Course Offerings


Upper Division

505. School Nurse Credential Program Orientation
Overview of the School Nurse Credential Program including coursework, expectations, timelines and basic skills needed to provide screening for vision, scoliosis, and dental needs. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: admission to the School Nurse Credential Program. (2 units)
510. Hospital Administration
Organization and administration of hospital facilities including planning and evaluation of services. Role of the hospital as part of the community. Formerly HSCI 427. Prerequisites: HSCI 271, and MGMT 302 or PSYC 302, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
512. Clinical Operations of Ambulatory Care/Group Practices
The management of physician practices, medical groups, and ambulatory care organizations such as imaging center, outpatient surgery centers and other outpatient services. Students will develop an understanding of issues and acquire skills in the management of non-acute care organizations owned or substantially controlled by physicians. Previously offered as a topic under HSCI 452. Prerequisite: HSCI 120 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
513. Managed Care Systems
Principles and processes of utilization management, risk contracting, capitation, provider contracting, contract negotiations, division of financial responsibility and Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) relationships, including quality outcomes measurements, patient satisfaction, and the specialist referral process. Prerequisite: HSCI 120 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
525. Health Data Analysis and Demography
Introduction to analysis of health data using statistical procedures, development of skills for determining analytical techniques and procedures for interpretation and presentation of resultant data; examination of sources and evaluation of demographic data and relationships to such topics as fertility, morbidity, mortality, population projection, life tables and migration. Prerequisites: HSCI 451 and MATH 305 or 350 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
530. Food-borne Illnesses and Their Prevention
Food-borne illnesses and food poisoning of microbial and chemical origins, causation and environmental control measures; proper environmental control measures; and proper environmental health conditions involved in storage, transportation and service of foods in order to minimize health dangers. Formerly HSCI 430. Prerequisite: HSCI 352. (4 units)
531. Bioterrorism
History, identification, properties and mode of transmission of agents of bioterrorism, including preventive, control and treatment measures against bioterrorism. Prerequisites: college-level biology and chemistry or consent of instructor. (4 units)
540. School Health Programs and Practices
Advanced examination of the teacher's role within a coordinated school health program. State and national guidelines are also reviewed. Prerequisite: must be a "2042" or Ryan credential candidate, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
550. Health Aspects of Death and Dying
Investigation into how the realities of death and loss influence the quality of a person's life and personal health status. The focus is on assisting students and professionals to develop the skills necessary to assist individuals deal with death, loss, grief, bereavement, and mourning in the healthiest ways possible. (4 units)
557. Hazardous Material Control
Major methods for the control of hazardous wastes from generation through disposal, including disease, environmental and legal aspects of hazardous wastes as well as discussion of various disposal techniques. Formerly HSCI 357. Prerequisites: college-level biology and chemistry courses. (4 units)
558. Management of Water Quality
Survey of water quality parameters and pollution control techniques. Includes in-depth discussion on current topics in water legislation, water pollution and its impact on public health, flood impacts, water conservation options and drought management. Prerequisite: prior or concurrent enrollment in HSCI 358 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
561. Maternal and Child Nutrition
Significance and role of nutrition during pregnancy, lactation, and childhood including undernutrition. (2 units)
562. Issues in International Nutrition
Incidence of malnutrition in developing and industrialized countries. Focus on the multiple causes of malnutrition around the world including food production and distribution, politics and economic policies. (2 units)
590. Current Topics in Health Administration and Planning
Presentation and analysis of a particular issue or topic in health services administration or planning. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (2 units)
595. Independent Study
Research in special topics or projects including literature review for laboratory and/or applied research under the direction of a faculty member. A written report of the end product must be submitted and approved by a committee of faculty. Review of literature alone on a specific topic may not be used for independent study. A total of eight units may apply toward graduation. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, consent of instructor, and departmental approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (1-4 units)


May not be taken by undergraduate students
600. Seminar in Health and Human Ecology
Philosophical foundations of health and human ecology. Historical, contemporary, and professional perspectives. (4 units)
601. Administration of Health Care Programs
Economic forces which impact on health and health delivery systems and an assessment of the distribution of financial resources required to sustain these systems. Emphasis on trends in financing health care and the economic influence of reimbursement policies on financial decision-makers. (4 units)
602. Management, Organization, and Planning
