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PBHE501 - Public Health in America

Course Details

Course Code: PBHE501 Course ID: 2836 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course introduces students to the role of public health systems in America. The function of federal, state, and local public health agencies will be examined, as well as current political, environmental, epidemiologic, legal and ethical issues impacting the field public health. Students will also explore future challenges facing public health professionals in the 21st century.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
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• Discern how social, behavioral, environmental, and biological factors contribute to specific individual and community health outcomes.
• Evaluate appropriate information sources and gaps in data.
• Analyze data, the scientific knowledge base and other evidence-based principles in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a program.
• Strategize a framework, based on a mission, goals, and objectives and/or competencies, to evaluate public health programs for their effectiveness and quality.
• Determine how the findings of formative and summative evaluation can be used to improve program effectiveness, utility and impact on public health.
• Prioritize the appropriate use of logic models for program development, implementation, and evaluation.

Forum

Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.

Guidelines:

  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, EST, Wednesday, Day 3.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 450 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, EST, Sunday, Day 7.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
  • Forum rubric is included in the forum section of the course
  • Additional guidelines for week one forum introduction are included in the forum tab within the course
  • More in-depth specific instructions for each forum can be found in the forum tab within the course.
  • Late Forum posts receive a 10% per day late penalty. If your 2 peer responses are posted after the week is ended (after Day 7, Sunday) they receive a zero, in that the discussion is over and you cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.

Students will be responsible for providing a peer response posting for at least two (2) of their peers’ postings, unless there are less than 3 students in the course, where only one (1) peer posting will be required. Your peer postings should challenge or expound upon at least one of the points made by your peer, and “I agree” does not constitute as an adequate response. As graduate students, you will be expected to provide comprehensive, relevant and well supported points in your assignments.

We all bring something unique to the classroom, from our understanding, our experiences, and our value systems. We honor and respect each person’s diverse beliefs to help us see beyond the classroom to be the most effective individuals we can be. Therefore, we should all be respectful of others while expressing our viewpoints and opinions. Proper netiquette behavior is expected. Any inflammatory, demeaning or disrespectful language in a posting will be immediately removed from the discussion space.

Midterm Exam: There will be a midterm exam for this course. This exam will consist of 12 short-essay questions related to material from weeks 1-4. This exam is not timed and students will be able to reopen the exam during the week and save their responses; therefore, you will not have to complete the exam all in one day, you will have the entire week. Every response should contain citations and a reference listing in proper APA format. All responses should be at least 150 words in length as well. Students must complete the midterm by the end of week 4. This exam cannot be reopened after week 4 has ended.

Final Exam: There will be a final exam for this course. This exam will consist of 12 short-essay questions related to material from weeks 5-8. This exam is not timed and students will be able to re-open the exam during the week and save their responses; therefore, you will not have to complete the exam all in one day, you will have the entire week. Every response should contain citations and a reference listing in proper APA format. All responses should be at least 150 words in length as well. Students must complete the final by the end of week 8. This exam cannot be reopened after week 8 has ended.

Final Group Paper: For this course, students will be required to form groups and complete a final paper and corresponding Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT) presentation. The final paper will require students to act as a public health agency and engage in the three recommended functions of a public health agency: Assessment, policy development and assurance. After students have been placed in groups of 5-8 students (details on group formation will be in the course space), then students will identify a population and a public health issue that their agency will address. After the population and health issue have been identified, students will provide an overall “picture” of how this health issue is impacting the selected population in the US (Assessment). After the assessment section has been completed, students will provide policy development recommendations and complete their final paper with discussion of the services/resources that will be provided to better address the health issue and meet the needs of the selected population. Group final paper outline is due no later than the last day of week 6 at 11:55 pm EST.

The final group paper must be submitted to the Assignment area of the course no later than the last day of week 7 at 11:55 pm EST.

**Please note: Each student in the group will submit an evaluation for all group members. These evaluations may impact your grade if you do not contribute to the final group work***

Final Group Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation: Each group will submit their findings and recommendations in a PowerPoint presentation to the Assignment section and discuss the topic in the Forum area of the course. This final group PowerPoint presentation must be submitted to the Assignment area of the course no later than the Wednesday of week 6.

***Details regarding the content for the final group paper and final group PowerPoint presentation may be found in the course***

Assignments must follow American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines for reference and bibliographic citation. If necessary, refer to Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition or later). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. Other APA websites are available through the Library and some are listed in the Week 7- Research Paper Lesson.

The paper must be typed, double-spaced with 1-inch margins in 12-point Times New Roman font with all references cited. Papers will be graded based upon: 1). the extent to which students followed directions for the assignment, and 2). overall presentation (including clarity of argument, grammar and spelling) (see grading rubric for more specific grading information).

Refer to the Student Handbook for policies relevant to academic honesty and other procedures and policies related to this course. Refer to Online Resource Center for any research assistance.

  • More in-depth specific instructions for each assignment can be found in the Assignment tab within the course.
  • Assignments submitted late without advance notice will receive a 5% per day late penalty and will not be accepted for grading five (5) days past the due date.
Book Title: Scutchfield and Keck's Principles of Public Health Practice, 4th Edition
Author: Erwin and Brownson
Publication Info: Cengage
ISBN: 9781285182636
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author:
Publication Info:
ISBN: N/A

Book Title:Scutchfield and Keck's Principles of Public Health Practice, 4th Edition
ISBN:9781285182636
Publication Info:Cengage
Author:Erwin and Brownson
Unit Cost:$155.02
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.