Course outline sample - HCS457 Public and Community Health
This course provides health care students with an introduction to the development of the public health system and through the epidemiological model students will examine the impact of environmental factors on disease trends as well as communicable disease controls. Students will develop beginning skills in community assessment and health promotion strategies. The course also reflects the advances in population health in the community health field. This course represents the concept that many populations of concern in health programs are not solely defined by geographic location.
Foundation of Public and Community Health
- Define public and community health.
- Outline the historical development of public and community health.
- Describe the structure, function, and funding sources at national, state, and local levels.
- Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of national, state, and local agencies.
Epidemiology Concepts - Measurement of Health Status
- Define epidemiology and surveillance and their relationship to public and community health.
- Describe the components of an epidemiological approach to public and community health.
- Demonstrate the uses of demographic data, surveillance data, and vital statistics in public and community health.
Factors Impacting Public and Community Health
- List environmental factors that influence the health and wellness of populations.
- Describe current communicable disease threats and efforts to control their impact.
- Examine the influence of lifestyles, socioeconomic status, and community resources on public and community health.
Assessment of Health Status in Defined Population Cohorts
- Identify national health objectives within Healthy People 2010.
- Assess the strengths and weaknesses in a community that contribute to its health and wellness.
- Determine resources, services and health care interventions needed to improve community health.
Strategies for Health Prevention and Promotion
- Define the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of health prevention.
- Identify an intervention program from each of the levels of prevention.