Organizational, environmental, socio/political, and behavioral aspects of health and health delivery systems. Ecological perspectives related to management and planning of health programs, including strategies to facilitate communication, decision-making, and problem solving and planning and administrative approaches in developing, modifying, and sustaining modern health systems. (4 units)
603. Health Economics and Financial Systems
Micro- and macroeconomic aspects of health services, various payment approaches, third-party reimbursement systems, budgeting and financial analysis, decision-making, and planning in health services and organizations. (4 units)
604. Theory and Practice of Interventions
Review of current theories and practices of effective prevention and intervention programs, including intervention mapping, program planning, and implementation in schools and community settings with youth. Prerequisite: HSCI 370 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
605. Health Care Accounting and Financial Analysis
Basic concepts, methods, and application of cost and accrual accounting, finance, and budgeting techniques and methods applied to health services and health care organizations, with computer application and analysis. (Also offered as ACCT 605. Students may not receive credit for both.) (4 units)
606. Advanced Program Evaluation
Advanced topics in health and human services program evaluation models, data collection, quantitative and qualitative methods, data analysis, and data interpretation. Prerequisites: HSCI 471; and HSCI 690 or EDUC 663; or consent of instructor. (4 units)
607. Cross Cultural Aspects of Health
Roles of cultures and their relationships to health status, health practices, and health-seeking behaviors. Influence of culture on research, statistics, and interventions, and provision of health services. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (4 units)
608. Health Research Methods
Social and behavioral research methods used in Public Health and Health Services Administration, including research design and methodological issues, qualitative and quantitative data collection strategies, and research proposal writing. Practical application of health data. Prerequisite: consent of applicable MPH or MSHSA program coordinator. (4 units)
610. Social and Behavioral Influences on Public Health
Social and behavioral determinants of health status, and identification and solution of public health problems including preventive care. Formerly HSCI 501. (4 units)
611. Public Health System Organization and Delivery
Public health system organization, function, financing, and public policy. Includes an examination of the relationship between the public health system and medical care systems. Formerly HSCI 502. (4 units)
612. Public Health Statistics
Statistical methods commonly used in the collection and analysis of public health data. Includes methods for descriptive data analysis, fundamentals of probability and sampling distributions, methods for statistical inference, and hypothesis tests based on one or two samples, basic concepts of regression, non-parametric statistics, and introduction to qualitative data analysis, and the use of statistical software. Hands-on experience, and interpretations of statistical findings of health research data. Formerly HSCI 503. (4 units)
613. Principles of Health Behavior
Application of psychological and behavioral sciences to health promotion and disease prevention strategies. Examination of factors that predispose, enable, and reinforce health-related behaviors, including the significance of social support, provider-client interactions, and the media. Prerequisites: HSCI 607, and classified status or consent of instructor. (4 units)
614. Health Education Practice
Effective public health interventions using the socio-ecologic framework as a foundation to explore various levels of intervention. Practical applications in planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs. Applying theory in diagnosing the nature of health and social problems, interpreting empirical research results, and planning health education and promotion interventions to improve public health. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (4 units)
615. Health Education Program Planning and Evaluation
Theory and practice of community health programs including strategic planning, community analysis and needs assessment, setting goals and objectives, implementation strategies, program evaluation, and grant writing. Prerequisites: classified status, prior or concurrent enrollment in HSCI 607, 613, and 614, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
616. Environmental and Occupational Health
Sources, routes, media, and health outcomes associated with chemical, physical, and biological agents in the environment; effects on water quality, air quality, food safety, land resources, and disease in community and occupational settings. Includes methods to identify and evaluate hazard sources and framework used to effect hazard control. Public health issues, research designs, factors important to the development of monitoring programs. Current federal legal framework, policies, and practices associated with environmental issues and intended to improve public health. Formerly HSCI 504. (4 units)
617. Epidemiology
Examination of epidemiologic concepts in relation to specific public health issues. Disease investigation techniques, causal factors, case histories, and related biostatistics are examined, including implications for public health policy and intervention. Formerly HSCI 506. Prerequisites: HSCI 610, 611, and 612. (4 units)
620. Advanced Topics in Epidemiological Methodology
Concepts and methodologies of contemporary epidemiology and their relationship to managing and planning health and environmental systems. Prerequisites: HSCI 451 and 690. (4 units)
621. Individual and Small Group Interventions in Health Promotion
