The instructor will endeavor to strengthen student’s cumulative knowledge and understanding of core public health concepts, interventions, issues, challenges and priorities. Class work, writings, discussion and evaluation will focus on the synthesis within and between these core public health concepts, interventions, issues, challenges and priorities.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Apply knowledge holistically from a number of domains in the analysis of public health issues, consider options for addressing those issues, and articulate and apply approaches to addressing key issues that will shape the future of public health
2. Understand the use and limitation of decision-making tools and understand how to make sound and evidence-based decisions on public health problems, issues and priorities;
3. Understand best practices and historic lessons regarding success and failure in public health interventions;
4. Improve student ability to prepare written and oral statements on key public health topics;
5. Synthesize key concepts in public health and apply that synthesis to program design and evaluation;
6. Synthesize interdisciplinary approaches to the analysis of domestic and global determinants of health and disease as well as interventions to eliminate or control disease and other health impairing conditions.
In addition, per the WID aspects of this course, students should be able to:
1. Recognize and differentiate various genres of writing and types of audiences that are common in public health
2. Identify, analyze, synthesize, evaluate and employ information resources and/or other forms of supporting evidence appropriate and relevant to scholarly work in public health
3. Apply critical analytic and evaluative thinking to the student’s own writing, through drafting, revising and editing processes appropriate to public health and the specific genre in which the student is writing
4. Apply critical analytic and evaluative thinking to the work of classmates through collaborative practices such as peer review that are appropriate to public health.