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The Tools of Public Health Practice and Decision Making

Barcelona, Spain
2nd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Mon 11/11/2019 - Wed 11/13/2019
Class Times:
  • M Tu W,  8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Judy Holzer
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. Uses case studies to examine the application of the competencies in public health practices. Provides an opportunity to apply knowledge by working in teams to assess a public health problem and propose potential solutions.

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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Discussion
  • 40% Group Presentation
  • 40% Assignments

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: