SPH - School of Public Health

Offered By:
School of Public Health

Below are the courses available from the SPH subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, class times, and textbooks.

SPH 200 - Introduction to Public Health View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course will introduce you to fundamental knowledge and concepts related to public health. Starting with the history and evolution of the discipline of public health, onto how the health of populations is protected and measured, you will gain a better appreciation of the importance of the social determinants of health and how health inequities, chronic and communicable diseases, injuries and the environment can impact health are explored. Additional topics include how promotion of healthy communities can be achieved through knowledge translation and advocacy. If you are interested in health then this course will serve as an excellent primer to your future studies in any health field. Topics are covered using a mix of lecture, discussion and interactive case study evaluation.


SPH 416 - One-Health View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

One Health is an emerging paradigm in public and veterinary health which recognizes that human, animal and environmental health are interlinked. The course will address food and water safety, the increase in prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms, emerging infectious zoonotic diseases, environmental protection and environmental sustainability, emphasizing the interaction of these diverse yet interconnected disciplines in protecting the health of populations. Graduate students may not register for credit (see SPH 516). Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 416, 516 or SPH 416, 516. Prerequisite: AN SC 310, PHYSL 210 or ZOOL 241/242.


SPH 431 - Statistical Methods in Health Research View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-1)

Basic biostatistical concepts and methods used in health science research including; the role of biostatistics in research including ethics-related issues and data management; exploratory data analysis and data presentation by tabulations and graphics; estimation and comparisons of means, proportions, rates; introduction to linear regression analysis; brief overview of logistic regression; and non-parametric methods. Credit will only be given for one of SPH 431, SPH 531, or SPH 519. Prerequisite: Introductory statistics course or consent of Instructor.


SPH 500 - Health Policy and Systems Research View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This is a specialization course focused on developing and deepening participants' understanding of critical policy issues affecting health and health services in a comparative perspective. The course will primarily review health policy in the context of Canadian populations and systems. This course also introduces students to the field of health policy analysis and teaches relevant concepts and methods that will provide students with basic skills required to conduct health policy research for the purposes of informing or explaining health policy development, to be critical consumers of health policy research and media coverage of health policy issues.


SPH 501 - Determinants of Health View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Students will be expected to apply knowledge of selected social determinants of health to multi-level interventions to improve health of individuals, communities, and populations. The course takes an ecological approach to the analysis of health needs and the design of public health actions. Students will apply key social science theories to the analysis of social determinants of health. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


SPH 503 - Introduction to Health Promotion Research View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Foundations of basic and applied research in health promotion. Consideration is given to a broad range of research strategies including qualitative and quantitative methods. Emphasis is on a critical understanding of why, when, and how to apply different research strategies to answer specific health promotion questions. Pre or corequisite: SPH 501. Students with insufficient background in undergraduate statistics will be required to complete a qualifying course in this area. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both HPS 503 and SPH 503.


SPH 504 - Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the basic concepts, principles, facts and theories which relate to health program planning and program evaluation. Emphasis is on understanding the interface between and among planning principles, evaluation processes and organizational structures. The course also stresses the importance of analytical and communication skills as they apply to these processes. Prerequisites: SPH 501 and 503. Not to be taken by students with credit in INT D 504. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both HPS 504 and SPH 504. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


SPH 506 - Public Health Biology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Provides an understanding of the biology of human health and disease as it affects public health. Normal biochemistry, physiology and immunology of healthy humans. Exploration of mechanisms responsible for genetic, nutritional, infectious, toxic and chronic diseases and their effects on human populations. Factors affecting human health and disease during stages of human development including infancy, youth, reproduction, pregnancy and aging. Examine the basis for current health promotion, disease prevention and control strategies. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 506 and SPH 506.


