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1 Appendix I Appendix I.A FHS Masters of Public Health Revised CORE courses To begin Fall Semester of AY EPHD 319 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits) A course in principles, concepts and application of epidemiology in the public health field. The course consists of lectures, assigned readings and complimentary practical sessions that provide students with basic epidemiological knowledge and tools relevant to public health practice. Students are given the opportunity to acquire an understanding of the vocabulary of epidemiology and methods of epidemiologic research, investigation and control. This course also offers applied epidemiologic knowledge of major diseases of public health significance with a focus on disease ecology, etiology, transmission and contagion modes. Competencies EPI 1 EPI 2 EPI 3 EPI 4 EPI 5 EPI 6 EPI 7 EPI 8 EPI 9 EPI 10 EPI 11 EPI 12 EPI 13 EPI 14 EPI 15 CC1* Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues. Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place. Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology. Identify and evaluate key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes. Compare and contrast basic epidemiologic study designs Calculate basic epidemiology measures Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports. Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data. Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs. Describe the basic steps of an outbreak investigation. Identify and discuss ethical principles for the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of data and information. Define basic public health terms (including symptoms where relevant) Describe the general categories of biological 1 agents associated with infectious and communicable disease. Explain the role of biological agents in health and disease Identify risk factors for non-communicable diseases and implications for disease control and prevention. Demonstrate ability to think critically *CC1: Cross cutting 1 biological includes microbiological agents of uni or multi-cell forms [not seen by the naked eye: bacteria, fungi, and virulent forms: viruses, ] as well as other biological agents such as parasites which can be seen by the naked eye. 1

2 Agreement with ASPH Competencies version 2.3 August 2006 (90% of ASPH): 1. Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes (EPI 4). 2. Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs (EPI 9). 3. Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place (EPI 2). 4. Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues (EPI 1). 5. Comprehend basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data (EPI 11). 6. Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology (EPI 3). 7. Calculate basic epidemiology measures (EPI 6). 8. Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences (*). 9. Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data (EPI 8). 10. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports (EPI 7). *stated slightly different in MPH communication course. EPHD 310 Basic Biostatistics (3 credits) This is an introductory Biostatistics course that covers basic concepts and statistical methods and offered to graduate Public Health students. The course demonstrates methods of exploring, organizing, and presenting data. The course presents the foundation of statistical inference from estimation, to confidence interval and testing of hypothesis. Applications include comparing population means or proportions via data obtained from paired or independent samples, one way ANOVA. Also, it introduces simple linear regression, correlations, logistic regression and nonparametric methods for data analysis. Competencies BIOS 1 BIOS 2 BIOS 3 BIOS 4 BIOS 5 BIOS 6 BIOS 7 BIOS 8 BIOS 9 BIOS 10 CC1 Describe the role of biostatistics in the discipline of public health. Distinguish among the different measurement scales and the implications for selection of statistical methods to be used based on these distinctions. Apply descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize public health data. Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions. Apply common statistical methods for inference. Describe preferred methodological alternatives to commonly used statistical methods when assumptions are not met. Apply descriptive and inferential methodologies according to the type of study design for answering a particular research question. Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies. Apply ethical principles to data management and analysis. Apply statistical software for describing and analyzing public health data. Demonstrate ability to think critically. 2

3 Agreement with ASPH Competencies version 2.3 August 2006 (90% of ASPH): 1. Describe the roles biostatistics serves in the discipline of public health (BIOS 1). 2. Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions (BIOS 4). 3. Describe preferred methodological alternatives to commonly used statistical methods when assumptions are not met (BIOS 6). 4. Distinguish among the different measurement scales and the implications for selection of statistical methods to be used based on these distinctions (BIOS 2). 5. Apply descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize public health data (BIOS 3). 6. Apply common statistical methods for inference (BIOS 5). 7. Apply descriptive and inferential methodologies according to the type of study design for answering a particular research question (BIOS 7). 8. Apply basic informatics techniques with vital statistics and public health records in the description of public health characteristics and in public health research and evaluation (BIOS 10). 9. Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies (BIOS 8). 10. Develop written and oral presentations based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences (*). *stated slightly different in MPH communication course. HBED 310 Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (3 credits) This course focuses in the social and behavioral influences on health. Students will learn how to challenge the assumptions used in defining, addressing and evaluating health issues. Students will be introduced to a selection of social-science theories and the way in which they guide contemporary public health practice and policy. The course also covers the effects of globalization and global environmental issues on health. Throughout the course students use case studies, apply theory, learn analytical and critical thinking, and discus ethical issues in public health. Competencies SB 1 SB 2 SB 3 SB 4 SB 5 SB 6 SB 7 SB 8 Distinguish a population perspective from an individual perspective. Describe the legal and ethical principles of public health. Challenge the assumptions used in defining, addressing, and evaluating health issues. Identify critical stakeholders for public health interventions. Specify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs and/or policies. Explain a social justice perspective to public health. Describe the role of social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems. Identify the pathways through which social factors affect the health of individuals and populations. 3

