THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONTPH301PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH POLICYBRIEF SYLLABUSCOURSE: PH 301:
Public Health and Health Policy
Professor Jan K. Carney, M.D., M.P.H.Associate Dean for Public Health, Professor of MedicineCollege of Medicine; Office: Courtyard at Given, N217; 89 Beaumont Ave, Burlington VT 05405Phone: 656-8275 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the United States, we spend vast resources on health care andlag behind other developed countries in measures of health. In this course, we will studycurrent health issues and barriers to improving health, by identifying policy collisions betweenscience, economics, education, politics, government, the media, and their impact on health. Wewill identify credible sources of health information to help us define health issues such aspreventing obesity, vaccines, global tobacco use, alcohol, environmental health topics,emerging infectious diseases, and access to health care. We will define public health policy andwho plays a role, emphasizing opportunities for improving the health of the population. At theend of the course, we will reflect on our knowledge of population health (public health), thecompelling need for creative and multidisciplinary solutions to improve health in our society,and how stronger policies to improve the health of the public might be accomplished. Thiscourse contains an overview of a spectrum of current public health issues, topics, anddisciplines.
PRELIMINARY READING LIST:
This course is taught online and utilizes online resources (there isno textbook), videos, journal articles and other resources. There will be online discussions,student-
directed efforts to find “high quality” web
-based resources, short written assignments,and class presentations/projects as part of student assessment.During the semester
long course, there will be weekly modules containing readings, otherassignments, and discussion questions. There will be several short (2-3 pages) writtenassignments over the course of the semester. Students will have the opportunity to choose atopic of interest with professor approval for a final project. In the summer 4-week course, wewill cover 12 Modules (3 per week), with daily readings/assignments, online discussions, andweekly written assignments.
Module 1: What is Public Health?Module 2: Finding
Quality” Information about Public Health
Module 3: Tobacco
Public Health ImpactModule 4: Tobacco
Prevention and ControlModule 5: Prevention of Obesity I