SPH 509 - Health Promotion with People in Low Resource Countries View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

In this course, learners apply a health promotion lens to examining health issues in a low-resource environment, and possibilities for action toward positive, sustainable change. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


SPH 510 - Health Promotion with Communities View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

In this course, learners focus on people taking collective action to influence change. Comprehensive strategies for promoting health are examined and analyzed by example, framed by empowerment education, creating supportive environments, strengthening community action and advocating for healthy policies. Learners explore questions and challenges in applying health promotion principles, concepts and theories to practice at the community level. The value of democratic approaches to decision-making is an underlying premise for this course. Pre or corequisite: SPH 501. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both HPS 510 and SPH 510. Credit will be granted for only one of SPH 510 or NURS 531. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


SPH 511 - Environmental Contaminant Exposure Assessment View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Principles and practice of monitoring exposure to environmental contaminants, external and internal dose. Biomarkers for environmental contaminant dose estimation. Environmental and biological sampling. Routes of exposure, absorption, and distribution. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 511 and SPH 511.


SPH 512 - Environmental Risk Assessment and Management View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Concepts of risk to health and environment, assessment, management and communication of risk, hazard identification, links to exposure assessment, toxicology and epidemiology, dose response assessment, risk characterization, regulatory and policy science. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 512 and SPH 512.


SPH 514 - Introduction to Environmental Health View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Introduces environmental health issues and scientific understanding of their causes in developed and developing countries. Examines the role of environmental factors (biological, chemical, and physical) and its importance in relation to other factors that affect health of a community. Provides case studies of how environmental factors are dealt with in practice; including methods and approaches for assessment, prevention, and control. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


SPH 516 - One-Health View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

One Health is an emerging paradigm in public and veterinary health which recognizes that human, animal and environmental health are interlinked. The course will address food and water safety, the increase in prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms, emerging infectious zoonotic diseases, environmental protection and environmental sustainability, emphasizing the interaction of these diverse yet interconnected disciplines in protecting the health of populations. Lectures are the same as for SPH 416, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 516 and SPH 516. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 416, 516 or SPH 416, 516. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.


SPH 517 - Strategies in Health Promotion Practice View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

An analysis of the principles of intervention at individual, community, organization and policy development levels. An overview of the strategies used in the practice of health promotion/evaluation and their application in a variety of health promotion settings (e.g., schools, the workplace, community and health centres). Prerequisite: SPH 501. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both HPS 505 and SPH 517. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


SPH 518 - Psychosocial Perspectives on Health View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A critical, interdisciplinary review of psychosocial health. Theoretical and methodological implications from a variety of disciplinary perspectives are considered. Prerequisite: SPH 501 or consent of Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both HPS 508 and SPH 518. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


SPH 519 - Biostatistics I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-1)

An introduction to elementary biostatistical methods used to analyze epidemiologic data. Topics will include analysis of 2 x 2 tables, nonparametric methods, linear regression, analysis of variance, direct and indirect standardization, and analysis of censored data. Prerequisite: Introductory statistics course or consent of Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 598 and SPH 519.


SPH 520 - Occupational and Environmental Diseases View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the pathophysiology and epidemiology of selected occupational and environmental diseases. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 520 and SPH 520.


SPH 521 - Occupational Hygiene View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course is an introduction to occupational hygiene theory, principles, and practice. It covers the recognition, evaluation, and control of common occupational health hazards including chemicals, biological agents, physical agents, and ergonomic issues. The course is not designed to prepare hygienists for practice. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 521 and SPH 521.


SPH 522 - Principles of Toxicology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course is geared to health care professionals who need to understand the basic principles of toxicology, to appreciate the physiological and/or biochemical mechanisms underlying target organ toxicity, and to able to make initial qualitative risk assessments on the potential toxicity of agents. It will emphasize toxins in the work and home environment. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 522 and SPH 522.


SPH 523 - Advocacy for Public Health View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the exciting world of public health advocacy and reflect the realities health policy in Canada today. It is expected that the class will become actively engaged in one of several group projects to develop an advocacy campaign. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 504 and SPH 523.


