Fall Courses

CUNY Urban Health Collaborative, Summer and Fall 2008 Course Listings

Each semester, the CUNY Urban Health Collaborative lists courses related to urban health offered on various CUNY campuses.  This edition includes selected classes offered in Summer 2008 and Fall 2008.  Our goal is to help make CUNY “one university” where students can enroll in classes across campuses and disciplines to further their education.  Students and advisers are encouraged to contact the relevant faculty member or administrator listed below before registering for courses outside their home campus.  

Masters Level Courses

Baruch College    The School of Public Affairs

 PAF 9710 Health and Health Care Monday, 6:00PM – 8:30PM Professor Shoshanna Sofaer Health care managers seek to maximize the promise and minimize the problems associated with providing health services to all Americans. In particular, this course examines how the crisis of health care costs has shaped the response of those who pay for and provide services. These responses will be judged against the competing and occasionally conflicting goals of access, quality, and efficiency of care. Contact  shoshanna_sofaer@baruch.cuny.edu

PAF 9730 Comparative Health Care Systems Tuesday: 6:00PM – 8:30PM Professor Stan Altman      Explores the salient features of health systems of several countries. In order to develop an ability to review and critique other systems, and to establish the relevance of the course, the U.S. system will be discussed first. The review of other systems will be done (1) by reviewing the systems descriptively and (2) by assessing how the systems comparatively address issues raised in the review of the U.S. system. Finally, the knowledge attained will be used to discuss possible future changes to the U.S. system. The course assumes knowledge of the structure of the American health care system. Contact Stan_Altman@baruch.cuny.edu
Brooklyn College

772.3  Health Care Financial Management Tuesday, 6:30PM – 9:00PM Professor Betsy Eastwood   Study of the basic principles of health-care accounting. Analysis of health-care financial statements and responsibility accounting techniques. Evaluation of methods of managing working capital, budgeting, using cost information in decision making, controlling costs, and financing capital projects in the health-care setting. Analysis of approaches to pricing, rate setting, and cost control in the health-care reimbursement environment. Eastwood@brooklyn.cuny.edu

781  Law and Public Health Thursday, 6:30PM – 9:00PM Professor TBD    An analysis of public health policy and legal thinking in the context of the U.S. legal system, and the roles of the branches of government in creating, administering, and enforcing the health laws. Examination of basic health law concepts and practices in the health industry. Concepts of institutional and individual responsibility. The focus is upon such areas as legal reasoning, sources of health laws, regulations, legal rights to health, standards, licensure, malpractice, and litigation.

Hunter College, 425 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, 212-481-5111

Summer 2008

PH 770.14 Interdisciplinary  Approaches to Diabetes Prevention.   Professor Jones    (June 2-July 24)   T /TH 5:30-8:00P 237W  The course will explore how we can address diabetes prevention in a fundamentally more aggressive manner, with specific attention being given to gestational, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The focus will be on primary prevention through good nutrition, lifestyle changes, and environmental and policy change. We will cover prevention strategies, the impact of food and culture on lifestyle behaviors, the social and behavioral causes of diabetes, and the development of public health diabetes prevention interventions. A sample of the topics covered reflects the variety of learning objectives and include Introduction to Diabetes, Culture and Diabetes Prevention, and Psychosocial Factors and Diabetes Prevention. Class activities will include a combination of didactic approaches, discussion of assigned readings and experiential learning activities. Active participation and completion of several group activities and papers are required. Contact hjones1@gc.cuny.edu

Fall 2008

PH 770.10  Human Rights & Public Health  T 8:00 - 9:45P 417W, Professor Dee Burton.  This course begins with an overview of international human rights law and its implications for public health service.  The course proceeds with a series of case studies of current human rights issues from around the world.  With each case study, we will examine how public health and human rights interrelate and how applying a human rights framework can speed or impede our progress in public health practice.  While global in scope, the course will also analyze significant human rights issues today in New York City. The course will be conducted in seminar format with each class session consisting of critical analysis by students of  course readings and respective case studies introduced by the instructor.  Contact dburton@hunter.cuny.edu

HPM 751 Public Health  & Health Care Law Instructor tba TH 6:05 - 7:50P 103E  Reviews key areas of the legal process relevant to health care delivery and public health; analyzes major court decisions that have affected the field and selected federal, state and local statutes that affect public health and health care practice; acquaints students with the basics of legal research and legal reasoning as applied to public health and health care.   For more information contact nfreuden@hunter.cuny.edu

