PROBLEM SOLVING IN PUBLIC HEALTH Syllabus
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)
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.
Degree candidates should take this course as early in their program as possible.
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Student evaluation is based on class participation, group performance, a final group report and presentation, and individual written assignments (some of which are due within one week of course completion).
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
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.
Disability Support Services
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