Division of Community Health and Humanities

Graduate Programs - Course Description

The Graduate Programs in Community Health combines course work, field work and seminars.  Special courses may be offered each year depending on student demand. 

MED6095 - Health Technology Assessment
The objective of this course is to provide students with knowledge of health technology assessment concepts and the skills to apply them to health policy and decisions which are made in resource allocation.A special emphasis will be placed on contextualizing health technology assessment evidence to local policy issues.Students will learn how to find, assess, and apply health technology assessment as well as clinical epidemiology and health economic concepts to critically analyze and inform health care policy issues.

MED6102 - Critical Theory in Health & Society
This course provides an in-depth examination of critical social science theory in relation to health. It focuses especially on theoretical questions of how one frames 'illness', 'health', 'healing' or 'medicine' as an object of study. 

Prerequisite: MED6220 (Introduction to Community Health)

MED6104 - Critical Studies of the Body, Weight and Health in Contemporary Western Society
This course will examine the production of the body, weight and health in contemporary Western society, using critical perspectives. Students will get acquainted on key feminist, postmodernist, materialist and cultural studies of the body.

MED6108 - Directed Readings I
Students have the option of taking a directed reading course with a faculty member of the Division of Community Health & Humanities provided a suitable graduate course is not available in the current curriculum and provided the course does not overlap significantly with a course taken previously. The course should be directly related to the student's program of study. Normally, students may take only one directed reading course.

MED6109 - Directed Readings II
This readings-based course is directly related to a student’s program of study. A reading list is based on student’s topic area and is determined at beginning of semester in consultation between student and instructor. This course is only available to students who have completed MED6108.

MED6199 - Health Sciences:  Writing and Grantsmanship 
This elective is ideal for students who want to grow their knowledge and skills with academic writing in a space where they can share and receive regular feedback on a writing product of their choosing. An example of an academic writing product is a research proposal, a grant proposal, a thesis chapter, a journal article or a policy brief. The learning outcomes and evaluation elements are individualized to meet the learning needs of each student. Each seminar addresses one aspect of the paper-writing process and includes time for writing practice and feedback. Students are equipped with strategies for structuring the content and adhering to guidelines for format and style appropriate to their intended audience.
Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor.

MED6200 - Biostatistics
The overall aim of this course is to review elementary biostatistics and introduce the concepts underlying univariate and some multivariate inference.Participants will be introduced to the analysis of biomedical and community health data using SPSS software.

MED6220 - Introduction to Community Health
The overall aim of this course is to introduce participants to the basic principles, concepts and practices of contemporary Community Health.

MED6225 - Health Inequities and the Social Determinants of Health
The main purpose of this course is to explore in-depth how social, cultural, economic, and political forces, clustered under the conceptual development of the social determinants, influence people's health and the differentiated distribution of morbidity and mortality rates among populations.

MED6270 - Introduction to Epidemiology
The overall aim of this course is to introduce students to the uses of epidemiology in clinical medicine and in disease prevention and health promotion at the individual, family and community level.

MED6274 - Chronic Disease Epidemiology
Designed for graduate students in community health and those interested in chronic disease epidemiology, this course provides a good opportunity for students to broaden their understanding on major chronic diseases in Canada in terms of the determinants, impact and disease control. It emphasizes the research aspects of chronic diseases epidemiology and how the basic techniques of epidemiology and biostatistics are applied in the chronic diseases.  
NOTE: Completion of Introduction to Community Health (MED6220) and Biostatistics (MED6200) are helpful, but not required.

MED6275 - Epidemiology II
This advanced course in Epidemiology is intended to provide a more in depth understanding of the important epidemiology methods with the primary focus on data analysis and results interpretation.It is designed for MSc and PhD candidates in epidemiology or biostatistics streams who wish to gain a deeper understanding in quantitative issues that arise in the planning, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiologic research studies.It explores some key epidemiologic concepts in more depth and introduces a number of commonly used analytical methods that are not found in introductory epidemiology.  
Prerequisite: MED6270 (Epidemiology I)

MED6276 - Current Topics in Canad's Health Care System
This course examines the organization and delivery of health care in Canada and explores current debates about the provision and funding of health services. Students will compare Canada’s health care system to other health systems and gather evidence to explore and understand current issues in health policy.
Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to Community Health (MED6220) or have professor’s approval

MED6277 - Issues in Northern, Rural, and Remote Health
The goal of this course is to explore health and healthcare in northern rural and remote Canada, with a particular emphasis on northern, rural and remote health issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.

MED6278 - Adv Biostatistics for Health Research
Students will be introduced to advanced statistical methods required for the analysis of studies in public health and biomedical research.  
Prerequisite: Completion of Biostatistics (MED6200)

MED6279 - Adv Quantitative Methods for Applied Health Research
This course examines quantitative methods that are commonly used in applied health services research studies. Students will develop and critically appraise research proposals and will be introduced to peer review.  
Prerequisite: Completion of Community Health Research Methods (MED6280) and Introduction to Community Health (MED6200); completion of MED6270 is highly recommended

MED6280 - Community Health Research Methods
This required course introduces research methods appropriate to Community Health, including both quantitative and qualitative methods. The emphasis given to specific topics may vary for each instructor, but for both approaches to research will cover study design, sampling and protocol; ethical considerations; and critical analysis of published research. For quantitative methods, the course covers hypothesis development and testing; data collection and analysis through surveys, questionnaires, and observational studies; descriptive and inferential statistics. For qualitative methods, the course covers data collection and analysis through interviews, focus groups, participant observation, field research, action research, and textual and historical sources.  
NOTE: This course serves as a pre-requisite for required advanced courses: either qualitative methods MED6294 or quantitative methods MED 6275.

MED6288 - Policy and Decision Making
The overall aim of this course is to explore how Canadian policy, and health policy in particular, is developed, implemented, and evaluated. Throughout this course, students will gain an understanding of the complex factors and processes at play in the health policy arena in this country and have an opportunity to further develop skills in the areas of critical appraisal and policy synthesis.

MED6293 - Knowledge Transfer & Research Uptake
The overall aim of this course is to examine peer reviewed and “grey” literature, websites and written and oral assignments to explore the facilitators and barriers to the use of research evidence in decision-making in the health care system. The course will introduce students to research transfer methods to enhance the dissemination and implementation of research findings in clinical, management, and policy decisions.  
Prerequisite: MED6220 (Intro to Community Health) or permission of course professor.

MED6294 - Advanced Qualitative Research
The overall aim of this course is to facilitate an advanced reflection about the theoretical, epistemological, ethical and political issues underlying different forms of qualitative health research, methodologies and methods. This course also provides practical training in conducting and analysing individual interviews and focus groups.  
Prerequisite: MED6280 (Community Health Research Methods)

MED6295 - Adv Quantitative Methods
This course will expose students to a variety of more advanced quantitative and statistical approaches to research methodology. Students are provided the tools to conduct advanced quantitative empirical research, and to further develop their ability to critically evaluate the work of others.
Prerequisite: Completion of Community Health Research Methods (MED6280) is normally required

MED6297 - Theories of Social Justice in Health
This core course in the Social Justice and Health stream of the PhD program provides an in-depth analysis of issues of social justice in health and health care. It is comprised of three components: (1) introduction to the subject on a theoretical and conceptual level; (2) application of these theories and concepts to contemporary issues and debates in health and healthcare; and (3) examination of strategies for addressing contemporary issues in social justice and health. This course will examine how oppression at personal, structural, and systemic levels affects different groups in society.

MED6400-6403 - Graduate Seminar Series (MSc)
MED6410-6413 - Graduate Seminar Series (PhD)
The aim of the seminar course is to expose participants to research in community health and related disciplines.

MED6700-6701 - Public Health Seminars
This course is designed to address special topic areas such as public health law, public health leadership and emerging public health issues.

MED6710 - Workplace Practicum
The practicum will be a semester long project for MPH students who do not have extensive public health experience. The student works with an organization to study or work on the delivery of some aspect of public health and will produce two main deliverables: A term project and a weekly journal.

