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The Science of Primary Secondary and Tertiary Prevention in Population Health

1st Term
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Provides a broad understanding of the different levels of public health prevention: primary, secondary, and tertiary and discusses the impact of each level on prevention in population health. Emphasizes the role of epidemiology in prevention and control; compares and contrasts the descriptive epidemiology, natural history, and pathologic and biologic characteristics as well as factors related to their etiology. Presents the impacts of recent advances in human genomics/genetics, immunology and metabolism on prevention strategies for chronic and acute disease. Introduces basic principles, theories, and methods in the field of prevention science. Identifies public health interventions that operate at multiple ecological levels, including the community, family, and individual. Introduces the role of resilience. Discusses case studies related to the prevention of different physical, mental, behavioral and infectious disease health problems.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate the role of prevention science in public health
  2. Explain the different levels of public health prevention
  3. Identify prevention approaches at different ecological levels
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 40% Interim
  • 40% Final