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Community Health Course Descriptions

Levels 100-400 designate undergraduate courses
Levels 500-600 designate graduate courses
Note: Some courses are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels


Undergraduate Courses


PHE 199 - Special Studies (1-3)

PHE 250 - Our Community: Our Health (4)
Description: Examines social, behavioral, and environmental community health-related issues and the controversies that surround them. Group and presentation work will be emphasized. This course will be a prerequisite for all upper-division classes in the major.

PHE 252 - First Aid (4)
Emergency care for various types of injuries: assessment, life-threatening injuries, medical emergencies, and special situations. Additional training for childbirth and CPR for adult, infant, and child. Course leads to Red Cross certification.

PHE 275 - Stress Management (4)
An overview of the physiology of stress, stress triggers, assessment of stress, and stress management techniques and strategies.

PHE 295 - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (4)
Examines scientific literature regarding lifestyle choices that promote optimal health and functioning. Behaviors regarding self-protection, self-care, and health promotion are compared to recommendations emerging from this literature.


PHE 326U - Drug Education (4)
Examines various approaches to drug education with an emphasis on prevention models. Epidemiology of and trends in drug use in the U.S. and effects on society. Reviews current and controversial issues and legal information on drug use effects.
Prerequisite: Recommended - PHE 250

PHE 335U - Human Sexuality (4)
A survey of the psychological, physiological, and behavioral aspects of human sexuality, with particular emphasis on the influence of popular culture on these dimensions.

PHE 350 - Health and Health Systems (4)
An overview of the organization, financing, and delivery of health services in the United States, with particular emphasis on analysis from professional, organizational, community, and systems perspectives.

PHE 355U - Consumer Health Issues (4)
Identifies and critically analyzes issues related to the production, marketing, and the consumption of health-related goods and services. Media messages about consumer health issues are examined; topical and timely research is analyzed.
Prerequisite: Recommended - PHE 250

PHE 361 - Care and Prevention of Injuries (4)
Introduction to the prevention, recognition, care, and rehabilitation of injuries resulting from participation in activity. Practical skills are demonstrated and practiced with emphasis on student participation.
Prerequisites: Bi 301, 302.

PHE 363 - Communicable Diseases and Chronic Health Problems (4)
Reviews etiology, epidemiology, and approaches to prevention of infectious and chronic diseases. Aspects of risk factors, transmission, pathogenesis, immunology, case management, and control programs are discussed. Basic human physiological processes are reviewed.
Prerequisites: Recommended - Bi 301, 302; PHE 250

PHE 365 - Health Promotion Programs for Children and Youth (4)
Provides an understanding of factors that influence health status and development of children and youth in the United States. Particular attention will be directed at health promotion programs for children, youth, and families in school and community settings. Includes a service component.

PHE 370 - Applied Kinesiology (4)
Overview of anatomical and mechanical bases of human movement. Review of biomechanical principles with applications to exercise and health.
Prerequisite: Recommended - Bi 301


PHE 401/501 - Research (Credit to be arranged)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

PHE 402/502 - Independent Study (Credit to be arranged)

PHE 404 - Cooperative Education/Internship (Credit to be arranged)
A work-related experience designed to connect and integrate theory with specific activities in a "real" environment under supervision. Field hours for students taking the internship will be 30 hours per credit per term. Additionally, students will be expected to attend scheduled seminars.

PHE 405/505 - Reading and Conference (Credit to be arranged)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

PHE 406/506 - Special Projects (Credit to be arranged)

PHE 407/507 - Seminar(Credit to be arranged)
Maximum: 9 credits

PHE 408/508 - Workshop (Credit to be arranged)

PHE 409/509 - Practicum (Credit to be arranged)

PHE 410/510 - Selected topics such as maternal & child health, cancer prevention, multicultural health, and social gerontology

PHE 414/514 - Physical Activity Today (4)
Overview of topics relevant to the study of physical activity in the United States. Topics: review of physiological alterations related to physical activity; historical background of physical activity recommendations; measurement issues; community-based approaches to increasing physical activity; school-based physical activity programs; older adults and special populations; work site and health care settings.
Prerequisite: Recommended - PHE 250/295