EPI 754 Social Epidemiology Prof Victoria Frye T 6:05 - 7:50PM   Explores how an individual’s interactions with factors associated with the social fabric of the society affect and shape health outcomes. This class will also examine the etiology and prevention of disease within both ecological (multi-level) and multidisciplinary frameworks.  Contact nfreuden@hunter.cuny.edu for more information

Lehman College

Summer  2008

First session: June 2 - July 1

PHE 708.ONH81  Health Informatics Thursday, 6:00PM – 9:00 PM 3 credits Professor Jenkins  
There is a growing recognition of the importance of information technology to public health practice.  This course covers the application of computer information systems to public health issues and includes informatics principles and concepts; access to key epidemiological databases; research and information retrieval sources; database analysis and design; resource evaluation, management, decision-making and planning; and legal and ethical issues.

Second session: July 7 - August 5

PHE 680.81 Management Practices Monday, 6:00PM – 9:00PM Professor Larrier 1 credit

PHE 680.82 Grant Writing Wednesday, 6:00PM – 9:00PM Professor Neville 1 credit


PHE 600 Biostatistics in Public Health  Monday, 6:00OPM – 8:40PM Professor Borrell

PHE 606 Public Health Epidemiology Wednesday, 6:00PM – 8:40PM Professor Menendez

PHE 700 History and Philosophy of PH Thursday, 6:00PM – 8:40PM Professor  Levitt

PHE 710 Research Methods  Wednesday, 6:00PM – PM-8:40 Professor Borrell

PHE 715 Prog. Planning & Evaluation  Thursday, 6:00PM – PM-8:40 Professor Merzel

Students who are interested in registering for these courses need to contact:  Professor Jane Levitt at 718 960-8671 or jane.levitt@lehman.cuny.edu for permission.

Graduate Center:  Doctoral Courses

Public Health

PUBH     80000    Cities, Society & Health Section 1  (Required for Urban Health and Society PhD concentration)  Prof. Freudenberg  Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm  PUBH 80000    Cities, Society & Health Section 2    Prof. Dowd    Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm     Presents an ecological, multilevel approach to the study of urban health and brings together public health and social science disciplines to examine the impact of city living on population health.  Contact nfreuden@hunter.cuny.edu

PUBH     82000    Epidemiological Methods I  (Requires 1 prior semester of epidemiology or equivalent.  TBA  Tuesday,   6:30-8:30 pm  Introduces fundamental methodologic aspects of epidemiology and critically analyzes role of epidemiology in public health research. Requires 1 prior semester of research methods course.  Contact nfreuden@hunter.cuny.edu  for more information.

PUBH     811    Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health Section 1     Prof. Viladrich Thursday,   6:30-830 PM PUBH     811    Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health Section 2     Prof. Levin     Thursday,  6:30-830 PM         Analyzes impact of social structures and social environments on health and health behavior.  Using an interdisciplinary approach, the course examines the contributions of sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, history and political science to the study of health, health behavior and health inequities. Contact aviladri@hunter.cuny.edu for more information

PUBH     812    Nutritional Epidemiology  (Pre requisite graduate level course in epidemiology and in nutrition or equivalents)  Prof. Kant    Tuesday,  4:15-6:15 PM  Presents concepts and principles used in nutritional epidemiology; provides skills required to critically evaluate dietary assessment methodology and reviews current topics in nutritional epidemiology. Pre requ graduate level course in epidemiology and in nutrition or equivalents. Contact ashima.kant@qc.cuny.edu for more information

PUBH     814    Food Politics and Policy      Prof. Spark    Mondays,  6:05-7:50 and on line and at Hunter Brookdale campus, 425 East 25th Street Examines effects of food industry and government on diet-related disease, and on health promotion and disease prevention. Central themes include:  government action versus individual liberty, the contradictions of government support and opposition to certain policies, the role of litigation, and the importance of institutions (e.g., bureaucracy, Congress, the media). Contact aspark@hunter.cuny.edu for information.

