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Week One, November 4-8, 2019

550.608.98 Problem Solving in Public Health
4 Credits
November 5-8, 2019
830-1800 each day
Instructor: Drs. Cyrus Engineer and Brian Wahl
Registration Fee: 560 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $4648

Note: Enrollment in this course is limited to 45 students

This course serves as an integrated introduction to the field of public health, offering definitions of health and public health, a comparison of the fields of public health and medicine, and an introduction to a broad array of current public health issues. The main focus of the course is to help students develop an effective, coherent approach to solving public health problems. Public health work is rarely conducted in isolation: Students will work in teams to develop their skills in the use of a public health framework for addressing public health challenges—and opportunities.

The Problem Solving Framework used in the course contains a series of sequential steps: defining the problem; measuring its magnitude; understanding the key determinants; identifying and developing intervention and prevention strategies; setting priorities and recommending policies; implementing intervention strategies; and evaluating the interventions. Effective communication strategies are critical at all stages of the Problem Solving framework, and the human rights impact of each step is actively considered.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, small group work and group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later then December 20, 2019.


340.602.98 Intermediate Epidemiology
3 Credits
November 6-8, 2019
830 -1800
Instructors: Drs. Moyses Szklo and Oleguer Pares-Badell

Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $3486

This course covers the key principles, designs and methods of observational epidemiology studies. Topics that will be covered include the general design of the main observational studies (birth cohort analysis, ecologic studies, cohort, case-based case-control studies, case-control studies within a defined cohort, and case-crossover studies), measures of disease frequency (cumulative incidence, rate and odds) and of association (relative risk, odds ratio), evaluation of confounding and interaction, types of bias, and the most often used methods of adjustment for confounding effects and their assumptions. The course will employ instructor lectures and group discussions.

Students who register for this course must have a basic (post-baccalaureate) level understanding of biostatistics and epidemiology.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, small group work and group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later then December 20, 2019.


182.640.98 Food & Water-borne Diseases
3 credits
November 6-8, 2019
830 -1800 each day
Instructors: Dr. Kellog Schwab and Anna Gόmez
Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $3486

This course discusses food- and water-borne intoxicants and infections, diseases linked to eating and drinking, and prevention of food and water-borne diseases. Topics to be addressed in the course include transmission of disease via food and water, disease processes in food- and water-related illness, microbial toxins, mycotoxins, chemical toxins, bacterial infections (salmonellosis, shigellosis, vibrio, listeria, etc.) virus and parasitic infections, organizing safe food and water supplies, and issues in food and water safety.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, small group work and group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later then December 20, 2019. 

Week Two, November 11-16, 2019

300.603.98 The Tools of Public Health Practice and Decision Making
3 credits
November 11-13, 2019
830-1800 each day
Instructor: Dr. Beth Resnick
Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $3486

This course will introduce the core functions of public health and the core competencies for public health professionals. Students will assess their strengths and academic goals while building their toolbox of public health competencies. Case studies will be used to present competencies and will include topics such as management and personnel decision making, cultural sensitivity, communicating with the media, outbreak and emergency response. Some elements of the public health problem solving approach will be presented and integrated into the case examples.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, small group work and group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later then December 20, 2019.


140.640.98 Statistical Methods for Sample Surveys
3 credits
November 11-13, 2019
830-1800 each day
Instructors: Dr. Saifuddin Ahmed and Mr. Xavier Bartoll-Roca
Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $3486

This course will present construction of sampling frames, area sampling, methods of estimation, stratified sampling, subsampling, and sampling methods for surveys of human populations. Students will use STATA or another comparable package to implement designs and analyses of survey data.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to design and implement surveys with the following sampling designs: simple random, systematic, stratified, cluster and multistage. In addition, students will learn how to estimate design weights and adjust for non-responses.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, small group work and group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later then December 20, 2019.


