PBHL 3100 Syllabus - Department of Health Policy and...

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Department of Health Policy and Management College of Public Health University of Georgia PBHL 3100 Introduction to Public Health Fall 2013 Course Information Instructor: Dr. Candace Parker Office Location: 311 Bank of America Phone: 706 – 369 - 5989 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. or by appointment Course Meeting Time and Location Building: TBD Day: MWF Time: 12:20 – 1:10 pm. Textbooks and Other Required Course Material Schneider, Mary- Jane. Introduction to Public Health, 3 rd edition. Maryland: Aspen Publishers, Inc. Additional Assigned Readings on ELC. Students will also be asked to read, view, analyze and/or use various web resources and therefore will be considered assigned reading. Material presented by guest speakers, featured in videos or other media, or assigned in class will be considered part of course content and subject to inclusion on tests. Course Description The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction and broad overview of topics regarding public and community health. This course will give attention to the historical and contemporary forces impacting public health as well as to the connections between the student’s personal world and the field of public health. In addition, information about the diversity of public health perception, safeguarding, and challenges will be discussed. Finally, settings where public health is practiced and the roles of health professionals will be highlighted.
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Course Learning Objectives Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Become familiar with the powers and responsibilities of the government in public health 2. Appreciate the roles and limitations of epidemiology and biostatistics 3. Understand how psychosocial factors affect health and health behavior 4. Appreciate the role of government in environmental health 5. Understand why the U.S. medical system needs reform 6. Independently plan a pilot public health intervention Course Requirements for Grading Purposes This course requires a group presentation, the completion of assignments and small group activities, the presentation of a current event related to health policy, class participation and attendance, and adherence to the classroom code of conduct. In addition, during the semester, a Midterm and Final Exam will be administered. Assignments, attendance, the presentation of a current event, in-class activities and group activities will also be counted as part of the attendance/participation points total for the final grade. See Grading Policy below.
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