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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Courses Graduate Courses (Masters and PhD) Public Health Graduate Courses
Public Health Graduate Courses

GRADUATE COURSES

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

Public Health 5010      Foundations of Public and Population Health
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Provides a broad introduction to Public Health. The course introduces students to such issues as disease prevention, prolonging life and promoting health and efficiency through organised community efforts.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Public Health 5030      Research Methods, Design and Analysis
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Provides theory and practice in design, sampling, data collection, analysis, and strategies of interpretative and critical inquiry. The course will introduce quantitative and qualitative methodologies applied to public health research.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Public Health 5050      Public Health Policy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A critical introduction to the features of health policy, policy analysis perspectives, and understanding health policy in the context of the Canadian health care system.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Public Health 5070      Epidemiology I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Intended to provide an overview and introduction to the fundamentals of epidemiology for students of public health or public health workers involved in any aspect of public health. Topics include measures of health status, risk evaluation and epidemiological study design including descriptive, approaches; validity issues; critical appraisal; sources of data; and data collection management.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Public Health 5210      Health Promotion and Illness Prevention
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The focus is on health promotion concepts, issues and trends inherent in interdisciplinary planning, delivery and evaluation of healthcare in northern, rural and remote communities, as well as on a national and international basis.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Public Health 5211      Public Health Ethics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A critical exploration of the ethical nature of public health, as well as ethical principles arising from the unique elements of public health. The course content will examine various issues including social justice, diversity, public or common good, the good of the individual vs. the collective and everyday ethics in practice.

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Public Health 5212      Canadian Health Care System
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Students will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of the health care system in Canada, including its history, evolution, and reform; enduring myths; sectors; funding; and current issues, trends and challenges.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Public Health 5213      Environmental and Occupational Public Health
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Students are provided with a general introduction to the environmental and occupational aspects of Public Health. Sample topics to be covered may include toxicology, risk assessment, and human influences on Public Health through development, pollution, and climate change. Aspects particularly relevant to the northern context will be emphasized.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Public Health 5250      Interprofessional Education and Wellness
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Students from different professions will come together to work in a collaborative, student-driven learning environment to explore the benefits and challenges of interprofessional teamwork. As a representative of his/her profession, the student will contribute his/her knowledge and expertise to the development of Wellness Management Plans which value and integrate multiple and sometimes divergent perspectives while fully respecting the client's goals. This course is case-based with a Northern Ontario context.
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
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Public Health 5270      Epidemiology II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Public Health 5070
Description: Epidemiology II will cover advanced topics in epidemiology.
Notes: Students must complete the Skills Enhancement Modules from the Health Promotion and Protection Branch of Health Canada prior to enrolment in Epidemiology II.
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Public Health 5330      Critical Appraisal
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Public Health 5030
Description: Additional opportunities will be provided to students in developing their critical appraisal skills of the literature. Using a number of published papers (primarily with a focus on Public Health) the students will examine the methodological and statistical approaches used and critique the papers. The main objective will be to develop critical skills and also to further sharpen the students' own methodological expertise. The objective is not to trash the literature but appraise in a constructive manner to advance science. The students will be expected to read all manuscripts and to participate in discussion.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Public Health 5331      Qualitative Inquiry
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The theoretical and paradigmatic assumptions of qualitative inquiry and various approaches to qualitative research are examined. Within the context of these approaches, qualitative methods will be discussed, with specific application to health research and public health.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Public Health 5332      Nursing Theory in Public Health
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The course content focuses on how nursing and related theories apply to public health nursing in community health practices, with emphasis on northern, rural and remote community health care.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.
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Public Health 5335      Social and Legal History of Public Health
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A critical overview of the social and legal history of public health initiatives in Canada. Areas to be investigated include: safe water and food regulation; treatment of venereal disease; vaccination; maternal and child welfare; the regulation of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs; injury prevention; and eugenics and genetic regulation. Throughout the course, race, ethnicity, gender and class will be prime considerations in understanding the differential impact of public health policies on various populations, Particular attention will be focused on aboriginal health and the problems of the public health model in this context.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Public Health 5337      Nursing Leadership
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Students will explore theories and concepts related to nursing leadership in community health practice. The focus will be on historical development and conceptualization of the roles and responsibilities of nurses working in public health and within the community, with a particular emphasis on northern, rural and remote health care environments.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.
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Public Health 5370      Field Epidemiology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Public Health 5070
Description: Students will learn to apply epidemiological methods to current issues from surveillance to emerging health problems such as potential outbreaks. Students wil enhance the knowledge acquired in the required Epidemiology course to develop inquiry and judgment skills in relation to epidemiological problems arising in the field.

