Courses

Below you will find the current course offerings listed by semester and then alphabetically by department. Students and Faculty should log in to workday.simmons.edu and view the live course listings for the current semester. The current semester listings below are updated weekly. If you have any questions about these courses, please contact the Registrar's Office at or 617-521-2111.

Spring 2024 Course Schedule

Last Updated: 07/21/2024 07:02AM

Mathematics

MATH 101 - Introduction to Mathematics: Level I

Reviews arithmetic, including percents, proportion, and geometric formulae. Covers equations polynomials, rational expressions, and problem solving.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00AM - 10:50AM
Amy Cole
4
Main Campus
CD01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
6:00PM - 7:20PM
Hannah Sieber
4
TBD

MATH 120 - Calculus I

Covers analytic geometry, functions, limits and continuity, and differential calculus. Includes applications to extrema, physical problems, etc.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:30AM - 10:50AM
Joseph Cotton
4
Main Campus
02 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
12:30PM - 1:50PM
Joseph Cotton
4
Main Campus

MATH 121 - Calculus II

Covers integral calculus and applications to area, volume, etc.; transcendental functions; techniques of integration; polar coordinates; and improper integrals. Students may not take both MATH 121 and MATH 123.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:30AM - 10:50AM
Allan Merino
4
Main Campus

MATH 211 - Linear Algebra

Covers real vector spaces, linear transformations, inner products, matrix theory and determinants, and applications. Includes selected topics from complex vector spaces, dual spaces, differential operators, etc.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
9:30AM - 10:50AM
Donna Beers
4
Main Campus

MATH 220 - Multivariable Calculus

Covers vectors and analytic geometry in three dimensions; functions of several variables; and partial derivatives, multiple integration, and applications.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:00AM - 9:20AM
Allan Merino
4
Main Campus

MATH 310 - Modern Algebra

Reviews set theory; groups and group homomorphism; rings and ring homomorphisms and examples; Euclidean division algorithm; prime factorization and Chinese remainder theorem with applications to cryptography; Peano's postulates, leading to a description of the integer, rational, real, and complex number systems; Fermat's Little Theorem; Euler phi function; and linear and quadratic residues.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
12:30PM - 1:50PM
Donna Beers
4
Main Campus

MATH 319 - Financial Mathematics

Covers Bayesian statistics, methods of examining and assessing risk, models for financial decisionmaking, complex present value computations, risk management, behavioral economics, Modern and Post-Modern Portfolio Theory, and pricing of options and other derivatives, including the Black-Scholes Theorem and the "Greeks." Does not count toward the mathematics major.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11:00AM - 11:50AM
Margaret Menzin
4
Main Campus

MATH 339 - Statistical Theory

Covers multivariate distributions, sampling distributions, Central Limit Theorem, point and interval estimates, methods offor estimation, properties of estimators, hypothesis testing, and topics chosen from the following, as time permits: linear statistical models, p-values, likelihood ratio tests, linear statistical models, analysis of variance methods, contingency table analysis, and Chi-Square tests, and Bayesian inference methods. Makes use of Statistical software.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/05/10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00PM - 1:50PM
Hong Pan
4
Main Campus

MATH 349 - Directed Study: Discrete Mathematics

Consent of department required. Directed study addresses coursework required for the major or degree not being offered formally that semester. Students work under the close supervision of a faculty member. Consent is required for a directed study, which does not count toward the independent learning requirement.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
CD01 TBD TBD
Denise Carroll
4
TBD

Public Health Online

MHEO 420 - Socio-Structural Determinants of Health

This course engages a social-ecological model to examine determinants of health at multiple levels, including biological, behavioral and cultural, social and community-based, environmental, occupational, and institutional. Through a root cause analysis of morbidity and mortality trends, students identify sociostructural determinants of health and analyze systems of oppression that produce and reproduce health inequities. These include disadvantages and marginalization based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, nationality, and other factors.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Vanessa Voller
3
TBD

MHEO 425 - Biostatistics

This course introduces students to statistical methods for public health practice. Students will review descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and bivariate techniques briefly before moving on to the application of multivariate regression analysis to prediction and causal models. Sampling and power analysis in public health contexts will be addressed, and students will gain proficiency in evaluating statistical scientific studies.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Sarah Perry
3
TBD

MHEO 440 - Health Policy Analysis and Change

This course prepares students to analyze health systems and policies. Students study the history and foundations of the U.S. health system and engage in international comparative analyses through a lens of access, efficiency, and quality. Students learn core concepts of health care financing and insurance and examine coverage gaps. Students also examine law and policy processes and study how health is impacted by policies within and outside of traditional health domains, including education, transportation, housing, welfare, and labor and consider opportunities and policy frameworks amenable to change.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/04/16
Tuesday
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Qiana Amos
3
TBD

MHEO 461 - Immersion: Arizona

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Christopher Tse
2
TBD

MHEO 470 - Global Health and Political Economy

This course examines global health challenges through a political economic lens. Students study the global burden of disease and intersections with poverty and inequality. They critically analyze historic and contemporary contexts and forces shaping health outcomes, including colonialism and imperialism, globalization, labor and migration systems, war and militarism, privatization, trade, aid, development. Students consider the roles and promise of various institutions, including national and global governance institutions, for-profit organizations and corporations, and nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations in shaping global health outcomes.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/17 - 2024/04/17
Wednesday
6:30PM - 8:30PM
Crystallee Crain
3
TBD

