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Public Health

St. Catherine University’s public health department is deeply rooted in a philosophy of social responsibility.  Students study current and emerging health issues, analyze health problems from a public health perspective and advocate for improved public health through education and policy.  Students will learn about the core disciplinary areas of study in public health: behavioral/social science and health education, biostatistics and epidemiology, international/global health, environmental health, administration and management, maternal and child health, nutrition, and biomedical/health sciences.

HLTH 1020 Role, Advocacy and Outreach — 2 credits

This course focuses on the role of the Community Health Worker (CHW). Students learn the scope of practice for the CHW. The other topics that are taught are personal safety, self care and personal wellness. The course also addresses outreach and advocacy for clients. Lecture, class discussion and small group work enable students to develop an understanding of the CHW profession.
Co-requisites: HLTH 1050, HLTH 1070, HLTH 1100, HLTH 2010.

HLTH 1050 Organization and Resources: Community and Personal Strategies — 2 credits

The course focuses on the Community Health Worker's knowledge of the community and the ability to prioritize and organize work. Emphasis is on the use of and critical analysis of resources and on problem solving. Students will compile a resource manual in this class. Teaching/learning methods include lecture and small group discussion.
Co-requisites: HLTH 1020, HLTH 1070, HLTH 1100, HLTH 2010.

HLTH 1070 Teaching and Building Capacity — 2 credits

This course focuses on the Community Health Worker's role in teaching and increasing the capacity of the community and of the client to access the health care system. Emphasis is on teaching clients about healthy lifestyles and helping the client to establish a healthy lifestyle. Students learn about and practice methods for planning, developing and implementing plans with clients to promote wellness. Health promotion activities will also be discussed.
Co-requisites: HLTH 1020, HLTH 1050, HLTH 1100, HLTH 2010.

HLTH 1100 Coordination, Documentation and Reporting — 1 credit

This course focuses on the importance and ability of the Community Health Worker to gather, document and report on client visits and other activities. The emphasis is on appropriate, accurate and clear documentation with consideration of legal and agency requirements.
Co-requisites: HLTH 1020, HLTH 1050, HLTH 1070, HLTH 2010.

HLTH 2010 Legal and Ethical Responsibilities — 1 credit

This course focuses on the legal and ethical dimensions of the Community Health Worker's role. Included are boundaries of the CHW position, agency policies, confidentiality, liability, mandatory reporting and cultural issues that can influence legal and ethical responsibilities. The CHW is concerned with social responsibility for population health and ethical and social justice issues related to the health of diverse and global populations. This course is a combination of lecture, class discussion and small group work.
Co-requisites: HLTH 1020, HLTH 1050, HLTH 1070, HLTH 1100.

HLTH 2020 Communication and Cultural Competence — 2 credits

In this course, students will be provided the content and skills in communication to assist the Community Health Worker in effectively interacting with a variety of clients, their families and a range of healthcare providers. Included are verbal/non-verbal communication, listening and interviewing skills, networking, building trust and working in teams. Communication skills are grounded within the context of the community's culture and the cultural implications that can affect client communication.
Prerequisite: HLTH 1020.

HLTH 2030 Role of CHW-Field Internship — 2 credits

This course is a supervised practical experience that allows opportunities for students to prepare for independent work in the Community Health Worker role. The course will also include professional skill building components.
Prerequisites with concurrency: HLTH 2020, HLTH 2040.

HLTH 2040 Health Promotion Competencies — 3 credits

This course provides knowledge and skills a Community Health Worker needs to assist clients in the follow specific areas: healthy lifestyles, heart and stroke, maternal child and teens, diabetes, cancer, oral health, and mental health. Topics within those areas include strategies for CHWs to work with clients on prevention, achieving healthy lifestyles and accessing needed resources. Teaching methods include lecture, small group discussion and case studies. The course will be a combination of lecture, class/small group discussion, cases studies and presentations.
Prerequisite: HLTH 1050.

HLTH 2050 Foundations in Public Health — 4 credits

This course provides an overview of public health in the U.S. with emphasis on the population perspective and the ecological nature of public health including the impact on the healthcare system and specific needs of subpopulations. The history of public health will provide an understanding of how healthcare evolved globally and within the U.S. The influence of the social environment, race, gender, and class on the health of populations will be examined. Current ethical public health dilemmas will be explored, including how the rights of the individual versus the rights of society come into conflict.
Prerequisite with concurrency: CORE 1000W or CORE 2000W.

