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 2013 Syllabus is posted below for your reference. The syllabus for Fall 2014 will be similar (and I am still making adjustments to it as I post this). Because this course is in Insight, I have created a PDF of the "book" in Insight that describes the course policies and syllabus - it's rather long. I hope it answers your questions about this course.
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.
Also there is an optional in-person orientation session for HLTH 54. For fall 2014, it will be held on Thursday, August 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 in Rosenberg Library room 414. If you are on the wait list, it's a good idea to come to the orientation. And of course, anyone enrolled in the class is welcome at the orientation!