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305.607.01 Public Health Practice

Health Policy and Management
2nd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Robin Dranbauer
Course Instructors:

300.615.01 (on-line) Tools of Public Health Practice or 300.603.98 (Barcelona) Tools of Public Health Practice and Decision Making. If a student that has not completed the prerequisite, please check with the course faculty for make-up information.


This course meets the MPH practicum requirement and is open to any interested graduate students. The 2nd term class is on campus and focuses on public health issues in Baltimore City. The 4th term course is online and is designed for students at any location either on or off-campus. In the 4th term all practicum work can be completed independently at a time convenient to the student.

Builds on the course prerequisite and satisfies the MPH practicum requirement through hands-on application of knowledge and skills to real-world practice concerns and settings in collaboration with a public health practice organization. Students engage in a significant experience through addressing public health priority areas identified by the collaborating organization. All practicum work is shared with the collaborating organization for use at their discretion. Students complete the public health practicum assignments under the direction and supervision of the course faculty. Practicum work is designed around pre-identified priority areas and projects; students will not be able to select topics outside of these areas.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Assess population health of a specific jurisdiction
  2. Develop strategies and approaches to address public health priorities
  3. Apply public health and social determinants of health knowledge and theory to address specific public health challenges
  4. Assess and develop public health communications to targeted audiences
  5. Advance personal career growth and development, using the core competencies for public health professionals as a framework
Methods of Assessment:

Course participation module (10%), Assessment module (20%), Policy Development and Implementation module (20%), communication module (30%) and independent fieldwork module (20%)

Enrollment Restriction:

Undergraduates are not permitted in this course

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course fulfills the MPH practicum requirement. Note, students taking the course for practicum credit are required to submit a Practicum Learning Plan Proposal Form available at: