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Courses

Spring Summer Fall
PUBH 5501 – Foundations of Public Health and Disability
 Summer 1 2017 Fall 2017
PUBH 5502 – Epidemiology of Disability Spring 2018 Summer 2 2017  
PUBH 5503 – Disability Law, Policy, Ethics, and Advocacy Fall 2017
PUBH 5504 – Public Health Interventions in Disability Spring 2018    


PUBH 5501 – Foundations of Public Health and Disability (3-credits)

The course is an introductory survey of the ways in which disability, both developmental and acquired, is affected by, and interacts with, public health policy and practice. The major goal of this course is to provide a foundational understanding of a comprehensive set of issues of both acquired and developmental disability as related to the core elements of public health.

Topics include: history of disability, definitional and diagnostic issues of disability, epidemiology, disability law, ethics, research, individual and public health interventions, financing, research and the future of disability. This course will examine underlying social attitudes both toward disability as a construct, and toward people with disabilities and the impact that those attitudes have on public health policy and practices.

The course is intended for, but not limited to, students matriculated in the PHCIDS program. Other students may take the course with instructor permission.

Prerequisites: None

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PUBH 5502 – Epidemiology of Disability (3-credits)

The course extends the concepts and methods of epidemiology to the major categories of acquired and developmental disabilities and their risk factors, incidence, and prevalence rates. The goal of this course is to provide students a foundation in epidemiological methods and to understand the ways in which disability can provide a useful perspective on high quality epidemiological studies that can advance the field of public health. Research design, definitional aspects of disability, and etiologic factors are emphasized throughout the course. Students in this class will develop competency in identifying and understanding the historical context of disability epidemiology, epidemiological terminology of specific disability conditions and methodological concepts. Students will be expected to be able to describe current epidemiological concepts and controversies in acquired and developmental disabilities.

The course is intended for, but not limited to, students matriculated in the PHCIDS program. Other students may take the course with instructor permission.

Prerequisites: None


PUBH 5503 – Disability Law, Policy, Ethics, and Advocacy (3-credits)

The goal of this course is to provide a legal, conceptual, and practical understanding of people with disabilities, forms of discrimination that occur on the basis of disability, and the protections against such discrimination that currently exist. The course provides an opportunity to evaluate and understand many aspects of public policy and social issues that affect the lives of persons with disabilities and their families, including state, regional, national and international forces and trends, the principles of self-determination, and participation of persons with disabilities in planning and implementing.

Topics to be discussed include federal and state laws  and policies specific to: the health and well-being of people with disabilities; discrimination against people with disabilities; domestic, international, and comparative disability law and policy; the rights of children with disabilities in school, specifically through the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA); and recent developments in U.S. and international human rights and comparative disability law, including recent efforts by the United Nations to draft a treaty on the rights of people with disabilities. Students will explore the role of people with disabilities, who are often vulnerable to human rights violations, within different legal systems.

The course is intended for, but not limited to, students matriculated in the PHCIDS program. Other students may take the course with instructor permission.

Prerequisites: None

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PUBH 5504 – Public Health Interventions in Disability (3-credits)

Drawing from contemporary literature and research in the interdisciplinary field of disability studies, students will examine and analyze disability public health interventions from the perspective of the interplay between society, community, health and wellness, the environment, resources, and services systems. Students will analyze how – through the implementation of evidence-supported practices and initiatives – society, health and environments shape and are shaped by disability; and how full societal participation, reduction of personal obstacles and harm, and preservation of just and safe environments for people with disability can be realized.

The course will be presented in seminar fashion with student participation strongly encouraged. Guest lectures will be provided by people with disabilities and experts in various fields related to disability and public health interventions.

The course is intended for, but not limited to, students matriculated in the PHCIDS program. Other students may take the course with instructor permission.

Prerequisites: None