HLTH 20: INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Effective Term:||Summer 2021|
|Hours:||5 lecture per week (60 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||One of the following: ENGL 1A, 1AH, or 1S & 1T.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Foothill GE:||Area VII: Lifelong Learning|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
A. Describe the historical development of public health including the most important achievements of public health.
B. Identify different public health disciplines, professions and organizations, and explain how each contributes to the field of public health.
C. Demonstrate the use of basic epidemiological methods, such as the analysis of rates, and the definition of cases, population at risk, risk factors, incidence, prevalence, morbidity and mortality.
D. Define important foundational concepts in community/public health.
E. Distinguish the difference between personal and public health.
F. Distinguish how public health differs from the traditional Western medicine approach to treating disease and illness.
G. Outline the process of community organizing, building and health promotion programming.
H. Describe the interplay between health determinants, such as environmental conditions, social, behavioral and cultural factors, and biological considerations, and explain the role of each in determining local, national and global health organization and policy.
I. Explain the impact of the environment and communicable diseases on the health of populations.
J. Explain the burden of chronic diseases on morbidity and mortality and approaches to prevention, early detection and control.
K. Describe the basic organization (and payment mechanisms) of health care and public health systems and the contributions of health professionals in the U.S. healthcare system.
L. Analyze current public health issues and describe how they affect societal well-being among specific populations of age, sex, ethnicity, minority, education and socioeconomic status.
M. Identify, assess and utilize credible information resources on community health current issues, such as the internet, social media, media outlets, and libraries.
A. Definition of public health
1. Distinction between personal and public health
2. History and accomplishments of public health officials and agencies
3. Core functions of public health professions and institutions
B. Analytical methods of public health
1. Epidemiology: the basic science of public health
2. Principles, methods and limitations
3. Statistics: making sense of uncertainty
4. The role of data in public health
C. The biomedical basis of public health
1. Getting infectious diseases under control
2. New and emerging infectious disease
3. Chronic disease
4. Genetic disease
D. Community organizing and health promotion programming
E. Social and behavioral factors in public health
1. Health inequities among ethnic and minority groups
2. Education and socioeconomic status and health
3. Community concerns: including, but not limited to addiction, obesity, and violence
4. Maternal, infant and child, adolescent, adulthood and elder health
F. Environmental issues in public health
1. Clean air
2. Clean water
4. Food and drug safety
5. Population control
6. Injury prevention
7. Emergency preparedness
G. Medical care and public health
H. Scenarios and case studies
1. Principles and tools of population health
2. Prevention of disease, disability and death
3. Public health institutions, providers and practitioners
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
B. For all offerings of the course, students need on-going internet access and access to a computer; access to a printer is optional.
Method(s) of Evaluation
Scenario and case study analysis projects
Written assignments that evaluate understanding of course objectives and content
Method(s) of Instruction
Cases and discussion questions
Practice activities to gauge understanding of content
Review of comprehension of key concepts
Quiz knowledge of key terms
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Riegelman, Richard. Public Health 101: Improving Community Health. 2019.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Assigned reading from textbook and completion of post at the end of each section of the course.
B. Practice activities to gauge understanding of content.
C. Review comprehension of key concepts.
D. Quiz knowledge of key terms.