Intro to Public Health August 28th: What is Public Health?
What is Health?
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the
absence of disease or infirmity.
Source: World Health Organization
What is Public Health?
Problems with Studying Risk Factors/Exposures
Smoking - by how much you do it? By the kinds you do? By the doses you take?
Accuracy of Data
How much money do you have? How invasive
Used to detect disease in asymptomatic people
Disease Criteria for screening
A disease you wanna catch early so you can intervene early to prevent serious
Prevalent at least in a targeted group
Numbers in Statistics - Rates
Important public health rates:
Other rates are also used
Types of rates:
Crude rates - not specific or adjusted for anything
(All deaths during year/ Total mid-year populatio
Running head: ACCREDITATION REPORT
Accreditation Report for a Healthcare Institution
Accreditation ensures that health care organizations deliver services that comply with the
Running head: DIVERSITY IN HEALTH CARE ESSAY
Diversity in Health Care Essay
Name of Student:
Name of Professor:
The Course Title:
Date of Submission:
DIVERSITY IN HEALTH CARE ESSAY
Diversity in Health Care Essay
John Snow Movie Discussion
How did Snow use information about person, place & time in his
He used records of the locations of the cases in the cholera outbreak.
He plotted the all the cases of cholera during the outbreak on a map.
Guest Lecture: Professor Ruth Gaare Bernheim
Articles/links on Collab
Schneider Ch. 2 & 3;
Public Health is:
Protection (for example, quarantine laws)
Populations (who are all the stakeholders?)
It thinks about cu
Public Health August 30th: Guest Lecture
Case Study: Measles (See Packet)
Health department collects info about reportable diseases, such as the measles.
What are the steps you take after the health department reports this case of the measles?
What are th
Introduction to Epidemiology
Core Disciplines of PH
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Environmental Health Science
Health Policy & Management/Health Administration
September 11, 2012
Epidemiologic Principles and Methods
Epidemiology = study of the distribution and determinants of disease in human
Person (i.e. Race, age, sex, socioeconomic background)
Place (urban vs. rural, clima
Problems & Limits of Epidemiology
Problems with Studying Humans
Cant change their environments
Reliability of information they tell you about their behaviors is questionable
Statistics: Making Sense of Uncertainty
Statistics is the numbers that describe the health of a population.
Statistics is also the science used to interpret these numbers and quantify the role of
random error or chance.
Public Health Midterm
What is Health? What is Public Health?
Public health vs. Mdedical Care
3 Core Functions of Public Health
Public Health in US
Public Health Disciplines (6)
Multidisciplinary and Interdiscplinary
3 Ways Public Health Can be
Guest Lecture: Social Determinants of Health
Role of Public Health Professionals
Prevent epidemics and the spread of disease
Protect against environmental hazards
Promote and encourage healthy behaviors
PHS Guest Lecture November 8th
Different types of categories of environmental factors/agents of harm:
Parasites in water, GMOs
They can replicate
Tools to control = disinfectants, (household bleach and water, vaccine)
November 6, 2012
Public Health Enemies: Tobacco and Obesity
Rates increased in early 1900s & peaked in mid-1960s at ~42%
Decline to 20% began with Surgeon Generals report in 1964
Most smokers begin in
o teen years
November 20, 2012
Ethics in Public Health
Examples of Unethical Research
Tuskegee purposefully withheld syphilis treatment from black men in Tuskegee
(while leading them to believe they were being treated) in order to study how
Emily the Epidemiologys Shitty Rap
Calculate your odds
Epi - upon Demos - People Logy - the study of
The study of what is upon (affecting) the pe
What is health?
Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-beng and not
merely the absence of disease or infirmity. (WHO)
Why are we healthier now than ~100 years years ago? Were made
improvements to our environm
Topic: Principles & Methods
Demographic characteristics can show why some things happen - looking if
characteristics of people can explain why certain diseases or injuries happen