University Catalog 2021-2022

Public Health Special Courses (SPHL)

Public Health Special Courses (SPHL)

SPHL 6020  Foundations in Public Health  (3)  

PHL 6020 is one of five interdisciplinary courses that contribute to the foundational competencies required of graduates with professional degrees in public health. SPHL 6020 uses blended learning with online lessons that provide an overview of public health principles, concepts, and evidence-based approaches to global public health and the biological, environmental, behavioral, socioeconomic, and political determinants of health. Students will integrate these influences through case study and scenario analyses discussions. SPHL 6020 is a requirement for all graduate students pursuing any degree in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

SPHL 6050  Biostatistics for Public Hlth  (3)  

One of five interdisciplinary courses that contribute to the foundational competencies required of graduates with professional degrees in public health. Strong analytical skills in evidence-based practices are essential across all public health disciplines. In SPHL 6050, students learn how to collect, manage, and visualize a wide variety of data and appropriate biostatistical methods, including probability distributions, estimations, power and sample size, and regression. Interdisciplinary exercises, homework assignments, and data sets are drawn from real-world scenarios. The course also prepares those students who move on to advanced biostatistics courses. Biostatistics for Public Health is a requirement for all students in the MPH, MSPH, and MPH&TM professional degree programs.

SPHL 6060  Epidemiology for Public Health  (3)  

One of five interdisciplinary courses that contribute to the foundational competencies required of graduates with professional degrees in public health. SPHL 6060 introduces students to epidemiological methods and approaches for use across all public health domains. This includes measuring the occurrence of disease, outbreak investigations, incidence and prevalence, natural history of disease, study designs, and estimating risk. The course also addresses the interpretation of data analyses for research, policy, and practice. Epidemiology for Public Health is a requirement for all students in the MPH, MSPH, and MPH&TM professional degree programs.

SPHL 6070  Health Systems Policy and Mgmt  (3)  

One of five interdisciplinary courses that contribute to the foundational competencies required of graduates with professional degrees in public health. SPHL 6070 exposes students to the complexities, scope, and impact of decisions affecting public health. It provides a survey of public health and health care systems, policy and management principles used in public health settings. Class discussion and exercises provide opportunities for students to apply principles and skills to their own areas and career interests. This course is a requirement for all students in the MPH, MSPH, and MPH&TM degree programs.

SPHL 6080  Design Strategies in PH Prgrms  (3)  

One of five interdisciplinary courses that contribute to the foundational competencies required of graduates with professional degrees in public health. SPHL 6080 equips students with the knowledge and skills to design, implement, and evaluate public health programs for diverse public health issues, populations, and settings. This course features active and collaborative learning and real-world application of course concepts. Ultimately, the course will illustrate that the effective design of public health programs is critical to improving community health. This course is a requirement for all students in the MPH, MSPH, and MPH&TM degree programs.

SPHL 6100  Health Equity  (3)  

This introductory-level course in health equity is designed for students in an MPH degree. Both synchronous and asynchronous activities will be used. Students will be introduced to the status of health equity in the U.S. according to race and ethnicity, sex and gender, and socioeconomic status. They also will explore causes of health inequities guided by a socioecological framework. Lastly, they will gain skills in cultural competency, including tools for addressing implicit biases individually and in organizations, as well as approaches for allyship with marginalized populations. Students will engage in peer discussions pertaining to topical areas, complete brief writing assignments to apply learning from the course, and conduct a literature review to synthesize knowledge in a chosen health equity topic.

SPHL 6110  Introduction to GIS for Public Health  (3)  

This course will introduce students to commercial and open-source GIS and digital data collection tools (ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Earth and OpenDataKit), and applications to global health program management. It is designed to build incremental skills in order to use these software and tools for spatial analysis related to programmatic issues including healthcare coverage, epidemic monitoring, and health services' accessibility. Case studies will invite students to think critically about appropriate use of technology in resource-constrained environments. In addition, the students develop an independent data collection and mapping project on a public health issue relevant to New Orleans.

SPHL 7020  Leadership Theory & Practice  (3)  

Leadership Theory and Practice is an advanced graduate level course that examines organizational leadership skills necessary for leadership positions within the public health system. Drawing from a variety of disciplines, this course provides students with a set of strategies, theoretical models and frameworks that are adaptable to the broad scope of experience in the field of public health, particularly as it relates to collaborative consensus building for purposes of influencing behavior and policies. Case studies will challenge students to analyze problems collaboratively and apply strategies to address real­-world dilemmas faced by decision-makers. This course also emphasizes development of a personal leadership model and philosophy for lifelong learning.

Prerequisite(s): SPHL 6020, 6070 and 6080.

SPHL 7030  MI Program Internship  (0)  

Practicum during Peach Corps service for Master's Internationalsis students

SPHL 7500  Public Health Grant Writing  (3)  

This course is designed to give doctoral and upper-level masters students the knowledge and skills to prepare grant applications to funding agencies in public health ( e.g., NIH, CDC, Gates Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson, community foundations). Students will identify and differentiate the funding interests and requirements of different agencies, master the terminology of grant submissions, outline the components of grant proposals, draft a proposal for a research or implementation project including a conceptual framework, create a monitoring and evaluation plan, develop a timeline, and prepare a budget. Students will work in teams on the main assignment (drafting a proposal), as well as individually to develop specific skills ( e.g., conceptual :framework, budgeting). Instructor feedback will cover both appropriate content and writing proficiency. Prerequisite: Masters students with instructor permission.

SPHL 7940  Transfer Coursework  (0-20)  

Transfer coursework at the 7000 level. Departmental approval required.


Maximum Hours: 99

SPHL 7950  Integrated Learning Experience  (0)  

All students must complete an Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) (formerly culminating experience) that demonstrates the synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies.

Course Limit: 2

SPHL 7990  Independent Study  (1-3)  

SPHL 7990 is the designation for a special (independent) study in a master’s program. Course may be repeated up to 6 credit hours.


Maximum Hours: 6

SPHL 8080  Public Health Pedagogy  (3)  

This doctoral-level discussion-based course will equip doctoral students with the knowledge to think critically about their teaching practices and to enhance their pedagogical skills. Rooted in the scholarship of teaching and learning, the course will help novice instructors to gain teaching-self-efficacy and utilize pedagogical best practices while providing a supportive environment to develop and discuss diverse instructional approaches and materials. The course will also prepare students to assist with or teach future public health academic classes and other instructional activities. Course assessments include the development of a teaching philosophy, classroom observations, a research paper on a pedagogical strategy, a mock teaching session, a teaching and learning journal, and culminating course portfolio.

SPHL 8500  Interdisciplinary Doctoral Sem  (1)  

SPHL 8900  INTERDISCIPLINARY DOCTORAL SEM  (1)  

SPHL 8910  INTERDISCIPLINARY DOCTORAL SEM  (1)  

SPHL 8990  Independent Study  (1-3)  

SPHL 8990 is the designation for a special (independent) study in a doctoral program. Course may be repeated up to 12 credit hours.


Maximum Hours: 12

SPHL 9900  Interdisc Doctoral Semin  (1)  

SPHL 9980  Applied Practice Experience  (0)  

The Applied Practice Experience (APE) (formerly practicum) is a supervised practice experience conducted in an agency or organization external to the university to gain practical experience. The APE allows students to demonstrate attainment of at least five competencies, including at least 3 from the foundational competencies (CEPH Criterion D2). The APE is conducted after completion of the foundational courses. After identifying the APE setting and defining the competencies, students enter the information into Terra Dotta. An APE written report is required that summarizes the field experiences. Course may be repeated up to unlimited credit hours.

Course Limit: 2