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Academics & Programs

Technology is revolutionizing health and health care creating unprecedented demand for data scientists with expertise in health. The College of Health focuses on population health, a convergence science that draws upon multiple fields, creates a new paradigm and methods of inquiry to fill this critical education and training gap.

Through an innovative curriculum, experiential learning programs and immersion in Lehigh’s interdisciplinary academic culture, students at the College of Health are challenged to learn in the classroom and apply their knowledge in the real world. At any point along their academic and career path, on campus or online, students and professionals alike can find their intellectual home in the College of Health. When their training is complete, they will be prepared to improve the lives of millions of people the world over.

Population Health Major & Population Health Certificate Programs

The College of Health is in a unique position to develop students capable of meeting the ever-increasing employment needs of the health care sector. Signature degree programs at the undergraduate level include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Population Health
  • Certificate programs in population health
  • Dual degree programs with each of Lehigh’s existing colleges

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Fall 2020 Undergraduate Courses

Most courses in the College of Health are open to students pursuing degrees in Lehigh's other undergraduate colleges.  They are also open to students studying at another accredited institution and lower-level courses are open to current high school students.  If you have questions about our classes or to request permission to register, reach out to our faculty or contact us at incoh@lehigh.edu
 

POPH 001 Introduction to Population Health (4 credits) Open to all students
Despite significant advances in medicine and public health, inequities in health persist. Understanding health on a population level is an approach that seeks to improve the health of the whole population, unravel variations in health outcomes, and to identify effective strategies for reducing or eliminating inequities. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of: 1) how population health defined and measured; and 2) the determinants of population health (from cell to society). Recitation component required.

All sections meet for lecture M, W 10:45 – 12:00 p.m. plus one recitation.
 
Recitations:

  • Section 10, CRN 44898, Professors Wakeel and Daley, Sean, W 12:10 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Section 12, CRN 45050, Professor Wakeel, W 1:35 – 2:25 p.m. 
  • Section 14, CRN 45052, Professors Gomez and Choi, R 10:45 – 11:35 a.m. 

POPH 096 Seven Dimensions of Health & Wellness in the Context of COVID-19 (3 credits) Open to all students
This course delves holistically into health and wellness in the context of COVID-19. This approach moves beyond individual happiness and towards a multi-level understanding of how interactions with others and the environment impact the self. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, students will learn the seven dimensions of health and wellness, including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, cultural, environmental, and community, and how they interact to create healthy people and communities in the context of the pandemic.

  • Section 10, CRN 45081, Professor C. Daley, M, W 1:35 – 3:50 p.m. 

POPH 101 History of Population Health (3 credits) Open to any COH student
In this course, students will be introduced to the development of population health as a convergent science. Students will learn about the historic evolution of population health interests, normative beliefs in service delivery, and policy reform at the international and domestic level. Students will also learn about the structure, principles, ethical values and services as governed by public health laws and code of ethics. In addition, students will explore the key advances and initiatives, collectively achieved among various sectors (e.g., government, community, healthcare, industry, etc), that have served to examine and address the determinants of health and illness. This course will conclude with addressing the future challenges to population health at the international and domestic level, such as worsening environmental conditions, non-communicable diseases, political instability, and worsening socioeconomic inequalities.

  • Section 10, CRN 44896, Professor Gomez, M, W 9:20 – 10:35 a.m. 

POPH 106 Global Environment and Human Welfare (3 credits) Open to juniors and sophomores, open to Senior COH students.  FIrst-year students should contact the instructor for permission to register. 
This course investigates the present understanding of multiple pollution agents and their risks on human health and well-being.  The students will examine the history, the emergence, the known risks of specific pollutants through multiple media (e.g. air, water, food) with a particular focus on air pollution.  Through readings, discussions, and a project, students are expected to cultivate a critical understanding of the risks posed by the environmental pollutants on human health, and identify the knowledge gaps. 

  • Section 10, CRN 44890, Professor Choi, T, R 12:10 – 1:25 p.m.  

POPH 198 Culture and Health (3 credits) Open to all students
This course will introduce students to the complex and dynamic relationship between culture and health in Western and non-Western populations, communities, and societies.  Cross-cultural institutions such as economics, politics, kinship, religion, and language, and their roles in sickness and illness will be discussed.  The relationship between traditional and modern healing systems will also be analyzed.

