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SPPH: School of Population & Public Health

As of July 1, 2015, the IHHS courses have been distributed among the following units: School of Social Work, School of Population and Public Health, and Faculty of Land and Food Systems.


SPPH 200 (3) Understanding the Sociocultural Determinants of the Health of Populations
The Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course covers the idea of "population health," and the implementation and evaluation of programs or policies to improve health. Open to all students. Credit will be granted for only one of SPPH 200 or IHHS 200. [3-0-0]
SPPH 300 (3) Working in International Health
This is a tutored, web based Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course on planning/preparing for work in a developing country. Causes of ill health amongst populations living in poverty; analysis of available solutions. Health Science background not essential. Credit will be granted for only one of SPPH 300 or IHHS 300.
SPPH 301 (3) Understanding the Sociocultural Determinants of the Health of Populations
The Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course covers the idea of "population health," and the implementation and evaluation of programs or policies to improve health. Open to all students. Credit will be granted for only one of SPPH 200 or IHHS 200. [3-0-0]
SPPH 302 (3) Topics in Health Informatics for Health/Life Sciences Students
Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course. Credit will be granted for only one of SPPH 302 or IHHS 302.
SPPH 381 (1.5/3) d Selected Topics
By seminar and directed readings, certain topics of current interest are explored in depth.
SPPH 400 (3) Statistics for Health Research
Planned collection, numeric and graphic summarization, and elementary statistical analysis of data. Examples primarily from health sciences illustrate standard techniques for parametric and non-parametric hypothesis testing; regression and correlation; contingency tables. Also randomization, "blindfolding" and other specifically biomedical topics in statistics. Class size may be limited. [3-0]
Prerequisite: Ability to use high school Algebra and simple graphs.
SPPH 404 (3) First Nations Health: Historical and Contemporary Issues
This Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) covers an epistemological approach that considers the determinants of health and spiritual-environmental-cultural perspectives. Credit will be granted for only one of SPPH 404 or IHHS 404. [3-0-0]
SPPH 406 (3) Aging from an Interdisciplinary Perspective
This Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course covers issues associated with aging in our society. For students registered in health and human services programs only. Credit will be granted for only one of SPPH 406 or IHHS 406.
SPPH 408 (6) Topics in Aboriginal Health: Community-based Learning Experience
In-depth cultural and interprofessional learning experience that enables students to live and study in BC First Nations communities while learning about health, wellness, and community strengths from a local perspective. Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course. Credit will be granted for only one of SPPH 408 or IHHS 408.
SPPH 409 (3) International Indigenous Experiences of Colonization
This Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course is an online, interprofessional, comparative inquiry of indigenous experiences of global colonization and the manifestations of that experience in the contemporary socio-cultural environment. Informed and guided by indigenous knowledge and drawing upon a range of disciplines such as public health, history, sociology and public policy. Credit will be granted for only one of SPPH 409 or IHHS 409.
SPPH 410 (3) Improving Public Health: An Interprofessional Approach to Designing and Implementing Effective Interventions
This Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course promotes collaborating interprofessionally. Each student team will identify and research a critical public health issue, and develop a detailed practical and effective intervention. Intended for students in health and human service programs. Credit will be granted for only one of SPPH 410 or IHHS 410.
SPPH 411 (3) Violence Across the Lifespan
This Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course covers violence in families across the lifespan. Particular emphasis on intersections of race, class, and gender; the long-term impact of childhood exposure to violence; and prevention-focused initiatives. Credit will be granted for only one of SPPH 411 or IHHS 411.
SPPH 481 (1-6) d Special Topics in Population and Public Health
Selected topics will vary. Multiple versions may be taken. This course takes an interprofessional approach and population/public health perspective in addressing current issues in healthcare and health-related fields.
SPPH 500 (3) Analytical Methods in Epidemiological Research
Basic epidemiological designs as a framework for commonly used biostatistical techniques such as the Mantel-Haenszel, chi-squared, linear and logistic regression, and survival analysis. Computer packages will be available for computation of assignments. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of HCEP 400, HCEP 502 or (b) all of SPPH 400, SPPH 502 or (c) all of SPPH 567, SPPH 502.
