Description: This course will cover a mixed-methods approach to conducting needs assessments; including collection of primary data (e.g. surveys, focus groups, and interviews) and secondary data (e.g. agency, state statistics, and census). Furthermore, a global perspective will be used to study various international efforts using health equity needs assessments.
Course Goals: At the completion of the course students will be able to: Design a public health needs assessment plan to assess and diagnose a community's capacity and needs; Identify, apply and assess appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods for public health needs assessment; Apply public health knowledge to the design and dissemination of needs assessment findings for use in effective public health planning surveillance and program development; and Present findings to a range of stakeholders.