PHE 425U/525 - Nutrition for Health (4)
Examines basis for and quality of current nutritional requirements, standards, and guidelines. Studies evidence regarding current food fads and controversies. Analyzes personal dietary practices.
Prerequisite: Recommended - PHE 250 and six hours of upper-division coursework in PHE

PHE 443U - Environmental Health (4)
Designed to enable the student to understand and evaluate complex environmental health issues induced by waste products generated by modern technology. Specific topics include water quality, air quality, solid and hazardous waste, occupational health, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, chemical contamination of foods, food additives, animal transmission of disease, noise, and selected current topics.
Prerequisite: Recommended - PHE 250 and six hours of upper-division coursework in PHE

PHE 444U - Global Health (4)
Critically explores global public health issues as they pertain to different populations throughout the world, such as global disease eradication initiatives, environmental and infectious diseases from an international perspective, and discusses health needs of special populations.
Prerequisite: Recommended - Upper-division standing

PHE 446 - Community Health Principles and Practices (4)
Designed to give students hands on experience in our community to work on health issues and concerns. Students will work in the field with a local health agency or program. Class discussions and written reports will examine the meaning of service and leadership in the health field.
Prerequisite: PHE 250

PHE 448 - Health Education Techniques and Strategies (4)
Introduces students to basic techniques and strategies used in planning and carrying out health education programs in a variety of settings. Special emphasis is given to scope and sequencing skills, objective writing, selection/development of health education resources/materials, and methods for and use of technology in the delivery of health education programs.
Prerequisite: Recommended - PHE 350

PHE 450 - Epidemiology (4)
Introduces principles and methods of epidemiological investigation of infectious/non-infectious diseases. Illustrates methods by which properly conducted studies of the distribution and dynamic behavior of disease in a population can contribute to understanding of etiologic factors, modes of transmission, and pathogenesis of disease.
Prerequisite: Recommended - PHE 363

PHE 451/551 - Women and Holistic Health (4)
Using women's health and the women's health movement as a backdrop, the course explores the integration taking place between holistic health care and allopathic medicine. Three main sections of the course include the movement from external control to inner guidance, the anatomy of women's wisdom, and healing choices.

PHE 452U - Gender, Race, Class and Health (4)
Emphasizes how the gender-, race-, and class-based organization of society affects the health of our communities. Covers an introduction and historical framework for social inequities in health; describe disparities in health by gender, race, and class; and explore the interplay between these major social forces and the biological mechanisms that influence the occurrence of disease.
Prerequisite: Recommended - Upper-division standing; consent of instructor

PHE 453/553 - Women's Reproductive Health (4)
Critical review of current public health and socio-political issues in women's reproductive health. Both national and international topics are discussed. Students apply health knowledge in identifying and seeking solutions to the issues which concern health care providers, consumers, and policy makers.
Prerequisite: Recommended - PHE 250, 335

PHE 454 - Social Gerontology (4)
Addresses the social and ethical issues, problems, policies, and programs that affect the quality of life for our rapidly aging population. The interdisciplinary field of gerontology offers students the opportunity to integrate biological, psychological, and social theories of aging. Also examines the economic and political impacts of an aging society.
Prerequisite: Recommended - Upper-division standing

PHE 455U - Film and Health (4)
Critically explores public health issues as they are portrayed in popular films and discusses the scientific, social, and political underpinnings of the public health issues portrayed in these movies. Covers diseases such as AIDS, hemorrhagic fever, MS, cancer, leukemia, and multiple chemical sensitivity from both biomedical and social perspectives. Guest speakers from the community will contribute to the discussion.
Prerequisite: Recommended - Upper-division standing

PHE 456/556 - Health Aspects of Aging (4)
Examination of health-related changes that occur with aging. Review of current scientific literature with an investigation of physiological mechanisms responsible for changes in functional capacity throughout life. Explores the role of physical activity and nutrition in healthy aging.
Prerequisites: PHE 250/PHE 295 or equivalent