MED6711 - Capstone Project
This is a semester long project for MPH students who have significant public health practice experience. It will be an alternative to MED6710 for eligible students and will consist of designing a research question, reviewing published literature and other relevant resources, reviewing a research plan and developing a report and presentation.

MED6721- Disease & Injury Prevention
This course examines the impact of disease and injury on the public’s health and addresses a comprehensive approach to prevention and control.

MED6722 - Environmental Health
This course examines important issues in environmental health and discusses the methods and tools used to assess and manage these issues.

MED6723 - Health Promotion
This course addresses the principles and practices of health promotion as a process of enabling individual and communities to increase control over and improve their health.

MED6724 - Communicable Diseases
This course addresses the principles and practices of the prevention and control of communicable diseases and the associated public health responsibilities.

MED6725 - Public Health Leadership & Management
This course will examine leadership and management skills relevant to public health practice. Students will explore and develop skills in the areas of leadership theory, strategic planning, program evaluation, financial management, project management, quality management processes, risk management, team building, decision-making, disaster management. Course work will give a broad based understand of the principles and practice of accepted management practice related to public health.

MED6726 - Program Development in Public Health
This course will provide students with the basic skills necessary to develop and evaluate a program in the public health field

MED6730 - Professional Practice
This course introduces students to relevant issues and skills required by today's health professionals. Concepts are addressed through such methods as presentations, discussions, professional panels, and workshops. Topics include the interprofessional approach to healthcare, professional ethics, mentorship/preceptorship, conflict resolution, and written and oral communication.

MED6731 - Community Nutrition
This course introduces students to the study and application of nutrition concepts as they apply to groups of people. Students will develop an appreciation for the role played by nutrition and dietetics in the context of population health.

MED6800 - Health Ethics Theory
This course discusses theories and methods used in reasoning about ethical issues in health care.

MED6801 - Important Cases in Health Ethics
Students will learn important concepts and norms in health ethics through the study of cases that have influenced the development of the field.

MED6803 - Research Ethics
In this seminar we will examine the historical roots of modern research ethics both in Canada and abroad, and address some of the on-going issues that continue to challenge researchers and ethics oversight bodies. Students will become familiar with major national and international governance documents including the Tri-Council Policy Statement (Canada), the Common Rule (USA) and International documents such as the Declaration of Helsinki and the International Committee on Harmonization-Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP). By the end of the seminar students should be conversant with the various phases of Randomized Clinical Trials (RCTs), with the ethical challenges presented by conducting such research and by alternative research methodologies such as adaptive designs. Other topics to be discussed include the use of placeboes in clinical trials, research in indigenous communities, whether it is appropriate to use the results of unethical research, as well as others.

MED6804 - Public Health Ethics
Public health practice is beset with ethical issues. Public health activities are directed at the health of the population as a whole. Sometimes, this focus can conflict with the rights of individuals. This course will be devoted to ethical analysis of issues in public health such as: coercion in public health interventions, resource allocation, the ethics of vaccine programs and vaccine research, and the perennial concern of balancing individual rights versus the common good.

MED6806 - Introduction to the Canadian Health System
This course provides a broad overview of the Canadian healthcare system.  It examines its history and evolution and includes important milestones in the development of federal and provincial health policy and current health system issues.

MED6807 - Special Topics in Health Ethics
The purpose of this seminar is to explore a broad range of theoretical and practical issues that arise in genetic research and clinical practice. Topics may inbclude: reproductive ethics, neuroethics, end-of-life care, ethics and genetics, mental health ethics, disability theory, technology and ethics, and so on.

MED6815 - Health Ethics Practicum
The goal of this course is to introduce students to practical experiences in clinical ethics, research ethics, and ethical issues in health policy.

MED6820 - Health Ethics Research Papers
This course is one of three options for the final project in the Master of Health Ethics program. Students research and write three high-quality research papers in health ethics.

MED6825 - Health Ethics Capstone Project
This course is one of three options for the final project in the Master of Health Ethics program. Students develop and complete an ethics project that addresses a practical need within a healthcare organization or institution.