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New Mexico State University
Graduate Catalog
2012-2013

HEALTH SCIENCE

Department Website: http://publichealth.nmsu.edu

(575) 646-4300

Mark J. Kittleson, PhD, FAAHB, FAAHE, department head

kittle@nmsu.edu

T. Adera, Ph.D. (Oregon State U) – epidemiology; A. Amatya, Ph.D. (U. of Illinois - Chicago) – biostatistics; J.E. Brandon, Ph.D., C.H.E.S. (Southern Illinois U.), emeritus – border health issues, community health education, health-related behavior change, problem-based learning, rehabilitation; S. Forster-Cox, Ph.D. (U. of New Mexico) – community health education, health promotion, non-profit organizations, rural health; M.J. Kittleson, Ph.D., FAAHB, FAAHE (U of Akron) – health education, technology, evaluation, biostatistics; C. T. Kozel, Ph.D., C.H.E.S. (U. of New Mexico) – community health education, health policy analysis, administration; C. Kratzke, Ph.D., C.H.E.S. (Old Dominion U.) – community health education, health disparities, cancer; R. Palacios, Ph.D. (U. of Texas at El Paso) – stress, disease outcomes, program evaluation; S. P. Rao, Ph.D., C.H.E.S. (Texas Women's U.) – domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, addictions, community health education; J. Robinson III, Ed.D., FAAHE (U. of Northern Colorado) – health education; S.L. Wilson, Ph.D. (Southern Methodist U.) – health policy and administration, anthropology and public health, rural health, international health, health disparities; M. Young, Ph.D., FAAHB, FAAHE, FASHA, FSSSS (Texas A&M) – health education sexuality issues

DEGREE: Master of Public Health

MINOR: Alcohol and Drug Counseling (interdisciplinary)
MINOR: Environmental and Occupational Health
MINOR: Gerontology
MINOR: Public Health
MINOR: US/Mexico Border Health Issues

The Department of Health Science offers the Master of Public Health degree (M.P.H.) in community health education, designed to prepare public health professionals in the breadth of public health practice while also including in-depth preparation in community health education. The degree program prepares public health professionals to function in a variety of settings, including health programs at the local, state, and federal government levels; profit and nonprofit organizations and agencies; worksite settings; and educational institutions. The MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Admissions Requirements

Students may be admitted on a full-time or part-time basis to the on-campus program or in the fully online version of the program, which is delivered via distance education technologies. The online program has curriculum and degree requirements in common with the on-campus program, and is covered by the same CEPH accreditation. All coursework for the online degree can be completed off-campus utilizing web-based technologies and is aimed at meeting the needs of working students and others for whom a campus-based program is not an option. In addition to meeting all admissions requirements of the Graduate School, applicants must meet the following departmental requirements:

  • Have completed a minimum of 6 semester credits in social and behavioral sciences, 3 semester credits in statistical methods, 4 semester credits in biology or a related field, and 3 semester credits in a foundations of public health course, or agree to successfully complete MPH 500 within the first year. Students who lack any of these requirements may have to complete make-up course work prior to being fully admitted to the program.
  • Complete a short bio-sketch and an essay describing the applicant's reasons for wishing to pursue the M.P.H. degree at NMSU. Any paid or volunteer work performed in a public health or related agency setting should also be described in detail, including length of work and descriptions of the work typically performed as part of the job.
  • Scores from a recent administration of the GRE are required (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores).
  • Submit at least two letters of reference from former faculty and/or employers.

Admissions information and the departmental application forms may be requested by writing the M.P.H. Program Coordinator, Department of Health Science, MSC 3HLS, NMSU, P.O. Box 30001 Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001 or obtained via the website: www.nmsu.edu/~hlthdpt.

