course provides an introduction to fundamental principles of probability and inference including: laws of probability, discrete and continuous random variables and their probability distributions, select multivariate probability distributions, sampling distributions and the central limit theorem, point and interval estimation including maximum likelihood, an overview of the hypothesis testing framework, and common hypothesis tests including the likelihood ratio, Wald, and score tests. 3 credit hours.

PHEPI*734. Cancer Epidemiology. This survey course will introduce students to the major cancer risk factors.  For the major cancers the most important epidemiological studies will be reviewed.  The issue of genetic susceptibility and the use of biomarkers in cancer epidemiology will be studied as well as cancer screening. 3 credit hours.

PHEPI*736. Foundations of Epidemiology I. This course provides an introduction to basic epidemiologic principles including measurements of disease occurrence, study designs (cohort, case-control, randomized clinical trials) and calculation of risk. Lecture material is supplemented with exercises and discussion of examples from the epidemiologic literature and presentations of epidemiologic studies by guest speakers. 3 credit hours.

PHEPI*738. Field Epidemiology. An emphasis will be placed on procedures used in implementation of epidemiological research studies. 3 credit hours.

PHEPI*747. Foundations of Epidemiolog II. This course will provide a comprehensive and quantitative view of the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiological studies and use of EGRET software. There is a more in-depth coverage of topics than in Epi I. 3 credit hours.

PHEPI*759. Health Disparities Epidemiolo. The need for a public health workforce trained in equity-based approaches to social determinants of health has increased and is driven by a significant body of literature. In this course, students will learn principles and concepts of health equity and social determinants of health and relevant models and methodological issues in social epidemiologic research. 3 credit hours.

PHGEN*706. Intro to Public Health. The overall purpose of this elective course is to introduce students to the principles and core functions of public health in keeping with the 2002 recommendation of the Institute of Medicine. Materials presented in the course will enable students to understand the role of public health and its core functions to better understand patterns of diseases, global threats to health, and factors contributing to disparate health outcomes in population groups. 2 credit hours (MPH or PhD) & 3 credit hours (MS or PhD).

PHGEN*708. Prin Environmental Health Sci. This course is designed for public health students interested in studying the relationships between people and their environment, and how it affects their well being. The course addresses fundamental topics and current debates in environmental health. 3 credit hours.

PHGEN*710. Intro to U.S. Health Policy. This course aims to identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services within the various domains of public health in the U.S. It includes evaluation of several case studies of PH policy decisions and their implications. This course is required for all Master of Public Health students at MUSC. 3 credit hours.

PHGEN*712. Epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2. This class presents an overview of the epidemiology of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cause of COVID-19 disease. Topics covered include basics of outbreak investigation, the biology of the virus, therapeutics, vaccine development, principles of contact tracing, and public policy. 2 credit hours.

PHGEN*714. Stat Data Mngmt & Computing. Students learn to use the primary statistical software packages for data manipulation and analysis, including (but not limited to) R, R Bioconductor, and SAS. 1 - 2 variable credit hours.

PHGEN*715. Prog Planning, Dev, Eval. In this course, students will examine models and procedures for use in the systematic planning of public health interventions in a variety of settings (e.g., medical, community, schools).  Students will obtain skills in conducting a needs assessment and using theory to guide the selection and development of public health intervention strategies.  Students will also identify appropriate methods for selecting appropriate evaluation designs, data collection strategies and measures to conduct rigorous program evaluations. 3 credit hours.

PHGEN*716. Public Health Ethics & Leader. The overall purpose of this course is to introduce students to a broad range of issues in public health ethics. Students will be provided an introduction to key frameworks and concepts relevant to public health ethics and describes the overlap and distinctions between public health and medical ethics. The course will also address ethical dilemmas across the following domains: 1) resource allocation and distributive justice; 2) conflicts between individual rights and the common good; and 3) research involving human subjects. 3 credit hours.

PHGEN*717. Applied Research Methods. The overall purpose of this course is to introduce students to the design and evaluation of research protocols in public health. Students will also learn methods for designing and writing measurable goals and objectives. Specifically, this course will cover concepts and provide skills required for research design, grant proposal development, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and reporting results. The goal is to enable students to conduct original research and critically review published research, giving them the necessary tools to succeed as public health professionals. 3 credit hours.

