SPHL - Public Health

SPHL100 Foundations of Public Health (3 Credits)

An overview of the goals, functions, and methods of public health. After an introduction to the core concepts and tools used in public health research and practice, applications of these methodologies are considered in the context of current controversies/problems in public health. Students work together to develop strategies for prevention and control that take into consideration different points of view, outside research, and impacts on individuals and communities.

Restriction: Must be in a major in SPHL-School of Public Health.

Credit Only Granted for: SPHL100, PHSC300 or SPHL600.

SPHL240 Public Health Engagement (2 Credits)

Public Health Engagement is a transfer transition course that provides an opportunity for transfer students to engage in the professional culture of the public health field and to build community while navigating a large, public institution. Instructors use research, physical activity, and academic engagement to stimulate community building across all majors within the School of Public Health. Students will engage with public health issues, academic resources, solution-driven grant writing, identity development, faculty and alumni support systems, and group and individual physical activities. A partnership of 3 sectors within the school, this course is taught by an interdisciplinary team fostering public health practice and community building while promoting successful transition, integration and retention.

Restriction: Must be a transfer student with 60 credits or less; and must be in a major in SPHL-School of Public Health.

Additional Information: The course will include a significant physical activity component.

SPHL246 Terp Restoration (1 Credit)

This lab course is designed to assist students in improving academic strategies, learning time management practices, interacting with the faculty and greater campus community, and developing professional career aspirations. The focus will be on an exploration of the academic environment, campus resources, self-discovery tools, and skill development. Utilizing an interactive experience through facilitated discussion that develops positive relationships, students will actively explore academic opportunities offered through the School of Public Health and the University of Maryland.

Restriction: Students must be undergraduate majors within the School of Public Health; and permission of instructor.

SPHL260 Public Health Beyond Borders: Designing Culturally Competent Global Projects (3 Credits)

The skills learned in this course are intended to engage students in critical thinking prior to a study abroad, global health project, or other international service experience in such a way that adds depth for the student and minimizes unintended negative consequences for local communities. The course is designed in three parts to prepare students to think critically about reciprocity in international service projects and develop scholarship in practice. Community members are viewed as partners, educators, and trusted advisors. Furthermore, since global health projects begin long before the plane lands, money is exchanged, and the first of many plastic bottles of water is purchased, the course begins with broad definitions of key concepts to heighten awareness of unintended consequences of well-meaning volunteers, then leads students through reflection and writing to apply these concepts and provides opportunity to integrate key concepts into plans for projects that serve global communities with cultural competence. Students will explore the needs of global communities, design interventions, and reflect on the potential outcomes in improving health in the communities served, while also focusing on their own subjective experience.

SPHL291 Does Science Support Nontraditional Healing Practices? (3 Credits)

Does yoga improve the health of wounded warriors and/or breast cancer survivors? Can mindfulness enhance your business success and family relationships, or is it social media hype? Do you know what reflexology is, and does it help reduce your personal stress level? Increasing numbers of people are using nutritional supplements, meditation, yoga and other forms of exercise, acupuncture and experiences in nature to reduce stress levels and improve overall health and well-being. In the media, scientists to celebrities have alternately endorsed or rejected claims about how these and other nontraditional health practices benefit health and well-being. Students will sample some of these nontraditional health practices and explore whether these practices can enhance their own well-being. General scientific methods for health research will be introduced and students will use this knowledge to evaluate the existing scientific research on these practices. Students will also evaluate whether popular and media translation of scientific research on these practices is fact-based.

Recommended: Successful completion of English composition course.

SPHL298 SPH Ambassador Program (1 Credit)

The purpose of this course is to train students in the methods related to advising, teaching and leading undergraduate current and prospective students. At the end of the course ambassdors will be a resource to these new students in SPH through their knowledge of academic planning, college/university policy, and understanding of what SPH has to offer. Ambassados will have experience working one on one with students who have academic advising questions and concerns. They will develop better public speaking skills and know how to impart new information in an effective way to undergraduate students.

Restriction: Must be in a major in SPHL-School of Public Health; and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7; and must have earned less then 90 credits.

Repeatable to: 6 credits.

SPHL333 Fundamentals of Undergraduate Teaching for Education Assistants and Mentors (UTEAM) (1 Credit)

Supports the professional and personal development of UG students in the UTEAM program. Must be completed concurrently with the first semester of providing UTEAM support to a specific course. UTEAM members are dedicated student learners who provide peer education support for specific course as part of the teaching team and emphasizes: 1) introduction to teaching, learning, literature and practice, 2) collaboration with other UTEAM members, faculty and staff as a learning community, and 3) reflection on the knowledge and skills developed through course participation.

Corequisite: SPHL399.

Restriction: Permission of the instructor; and permission of the School of Public Health.

Additional Information: This course must be taken concurrently with SPHL399 the first term in which a student is a UTA. Preference is given to students within an SPHL major.

SPHL386 Experiential Learning (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Permission of SPHL-School of Public Health.

SPHL399 Academic Peer Teaching and Mentoring in Public Health (1-3 Credits)

An independent study course for the Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring (UTEAM) program within the School of Public Health. Students will apply evidence-based research while assisting peers with the understanding and application of course content. Specific responsibilities may vary dependent upon the course instructor. The primary roles of the UTEAM members will be to provide in-class support and/or external course support through review sessions, discussions sessions, laboratory support, group tutoring and office hours.

Corequisite: If this course is being taken for the first time, students must concurrently register for SPHL333.

Restriction: Permission of the instructor; and permission of the School of Public Health.

Repeatable to: 6 credits if content differs.

Additional Information: Preference is given to students within an SPHL major.

SPHL488 Children's Health and Development Clinic (1-4 Credits)

An opportunity to acquire training and experience in a therapeutically oriented physical education-recreation program for children referred by various education, special education, medical or psychiatric groups.

Prerequisite: Permission of SPHL-School of Public Health.

SPHL498 Special Topics in Public Health (3 Credits)

Topical and interdisciplinary courses of interest to upper level undergraduate students in the field of Public Health not currently covered by the program.

Restriction: Junior standing or higher.

Repeatable to: 9 credits if content differs.

Credit Only Granted for: SPHL498 or SPHL698 of same suffix.