300.603.01 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Thomas Burke
  • Course Learning Objectives

    This course will prepare you to be able to do the following:

    • Identify the core functions of public health and their application in public health practice
    • Identify the steps in the public health problem solving approach
    • Apply the core competencies for public health professions as developed by the ASPH and Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice
    • Conduct a self assesment to determine personal strengths and weaknesses, and goals for competency development
    • Identify the qualities (positive and negative) of leaders within the public health practice setting
    • Apply the problem solving approach and core competencies to reach decisions to address real world public health problems
    • Identify the challenges of communication in public health practice and develop strategies for addressing multiple audiences
    • Identify the role of the media in public health communication and be equiped to craft a message for the media
    • Review the importance of surveillance and public health indicators in the practice setting
    • Identify the importance of social, economic, and political drivers in the developement of public health strategies
    • Develop a plan for building a toolbox of competencies
  • Course Description
    Introduces the core functions of public health and the core competencies for public health professionals. Students assess their strengths and academic goals while building their toolbox of public health competencies. Presents competencies which are illustrated though case studies, and students interactively make decisions. Cases include management and personnel decision making, cultural sensitivity, communicating with the media, outbreak and emergency response. Presents elements of the public health problem solving approach and integrates them into the case examples. Familiarizes students with the core competencies and encourages development through courses and the public health practicum.
  • Intended Audience
    MPH students
  • Methods of Assessment
    Class participation and social media involvement (10%), interactive case studies and submission of short assignments (40%) and final exam (50%)
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    There is no required textbook for this course.  Reading assignments are listed in the lecture schedule and will be posted in the course library.  Readings are selected to present the competencies and methods used in public health decision-making, with additional readings and press stories specific to the case studies. Students are expected to complete the required readings prior to the session(s) for which they are listed.


  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Contact Information

    Teaching Assistants:

    Patti Truant, MPH

    Meghan McGinty, MPH, MBA

    Megan Clayton, MPH

    Kyle Dunn, MHS

    Laura Cobb, MS


    The TAs can be reached at  Meetings/Office Hours by appointment.


  • Disability Support Services
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