Public Health 

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Course Description:  This course introduces: the history, development, and organization of Public Health; the scientific concepts and analytical tools used in Public Health; and the principal focal areas of Public Health intervention.  These focal areas include: communicable and non-communicable disease controlenvironmental health, food safety, nutrition, social and behavioral determinants of health, public health services, world health, health policy and law, and ethics.   'Healthy People 2010'  will serve as a unifying thread to tie together the topical areas.

Computer/Internet Requirements:  This course is available on computer CD, but can be loaded on a server and used via the Internet.  The user must have access to an Internet capable computer.  This means that the computer has an Internet browser and can connect to other web sites on the 'net'.  Each module may require 2-4 hours of Internet time to complete, so a local service provider is desirable.  Audio/Video feeds or lectures may be provided but are not necessary to complete any module.  For the Audio/Video files, the user must have RealPlayer capable software and a sound capable computer.   Basic RealPlayer may be downloaded from the Internet at no charge. 

Recommended Text:  Last, J. M. (1997). Public Health and Human Ecology. Appleton & Lange, Stanford, CT.   

Dr. Last is one of the most respected authors in Public Health and this volume provides a concise, yet very complete,  introduction to Public Health.

Learning Experiences:  Course modules are designed to stand alone, but readings in the recommended text provide content details and explanatory information.  Hyperlinks found within the modules take the user to other academic, governmental, and professional sites related to the study material. Since these sites provide specifics on the subject not found in the book or module, the user should visit and engage the materials at these sites.  

Periodically within the modules, open-ended discussion questions are provided to 'pull' the user into the subject.  Module quizzes informally test general comprehension.  The discussion and study questions at the end of each module re-enforce mastery of the material. They may also serve as group discussion board topics and homework questions respectively. 

Audio lectures/notes, if available, add an additional learning dimension.  Variety, interactivity, and multiple points of view are provided in the overall learning experience. 

Instructions to User:  There are a few simple computer navigation items needed to successfully use this program:

1.  Underlined (blue) text denotes a link to another location.  If you click on a link it will take you to that location.  These locations can be within the same file you have open, to another file located somewhere else in the program, or to other Internet locations.  (Example: The Table of Content frame to the left allows linkage to the course modules.) 

2.  The Back button on your tool bar at the top of the screen will return you to the previous location. If you cannot use the Back button, you can close the file (X button in upper right corner)  and go to the last open file.

3.  If you are playing an audio file (Realplayer), you will need to put that file in the background to view the main screen.  That can be done by clicking on the exposed main program frame or by clicking on the minimize button in the Realplayer program.

4.  When you click on the Audio Tour link above, if Realplayer is not found on your computer, you can go to the Realplayer site and download the free software version.  Your version of this program may not include the audio lectures, in that case you will not need Realplayer.


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Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the history, development, and methods used in Public Health.
  2. Understand, recognize, or explain the scientific principles behind the Public Health measures that safeguard human health.
  3. Understand the epidemiological and statistical basis of Public Health practice.
  4. Understand how health risks are established.
  5. Explain disease control measures used in Public Health.
  6. Describe or identify environmental health services or measures that protect the individual or public.
  7. Explain the role of food and nutrition in health.
  8. Identify the major social and behavioral determinants of health.
  9. Describe or identify community health services or measures that protect the individual or public.
  10. Understand global strategies and environmental concerns in Public Health.
  11. Describe or identify health policy measures that protect the individual or public.
  12. Understand the impact of health policy, law, and ethics on public health practice.

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