Core Courses

Introduction to Global Public Health (including social determinants of health) (2 credits): This course examines major global health challenges and introduces students to core concepts and theories in global health. Students will be introduced to the world’s vast diversity of determinants of health and disease including those related to the social, and physical environmental and health care systems.


Theories & Models of Health Behavior (2 credits): This course will provide an overview of the psychosocial determinants of behavioral risk factors that affect health. The course will address the major psychosocial models and theories used in the field of health promotion and the role of psychosocial factors in predicting a range of health-related behaviors.


Environmental & Occupational Health (2 credits): This course provides an overview of the long-term effects of environmental and occupational health risks. The course examines a variety of environmental hazards and influential factors and interactions with public health. The course also addresses workplace, community, home, regional, and global problems.


Epidemiology & Analysis of Epidemiological Data (3 credits): This course offers an introduction to the principles, concepts, and methods of epidemiologic research. The course will introduce the basic measures used in epidemiology and will discuss epidemiologic study design and analysis. The course will also address special topics such as outbreak investigations, screening, and the role of epidemiology in public health.


Biostatistics & SPSS (2 credits): This course will cover fundamental statistical concepts related to the practice of public health: descriptive statistics; probability; sampling; statistical distributions; estimation; hypothesis testing; chi-square tests; simple and multiple linear regression; one-way ANOVA. The course will also include an introduction to statistical analysis and data management software.


Introduction to Public Health Policy, Administration & The Israeli Health System (2 credits): This course covers issues of health care, health care quality, and health care access. The course analyzes problems associated with these issues, their causes, and potential solutions. We will discuss how we can improve health care delivery globally. The course examines health coverage, how care is organized and delivered, health care management, and the politics surrounding health care.


Developing Community Health Promotion Projects


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