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Foundational Principles of Public 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
Public health practice is the execution of science-based policies in a value rich environment that is used by governments and other organized groups to make whole populations healthy. In less than 200 years the idea that governments could and should make whole populations healthy dawned and changed the world. This idea is simultaneously biological, political, ethical, epidemiological, economical, and practical. It can threaten powerful groups and is at times contested. Many live in places where the idea has not dawned or is flickering.
Provides a broad systematic understanding of the executive practice of public health from its inception to modern day. Uses case studies, as well as ethical and public heath practice frameworks to provide students with a grounding in “what is public health practice,” why it is important, and why it is contested.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Recognize key factors that precipitate the establishment and evolution as well as erosion and destruction of public health systems in the U.S. and globally
  2. Articulate the mission, vision and core functions and essential services of public health
  3. Explore the role of public health systems to address key public health challenges
  4. Use ethical and practice frameworks to reflect on the role and practice of public health
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 40% Interim
  • 40% Final Exam