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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Judy Holzer
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
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 Objective(s):
This course will prepare you to be able to do the following:
Identify the core functions of public health and their application in public health practice
Identify the steps in the public health problem solving approach
Apply the core competencies for public health professions as developed by the ASPH and Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice
Conduct a self assesment to determine personal strengths and weaknesses, and goals for competency development
Identify the qualities (positive and negative) of leaders within the public health practice setting
Apply the problem solving approach and core competencies to reach decisions to address real world public health problems
Identify the challenges of communication in public health practice and develop strategies for addressing multiple audiences
Identify the role of the media in public health communication and be equiped to craft a message for the media
Review the importance of surveillance and public health indicators in the practice setting
Identify the importance of social, economic, and political drivers in the developement of public health strategies
Develop a plan for building a toolbox of competencies

Methods of Assessment: Class participation and social media involvement (10%), interactive case studies and submission of short assignments (40%) and final exam (50%)
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Class Times:
  • Mon 11/18/2013 - Wed 11/20/2013
  • Monday 8:30 - 6:00
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 6:00
  • Wednesday 8:30 - 6:00
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: undergraduate students are not permitted in this section
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Full-time BSPH students must obtain permission from Judy Holzer or Pam Davis in HPM before registering for this course.

For consent, contact:
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2015-2016