GCH300_MelSYLLABUS_SPRING16(1) - 1 George Mason University...

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George Mason University Department of Global and Community Health GCH 300-004 Introduction to Public Health Spring 2016 Instructor: Melissa Crotty Robinson, MPH, MHA Course: GCH 300-002 (17884) Email: [email protected] Days: Tuesday Classroom: Music/Theater Building Room: 1007 Time: 4:30p.m. – 7:10p.m. Office Hours: By appointment Office Location: Robinson B - 420 Course Description: Explores the principles and foundations of public health and its practice in the United States. Emphasizes public health system’s contributions to improving individual, community and population health. Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to do the following: 1. Differentiate critical terms, definitions, and concepts associated with healthy living, community and public health, population health, health promotion and disease prevention, and safety and emergency preparedness. 2. Identify milestones in the history and development of public health in the United States. 3. Describe the core functions (responsibilities) of public health and the role of public health systems, which contribute to the delivery of essential public health services within communities and jurisdictions. 4. Explain how governmental agencies and non-governmental health organizations contribute to community and public health. 5. Examine how Healthy People and the National Prevention Strategy can be used to guide the development of policies and programs, which improve community and public health. Students as Scholar Learning Objectives: This class is identified as a Students as Scholars Discovery of Scholarship course, designed to introduce students to scholarship, and include some active or inquiry- based learning. Upon completion of this Discover Scholarship course, students will be able to: 1. Distinguish between personal beliefs and evidence. 2. Develop and understanding of how knowledge is transmitted within a discipline, across disciplines, and to the public. 3. Evaluate credibility of source information. 1
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Recommended Textbooks: McKenzie, J.F., & Pinger, R.R. (2015). An Introduction to Community and Public Health (8 th ed.). Boston, MA: Jones & Bartlett. Riegelman, R., & Kirkwood, B. (2015). Public Health 101 (2 nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett. Additional Course Materials: Additional course materials will be made available on blackboard or distributed in email to your GMU email account. Assignments: (1.) Exams: (1 st exam=25 points + 2 nd exam=25 points = 50 points total) This course will include two exams. For each exam will include: matching, fill-in the blank, and multiple choice. (2.) Public Health Literature Search Project: (25 points) This project will teach students how to conduct a scholarly literature search coupled with APA style guidelines. Through the public health literature search project, students will find an current event article related to public health in the United States. The article can be no more than two years old. Please read the paper requirements.
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