4 SB 9 SB 10 SB 11 SB 12 SB 13 SB 14 SB 15 CC1 Describe the interaction of the physical and social environment and living conditions. Identify the behavioral determinants for health behaviour change. Apply basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social disciplines that are used in public health research and practice. Analyze influences of current development approaches on health. Identify basic theories, concepts and models from a range of behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice. Describe the merits and limitations health behavior change interventions. Describe steps for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions. Demonstrate ability to think critically Agreement with ASPH Competencies version 2.3 August 2006 (70% of ASPH): 1. Identify basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice (SB 11, SB13). 2. Identify the causes of social and behavioral factors that affect health of individuals and populations (SB 8, SB10). 3. Identify individual, organizational and community concerns, assets, resources and deficits for social and behavioral science interventions. 4. Identify critical stakeholders for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions (SB 4). 5. Describe steps and procedures for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions (SB 15). 6. Describe the role of social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems (SB 7). 7. Describe the merits of social and behavioral science interventions and policies (SB 14). 8. Apply evidence-based approaches in the development and evaluation of social and behavioral science interventions. 9. Apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation and evaluation. 10. Specify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs and/or policies (SB 5). HMPD 300 Health Care Systems (3 credits) This course deals with all the main components, resources and functions of health care systems. It is designed for graduate students to identify organizational and health system problems and apply systems thinking in resolving them. The course also introduces graduate students to the policy making and analysis of health system issues with particular focus on Lebanon and the Middle East region. 4

5 Competencies HCS 1 HCS 2 HCS 3 HCS 4 HCS 5 HCS 6 HCS 7 HCS 8 HCS 9 Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems with emphasis on Lebanon and the region. Make use of quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues. Demonstrate leadership skills for building partnerships and to use team building skills to enhance work team performance. Describe principles of strategic planning in public health. Use systems thinking for resolving organizational problems. Discuss the policy making process for improving the health status of populations. Describe the legal and ethical bases affecting the delivery of health services. Identify data needs and limitations of Health Care Systems. Describe the health policy making process with special focus on weak States. HCS 10 Introduce the principles of budgeting and financial statements. CC1 Demonstrate ability to think critically. Agreement with ASPH Competencies version 2.3 August 2006 (70% of ASPH): 1. Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in the US (HSC 1). 2. Describe the legal and ethical bases for public health and health services (HSC 7). 3. Explain methods of ensuring community health safety and preparedness. 4. Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations (HSC 6). 5. Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives. 6. Apply principles of strategic planning and marketing to public health (HSC 4 with verb change). 7. Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues (HSC 2 with verb change). 8. Apply "systems thinking" for resolving organizational problems (HSC 5 with verb change). 9. Communicate health policy and management issues using appropriate channels and technologies (*). 10. Demonstrate leadership skills for building partnerships (HSC 3). *stated slightly different in MPH communication course. ENHL 300 Introduction to Environmental Health (2 credits) The course introduces students to the physical life support system and interactions with the socio-economic context. Emphasis is placed on assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards affecting human health and ecological wellbeing. The role of local and global regulatory systems in impacting change and sustaining a healthy 5

6 environment is highlighted. Enabling communities through this process of sustainable development is critically assessed. Competencies EH 1 EH 2 EH 3 EH 4 EH 5 EH 6 EH 7 Specify approaches for assessing, preventing and controlling environmental hazards that pose risk for human health and safety. Describe the direct and indirect human, ecological and safety effects of major environmental and occupational agents. Specify current environmental risk assessment methods. Describe local and global regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues in Lebanon and the region. Describe the interaction of constituents of the physical and social environment. Identify major occupational risks in the workplace. Appraise control measures for occupational hazards in the workplace. EH 8 EH 9 Identify the interlink between environmental protection and sustainable development. Identify ways that public health interventions and practitioners can engage in environmentally sound practice. EH 10 Analyze the interplay between environmental health and other public health disciplines. EH 11 Appraise ethical considerations in environmental and public health. EH 12 Explain effects of globalization on health and the environment. CC1 Demonstrate ability to think critically. Agreement with ASPH Competencies version 2.3 August 2006 (50 % of ASPH): 1. Describe the direct and indirect human, ecological and safety effects of major environmental and occupational agents (EH 2) 2. Describe genetic, physiologic and psychosocial factors that affect susceptibility to adverse health outcomes following exposure to environmental hazards. 3. Describe federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues (EH 4) 4. Specify current environmental risk assessment methods (EH 3) 5. Specify approaches for assessing, preventing and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety (EH 1) 6. Explain the general mechanisms of toxicity in eliciting a toxic response to various environmental exposures. 7. Discuss various risk management and risk communication approaches in relation to issues of environmental justice and equity. 8. Develop a testable model of environmental insult. PBHL 310 Research Design (3credits) This course discusses principles of research design and the methods used in both quantitative and qualitative social research methodologies. Topics include formulation of research questions, literature review, sampling issues, methods of data collection and analysis. Practical ethical issues are also discussed. 6