PHE 466/566 - Mind-Body Health: Disease Prevention (4)
Course investigates the integral relationship between body and mind and explores how that relationship manifests itself in health and illness and promotes healing. Philosophical and scientific foundations of mind-body health are introduced. The impacts of emotions, personality, social support, spirituality, and perception on health are examined. Applications of mind-body research in behavioral medicine and mind-body education are introduced and specific techniques are practiced.
Prerequisites: Psy 204, PHE 363

PHE 467/567 - Mind-Body Health: Human Potential (4)
Investigates major sources of evidence of human transformative capacities (philosophy, science, medicine, anthropology, and psychology) and explains the impact this evidence is having on current conceptualizations of human potential. Explores basic transformative practices including meditation, yoga, biofeedback, imagery, somatics, martial arts, and sport.
Prerequisite: PHE 466/566

PHE 471 - Program Planning and Evaluation in Health Education (4)
Examines program planning models for health education. Includes needs assessment; program goals and objectives; program content and methodologies, evaluation, budgeting, and proposal writing. Students will gain practical experience in program planning and evaluation through community-based learning. Field work required.
Prerequisite: PHE 250.

PHE 473/573 - Physiology of Exercise (4)
Examination of physiological responses and adaptations to exercise, with a focus on the interaction of metabolic, endocrine, neuromuscular, circulorespiratory, and environmental factors related to fitness and health.
Prerequisites: Bi 301, 302.

PHE 474 - Exercise Prescription and Training (4)
Focuses on the basic principles and skills needed for developing and implementing physical fitness programs. Emphasis includes: appropriate/safe training procedures and the underlying principles which support such methods, applications to younger and older populations, gender differences, motivational strategies and health behavior theory, and exercise leadership skills. A significant portion of the course involves experiential learning.
Prerequisites: PHE 295, 473

PHE 475/575 - Exercise Testing Techniques (4)
Theory and application of assessment methods/tools used to evaluate physiological function relating to fitness and health, including laboratory and field tests. Significant emphasis on developing skills necessary for conducting tests on apparently healthy individuals. Assessment categories include anaerobic performance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, body composition, cardiovascular function.
Prerequisites: Mth 111, PHE 473

PHE 480 - Controversial Issues in Community Health (4)
Examines controversial issues in the field of community health (e.g., violence, women's health, medical technology, access to health services). Group presentations required. Prerequisites: PHE major and late junior or senior status.


Graduate Courses


PHE 503 - Thesis (Credit to be arranged)

PHE 504 - Cooperative Education/Internship (Credit to be arranged)

PHE 507 - Seminar topic courses such as research in mind-body health, weight control, and obesity.

PHE 510 - Contemplative Practice and Social Justice (3)

PHE 511 - Foundations of Public Health (3)
Provides students with an understanding of the field of public health. It provides knowledge about public health principles, concepts, values, tools and applications. Key topics in the class include the mission of public health, the politics of public health, determinants of health in the United States, major models and strategies for health promotion, and community perspectives on public health interventions.

PHE 512 - Principles of Health Behavior (3)
Presents an overview of the biological, psychological, behavioral, sociocultural, and environmental factors that function in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. Theories developed to explain health and illness behaviors at intrapersonal, interpersonal, and group/community levels are introduced. Ethical issues involved in health-related behavior change are examined. Satisfies the core M.P.H. requirement.
Prerequisite: Recommended - Graduate standing

PHE 513 - Health, Behavior and the Social Environment (3)
Surveys the social science research and theory concerning the social, economic, and cultural influences on health-related behavioral risk factors. Attention will be given to the divisions within society that affect the disease process, including the etiology and consequences of a wide range of adverse health outcomes. The central focus of each unit of study will be on the implications of a socioecology of health for community health practice and public health policy.
Prerequisite: PHE 512

PHE 517 - Community Organizing (3)
This course emphasizes the role of community organizing in engaging diverse communities to advance the conditions in which people can be healthy. It further examines the role of health educators, grassroots activists, and others in stimulating social, political, and economic approaches to promote community health. The course will also address the advancement of theoretical knowledge and practical skills of community health.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing

