Description: This course explores the social and environmental factors that impact disease susceptibility across populations. Students will learn of the complexities and interactions of factors that influence patterns of disease and health at multiple levels. The course will introduce key analytic frameworks and metrics for evaluating public health problems.
Course Goals: The goal of this course is to provide students with the foundations on determinants of health and how they contribute to health inequities among different population groups.
Learning Objectives: 1. Define population health within the context of public health
2. Describe the importance of context in understanding population health
3. Explain the nature of health and disease at individual and societal levels
4. Identify how health is defined culturally and describe how cultural factors influence health
5. Identify key risk factors at multiple behavioral and genetic levels
6. Distinguish health disparities in relation to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, geographic location, and other socio-economic dimensions
7. Critically apply key concepts and analytic frameworks to address population health issues
8. Describe the role of data in assessing, describing and evaluating the complex interactions among multiple determinants of health and disease