Family and Preventive Medicine

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For course descriptions not found in the UC San Diego General Catalog, 2013–14, please contact the department for more information.

FPMU 40. Introduction to Public Health (4)

This course provides an introduction to the infrastructure of public health; the analytical tools employed by public health practitioners; bio-pyschosocial perspectives of public health problems; health promotion/disease prevention; quality assessment in public health; and legal and ethical concerns.

FPMU 50. Primary Care and Public Health (4)

This course explores historical and current interactions, achievements and challenges of primary care and public health. It will analyze the impact of common medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, mental health disorders, and others on individuals, their families, and society.

FPMU 101A. Epidemiology and Biostatistics A (4)

This course will introduce the fundamentals of epidemiology and biostatistics, including methods to student distributions and determinants of infectious and chronic diseases and how this information is used to identify modes of transmission, and develop and statistically test etiologic hypotheses. Prerequisites: FPMU 40 and upper-division standing.

FPMU 101B. Epidemiology and Biostatistics B (4)

This course will present analytic epidemiologic study designs and the statistical methods used to examine associations between risk factors and health outcomes. Topics will include case-control and cohort studies, randomized clinical trials, causality, bias, confounding, effect modification, and multivariable analysis. Prerequisites: FPMU 101, Psych 60 or Math 11, and upper-division standing.

FPMU 110. Health Behavior and Chronic Diseases (4)

This course introduces health behavior concepts through applications to chronic disease prevention. The focus is on smoking, dietary behaviors, and physical activity and is organized around relationships to health, measurement, influencing factors, interventions, and translation to public health practice. Prerequisites: FPMU 40.

FPMU 120. Health Policies for Healthy Lifestyles (4)

This course covers the rationale for and effectiveness of policies to influence nutrition, physical activity, and substance use behavior. Policies include legalization, taxation, labeling, produce manufacturing, warning labels, licensing, marketing, and counter-marketing practices and restrictions on use. Prerequisites: FPMU 110.

FPMU 130. Environmental and Occupational Health (4)

This core public health course addresses the fundamentals of environmental and occupational health, including identification of hazards, basic toxicology, risk assessment, prevention/protection, and regulatory/control policies. Specific environmental and occupational hazards and relevant case studies will be presented. Prerequisites: FPMU 50 and FPMU 101.

FPMU 199. Independent Study (2-4)

Individual undergraduate study or research not covered by the present course offerings. Study or research must be under the direction of a faculty member in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and approval must be secured from the faculty member prior to registering. Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of instructor.