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HSERV 100 Personal and Public Health (3) I&S
Provides an overview of the key components of health and wellness. Presents a balance between individual responsibility and social determinants of public health, emphasizing a holistic preventative model. Incorporates self-assessment and considers the impact of personal, family, social, cultural, and environmental factors on health.
HSERV 475 Perspectives in Medical Anthropology (5) I&S Taylor
Introduction to medical anthropology. Explores the relationships among culture, society, and medicine. Examples from Western medicine as well as from other medical systems, incorporating both interpretive and critical approaches. Offered: jointly with ANTH 475.
Instructor Course Description: Janelle S Taylor Mario A Ceron Valdes
HSERV 480 Introduction to Public Health (3)
Covers history and major agencies and organizations of public health, Systems perspective on understanding factors affecting public health, the core functions and services of public health, and the major current public health issues in the U.S. and world. Uses a modified problem-based learning (PBL format. Includes substantial group work.
HSERV 481 Issues in Public Health (3)
Introduces public health by taking an in-depth look at local public health practice. Focuses on practical solutions for real life problems in local public health settings. Incorporates speakers from the local practice community.
HSERV 482 The Health of Populations (4) I&S, DIV
Explores what makes a population healthy or unhealthy. Examines why the United States is less healthy than all other rich countries, despite being one of the healthiest fifty years ago.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen A. Bezruchka
HSERV 490 Undergraduate Special Topics (1-6, max. 12)
Collect and analyze literature related to historical and current public health issues, problems and programs; analyze information and develop written summaries to demonstrate increased knowledge and competencies as applied to public health. Prerequisite: HSERV 480.
Instructor Course Description: Clarence Spigner
HSERV 499 Independent Study in Health Services (1-12, max. 12)
Individual library or field study project selected in consultation with a faculty adviser.
HSERV 501 Public Health Practice at the Local Level (3)
Basic overview of state and local public health practice with leaders in the field and case studies focusing on rural and urban public health challenges. Offers preparation for practice in public health agencies. Prerequisite: HSERV 511 or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with EPI 501.
HSERV 503 Applied Epidemiology in Public Health Practice (3) Baseman
Introduces the principles, methods, and issues in public health practice-based epidemiology. Covers public health surveillance, outbreak and cluster investigation, community health assessment, screening, evaluation, and other select topics. Offered: jointly with EPI 503; Sp.
HSERV 504 Health Communication ([1-3]-, max. 3)
Overview of the theory and practice of designing, producing, and evaluating public health communication campaigns, including the use of mass media. Develops greater capacity for critical judgment about the use of communication strategies for achieving public health goals.
HSERV 507 Health Communication and Marketing for Health Promotion: Theory and Practice (3)
Discusses health communication theories and applications at the individual level (persuasion), interpersonal level (motivational) interviewing), and population level (mass media). Examines marketing principles for health promotion. Develops a health communication campaign for clients. Investigates adaptation frameworks of communication campaign cutting across cultures.
HSERV 508 Dynamics of Community Health Practice (3)
Analysis of principles of community health as applied to the delivery of clinical services in order to improve public health, reduce disparities, provide leadership in delivery of care, and synthesize one's clinical role with public health. Examines environmental, social, cultural, and behavioral determinants of health. Includes family, aggregates, and populations. Offered: jointly with NURS 560.
HSERV 509 Public Health and Informatics (3) Turner
Introduction to the emerging field of public health informatics. Covers general public health topics as well as key public health informatics issues and applications. Evaluates a public health information system. Prerequisite: either MEBI 530 or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with MEBI 533; W.
HSERV 510 Society and Health (3)
Provides an overview of three core areas in the social and behavioral sciences of public health practice and research: social determinants of individual and population health, health promotion and disease prevention, and cultural competency and community collaboration. Prerequisite: HSERV 511 or equivalent or permission of instructor.
Instructor Course Description: David Grembowski
HSERV 511 Introduction to Health Services and Public Health (3-4)
History, organization, and effectiveness of U.S. healthcare and public health systems. Determinants of health, need, and utilization. Public and private financing. Supply and provision of personal and public health services. Managed care. Government and private sector roles. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.
HSERV 512 Health Systems and Policy (3)
Students review and examine selected topics from literature. Includes need and access to care; theory and effects of health insurance; private and public insurance programs; managed care; costs/expenditures; availability and organization of health resources; and quality assessment and improvement. Enrollment priority for Health Services PhD students. Prerequisite: HSERV 511.