7 Competencies RD 1 RD 2 RD 3 RD 4 RD 5 RD 6 RD 7 RD 8 CC1 Distinguish different research approach. Formulate a research question. Apply the appropriate research approach to a particular research question pertaining to pubic health. Discuss components and steps of a research proposal. Demonstrate competence in identifying, obtaining, and critically reviewing literature from a variety of sources. Choose an appropriate research methodology for a research question of interest (including design and sampling) Develop a research proposal. Identify and discuss ethical principles to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data and information. Demonstrate ability to think critically. HBED 315 Communication Skills for Health Professionals (2 credits) A course on interpersonal and group communication theory and practice. This course aims to enhance the student s ability to interact effectively in work settings, as well as to prepare and carry out effective presentations using appropriate audiovisuals. Competencies CS 1 CS 2 CS 3 CS 4 CS 5 CS 6 CS 7 CC1 Identify ways to improve health care provider-client communication. Demonstrate inter-personal communication skills (problem solving, listening, conflict resolution and decision making) in diverse cultural context or settings. Facilitate group process. Produce and deliver effective oral (including non-verbal) and printed materials to an audience of their choice. Develop materials for dissemination of a health message. Specify steps needed to develop and disseminate a health message to varied audiences (professionals, the media, policy makers, and the public). Apply ethical principles to the presentation and communication of public health messages. Demonstrate ability to think critically. 7

8 APPENDIX I.B MPH Learning Outcomes MAPPED TO COMPETENCIES (July 08) 1. Analyze the biological, physical, social, economic, and political determinants of a health issue SB 7 SB 8 SB 11 SB 5 SB 12 Describe the role of social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems. Identify the pathways through which social factors affect the health of individuals and populations. Apply basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social disciplines that are used in public health research and practice. Specify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs and/or policies. Analyze influences of current development approaches on health. EPI 13 Define basic public health terms (including symptoms where relevant). EPI 14 Describe the general categories of biological 2 agents associated with infectious and communicable disease. EPI 15 Explain the role of biological agents in health and disease. EPI 16 Identify risk factors for non-communicable diseases and implications for disease control and prevention. 2. Apply basic statistical methods to analyze data BIOS 1 Describe the roles biostatistics serves in the discipline of public health. BIOS 2 Distinguish among the different measurement scales and the implications for selection of statistical methods to be used based on these distinctions. BIOS 3 Apply descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize public health data. BIOS 4 Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions. BIOS 5 Apply common statistical methods for inference. BIOS 6 Describe preferred methodological alternatives to commonly used statistical methods when assumptions are not met. BIOS 7 Apply descriptive and inferential methodologies according to the type of study design for answering a particular research question. BIOS 10 Apply statistical software for describing and analyzing public health data. BIOS 8 Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies. 2 biological includes microbiological agents of uni or multi-cell forms [not seen by the naked eye: bacteria, fungi, and virulent forms: viruses, ] as well as other biological agents such as parasites which can be seen by the naked eye. 8

9 3. Demonstrate knowledge of basic epidemiological designs EPI 1 Explain the importance of epidemiology for informing scientific, ethical, economic and political discussion of health issues. EPI 2 Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place. EPI 3 Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology. EPI 4 Identify and evaluate key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes. EPI 5 Compare and contrast basic epidemiological study designs. EPI 6 Calculate basic epidemiology measures. EPI 7 Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports. EPI 8 Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data. EPI 11 Identify and discuss ethical principles for the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of data and information. EPI 10 Describe the basic steps of an outbreak investigation. EPI 9 Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs. 4. Identify the basic elements of a healthy environment EH 1 Specify approaches for assessing, preventing and controlling environmental hazards that pose risk for human health and safety. EH 2 Describe the direct and indirect human, ecological and safety effects of major environmental and occupational agents. EH 3 Specify current environmental risk assessment methods. EH 4 Describe local and global regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues in Lebanon and the region. EH 6 Identify major occupational risks in the workplace. EH 7 Appraise control measures for occupational hazards in the workplace. EH 12 Explain effects of globalization on health and the environment. EH 5 Describe the interaction of constituents of the physical and social environment. EH 8 Identify the interlink between environmental protection and sustainable development. 5. List the behavioral factors influencing health status of populations SB 10 Identify the behavioral determinants for health behaviour change. SB 11 Apply basic theories, concepts and models from a range of behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice. SB 5 Specify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs and/or policies. SB 14 Describe the merits and limitations of health behaviour change interventions. CC1 Demonstrate ability to think critically 9

