Approved Courses

Courses at Storrs are acceptable with permission.

Common graduate programs to explore would include: education, allied heath, nursing, human development and family studies.

APPROVED Electives from SPRING 2023 Catalog:


CLTR 5360-F40 Critical Issues Involving Science Publication:  The Scientific Review  (3 credits)

This course provides comprehensive, systematic strategies for summarizing the current state of understanding in a given field.  Each student will be required to identify and work with an academic mentor of that given field throughout the course.  The purpose of this review course may be to present a coherent argument, or to highlight a scientific gaps in the literature. The course will teach students to be able to identify the *why* behind a new study, find and analyze other studies that address similar research questions, or studies that address your research question on a different level.  The goals of this course will enable students to learn how to synthesize the current state of knowledge (either clinical or research) of the chosen topic as a first step of becoming a clinical/translational researcher.

Instructors:  Cato Laurencin, MD, PhD,Helen Wu, Ph.D., Kevin Lo, Ph.D.


ISG 5102 – 001   Clinical Applications of Genetic and Genomic Technologies (3 credits) Online

Principles, clinical applications, and interpretation of genetic and genomic testing methods.

Instructor:  Staff – Instructor permission is required.


ISG 5103-001 Theories and Methods of Clinical Genetics (3 credits) Online

An Introduction to the theoretical framework, skillsets, and applications necessary to provide scientific communication of genetics and genomics, resources, diagnoses, and counseling in the clinical setting.

Instructor:  Maria Gyure – Instructor permission is required.


MEDS 5310-F40 Responsible Conduct in Research (1 credit)

Introduction to ethical and legal issues associated with the practice and reporting of science. Uses a case study approach and requires in-class student participation.

Instructor:  Barbara Kream


MEDS 5371 – F40   Systems Neuroscience (3 credits)

Part of the core series in the Neuroscience graduate program. Functional organization of neural systems underlying sensation, movement, language, learning/plasticity, and emotion/arousal. Sensory systems will include the somatosensory, auditory, visual, vestibular, and chemosensory systems. Motor systems will include the spinal cord, brain stem, cerebellum, vestibular system, oculometer system, basal ganglia and cerebral cortex.
Instructors: Srdjan Antic


MEDS 5383 – F40   Neurobiology of Disease (3 credits)
Discussion and lecture, run by clinician and basic scientist, on diseases of the nervous system.

Instructor: Riqiang Yan


MEDS 6449 – F40   Foundations of Biomedical Science II (4 credits)

Encompasses topics considered fundamental to any student pursuing a Ph.D. in any Area of Concentration in the Biomedical Science Graduate Program. Combines an introduction to fundamental concepts along with a more in-depth analysis of the research that underlies some of these ideas. A variety of topics will be examined in approximately one-week modules that will include a basic, introductory one hour lecture on Mondays, a more in-depth discussion of one to two critical historical papers on an aspect of the topic on Wednesdays and then a small group discussion on a more modern paper related to the area on Fridays. Periodically, the course will include Consolidation weeks that discuss key methodologies in the context of new concepts or concepts previously discussed.

Instructors: Christopher Heinen, Christine Beck, and Yi Wu


PUBH 5202 – F40   Eliminating Social Inequality and Health Disparities (3 credits)
Examination of the evidence for structural, community, and individual-level interventions to reduce the impact of inequity on health and health care utilization. Identification and implementation of multi-level interventions that may reduce inequities by altering the social, economic, and other structural aspects of the environment. It will also address challenges of implementation and ways to reduce potential barriers. The course builds on the conceptual basis of PUBH 5201.

Instructor:  Stacey Brown


PUBH 5404-F40 Environmental Health (3 credits)

Explores the policy, political and public health implications of such issues as air pollution, drinking water, exposure to hazardous chemicals, indoor air pollution, food protection, lead poisoning, housing, international issues, etc. Provides the student with some basic technical information and familiarity with terms for a better understanding of policy and political decisions and health effects of environmental exposures.

Instructor:  Marco Palmeri


PUBH 5405-F40 Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (3 credits)

Introductory survey emphasizing basic social science concepts in the analysis of public health including orientations toward health, disease and health care, the origins and distribution of health care resources, and the role of social movements and research in improving public health.