Theories and strategies of individual and group intervention in behaviors related to premature morbidity and mortality. Includes assessment, intervention, planning and follow-up, referral skills for the health education/health promotion specialist. Formerly HSCI 560. Prerequisite: HSCI 604 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
622. Health Education Curriculum and Instruction
Health education curriculum development and implementation, including the parent-community advisory process, curriculum selection and alignment with state standards, course design, student grading and assignments, units of study and lesson plans, lesson presentations, and course evaluation methods. Formerly HSCI 591. Prerequisites: HSCI 432 and 433 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
623. Health Teaching Practicum
Classroom-based practice in teaching methods and materials used in secondary health education, including planning, class management, and student evaluation. One hour lecture and six hours laboratory. Formerly HSCI 592. Prerequisite: HSCI 622. (4 units)
632. Health Policy and Decision-Making
Issues and problems in the area of health administration. Emphasis on quality assurance, legal aspects, policy development, and decision-making as related to health care planning operations. Prerequisites: HSCI 271 and 600. (2 units)
635. Communication and Human Relations in Health Services
Techniques for effective written and oral communication at the interpersonal and organizational levels. Particular emphasis is placed upon enhancing human relations skills in health services settings. (4 units)
640. Administration of Health Education Programs
Current developments in health education related to management and planning of health promotion programs, including strategies to facilitate communication, decision-making, and problem solving. Prerequisites: classified status, prior or concurrent enrollment in HSCI 615, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
645. Information and Technology Systems Management in Health Services
Information systems, networks, and computer software systems, used in health services setting. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (4 units)
650. Administration of Environmental Management Programs
Analysis of local, state, and national environmental and occupational health programs including program planning and evaluation. Comparative study of international environmental management problems, styles, and techniques. Prerequisites: HSCI 352 and 600. (4 units)
651. Air Quality Management
Advanced concepts of air pollution and analysis of relationship among sources, meteorology, health effects, monitoring, sampling, and emission control systems. Laws and regulations with interpretation and application to the industry. Prerequisites: classified graduate status and HSCI 617, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
652. Industrial Hygiene
Principles and practices applied in industrial hygiene with regulations applicable to recognition, evaluation, and control of work place hazards including risk assessment, advanced techniques, and instrumentation used in the solution of work place hazards. Prerequisites: classified graduate status and HSCI 617 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
653. Health Law and Medical Ethics
Legal and ethical issues and practices related to health care delivery and health services administration. Ethical administrative behavior, standard of care, tort law, and professional liability, negligence and liability law, contracts, lawsuits, and civil liability process, corporate law and liability, antitrust, case law, and related health law issues are covered. (4 units)
654. Applied Vector Control
Principles and practices used in vector control programs, including advances in chemical and non-chemical control methods, environmental dynamics, and impacts of pesticides on public health and environmental quality, pesticide resistance in target species, pesticide legislation, and program funding. Prerequisites: classified graduate status and HSCI 617 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
659. Research Methods in Environmental Health Science
Research methods and application to contemporary environmental health problems. Data analysis and development of skills for determining appropriate analytical techniques and procedures. Prerequisite: HSCI 612 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
660. Advanced Topics in Health Science and Human Ecology
Analysis of current literature, practices, procedures, and issues in health science and human ecology at local, state, national, and international levels. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (2-4 units)
661. General Nutrition
Application of the principles of physiology to the study of nutrition emphasizing nutrient functions, nutrient requirements, and impact of diet on health and disease, including both macronutrients and micronutrients. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing and prior or concurrent enrollment in HSCI 617 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
663. Principles of Public Health Nutrition
Major nutrition-related diseases and their prevention, including effects of public policy on health status. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in one of the department's graduate programs, HSCI 661, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
664. Nutrition in Health and Disease
Descriptive epidemiology of several major chronic diseases, especially type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and AIDS. Focus on understanding the role, strengths, and limitations of nutritional epidemiology in researching the etiology of these diseases, and of public health nutrition as one avenue of response. Prerequisites: classified graduate standing in one of the department's graduate programs, prior or concurrent enrollment in HSCI 617 and 661, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
