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HLTH 54: Intro to Public Health

This course is offered in two ways:  in person and online. In fall 2014 I will only be teaching it online, but another faculty member will teach a face-to-face section if you prefer that. 

My online sections of HLTH 54 are 100% online, meaning all readings, all assignments, and all exams are completed online.

Are you thinking about taking an online class for the first time?  If so, you may want to take this quick assessment of your readiness for online learning.  http://www.ccsf.edu/Departments/Distance_Education/self_eval.htm

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of public health and community health.  It uses current health topics such as health care reform legislation, infectious disease control, community organizing for health, and increasing access to good nutrition and physical activity.  The course includes readings, forum discussions, quizzes, midterm and final exams, and a Community Health Project (4 short essays) on a topic of the student's choice.

A copy of the online Fall 2015 Syllabus is posted below for your reference.  There's one version (6 pages) for the face-to-face section, and another version (much longer) for the online sections.   I hope it answers your questions about this course.  Please note:  due to limits of this GoogleSite, I could not update a proper PDF of the syllabus for the online course - only a TXT (text) file which is more difficult to read.  My apologies.  I have left the PDF of the Fall 2014 syllabus posted, if you prefer to browse that - it is similar to the Fall 2015 version.

Want to get a flavor of the kind of things that this course deals with? 

Here is a link to one article assigned for the class, which may give you a flavor of public health today.  One of the central concerns of public health professionals today is the problem of health disparities (differences in health based on race, class, gender or other social categories) and understanding the social determinants of health.  This is an article that I refer to in the course shell as "unnatural causes in the East Bay" :  http://www.insidebayarea.com/life-expectancy/life-expectancy/ci_13913952http://www.insidebayarea.com/life-expectancy/life-expectancy/ci_13913952 

Another handout on the Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity is available for download, below.

There is an optional in-person orientation session for HLTH 54, for any student taking HLTH 54 online or any student in the face-to-face class who is not familiar with Insight. For fall 2015, it will be held on Thursday, August 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 in Rosenberg Library room 414.    Anyone enrolled in the class is welcome at the orientation! Also, if you are on the wait list, it's a good idea to come to the orientation. 

I will be on sabbatical Spring 2016-Fall 2016, and I expect someone else will teach this course online and in-person during that time.

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Janey Elise Skinner,
Aug 5, 2015, 12:30 PM
HLTH 54 fall 2015 Course Information and Syllabus for Online Sections.txt
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