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Youth Voice in Public Health

Course Status

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Hybrid In-person and Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Students might take this course if they are interested in the role that data can play in influencing public health programs and policies targeting young people and the health inequities they face and the role that youth can play in shaping data and public health programs and policies. Students are exposed in their training to health indicators as well as public health programs and policies but this course will explore data sources specific to young people and how young people can engage in shaping those data as well as using those data to inform programs and policies.
Examines how project-based and surveillance data can be used by policy-makers and program administrators to determine needed public health services for youth. Defines the major types of data available for decision making and gaps in available data systems including the determinants of health inequities. Highlights the need for young people to collect, interpret and define data for decision-making in public health and explores the developmentally appropriate conditions for authentic youth engagement in the process. Features young people and adult leaders from the Center's Youth Advisory Board in leadership roles.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify publicly available data sources for youth program and policy making and gaps in available data sets
  2. Describe how data can be used by policy makers and program administrators to determine needed public health services for youth.
  3. Illustrate developmentally appropriate avenues for youth engagement in data collection, data interpretation, data dissemination, and programmatic and policy decision making
  4. Review case studies of youth engagement in public health program and policy change
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 15% Participation
  • 15% Discussion
  • 15% Discussion Board
  • 30% Reflection
  • 25% Written Assignment(s)