PUBH     853.02  The History of Modern Public Health  (cross-listed with history) Prof. Oppenheimer   Monday,  4:15-6:15pm  History of public health and population health in 19th and twentieth centuries with focus on impact of urbanization and industrialization.  Contact:  GeraldO@brooklyn.cuny.edu


80103     Sex/Gender and Sexual Orientation Identities (93594)    Prof. Rosario Tuesday 2:00-4:00    City College  Sex/gender and sexual orientation constitute some of the most basic identities that individuals have. This course aims to address the identities’ determinants, development, and implications for mental and physical health, and positive adaptation. The intersection of these identities and, time permitting, their interaction with other important identities (e.g., ethnic, religious) will be considered with respect to identity development and implications for health and positive adaptation.  Contact: MRosario@gc.cuny.edu

80103      Social Conflict and Injustice (93599)    Profs. Fine/Opotow Monday 2:00-4:00 John Jay College Permission of the Instructor is Required. In this course we will read theoretical and empirical work that raises questions of social injustice. This includes reading social psychological and sociological writings, class-based analyses, feminist theory, critical race theory, and recent work on sexualities. The course will be organized as a research collective, in which we will review questions of theory, methods, ethics, collaboration and the research-policy nexus. Students will be asked to pursue a piece of original research (individually or in collaboration) for the class on a question of social injustice, and they will be expected to produce a comprehensive critical literature review by the class’s end. Contact mfine@gc.cuny.edu

80103 Parent-Child and Peer Relations Across Cultures (93586) Prof. Saltzstein Tuesday 9:30-11:30   In this seminar we will examine the ways in which parent-child and peer relationships affect, reflect, and generally interweave with development.  Wherever possible, these issues will be examined across different cultural setting, i.e., different societies and different ethnic and social class groupings within a society. Contact:  HSaltzstein@gc.cuny.edu


Soc. 81900 - Causal Inference: Design and Statistics {93301}, Wednesdays, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. Room TBA, 3 credits   Professor Mary Clare Lennon  mlennon@gc.cuny.edu    This is a seminar on causal inference for doctoral students in the social sciences and public health. In recent decades, economists and statisticians have developed an approach to causality that will be the focus of this course: the counterfactual or potential outcomes model. In the past several years, these methods have made their way into sociological studies, as well as into public health.  This approach provides a logic of causal reasoning and a framework for evaluating evidence of causality. The course focuses on the logic of causal inference in observational studies, that is, studies in which individuals select themselves into different situations or treatments (quasi-experiments and non-experiments).  Topics covered include concepts of explanation and causality in the social sciences, specification and estimation of single equations and systems of simultaneous equations to model causal relationships, and statistical and design techniques for inferring causal effects from observational data.  Special attention will be given to the assumptions that underlie these methods and statistics.  As a seminar, we will devote about half our time to lectures and the other half to student presentation and discussion of class projects.

Soc. 85000 - Studies of Youth, Marginalization and Subcultures of Resistance {93323}, Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Professor David Brotherton      dbrotherton@jjay.cuny.edu This seminar has two major goals: (i) to explore the range of sociological theories that purport to explain the continuity and discontinuity of youth social and cultural resistance over time, and (ii) to critically appreciate the different forms that this resistance takes in the context of a transnationalist capitalist order. We will focus in particular on the origins  of youth subcultures as they emerge during both modernity and late modernity and their construction within changing notions of  criminal and non-criminal deviance. Please note you will also have the opportunity to attend and present at the Critical Criminology Common Sessions that will take place during the Fall Break in Corinth, Greece. This is a student-oriented conference which is run every semester in conjunction with the following universities: Athens, Barcelona, Bologna (transitional status), Erasmus (Rotterdam), Ghent (Belgium), Hamburg, Kent (UK), and Middlesex (UK).  

Soc. 86800 - Psychosocial, Cultural and Political Aspects of Disability {93354}  Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Professor Barbara Katz Rothman  bkatzrothman@gc.cuny.edu  This foundational course is an introduction to the emerging, multidisciplinary field of disability studies. Subjects covered include: the roots of disability studies in the Disability Rights Movement and political activism and self-advocacy amongst people with disabilities; emergence of disability studies within the university and other academic settings and incorporation of the experience of disability and the perspectives of people with disabilities into the field; the relationship between disability studies, women’s studies, and ethnic studies and the special challenges faced by women and minorities with disabilities; the relationship and challenge of disability studies to fields of professional practice; links between disability studies and the humanities, and; the key role of disability studies in articulating and realizing the legal and human rights of people with disabilities, furthering the principles of normalization, self-determination, inclusion and independent living for people with disabilities, and formulating public policy. This course is offered in partnership with CUNY’s J.F.K., Jr. Institute for Worker Education.