Advisory Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Undergraduate with permission.
Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
Description: This course aims to enhance the student’s understanding of how the community environment, built environment, and work environment impact the health and safety of individuals. Psychosocial risk factors not only arise from the nature of work but are also bidirectionally impacted by the environment and existing policies and regulations.
Learning Objectives: Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health (C2, C3)
Critically evaluate major concepts and theories related to the social determinants of health and health behavior relative to the environments of work, community, and built and their intersections (C2, C3)
Propose behavioral strategies to enhance environmental health and occupational safety and health performance with the intent to improve population health and wellbeing (C3)
Construct a questionnaire to assess (quantitatively and qualitatively) the impact of psychosocial factors on health (C1)
Identify how existing environmental and occupational policies and regulations impact psychosocial health (C2)
EHS592: Infectious Disease And Emergency Response In Communities
Residential and Online MPH
This is a first year course for Online students
Fall term(s) for residential students; Fall term(s) for online MPH students;
3 credit hour(s) for residential students; 3 credit hour(s) for online MPH students;
Description: This course will provide students an understanding of infectious disease outbreaks and control, the current infrastructure in the US to address infectious diseases and deploy emergency response, the role public health practitioners have in emergency response, and how gaps in infectious disease and emergency response in communities can be addressed.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the course, students should be able to:
1. Describe the source of infectious diseases.
2. Characterize modes of disease transmission.
3. Identify key factors impacting the emergence of infectious disease outbreaks, including the role played by the environment.
4. Describe the role of emergency response in infectious disease mitigation and management, as well as public health infrastructure.
5. Understand the United States' infrastructure to respond to infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics.
6. Describe the United States' capabilities and capacity to address infectious disease outbreaks and deploy emergency response.
7. Compare the United States' capabilities and capacity to address infectious disease outbreaks relative to other developed nations.
8. Explain the impact of environmental and social injustices, including racism, on the emergence and outcomes of infectious disease outbreaks and emergency response.
9. Explain how structural racism has undermined environmental health at community, organizational, and societal levels.
10. Report on how structural racism has undermined occupational health at community, organizational, and societal levels.
11. Examine strategies that can be applied to enhance emergency response to infectious disease outbreaks, including strategies that promote environmental justice in communities.
12. Determine the role of public health practitioners to address and dismantle structural racism in infectious disease emergency response.