312.557.98 Workshop: Planning for Climate Change in Barcelona
November 13, 2019
830-1800
Instructors: Drs. Joan R Villalbi, Marc Mari-Dell'Olmo, and Mary Sheehan
Registration Fee: 140 Euros

This workshop will provide an overview of the actions developed to respond to the challenges posed by climate change to the public health services and, also of the City Climate Action Plan. They will be compared to the actions undertaken in other settings. Together, participants will discuss how they may be evaluated. Efforts will be made to identify the components of a health information system that may allow a permanent monitoring of the key processes and health indicators of climate change for the city of Barcelona.

Workshops are intended to be hands-on opportunities for public health professionals to examine a topic of particular interest or application to the city of Barcelona. The workshops are open to those beyond employees and researchers of the Barcelona Public Health Agency, but no JHU or UPF academic credit will be available to participants.


317.864.98 At a Climate Crossroads: Advanced Topics in Climate Change Policy, Health and Wellbeing
2 Credits
November 14-15, 2019
830-1800 each day
Instructors: Drs. Mary Sheehan and Joan R Villalbi
Registration Fee: 280 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $2324

This course will focus on advanced issues at the forefront of climate change and public health policy and practice. The course takes a complex-systems view that traverses the boundaries between sectors, spans government levels, and integrates perspectives across public and private actors. The course structure follows closely the most recent Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change report (Watts et al. 2018). Specific topics covered will vary depending on current science and practice. The course will use case studies, policy analysis readings, and discussions to foster student learning.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, small group work and group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later then December 20, 2019.


312.700.98 Leading Organizations
3 Credits
November 14-16, 2019
830-1800 each day
Instructor: Dr. Mark Bittle
Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $3486

This course presents the essential principles of personal and interpersonal leadership that can be used in an organizational setting to enhance performance, align and empower personnel, and assure organizational engagement. Students will learn how to apply leadership skills in a hands-on practical way that encourages each to challenge their own beliefs and assumptions about what constitutes leadership. A comprehensive review of contemporary issues and perspectives on leadership, including multidisciplinary and systems-oriented approaches as well as classic leadership theory and evolving contemporary beliefs will be offered. Additional topics such as development of leadership theories, personal assessment and development, values and ethics, motivation, power, followership, group dynamics, multiculturalism in leadership, conflict resolution, performance excellence, and the change process will also be discussed.

Note: students who have previously taken JHU course 312.610 Foundations of Organizational Leadership should not take this course.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation and case studies review. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a critical analysis paper and leadership reflection paper due no later then December 20, 2019.


318.864.98 The 100 Million Brazilians Cohort, Assessing the Impact of Social Protection Policies on Health: Current Issues in Policy Analysis
2 Credits

November 14-15, 2019
830-1800 each day

Instructors: Drs. Mauricio Barreto and Caterine Perez
Registration Fee: 280 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $2324

This session of the current issues course will use the 100 Million Brazilians cohort to focus on answering questions related to the assessment of the effects on health, and other areas, including education, labor and gender relations, of Bolsa Familia and other social programs. The course will also consider other studies on social determinants of health and identify procedures and mechanisms to enable access to data resources and analysis for researchers and policy makers.

The course provides policy researchers with a set of analytical frameworks to gain a greater understanding of policy issues. Explores all aspects of a topical policy issue from its origins, transformations, and impact on health and social justice. Policy topics are determined each year according to faculty interest, student need, and policy saliency. Uses case studies, policy analysis readings, and discussions to foster student learning. Some sessions focus directly on translating policy research into policy alternatives while others focus on the political and social environment.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, small group work and group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later then December 20, 2019.


312.558.98 Workshop: Vaccine Hesitancy Among Healthcare Workers
November 15, 2019
830-1800
Instructors: Drs. Mireia Garcia, Manuel Fernandez-Queredo and Heidi J. Larson
Registration Fee: 140 Euros

In 2016, the Preventive Programs Department and Epidemiology Department of the Public Health Agency of Barcelona initiated a line of research on vaccine hesitancy in the city that included the design of a questionnaire on knowledge, attitudes and beliefs in relation to systematic vaccination addressed to pediatric health care workers (nurses and physicians). The initial results showed a high prevalence of vaccine hesitancy among pediatric nurses and physicians in public centers. The focus of this workshop is to identify and address tailored interventions to these groups to resolve possible doubts related to vaccines as well as propose actions aimed at fostering their confidence.

