For research and independent study courses (92, 190C, 192, 198, 199), students need to contact faculty directly to complete this form: Variable Unit Agreement. More information on department faculty can be found at the following link: PHS Faculty. Once a course is set up, then students need to e-mail PHSInstAffairs@ucdavis.edu for the course registration number (CRN).
Public Health Elective Courses
SPH 92/192. Internship in Community Health Practice (1-12)
Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: upper division and graduate students; consent of instructor. The student, through fieldwork in a community health agency, learns to apply theory and concepts learned
in the classroom. (P/NP grading only) 4 units maximum for minor. This course is to be arranged by the student and interested faculty.
SPH 190. Topics in Public Health (1)
Seminar—1.5 hours. Seminar on key issues and current topics in public health. May be repeated up to four times for credit. (P/NP grading only.)—I, II, III, IV. (I, II, III. IV.) yOO
SPH 198. Study in Community and International Health (1-5)
Prerequisite: undergraduate standing and consent of instructor. Study and experience for undergraduate students in any number of areas in community and international health. (P/NP grading only.) 4 units maximum for minor. This course is to be arranged by the student and interested faculty.
SPH 198. Study in Community and International Health through the UC Davis Health Education and Promotion (HEP) Program
1 unit per quarter for nonpaid volunteers; up to two units per quarter for paid student staff who work for HEP. Students need to contact Polly Paulson directly for course approval, email@example.com. (P/NP grading only)- I, II, III. (I, II, III.)
(Both paid and volunteer student positions with HEP require an application and interview. The selection process takes place Winter quarter for the paid student assistant positions and Spring quarter for unpaid volunteer positions for the following full academic year.
SPH 199. Research in Community and International Health (1-5)
Prerequisite: undergraduate standing; consent of instructor. Student will work with faculty member in areas of research interest, including but not limited to injury control, international health, health policy,
occupational and environmental health, health promotion and wellness, women’s health, and health demographics. (P/NP grading only) 4 units maximum for minor. This course is to be arranged by the student and interested faculty.
Other Elective Courses
ANT /STS 129. Health and Medicine in a Global Context (4)
Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 2 or Science and Technology Studies 1. Recent works in medical anthropology and the science studies of medicine dealing with social and cultural aspects of global health issues such as AIDS, pandemics, clinical trials, cultural differences in illnesses, diabetes, organ trafficking, medical technologies, illness narratives, and others. (Same course as Science and Technology Studies 129.) GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.
ASA 132. Health Issues Confronting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hours. Health issues confronting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. (Same course as Public Health Sciences 132.) GE credit: SocSci | SS.
CHI 40. Comparative Health: Top Leading Causes of Death (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Statistics 13 or consent by instructor. Introduction to the epidemiology of the leading causes of death for ethnic/racial minorities. Assessment of disproportionate rates at which ethnic/racial minorities suffer and die from chronic and infectious diseases and injuries and statistical methods used
to calculate these rates. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 40S. GE credit: SciEng, Div, Wrt | QL, SE, WE.—II.
CHI 114. Women of Color Reproductive Health and Reproductive Politics in a Global Perspective (4)
Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Study contemporary issues in reproductive health and reproductive politics, both globally and in the U.S., for women of color. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SocSci | ACGH, DD, SS, WC, WE.—Deeb-Sossa
CHI 121. Chicana/o Community Mental Health (4)
Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 10 or 20. Mental health needs, problems, and service utilization patterns of Chicanas/os and Latinas/os will be analyzed. An analysis of social service policy, and the economic context of mental health programs. Offered Alternate Years. GE credit: SocSci,Div, Wrt | ACGH, DD, OL, SS, WE.—Flores
CMN 161. Health Communication (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hours. Health communication theories and research, including a review of research on health literacy, social support and coping, doctor-patient interaction, health communication campaigns, and media influences on health. Application of new communication technologies in health promotion. GE credit: SocSci | SS.—III. (III.) Bell
CRD 149. Community Development Perspectives on Environmental Justice (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hours; extensive writing or discussion; project; term paper. Prerequisite: social science research methods course. Environmental justice social movements; inequitable distribution of pollution on low-income communities of color; histories, policies, and innovations associated environmental justice movements in the United States and around the world. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt | DD, OL, SS, VL, WE.—III. London
ECN 132. Health Economics (4)
Lecture—3 hours; Discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 100 or consent of instructor. The health care market, emphasizing the role and use of economics. Individual demand, provision of services by doctors and hospitals, health insurance, managed care and competition, the role of government access to health care.—II. (II.) Cameron
ECN 140. Econometrics (4)
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hours. Prerequisite: course 102, course 100 and course 101; Mathematics 16A and 16B or Mathematics 21A and 21B; Statistics 13, or any upper division Statistics course. Problems of observation, estimation and hypotheses testing in economics through the study of the theory and application of linear regression models. Critical evaluation of selected examples of empirical research. Exercises in applied economics. Not open for credit to students who have enrolled in or completed Agricultural and Resource Economics 106.—II. (II.)
