Lecture 1

Lecture 1 - Public Health and Ethics Lecture 1 Introduction...

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Public Health and Ethics Lecture 1
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Introduction What do you think of when you hear the words “public health”? Write down any words, phrases, images that come to mind.
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Overview of Public Health Health worker providing information to patients at a hospital in Honduras
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What is Public Health ? The “big picture” Vs medical/clinical model
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3 Core Functions of Public Health 1. Assessing and monitoring the health of communities and populations at risk to identify health problems and priorities
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3 Core Functions of Public Health 2. Formulating public policies in collaboration with community and governments leaders, designed to solve identified local, national and international problems and priorities
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3 Core Functions of Public Health 3. Assuring that all populations have access to appropriate and cost effective care including health promotion and disease prevention services, and evaluation of the effectiveness of these.
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Public Health Approach Focused on prevention of disease- for entire populations - Condom distribution to mine workers in Africa
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Public Health Approach (cont) Action taken in different levels: community, government, etc. Combination of areas Young girls in AIDS/sex education project in Thailand
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“Right” vs. “Wrong”??? Not a moral judgment (victim blaming), Public Health is focused on risk reduction .
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STI vs STD What is the difference between the two terms?
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STI vs STD STI=sexually transmitted infection Less stigma Implies a pathogen STD=sexually transmitted disease Widely used, but implies a “disease”
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Four lessons from the history of STI’s As it applies to HIV/AIDS
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Fear of disease will powerfully influence medical approaches and public health policy Syphilis transmission: pens, pencils, toothbrushes, etc. Read syphilis article in book: p27
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This note was uploaded on 06/28/2009 for the course H 312 taught by Professor Staff during the Summer '08 term at Oregon State.

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