MPH Program Requirements (required of all MPH students)

I. Public Health Core Courses (18 credits)

MPH 500, Orientation to Public Health 3
MPH 510, Community and Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health 3
MPH 520, Biostatistical Applications in Public Health 3
MPH 530, Epidemiological Approaches to Disease Control and Prevention 3
MPH 540, Health Services System: Administration and Organization 3
MPH 550, Environmental Public Health Issues 3

II. Community Health Education Core Courses (15 credits)

MPH 570, Foundations of Public Health Education 3
MPH 572, Techniques of Health Communication/Education 3
MPH 573, Community Organization in Public Health 3
MPH 574, Program Planning, Evaluation, and Research 3
MPH 579, Research and Resources in Community Health 3

III. Cultural Foundation Course (3 credits)

Select one course from the cultural foundation series numbered MPH 560-MPH 569

IV. Additional Requirements (4 credits)

MPH 596, Field Experience 3
MPH 597, Graduate Public Health Seminar 1

V. Thesis and Non-thesis Options

Choose one of the following options in consultation with your graduate advisor.

Thesis Option

MPH 599, Master's Thesis 4-6

Non-thesis Option

Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

Note: Elective courses may include other MPH courses or 500-level courses from other departments. Some MPH courses are crossed listed with HLS 400 level courses (e.g HLS 467 Rural Health Issues and MPH 567 Rural Health Issues). Students who have previously taken one of these 400 level courses at NMSU, may not take the corresponding 500 level MPH course for degree completion credit.

The thesis option requires a total of 44-46 credit hours, while the non-thesis option requires 49 credit hours. Final examination for the non-thesis option includes both oral and written questions pertaining to the student's graduate course work. Final examination for the thesis option consists of an oral defense of the thesis and related course work.

Selected elective and option courses may also be available during summer sessions. Those MPH students who can document to the satisfaction of the MPH program coordinator that they have completed the equivalent of one year's full-time, either paid or volunteer work in a public health or closely related health agency may petition the student's faculty advisor, MPH program coordinator, and department head to substitute 2 of the 3 credits of MPH 596 Field Experience with 2 credits of elective coursework.

All MPH students must comply with the Student Code of Conduct for the Department of Health Science.

Gerontology

GERO 450. Health Promotion for the Older Adult 3 cr.
Common health concerns and lifestyle issues relevant to older adults. Facts about the content area, health behaviors, and practices to promote health and prevent disease; program development strategies applicable to a variety of settings. Same as MPH 557.
GERO 451. Aging and Public Policy 3 cr.
Exploration of public policies relating to elders, historical development, current status and trends in public policy for this age group. Impact of political behavior of elders on policy making and implementing processes.
GERO 456. Biological Aspects of Aging 3 cr.
Aging, the developmental process of the body determined by cellular changes influenced by lifestyle, genetics, and environment. Investigates these changes, how health promotion influences them, and when they are considered a disease. Same as MPH 556.
GERO 493. Adulthood and Aging 3 cr.
Normal transitions in later life; those occurring from 40 years of age to the end of life are discussed. Changes in interpersonal relationships and adaptations commonly made by individuals and meeting those alterations are presented through research findings, case studies, and autobibliographies. Same as MPH 593.
GERO 494. Aging in a Multicultural Society 3 cr.
Study and comparison of aging in the southwestern multicultural society with emphasis on health care. Same as MPH 594.
GERO 495. International Aging and Intellectual Disabilities 3 cr.
Graduate course for policy planners and staff trainers working in the field of Intellectual Disabilities. The course content will be relevant to service provision in developed and developing countries with emphasis on diverse cultures. The consequences of increased longevity for both social and health provision and family careers are covered.
GERO 498. Independent Study 1-3 cr.
Individual studies with prior approval of health science department head. Prerequisite: senior standing and consent of instructor. May be repeated for maximum of 6 credits..