SPPH 501 (3) Analysis of Longitudinal Data from Epidemiological Studies
To explore and compare methods of analyzing continuous and categorical longitudinal data. The issues of missing data and errors in measurement/misclassification will be covered in depth. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of HCEP 400, HCEP 500, HCEP 502 or (b) all of SPPH 400, SPPH 500, SPPH 502 or (c) all of SPPH 500, SPPH 502, SPPH 567.
SPPH 502 (3) Epidemiological Methods 1
Sources and uses of epidemiologic data for health services planning and administration including methods of data collection and study design. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Enrolment in a Health Care and Epidemiology graduate program, or permission of instructor.
SPPH 503 (3) Epidemiological Methods 2
Critical thinking in epidemiology; principles and methods of study design; context for epidemiological investigations of human health. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of HCEP 400, HCEP 502 or (b) all of SPPH 400, SPPH 502.
SPPH 504 (3) Application of Epidemiological Methods
This second level course will teach research trainees to apply methods taught in prior courses towards the development of a fundable research protocol and the analysis and interpretation of real epidemiologic data. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of HCEP 400, HCEP 500, HCEP 502 or (b) all of SPPH 400, SPPH 500, SPPH 502 and one of SPPH 503, SPPH 506, SPPH 519, SPPH 530.
SPPH 505 (3) Scientific Basis for Epidemiological Thinking
The course will provide a framework for students to use epidemiological and other scientific evidence to make decisions about causation and to recommend policy actions. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 506 (3) Quantitative Research Methods
Major quantitative research designs, measurement reliability and validity, common data sources used, internal and external validity, research proposals, and peer review. Credit will be granted for only one of SPPH 506 or SPPH 548. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 507 (1.5) M.Sc. Research Seminar
SPPH 507 in conjunction with SPPH 607 is a required course for students in the M.Sc. program. Students present and discuss their research and other topics of interest. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 508 (6) M.P.H. Practicum
Includes a significant component of applied epidemiology and biostatistics in a field setting. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: SPPH 400, SPPH 502, SPPH 524, SPPH 525
SPPH 509 (3) Genetic Epidemiology
Human genetics and genomics, behavioural, social, and environmental factors in modifying or influencing genetics in the manifestation of disease. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: SPPH 502
SPPH 510 (3) Survey Methods in Health Measurement
Concepts and techniques of measurement in epidemiological research. Topics covered include validity, reliability and misclassification, scale design and the construction of questionnaires and indices for both health outcomes and exposures. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Either (a) HCEP 400 or (b) SPPH 400.
SPPH 511 (3) Cancer Control and Epidemiology
Collection and analysis of epidemiological data on cancer; genetic, occupational, and other risk factors; analytic techniques; cancer control, prevention, screening, early detection, and policy issues. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: SPPH 502 or equivalent.
SPPH 512 (3) The Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials
Ethical considerations, intention-to-treat versus efficacy trials, principles of sampling and exclusion, methods of allocation and techniques of randomization, parallel versus cross over design, monitoring treatment outcomes, adverse effects, stopping rules, analytic techniques and data interpretation, and logistical issues in the management of clinical trials. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Either (a) one of HCEP 502, HCEP 513 or (b) one of SPPH 502, SPPH 513.
SPPH 513 (3) Clinical Epidemiology
Principles and methods of epidemiology are applied to clinical problems. Evaluation and design of laboratory and clinical tests and of therapeutic interventions. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Either (a) one of HCEP 400, HCEP 502 or (b) one of SPPH 400, SPPH 502.
SPPH 514 (3) Decision Analysis in Health Care
Methods and application of decision analysis to improve health from the perspective of the policy maker, health professional, and patient. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of HCEP 400, HCEP 502 or (b) all of SPPH 400, SPPH 502.
SPPH 515 (3) Surveillance and Monitoring in Public Health
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: Either (a) all of HCEP 400, HCEP 502 or (b) all of SPPH 400, SPPH 502.
SPPH 516 (3) Methods for Systematic Reviews in Health Research
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 517 (3) Clinical Research methods for Surgical Procedures
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 518 (3) Mathematical Modeling of Communicable Diseases
Application of mathematical models in understanding communicable disease dynamics and control; interpretation of model outcomes; modeling methods and their applications. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 519 (3) Qualitative Methods in Health Research Design
Purposes, context, procedures, and relationships within qualitative health research and methologies. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 520 (3) Control of Communicable Disease
Epidemiology of viral, bacterial and parasitic infections with emphasis on the control of these infections in human populations. Immunization programs will be stressed. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of HCEP 400, HCEP 502 or (b) all of SPPH 400, SPPH 502.