SPH 525 - Public Health Nutrition View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Nutrition is a major public health issue. Under-nutrition, malnutrition and over-nutrition all affect the health of individuals and mortality in developing countries, malnutrition to various nutrition related diseases and over-nutrition to obesity and numerous chronic diseases globally. The discipline of Public Health Nutrition focuses on the promotion of good health through nutrition and the primary prevention of nutrition related illness in the population. This course in Public Health Nutrition provides a broad knowledge base on causes and public health consequences of under-, mal- and over-nutrition, and address issues related to nutritional research methods, nutritional assessment methods, nutritional intervention strategies, and nutrition policies.


SPH 527 - Food Safety View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Providing students with an understanding of the principles of risk: benefit evaluations related to the metabolic consequences of exposure to food borne chemicals and therapeutic agents, and to safety concerns about foods. Lectures are the same as for NU FS 427, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of SPH 527, AFNS 527 or NU FS 427. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.


SPH 529 - Health Community and Development View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This graduate course is grounded in an ecological framework that explores three major components: health, community and development. An ecological framework allows us to explore these things in an interconnected manner. Health, defined from a broad social determinants of health view and both the principles and practice of community development will be examined from a theoretical and practical perspective. The phenomenon of 'development' will be critically analyzed. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


SPH 530 - This is Public Health View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(VAR, 3-0-0)

A survey of fundamental concepts in public health. Includes history and evolution of the field, views of health and wellness, global population health and its determinants, social justice and health inequities, systems thinking, core public health functions, strategies and interventions to improve public health, the assessment-planning-action-evaluation cycle, ethics and values, intercultural competence, ways of knowing, and the roles of evidence and knowledge translation. SPH 530 is the first required core course for the MPH degree.


SPH 531 - Statistical Methods in Health Research View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-1)

Basic biostatistical concepts and methods used in health science research including; the role of biostatistics in research including ethics-related issues and data management; exploratory data analysis and data presentation by tabulations and graphics; estimation and comparisons of means, proportions, rates; introduction to linear regression analysis; brief overview of logistic regression; and non-parametric methods. Credit will only be given for one of SPH 431, SPH 531, or SPH 519. Prerequisite: Introductory statistics course or consent of Instructor.


SPH 533 - Risk Communication View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Advanced principles, concepts, processes and strategies for the communication of risks to human health posed by potentially hazardous agents or situations. Topics include communication and risk communication theory, the risk communication process, and the role of risk communication as part of an integrated risk management strategy, as well as an in depth examination of empirical research methods and specific risk communication issues. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both HPS 516 and SPH 533.


SPH 535 - Using and Creating Evidence in Public Health Practice View Available Classes

★ 6 (fi 12)(VAR, 6-0-0)

An overview of the nature and sources of evidence that communities, governments, and academics use to make decisions affecting public health. Includes the matching research and evaluation questions to appropriate research designs and data, nature and limitations of qualitative and quantitative evidence, measurement concepts, analytic strategies, ethical considerations, quality appraisal and evidence synthesis, effective strategies for presenting data and communicating evidence to inform public health practice. Corequisite: SPH 530, 541, 536 or consent of instructor.


SPH 536 - Engagement for Public Health Action View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(VAR, 3-0-0)

Frameworks and skills for engaging a wide variety of publics - such as communities, government, NGOs, business, academia - to promote and protect health, prevent disease and injury, and improve population health outcomes. Emphasis is on skills for team building, generating consensus, deliberation, resolving conflicts, analyzing political and other contexts for public health interventions, and translating knowledge to inform public health practice. Co-requisites: SPH 530, 535, 541, 546 or consent of instructor


SPH 541 - Leadership and Professional Practice I View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(VAR, 2-0-0)

This workshop bridges academic coursework and public health practice. Emphasis is on development and practice of knowledge, skills, and behaviours needed to participate in and lead effective teams dedicated to improving public health. Students will work in interdisciplinary groups to develop critical thinking, respect for diversity, self awareness, intercultural competence, collaboration, deliberation, networking, engaging stakeholders, choosing appropriate strategies for generating and synthesizing evidence, applying ethical principles, and effective oral and written communication, by addressing current public health challenges. Co-requisites: SPH 530, 535, 536 or consent of instructor.