HEALTH SCIENCE

HL S 450. Epidemiology 3 cr.
Epidemiologic approaches to disease prevention and control. Factors influencing health status. Restricted to C HL, E S and HNFS majors. Crosslisted with: E S 450
HL S 451. Biometrics and Health Research 3 cr.
Critical analysis of community health research and related methodologies. Prerequisite(s): E ST 311G. Restricted to C HL majors.
HL S 452. Environmental Health 3 cr.
Introduction to environmental health designed to address public health issues. Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior standing. Restricted to C HL, HNFS and E S majors. Crosslisted with: E S 454
HL S 453. Occupational Health 3 cr.
Identification, control, and prevention of occupational diseases and injuries. Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior standing. Restricted to C HL and E S majors. Crosslisted with: E S 455
HL S 454. Environmental Epidemiology 3 cr.
Covers thematic and research aspects, as well as methodological issues related to environmental health and epidemiology, along with international and national priorities. Prerequisites: HL S 450 and HL S 452.
HL S 457. Administration of Health Programs 3 cr.
Covers administrative responsibilities, organizational theory, strategic planning, and systems theory as applied to the administration of a variety of health programs. Prerequisite(s): HL S 395 or HL S 450, or consent of instructor. Restricted to C HL majors.
HL S 458. Public Health Resources and Policy Analysis 3 cr.
Covers issues related to U.S.-health policy and allocation of resources. Examination of local, state, and federal public health and health care funding. Assessment of impact of health policy on health education, medical practice, and the workplace. Prerequisite: HL S 457 or consent of instructor. Same as MPH 558.
HL S 459. Infectious and Noninfectious Disease Prevention 3 cr.
History, etiology, and prevention of diseases affecting humans. Taught with MPH 559. Prerequisite(s): HL S 395 or HL S 470. Restricted to C HL majors.
HL S 460. American Indian Health 3 cr.
Critical health issues facing American Indians in the contemporary world. Course included in the undergraduate American Indian Program minor.
HL S 461. Health Disparities: Determinants and Interventions 3 cr.
Investigates: descriptions of health disparities and measurement issues; physical environmental factors, behavioral and emotional variables; impact of aging of the populations, increased racial and ethnic diversity, and technological developments; intervention strategies and evaluation results. Same as MPH 561.
HL S 462. Hispanic Health Issues 3 cr.
Cultural differences that aid or hinder communication with Hispanic clients and the application of cross-cultural communication skills. Some field trips may be required. Same as MPH 562.
HL S 464V. Cross-Cultural Aspects of Health 3 cr.
An examination of health practices from a variety of cultural perspectives: communication, observation, research, and assimilation. Issues to be addressed will be examined from a number of viewpoints, such as individual, family, community, and professional roles.
HL S 465. International Health Problems 3 cr.
Comparison of domestic health programs and problems with those in other parts of the world; emphasis on political parameters and delivery processes. Additional attention is focused on the health issues of the U.S.-Mexico border. Prerequisite: HL S 395 or consent of instructor. Same as MPH 565.
HL S 466. International Health Practicum 1-3 cr.
Intensive examination of health practices and beliefs from a cultural perspective. Focus on health structure, index of diseases, morbidity, mortality and epidemiological approaches to planning. Required travel (personal travel, lodging, and related expenses are extra). Same as MPH 566.
HL S 467. Rural Health Issues 3 cr.
Comprehensive overview of rural health services with Southwestern United States and New Mexico focus. Prerequisite: HL S 395. Same as MPH 567.
HL S 468. Coping with Loss and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Perspective 3 cr.
A cross-cultural perspective to death, loss and grief. Hospice philosophy of caring for the dying will be included. Same as MPH 568.
