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9.2 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (CHS)

 

The courses listed below are open to qualified graduate students. Medical school and family practice residency curricula are published separately from this catalog.

 

CHS 500 Rural Environment/Occupational Health. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Standing as a Rural Medical Scholar or permission of the instructor.
The goal of the course is to help the student recognize environmental and occupational health hazards in the rural setting, the effects of exposure to these hazards, and preventive measures that should be taken to avoid them.

CHS 520 Basic Epidemiology. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CHS 425 or equivalent.
A course for students in health-related fields. The basic epidemiologic approach is developed; principles and methods are learned through readings (text and published studies), lectures, discussions, and the preparation of a research design by each student.

CHS 522 Community Clinical Process. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Standing as a Rural Medical Scholar or permission of the instructor.
A combination of scheduled sessions and fieldwork activities. The fieldwork will consist of visiting with an assigned rural advisor, completing a rural community assessment, and assisting with community health screenings and education programs.

CHS 525 Biostatistics. Three hours.
A course in statistical methods and concepts particularly appropriate for biomedical research and health-related subjects. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, parametric and nonparametric procedures for one-group and two-group problems, contingency tables, and computer applications.

CHS 526 Advanced Biostatistics. Three hours.
An advanced course in statistical methods and concepts particularly appropriate for biomedical research and health-related subjects. Topics include simple and multiple regression, analysis of variance, and analysis of covariance.

CHS 527 Health Policy and Planning. Three hours.
Designed to assist the student in understanding the planning process and factors that influence and determine policy decisions.

CHS 532 Community Clinical Process II. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CHS 522 or equivalent.
A continuation of studies from CHS 522 that will include an introduction to basic physical assessment techniques and continuation of a community project.

CHS 560 Introduction to Medical Science. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Second-year standing in social work or graduate standing in a health- or mental-health-related discipline.
Introduces social workers and other allied health professionals to the basic processes and components of the health care system; the major structures and characteristics of human body systems; the common or characteristic pathophysiological processes associated with these body systems; and the implications of illness and wellness for the individual, the family, and the community.

CHS 610 Special Problems in Medical Behavioral Science. One to three hours.
Open to graduate students in the social and behavioral sciences by permission of the instructor. Research or directed reading in behavioral science.

CHS 620 Independent Study in Preventive/Community Medicine. One to three hours.
Research or directed reading in community medicine topics, including health care delivery, preventive medicine, and health policy aspects of other related topics.

CHS 622 Directed Research in Community Health. One to three hours.
An advanced applied-research course designed to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of health problems of community interest.

CHS 627 Multivariate Methods of Health Statistics. Three hours.
Prerequisite: CHS 526 or equivalent.
Emphasis is on application and interpretation of statistical software that performs techniques such as multivariate analysis of variance, discriminant analysis, logistic regression, log-linear modeling, and factor analysis.


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