Jul 21, 2024  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Communicative Disorders

  
  
  
  • CDIS 5070 - Voice Disorders

    (3 credits)
    A study of etiology, evaluation, and management of vocal pathologies encountered in children and adult clients. Normal voice production and voice disorders are studied from a voice-science perspective involving physiological investigation using both clinical and instrumentation techniques. Special needs of school-age children, laryngectomy patients, clients with psychogenically based voice problems and professional voice users are presented. Vocal diversity among multicultural populations is discussed.


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  • CDIS 5205 - Speech-Language Pathology for Audiology Students

    (3 credits)
    This course presents an overview of speech and language development and communicative disorders in pediatric and adult populations for audiologists. The course provides a foundation in normal speech and language milestones, screening procedures, characteristics of individuals with communicative disorders and treatment approaches pertaining to the screening and referral of audiology patients for speech and language services.


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  • CDIS 5250 - Communication Challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: CDIS 5010  and CDIS 5015 . A study of the characteristics, identification, evaluation, and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The course addresses the communication challenges of this population, considering associated sensory, social, physical, and motor needs. Discussion of assessment and intervention includes specific methodologies, collaboration with caregivers and teachers, and the influence of environment. Critical thinking and analytical skills are emphasized.


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  • CDIS 5290 - Advanced Adult Neurogenic Cognitive Communicative Disorders

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: CDIS 5040 . An advanced seminar focused on three topics: communicative and cognitive disorders following right hemisphere damage (RHBD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and dementing progressive neurological diseases. Emphasis is on in-depth understanding of the nature of the disorders and their neurological correlates, the diagnostic tools for assessing the disorders, and critical review of treatment procedures used to remediate the disorders.


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  • CDIS 5990 - Readings and Research

    (1-3 credits)
    Students who are not enrolled in other coursework but require the use of university facilities and/or faculty guidance for studies, research, or preparation of a prospectus MUST enroll for Readings and Research. Variable credits (1-3) of Readings and Research may also be used, as approved by student’s advisory committee in conjunction with other coursework, to document such activities as development of research and scholarly skills that would not be appropriately covered by other types of independent study. Readings and Research credits do not count toward degree requirements. Grading of Readings and Research will be either satisfactory completion (S), satisfactory progress (SP), or unsatisfactory (U).


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  • CDIS 6205 - Speech-Language Pathology for Audiology Students

    (3 credits)
    This course presents an overview of speech and language development and communicative disorders in pediatric and adult populations for audiologists. The course provides a foundation in normal speech and language milestones, screening procedures, characteristics of individuals with communicative disorders and treatment approaches pertaining to the screening and referral of audiology patients for speech and language services.


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Community and Behavioral Health

  
  
  
  
  • COBH 5030 - Overview of Public Health

    (3 credits)
    This course provides an introduction to public health concepts and practice by examining the philosophy, purpose, history, organization, functions, tools, activities, and results of public health practice at the national, state, and community levels. The course also addresses important health issues and problems facing the public health system. Case studies and a variety of practice-related exercises serve as bases for learner participation in real world public health problem-solving simulations.


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  • COBH 5110 - Community Health Assessment Research

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent registration in COBH 5200  and EPID 5400  or permission of the instructor. Assessing appropriate demographic and health-related data are foundational to addressing health problems in a responsive and effective way. This hands-on course provides students with the opportunity to develop and apply strategies for identifying and prioritizing individual and community health status, risks, and needs. It includes development, administration, analysis, and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative needs assessment strategies including stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and survey questionnaires, which are included in a written assessment report. Students select a real world health problem and population to be the focus of assessment research during the semester and in subsequent related courses: COBH 5120  and COBH 5130 .


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  • COBH 5120 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: COBH 5110  or permission of the instructor. This course focuses on the planning of specific health programs and services to meet needs identified in COBH 5110 . Students are guided through the process of developing a written proposal focused on a health intervention using evaluation methods to determine its effectiveness. Once the program is formally proposed, students develop and pretest program content, materials, and evaluation tools targeting the identified population and community health issue investigated.


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  • COBH 5125 - Rural Health Research and Practice

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: EPID 5400  Principles of Epidemiology or permission of instructor. PUBH 5200 Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health or permission of instructor. Corequisites: COBH 5377  — Health Communications or permission of instructor. This interdisciplinary course with nursing, medicine, public health and other disciplines is the first of a two-semester series of courses which allows students to develop an understanding of rural health issues using community based participatory research methodology and theory relevant to health sciences. Student and faculty teams partner with rural communities to assess health priorities and develop plans to address identified needs. Both quantitative and qualitative evaluative methods are utilized to assess and analyze health status indicators using appropriate technology.


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  • COBH 5130 - Consulting and Implementation of Health Programs and Services

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: COBH 5120  or permission of the instructor. Building on experiences in previous courses in the program sequence, this course focuses on implementation and evaluation of specific health programs and services that students have designed for community and organization settings. The course integrates guided consultative activities involving group process, training, interpersonal communication, and organizational and community development. The final product is a written research report of the health promotion intervention.


