Course Summary
Credit Type:
45 hours (15 weeks)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Essentials of Public Health


The course objective is to be familiar with basic public health functions and principles as well as historical context, the core disciplines of public health, essential functions that every public health system should apply, and health communications.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply ethical principles in the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data and information
  • Describe the legal basis for public health
  • Describe the interdisciplinary characteristics of public health practice areas, programs, and measures
  • Describe the scientific foundation of the field of public health
  • Identify prominent events in the history of public health practice
  • Relate public health science skills to the Core Public Health Functions and Ten Essential Services of Public Health
  • Describe how public health uses social and behavioral interventions to improve the health of populations
  • Describe how healthy policy is used to improve population health
  • Describe the impact of the environment on the health of populations
  • Describe how the determinants of health affect health status
  • Describe public health institutions and systems
  • Illustrate how to communicate health information to different audiences

General Topics:

  • History of public health
  • Major achievements of public health
  • Healthy People 2030 initiative
  • Public Health institutions and systems
  • Health law, policy, and ethics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health promotion
  • Environmental health and safety
  • Healthcare organization management
  • Biostatistics Public health laboratories
  • Communicable and non-communicable disease
  • Health informatics and health communication
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)

Methods of Assessment:

  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers
  • Written discussions

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials

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