Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

Courses Offered
Public Health

A list of regularly offered courses follows.

Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NSP) Natural Science in Perspective; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement.


PBH 251. Introduction to Public Health.

An introduction to public health, a field that endeavors to improve the health of the community through community-based action. The history of public health, how to measure community health, communicable diseases, chronic and lifestyle diseases, family health, nutrition and food safety, environmental health, the U.S. national health care system, underserved groups, public health law and ethics, and the future of public health. Prerequisite: BIO 110 or GOV 100 or permission. Same as BIO/PUB/STS 251. Everett, Miller

PBH 303. Problem-Solving Courts/Drug Court. (S)

This interdisciplinary community-based learning course, taught by a local Lancaster County Drug Court Judge, will introduce students to the real world of Problem Solving Courts, including Drug Courts and Mental Health Courts. This will include a hands-on/experiential examination of traditional courts, Drug Court models, and addiction issues. Students will be required to interact directly with Drug Court participants and members of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas Adult Drug Court Team. Permission required. Ashworth

PBH 351. Epidemiology. 

The study of epidemics and their prevention, using tools that are mathematical, statistical, graphical, and logical. Students will learn to draw inferences from observations and apply them to public health. Students will learn how to evaluate the efficacy of measures intended to improve health. Prerequisite: PBH 251. Same as BIO 351. Everett 

PBH 388. Public Health Research: 

Pregnancy Outcomes in American Women. (S)

This interdisciplinary seminar will explore women’s health and pregnancy outcomes through the lenses of both science and social analysis. In addition to reading and discussion on influences on pregnancy outcomes, students will examine results of surveys of Amish women in Lancaster County, African American and Hispanic women in Lancaster City and women of child-bearing age in central Pa. This course is supported by funds from the PA Dept. of Health. Prerequisite: Any course that includes methods of data analysis and permission. Same as GOV/PUB/STS/WGS 388. Everett, Flaherty, Kibler, Miller, Yost

PBH 410. U.S. Health Policy. 

This seminar is an introduction to health policy in the United States. Health has emerged as a crucial and enduring issue on the nation’s policy agenda. How political culture, political structures, and policy processes in the American political system shape health policy is the object of our attention. Two questions infuse our deliberations: what can government do to shape the health of individuals and what should it do? Pondering health as a public policy issue and the political system’s responses to public expectations for health care should tell us much about government and about ourselves in the twenty-first century. Everett

BIO 110. Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Heredity. (N)

An introduction to Mendelian genetics, micro- and macro-evolutionary processes, the origin and diversification of life on earth and ecological patterns and processes at organismal, population, community and ecosystem levels. Offered every Spring. Fischer, Flinn, Lonsdorf, Mena-Ali, Olson

BIO 210. Biostatistics.

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics from the perspective of the life sciences. The emphasis will be on research design and on the use of graphical and computational methods in interpreting and communicating results. This course satisfies the statistics requirement in the Biology major curriculum. Prerequisite: BIO 110. Lonsdorf, Miller

BIO 220. Principles of Physiology and Development. (N)

An integrated study of cells, whole organisms and the interactions between organisms and their environments. The physiological and anatomical solutions to the physical and chemical challenges faced by plants and animals. Mechanisms by which a single cell develops into a complex, multicellular organism in which groups of cells perform specialized tasks. Lecture topics integrated with a laboratory that emphasizes independent research projects. Prerequisite: BIO 110. Offered every Fall. Gotsch, Shelley, Thompson

BIO 230. Cell Biology. (N)

A study of life at the cellular level through investigation of the functions and properties of the molecular components of cells. Topics will include: the physical and chemical principles governing biomolecules and their assembly, the structure and function of sub-cellular systems, energy generation, cell motility and information flow from DNA to protein. The ethical implications of current research techniques will also be discussed. Prerequisites: BIO 220 and CHM 112. Offered every Spring. Ismat, Roberts

BIO 305. Molecular Genetics. (N)

Molecular genetics, gene expression, regulation of eukaryotic development, tumor viruses, oncogenes and cancer. Prerequisite: BIO 230. Offered every Fall. Blair, Jenik

BIO 322. Microbiology. (N)

Cytology, metabolism, taxonomy, phylogeny, development and ecological relationships of microbial life. Emphasis on insights into life processes in general. Laboratory includes training in basic microbiological techniques. Prerequisites: BIO 230 and permission of the instructor. Frielle

GOV 100. American Government. (S) 

Political power within the framework of American national government. Current governmental and political problems are explored. Staff 

GOV 120. Comparative Politics. (S)

Introduction to the theory and method of comparative politics. The course analyzes the government and politics of both developed and developing countries, encouraging students to apply the comparative method to draw conclusions about political processes and phenomena across nations and continents. McNulty, McSherry

GOV 200. Understanding Public Policy. (S)

Focus on government activity in a variety of public policy areas, the structural and political contexts of debates over alternative policy strategies and approaches to understanding public policy. Policy areas examined include the national budget and entitlements, science and technology and education. Prerequisite: GOV 100. Nachlis 

GOV 208. The American Presidency. (S)

Evolution of the Presidency to an office that is the focal point of politics and leadership in the American political system. Emphasis on the constitutional and political roles played by the chief executive in shaping public policy. Prerequisite: GOV 100. Schousen 

GOV 250. Political Research. (S) 

Empirical investigation in political science; scientific inquiry in political science; problems of logical induction; selecting and formulating a research problem; functions and types of research design; analysis of data, both qualitative and quantitative. Primarily for government majors; should be completed no later than first semester of junior year. Prerequisite: GOV 100 or 130 or 224. Friedrich, Schousen, Yost

GOV 305. Public Policy Implementation. (S)

Focus on national government bureaucracy in the implementation of public policy, including exploration of the role of bureaucracies in contemporary political debate, organizational theory in the problems of governing and administrative politics and administrative due process. Prerequisite: GOV 100. Nachlis

GOV 309. The Congress. (S)

The informal and formal institutions and processes of the United States Congress, with specific attention to selected public policy issues. Prerequisite: GOV 100. Schousen 

GOV 410. Health Policy. (S)

This seminar focuses on the health care system in the United States with attention both to political structures shaping public policy on health and to substantive areas of health policy debate. The seminar will explore the role of the presidency and the executive branch, Congress, and the states in the evolution of health policy. Biotechnology, health care disparities, and the political struggle over health insurance are among the substantive areas the seminar will examine from the perspectives of cost, access, and quality. Prerequisite: GOV 100. Limited to Public Health and Government majors. Nachlis

STS 311. History of Medicine. (S) (NSP)

The history of medicine with particular attention to American medicine. The relationship between medicine and society is studied in its historical context. We look in detail at some trends in modern medicine and the current debate over national health care policy in light of the history of medicine. Same as HIS 311. Strick