HL S 469. U.S.-Mexico Border Health Issues 3 cr.
Interdisciplinary analysis of the impact of living conditions and health issues of communities along the U.S.-Mexico border and of the strategies and initiatives to address these issues. Problem-based learning, case analysis, lecture, guest speakers, Web-CT based instruction, and field trips. Same as MPH 569.
HL S 471. Resources and Computer Applications in Health Education 3 cr.
Health risk appraisal testing and other software applications, information retrieval systems, on-line database literature searches, and other resource identification methodologies. Taught with MPH 571. Prerequisite(s): HL S 395 or consent of instructor. Restricted to C HL majors.
HL S 473. Health Program Planning 3 cr.
Planning and development of community health education interventions for behavior change at the individual, family, social network levels of practice. Emphasis on applying program-planning models and designs into a grant-writing project. Restricted to C HL majors.
HL S 475. Methods of Community Health Education 3 cr.
Responsibilities of health educators, analysis of social forces affecting health needs, application of wide range of health education methods and instructional media, and program implementation skills. Taught with MPH 575. Prerequisite(s): HL S 275. Restricted to C HL majors.
HL S 476. Theoretically-Based Interventions 3 cr.
Identifying and developing interventions to problematic health-related behaviors. Taught with MPH 576. Prerequisite(s): HL S 473. Restricted to C HL majors only.
HL S 478. Health Program Evaluation and Research 3 cr.
Covers the application of research and evaluation models for decision-making program and policy development of community health education interventions. Focus on the individual, family, and social network levels of practice. Prerequisite: HL S 473. Restricted to community health majors. Same as MPH 578.
HL S 480. Communicable Disease Control 3 cr.
Provide an understanding of the microbiology of pathogenic organisms and a public health approach to the control of disease. Instruction through WebCT. Taught with MPH 580.
HL S 486. Special Topics 3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Same as MPH 586.
HL S 490. Independent Study 1-6 cr.
Individual studies with prior approval of department head. Maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
HL S 491. Mind-Body Health and Complementary and Alternative Medicine 3 cr.
An examination of the multiple dimensions of health from international and cultural views, mind-body interaction, and health promotion assess-assessment and intervention techniques. Same as MPH 591.
HL S 492. Health Care of the Aged 3 cr.
General concepts and principles of aging. Introduces students to the aging process and assists them in understanding the various aspects of growing old. Same as MPH 592.
HL S 496. Community Health Education Field Experience 1-6 cr.
Senior-standing community health education majors will integrate and apply various concepts related to actual community health education practice. Experience aims to prepare students to integrate the competencies and responsibilities of community health education. Approximately 55 hours at field agency required per credit hour. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite(s): HL S 475 or concurrent enrollment. Corequisite(s): HL S 497. Restricted to C HL majors.
HL S 497. Senior Seminar in Community Health Education 1 cr.
Critical analysis of issues in CHE and health care. Readings focus on social, economic, cultural, and political issues as they affect the profession and practice. Emphasis on future, local, national, and international health trends. Prerequisite(s): HL S 475 or consent of instructor. Corequisite(s): HL S 496. Restricted to C HL majors.
HL S 499. Problems in Health Education 3 cr.
Provides opportunity for synthesis of program planning, implementation, and evaluation methodologies in the preparation and delivery of health education topics. Some field trips will be required. Prerequisite(s): Either HL S 395, HL S 478, HL S 476, or consent of instructor. Restricted to C HL majors..