SPPH 522 (3) Topics in Environmental Health
Role of air, water, food and solid waste as sources of human health risks; global environmental health issues; sustainability. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 523 (3) Global Health and Human Security
Global threats to human health stemming from conflict, poverty, and environmental degradation. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 524 (3) Core Biological Concepts of Public Health Practice
Cell biology, microbiology, molecular science, genetics, physiology, and evolution. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 525 (3) Issues and Concepts in Public Health
History of public health research and practice; occupational and environmental health; health services and systems; social and lifecourse determinants of health; and population health and emerging trends. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 526 (3) Leadership in Public Health
Organizational structure; engaging others in an organization; inter-organizational networking; building coalitions; identification of opportunities to bring change to organizations through knowledge development, management, synthesis, and implementation. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 527 (3) Social Determinants of Health
Foundational thinking giving rise to the concept of population health. Overview of the current state of research. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 528 (3) Rural and Remote Health
Issues and solutions to delivery of health services to underserved rural populations. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: SPPH 400, 502.
Corequisite: SPPH 500
SPPH 529 (0) Major Essay
Required for all M.H.Sc. students.
SPPH 530 (3) Epidemiology of Occupational and Environmental Health
Design and analysis of etiologic research in occupational health. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: SPPH 502 or permission of the instructor.
SPPH 531 (3) Health Care Systems Analysis
Theory, concepts, measurement, and practical skills using administrative data for analysis of health care systems. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 532 (3) Environmental Health Risk Assessment and Communication
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 533 (3) Toxicology and Public Health
Mechanism of action of commonly encountered occupational toxic agents; relevance of laboratory and epidemiological evidence. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
SPPH 534 (3) Occupational Health and Illness Processes
Occupational diseases; research, historical perspectives, and surveillance. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 535 (3) Principles of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Scientific basis for the recognition, evaluation, and control of chemical, physical, and biological, exposures; standard setting; exposure monitoring methods. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Equivalency: OCCH 501.
SPPH 536 (3) Aboriginal People and Public Health: Ethics, Policy, and Practice
Experience of colonization; Indian Act; the histories and intergenerational impact of the residential school; child-welfare systems; communicable disease prevention; the challenge of ethical public health practice; and traditional healing. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 537 (3) Perinatal Epidemiology
Indicators of maternal/newborn well-being across population subgroups, changing trends in obstetrical intervention, perinatal morbidity, and the analysis of perinatal data. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: SPPH 400, SPPH 502
Corequisite: SPPH 500
Equivalency: OBS 507.
SPPH 538 (3) Application of Ethical Theories in the Practice of Public Health
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 539 (3) Epidemiology of Aging and Chronic Diseases
Biology of aging, epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, neoplasms, osteoporosis and fractures, psychosocial factors and health in old age, dementias, functional status, and prevention of disease. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: SPPH 502, SPPH 524
SPPH 540 (3) Program Planning and Evaluation
Examines the concept of evaluation in health services and how various methodological approaches can be used in evaluative studies. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of HCEP 400, HCEP 502 or (b) all of SPPH 400, SPPH 502.
SPPH 541 (3) Economic Evaluation
Economic evaluation of health service interventions and programs, with emphasis on methods and components of program costing. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 542 (3) Canadian Health Policy
Analysis of the evolution and structure of the Canadian health care system. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 543 (3) Health Technology Assessment for Health Policy
This course is an advanced program evaluation course. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Either (a) HCEP 502 or (b) SPPH 502.