PHE 518 - Topics in Health Studies (3)
In-depth analysis of recent research and related program developments on one or more health-related topics. Topics vary according to term and instructor. Course may be taken more than once on different topics. Topics may include: mind-body health, nutrition, international health, environmental health, physical activity/exercise, and health of special populations.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing

PHE 520 - Qualitative Research Design (3)
Presents the philosophical and theoretical bases supporting the development of alternate research paradigms in human inquiry. Essential characteristics of three major alternate paradigms (interpretivist, constructivist, and critical theory) are introduced. Validity, reliability, and related concepts are examined from the perspective of each paradigm. Alternate strategies for inquiry are presented and ethical considerations related to qualitative forms of inquiry are addressed.
Prerequisite: Recommended - Graduate standing

PHE 521 - Quantitative Research Design and Analysis (3)
Introduction to quantitative research design and statistical analysis. Emphasis on development of a research proposal. Topics include descriptive research, experimental and quasi-experimental research, univariate statistical procedures, and methods for planning and writing a research report.
Prerequisite: Stat 244 or equivalent

PHE 531 - Women and Exercise: Physiological Aspects (3)
Overview of physiological and health-related effects of exercise on women. Emphasis on the responses and adaptations to exercise specific to women. Topics include gender differences, the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause, and osteoporosis.
Prerequisite: PHE 473/573

PHE 535 - Epidemiology Survey (3)
This course is designed as an introduction to epidemiology for students in the Oregon Master of Public Health program. Epidemiology is the science of public health that is concerned with the distribution of disease in populations and risk factors that influence health outcomes. Students will learn epidemiologic methods to identify and solve public health problems. The course will cover measures of disease occurrence, screening for disease, study design, association and causation, biases and confounding, and genetic epidemiology. An emphasis is placed upon critical reading of the epidemiologic literature and addressing a public health problem with epidemiologic methods.
This course is open only to students enrolled in a graduate program, and first priority is given to admitted MPH students.

PHE 540 - Mass Communication and Health (3)
Examine the use and effectiveness of mass media to both report the news about health and to promote changes of action in health-related areas. Students will be required to critique media health messages regarding their objectivity and the extent to which they are comprehensive.

PH 541 - Media Advocacy for Public Health (3)
This course provides students with an understanding of the role of media advocacy in advancing public health policies to promote health. The course uses lecturers, group exercises, and case studies to illustrate basic concepts and skills related to media advocacy. Topics covered include: gaining access to the news, framing issues from a public health perspective, and the use of paid advertising to advance healthy public policy. Content areas include tobacco, violence, handguns, suicide, alcohol, and other public health issues.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing

PH 543 - Drugs, Behavior, and Society (3)
Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between drug and alcohol use and a broad range of social circumstances associated with socio-economic status, race/ethnicity, and gender. Particular attention will be given to policy and service issues regarding the treatment and prevention of alcohol and drug abuse from a public health perspective.
Prerequisite: Recommended - Graduate standing

PH 545 - Men's Health (4)
The focus of this course is current men's health issues. Students have opportunities to critically explore a broad array of men's health concerns across the lifespan from a multi-disciplinary perspective. May include such topics as reproductive health, violence, aging, heart disease, depression and sexuality. The class is taught in an interactive format through group discussion, presentations, and the participation of guest speakers. Focuses on the consideration and critique of current influences on men's health including the effect of the health care system, male socialization, the impact of social and cultural factors, and the influence of evolving technology.

PHE 546 - Urban and Community Health (3)
This course examines the social factors associated with urban health and quality of life, such as social class, gender inequalities, and racism. Emphasis will be placed upon community development and collective responses to the maintenance of health rather than upon individualized health promotion and disease prevention strategies.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing

PHE 550 - Health Promotion Program Planning (4)
Addresses practical applications of health promotion theories. Presents examples of planning, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion programs in a variety of settings as guides for the development of health promotion programs.