HSERV 513 Health Policy Research (3)
Extends students' understanding of the nature of health policy and health policy development in the context of a market-based economy. Enrollment priority for Health Services PhD students. Prerequisite: HSERV 511, permission of instructor; recommended: HSERV 512.
Instructor Course Description: David Grembowski
HSERV 514 Social Determinants of Population Health and Health Disparities (3)
Explores the elements and actions of a population health approach, including conceptualizing the determinants of health, synthesizing knowledge about major social determinants, and applying knowledge to improve population health and reduce health disparities. Enrollment priority for Health Services PhD students. Prerequisite: HSERV 511, permission of instructor; recommended: HSERV 512; HSERV 513. Offered: jointly with EPI 547.
HSERV 516 Introduction to Health Services ([3-4]-)
Provides overview of healthcare system, exposes students to current issues and developments affecting organization and delivery of health services, helps students develop ability to frame and analyze questions and issues related to health services. Prerequisite: registration in Extended MPH degree program.
HSERV 518 Social and Ethical Issues (2-4, max. 4)
Presents introduction to ethical issues in public health policy and practice. Additional one credit option focuses on health administration/managed care. Coursework designed to train students in basic skills of ethical analysis and increase competency in recognizing, researching, and analyzing issues arising in public health and health services delivery.
HSERV 519 Study Design and Causal Inference (1)
Increases depth of knowledge about causal inference in impact evaluation. Applies the elements of causal inference to impact study design and statistical analysis, including the concept of statistical conclusion validity, internal validity, construct validity, and external validity. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.
HSERV 520 Methods in Applied Community Research ([0-4]-, max. 4)
Skills/knowledge necessary to conduct orderly investigation of specific problems in preparation for MPH thesis or project. Includes problem identification, posing research questions, literature review, consideration of theoretical/practical context, choosing study design, data collection, protection of human subjects, and recognizing potential errors. Prerequisite: registration in Extended MPH degree program. Credit/no-credit only.
HSERV 521 Advanced Qualitative Methods in Anthropology and Public Healh (5)
Provides theoretical training in qualitative research and in depth training in qualitative data management, analysis, interpretation, and presentation. Focuses on how to frame qualitative research questions, design appropriate research strategies, and integrate qualitative and quantitative methods in research designs in public health. Offered: jointly with ANTH 519/G H 538.
HSERV 522 Health Program Evaluation ([1-5]-, max. 5)
Politics, theory, methods of evaluation, from simple health programs to evaluation of large-scale interventions. Emphasizes experimental and quasi-experimental designs to estimate program impacts, as well as evaluation of program implementation. Case studies drawn from health field illustrate various types of evaluations. Prerequisite: background in introductory statistics.
Instructor Course Description: David Grembowski
HSERV 523 Advanced Health Services Research Methods I: Large Public Databases; Big Data (4)
Introduces the new big data of health services research, health claims, and survey databases. Discusses the promises and pitfalls of the data and models for analyzing the correlates of health care costs and utilization. Prerequisite: either HSERV 511, BIOST 511/BIOST 512/BIOST 513, BIOST 517/BIOST 518, or EPI 511/EPI 512, and permission of instructor.
HSERV 524 Advanced Health Services Research Methods II: Hierarchical and Incomplete Data (4)
Introduces advanced biostatistical techniques for analyzing incomplete data in population health research. Examines a wide range of topics including: missing data and potential outcome framework for causal inference, propensity score and multiple imputation, multilevel random effect linear and logistic models, and empirical Bayes prediction Prerequisite: either HSERV 523 or permission of instructor.
HSERV 525 Advanced Health Services Research Methods III: Observational Data Using Causal Inference (4-)
Focuses on reviewing statistical methods developed for "micro" (individual-level) data on behavior (choices or exposures) and outcomes in order to make casual inference about the role of a choice or an exposure on outcomes. Prerequisite: either HSERV 523, BIOST 511, BIOST 512, BIOST 513, or permission of instructor.
