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Seminars in Public Health

1st term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
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Course Instructor:
Aruna Chandran



Introduces basic principles of public health practice at local, national, and international levels. Uncovers relevant public health topics through expert presentations and discussions. Focuses on the core competencies required for the effective improvement of the health of communities. Explores the public health approach to describing a community's health, including the importance of understanding its social context. Introduces topics in public health history and philosophy, including its core functions and the 10 Essential Services. Covers a spectrum of prevention-oriented issues relevant to public health in the private and public sectors of both domestic and international communities, including global health promotion, disease prevention, health care delivery systems, and environmental issues. Explores influences on the health of populations, including biological/genetic factors, behavioral/psychological factors, globalization and social/political/economic determinants of health.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe what public health is, and the core public health services necessary for improving population health and reducing health inequities.
  2. Discuss the magnitude and significance of a specific public health problem, understanding the critical importance of scientific evidence in advancing public health knowledge and how to apply this evidence to explore the problem’s public health burden as well as potential intervention strategies.
  3. Explain the application of a holistic contextual approach to understanding the problems affecting the health and well-being of communities, including the influences of behavioral, psychological, biological, genetic, social, political, economic and environmental factors on health.
  4. Compare public health assessment and control efforts for one disease or population to that of another
Methods of Assessment:

Discussion forum posts: 30%
Community walk: 40%
Situation analysis: 30%

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students enrolled in OPAL programs.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required