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221.632.11 Introduction to Improving Quality in Public Health Practice

International Health
Summer Inst. term
1 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Tue 06/18/2019 - Thu 06/20/2019
Class Times:
  • Tu W Th,  1:30 - 4:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
David Bishai
Course Instructor :

Our Have and Have-Not world is divided into places where there are effective public health services and where there are not. You can fix that.

This course will teach you how to help public health systems do their job better by using modern tools of quality improvement and quality assurance

You will be equipped with a background in what high quality public health services look like and strategies to help any public health organization assess and improve its performance.

Prepares students to design and implement a program of performance and assessment in public health practice. Examines the historical and theoretical background of public health practice and quality improvement. Presents strategies for developing public health practice improvement strategies that can be implemented in a high or low income setting, in a public or private sector, in a national or a sub-national organization. Includes practical tools that can be adapted for local use. Compares top-down and bottom-up approaches to public health practice quality.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Use measurements to evaluate the performance of public health functions at the local level
  2. Create performance improvement plans based on observed strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities
Methods of Assessment:

Final Exam: 50%
Exercises: 40%
Class Participation: 10%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With:
Special Comments:

Students are required to complete readings prior to the start of class. A take home final will be due on 6/20/19.