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Public Health 5410      Survey Methods
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The survey methods course will cover methods for designing questionnaires and conducting surveys, with particular emphasis on evaluating the health status of individuals within a community.
Cross-List(s): Kinesiology 5410
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Public Health 5510      Program Planning and Evaluation
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Will examine methods of program planning and evaluation that are applicable to public health practice. Students will study frameworks for planning health service programs and evaluation strategies used to assess program effectiveness. Students will investigate methods for improvement of programs and for guiding resource allocation and/or policy development.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Public Health 5610      Pathophysiology for the Nurse Practitioner
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the MPH Director
Description: Theoretical and practice related concepts of pathophysiology are examined as a basis for advanced nursing practice. The course content will also explore alterations in physiological function with an emphasis on age-related, acute, episodic, and chronic conditions found in primary health care practice.
Cross-List(s): Nursing 5610
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.
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Public Health 5615      Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the MPH Director and Pre- or co-requisite: Public Health 5635
Description: Students will differentiate concepts and frameworks essential to advanced health assessment, clinical reasoning, and diagnosis in advanced nursing practice. They will also apply clinical, theoretical, scientific knowledge in comprehensive and focused health assessment, including history taking, physical examination, diagnostic reasoning, and interpretation for the individuals, diagnostic plan of care.
Offering: Seminar: 3 hours per week; Clinical practice: 6 hours per week
Notes: May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.
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Public Health 5616      Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the MPH Director, Public Health 5615 and 5635 and Pre- or co-requisite: Public Health 5636
Description: Students will learn to integrate conceptual frameworks integral to advanced health assessment, clinical reasoning and diagnosis in advanced nursing practice. They will also demonstrate substantive initiative, responsibility, and accountability in complex decision making for individual clients, groups, and/or communities within the nurse practitioner scope of practice.

Offering: Seminar: 3 hours per week; Clinical practice: 6 hours per week
Notes: May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.
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Public Health 5630      Nurse Practitioner Roles and Responsibilities
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the MPH Director
Description: Students will compare and contrast advanced practice nursing and related frameworks to develop, integrate, sustain, and evaluate the role of the nurse practitioner within primary health care. Critically analyze and develop strategies to implement advanced practice nursing competencies (research, leadership, collaboration, and health and social policy).
Offering: Seminar: 3 hours per week; Clinical Practice: 6 hours per week
Notes: May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.
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Public Health 5635      Therapeutics I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the MPH Director and Pre- or co-requisite: Public Health 5615
Description: Students will learn to critically appraise and interpret concepts and frameworks integral to pharmacotherapy, advanced counseling, and complementary therapies for common conditions across the lifespan. They will also learn to develop, initiate, manage, and evalute therapeutic plans for care that incorporate client values and acceptability, goals of therapy, analysis of different approaches, pharmacotherapeutic principles.
Offering: Seminar: 3 hours per week; Clinical practice: 6 hours per week
Notes: May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.
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Public Health 5636      Therapeutics II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the MPH Director, Public Health 5615 and 5635 and Pre- or co-requisite: Public Health 5616
Description: Students will learn to integrate conceptual frameworks and evidence underlying the study of pharmacotherapy, advanced counseling, and complementary therapies for complex client situations. They will also demonstrate substantive initiative, responsibility, and accountability in complex decision-making.
Offering: Seminar: 3 hours per week; Clinical practice: 6 hours per week
Notes: May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.
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Public Health 5710      Special Topics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A study of specific topics in public health. Selection of topics may vary from year to year.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Public Health 5750      Directed Studies
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A course in specialized readings may be arranged between students and faculty members. Before registering for this course, students must obtain the written permission of the core faculty member who will direct their work.
SpecialTopic: Y
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Public Health 5805 (9805)      MPH Practicum and Project
Credit Weight: 1.5
Description: The student must complete a 400-hour practicum under the supervision of a Practicum preceptor and a Program advisor. The practicum experience is intended to provide the student with a real-world experience in a Public Health setting. A written report would be expected from the student at the end of the practicum.
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Public Health 5840      Nurse Practitioner Integrative Practicum
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the MPH Director and   Public Health 5610, 5615, 5616, 5630, 5635, 5636
Description: The Integrative Practicum synthesizes the competencies essential to advanced nursing practice to provide primary health care for clients across the life span. Students will demonstrate autonomy, decision-making, and critical analysis of organizational and system issues that influence scope of practice, professional accountability, and outcomes. The practicum is normally taken from May to August. Students may not begin their practicum until all other courses of the program have been successfully completed.
Offering: Seminar: 3 hours per week; Clinical practice: 7 hours per day for 13 weeks (455 hours)
Notes: May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.
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Public Health 5901 (9901)      Master's Thesis
Credit Weight: 2.0
Description:
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