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Term: 4th term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Robin Dranbauer
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014

Students conduct practicum work, including assignments, fieldwork and reflection, under the supervision of faculty from Johns Hopkins and the Baltimore City Health Department. Students select competency-based assignments and fieldwork activities to build expertise and experience relevant to their area of specialization. Throughout, students utilize the core functions, essential services, and competencies for public health professionals as a framework to assess and evaluate the implications of practice activities on Baltimore City population health. Practicum activities are centered on Baltimore City; however, the intent is for lessons learned to be relevant to other public health systems, as well as each student’s competency development within their area of specialization

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Understand how the core functions, essential public health services and core public health workforce competencies define what, why and how public health operates
assess and define a current public health challenge
offer specific strategies and approaches to address this challenge
assess and evaluate effectiveness of chosen approaches to addressing this challenge; and
create an individual public health career growth and development plan

Methods of Assessment: 1) class participation 2) completion of two course assignments (assessment of public health in your hometown and attendance at a public health meeting), and 3) a final paper
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 1:30 - 3:20
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 20
Enrollment Maximum: 100
Enrollment Restriction: undergraduate and interdivisional students are not permitted in this section
Instructor Consent: No consent required


Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Due to the nature of this course, students may not add this class after the first session.