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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of May 2014.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.


Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit


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Courses in "SPHL-Public Health"

SPHL - Public Health

SPHL 298 SPH Ambassador Program (1) 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. 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.

SPHL 386 Experiential Learning (3) Prerequisite: Permission of SPHL-School of Public Health.

SPHL 400 Introduction to Global Health (3) Credit only granted for: SPHL400 or SPHL498A. Formerly: SPHL498A. Exploration of theoretical frameworks and practical perspectives on issues shaping the global health panorama. Determinants examined through: biological and epidemiological; social, cultural and economic; environmental and geographic; multi-section, legal and institutional perspectives with synopsis of how these issues are addressed by international and community organizations in developing countries.

SPHL 401 History of Public Health (3) Credit only granted for: SPHL401 or SPHL498E. Formerly: SPHL498E. History of public health in the Western world from antiquity to the present. The influence of public health developments in other parts of the globe. The interaction between Western and non-Western cultures with respect to health issues.

SPHL 402 Public Health Emergency Preparedness (3) Intensive introduction to public health emergency preparedness. Course will provide students with an overview of the role of public health in planning, prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery from disasters, both manmade and natural.

SPHL 410 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation (3) Students will become familiar with the dynamics of public health program planning, and the basic process of identifying unmet needs. They will be able to identify different types of program evaluation, including needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, impact assessment, and cost analysis. Course will be offered at Shady Grove campus.

SPHL 412 Food, Policy, and Public Health (3) Recommended: NFSC100. Broad overview of the impact of food and food policy on public health. Course covers topics such as access to food, food systems, influence of food policies on the individual, the cost of food, influences on food selection, food safety risks and responses, nutrition-related health challenges, and a comparison of US food/nutrition issues with those of other nations.

SPHL 415 Essentials of Public Health Biology: The Cell, The Individual, and Disease (3) Prerequisite: BSCI105. Presents the basic scientific and biomedical concepts of modern public health problems and explores in depth mechanisms and models of the major categories of disease. The biologic principles presented are foundations to public health disease prevention, control, or management programs.

SPHL 488 Children's Health and Development Clinic (1-4) Prerequisite: Permission of SPHL-School of Public Health. 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.

SPHL 491 Public Health Science Internship (3) Restriction: Must be in Public Health Science program. The Public Health Science internship will enable students to gain practical experience under conditions conducive to educational and professional development. The internship is a time-limited, supervised period of public health professional experience carried out in a related professional organization. Students will be required to submit information to document their progress and experiences.

SPHL 498 Special Topics in Public Health (3) Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Credit only granted for: SPHL498 or SPHL698 of same suffix. Topical and interdisciplinary courses of interest to upper level undergraduate students in the field of Public Health not currently covered by the program.

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