This course provides an overview of current topics and controversies in occupational and environmental epidemiology. It will provide the student with familiarity with research techniques in this area, and capacity to evaluate current research relevant to public health practice and policy. The course is structured as a seminar, with discussion of research topics and techniques based upon analysis of published papers in the field, both historical and current. Guidance will be provided and students will be expected to produce increasingly sophisticated critiques of research as the course progresses.
Prerequisites: EOHS 5200, BIOS 5200, EPID 5200.
This course is focused on centering personal wellness inside and outside of the classroom. As emerging public health practitioners, we are often focused on population health. However, public health promotion and disease prevention is not only the responsibility of macro-institutions. Health is created and experienced by individuals and communities within the settings of our everyday lives—where we live, work, learn, play, pray, and love. If we are personally stressed, anxious, depressed, or fatigued, can we consider how that might impact our conceptions and pursuit of greater physical, mental, spiritual, and community health and wellness? As the adage from the 1960s Second-Wave Feminist Movement goes, ‘the personal is political.’ This course presents the creative arts as tools to promote health and to manage the effects of illness, stress, and trauma. Students will practice critical reading, critical analysis, and creative writing exercises and engage in activities to unlearn and heal oppressive attitudes and behaviors, improve mental and physical health, and promote healthy development. Concepts, such as the life course perspective, cultural humility, public health critical race praxis, intersectionality, and social capital, will be introduced side-by-side with reading and writing works of poetry, memoir, and fiction. Finally, the students will work in groups to study a health issue and produce a creative work and presentation on the topic.
This course will prepare students to effectively study health characteristics of the rapidly increasing population of older adults in the United States. Some of the topics covered will include changes in national and international age and lifespan demographics; theories of aging; the limits of the human lifespan and life-extension efforts; the interrelation of aging, health, and the environment; measurement of survival, mortality, and cause of death; measurement of physical functioning and activities of daily living; age- and disease-related changes in cognitive functioning; depression in older adults; injury (falls, driving accidents); the influence of age on disease and how to account for the age effects in the study of disease; health, frailty, and “successful” aging. Students will examine methods for conducting epidemiological studies in older populations and the implications of an aging society on public health practice.
Prerequisites: BIOS 5200, EPID 5200.
The objectives of this course are to cover the two broad components of infectious disease epidemiology: 1) the epidemiologic methods applied to investigating infectious disease distribution and etiology, and 2) a review of the infectious diseases of major public health significance. Outbreak investigation, disease surveillance, study design, geographical information systems, the microbiology of pathogens, and an introduction to concepts in mathematical modeling in infectious disease will comprise the first component of the course. A thorough description of the epidemiology, etiology, and prevention, treatment and control of significant established and emerging infectious diseases will comprise the second component of the course. By the end of this course students should have a thorough understanding of the both the practice of infectious disease epidemiology and the current and emerging global burden of infectious disease.
Prerequisites: EPID 5200.
This course introduces concepts of study design, data management and data analysis that are suitable for epidemiologic research. This course will enable students to design studies and write competitive proposals on contemporary issues in epidemiology and public health affecting immigrant and urban populations. Students will be provided with the practical skills necessary to plan and carry out research projects. Specifically, learners will explore principles and concepts associated with the design of sample surveys that are representative of populations and the analysis of data from such surveys. Throughout the course, students will be asked to prepare comprehensive, concise written reports for a variety of audiences.
Prerequisites: BIOS 5200, EPID 5200.
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This program will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed t o carry out epidemiologic investigations of major public health issues affecting urban and immigrant populations. Didactic training and fieldwork emphasizes skill in the planning and implementation of epidemiologic study designs; the collection and analysis of data; the interpretation and presentation of findings and discussion of public health implications.
“It is also an important opportunity to establish and secure long-term links between Griffith’s Centre for Governance and Public Policy and leading education institutes in the US. I will take an active part in the life of the university community and present papers at institutes around the US.”
Influenza is a very common disease that needs attention in the medical field. Mandatory immunization of HCP against influenza is an area that have been severally covered in the current literature. I have also experienced this practice in the course of my nursing professional practice. Ultimately, this paper concludes in line influenza vaccination policy among HCP.