Master of Public Health

MPH 500. Orientation to Public Health 3 cr.
Introduction to the historical and contemporary perspectives of public health theory and practice. Includes an investigation of public health as a discipline, a profession, and the programmatic attempts to improve health status.
MPH 510. Community and Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health 3 cr.
Social, behavioral, and educational aspects of disease prevention and health promotion programs. Restricted to MPH majors.
MPH 515. Introduction to Gerontology 3 cr.
Social, psychological, and physiological aspects of aging with an interdisciplinary emphasis on health promotion. Demographic characteristics of the aging population. Same as GERO 415.
MPH 520. Biostatistical Applications in Public Health 3 cr.
Quantitative methods for public health students including tabular, graphical, and numerical descriptive methods, random sampling, principles of statistical inference, confidence intervals, statistical tests of hypothesis through analysis of variance and regression. Restricted to MPH majors.
MPH 530. Epidemiological Approaches to Disease Control and Prevention 3 cr.
Basic epidemiological principles applicable to infectious and noninfectious disease. Descriptive techniques and analytic designs, and application of statistical and epidemiological investigation methods included. Restricted to MPH majors.
MPH 540. Health Services System: Administration and Organization 3 cr.
This course focuses on using a systems approach to identify and analyze factors and interrelationships that influence the operation of health services organizations. Specific attention is to administrative structures and operations, finance and quality among public health departments, hospitals, multi-institutional systems, integrated health systems and strategic alliances. Main Campus only. Restricted to MPH majors.
MPH 550. Environmental Public Health Issues 3 cr.
Environmental health issues from a public health perspective. Restricted to MPH majors.
MPH 553. Occupational Health 3 cr.
Identification, control, and prevention of occupational diseases and injuries. Field trips outside of class will be scheduled.
MPH 554. Environmental Epidemiology 3 cr.
Covers thematic and research aspects, as well as methodological issues related to environmental health and epidemiology, along with international and national priorities. Prerequisites: MPH 530 and MPH 550. Same as HL S 454 with differentiated assignments for graduate students.
MPH 556. Biological Aspects of Aging 3 cr.
Aging - the developmental process of the body determined by cellular changes influenced by lifestyle genetics, and environment. Investigates these changes, how health promotion influences them and when they are considered a disease. Same as GERO 456.
MPH 557. Health Promotion for the Older Adult 3 cr.
Common health concerns and lifestyle issues relevant to older adults. Facts about the content area, health behaviors, and practices to promote health and prevent disease; program development strategies applicable to a variety of settings. Same as GERO 450.
MPH 558. Public Health Policy Analysis 3 cr.
Covers issues related to U.S.-health policy and allocation of resources. Examination of local, state, and federal public health and health care funding. Assessment of impact of health policy on health education, medical practice, and the workplace. Same as HL S 458. Prerequisite: MPH 540 or consent of instructor.
MPH 559. Infectious and Noninfectious Disease Prevention 3 cr.
History, etiology, and prevention of diseases affecting humans. Prerequisite: HL S 395 or HLS 470. Same as HL S 459 with differentiated assignments for graduate students.
MPH 560. American Indian Health 3 cr.
Critical health issues facing American Indians in the contemporary world. Same as HL S 460.
MPH 561. Health Disparities: Determinants and Interventions 3 cr.
Investigates: descriptions of health disparities and measurement issues; physical environmental factors, behavioral and emotional variables; impact of aging of the populations, increased racial and ethnic diversity, and technological developments; intervention strategies and evaluation results. Same as HL S 461.
MPH 562. Hispanic Health Issues 3 cr.
Cultural differences that aid or hinder communication with Hispanic clients and the application of cross-cultural communication skills. Some field trips may be required. Same as HL S 462 with differentiated assignments for graduate students.
MPH 563. Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 cr.
Problem-based approach to case study analysis designed to instill a broader appreciation of health issues and multidisciplinary collaboration. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitles. Same as CHSS 463, HL S 463 with differentiated assignments for graduate students.
MPH 565. International Health Problems 3 cr.
Comparison of domestic health programs and problems with those in other parts of the world; emphasis on political parameters and delivery processes. Additional attention is focused on the health issues of the U.S.-Mexico border. Same as HL S 465 with differentiated assignments for graduate students.
MPH 566. International Health Practicum 1-3 cr.
Intensive examination of health practices and beliefs from a cultural perspective. Focus on health structure, index of diseases, morbidity, mortality and epidemiological approaches to planning. Required travel (personal travel, lodging, and related expenses are extra). Same as HL S 466 with differentiated assignments for graduate students.