HLTH 2994 Topics — 4 credits

The subject matter of the course is announced in the annual schedule of classes. Content varies from year to year but does not duplicate existing courses.

HLTH 3150 Epidemiology — 4 credits

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health and disease in populations. This course introduces the history, philosophy and methodology of epidemiology as well as ethical issues in the discipline. We will review key concepts such as causation, study design, and bias; an understanding of which will aid in uncovering factors that contribute to our understanding of population health. Students will discuss applications of epidemiology to promote prevention by designing interventions and policy that improve health outcomes. The primary learning goal for this course will be for students to be able to collect, interpret, and communicate epidemiologic data and study results. A case method approach and applied learning lab is used to facilitate learning.
Prerequisite: HLTH 2050.
Prerequisite with concurrency: One course in statistics (PSYC 2050, MATH 1080 or ECON 2250).

HLTH 3250 Global Health — 4 credits

This course examines the main concepts of public health from a global perspective and the critical links between public health and social, political, environmental, and economic factors. Specific issues in global health will be discussed, including population trends, pandemics, nutrition, work, environment, women's and children's health, and infectious and chronic diseases. Media reports and other information sources will be used to learn about global health issues. Opportunities and responsibilities for taking action to address global disparities will be emphasized. Students will critically analyze and present a current global health issue.
Prerequisite: HLTH 2050.

HLTH 4602 Internship — 2 credits

Structured out-of-class learning experience that takes place on or off campus and includes a substantial work component. An internship involves students in a particular profession in an exploratory way to test career interests and potential. To initiate an internship experience and obtain a registration permit, meet with the internship coordinator in the Career Development Office. Classroom learning supplements the internship experience in this course. Students meet with the instructor and a cohort of students to discuss, reflect on and learn from internship experiences and participate in professional development activities. The instructor serves as the internship advisor and completes a site visit with each student and the site supervisor. 2 Credits = work at least 80 total hours (approx 5-6 hrs/wk) at internship site. 4 Credits = work 160 total hours (approx 10-12 hrs/wk) at internship site.
Prerequisites: HLTH 2050, HLTH 3150, HLTH 3250; an internship plan approved by the instructor and the department chair or designated academic advisor in the major.

HLTH 4604 Internship — 4 credits

Structured out-of-class learning experience that takes place on or off campus and includes a substantial work component. An internship involves sudents in a particular profession in an exploratory way to test career interests and potential. To initiate an internship experience and obtain a registration permit, meet with the internship coordinator in the Career Development Office. Classroom learning supplements the internship experience in this course. Students meet with the instructor and a cohort of students to discuss, reflect on and learn from internship experiences and participate in professional development activities. The instructor serves as the internship advisor and completes a site visit with each student and the site supervisor. 2 Credits = work at least 80 total hours (approx 5-6 hrs/wk) at internship site. 4 Credits = work 160 total hours (approx 10-12 hrs/wk) at internship site.
Prerequisites: HLTH 2050, HLTH 3150, HLTH 3250; an internship plan approved by the instructor and the department chair or designated academic advisor in the major.

HLTH 4684 Directed Study — 4 credits

Directed study is provided for students whose unusual circumstances prohibit taking a regularly scheduled course but who need the material of that course to satisfy a requirement. Availability of this faculty-directed learning experience depends on faculty time and may be limited in any given term and restricted to certain courses.
Prerequisites: Faculty, department chair and dean approval.

HLTH 4800W Senior Seminar in Public Health — 4 credits

This writing-intensive course examines critical and current issues in public health using a case based approach and the liberal arts themes of ethics and social justice, diversity and global perspectives, and critical and creative inquiry. Students complete a senior project that integrates the public health core courses with the selected concentration area for the major and demonstrates leadership and collaboration, disciplined-based competence, effective communication, and commitment to life-long learning.
Prerequisites: HLTH 2050, HLTH 3150, HLTH 3250.

HLTH 4952 Independent Study — 2 credits

Independent study offers students the opportunity for specialized research not covered in a course offering, by the action project or thesis. Students work with a faculty advisor to develop a learning contract, which specifies the content and objectives of the study as well as the requirements and procedures for evaluation. The amount of credit earned for the study also is included in the learning contract.
Prerequisites: Permission of the faculty and department chair or program director.

HLTH 4994 Topics — 4 credits

The subject matter of the course is announced in the annual schedule of classes. Content varies from year to year but does not duplicate existing courses.