This course is designed to provide graduate learners the opportunity to develop skills in both accessing relevant online library resources and engage in scholarly writing. The portion of the course focusing on library resources teach and strengthen lifelong research and information competency skills by introducing student to the nature of research and the role of library in the research process. Students learn the core concepts of information retrieval and essential techniques for finding, evaluating, analyzing, organizing, and presenting information. The topics covered include: using online catalogs to locate books and other library resources; developing research strategies; exercising critical thinking to evaluate information; applying critical and search techniques to electronic databases; understanding citation formats and using the internet as a research tool. The scholarly writing of the course will place emphasis on organization, effective conveyance of thoughts through written words, and writing for multiple types of audiences. Students will have the opportunity to improve both their academic writing and their research skills as they write a literature review or a proposal. Emphasis is placed on conventions of scholarly writing and organizational strategies as well as grammar, editing, and usage.
This 8 week, 2 credit online course will explore ethical and legal issues that are timely and germane to health professionals. This course is based on the premise that to act in an ethical manner means to engage in conduct according to accepted principles, and to improve moral confidence and moral action we must prepare the next generation of health professionals with the ethical resources, tools and skills. A case based learning design will be utilized to engage students in ethical discussion, exploration, analysis with the goal of determining ethical and legal action that is sound and logical. This course will prepare students to make ethical health care decisions in the future.
We live in a time exploding with data. Everything from individual wearable technology to community and national profiles, yet few students are prepared with the quantitative skills to analyze and evaluate that data and draw conclusions. This course will present basic statistical methods to a broad range of medical or public health problems. The course will emphasize the use of these methods and the interpretation of results using bio-medical and health sciences applications, healing clinicians move beyond the data to decisions.
In the past 15 years, we have seen a rise in chronic disease impacted by behavior and policy, infectious disease outbreaks and new mechanisms of spread never seen before in the US. Clinicians must consider the biosocial impact of globalization and environmental change upon health and disease. In this course we present fundamental concepts of epidemiology to assist the new clinician in their efforts to critically evaluate the health and medical literature, participate in monitoring and surveillance of disease, and interpret data in their individual practice, community and nation to improve care in their practice and professional sphere.
This course will discuss the social determinants of health and will go beyond the individual risk factor approach to health and disease, applying multi-disciplinary models and social epidemiology to elucidate the economic, sociocultural, political, and behavioral context and processes underlying health care access and health outcomes. Using a problem based context will explore how nutrition, oral health, addiction and mental illness impact health and disease and explore how social and behavioral health theories can be applied in a clinical context.
Students learn effective management and communication skills through case study-analysis, reading, class discussion and role-playing. The course covers topics such as effective listening, setting expectations, delegation, coaching, performance, evaluations, conflict management, negotiation with senior management and managing with integrity.
This course provides an overview of comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research (CER-PCOR) geared toward clinicians and covering a wide range of topics including CER-PCOR history, definitions, and evolution of key terms; identifying and engaging stakeholders; evidence-based medicine; current policy issues; government and private sector roles and programs; PCORI, AHRQ, NIH, HHS, and FDA programs; CMS and private insurer uses; patient engagement and advocacy; and application to clinical decision-making.
This is a 3-credit seminar course designed to give students the basic information regarding health sciences research discoveries. It also provides students with the tools to approach translational research in their present and future work. The course covers the core competencies in clinical and translational research, and each session addresses a core thematic area. Students log-in once a week during the semester. Faculty members give a lecture, followed by a student-led presentation. The presentation is followed by a discussion in which all students are evaluated based on participation. Students are given a short essay assignment based on each lecture. The student presentations and short essays count toward the final grade. A research paper also is assigned.
The goal of this course is to provide students with both content and skills in the field of the ethics of public health and the concept of health and human rights. This course begins with an introduction to the field of public health and the underlying ethical framework that governs its existence and importance for society. The course next builds upon the theory linking health and human rights together in order to examine in depth the impact of health policies and programs on human rights; the impact of human rights violations on health and the synergistic relationship that flows between the two fields. Flowing from this synergy will be an exploration of power, health disparities, and health inequities and the possible solutions that can bridge the gap between such inequities. In essence, through a uniquely public health approach, this course will examine a spectrum of issues related to health and human rights including health as a human right, measurement and justifiability of the right to health, vulnerable populations and implications for public health practice. Case studies in each of these topics will be utilized throughout the course to support critical inquiry into the burgeoning field of health and human rights.
Students learn effective management and communication skills through case study-analysis, reading, class discussion and role-playing. The course covers topics such as effective listening, setting expectations, delegation, coaching, performance, evaluations, conflict management, negotiation with senior management and managing with integrity
This course is a continuation of the prior research seminar course. Students will be divided in small groups to work collaboratively, researching under the mentorship of a faculty member to discuss current clinical issues. Students will complete a literature search and propose a practice-based improvement plan. Final approval by a faculty mentor is required.
The capstone is designed to be a supervised health science learning experience and a demonstration of the substantive application of the knowledge and skills that have been acquired in the courses taken as part of the M.S. in Health Science Program. The capstone functions as both the practice experience and the culminating experience for the program. The M.S. in Health Science capstone experience includes the following components:
- development of a capstone proposal
- delivery of an oral presentation at UMB, and at the field placement site as appropriate
- preparation of a capstone portfolio
In addition, students will take 6 credits to be transferred in from the PA AACC curriculum, which UMB recognizes as academically rigorous. The reasoning behind the transfer includes; not overloading the students, and the need for 6 credits per semester for graduate level funding. The descriptions to those courses are listed below.
Part one of a two part basic pathophysiological approach to pharmacotherapeutics course, provides the student with an understanding of drug action within the framework of human physiology, biochemistry and pathophysiology. In this course the therapeutic and adverse actions of drugs are understood in the framework of the drugs mechanism of action. Clinical vignettes are used to illustrate pathologic processes that integrate the actions of drugs from the level of an individual molecular target to the level of the human patient.
Part two of a two part basic pathophysiological approach to pharmacotherapeutics course, provides the student with an understanding of drug action within the framework of human physiology, biochemistry and pathophysiology. In this course the therapeutic and adverse actions of drugs are understood in the framework of the drugs mechanism of action. Clinical vignettes are used to illustrate pathologic processes, that integrate the actions of drugs from the level of an individual molecular target to the level of the human patient.