SPH 542 - Problem-Solving in Global Health Practice View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course will help students acquire and build conceptual tools and approaches to equip them for effective global health practice in low-income countries. It will draw on case material from diverse program experience, particularly in maternal-child heath. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 542 and SPH 542.


SPH 546 - Leadership and Professional Practice II View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(VAR, 2-0-0)

Building on Leadership and Professional Practice I, students will continue to practice and strengthen professional competencies through addressing more complex public health issues. Pre-requisites: SPH 530, 535, 541 or consent of instructor. Co-requisite: SPH 536 or consent of instructor.


SPH 547 - Leadership and Professional Practice III and Capping Project View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(VAR, 3-0-0)

Building on Leadership and Professional Practice I and II, students will work in interdisciplinary teams to analyze a complex public health challenge, propose strategies and interventions to address it, and design an implementation and evaluation strategy. Pre-requisites: SPH 530, 535, 536, 541, 546 and Specialization Required Courses.


SPH 550 - Introduction to Health Care Finance View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Financial structure of the health care system, Introduction to managerial accounting with special emphasis on the management of health care agencies. Principles of costing. Multiproduct and case mix measures. Resource use decisions, budgeting and control, and pricing analysis for health care organizations. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 550 and SPH 550.


SPH 555 - Foundations of Public Health Research View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The aim of this course is for students to gain competencies in three areas: determinants of health and strategies to address these; ontologies, epistemologies and research designs relevant to public health research; knowledge mobilization and engaged scholarship. Sessions will usually comprise introductory interactive presentations and small/large group discussions. Class time and assignments are aimed at enhancing students' understanding, critical analysis and application of key concepts and selected issues related to Public Health, research methods used in Public Health and Knowledge translation.


SPH 561 - Topics in Public Health View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(EITHER, 1-0-0)
There is no available course description.

SPH 566 - Special Seminars View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi VAR)(EITHER, VARIABLE)

Content varies from year to year. Topics are announced prior to registration period. The student's transcript will carry a title descriptive of the content. May be repeated.


SPH 570 - Introduction to Health Care Economics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A survey of health economic theory and empirical studies, topics and areas covered include: (1) demand, supply, and utilization; (2) production and costs; (3) resource allocation in health care labor markets; (4) selected facets of health care planning; (5) benefit cost analysis. The empirical studies examined in the course require an understanding of simple and multiple regression techniques. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 570 and SPH 570.


SPH 580 - Management and Design of Health Care Organizations View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to become effective managers and leaders in the health service organizations and health care systems. It facilitates this objective by providing a foundation for the acquisition of the knowledge of the managerial process through an analysis and understanding of the psychological, sociological and political basis of complex social systems, as well as providing a basis for acquiring conceptual and practical skills in the effective management and design of health service organizations and health care networks. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 580 and SPH 580.


SPH 581 - Transformational Leadership View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 2-1S-0)

This course is intended to provide students with an exploration of what leaders actually do, and with an understanding of the skill-sets necessary for driving transformational change in an organization on a continuing basis. It is very clear that successful leaders must be able to effectively lead change, particularly in today's fast-paced health environment. As part of this course, you will find yourself quickly developing an understanding of the process of change, the reasons why there is such a range in the quality of change leadership, and your own personal approach to becoming a successful change leader. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 581 and SPH 581.


SPH 582 - Human Resources in Public Health View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Develops a basic understanding of human resource trends and issues in public health organizations. Examines topics such as strategic health human resources; organizational effectiveness; healthy work environments; workplace culture; legal and policy frameworks; human resources planning and recruitment; selection, orientation, training, mentoring and career development; performance management and discipline; compensation and benefits; labour relations and collective bargaining; regulated health professionals; and other health human resources policy issues and challenges. Prerequisite: SPH 580 or consent of Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 582 and SPH 582.