PHE 552 - Women's Health (3)
Focuses on constructions of gender and sex and their implications for understanding determinants of population health, developing health promotion programs, and creating healthy public policy. Emphasizes the importance of the social, political, and economic context for women's health. Topics include epidemiology of women's health; diversity and health issues; reproductive health and sexuality; health care and access to health care services; violence; mental health and emotional well-being; aging; lesbian health; and research in women's health. Course learning will be synthesized through a community-based learning experience involving working with a community organization to evaluate women's health needs in Portland.

PHE 557/657 - National Long-term Care Policy (3)
This course examines the need for long-term care services and the risk factors associated with utilization of them as well as familiarizing students with financing and delivery mechanisms in long-term care, both public and private. The policy issues in current long-term care initiatives are explored.

PHE 558/658 - Perspectives on Aging (3)
An introduction to the field of gerontology is presented from the perspectives offered by multiple disciplines, including sociology, psychology, biology, economics, political science, and demography. Stereotypes of aging and theoretical frameworks for understanding aging are examined, as are normal age-related changes, the impact of social, political, and economic conditions on the process of aging, and the myriad consequences of a growing population of elders.

PHE 559/659 - Economics of Aging (3)
Objectives are (1) understand the roots of income inequality between the aged and non-aged; (2) review the economic policy factors that influence the decision to retire; (3) understand the political economy of old age income support in the U.S. and abroad; (4) explore the history, operation, and policy questions of our major public pension system, social security; and (5) discuss private pensions in relationship to the U.S. income maintenance policy.
*Note: This course is only offered spring quarter of odd years.

PHE 560/660 - Mental Health and Aging (3)
Focus on a psychological approach to mental health and aging. The physical and social environments of older people, as well as the individual's physical and psychological condition, strongly affect the mental health and quality of life of older people. It is the goal of the course to be useful to people who work with older adults and their families, or to people who want to understand the changes that may be happening for older members of their own families.
*Note: This course is only offered winter quarter of odd years.

PHE 561/661 - Cultural Variations in Aging (3)
The aging population includes an increasing percentage of people from a variety of ethnic groups. Although there may be cultural similarities between these groups and the dominant culture, there are also important differences, particularly in the role of the family in decisionmaking, attitudes, and beliefs about illness, dying, and death.
*Note: This course is only offered fall quarter of even years.

PHE 576 - Physical Activity, Health, and Disease (3)
Review of current research to explore the relationships between physical activity/exercise and health disease. Primarily investigates the role of physical activity in disease prevention, but also examines the impact of a variety of physical conditions (e.g. obesity, aging, etc.) on the potential for an active lifestyle. Topics include cardiovascular diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory conditions, metabolic disease, cancers, and mental health.
Prerequisite: PHE 473 or equivalent
*Note: This course is only offered fall quarter of even years.

PHE 577 - Exercise, Nutrition, and Performance (3)
Review of metabolic processes and physiological mechanisms involved in nutrient utilization in humans. Examination of the relationships between nutrition and health, with an emphasis on analysis of current research. Topics include carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins/minerals, fluids, weight control, and ergogenic aids. Analysis of nutritional modifications presumably related to exercise, health, and performance.
Prerequisite: Recommended - PHE 473
*Note: This course is only offered fall quarter of odd years.

PHE 580 - Concepts of Environmental Health (3)
An intensive course designed to familiarize students with fundamentals of environmental health from a scientific and conceptual perspective. Topics are considered within multi-causal, ecological, adaptive systems, and risk-assessment frameworks. Includes consideration of biological, chemical, and physical agents in the environment which influence public health and well-being.
Prerequisite: Recommended - Graduate standing


PHE 601 - Research (Credit to be arranged)

PHE 605 - Reading and Conferences (Credit to be arranged)


Service Courses in Physical Education


PHE 185 - Physical Education: Co-ed (1)
A variety of activities taught for physiological and recreational value.

PHE 280 - Physical Education Service Courses: Women (2)
A variety of activities taught for physiological and recreational value. Two hours per week plus field trips and extended experiences.

PHE 285 - Physical Education Service Courses: Co-ed (2)
A variety of activities taught for physiological and recreational value. Two hours per week plus field trips and extended experiences.