Workshops are intended to be hands-on opportunities for public health professionals to examine a topic of particular interest or application to the city of Barcelona. The workshops are open to those beyond employees and researchers of the Barcelona Public Health Agency, but no JHU or UPF academic credit will be available to participants.

Week Three, November 18-23, 2019

340.696.98 Spatial Analysis I: ArcGIS
3 Credits
November 18-20, 2019
830-1800 each day
Instructor: Mr. Timothy Shields and Dr. Laia Palencia
Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $3486

ArcGIS is the gold standard tool for mapping topics within populations and thus critical to the design of population-based studies.

This course will examine the use of ArcGIS Geographic Information System (GIS) software as a tool for integrating, manipulating, and displaying public health-related spatial data. The course will cover topics such as mapping, geocoding, and manipulations related to data structures and topology and will introduce the spatial science paradigm: Spatial Data, GIS, and Spatial Statistics. The instructor will use selected case studies to demonstrate concepts along this paradigm, focusing on using GIS to generate and refine hypotheses about public health-related spatial data in preparation for a formal statistical analysis.

Although not a required part of the curriculum, topics related to spatial statistical modeling will be discussed throughout the three days. Includes both lecture and lab formats with GIS concepts and software specific details demonstrated during the lab portions. The use of personal laptops to follow along is strongly encouraged.

Note that Johns Hopkins students who have completed course 140.662 should not register for this class.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, small group work and group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later then December 20, 2019.


340.697.98 Spatial Analysis II: Spatial Data Technologies
2 Credits
November 21-22, 2019
830-1800 each day
Instructor: Mr. Timothy Shields and Dr. Laia Palencia
Registration Fee: 280 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $2324

Technologies for obtaining, collecting and creating spatial data continue to advance; use of tracking devices, cell phones and satellite imagery such as Google Earth are advancing and becoming widespread. Learn how these technologies have broadened and enhanced the field of spatial analysis in public health research and practice.

This course will examine technologies for collecting, obtaining and creating spatial data. Technologies that will be considered include, but are not limited to GPS, tablets, tracking devices, cell phones, mHealth, Google Earth, remote sensing applications, and the Internet. Software applications such as ArcGIS, QGIS, ERDAS, and R for integrating spatial data from the aforementioned technologies into useable forms for spatial analysis will be introduced. The course will also address metadata, data accuracy, and confidentiality/disclosure issues.

Note that this course requires completion of Spatial Analysis I 340.696 or consent of the Institute administration.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation and written summaries.   Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a written spatial data protocol due no later then December 20, 2019.


308.610.98 The Political Economy of Social Inequalities and Its Consequences for Health and Quality of Life
3 Credits
November 18-20, 2019

830-1800 each day
Instructor: Dr. Vicente Navarro
Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $3486

This course focuses on the economic, financial, political, and social causes for the growth of social inequalities, in both developed and underdeveloped countries, and its consequences for health and quality of life. A special emphasis is given to the analysis of public policies that have been developed by national and international agencies and how they have impacted the growth of those inequalities. The course also analyzes social class, race, and gender inequalities and their reproduction through national and international policies. The increasing concentration of power and the way it appears in health and vital statistics is emphasized. This course requires active participation of the students in the discussion of the issues involved.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, small group work and group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later then December 20, 2019.


