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300.603.01 The Tools of Public Health Practice and Decision Making

Health Policy and Management
Summer term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Thu 07/05/2012 - Tue 07/17/2012
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 11:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Thomas Burke
Course Instructor:

Introduces the core functions of public health and the core competencies for public health professionals. Students assess their strengths and academic goals while building their toolbox of public health competencies. Presents competencies which are illustrated though case studies, and students interactively make decisions. Cases include management and personnel decision making, cultural sensitivity, communicating with the media, outbreak and emergency response. Presents elements of the public health problem solving approach and integrates them into the case examples. Familiarizes students with the core competencies and encourages development through courses and the public health practicum.

Learning Objectives:

This course will prepare you to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify the core functions of public health and their application in public health practice
  2. Identify the steps in the public health problem solving approach
  3. Apply the core competencies for public health professions as developed by the ASPH and Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice
  4. Conduct a self assesment to determine personal strengths and weaknesses, and goals for competency development
  5. Identify the qualities (positive and negative) of leaders within the public health practice setting
  6. Apply the problem solving approach and core competencies to reach decisions to address real world public health problems
  7. Identify the challenges of communication in public health practice and develop strategies for addressing multiple audiences
  8. Identify the role of the media in public health communication and be equiped to craft a message for the media
  9. Review the importance of surveillance and public health indicators in the practice setting
  10. Identify the importance of social, economic, and political drivers in the developement of public health strategies
  11. Develop a plan for building a toolbox of competencies
Methods of Assessment:

Participation in interactive case studies and submission of short assignments

Instructor Consent:

No consent required