Courses Details

PUBHLTH615: Public Health in Action: National

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor
  • Description: An intensive course to prepare students for a culminating week-long practice-based experience designed to address existing and emerging public health priorities as defined by the respective communities and their academic partners. Students will be engaged directly with communities and exposed to the contextual, cultural, political and economic factors impacting health.
  • Course Goals: Course Goal: To provide an action-based experience for public health graduate students to address 'real time' public health issues in vulnerable communities. Course Objectives: 1.Provide students with the opportunity to develop and apply theoretical and practical skills to current public health issues impacting the well being of communities. 2.Actively engage and immerse students as partners in surfacing information, data and solutions in response to the today's public health challenges. 3.Strengthen student understanding of how public health science and practice can be used to meaningfully address complex population health issues in communities. 4.Develop skills in working with and in diverse communities.
  • Competencies: SPH Cross-Cutting Competencies: -Describe the role of structural inequality in producing health disparities -Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities. -Demonstrate team building, negotiation and conflict management skills. -Appreciate the importance of working collaboratively with diverse communities and constituencies (e.g. researchers, practitioners, agencies and organizations). Core Competencies, Academic Public Health Linkages: 1A1. Identifies the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness (e.g., factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, the quality, availability and use of health services). 1A2. Describes the characteristics of a population-based health problem (e.g., equity, social determinants, environment) 4A2. Recognizes the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of public health services 4A2. Recognizes the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of public health services 3A2. Communicates in writing and orally, in person, and through electronic means, with linguistic and cultural proficiency 3A3. Solicits community-based input from individuals and organizations 2A4. Gathers information that will inform policy decisions (e.g., health, fiscal, administrative, legal, ethical, social, political) 3A2. Communicates in writing and orally, in person, and through electronic means, with linguistic and cultural proficiency 3A2. Communicates in writing and orally, in person, and through electronic means, with linguistic and cultural proficiency 5A1. Recognizes community linkages and relationships among multiple factors (or determinants) affecting health (e.g., The Socio-Ecological Model) 8A1. Incorporates ethical standards of practice as the basis of all interactions with organizations, communities, and individuals