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Seminars in Public Health: Advanced Topics

2nd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
Aruna Chandran

600.601.86 Seminars in Public Health


Expands upon the 1st term of Seminars in Public Health to focus on how to effect public health change. Uses a combination of expert presentations and engaging discussions to explore topics including identification of key stakeholders, acknowledging competing governance priorities, and gathering support for population-level interventions. Explores the dissemination of public health messages, understanding key aspects of speaking to a range of stakeholder audiences and utilizing available communication tools. Focuses on examples of successful advocacy for change, and key lessons learned. Encourages students to utilize the public health approach discussed over the two terms to refine their future career goals.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain how to identify and engage key stakeholders that affect population health, both within and outside of the health sector
  2. Discuss communication strategies and tools that are important in the dissemination of public health messages
  3. Explain using historical examples how population-level change has been achieved using a public health approach
  4. Reflect on how personal career goals and aspirations have changed or been refined having learned about the importance of public health in improving population health and achieving health equity
Methods of Assessment:

Recording of a stakeholder debate: 30%, Writing an advocacy memo: 50%, Writing a career reflection: 20%

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to OPAL students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required