Introduction to Public Health
PBH 317 (50800)
Burdine Hall (BUR) 108
The health of our nation is a key to its future—to its economic vitality, to the morale and efficiency of its
citizens, to our success in achieving our own goals and demonstrating to others the benefits of a free
John F. Kennedy
Meeting to Congress
February 9, 1961
Richard Taylor, PhD, MPH
Painter Hall 1.06
Wednesdays 10:00–12:30; Fridays 10:00–12:30 (by appointment)
Blackboard site (
) for class information, reading assignments, supplementary
material, lecture notes, and grades.
it is much easier to right click and download materials directly to your
computer before attempting to open them through Blackboard.
Public Health 101: Healthy People
, by Richard Riegelman, Jones and Bartlett Publishers,
At least one out of class reading assignment each week.
Milestones in Public Health: Accomplishments in Public Health over the Last 100 Years
by Pfizer Global
Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer Inc, New York, NY, 2006.
(.pdf available at:
Note: You may wish to purchase your own copy, but the .pdf should suffice for this course.
I have a copy in
my office if you wish to see it before you order it.)
CDC Style Guide—August 2003:
This guide has been made available to you electronically through Blackboard.
recommend that you save it electronically to your computer for easy access.
Additional Reading Materials:
Throughout the semester, students will be assigned additional reading to
supplement in class discussions and to increase awareness of current public health news and journal publications.
Other Required Materials:
Each student must have a
available for all exams, class and
assignments. It is expected that students will bring their calculator to class each day.
The calculator must be able
to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, squares, square roots, logarithmic and natural logarithmic
functions and exponents. The calculator may not be a part of a computer, phone, or other electronic device that
transmits or receives text, images or electronic messaging of any form.
No airport modes allowed.
use such devices during exams will be given a zero for the exam.
There are no exceptions.
If you are not sure if
your calculator is of the correct variety specified above, see me during office hours with the calculator, and I will
Drive By Chats:
I am approached each week by numerous students who wish to request, to inform, to petition, to
explain or otherwise let me know about something important.
Due to the number of these requests, I cannot
guarantee that I will remember them long enough to follow through in a timely manner.
Please help me remember