Director of Program Consent Required

Instructor:  Megan O’Grady


PUBH 5431 – 001   Public Health Research Methods (3 credits)

Introduction to conceptualization, methods, and analysis in public health research including: formulation of research questions and hypotheses, development of research and analytic models, use of qualitative (interviewing and observation) and quantitative (seconday and survey data) data collection methods, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis leading to the formulation of research projects.

Director of Program Consent Required

Instructor:  Shayna Cunningham


PUBH 5433 – F40   Health Program Evaluation (3 credits)

Methods of evaluating the implementation and impact of health programs. Topics include: specification of program objectives and components, experimental and quasi-experimental evaluation designs, collection and analysis of program data, and the dissemination and application of evaluation results.

Instructor:  William Shaw


PUBH 5455 – F40   Health Education (3 credits)
Methods for planning, presenting, and evaluating health education programs in communities, schools and worksites. Includes use of the Precede Model, setting of goals and objectives, behavior modification theory, group processes, teaching techniques and activities for developing and presenting workshops or courses.

Instructor:  Joleen Nevers


PUBH 5460 – F40   Health and Human Rights (3 credits)
Explores the many ways in which human health and well-being are related to human rights. Human rights are a field of international law which includes major treaties, treaty bodies, and adjudicatory mechanisms. This course will review the ways in which human rights instruments and jurisprudence have addressed health and issues related to health. Students will also study a wide range of substantive public health issues that have a human rights dimension, and consider the ways that human rights are used as advocacy tools to improve the structural environment that shapes the public’s health.
Instructor:  Audrey Chapman


PUBH 5477 – F40   Food, Health and Politics (3 credits)
Comprehensive overview of the factors that influence how our food is grown; what foods are available, affordable, and advertised; and the ensuing public health implications. Examines the history of food production in America, the development of public and private food assistance programs, the fast food movement, and food marketing. Students will explore the political, social, economic and environmental factors that impact food availability and consumption, and discuss the implications of these factors on health outcomes, such as obesity, hunger, chronic diseases, and health disparities.
Instructor:  Angela Bermudez-Millan


PUBH 5479 – F40   Alcohol and Drug Policy Research (3 credits)

Policymakers and government officials are increasingly seeking answers to practical questions about the impact of policies and programs on the health of the population, as well as on crime rates, traffic accidents and harm to others. Discussion of the measures, methods and research designs used to investigate alcohol and drug policy issues, including prevention science.  Intended for, but not limited to, matriculated MPH students, public health professionals, health care providers, and the mental health and addiction workforce.
Instructor:  Thomas Babor


PUBH 5481 – F40   Research Careers and the Responsible Conduct of Research in Alcohol (3 credits)
Designed to achieve three objectives: 1) Teach students about the responsible conduct of research and ethical research practices; 2) Provide guidance on how to develop a sound research proposal by guiding students through the public and private grant writing process; and 3) Review career options and employment opportunities in addiction science.

Enrollment Requirements: Two of PUBH 5478, 5479, and 5480, one of which may be taken concurrently, or instructor consent

Instructor:  Thomas Babor


PUBH 5498 – F40   Field Experience in Public Health Systems (3-9 credits)
Under direction by field preceptors, students will participate in an intensive service-learning experience wherein they will examine a timely public health issue from the perspective of health indicators/disease surveillance; policy development; planning, implementation, or evaluation of public health services; essential public health functions; and operational issues of a large complex public health agency/organization.

Director of Program Consent Required
Instructor:  Stacey Brown


PUBH 5502 – F40   Epidemiology of Disability (3 credits)
Introduces epidemiologic research design and delves deeply into epidemiology as it applies to monitoring the health status of people with disabilities, diagnosing and investigating health problems, evaluating personal and population-based interventions, and conduct of research as uniquely affecting and affected by disability.  Critically examines sources of public health and epidemiologic data that exist.

Instructor consent required

Enrollment requirements:  PUBH 5501; open only Disability Studies in Public Health certificate students, others by instructor consent.

Instructor:  Tara Lutz


PUBH 5504 – F40 Public Health Interventions in Disability (3 credits)

Final course in the Certificate of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies in Public Health. Aligns with the 10 Essential Public Health Services. Critically examines public health systems and programs across the lifespan available to people with disabilities that impact health. Extends on foundational principles that are evidence-based and driven by epidemiologic studies of disability within the context of existing laws and policies.

Instructor consent required

Enrollment requirements: PUBH 5501, 5502, and 5503; open only Disability Studies in Public Health certificate students, others by instructor consent.

Instructor:  Tara Lutz

rev. 10/22