COU PC620 - Topics in Public Health: Epidemiology, Health Disparities, Program Design and Evaluation

(Credits: 3)

This course is the third in the required three course sequence for students in the Health and Behavioral Medicine concentration. Students will be exposed to a sampling of contemporary topics in public health. Basic epidemiological concepts will be covered as well as an introduction to social determinants of population health. The latter refers to social phenomena such as socioeconomic status, income inequality, neighborhood environments, racism/discrimination and social connections. Further, some prevalent public health concerns (i.e. obesity, suicide and smoking) in the United States will be reviewed; we will discuss policy implications; and lastly, how public health can interface with primary care. Students will have an opportunity to research and present on other topics of special interest.