SPH 593 - Issues in Injury Control View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An introductory course that highlights injuries as a major and neglected public health problem. Leading causes of injuries, including motor vehicle, falls, fires, violence, drowning, occupational, and recreational will be addressed in informal lectures and class discussions. The biomechanics of injury and the structure of emergency medical systems will also be covered. Prevention strategies and evaluation of various interventions will be introduced. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 593 and SPH 593.


SPH 596 - Epidemiology Methods I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An introduction to the theory of epidemiology with an emphasis on study design. Topics include the nature of epidemiologic reasoning, indices used to describe and measure health status, interpretation of studies, causation, descriptive studies, analytic studies, intervention studies, and ethics. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS/SPH 596 and SPH 597.


SPH 597 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology for Public Health View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The aim of this course is to promote an understanding of epidemiological methods and study designs and their application to improving human health, and is designed for students not specializing in epidemiology or biostatistics. Topics include measures of disease frequency, study design, bias, confounding, and assessing causation. A focus will be on critical review of epidemiologic studies through case studies. Students cannot receive credit for both PHS 596 and SPH 597. Prerequisite: Introductory statistics course or consent of Instructor. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


SPH 598 - Field Practicum View Available Classes

★ 6 (fi 12)(VAR, VARIABLE)

Public health practice is an integral part of the MPH degree. The practicum is a full-time hands-on experience in a public health work setting. It provides the opportunity for students to integrate and synthesize public health philosophy, theory and practice through application and critical assessment. Students contribute to a community or organization's capacity to critically assess public health issues, and design, implement and evaluate strategic initiatives, while at the same time gaining confidence and skills as public health professionals. Normally, the final course of the MPH degree. Prerequisites: SPH 530, 535, 536, 541, 546, 547, and Specialization Required Courses.


SPH 599 - Capping Project View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(VAR, VARIABLE)

MPH students will complete a project where they demonstrate their ability to integrate and synthesize public health concepts, principles and theories and apply their critical thinking skills in a project of relevance to the field of public health. Typically completed in the final term of the MPH program. Prerequisites: SPH 598 Field Practicum.


SPH 600 - Health Policy Development View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

An overview of the principles and methods underlying the analysis of health policy. Application of health policy principles to selected issues and problems in health policy. Prerequisite: SPH 500 or consent of Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 600 and SPH 600.


SPH 601 - Comparative Health Systems View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The course will provide a comparative analysis of models and practices across six countries that have universal health systems with some reference to selected other countries where innovative models exist. The first half of the course will focus on the foundations of health systems (Organization, Governance and Financing; Economics, Public/Private Models and System Performance; Human Resource Management and Demand/Utilization Management) to provide a grounding to understand the differentiating features of the six health systems. The second half will explore three themes of contemporary interest to the Canadian health system. These thematic areas will be primary health care, pharmaceutical policy and public health strategies.


SPH 602 - Engaged Scholarship for Health View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(EITHER, 0-2S-0)

An interdisciplinary seminar intended to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage effectively with communities and the health system in research and practice. Students will explore the concepts of engaged scholarship and how these can be best applied in their field of expertise to promote research that is both relevant and of high quality. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 602 and SPH 602. All PhD students are required to complete this course. Students can only receive credit for SPH 602 or 607 and 610. Prerequisite: SPH 603 and SPH 604 or consent of the instructor.


SPH 603 - Scientific Communication in Public Health View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(EITHER, 0-2S-0)

An interdisciplinary seminar designed to explore communication in public health including: written and oral communication of research to scientific and lay audiences, grant proposal and manuscript writing, poster and oral presentations. All PhD students are required to complete this course. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 603 and SPH 603.


SPH 604 - Advanced Theory and Research Methods in Public Health View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(EITHER, 0-2S-0)

Exploration of current topics in public health research including: epidemiology, health service delivery, health policy, sociobehavioural approaches, occupational and environmental health. All PhD students are required to complete this course. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 604 and SPH 604.


