Public Health: Discovering the Big Picture in Health Care

Public Health: Discovering the Big Picture in Health Care Course OverviewIn this course, we discuss the multiple definitions of public health and the ways that these definitions are put into practice. We explore the five core disciplines and the ways that they interact to reduce disease, injury and death in populations. By understanding the roles of public health, we are able to gain a greater appreciation for its importance and the various occupations that one could pursue within the field of public health. Unit 1 introduces the definition of public health and provides a description that allows you to differentiate public health from other health care fields. The five core disciplines and the interactions between local, state, and federal organizations are also discussed. The history of public health concludes the introductory unit. Unit 2 focuses on specific information regarding the core disciplines of behavioral science and emergency preparedness and response. Unit 3 takes a detailed look at epidemiology and biostatistics. Unit 4 relates to environmental and occupational health issues. Finally, Unit 5 describes global health and the future of public health.

Because of public health’s broad and multi-faceted nature, it is important to understand the details and the overall interactions and importance that make the field essential to modern society. There are many disciplines that work together on different levels within public health. Each public health worker contributes to the overall function of the field itself. By entering the field of public health, you will play an integral part in improving the health and lives of a large number of people. The contributions of public health to society have shaped our modern world and will continue to do so in the future.

  • This is Public Health: Students will explore the history, nature and context of the public health system.
  • Health Education & Behavioral Science (Health Promotion), Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response: Students will learn how to promote public health, and how to coordinate a response to a public health emergency.
  • Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Outbreak Investigation (EIS, Foodnet, PFGE): Students will explore how diseases spread. Investigating and managing outbreaks will also be topics.
  • The CDC, Environmental and Occupational Health: Students learn about the role of the Centers for Disease Control inthis unit that also enlightens them about the importance of a clean environment and the health impacts of population growth.
  • Global Health, The World Health Organization (WHO), and Future Public Health Challenges: The role of the WHO in global health is at the core of this unit, which also explores future world health challenges and choosing the right career in public health.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Health Science
Course Length: Semester