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300.603.98 the Tools of Public Health Practice and Decision Making

Health Policy and Management
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Barcelona, Spain
Mon 11/20/2017 - Wed 11/22/2017
Class Times:
  • M Tu W,  8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judy Holzer
Course Instructor :
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

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:

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

  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 assessment 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 equipped 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 development of public health strategies
  11. 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%)

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate students are not permitted in this section

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

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

For consent, contact: