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552.605.81 the Science of Primary Secondary and Tertiary Prevention in Population Health

2nd term
0.5 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Mon 10/28/2019 - Sun 11/24/2019
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Course Facilitator

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


Provides a broad understanding of the different levels of public health prevention: primary, secondary, and tertiary and discusses the impact of each level on prevention in population health. Emphasizes the role of epidemiology in prevention and control; compares and contrasts the descriptive epidemiology, natural history, and pathologic and biologic characteristics as well as factors related to their etiology. Presents the impacts of recent advances in human genomics/genetics, immunology and metabolism on prevention strategies for chronic and acute disease. Introduces basic principles, theories, and methods in the field of prevention science. Identifies public health interventions that operate at multiple ecological levels, including the community, family, and individual. Introduces the role of resilience. Discusses case studies related to the prevention of different physical, mental, behavioral and infectious disease health problems.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Articulate the role of prevention science in public health
  2. Explain the different levels of public health prevention
  3. Identify prevention approaches at different ecological levels
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 40% Interim
  • 40% Final

Instructor Consent:

No consent required