SPPH 544 (3) Socal Determinants of Health Across the Life Course
The social determinants of health have profound impacts on inequities across the life course, as do population-level interventions. Builds on SPPH 527, with an emphasis on life course perspectives and vulnerable populations. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 545 (3) Community Health Promotion
Practice and community-based (participatory) research related to health promotion, including its historical and philosophical roots. Application of social and behavioural theories to participatory research and the planning, implementation, and evaluation of community health promotion initiatives. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 547 (3) Health Care Priority Setting
Resource allocation, economics and ethics based approaches for decision making, uptake of evidence to inform resource use in health care. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 550 (3) Public Health Approaches to Substance Use and Addictions
Critical examination of strategies regarding addictive behaviours, substance use and related problems, in the context of a multidisciplinary approach. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 552 (3) Risk and Communication in Public Health
Theory and practice of risk communication in public health, basic principles underlying effective science communication with peers, the media, and the public. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 554 (3) Addiction and Mental Health
Severe addiction and mental illness and the systemic context in which they occur. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 555 (3) Principles and Practices of Injury Prevention
Injury epidemiology; surveillance; development, implementation, and evaluation techniques of preventive strategies; determinants of health; social marketing; injury policy; evidence-based prevention strategies; utilization of injury datasets. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 559 (3) Major Essay
Required for Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) non-thesis program. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 562 (3) Chemical and Biological Hazard Measurement
Industrial hygiene and environmental exposure monitoring, methods, and instrumentation, and theory. Laboratories demonstrate workplace sampling and analysis techniques. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. [2-3]
Prerequisite: SPPH 535.
SPPH 563 (3) Technical Aspects of Chemical and Biological Hazard Control
Industrial ventilation, heating and air conditioning systems, respiratory protection, chemical protective clothing. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: SPPH 535.
SPPH 565 (3) Ergonomics
Human factors in workplace design, anthropometry, work physiology. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 566 (3) Occupational Hygiene Practice
Application of occupational hygiene principles using field investigations, critical appraisal of results, and communication with labour and management. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. [2-3]
Prerequisite: SPPH 562.
Corequisite: SPPH 563.
SPPH 567 (3) Quantitative Methods for the Assessment and Analysis of Exposure Data
Determinants of exposure, sampling strategies. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Introductory statistics.
SPPH 568 (3) Safety
Safety management; systems analysis; accident investigation; collection of accident data; fault trees; total loss control. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 570 (6) Current Issues in Public Health Practice
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 571 (3) Public Health, Transportation, and the Built Environment
Health issues associated with transportation and the built environment; design of urban form for non-motorized transportation for the improvement of personal and environmental health; factors that impact transportation choices; applying findings from research to specific transportation planning processes and projects. Credit will be granted for only one of PLAN 579 or SPPH 571. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Equivalency: PLAN 579.
SPPH 580 (3/6) d Directed Studies
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 581 (1.5/3) d Selected Topics
By seminar and directed readings, certain topics of current interest are explored in depth. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 598 (6) Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Project
Applied project on approved topic based on practicum: requires a written and oral report. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 599 (12) M.Sc. Thesis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 607 (1.5) Ph.D. Research Seminar
Required course in Ph.D. program. Topics of current interest will be presented and discussed by students and various faculty. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 621 (3) Approaches to Enquiry in Population and Public Health
Research approaches in the area of population and public health; focus on developing research questions and the centrality of research questions in conducting research. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 681 (1.5/3) d Selected Topics
By seminar and directed readings, certain topics of current interest are explored in depth. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
SPPH 699 (0) Doctoral Dissertation
SPPH 710 (0) Current Issues in Public Health Practice
SPPH 711 (0) Field Experience
A series of visits to facilities and organizations related to Community Medicine Practice. Directed by Faculty. At least four hours per month.
SPPH 712 (0) Supervised Work
A weekly review by Faculty of the work carried out by the resident with discussion on the objectives, planning, method of operation and outcome. Two hours per week.
SPPH 713 (0) Community Health Tutorials
Topics of Public Health interest presented throughout the year by Faculty and guest lecturers. Two hours per month.
SPPH 714 (0) Community Medicine Seminars
Selected topics of current interest in Community Medicine Practice or in its basic sciences. Presented by residents and discussed with Faculty and invited guests. Three hours per month.
SPPH 715 (0) Journal Seminars
A monthly two-hour seminar on selected journal articles of Community Medicine interest are presented by the residents and discussed with Faculty and invited guests.
SPPH 716 (0) Research in Community Medicine or its Basic Sciences by a Resident
Up to two days per week. Supervised by Faculty.
SPPH 717 (0) Introduction to Occupational Medicine Practice
An introductory survey to Occupational Medicine practice.
SPPH 718 (0) Fundamentals of Clinical Epidemiology
Seminar series covering critical appraisal of the medical literature and basic research methods for residents in any post-graduate training program.

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