PROBLEM SOLVING IN PUBLIC HEALTH Syllabus

550.608.13 | AY 2013-2014 - Winter I Term | 4 Credit(s)
MTWThF 8:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Faculty
    Robert Lawrence
    Michael Crupain
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Analyze a public health problem and evaluate intervention/policy alternatives using the problem solving methodology outlined above
    • Compare and contrast the utility of the methodology to solve public health problems that emerge at different periods in the life cycle and in different cultures, including: • HIV/AIDS • Childhood immunization • Radioactive iodine exposure and thyroid cancer • Unintended Injuries and their prevention • Obesity prevention • Tobacco abuse • Screening mammography and breast cancer
    • Carry out a group project under the guidance of a Teaching Assistant (TA), in which student groups will research a specific public health problem, prepare a written report and present their recommendations to the class following the problem-solving methodology
    • Recognize the complexity of policy development, including an Discussing of the politics of public health issues, the roles of interest groups and stakeholders, and the laws and social values that must be woven into successful policies
    • Integrate human rights and ethical principles into the analysis of public health problems and recommended strategies
    • Recognize the critical role of communication in public health practice
    • Work together in multi-disciplinary groups that model the way public health agencies conduct problem-solving activities
    • Demonstrate critical and analytical thinking by preparing three individual products (a self-assessment of the process, an individual critique of a paper submitted by another group, and a health and human rights assessment)
  • Intended Audience
    P/T MPH students and certificate students

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    The course is restricted to MPH degree candidates and candidates for the Certificate in Public Health Practice

  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation is based on class participation, group performance, a final group report and presentation, and individual written assignments.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Student evaluation is based on class participation, lab performance, group written report, group oral presentation, and three individual written assignments.

     

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Please refer to the course syllabus for listings of the required and optional readings.  Copies of the syllabus and required readings will be handed out during orientation.

  • Course Schedule

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

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  • 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.

  • Course Description
    Uses divergent public health issues to illustrate a systematic problem solving process for use in addressing public health problems. The problem solving process includes defining the problem, measuring its magnitude, understanding the key determinants, developing a conceptual framework of the relationships between the key determinants, identifying and developing intervention and prevention strategies (either interventions or policies), setting priorities among intervention options, understanding barriers to implementation and evaluation, and developing an effective communication strategy. Consists of lectures, discussions, small-group exercises, a group project, and individual assignments.
  • Course topics

    The following topics will be explored using the problem solving methodology:

    -Childhood Immunization

    -Iodine-131 Exposure and thyroid cancer

    -HIV/AIDS

    -Injury Prevention

    -Tobacco Control and Prevention

    -Antibiotic Resistance

    -Teenage Pregnancy

    -Health and human rights

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Michael Crupain, MD, MPH

    Email: mcrupain@jhsph.edu

    Office: W7010     Tel: 410-614-4590

    Robert S. Lawrence, MD

    Email: rlawrenc@jhsph.edu

    Office: W7011    Tel: 410-614-4590

  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)

    At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Analyze a public health problem and evaluate intervention/policy alternatives using the problem solving methodology outlined below: • Defining the problem • Measuring the magnitude of the problem • Developing a conceptual framework for the understanding of the key determinants of the problem (biological, developmental, social, cultural, behavioral, political, environmental, etc.) • Identifying and developing intervention strategies • Setting priorities and recommending a targeted intervention or policy • Implementing the interventions and/or policy and evaluating its outcomes • Developing a communication strategy

    2. Compare and contrast the utility of the methodology to solve public health problems that emerge at different periods in the life cycle and in different cultures, including: • Childhood immunization • Iodine-131 Exposure and thyroid cancer • HIV/AIDS • Injury prevention • Obesity prevention • Tobacco Use and premature death and disability • Health and human rights

    3. Carry out a group project under the guidance of a Teaching Assistant (TA). Student groups will research a specific public health problem, prepare a written report following the problem-solving methodology and present their recommendations to the class

    4. Recognize the complexity of policy development, including an understanding of the politics of public health issues, the roles of interest groups and stakeholders, and the laws and social values that must be woven into successful policies

    5. Integrate human rights and ethical principles into the analysis of public health problems and recommended strategies

    6. Recognize the critical role of communication in public health practice

    7. Work together in multi-disciplinary groups that model the way public health agencies conduct problem-solving activities

    8. Demonstrate critical and analytical thinking by preparing two individual products: (1) a self-assessment of the process; and (2) an individual critique of a paper submitted by another group using a prescribed format

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at dss@jhsph.edu.