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Courses Offered

PBHL 5133: Introduction to Health Behavior and Health Education: Introduction to health behavior, health education, theory, and practice; defines key terms and concepts; theories of individual health behavior; variables influencing responses to interventions; interpersonal theories examining elements in the environment affecting health behavior; basic planning models; and includes discussion of ethical principles and application of theory in culturally distinct and/or other unique populations.

PBHL 5623: Program Planning and Evaluation: This is a course in health promotion program planning. It is designed to help the learner develop the fundamental understanding and skills necessary to implement program planning, implementation, and evaluation irrespective of setting. It provides both theoretical and practical information in program development and community-based participatory research. Prerequisites: PBHL 5133: Introduction to Health Behavior and Health Education; or permission of instructor.

PBHL 5653: Theories of Health Behavior and Health Education: Addresses the social and behavioral foundations of public health; emphasis on social and cultural determinants that shape behavior through complex interaction; presents a socio-ecological framework for understanding the relationship between human populations and health status; locates health problems in the context of multilayered social systems and temporal processes of change. Prerequisites: PBHL 5133: Introduction to Health Behavior and Health Education; or permission of instructor.

PBHL 5783: Health Communication: This course provides students with an in-depth exposure to current theory, practice and research in health communication with an emphasis on designing, implementing and evaluating mass media and community-based health campaigns. Topics covered include Social Marketing, Media Advocacy, Entertainment Education, and Participatory Learning in addition to traditional social-psychological theoretical approaches to risk reduction and health enhancing communication. Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrently enrolled in PBHL 5133: Introduction to Health Behavior and Health Education; or permission of instructor.

PBHL 5213: Health Promotion in the Worksite: This course focuses on designing health promotion and health education programs to enhance the quality of life for employers/employees who spend one-fourth of their lives at the workplace. Emphasis is on methods for conducting needs assessment and the planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs in the worksite.

PBHL 5543: Advanced Concepts of Human Sexuality: In-depth examination of human sexuality based on the premise that individual sexuality cannot be referenced to just one theory or simply biological, psychological, sociological, or cultural factors but from the complex interactions of these influences; designed to stimulate learners to think critically forming conclusions in light of scientifically gathered data.

PBHL 5643: Health Promotion in the School Setting: The focus of the course centers upon the role the public school can play in improving the health status of children and adolescents. Emphasis is on the development, implementation and evaluation of a coordinated school health program designed to promote the health and well being of students and staff; and, includes an analysis of health services, healthful school environment, and comprehensive health education.

PBHL 5683: Social Epidemiology: This course is designed to examine the scientific basis for associations between social factors, both contextual (e.g., poverty, housing, education) and interpersonal (e.g., racism, social support, stigma), and health. In addition, students will be challenged to consider social factors in understanding the epidemiology of diseases, the design and implementation of health protection/promotion programs, and the implementation of health policy. Prerequisites: PBHL 5173: Epidemiology I; PBHL 5133: Introduction to Health Behavior and Health Education; or permission of the instructor.

PBHL 5773: Survey Research Methods: This course will provide students with a practical overview of survey research methods. Topics to be covered include questionnaire and interview design; tailoring instruments for specific settings, populations, and methods of administration; reliability and validity; construction of scales and indices; sampling methods, assessing sampling bias, and maximizing response rates.

PBHL 5813: Technology for eHealth: Theory and Application: This course focuses on theories and practices involved in the development and implementation of public health informatics and eHealth programs to promote healthy behaviors within communities. The course will prepare graduates to lead multidisciplinary research and development teams involved in eHealth programs.

PBHL 5943: Health Communication Seminar: Examination of the role of communication in health care settings; includes the study of theory and research concerning the exchange of information and the mutual influencing of behavior among people.

PBHL 9073: Applied Behavioral Research Methods : Applied, theory-based behavioral research methods for assessing and intervening with populations are a cornerstone of empirically-based multidisciplinary health behavior interventions. This course will help the learner identify and develop the skills necessary to independently design, implement and critically evaluate empirically-based health behavior research. The course will focus on the role of theory, problem definition, and hypotheses generation in conducting primary, secondary or tertiary prevention intervention research; selection of appropriate research design, including the appropriate comparison groups; issues related to measurement of health behaviors; validity, reliability and generalization of various research designs; and critical review and interpretation of published health behavior research. Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing in the UAMS College of Public Health, and successful completion of PBHL 9023 (Advanced Health Behavior Theory), AND by permission of instructor BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS.

PBHL 9253: Faith-Based Health Promotion
This course will review the literature on religion and health, and faith-based health promotion. Students will
explore the complex relationships between religion and health, and apply the literature on religion and health
into the design of faith-based public health interventions. Students will gain experience in building upon the
current religion and health literature, and in the design of public health interventions that are appropriate for a
faith-based setting. Prerequisites: You must have doctoral student standing in the DrPH program in
Public Health Leadership, and have successfully completed at least one graduate-level course in
health behavior or health education to enroll in this course.

PBHL 9633: Understanding Tobacco Use and Obesity
Obesity and tobacco use are the leading causes of preventable death and disease and have broad and
significant impacts on public health. This course will focus on understanding tobacco use and obesity, with consideration of the scope of the problem, causes and correlates, and best practices in prevention and control. The first half of the course will focus on tobacco use. The second half will focus on obesity.