Skip Navigation

Course Directory

Current Issues in Public Health


1st term
Health Policy and Management
1 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor s:
Meghan McGinty

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Current Issues in Public Health is designed to broaden and enrich the academic experience through presentations on current public health topics and interactions with faculty experts. A variety of faculty will present issues and encourage discussion and critical thinking. This course will concentrate on current perspectives and research findings about problems important to the health of individuals and communities. The sessions cover a broad spectrum of population-based, prevention-oriented issues relevant to the professional practice of public health in both the private and public sectors, both domestic and international.

Faculty experts present public health topics of current interest in both industrialized and developing nations, such as health promotion and disease prevention, health care delivery systems, environmental problems and the spectrum of factors influencing the health status of populations and communities.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe four major current issues in public health and discuss the magnitude of the problem, recent relevant research findings, and intervention strategies
Methods of Assessment:

Completion of online lectures (10%); Live-talk attendance (10%); discussion forum contribution (10%); 2 written assignments (35% each)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required