SPH 605 - Health Law and Administration View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The course will introduce students interested in careers in health administration and policy development to relevant issues in health law and risk management in the context of the Canadian legal and public health care systems. It will start with a discussion of the Constitutional foundation of health law in Canada with an analysis of Canada's Federal political structure, Federal and Provincial jurisdictions in health care, and the influence of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canada Health Act. It will introduce students to administrative structures and related law. The second part of the course will offer a practical exploration of issues that may confront health managers and policy makers, including medical negligence; informed consent; employment and labour law; contract law (e.g., procurement contracts); public health information; privacy and confidentiality; and regulation of health professions. Students will present papers on special topics in public health law such as infectious disease management, HIV/AIDS, vaccines, tobacco control, food-borne illnesses, intersections with criminal justice, Aboriginal peoples and public health, and genetics and public health. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 606 and SPH 605.


SPH 608 - Psychosocial Perspectives on Health View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A critical, interdisciplinary review of psychosocial health. Theoretical and methodological implications from a variety of disciplinary perspectives are considered. Prerequisite: SPH 501 or consent of Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both HPS 608 and SPH 608. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


SPH 609 - Individual Directed Reading and Research in Public Health View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

SPH 618 - Diversity and Health in Families and Communities View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Theoretical approaches and practical issues regarding the provision of health care in Canada with a focus on aboriginal, refugee and immigrant families. Human ecological models, health promotion, and ethical issues will be examined within a framework of cultural diversity. Pre and corequisite: SPH 501 or consent of instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both HECOL 618 and SPH 618. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both HPS 618 and SPH 618. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


SPH 619 - Biostatistics II View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-1)

Advanced biostatistical methods used to analyze epidemiologic data with an emphasis on multivariable regression. Topics include multiple regression, unconditional and conditional logistic regression and proportional hazards regression. Prerequisite: SPH 519 or consent of Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 698 and SPH 619.


SPH 622 - Theory and Practice of Health Promotion Interventions View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A critical examination of intervention strategies, implementation, and research evidence in health promotion practice. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both HPS 602 and SPH 622. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


SPH 623 - Qualitative and Community-Based Approaches in Health Research View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Theoretical understanding of qualitative and community-based research designs, including phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, biography and case study. Methods of data collection such as interviews, focus groups and participant observation. Strategies for data analysis and dissemination. Pre or corequisite: SPH 503 or consent of instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both HPS 603 and SPH 623. Credit may not be obtained for both HECOL 603 and SPH 623. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


SPH 631 - Health Program Evaluation View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Deals with the application of program evaluation for the health and social sciences fields. Emphasis is on the theory of program evaluation using various models, research design, and the application of these concepts by performing a program evaluation. Discussions will be centered around the ethics, reliability, validity, process, outcomes, and implications of various program evaluation models. Current and relevant publications in public health sciences complete this course. Prerequisite: SPH 630 or consent of Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 631 and SPH 631.


SPH 633 - Risk Communication View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Advanced principles, concepts, processes and strategies for the communication of risks to human health posed by potentially hazardous agents or situations. Topics include communication and risk communication theory, the risk communication process, and the role of risk communication as part of an integrated risk management strategy, as well as an in depth examination of empirical research methods and specific risk communication issues. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both HPS 616 and SPH 633.


SPH 640 - Introduction to Global Health View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The aim of this course is to enable students to increase their understanding of historical and current determinants of global health and of the interventions to reduce global health inequities. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 640 and SPH 640.


SPH 641 - Global Health Project Development View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This introductory course to global health project development familiarizes students with the logical frame planning approach. This planning method is a must by many international development agencies, e.g. the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the World Bank and many others. Through various stages of problem analysis, objective analysis and the development of the logical frame with planning indictors and assumptions, course participants learn how to apply this method in the context of a developing country. Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 641 and SPH 641.


SPH 671 - The Economic Evaluation of Health Care View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The application of economic principles to the evaluation of health care practices. The use of various outcome measures. Cost effectiveness and cost benefit analysis. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 671 and SPH 671.


