Online Health and Human Services Courses

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PBH 100: Introduction to Human Services and Social Problems

Credit: 3 credit hours

Course Description: This course will cover fundamental concepts and strategies in the health and human services industry. Students will examine their local communities as well as themselves and learn how self-awareness aids in the development of relationships with individuals, community and society. Students will learn and demonstrate the importance of observation, listening skills, reading and analysis, problem solving, note taking and interviewing skills. Ethical situations and awareness will also be a focus of the course, as well as a historical overview of the career field and an exposure to job opportunities in various environments and specializations. There will be several topics of focus that students will be examining throughout the course. These include but are not limited to; homelessness, poverty, malnutrition, child care, child development, foster care, vaccinations, health screenings, mental health, AIDS/HIV.

PBH 201: Public Health and Society

Credit: 3 credit hours

Course Description: This course examines the social context of health, illness, and healthcare with particular attention to understanding health and illness of populations. This course introduces both sociological and public health approaches to population health, disease causation and prevention—emphasizing health issues that affect society as a whole as well as vulnerable populations.

PBH 301: Introduction to Epidemiology

Credit: 3 credit hours

Course Description: This course introduces the basic concepts and methods of epidemiology with a focus on application to multiple domains of public health. The course enables students to understand the distribution of health events in human populations and the methods of assessment by the use of morbidity and mortality data.

PBH 330: Family, Children, and People with Disabilities

Credit: 3 credit hours

Course Description: Students will deepen their knowledge of families, children and the people with disabilities. This course is a review of the ways in which professionals work together in supporting child and family resiliency within the context of complex issues, such as divorce, child abuse and neglect, and illness and death of family members. This course also focuses on current social systems and the policies that affect the welfare of families and children, as well as various forms of family functionality. This course provides a historical overview of family and child policy in the United States, including policies toward children and families in poverty. This course approaches concerns of people with disabilities from an interdisciplinary perspective and uses multiple theories to define disability. This course provides a socio historical survey of political, economic, social and cultural perspectives. Topics such as the social construction of disability and the changing experiences of people with disabilities are discussed in the context of other civil rights movements and the broader evolution of social policy.