ECS 124. Theory and Practice of Bioinformatics (4)
Lecture—3 hours; Laboratory—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 10 or 30 or Engineering 6; Statistics 12 or 13 or 32 or 100 or 131A or Mathematics 135A; Biological Science 1A or Molecular and Cellular Biology 10. Fundamental biological, mathematical and algorithmic models underlying bioinformatics and systems biology; sequence analysis, database search, genome annotation, clustering and classification, functional gene networks, regulatory network inference, phylogenetic trees, applications of common bioinformatics tools in molecular biology and genetics. GE credit: SciEng | SE.—III. (III.) Gusfield, Filkov, Tagkopoulos
ETX 101. Principles of Environmental Toxicology (4)
Lecture—3 hours; Discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Chemistry 8B, 118B, or 128B and Biological Sciences 1A. Principles of toxicology with a focus on environmental, industrial, and natural chemicals. Topics include fate and effects of chemicals in organisms and the environment, air pollutants, insecticides, aquatic toxicology, endocrine disruptors, biomarkers and bioassays, and risk assessment. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL.—I. (I.) Denison
ETX 146. Exposure and Dose Assessment (3)
Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 112A; course 135 recommended. The exposure component of risk assessment; specifically, the presence and/or formation of toxic substances in environmental media, their movement within and between contaminated media, and the contacts of human populations with those media. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL, VL.—III. (III.) Bennett
FAP 192C. Primary Care Clinics (1–2)
Clinical activity—6–8 hours; seminar—2 hours; lecture—1–2 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor, enrollment at the UC Davis campus, upper-division standing. Students must apply and interview with the Board of Clinica Tepati or Imani Clinic. Field experience introduces students to health care delivery, patient histories and physical examinations, health promotions and disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment of episodic, acute and chronic illness, basic laboratory testing and appropriate referral and follow-up. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.)—I, II, III, IV. (I, II, III, IV.) Edison-Ton, Hitzeman, Smith 2 units max to be used for minor.
FAP 195. Health Care to Underserved Populations (1)
Lecture—1 hour. Prerequisite: sociology, political science, or applied behavioral science background recommended, or registration in medical school. Discusses sociocultural perspectives of underserved populations in California impacting their health; roles of family/interpersonal relationships in making health care decisions; and clinician's perspectives in treating people of cultures which are unfamiliar and/or uncomfortable with Western medicine. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.)—II, III. (II, III.) Nesbitt
HIS 109B. Environmental Change, Disease and Public Health (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hours; term paper. Analysis of environmental changes from pre-history to the present and their influence on disease distribution, virulence and public health; many of these changes have been driven by human action and transformations of pathogens have accelerated under globalization. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Div | SE or SS, SL.—I. (I.) Davis
NUT 111AY. Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism (3)
Web virtual lecture—3 hours; lecture/discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Chemistry 8B; Neurology, Physiology, and Behavior 101 or the equivalent. Restricted to upper division or graduate level students only. Introduction to metabolism of protein, fat and carbohydrate: the biological role of vitamins and minerals; nutrient requirements during the life cycle; assessment of dietary intake and nutritional status. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 101 or 111AV. GE credit: SciEng | SE.—W. (W.)
NUT 111B. Recommendations and Standards for Human Nutrition (2)
Lecture—2 hours. Prerequisite: Chemistry 8B; Neurology, Physiology, and Behavior 101 or the equivalent, course 111AV or 111AY. Critical analysis of the development of nutritional recommendations for humans. Topics include history of modern recommendations, development of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) and other food guides; the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI); administrative structure of regulatory agencies pertinent to nutrition recommendations; introduction to scientific methods used to determine the recommendations; food labeling laws; nutrition recommendations in other countries and cultures. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 111.—S. (S.) Zidenberg-Cherr
PMI 129Y. One Health: Human, Animal & Environment Interfaces (3)
Lecture/discussion—3 hours; web electronic discussion. Class size limited to upper division undergraduate students in good standing with the school and who fulfill the course prerequisites below. Enrollment limited to 100 students/term. Introduction to fundamentals, challenges, and opportunities in One Health using local and global health case studies. Animal, human, and environmental health problems, along with tools and transdisciplinary approaches, will be introduced to foster innovative thinking that addresses complex issues. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci | OL, SE or SS, SL.—III. (III.) WA Smith
PSC 126. Health Psychology (4)
Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 1, 41, 101. Pass One open to Psychology majors only. Psychological factors influencing health and illness. Topics include stress and coping, personality and health, symptom perception and reporting, heart disease, cancer, compliance, and health maintenance and promotion. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 160.—II, III. (II, III.) Emmons, Moons
SOC 154. Sociology of Health Care (4)
Lecture—3 hours; Discussion—1 hour or term paper or research project. Overview of sociological research in medicine and health care, with emphasis on the organizational, institutional, and social psychological aspects. GE credit: SocSci | SS.
SOC 164. Health Policy Spring. (4)
Introduction to health policy and politics, including health care access and delivery, and policies related to health inequalities, the social determinants of illness and health behaviors. GE credit: SS, DD - Drew Halfmann
STA 13. Elementary Statistics (4)
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: two years of high school algebra or the equivalent in college. Descriptive statistics; basic probability concepts; binomial, normal, Student’s t, and chi-square distributions. Hypothesis testing and confidence intervals for one and two means and proportions. Regression. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 13V or higher. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE.—I, II, III. (I, II, III.)
STA 100. Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences (4)
Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—1 hour. Prerequisite: Mathematics 16B or the equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, contingency tables, ANOVA, regression; implementation of statistical methods using computer package. Only two units credit allowed to students who have taken course 13, 32 or 103. Not open for credit to students who have taken course 102. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE.—I, II, III. (I, II, III.)
STA 144. Sampling Theory of Surveys (4)
Lecture—3 hours; discussion/laboratory—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 130B or 131B. Simple random, stratified random, cluster, and systematic sampling plans; mean, proportion, total, ratio, and regression estimators for these plans; sample survey design, absolute and relative error, sample size selection, strata construction; sampling and nonsampling sources of error. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE.—(I.)