SPH 673 - Technology Assessment for Health Care View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An overview of the nature, science and practicalities of health technology assessment (HTA), which can then be used as the basis for further work and research. Issues covered will include health care technologies and their management, methods used for assessment, sources of information and application of HTA findings to policy and administrative decisions. Emphasis placed on assessments that have been undertaken by national and regional agencies in Canada and other countries to provide information to governments, health care providers and others. Diagnostic, screening, rehabilitation and information technologies will be considered. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 673 and SPH 673.


SPH 680 - Health Care Marketing and Planning View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Health care marketing and planning involves the analysis, evaluation, implementation and control of carefully formulated programs designed to bring about voluntary exchanges with a target audience for the purpose of achieving organizational objectives. The purpose of this course is to provide the students with a general understanding of the contribution of marketing and strategic planning to the effective management of health care institutions and public health programs. The course facilitates this objective by providing a foundation for the acquisition of marketing concepts, terms, and skills relevant for understanding the role that marketing and planning play in health care institutions and health systems, the design of health care programs, and as a vehicle for social change. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 680 and SPH 680.


SPH 685 - Methods for the Assessment of Health-Related Quality of Life View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The primary objective is to provide students with the background knowledge and methodological skills to be discriminating and informed users of health-related quality of life measures and interpreters of HRQL evidence. Topics include uses of HRQL measures, various systems for classifying HRQL measures, methodologies for the assessment of reliability, validity, responsiveness, and interpretability, and conceptualization of major approaches for the development of HRQL measures (including psychometric, clinical, and economics and decision analytic approaches). Examples of different types of measures and their application in a wide variety of clinical areas are included. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 685 and SPH 685.


SPH 693 - Critical Appraisal of Health Science Literature in Epidemiology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Methods for efficiently and critically identifying, appraising, and applying the health sciences literature are learned in an interactive group setting. Topics include studies of prognosis, diagnosis, therapy, causation outcomes research, economic analysis, and systematic reviews. Prerequisite: SPH 596 or 597 or consent of Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 693 and SPH 693.


SPH 696 - Epidemiology Methods II View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Epidemiologic methods related to specific study designs and general issues relating to the conduct of epidemiologic studies at an advanced level. Topics covered include confounding, interaction, misclassification, matching, ecologic studies, justification of the odds ratio in case-control studies, and age-period-cohort analysis. Prerequisite: SPH 519 and 596 or consent of Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 696 and SPH 696.


SPH 697 - Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-2S/2-0)

This course provides a broad introduction to the knowledge needed to investigate and control infectious diseases. It covers the description, causes and modeling of epidemic and endemic infections, as well as intervention and prevention strategies. Selected infectious diseases are used as case studies. These provide understanding of the natural history, evolution, investigation, methods of control, and the costs and benefits of interventions in a legal and ethical policy context. Prerequisites: SPH 596, or equivalent, or permission of Instructor.


SPH 699 - Use and Analysis of Linked Administrative Health Data View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Administrative health data have been used widely for decision making and research in Canada and the world. Analysis of these data required knowledge of data features and unique analytical skills since data are not collected for research purposes. This course will help hone students data management and analytical skills to answer research questions using health systems data. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 699 and SPH 699.


SPH 719 - Biostatistics III View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Advanced biostatistical methods for the design and analysis with a special emphasis on applications for health sciences research. Topics include multinomial and ordinal logistic regression, Poisson and negative binomial regression, longitudinal and correlated data analysis methods (including generalized estimating equations and random-effects models), advanced survival analysis, principal component and factor analyses, and propensity score analysis. Prerequisites: SPH 619 or permission of the Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 798 and SPH 719.


SPH 766 - Advanced Epidemiology Methods View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

This is an advanced epidemiology methods course, designed primarily for doctoral students intending to conduct epidemiological research. Topics covered include advanced conceptual, methodological and practical issues in observational study designs and causal modeling; theoretical issues and practices in surveillance, primary data collection and use of administrative databases, advanced issues in assessing and controlling confounding, and unique challenges in doing epidemiological research in various topic areas. The overall goal of this course is to help prepare its graduates to conduct independent epidemiological research. Prerequisites: SPH 619 and 696 or consent of Instructor. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 766 and SPH 766.