Description: This course is intended to serve as an introduction to the major issues of public health in the United States, although issues of global health will be considered as well. We will examine environmental, social and ethnic determinants of public health, and how they may be altered.
Course Goals: 1)Introduce the major issues of public health with a primary focus on public health
2)Discuss environmental, social and ethnic determinants of public health and prevention for chronic and infectious diseases.
3)Examine some of the key public health issues facing the U.S. and world, what determines them, and how they may be altered.
Competencies: 1. Students will be able to explain what public health is, what distinguishes it from other health sciences, and what unique contributions it has to make to the health of the public.
2. Students will be able to identify the principle determinants of health and disease, including the determinants of, and explanations for, inequalities in the health of groups differentiated by race, ethnicity, and economic status.
3. Students will understand when and why governments should intervene in matters pertaining to health of the public and when they should not.
4. Students will be able to identify the principle social and behavioral determinants of health and demonstrate how they influence the most important current behavior-related health problems.
5. Students will be able to identify the principle environmental determinants of health and describe the major environmental health issues of the present time.
6. Students will be able to identify critical issues in global health.