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Public Health Practice

4th term
Health Policy and Management
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Robin Dranbauer

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


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 pre-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 under the direction and supervision of the course faculty. Practicum work is designed with a pre-identified collaborating organization around pre-identified priority areas and projects; students are not able to select topics/projects outside of the pre-identified options. This course does not offer the option for students to identify their own collaborating organizations or develop their own projects.

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/Program Development and Implementation module (20%), Communication module (20%) and independent fieldwork module (30%)

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: