Master's in Public Health Course Descriptions

Below is a list of course descriptions for the Master's in Public Health program. 

PHLT700 - Public Health: Global Health and Beyond

This course provides students with an overview of the mission and functions of public health in a global context and how the core areas of public health can be integrated to promote health at a population level. Students gain a greater understanding of the necessary foundation of public health for advanced studies of public health core competencies.

PHLT701 - Environmental Health

This course examines the environmental factors in human health and environmental causes of disease including physical, chemical, biological, behavioral, and social components. Students will also gain an understanding of human behavioral responses to environments as an important aspect of determining the occurrence of various diseases.

PHLT702 - Health Policy and Management

The course is designed to familiarize students with basic concepts and ideas concerning the distribution of health and illness in society, the organization of the health care system, and the relationship of one to the other. Students are introduced to the US health care system, both the public and private sector and examines the structure of the health system, current topics in health care reform, the policy process, and advocacy for public health. Major topics in the course include the study of health and health care delivery; the organization and financing of health care systems; cost and access to health care; health policy challenges and the Affordable Care Act; the roles of government in health systems and policy; the epidemiology of health and medical care, economic and ethical issues related to health care rationing, the social determinants of health.

PHLT703 - Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health

This course reviews leading concepts in the social and behavioral sciences and examines their impact on public health. Psychosocial theories of behavior change and health promotion and how they inform public health practice are analyzed. Public health competencies in social and behavioral sciences provide a foundation for the course content.

PHLT704 - Epidemiology

This course explores the study of epidemiology, an examination of the distribution and determinants of diseases, health conditions, or events among populations.  The application of epidemiological studies is intended to control health problems. By applying the concepts learned in this course to current public health problems and issues, students will understand the practice of epidemiology while gaining a better understanding of current public health programs and policies locally and globally.

PHLT705 - Biostatistics

This course will immerse students in statistical methods and principles necessary for understanding and interpreting data used in public health and policy evaluation and formation. Students will learn to disentangle the data received and make valid inferences that can be used to solve problems in public health. Topics in this course include descriptive statistics, graphical data summary, sampling, statistical comparison of groups, correlation, and regression. Pre-requisite: Statistics

PHLT706 - Public Health: Innovation and Action

Public Health professionals engage in advocacy for the improvement of population health outcomes through action and innovation. Multidisciplinary planning and evaluation of programs that aim to improve access to care, quality of care and cost of care, and ultimately health and well-being programs are essential competencies for public health professionals. Grounded in public health practice, this course prepares students to assess, design, plan, implement, and evaluate public health programs. Students will examine challenges and strategies for overcoming complexities to program development and outcomes brought about by differential access to care, care quality and cost of services.

COM751- Health Communication

This course provides students with an understanding of how to design and deliver media support services for health media productions, health communication campaigns, and organizations developing their health communication capacity. Focused activities reflect health and science themes to benefit the public at large, as well as special populations and health care institutions, such as hospitals. Students learn to use and value the media in its potential to be a resource for lifelong learning, health promotion, and positive social change through educating the population about health messages and wellness themes.

MGMT721 - Elder Care Policy & Politics

This course examines the environment in which elder care services are delivered. The course examines legal, regulatory, and public policy issues, as well as some of the resulting financing options (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid, and private long-term care insurance).

MGMT726 - Services & Programs for Older Adults

This course examines the theory and practices relevant to the management and administration of programs for the elderly. Deficiencies in current programs and alternative modes of care for the elderly are explored.

NPH702 - Nutrition Assessment

This course will educate the student on nutritional assessment including health, diet and lifestyle history, anthropometric measurements, computerized dietary intake analysis, and biochemical measures. The course will integrate the use of these measurements in the design of an appropriate nutritional protocol for the client. The student will also learn effective client management and follow-up.

NHP712 - Nutrition Counseling Strategies & Behavior Change

Examines the principles of design and presentation of nutrition education for individuals and groups including developing goals and objectives, communication style selection, selection of components including activities, visual aids, and specifications of evaluation processes. Students will also explore principles of communication, written and oral, in presenting nutrition education including learning styles, cultural competence, literacy levels, including, working with the media.

NHP714 - Health Education and Promotion through Social Media

In this course, we will examine the diverse uses of social media in the current health and nutrition field and develop a framework for students to apply with future social media usage in professional endeavors. Attention will be paid to the critical analysis of the appropriateness, potential target populations, communication and health behavior strategies, the risks and benefits, and the overall intended outcomes and reach of social media communication. In small groups, students will ultimately design, implement, and develop evaluation tools for a social media campaign/initiative of their choosing.

RSCI708 - Applied Nutrition Across the Lifespan

This course provides an in-depth exploration of contemporary issues of nutrition for active individuals across the lifespan. Course topics will include, nutrition timing, caloric expenditure, performance enhancement dietary supplements, dietary lipids and heart disease, dietary fiber and health, and the influence of life +style factors on nutrition. Controversies in nutrition, ergogenic aids and cultural aspects of food are also discussed. In addition, the course covers energy and nutrient needs for physical and athletic activities. Common myths and fallacies concerning diet and athletic performance as well as appropriate dietary approaches for specific activities and active people will be addressed.

RSCI717 - Healthcare Leadership and Decision Making

This course is intended to prepare students for the leadership decisions and actions that are inherent in performance enhancement management and practice within healthcare and wellness settings. Principles and applications of leadership will be explored, including persuasiveness, leading and directing teams, leading within organizations, and leadership opportunities in shaping policy in healthcare and wellness settings. Techniques for managing change and empowering others are included in this course. Topics related to effective leadership are issues of power, motivation, delegation, team building, persuasion and negotiation, and total quality improvement are included in this course.

RSCI780 - Quantitative & Qualitative Research                                   

This course provides an overview of the foundations of research design and the uses and interpretation of results. Content includes, reviewing the literature, developing research problems/questions; hypothesis testing, experimental, quasi-experimental and other research designs; and evaluating research studies as they relate to evidence-based practice in the health professions. The intended outcome is to familiarize students with the evidence-based guidelines associated to clinical outcomes and evidence-based practice.

RSCI781 – Capstone                                                                          

This course provides students with a culminating educational experience during the last semester of their program of study. Students can choose from one of the three following options:

  1. A community-based field experience with one of Lasell University’s afflicted partners
  2. A problem-based learning project that addresses a problem of practice for an       organization in the public health sector
  3. A research-based project, on a topic within the public health industry, that includes the development

      of a research question and support of a compelling augment. The research questions and argument will demonstrate the application of learning that occurs in didactic course work, and the engagement in contemporary research methodology.

The capstone course serves as a platform for students to demonstrate their ability to make significant contributions to their field of study and profession as an agent of change in the public health industry. Pre-requisite: permission required

CJ740 - Theories of Violence & Aggression

This course investigates and analyzes aggression and violence as forms of individual, group, and societal behavior. The course also includes an assessment of anthropological, biological, philosophical, political, and sociological theories on the causes of violence and aggression.

CJ741 - Interpersonal & Relationship Violence

This course utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to examining interpersonal violence as a critical and complex social issue. Specific types of interpersonal violence covered include child abuse and neglect, child sexual violence, spousal abuse, elder abuse, date rape and other forms of intimate sexual and physical violence. The course includes a comprehensive examination of theoretical perspectives regarding the nature and origins of interpersonal violence as well as a critical examination of the effectiveness of the mental health, child welfare, and criminal justice system’s approach to interpersonal violence prevention, intervention, and policy.

CJ742 - Violence Prev, Advocacy, & Social Change

This course provides students with an understanding of different models of social change and the various strategies of social movements and campaigns that accomplish social change. The course will examine the strategies, tactics, strengths and weaknesses of other historical contemporary movements such as the civil rights or women’s movement. Students will explore how victims of violence might develop successful public discourses that advocate their cause, transform public policy, and build or reform public institutions such as the justice system. The course will also identify successful modes of public address and tactics of activism that produce changes in public policy and reform institutional practices.

CJ751 – Victimology

This course involves a scientific study of crime victims and public policy responses to them. The course will focus on the nature and extent of criminal victimization, the dynamics of victim-offender relationships, theories of victimization, a historical analysis of the victim's role in the criminal justice process, the restorative justice model, and the contemporary victim rights and victim services' movements.