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223.630.81 the Practice of Public Health Through Vaccine Case Studies: Problem Solving Seminar

International Health
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Daniel Salmon
Course Instructor s:

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


Vaccines are among the most effective medical and public health interventions. Are you interested in learning about the practice of public health in the vaccine world?

Do you want to understand how vaccination programs translate science into public health practice?

Presents several historic vaccine case studies highlighting challenges in emerging science, program design and evaluation, management, policy and communication. Examines decision-making surrounded by scientific uncertainty, controversy and competing public health priorities. Explores the challenges of developing policy and practice decisions within the constraints of emerging and uncertain science. Challenges students to make policy decisions and develop programmatic and communication strategies in real world settings.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain key immunization stakeholder and decision-makers and how they contribute to vaccine policy and practice
  2. Identify, synthesize and apply evidence based public health research and theory from a broad range of disciplines and data sources for problem solving and to advance vaccine programs, policies, and systems
  3. Influence decision making regarding policies and practices that advance public health using scientific knowledge, analysis, communication and consensus building
  4. Assess and use communication strategies across diverse audiences to inform and influence individual, organization, community and policy actions in order to promote the health of the public
  5. Provide fiscally responsible, strategic, and operational guidance within public health organizations for achieving individual and community health
  6. Design and evaluate system-level and programmatic initiatives in multidisciplinary teams so as promote public health outcomes
Methods of Assessment:

Participation (20%), Individual News Response (20%), Individual Briefing Memo (20%), Group Mock Briefings for Decision-Makers (40%)

Enrollment Restriction:

Enrollment restricted to first year Doctor of Public Health students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required