Courses Taught by Laura Power

EPID607: Communicable Diseases in Public Health Practice

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 credit hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Power, Laura (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course addresses the role of the infectious diseases epidemiologist in governmental public health, focusing on case definition development, notifiable disease reporting, immunization use, and surveillance. Students will learn the biology and epidemiology of important communicable diseases and will develop skills in outbreak investigations and public health response.

EPID676: Zoonotic Infections And One Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 credit hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Power, Laura (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: Students will explore the public health significance of zoonotic infections with focus on One Health and the complex relationships between humans, animals, and the environment. Students will learn the biology and epidemiology of zoonotic infections important to public health and the programs in place to monitor and control these infections.
  • Learning Objectives: • Explain the public health significance of zoonotic infections • Explain the effects of environmental factors on a population’s health* • Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health* • Understand the connections between animal health and food safety • Understand the connections between companion pets and human health • Understand the role of pest control and vector control in human health • Explain the connection of zoonotic infections to emerging infectious diseases • Describe the how antibiotic resistance spread through people, animals, and the environment • Describe the role of governmental agencies in monitoring, preventing, and controlling human and animal infections • Summarize surveillance mechanisms for zoonotic infections • Describe programs designed to prevent and control infections in humans and animals • Identify gaps that exist between human, animal, and environmental health programs • Describe the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and prevention programs in place for specific zoonotic infections of public health importance (rabies, plague, leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis, brucellosis, listeriosis, anthrax, coronaviruses, influenza, vector-borne disease, etc.) *Also a CEPH foundational learning objective
  • This course is cross-listed with n/a in the n/a department.

EPID724: Leadership and Strategic Planning for Public Health

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 credit hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Power, Laura (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Advisory Prerequisites: none
  • Description: This course focuses on leadership skills and strategic planning for public health and healthcare professionals with the ultimate goal of readying students for public health 3.0. Students will learn approaches to empower teams and to collaborate across sectors and will practice using systems thinking and policy evaluation as tools for promoting health for individuals and populations. The course will include self-assessment of leadership skills, practice in identifying appropriate leadership and management techniques, and analysis of case studies to understand policy evaluation and systems thinking. Students will be encouraged to bring real-world experience to the class lessons and discussions.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Understand the basic structure of the public health system 2. Describe the reasons for and concepts behind Public Health 3.0 3. Discuss systems thinking mindset and utilize tools of systems thinking 4. List steps in policy analysis and evaluation and apply skills of policy analysis 5. Understand the concept of health in all policies 6. Be familiar with leadership styles in public health 7. Understand the differences in public health management and public health leadership 8. State their own leadership style 9. Apply leadership skills in a case-study 10. Be familiar with tools that are available for policy evaluation, systems thinking, and public health leadership