MPH 567. Rural Health Issues 3 cr.
Comprehensive overview of rural health services with southwestern United States and New Mexico focus. Prerequisite: HL S 395 or MPH 500. Taught with HL S 467.
MPH 568. Coping with Loss and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Perspective 3 cr.
A cross-cultural perspective to death, loss and grief. Hospice philosophy of caring for the dying will be included. Same as HL S 468 with differentiated assignments for graduate students.
MPH 569. U.S.-Mexico Border Health Issues 3 cr.
Interdisciplinary analysis of the impact of living conditions and health issues of communities along the U.S.-Mexico border and of the strategies and initiatives to address these issues. Problem-based learning, case analysis, lecture, guest speakers, Web-CT based instruction, and field trips. Same as HL S 469.
MPH 570. Foundations of Public Health Education 3 cr.
Social, behavioral, and educational aspects of disease prevention and health promotion. Includes history and theoretical basis of health education. Prerequisite: MPH 510. Restricted to MPH majors.
MPH 571. Microcomputer Applications in Health Education 3 cr.
Health risk appraisal testing and other software applications, information retrieval systems, on-line database literature searches, and other resource identification methodologies. Same as HL S 471 with differentiated assignments for graduate students.
MPH 572. Techniques of Health Communication/Education 3 cr.
Application of a wide range of communication and education theories/methods, including program planning and evaluation, in public health programming. Prerequisite: MPH 570. Restricted to MPH majors.
MPH 573. Community Organization in Public Health 3 cr.
Strategies for identifying and involving community leaders, community needs assessment, small area analysis and planning, and community-level development strategies. Prerequisite: MPH 570. Restricted to MPH majors.
MPH 574. Health Program Planning 3 cr.
Covers process of successful public health education program planning and grant writing. Prerequisite(s): MPH 570.
MPH 575. Methods of Community Health Education 3 cr.
Responsibilities of health educators, analysis of social forces affecting health needs, application of wide range of health education methods and instructional media, and program implementation skills. Prerequisites: MPH 570 or concurrent enrollment. Taught with HL S 475.
MPH 576. Theoretically-Based Interventions 3 cr.
Identifying and developing interventions to problematic health-related behaviors. Prerequisite: MPH 570. Taught with HL S 476.
MPH 578. Evaluative Approaches in Public Health 3 cr.
Survey and analyses of health testing and evaluation procedures, uses and limitations of knowledge and attitude tests, behavioral inventories, check lists, questionnaires, interviews, and other techniques. Prerequisite(s): MPH 570.
MPH 579. Research and Resources in Community Health 3 cr.
Exploration of available public health research studies, data, results and implications. Prerequisite(s): MPH 520. Restricted to MPH majors.
MPH 580. Communicable Disease Control 3 cr.
Provides an understanding of the microbiology of pathogenic organisms and a public health approach to the control of disease. Instruction through WebCT. Taught with HL S 480.
MPH 586. Special Topics 3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Taught with HL S 486.
MPH 590. Independent Study 1-6 cr.
Individual studies with prior approval of department head. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.
MPH 591. Mind-Body Health and Complementary and Alternative Therapies 3 cr.
An examination of the multiple dimensions of health from international and cultural views, mind-body interaction, and health promotion assessment and intervention techniques. Same as HL S 491 with differentiated assignments for graduate students.
MPH 592. Health Care of the Aged 3 cr.
General concepts and principles of aging. Introduces students to the aging process and assists them in understanding the various aspects of growing old. Same as HL S 492 with differentiated assignments for graduate students.
MPH 593. Adulthood and Aging 3 cr.
Normal transitions in later life; those occurring from 40 years of age to the end of life are discussed. Changes in interpersonal relationships and adaptations commonly made by individuals and meeting those alterations are presented through research findings, case studies, and autobibliographies. Same as GERO 493 with differentiated assignments for graduate students.
MPH 594. Aging in a Multicultural Society 3 cr.
Study and comparison of aging in the southwestern multi-cultural society with emphasis on health care. Same as GERO 494 with differentiated assignments for graduate students.
MPH 596. Field Experience 1-4 cr.
Student will work in a public health setting under the supervision of an experienced public health professional and will use acquired knowledge and skills to conduct a project which addresses a specific public health problem or program need. Projects are agreed upon by the student and faculty. Prerequisite: consent of department head. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. Restricted to MPH majors.
MPH 597. Graduate Public Health Seminar 1 cr.
Capstone seminar for advanced-standing MPH students. Restricted to MPH majors. Prerequisite: MPH 570. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits.
MPH 599. Master's Thesis 1-6 cr.
Minimum of 4 credits required but may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Restricted to MPH majors. PR grading..