665. Strategic Planning and Evaluation
Community analysis including generating goals and objectives to implement effective community interventions. Logic models and program evaluation methodologies will be utilized to set parameters and to assure delivery of appropriate health services programs and outcomes. Organizational strategy evaluation, formulation, tactics, and development. (4 units)
667. Nutritional Assessment
Assessment of nutritional status of both individuals and populations for purposes of etiologic research and disease prevention and control. Use of biochemical, anthropometric, and questionnaire methods for assessment of diet, body composition, physical activity, and biochemical characteristics. Emphasis on methods appropriate for measurement of any exposure in epidemiological or population studies. Prerequisites: classified standing in the department's graduate program, prior or concurrent enrollment in HSCI 617 and 661, or consent of instructor. (4 units)
670. Directed Readings
Directed independent study of classic and contemporary writings in a defined area combined with scheduled individual and small group conferences with supervising faculty member. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of graduate coordinator. (1-4 units)
675. Administration Leadership, Team and Quality Development
Leadership skill development, including interface within public, private, and non-profit health organizations. Collaborative partnerships, issues of diversity in leadership, negotiation, conflict resolution, continuous quality improvement process and management, and attributes of leaders and leadership. Health administration team behaviors, actions, and approaches along with team development are analyzed. (4 units)
685. Health Services Administration Capstone Seminar
Integration and application of leadership theory and administrative skills and approaches as applied to the organizational and team management process and management of health services organizations. Prerequisites: HSCI 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 610, 611, 690, and concurrent enrollment in HSCI 645 and 675. (4 units)
689. Field Experience
A minimum of 30 hours for each unit of credit will be spent in a guided, structured, practical, educational experience in sites that may include public health offices, community health centers, clinical sites, nonprofit health agencies, worksite health promotion programs, or health care organizations, under the direct supervision of a preceptor at the site and guidance of the department. Letter of approval signed by site preceptor and faculty advisor to be filed in department office prior to beginning the field experience. May be repeated. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisite: consent of advisor. (2-8 units)
690. Graduate Research Methodology in Health Science
Graduate-level research methods and application to contemporary health problems in health services administration. Health data analysis and development of skills for determining appropriate analytical techniques and procedures. Four hours seminar and three hours data analysis laboratory. Materials fee required. Formerly HSCI 598. Prerequisite: HSCI 315 or consent of instructor. (5 units)
695. Capstone Seminar
Synthesis and integration of knowledge acquired in coursework. Special emphasis on the multidisciplinary analysis of complex public health issues. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy, completion of a minimum of 16 units in the student's advisement area, and concurrent enrollment in HSCI 696, 699, or 999. (4 units)
696. Project
Preparation of a project for the master's degree. Includes formal defense or professional presentation. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: completion of HSCI 608, 612, and at least 24 units of approved coursework; an officially appointed project committee; and advancement to candidacy. (4 units)
697. Administrative Residency
Supervised internship of 400 hours in sites such as hospitals, health plans, HMOs, medical groups, managed care organizations, private or public health services or agencies. Requires a rotation in administrative organization and function. Requires formal written report and presentation. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy and consent of department. (4 units)
698. Continuous Enrollment for Graduate Candidacy Standing
Independent study leading to completion of requirements (other than course work) for the master's degree. To retain classified standing in the master's program, a student must enroll in 698 each quarter until the project or thesis is accepted or the comprehensive examination passed. Cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. Students who enroll in 698 through the university have full use of all university facilities. See Page 370, Culminating Experience: Exam, Thesis, or Project. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy and approval of program graduate coordinator or, if an interdisciplinary studies major, consent of the Dean of Graduate Studies. 698 is a variable unit course, see Page 43 for fee schedule. Earned units are not degree-applicable nor will they qualify for financial aid. (0-6 units)
699. Thesis
Preparation of a thesis for the master's degree. Includes formal oral defense. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: completion of HSCI 608, 612, and at least 24 units of approved coursework; an officially appointed thesis committee; and advancement to candidacy. (4 units)
999. Comprehensive Examination
Assessment of student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the discipline, show critical and independent thinking, and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy, completion of a minimum of 16 units, approval of department, and good academic standing. (0 units)

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