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Week One, November 7-11, 2016

Climate Change Adaptation in Public Health: Large World Cities, 317.700.98

3 credits
November 7-9, 2016
830-1800 each day
Instructors: Drs. Mary Sheehan and Marc Marí-Dell'Olmo
Registration Fee: 414 Euros
Academic Credit Tuition: $3165

Warmer temperatures, sea-level rise and more frequent and unpredictable severe storms brought by climate change pose major challenges for public health policy makers and practitioners. The policy challenge is to develop and implement strategies and programs to protect populations from a growing number of adverse health outcomes, including heat stress and heat stroke, injuries, and vector-borne disease. Students who are future public health policy and practice leaders will gain policy and practice tools that will help public health departments in the effort to adapt to climate change.

This course provides an overview of the science behind climate change and highlights the particular risks of global mega-cities due to their concentrated populations, urban heat-island effect, frequent proximity to coasts and rivers, and locus of transport and trade. The WHO and US CDC Guides to Vulnerability for Public Health and the UN Habitat Guide to Vulnerability Assessment for Cities will be used to identify populations at greatest risk from climate impacts. Critically evaluates through case studies actual climate and health adaptive policies as they are implemented in real-life contexts in several large, innovative world cities including San Francisco, London, Rio de Janeiro, Durban, and Copenhagen.

A special presentation will be made by the City of Barcelona Climate Adaptation Team.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper proposal due December 2, 2016 and final paper due December 23, 2016.


Problem Solving in Public Health, 550.608.98

4 credits
November 8-11, 2016
830 -1800 each day
Instructors: Ms. Dana Sleicher, Dr. Cyrus Engineer and Mrs. Francesca Sánchez
Registration Fee: 552 Euros
Academic Credit Tuition: $4220
Note: enrollment in this course is limited to 45 students

This course serves as an integrated introduction to the field of public health, offering definitions of health and public health, a comparison of the fields of public health and medicine, and an introduction to a broad array of current public health issues. The main focus of the course is to help students develop an effective, coherent approach to solving public health problems. Public health work is rarely conducted in isolation: Students will work in teams to develop their skills in the use of a public health framework for addressing public health challenges—and opportunities.

The Problem Solving Framework used in the course contains a series of sequential steps: defining the problem; measuring its magnitude; understanding the key determinants; identifying and developing intervention and prevention strategies; setting priorities and recommending policies; implementing intervention strategies; and evaluating the interventions. Effective communication strategies are critical at all stages of the Problem Solving framework, and the human rights impact of each step is actively considered.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, small group work and group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later then December 23, 2016.


Transportation Policy and Health, 305.630.98

2 credits
November 10-11, 2016
830 -1800 each day
Instructors: Drs. Keshia Pollack and Catherine Pérez
Registration Fee: 276 Euros
Academic Credit Tuition: $2110

Through readings, lectures, and interactive discussion, students learn that intersectoral collaborations between public health and the transportation sector can promote options that meet transportation goals, as well as maximize the health-promoting aspects of transportation and mitigate its adverse health impacts.

This course provides an overview of the significant effect of transportation on health in terms of safety, air quality, physical activity, noise pollution, and equitable access to opportunities, and importance of this sector for public health. Covers topics including, transportation policies that (a) promote safe travel by vehicle, aviation, and rail, (b) foster active transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling), (c) expand public transportation, (d) address air quality and the built environment; and (e) promote equitable access. Uses case studies to highlight transportation policies that have been developed and implemented at the federal, state, and local levels, and describes how they have promoted health or had the unintended consequence of adversely affecting health.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation and small group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later then December 23, 2016.


Air, Water and Food Toxins: Sources, Exposures, Health Effects and Policy, 312.641.98

2 credits
November 10-11, 2016
830-1800 each day
Instructors: Drs. Ellen Silbergeld and Anna Gómez Gutiérrez
Registration Fee: 276 Euros

This course introduces students to chemical contaminants in ambient air, drinking water and food, and different strategies for controlling and preventing human exposure and adverse health outcomes. Explores the strengths and weaknesses of existing management strategies and highlights similarities and differences in American and European policies.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation or UPF academic credit based on class participation and final group project on investigating environmental incidents. This course is not available for Johns Hopkins academic credit.