10 6. Demonstrate knowledge of managerial functioning HCS 3 Demonstrate leadership skills for building partnerships and to use team building skills to enhance work team performance. HCS 4 Describe principles of strategic planning in public health. HCS 5 Use systems thinking for resolving organizational problems. HCS 10 Introduce the principles of budgeting and financial statements 7. Analyze health care systems and policies HCS 1 HCS 2 HCS 8 Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems with emphasis on Lebanon and the region. Make use of quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues. Identify data needs and limitations of health care systems 8. Design and conduct a research project RD 1 Distinguish different research approaches. RD 2 Formulate a research question. RD 3 Apply the appropriate research approach to a particular research question pertaining to public health. RD 4 Discuss components and steps of a research proposal. RD 5 Demonstrate competence in identifying, obtaining, and critically reviewing literature from a variety of sources. RD 6 Choose the appropriate research methodology for a research question of interest. RD 7 Develop a research proposal. CC1 Demonstrate ability to think critically. 9. Identify implications of research and intervention for public health policy HCS 6 SB 3 SB 4 HSC 9 Discuss the policy making process for improving the health status of populations. Challenge the assumptions used in defining, addressing, and evaluating health issues. Identify critical stakeholders for public health intervention. Describe the health policy making process with special focus on weak states. 10. Communicate health information to a diverse audience CS 2 CS 3 CS 1 CS 5 CS 4 Demonstrate inter-personal communication skills (problem solving, listening, conflict resolution and decision making) in diverse cultural context or settings. Facilitate group process. Identify ways to improve health care provider-client communication. Develop materials for dissemination of a health message. Produce and deliver effective oral (including non-verbal) and written materials to an audience of their choice. 10

11 CS 6 Specify steps needed to develop and disseminate a health message to varied audiences (professionals, the media, policy makers, and the public). 11. Apply ethical principles in public health practice HCS 4 HCS 7 SB 6 BIOS 9 EPI 11 EH 11 CS 7 Describe the legal and ethical principles of public health. Describe the legal and ethical bases affecting the delivery of health services. Explain a social justice perspective to public health. Apply ethical principles to data management and analysis. Identify and discuss ethical principles for the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of data and information. Appraise ethical considerations in environmental and public health. Apply ethical principles to the presentation and communication of public health messages. 12. Adopt a multidisciplinary approach in assessing, researching, and responding to public health issues and needs SB 1 SB 15 EH 9 EH 10 Distinguish a population perspective from an individual perspective. Describe steps for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions. Identify ways that public health interventions and practitioners can engage in environmentally sound practice. Analyze the interplay between environmental health and other public health disciplines. 13. Apply relevant theory learned in course work to real-life situations 14. Critically assess the interplay of theory and practice in public health 11

12 Appendix I.C Alignment of MPH LO with Mission and instructional Objectives of GPHP MPH Learning Outcomes 1. Analyze the biological, physical, social, economic, and political determinants of a health issue. 2. Apply basic statistical methods to analyze data. 3. Demonstrate knowledge of basic epidemiological designs. 4. Identify the basic elements of a healthy environment. 5. List the behavioral factors influencing health status of populations. 6. Demonstrate knowledge of managerial functioning. 7. Analyze health care systems and policies. 8. Design and conduct a research project. 9. Identify implications of research and intervention for public health policy. 10. Communicate health information to diverse audiences. 11. Apply ethical principles in public health practice. 12. Adopt a multidisciplinary approach in assessing, researching, and responding to public health issues and needs. 13. Apply relevant theory leaned in course work to real-life situations. 14. Critically assess the interplay of theory and practice in public health. Mission GPHP (July 24, 2007) The Graduate Public Health Program at FHS provides advanced training in public health to prepare professionals, both practitioners and academicians, who can competently assess (LO 1,4,5,6,7), research (all LO), and respond (LO 7,8,9,10,11,12,13) to health needs and current public health issues in Lebanon and the region. The Program promotes multidisciplinary and community based research as well as community service (LO 12) as means to improve instruction, advance knowledge, and address public health issues and needs of relevance to the population served. 12

13 GPHP Instructional Goal and Objectives Goal 1: Provide quality education to a diverse body of graduate students pursuing professional or academic careers in public health. Objective 1: Continue to offer state of the art public health education with emphasis on the core disciplines of public health Objective 2: Increase the inclusion of public health needs in Lebanon and the region in the curriculum Objective 3: Maintain adherence to professional ethics Alignment of LOs with Goals and Objectives Objective 1 Objective 2 Objective 3 LO 1 LO 2 LO 3 LO 4 LO 5 LO 6 LO 7 LO 8 LO 9 LO 10 LO 11 LO 12 LO 13 LO 14 13

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