Description: Review of literature or directed readings on selected topic related to one or more areas of public health.
Course Goals: The goals of this course are to:
1. Introduce students to peer-reviewed literature in public health
2. Improve students' ability to locate, use, evaluate, and synthesize public health information
Competencies: None (see objectives and program learning domains)
Learning Objectives: By the end of the term, students should be able to find and appropriately interpret and critically evaluate the findings in peer-reviewed scientific literature.
Description: Practical projects allows undergraduate students to explore community-based public health settings. Project must be related to public health practice and developed in consultation with a faculty advisor. Students will write an integrative paper analyzing the organization's role in the public health system and critically reflecting on their experience.
Course Goals: To provide students an opportunity to engage with local-level public health professionals and organizations that engage in public health practice.
Competencies: None/see learning objectives and program domains
Learning Objectives: As part of this course students will consider the following concepts:
1. Health promotion at a population level
2. Community dynamics and the cultural context in which public health professionals work
3. Organizational structure and dynamics, including the organization's role in the public health system
4. How to operate professionally in a public health organization (including but not limited to: personal work ethic, professionalism, teamwork, and leadership)
Description: Students conduct independent research on a specific public health topic under the supervision of a public health faculty member.
Course Goals: The goals of this course are to:
1. Introduce undergraduate students to public health research;
2. Provide students an opportunity to gain experience conducting public health research;
3. Improve students' ability to communicate public health information in written form;
4. Improve students' ability to locate, use, evaluate, and synthesize public health information.
Competencies: Please see above course goals
Learning Objectives: After completing this course, students will:
1. Understand how to form a research question;
2. Be able to identify relevant literature or data sources to address a research question;
3. Better understand the role of data in understanding public health problems.
PUBHLTH481 Public Health Practice and Professionalism
Description: Students will apply their knowledge and skills to address current public health challenges. Professional development and engagement with public health agencies will prepare students to work in the field.
Course Goals: PUBHLTH 481 is an introduction to public health practice that will foster creative and systematic thinking through experiential learning that prepares students to work collaboratively with government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and community partners, addressing current public health challenges.
Competencies: Not applicable
Learning Objectives: By the end of the course students should (be able to): 1. Explain what public health practice is and distinguish it from public health research; 2. Integrate knowledge with theory and practice to propose solutions to current public health challenges (esp. those that impact population health and contribute to health disparities); 3. Describe public health infrastructure, including the systems, competencies, frameworks, relationships, and resources that enable public health agencies to perform their core functions and essential services; 4. Assess community health needs, identifying key problems and assets, and create a conceptual framework that informs decision making; 5. Prioritize working with communities, agencies and other stakeholders in culturally appropriate ways; 6. Engage in cross-disciplinary, team-based discussion and project design; 7. Collect high quality data to analyze, evaluate and disseminate as public health information via appropriate channels; 8. Develop a strategy to promote health—from broad policy to direct intervention—that accounts for available resources, stakeholder interests, and community needs; 9. Describe a process for evaluation that assesses and improves the quality of a public health strategy and determines its effectiveness; 10. Exhibit professionalism and an ability to think critically while communicating and practicing public health; 11. Recognize the importance of public health work that is performed outside of an academic setting, and how learning in this context contributes to professional advancement in the field.