Introduces the basic principles of the practice of public health at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Uncovers relevant public health topics through a combination of presentations by experts, discussions, and lectures. Focuses on the core competencies required for the effective assessment and improvement of the health and well-being of communities. Explores the public health approach to describing the health of a population, including the importance of understanding the social and cultural context surrounding every community. Covers a broad spectrum of population-based, prevention-oriented issues relevant to public health in the private and public sectors of both domestic and international communities, including global health promotion, disease prevention, health care delivery systems, environmental issues, and the spectrum of factors influencing the health status of populations and communities.
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Describe what public health is, and the core public health services necessary for improving population health and reducing health inequities
- Discuss the magnitude of a specific public health problem, including recent relevant research findings, public health burden, and intervention strategies
- Explain the application of a holistic contextual approach to understanding the problems affecting the health and well-being of communities
- Compare public health assessment and control efforts for one disease or population to that of another