The mortality rate of influenza victims continues to rise especially during the influenza pandemic. For instance there were a considerable number of people who died because of influenza and especially the Spanish flu that claimed the life of 20million people. Therefore, there is a great need to create influenza awareness and find remedies to address this problem. One way is to introduce mandatory health care personnel vaccination against influenza. Mandatory care personnel vaccination against influenza is a problem that needs to be addressed to ensure that it is implemented and well established in healthcare setting (Goldsmith, 2011).
Middle-range theories are made up of an inadequate number of ideas and proposal that are written at a comparatively tangible and precise level. Middle-range theories are created or tested by researching, and they are used as the confirmation for practice activities, such as evaluation and involvement. To be precise, middle range theories are the theories that lie between the trivial but essential working proposition that develop a number of research and the comprehensive methodical efforts to expand integrated theory that will clarify all the experiential uniformities of social behavior, organization and social change (Roy & Roy Adaptation Association, 2014).
One theory that could be used to address the above named problems is the intellectual capital theory. This theory is essential since it is able to provide conceptualization of the knowledge available within an organization and it explains the potential mechanisms that are responsible for the impact of that particular knowledge on the patient as well as the organization outcomes. The intellectual capital theory is a middle range theory since it has a limited number of concepts and propositions and it can be measured and tested in different context. The theory does propose meaningful interrelationships among characteristics within the work environment quality of patient care included (Meleis, 2010).
This theory emerged in the past decade and it was as a response to the ever growing realization of the importance of information and knowledge. The theory was conceptualized when the ideas of knowledge management and human capital became important part of organization discussion.
Intellectual capital theory has been used in different fields and especially the nursing field to conceptualize the source of nursing knowledge available within an organization and it also defines its relationship to patient and organization outcome. This theory has been very essential especially when it comes to guiding research on quality work environments and how such environment assists the administrative decision making to nursing human resource management and the continuing professional development (Roy & Roy Adaptation Association, 2014).
Therefore, the intellectual impact theory can be applied on the mandatory health care personnel vaccination against influenza. The theory will be able to be applied on the identified problem since it offers a conceptualization of the knowledge available within an organization and it explains the potential mechanisms that are responsible for the impact of that particular knowledge on the patient as well as the organization outcomes. Influenza as mentioned above has been the cause of great worry since it can even lead to death. This means that there is a need to gather more information on influenza and use this knowledge to find tangible solutions. Intellectual capital theory could greatly impact on the mandatory health care personnel vaccination against influenza .it will not only provide the needed information but it will also provide the theoretical framework and the practical means of how the mandatory health care personnel vaccination against influenza will be administered (Meleis, 2010). Through the intellectual capital theory the provided information on influenza will be tested and verified to ensure that the above named remedy is well utilized to combat influenza deaths and pandemics.
By incorporating intellectual capital theory on mandatory health care personnel vaccination against influenza the health organization will be assisted in the following ways. the doctors and the service providers will be made aware of the influenza its causes, symptoms, how it is treated, and curative and preventive measures among others. Most importantly, the service providers will be given tangible information on how to go about caring for people with influenza and also how to tackle the influenza pandemic. Furthermore, this theory will give comprehensive details on how to vaccinate against influenza. It is well put that influenza kills in millions and it is very hard to prevent its outbreak. Therefore, using intellectual capital theory will be of great importance since it will be giving some guidelines and policies on the already identified problem. Vaccination is the way to go when it comes to something that could bring so much problem and challenges in future. Intellectual capital theory will guide research pertaining to influenza and it will provide the much needed information about it. This way it will help to facilitate the combination of medication that could be used in vaccination to ensure that the influenza problem does not in any way cause havoc in the world (Goldsmith, 2011). This way quality environment will be created where influenza will become a history using the intellectual capital theory. It can be rare to find a study discussing health ailments without mentioning influenza or anything related to this disease. This paper also reviewed influenza statistics to indicate the need to adopt countermeasures of curbing influenza
This course is an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom directly in a fieldwork experience. The student will work at an approved external site, typically a local or state health agency or a local organization under the supervision of a public health professional. If a student is able to do a placement only in his or her regular place of employment, the assignment must extend beyond or be something other than his or her regular work duties and allow application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.