PHGEN*750. MPH Seminar. MPH Seminar is a 1 credit hour course for Master of Public Health students in the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) offered in the fall and spring semesters. Students are required to complete both the fall and spring semesters of the course (total of 2 credit hours). Students attend DPHS-sponsored seminars every other Monday throughout the semester to gain exposure to contemporary topics in public health research. Seminar speakers are invited guests to the department and represent a diversity of research topics that are complementary to the research interests of DPHS faculty. On alternating Mondays, the department sponsors a professional Public Health seminar series featuring guest speakers from local public health agencies, MUSC departments, and local non-profits. This valuable exposure helps first -year students identify potential mentors and projects for internship and volunteer hours, provides an overview of potential career paths for graduates, and introduces the pressing public health concerns that impact our region, nation and global communities. 1 credit hours.

PHGEN*770. ILE Planning. This course is designed to help students and faculty jointly prepare for the Integrative Learning Experience in their final semester of their MPH Program. The ILE or Capstone, as the culminating experience of the MPH program, requires students to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and apply it to analyzing and addressing a public health practice and/or research challenge. This is a required 1-hour course available to all MPH students. It is designed to help students understand ILE requirements, gain skills necessary for successful completion of the ILE, and develop a proposal for their ILE experience with faculty and other mentors. At the end of the course, students will have developed a finalized ILE plan and gained skills to assure its completion. The Applied Practice Experience or Internship course is a 180 hour practicum which requires students to gain professional work experience in the public health workforce. This course will allow students to garner professional skills prior to starting their internship including resume building, interviewing tips, and workforce performance standards, along with internship and career exploration. 1 credit hour.

PHGEN*780. App Practice Experience-Intern. Students enrolled in the MPH program are required to complete a field placement in an appropriate public health setting as part of the degree requirements. Sites include hospitals, not for profit organizations, government agencies, and worksite/for profit companies. A minimum of 180 contact hours will be required for the field placement. 6 credit hours.

PHGEN*970. MPH Capstone. All MPH students will participate in a culminating experience which is required for graduation from the program. It is completed in the final semester in the MPH program and is graded P/F. The capstone project will reflect the student's assimilation of theories and skills from didactic and experiential learning courses. Under the supervision of a faculty Capstone Advisor, the student executes a research plan and produces a final document for the capstone project, and also participates in the MPH Capstone Symposium- presenting their capstone project research in a public poster session. 3 credit hours.

PHHBP*700. Social and Behavioral Sciences. The course introduces MPH students to the principles and practices of the social and behavioral science principles that can be used to guide the process of identifying, characterizing, and resolving public health problems to improve the health of individuals and populations. 3 credit hours.

PHHBP*704. Appl Health Behavior Theory. Successful completion of this course will enable the student to describe the role of social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems; identify the causes of social and behavioral factors that affect health of individuals and populations; identify basic theories, concepts and models; apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation and evaluation; specify multiple targets and levels of intervention; identify individual, organizational and community concerns, assets, resources and deficits; apply evidence-based approaches in the development and evaluation of interventions; describe the merits of social and behavioral science interventions and policies; describe steps and procedures for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs; and identify critical stakeholders for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions. 3 credit hours.

PHHBP*712. Health Promo Intervention Plan. In this course, students will critically examine models and processes for the systematic planning of public health interventions in a variety of settings (e.g., medical, community). Students will gain skills in needs assessment, the identification of behavioral and environmental determinants of public health problems, and using theory to guide the selection of public health intervention strategies. Students will apply evidence-based approaches in the development of social and behavioral science interventions and become familiar with practical and ethical principles underlying public health program planning, implementation and evaluation. 3 credit hours.

PHHBP*714. Health Promotion Res Methods. This course introduces students to research methods in health promotion and allows them to understand and evaluate common research methods used in H.P. research. Students learn techniques related to data collection by observation, interview and questionnaire, and adapt research techniques to vulnerable and medically under served populations. 3 credit hours.

PHHBP*718. Health Psychology. This course introduces MPH students to the principles and practices of Health Psychology, focusing first on learning theories of behavior change, discussing the case formulation process, and an intro to the fundamental aspects of health psychology treatments. The class then focuses on related and complicated cases - looking for connections between symptom classes and complementary treatment models and techniques. 3 credit hours.