  • Section 10, CRN 45080, Professor S. Daley, T, R 10:45 -12:00 p.m. 

BSTA 001 Population Health Data Science I (4 credits) Open to COH students
In Population Health Data Science I (PHDS-I) students will spend the semester learning the fundamentals of probability theory, univariate statistics, statistical computing/programming/visualization, and machine learning. A mix of traditional and experiential learning will focus on how to build an analysis pipeline to answer pressing questions in population health. In-class examples and projects will use real data sets. Examples include: comparing cardiovascular interventions in clinical trials, evaluating the incidence of influenza in the United States, and visualizing international health expenditures and burdens. Students will propose a small data-driven project focused in population health, and use their newly-acquired data science skills to collect, analyze, and present their work.

  • Section 10, CRN 45044, Professor McAndrew , M, W 12:10 – 1:25 p.m. and W 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. 

POPH 012 Seminar: Ethics in Population Health (1 credit) Open to COH students
This course will introduce students to ethical concepts and critical issues pertaining to the ethical inclusion of human subjects in population health research. This course will provide opportunities for writing about, discussion of, and case-based learning around current and historical perspectives on population health research. During this course, students will complete the necessary training for conducting human subjects research at Lehigh University.

  • Section 10, CRN 45047, Professor Skinner, R 1:35 – 2:50 p.m. (8/24/2020-9/25/2020) (online)

HIT 010 Seminar: Design Thinking for Innovation in Health (1 credit) Open to COH students
Design Thinking is a human centered design process used to identify problems and create actionable solutions. Students will be exposed to the process, and attitudes needed, to frame and reframe problems, challenge assumptions, access their creativity, and tell compelling stories to communicate their ideas. The emphasis is on learning by doing and focuses on practicing the 5 steps in Design Thinking: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test that can be applied to virtually any area where new solutions are needed.

  • Section 10, CRN 45048, Professor Kauzmann, R 1:35 – 2:50 p.m. (9/28/2020-10/30/2020) (in-person)
  • Section 11, CRN 45070, Professor Kauzmann, R 1:35 – 2:50 p.m. (11/2/2020-12/4/2020) (in-person)

POPH 120 Independent Study or Research in Population Health (1-4 credits)
This course can be directed readings or research in Population Health or an experiential learning experience that puts students’ understanding of Population Health into practice. Department permission required.

POPH 130 Internship in Population Health (1-4 credits)
In this introductory course, students will engage in supervised work in Population Health. Placements will be arranged to suit individual interests and career goals. Potential internship sites include government agencies, nonprofit organizations and the private sector. A written report is required and preceptor evaluation will be required. Department permission required.

POPH 320 Independent Study or Research in Population Health (1-4 credits)
This course can be directed readings or research in Population Health or experiential learning that puts the student's understanding of Population Health into practice. Department permission required.

POPH 330 Internship in Population Health (1-4 credits)
In this advanced course, students will engage in supervised work in Population Health . Placements will be arranged to suit individual interests and career goals. Potential internship sites include government agencies, non profit organizations, and the private sector. A written report is required and preceptor evaluation will be required. Department permission required.

Population Health Graduate Programs

The College of Health is committed to developing a curriculum that will train the next generation of innovative and diverse scientists and leaders in population health. Signature degree programs at the graduate level will include:

  • Master of Science in Population Health
  • Master of Public Health
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Population Health

Executive Education

Our online executive education programs set to launch in 2021 will be tailored to the needs of working professionals.  Working in collaboration with leading health innovation and technology organizations, our programs will meet the "real-time" demands of the market.  

Studying at Lehigh

Lehigh blends entrepreneurial thinking, creative inquiry and rigorous academic programs with a vibrant life in and outside the classroom, offering distinctive programs that support, guide, challenge and inspire our students. Lehigh also values the rich impact that service learning opportunities have on students and their development as professionals and global citizens and partners across the university to bring those offerings to College of Health students. From your first steps on campus until you earn your diploma, Lehigh will help you chart your unique path for success, all within an environment that fosters personal growth and development.

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