HSERV 526 Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health (4)
Covers a range of qualitative, ethnographic tools for practical applications in public health. Methods covered include direct observation, informant interviews, focus groups, and formal methods. Covers Rapid Assessment Procedures and Participatory Action Research. Student teams investigate research questions using these techniques. Offered: jointly with G H 537.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen A. Bezruchka
HSERV 527 Survey Research Methods (4) A. MOKDAD
Provides students with skills in questionnaire development and survey methods. Students develop a questionnaire and design a survey research proposal on a health-related or social topic. Prerequisite: either HSERV 511/HSERV 513; BIOST 517/BIOST 518; or EPI 512/EPI 513, which may be taken concurrently, or permission of instructor. Students should have a survey project in mind. Offered: jointly with CS&SS 527/G H 533.
HSERV 528 Critically Appraising and Applying Evidence in Health Care (3) Wolf
Literature appraisal skills for various articles (therapy effectiveness, diagnostic tests, literature reviews, clinical measurement, prognosis, quality of care, decision analysis, causation/etiology, guidelines, and economic evaluation). Appraisal of clinical information from literature, strengths/weaknesses of data, analyses, study design/applicability to a current patient's problem. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with MEBI 540; W.
HSERV 529 Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis of Evidence (3) Devine, Wolf
Conceptual understanding of the quantitative methods used to synthesize evidence. Methods for pooling evidence across independent studies, pooling binary/continuous outcomes, differences between fixed and random effects models, and guidelines for appraising published systematic reviews/meta-analyses. Prerequisite: either introductory level courses in statistics, epidemiology, or biostatistics or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with EPI 541/MEBI 541/PHARM 529; Sp.
HSERV 530 Health Needs Assessment (3)
Covers key methods and principles for needs assessment and is recommended for students who plan to monitor and measure the health of populations, plan health services, or make decisions about health resource distribution. Offered: jointly with EPI 504.
HSERV 531 COPHP Population Health (3)
Considers the elements that determine a population's health including the social determinants of health. Groups are challenged to question their innate views of health and what produces it by comparing the United States with other rich and poor countries, considering structural factors affecting health. Offered: A.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen S. Gloyd
HSERV 532 COPHP Community Development (3)
Provides an introduction to understanding and working with communities on health related issues. Students work directly with community members, community advocates, and community-based service organizations to address health issues. Students learn how to employ methods of community engagement to build on local assets to address health issues. Offered: A.
HSERV 536 Emerging Infections of International Public Health Importance (3-)
Focuses on the nexus between emerging infections and increasing globalization of the world due to the mobility of people and goods. Examines emergent events through risk factors and associated macro changes implicated in their genesis. Reviews microbial evolutionary strategies and factors of emergence. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Offered: jointly with EPI 529.
HSERV 537 COPHP Health Policy (6)
Covers concepts and analytic tools for health policy analysis, development, and advocacy, while exploring factors affecting public health policy, including science and community values. Student write a policy statement for an advocacy organization, teach a lay audience about an issue, and arrive at policy conclusions based on quantitative data.
HSERV 541 Topics in Maternal and Child Health I (3-)
Provides an overview of the historical and legislative basis for the major MCH health and social service policies and programs. Uses the life-course perspective to examine the social determinants of health and development of women, children, and adolescents. Pays special attention to racial inequities on the health of families.
HSERV 542 Epidemiology of Maternal and Child Health Problems ([3-4]-) Enquobahrie
Contributions to understanding and prevention of major maternal and child health problems, including pregnancy outcome, infant and child morbidity and mortality, maternal morbidity and mortality, abnormal child growth and development, and early-life factors in adult health problems. Prerequisite: graduate, medical, or dental school standing and EPI 511 or EPI 512 or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with EPI 521; W.
HSERV 544 Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries (3) D. DENNO
Emphasizes critical health problems of women and children in developing countries in social, economic, and cultural contexts. Practical approaches to developing MCH programs shared via lecture/discussions, exercises, and small group work. Students acquire skills in baseline assessment, setting objectives, planning and evaluating interventions, and involving communities. Offered: jointly with G H 544.
Instructor Course Description: Donna M. Denno
HSERV 548 Social Determinants of Health: Research Methods (3) Beresford, Smith
Explores study design, measurement and analytic issues applicable to research into the social determinants of health and health disparities. Semi-weekly graduate-level seminar offered to students with a basic knowledge of epidemiological and biostatistical principles. Prerequisite: either EPI 511 or EPI 512/EPI 513; BIOST 511/BIOST 512 or BIOST 517/BIOST 518. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with EPI 548; W.
HSERV 551 Public Health Law (2)
Focuses on the role of law in public health administration and in the increasingly regulated healthcare industry. Provides a foundation in the relevant law for public health officers and healthcare industry administrators. Offered: jointly with LAW H 512.
HSERV 552 Health Policy Development (3-)
Uses primarily case- and problem-based learning and small-group projects to focus on factors that influence public policy development concerning health services in the U.S., with some global health content. Examines the roles of science and stakeholder interests in the structure of and changes to a nation's health system. Offered: A.
Instructor Course Description: Aaron Katz
HSERV 553 Politics of Healthcare (3)
Understanding of health policy making within the context of American politics. Health policy making is examined in light of political leadership, the legislature, the initiative process, rule making, interest groups, and lobbying. Prerequisite: HSERV 551, a basic understanding of the American healthcare system, or permission of instructor.
HSERV 554 Health Legislation Seminar (1)
Discussion of current state of health policy, topics with legislative staff and others involved with state health policy. In addition to four sessions on campus, course meets once in Olympia during legislative session. Credit/no-credit only.
HSERV 556 Tobacco Related Health Disparities (1/2)
Integrates multiple disciplinary perspectives to address the pressing issue of disproportionate tobacco use and related diseases among marginalized populations, including those defined by socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Explores links between, and intervention strategies for, smoking and mental illness, social stress, acculturation processes, and genetics.
HSERV 558 Tobacco and Public Health: Prevention, Treatment, Policy, and Social Change (1-3, max. 3)
Integrates multiple disciplinary perspectives to provide a comprehensive overview of the history, health effects, policy, prevention, and treatment of tobacco use. Utilizes readings, stimulates discussions, and hosts renowned experts to provide students with the foundation to understand and address the local, national, and global epidemic of tobacco use.
HSERV 559 Public Policy and the Public's Health ([0-3]-, max. 3) Watts
Explores the factors that affect health policy and the interaction of policy, markets, and the legal system through public health examples. Examines how science and community values intertwine in policy development, and how context influences the structure of and changes to a nation's health system.
HSERV 560 Adult Learning: Theory and Practice (3)
Designed to help students apply Popular Education theory and practice to preparation, presentation, and evaluation of health education. Students design, teach, and evaluate four separate teaching sessions (one between each seminar) using theory and principles of Popular Education learned to date. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.
HSERV 561 Introduction to Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation ([0-3]-, max. 3)
Links practice to theory between the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion intervention and behavior change theory. Uses PRECEDE/PROCEED planning model by Green and Kreuter as framework.
HSERV 571 Cultural Competency for Public Health Practice ([1-4]-, max. 4)
Application of cultural competency to clinical practice, healthcare management, and health services research when working with culturally diverse populations. Methodological orientation is qualitative, historical, and ethnographic. Lecture, narratives, discussions, guest presentations, film, video. Interdisciplinary perspective appropriate for graduate students in public health, health administration, nursing, social work, and anthropology.
HSERV 575 Cancer Prevention and Control (3)
Provides an overview of research in cancer prevention and control for students training for a career in this field. Students identify major areas of prevention and control research, conduct an analysis of data in cancer prevention and control, and learn to prepare a research project grant. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
HSERV 576 Health, Culture, and Community (3) Chrisman
A multidisciplinary approach to the development of leadership in personal and organizational cultural competence in community-based participatory research. Emphasizes understanding collaborative assessment, planning, and evaluation of health promotion and disease prevention programs to address the social determinants of health at the population level. Offered: jointly with NURS 557; W.
HSERV 577 Health Behavior and Preventative Medicine ([2/4]-, max. 4)
Focuses on psychosocial and cultural factors related to health, preventive health behavior, illness perception, and behavior; theoretical basis for prevention; the interaction of consumers and providers in the delivery of healthcare services; and clinic and community based applications.
HSERV 581 Strategies of Health Promotion (4)
Assessment of health promotion planning, implementation, and evaluation strategies for their strengths, weaknesses, and effectiveness. Students critique strategies to modify behavioral factors that influence lifestyles of individuals, including decisions influencing their reciprocal relationship with environmental factors affecting the health of individuals, organizations, and communities. Prerequisite: HSERV 511.