309.730.98 Patient Safety and Medical Errors
3 Credits
November 20-22, 2019

830-1800 each day
Instructor: Dr. Albert Wu
Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $3486

This course provides an introduction to the science of safety, and how it relates to problems with patient safety in health care. Topics to be addressed in class include the role of both individuals and systems in improving patient safety, reviews institutional responses to adverse events, including the topics of risk management and medical malpractice, and emphasizes the importance of communication and teamwork. Students will learn the basics of conducting an incident investigation, gain an understanding of the advantages and limitations of error reporting, learn how to disclose errors and adverse events, and learn models for improving safety in hospitals and other health care organizations from both the micro and macro points of view.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, small group work and group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later then December 20, 2019.


308.842.98 Emerging Dimensions of Social Determinants of Health Inequalities: A Transdisciplinary Integrated Approach
3 Credits
November 21-23, 2019
830-1800 each day
Instructor: Dr. Joan Benach
Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $3486

Although there is abundant literature on the analysis of SDHI, most research approaches are based on limited risk factor analyses and other reductionistic linear behavioral and biological perspectives. The advance of ‘complexity science’ and ‘systems thinking’ across a broad range of practices and tools (e.g., system dynamics, network analysis, and agent-based modeling) allows one to consider the causes and solutions for complex challenges such as obesity and addiction, which follow complex systems characteristics such as nonlinearity, feedback loops, or chaotic behavior.

This course will introduce a novel transdisciplinary approach on Social Determinants of Health Inequities (SDHI). An in-depth understanding of macro, meso and micro levels, all of which generate health inequities will be discussed, helping to prepare students to examine the changes, causes, and potential policies to address systemic public health and equity-related subjects and the complex interactions between biology, behaviors, society and politics. The course will integrate a broad range of disciplines, ‘systems thinking’ practices, and methodological pluralism. Research advances, including explanatory case studies and the evaluation of policies and interventions to reduce health inequities, will be reviewed.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, small group work and group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later then December 20, 2019.

Week Four, November 25-27, 2019

410.679.98 Global Communication and Social Change
3 Credits
November 25-27, 2019
830-1800 each day
Instructors: Drs. Carol Underwood and Maica Rodriguez-Sanz
Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $3486

Global communication plays a key role in bringing about changes in the world around us, whether with respect to changes in social norms, economic development or broad social change that affect public health. Yet, the effects of communication on health policy, health programming, and health practices are often overlooked. This course will encourage students to examine critically theories of communication, social change, and economic development and their application as related to public health.

This course will critically examine the intersection of theories of economic development, social change, and communication as applied to public health. Introduces the complex and dynamic role of global communication in the social determinants of health. The instructor will interrogate “development” discourses as applied to health communication in middle- and low-resource areas countries. Evaluations of communication interventions in low- and middle-resource nation-states will be discussed.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, small group work and group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later then December 20, 2019.


308.701.98 Effective Presentations and News Media Interviews: Practical Skills for Public Health Practitioners
3 credits
November 25-27, 2019
830-1800 each day
Instructor: Dr. Meghan McGinty
Registration Fee: 420 Euros
JHU Academic Credit Tuition: $3486

Public health professionals are often tasked with communicating with the news media and giving presentations to a wide variety of stakeholders. This may be during an emergency situation, or to explain research and advocate for policies. Whether you are giving a presentation to a small group of colleagues or appearing on CNN, skills for effectively presenting information will inevitably come in handy during your career. This course offers practical exercises to help you be more confident, poised and prepared for public speaking. In this course, you will learn from real-life examples—both good and bad—and develop your own presentation skills during on-camera exercises.

This course will enhances skills to construct and deliver oral presentations with clarity and impact. Provides techniques and guidelines to increase your effectiveness in translating public health information to various audiences, as well as communicating through the news media during both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics include: basics of effective presentations, non-verbal communications, case studies, giving an interview, preparing talking points, advocacy and the news media, and communicating in a public health emergency. Students review videotapes of news coverage and participate as spokespersons in on-camera simulation exercises.

All students enrolled in this course are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the course. Students will be evaluated for receipt of the certificate of participation based on class participation, small group work and group presentation. Students taking this course for Johns Hopkins or UPF academic credit will be further evaluated based on a final paper due no later then December 20, 2019.