Week Two, November 14-18, 2016

The Tools of Public Health Practice and Decision Making, 300.603.98

3 credits
November 14-16, 2016
830 -1800 each day
Instructors: Ms. Beth Resnick and Dr. Joan R. Villalbí
Registration Fee: 414 Euros
Academic Credit Tuition: $3165

This course will introduce the core functions of public health and the core competencies for public health professionals. Students will assess their strengths and academic goals while building their toolbox of public health competencies. Case studies will be used to present competencies and will include topics such as management and personnel decision making, cultural sensitivity, communicating with the media, outbreak and emergency response. Some elements of the public health problem solving approach will be presented and integrated into the case examples.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, social media involvement and interactive case studies. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins academic credit will be further evaluated by a take-home exam due no later then December 16, 2016.


Analysis of Longitudinal Data, 140.608.98

2 credits
November 14-15, 2016
830 -1800 each day
Instructors: Dr. Elizabeth Colantuoni and Mr. Xavier Bartoll
Registration Fee: 276 Euros
Academic Credit Tuition: $2110

This course covers statistical models for drawing scientific inferences from longitudinal data. Topics include longitudinal study design; exploring longitudinal data; linear and generalized linear regression models for correlated data, including marginal, random effects, and transition models; and handling missing data.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation and homework problems. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by a final report/paper on analysis methods and results due no later then December 23, 2016.


Suicide as a Public Health Problem, 330.674.98

3 credits
November 14-16, 2016
830 -1800 each day
Instructors: Dr. Holly Wilcox, Diana E. Clarke, and Jordi Alonso
Registration Fee: 414 Euros
Academic Credit Tuition: $3165

This course introduces students to the following content areas with regard to suicide: history and theories; epidemiology; etiological factors and mechanisms; clinical phenomenology and comorbid disorders; assessment of suicidal behaviors; special populations; preventive and treatment interventions; ethical issues on the conduct of research on suicidal populations.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation and an in-class group presentation at the end of day three. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by a take-home quiz due December 2, 2016 and a critical appraisal of public papers in the field due no later then December 23, 2016.


Patient Safety and Medical Errors, 309.730.98

3 credits
November 16-18, 2016
830 -1800 each day
Instructors: Dr. Albert Wu
Registration Fee: 414 Euros
Academic Credit Tuition: $3165

This course provides an introduction to the science of safety, and how it relates to problems with patient safety in health care. Explains the role of both individuals and systems in improving patient safety. Reviews institutional responses to adverse events, including the topics of risk management and medical malpractice. Emphasizes the importance of communication and teamwork. Students learn the basics of conducting an incident investigation, gain an understanding of the advantages and limitations of error reporting, learn how to disclose errors and adverse events, and learn models for improving safety in hospitals and other health care organizations from both the micro and macro points of view.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by a final paper outline due December 2, 2016 and a final paper that will analyze a patient-safety case study due no later then December 23, 2016.


Special Studies: Crisis Response in Public Health Practice: International Perspectives, 302.843.98

2 credits
November 17-18, 2016
830 -1800 each day
Instructors: Dr. Joshua Sharsfstein
Registration Fee: 276 Euros
Academic Credit Tuition: $2110

Firefighters battle fires; police officers fight crime. Public health officials capture the public’s attention during crises, such as infectious disease outbreaks, panic over tainted food or other household products, weather-related disasters, and high profile disputes with regulated industries. This course brings the concept of crisis to center stage in order to prepare future and current public health officials for crisis.

This course examines crises from the point of view of an agency leader responsible for designing and implementing an effective response while maintaining credibility and securing long-term policy change. Recent crises to be discussed include: global response to Ebola and Zika, responses to regulatory failures, foodborne outbreaks, and vaccine controversies. Offers students an opportunity to apply their knowledge by proposing a crisis response plan for a public health agency. Note, this is not a course in emergency preparedness or disaster planning.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation and a group case-study presentation at the end of the second day. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkinsor UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by a crisis response plan final paper due no later then December 2, 2016.


Job Quality, Job Insecurity, Unemployment and Health: Current Issues in Policy, 318.864.98

2 credits
November 17-18, 2016
830 -1800 each day
Instructors: Dr. Pekka Virtanen and Ms. Imma Cortès
Registration Fee: 276 Euros
Academic Credit Tuition: $2110

The focus of the course will be on the relationship between work and health, taking into account individual situations along the continuum that range from stable work situations that provide opportunities for improving health, to less favorable conditions represented by the loss of employment or the inability to find employment. Central topics to be covered include the job quality concept and its measurement, job instability and other related concepts, precarious employment, atypical employment, unemployment, economic vulnerability and explitation and their imact on health and in inequalities in health.