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  • COBH 5135 - Rural Health Projects

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: COBH 5125  Rural Health Research and Practice or permission of instructor. In this course students from nursing, medicine, public health and other disciplines work in interdisciplinary teams to develop a community-based health proposal in collaboration with their rural community partners. Through implementing and evaluating the proposed community-based project, students gain hands-on experience in using participatory methods to promote the health of a selected rural population. Students enhance their formal presentation skills through presenting the results of their community-based health project.


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  • COBH 5457 - Emerging Technologies for the Health Professions

    (3 credits)
    This course prepares health professionals for the ever changing technological workplace demands, introducing new technologies with practical applications. Students are taught skills to present and manipulate information in the electronic age and reduce repeated task/events into time-saving solutions. Health education and training strategies are combined with emerging digital tools to develop training components.


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  • COBH 5850 - Public Health Program Field Experience - Community and Behavioral Health

    (1-6 credits)
    In the field experience, students apply the principles of public health in a planned and supervised learning experience. This occurs through work in actual public health field settings. Students observe and participate in different functions and operations of a public health agency or health service organization. Students with at least 4 years of full-time public health practice experience may be eligible to substitute part of the contact hours with additional learning activities that build on their past public health experience. Please contact the MPH Coordinator for more information.


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  • COBH 5970 - Public Health Monograph

    (6 credits)


    Prerequisites: Permission of student’s academic advisor. In this course, students prepare a substantive paper on one or more aspects of public health theory or practice. The content may be based on any of several approved sources of data, including assessment and intervention methodologies completed within the Trilogy courses, or extensive review of the literature. All monographs will be prepared in a format appropriate for publication in an appropriate public health targeted medium.

     

     


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  • COBH 5990 - Readings and Research - Community and Behavioral Health

    (1 credit)
    Prerequisites: Permission of student’s academic advisor. Students who are not enrolled in other coursework but require the use of university facilities and/or faculty guidance for studies, research, or preparation of a prospectus MUST enroll for Readings and Research. Variable credits (1-3) of Readings and Research may also be used, as approved by student’s academic advisor in conjunction with other coursework, to document such activities as development of research and scholarly skills that would not be appropriately covered by other types of independent study. Readings and Research credits do not count toward degree requirements. Grading of Readings and Research will be either satisfactory completion (S), satisfactory progress (SP), or unsatisfactory (U).


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  • COBH 6110 - Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health and Disease

    (3 credits)
    This course presents an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to health and disease in populations. It addresses concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, and health protection in light of modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors, including lifestyle behavior patterns, personality and cognitive processes, cultural and spiritual forces, socioeconomic status, age, race, gender, and environmental exposure. Students will explore relationships of these health determinants within the context of selected social and behavioral theories.


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  • COBH 6150 - Evaluation Research in Public Health

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: BSTA 5350  and EPID 5405 . This course focuses on all parts of the evaluation process as it applies to the field of public health. Outcome identification will be included as an integral part of this process. Both theoretical and applied perspectives within public health practice are covered, including design, conduct, and outcomes identification for public health program evaluations. The important components of study design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and report writing are addressed.


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  • COBH 6160 - Systems Approaches to Public Health Issues

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: BSTA 5350  and EPID 5405  This course uses a problem-based learning approach to systems thinking and modeling for critical public health concerns. Students integrate key population level theories (e.g., ecological, PRECEDE, organization, communication) with systems theory in a multilevel investigative process of public health assessment, organization, and evaluation. Case studies and interdisciplinary teamwork provide the tools for student inquiry and the resulting narrative and written reports.


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  • COBH 6210 - Health Assessment and Surveillance Research

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: EPID 5405  and BSTA 6170 . This course provides skills appropriate for the understanding and practice of public health assessment and surveillance. Emphasis is placed on the theory and techniques of health screening, survey research, and monitoring of health and disease in diverse populations. Students will learn the appropriate use and interpretation of preventive screening tests for the early detection of disease with significant public health implications, surveys useful in gathering health-related information, and selected regional or national data sets useful in the ongoing surveillance of disease in large populations.


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  • COBH 6850 - Doctor of Public Health Practicum - Community and Behavioral Health

    (6 credits)
    Prerequisites: Permission of student’s program advisor. This course enables students to apply the knowledge and experience gained in their DrPH courses to real life public health situations and leadership challenges in professional and community settings. Student placements, developed in consultation with the student’s practicum supervisor, will focus on providing students with new experiences in practicing public health at a professional level. Students will produce an analytical academic product either for publication or for presentation to the agency/organization


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Computing

  
  • CSCI 5011 - Internet Technology I

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. This course, a comprehensive study of the design and implementation of web sites, is organized into three major segments: HTML programming, user interface design, and information architecture design. The course takes the user from creating web pages to designing a large web site. Emphasis is on the use of existing software applications that generate web-ready code. Other topics include HTML, multi-media integration, and browser plug-ins. Laboratory use of software and team participation is an integral part of this course.


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