MHEO 474 - Public Health Project Plan II

This course provides students with the necessary ethical and structural tools to design their Health Equity Change Project (HECP), encompassing the applied practicum and integrative learning experience. Students frame and analyze their practicum objectives from an ethical perspective and create a logic model to approach their practicum from a realistic perspective. Ultimately, students develop and submit a final HECP proposal that builds upon their learning across the curriculum and that will guide their applied practice and integrative learning experience in the final terms of the program. This proposal serves as the basis for program approval to begin the HECP experience in subsequent terms.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Leigh Haynes
1
TBD

MHEO 475 - Health Equity Change Project I

This course serves as the first in a two-course sequence that incorporates the integrative learning and practice experience for the MPH degree. Through an applied practicum experience across two terms, students gain skills in designing, implementing, and evaluating a project to address a health inequity. In this course, students define and assess a health equity challenge, typically within their local context, in consultation with their practicum supervisor and community and organizational partners. This work culminates in a written project proposal, including an implementation and evaluation plan.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Jennifer Ware
2
TBD

MHEO 476 - Health Equity Change Project II

This course serves as the second in a two-course sequence that incorporates the integrative learning and practice experience for the MPH degree. Through an applied practicum experience across two terms, students gain skills in designing, implementing, and evaluating a project to address a health inequity. In this course, students implement and evaluate the project they designed during the prior course, in consultation with their practicum supervisor and community and organizational partners. Students produce a final report and portfolio, evaluating their project and analyzing their attainment of program learning competencies.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/15 - 2024/04/15
Monday
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Maile Panerio-Langer
2
TBD

MHEO 486 - Strategic Comm for Health Equity

This skills-based course builds from and expands upon the traditions of Health Communication, where students learn communications theories and applications, and consider how to leverage these skills to advance health equity. A broad array of communications strategies and approaches are examined and practiced as students refine their own oral and written communication skills, including persuasive and strategic communication, public speaking, storytelling, marketing and public relations, print and visual media, and digital and social media. Students analyze opportunities for enhancing communications with, among, and between various audiences and communities toward mobilizing social and structural change processes, and learn how to target and activate audiences toward addressing socio-structural determinants of health.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/04/18
Thursday
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Kelli Ling
3
TBD

MHEO 550 - Public Health Independent Study

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Kristen Brewer
1
TBD

Public Policy

MPP 502 - Social Policy

This course examines social welfare programs and policies that affect the nonelderly poor in the u.s., emphasizing how they have evolved over the last five decades and how they might be reformed so as to further reduce poverty. the course emphasizes understanding what we know from social science research about the strengths and weaknesses and the intended and unintended effects of these policies and how they are influenced by and how they affect labor market outcomes and family structure.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/07
Tuesday
5:00PM - 7:50PM
Abel Amado
3
Main Campus

MPP 503 - Economic Policy

Focusing on a series of specific cases that exemplify the range of current economic policies, the course examines the various policies through a framework that: examines the policy's rationale, actual methods, and actual effects; evaluates the desirability of the effects; and considers alternative approaches. specific cases reviewed aim to be representative of the range of current economic policies and will also depend on anticipated interests of students.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Zinnia Mukherjee
3
TBD

MPP 505 - Capstone

This course is a capstone of a student's graduate education and an introduction into the professional practice of public policy analysis. during the semester, you will draw on the tools and expertise garnered from prior coursework to analyze one or more important public policy problems. on the basis of that analysis, the student will then develop recommendations for dealing with those problems to a client official or agency. All projects available for this semester are for real clients, addressing real policy issues. You will be expected to complete the project on time, demonstrating high, professional standards.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Abel Amado
3
TBD
02 TBD TBD
Gregory Williams
3
TBD
03 TBD TBD
Lena Zuckerwise
3
TBD
04 TBD TBD
Valerie Leiter
3
TBD
05 TBD TBD
Abel Amado
3
TBD

MPP 507 - U.S. Public Policy in a Capitalist World

This course explores the historical roots of the modern interstate capitalist system and its<br />relationship to the United States. It examines the theories and histories of the modern state, as<br />well as the ways in which capitalism limits or makes possible contemporary domestic and<br />foreign policy.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/18 - 2024/05/09
Thursday
2:00PM - 4:50PM
Gregory Williams
3
Main Campus

MPP 550 - Independent Study

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 TBD TBD
Lena Zuckerwise
3
TBD

Master of Science-Management

MSMG 440 - Creativity Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Designed to give you an enjoyable and rigorous introduction to the ideas and practice of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Regardless of the type of organization (profit, nonprofit) or its stage of development (established or new venture), the entrepreneurial spirit of individuals and teams is a key to recognizing and then acting on new opportunities. In the course, we will explore the realm of creativity tools and techniques that can be applied at the individual and team level, including mindfulness and group idea generating techniques. We will put these in context as we think through how organizations innovate new products and industries. Students will then take these ideas to create a first stage business model and learn how to pitch that model in presentation and through an executive summary. Whether or not you are an entrepreneur, think it might be an interesting career path someday, or simply want to understand more about how to bring creativity and innovation to your managerial practice, do join us. All graduate students welcome. This course serves as the first in the concentration in entrepreneurship for those so interested.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
OL01 2024/01/22 - 2024/05/06
Monday
6:00PM - 8:50PM
Michelle Brown-Droese
3
TBD

Music

MUS 239 - Music that Changed the World

Looking for new means of self-expression, musicians, artists, and writers rejected traditional forms and methods of creativity in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. Students study these explosive new ways of creating music, art, and literature that changed the world forever. Topics include Debussy, Impressionism, Stravinsky, Picasso, Gertrude Stein.

Section Section Dates Time Instructor Credits Location
01 2024/01/16 - 2024/05/09
Tuesday, Thursday
2:00PM - 3:20PM
Gregory Slowik
4
Main Campus
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