HSERV 582 Theoretical Perspectives on Health Behavior Change ([3-4]-)
Overview of theoretical perspectives in health behavior at the individual, interpersonal, and community level. Focuses on increasing skills in describing, applying, and integrating these frameworks in the design and evaluation of health promotion interventions. Prerequisite: HSERV 511 or permission of instructor.
HSERV 583 Economic Evaluation in Health and Medicine (3) Garrison, Veenstra
Methods and techniques for evaluating costs and cost-effectiveness of health, medical, and pharmaceutical interventions. Emphasis on economic evaluation, decision analysis, and modeling techniques for resource allocation and decision making. Applications to technology assessment, health policy, clinical practice, and resource allocation. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with PHARM 534.
HSERV 584 Assessing Outcomes in Health and Medicine (3) Devine, Edwards
Concepts and methods for developing and using patient-reported outcomes in health and medicine. Emphasis on patient self-reported health status and quality of life. Qualitative research and psychometric methods applied to health outcomes assessment and all applications. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with PHARM 535.
HSERV 585 Seminar in Medical Geography (5, max. 10) Mayer
Intensive research seminar dealing with new and promising research themes in medical geography and public health. Offered: jointly with GEOG 581; A.
Instructor Course Description: Jonathan D Mayer
HSERV 586 Medical Geography (3) Mayer
Geography of disease, consideration in health systems planning. Analysis of distributions, diffusion models, migration studies. Application of distance, optimal location models to health systems planning; emergency medical services; distribution of health professionals; cultural variations in health behavior. Prerequisite: familiarity with social science research; health-related issues. Offered: jointly with GEOG 580.
Instructor Course Description: Jonathan D Mayer
HSERV 587 Health Policy Economics (3)
Applies economic theory to selected topics in healthcare, including information, risk and insurance, industry organization, government regulation, and public health issues. Emphasizes policy implications of these applications. Offered: jointly with ECON 547.
HSERV 588 Community Approaches to Health Promotion (3)
Provides opportunities to critically examine community-based health promotion interventions and the design, evaluation, and implementation issues they raise. A wide range of disciplinary perspectives is presented. Case studies and class projects are designed to give students the skills needed to critically assess community projects around health promotion.
HSERV 589 Community Based Participatory Research and Health (3)
Begins with a research topic of importance to the community with the aim of combining knowledge and action for social change. Provides an understanding of principles and strategies, and appreciate of its advantages and limitations, and skills for participating effectively.
HSERV 590 Selected Topics in Health Services (*-, max. 30)
By individual arrangement, the student and faculty member(s) develop a program of reading and conference appropriate to the topic selected by the student. The topic chosen is within the special competence of the faculty participating in the course, in the areas of healthcare delivery and healthcare administration. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Instructor Course Description: Donna M. Denno Lisa M. Skow
HSERV 591 Community Oriented Public Health Practice (1-6, max. 42)
Seven-quarter integrated sequence covers public health aspects of community assessment, biostatistics, epidemiology, health promotion/disease prevention, behavior change, environmental health, community development, policy development and analysis, and program planning and management. It is taught in a problem-based format. Prerequisite: enrollment in the COPHP program.
Instructor Course Description: Aaron Katz
HSERV 592 Program Seminars (1-6, max. 20)
Graduate seminars organized to address specific educational needs of students in various fellowships, residencies, and other specialized programs within the Department of Health Sciences (i.e., maternal and child health, international health, preventive medicine, social and behavioral sciences). Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
HSERV 595 Practicum/Field Work in Community Medicine ([1-12]-, max. 12)
Experience in variable time blocks in community health activities in agencies delivering and planning health services. Sites include neighborhood clinics, health planning bodies, medical practice settings, public health agencies, special problem clinics and facilities, environmental programs and services. Prerequisite: master's student in health services and permission of instructor.
HSERV 598 Extended Degree Program Project Option (*, max. 9)
Supervised project work on a selected topic related to student's concentration in graduate study. Includes survey of literature, development of approach, and written paper on conclusions. Prerequisite: registration in extended MPH degree program and satisfactory completion of the first summer's coursework.
HSERV 599 Capstone Project (*-)
Applies and extends the public health skills learned to other settings, develops new skills, expands a professional network, and provides specialized knowledge that can be used to advance the student's future career and effectiveness in public health.
HSERV 600 Independent Study or Research (*-)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
HSERV 700 Master's Thesis (*-)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
HSERV 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*-)