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Introduction to Public Health and the Global Disease Burden

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to public health in terms of terminology, research methods, important chronic and infectious diseases, and career opportunities in the field. This is a great class for students interested in learning more about public health, the social and political context of disease, and future opportunities in the field.

The focus of this course is on conceptualizing the discipline of public health. Topics covered include: public health terminology (ex. morbidity, mortality, chronic disease,etc.), research methods (ex. case control studies, randomized control study, etc.), the state of prominent infectious (ex. HIV/AIDs and Tuberculosis) and chronic diseases (Ex. Diabetes, Heart Disease, etc.), and careers in public health (Ex. Epidemiologist, biostatistician, etc.). This course will provide a solid foundation for pursuing future study in public health by providing students with the information needed to continue in the field.

Understand and explain important public health terms, explain research types; define the global disease burden; identify important chronic and infectious diseases; understand the basic mechanisms that cause these diseases, treatment options, global prevalence rates and the social and political context in which they occur; identify the different disciplines in public health; discuss potential career options in public health.

No prerequisites are required. Prior courses in biology, sociology, or international relations will be helpful.