This course provides policy researchers with a set of analytical frameworks to gain a greater understanding of policy issues. Explores all aspects of a topical policy issue from its origins, transformations, and impact on health and social justice. Policy topics are determined each year according to faculty interest, student need, and policy saliency. Uses case studies, policy analysis readings, and discussions to foster student learning. Some sessions focus directly on translating policy research into policy alternatives while others focus on the political and social environment.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by a final paper outline due December 2, 2016 and a final paper due no later then December 23, 2016.


Week Three, November 21-26, 2016

Social Determinants of Health Inequalities for the 21st Century, 308.847.98

3 days
November 21-23, 2016
830 - 1800 each day
Instructor: Drs. Joan Benach and M. Isabel Pasarín Rua
Registration Fee: 414 Euros

In many countries, Public Health research on health inequities has become an emergent topic, with most perspectives still based on limited risk factor analyses and narrow life-style and biological perspectives. This course introduces an approach based on a systemic transdisciplinary approach.

Embracing a systemic approach, focusing on emergent concepts, models, and methods based on intertwined disciplines, this course introduces a transdisciplinary systemic integrated approach to exam complex challenges such as obesity or addition. Advances at the upstream (e.g. political institutions and power relations), midstream (e.g. employment precarization), and downstream levels (e.g., behaviours and biological factors) will be reviewed, including explanatory case studies and the evaluation of policies and interventions to tackle health inequities.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation and a group presentation. Students enrolled for UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on the submission of a final paper, due no later then December 23, 2016. This course is not available for Johns Hopkins academic credit.


SS/R: Introduction to Environmental Health, 180.841.98

3 credits
November 21-23, 2016
830 -1800 each day
Instructors: Drs. Keeve Nachman and Ms. Natalia Valero
Registration Fee: 414 Euros
Academic Credit Tuition: $3165

This course examines health issues, scientific understanding of causes, and possible future approaches to control of the major environmental health problems in industrialized and developing countries. Topics include physical, chemical, and biological agents of environmental contamination; solid and hazardous waste; susceptible populations; biomarkers and risk analysis; the scientific basis for policy decisions; and emerging global environmental health problems.

Note: This special studies is a subset of 180.601 Environmental Health.  This special studies will NOT meet the EHS requirement for JHU/MPH students.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation and in-class group exercises. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by a take-home exam due no later then December 2, 2016.


The Impact of the Financial, Economic and Political Crises on Health, Quality of Life and Well-Being of Population, 308.605.98

3 credits
November 24-26, 2016
830 -1800 each day
Instructor: Dr. Vicente Navarro
Registration Fee: 414 Euros
Academic Credit Tuition: $3165

This course analyzes the causes for the current worldwide crisis, both in developed and developing countries, with a special emphasis on the United States/Canada and Europe. Focus will be placed on the consequences of those crises on health and social policies that affect the quality, well-being and health of populations. The crisis will be considered from the political economy, social policy and health policy perspectives.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation and oral group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated by a final paper due no later then December 23, 2016.


Tutoring Residents as Teachers and Leaders, 300.877.98

2 credits
November 21-22, 2016
830-1800 each day
Instructors: Drs. Michael Melia and Joan-Ramon Masclans
Registration Fee: 276 Euros
Academic Credit Tuition: $2110

Medical Residents play important roles in hospital ward and ambulatory settings.  While these roles include patient care and continued professional development, they also include teaching more junior learners and leading teams. As residents negotiate their roles and leaders and learners, their successes and failures are overseen by the senor physicians and faculty, the tutors, who are responsible for their overall training.  While residents work directly under the supervision of a more senior physician during each rotation, tutors receive little formal training in teaching leadership skills development and teaching skills to their residents.

This course will provide that training to the senior tutors. Topics to be covered include: providing residents with clinical teaching skills, including the one-minute preceptor model of clinical teaching and how to give an effective mini-lecture (chalk talk) on rounds or in clinic; strategies for delivery of effective feedback as well as establishment of effective, longitudinal coaching relationships; teaching leadership skills; and knowing and effectively mentoring your learners: unique characteristics of millennials.  

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation. This course is not available for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit.