Christopher Colvin

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Medicine
Department: PBHS Public Health Sciences Admin
Office location and address
351 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
PHS 2559: Topics in Public Health
Credits: 1–6
Topics in Public Health Sciences
GSGS 2559: New Course in Global Studies
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Studies.
ZFOR 3506: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
PHS 3825: Global Public Health: Challenges and Innovations
Credits: 3
Undoubtedly, we've made important advances in global health, but there's still a long way to go. What factors determine health? What threats do we face today? What issues should we be working to change? We will explore these questions & more through a variety of interactive lectures & small group activities centered on 4 major themes: History & Trends, Determinants of Health, Culture, & Communication.
PHS 4050: Public Health Policy
Credits: 3
Explores the legitimacy, design, & implementation of a variety of policies aiming to promote public health & reduce the social burden of disease & injury. Highlights the challenge posed by public health's pop-based perspective to traditional ind-centered, autonomy-driven approaches to bioethics & const. law. Other themes center on conflicts between PH & pub morality & the relationship between PH and social justice.
PHS 4991: Global Public Health Capstone
Credits: 3
Explores topics in global public health and the myriad of governmental and non-governmental entities whose goal is to address and resolve problems encountered in global public health and synthesizes the student's interdisciplinary studies in global public health, culminating in a Capstone Paper.
PHS 5187: Public Health Advocacy & Community Organizing in South Africa
Credits: 3
The Movement for Change & Social Justice (MCSJ) has emerged from decades of acivism on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in S. Africa. This course will integrate students with MCSJ activists as they address emerging public health challenges for township residents. Students will learn historical & social context for public health advocacy in S. African townships, key case studies of social activism related to public health, & skills req for effective work.
PHS 5500: Special Topics in Public Health
Credits: 3
Special Topics courses in Public Health Sciences. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
PHS 5819: Preparing for Engagement - South African History, Culture, and Language
Credits: 1
This course introduces students to some of the critical South African historical and cultural contexts they will need to understand before engaging effectively in the summer program in Cape Town on community organizing and public health advocacy. Students will also be introduced to isiXhosa, the local language spoken by health activists and community members they will engage with in South Africa.
PHS 5820: Ethical & Methodological Issues in Public Health Research
Credits: 3
Course reviews both quant & qual methods but its emphasis will be on qual methods. How do these different research traditions relate to each other? The course will be closely integrated with the Public Health Practicum/Field Placement. This methods course will help to initiate & guide the work done in the field research projects . Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
PHS 5821: Practicum in Public Health Field Research/ South Africa
Credits: 3
Students will participate each day in an ongoing, real-world research project. Projects will be highly multi-disciplinary & may include questions, theory & methods from anthropology, epidemiology, health systems, political science, sociology, gender studies, education psychology & dev. studies. If approved by MPH Director, course may be used in lieu of PHS 8900 for MPH Degree seeking students. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
PHS 5825: Global Public Health: Challenges and Innovations
Credits: 3
This course is the graduate level offering of PHS 3825. Through interactive lectures & small group activities, we learn about important advances in global health, factors that determine health, current threats, & effective ways to implement change. In addition, as a graduate student, you will have numerous opportunities to demonstrate attainment of MPH foundational knowledge & competencies.
PHS 5960: Supervised Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Supervised Independent Research
PHS 7051: Policy Development, Analysis, & Advocacy
Credits: 3
Provides students with the opportunity to engage in the policy development & advocacy process. This includes defining & analyzing a policy issue, synthesizing info & data from numerous sources to generate policy options, examining the legal, ethical & other implications of potential policy options, understanding the preferences & perspectives of key stakeholders, & clearly communicating & advocating for policy options with different audiences.
PHS 7500: Special Topics in Public Health
Credits: 1–4
Examination of topical issues and current problems and research in various areas of public health. Prerequisite:  Instructor permission.
PHS 8880: Integrative Learning RP Part 1
Credits: 1–3
Practicum associated with Methods Course for Research in Practice Concentration. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
PHS 8881: Integrative Learning HP Part 1
Credits: 1–3
Practicum associated with Methods Course for Health Policy, Law & Ethics Concentration. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
PHS 8931: Integrative Learning Experience HP Part 2
Credits: 1–3
The final project should demonstrate application of knowledge acquired in the MPH program to a real-world public health issue. Students write a paper & create a poster for presentation describing their projects. Students also take a review test of basic material from the core public health disciplines & complete a competency self-assesment to obtain feedback on their progress & accomplishments achieved by the end of the program.