Public Health Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify current public health problems nationally and globally. They will be able to analyze case studies on national and global health issues (e.g. food safety, water safety, vaccination, exercise and obesity, exposure to toxins). Students will write research papers and make oral presentations in which they will describe a current public health issue. 
  • Students will be able to interpret public health data, frame a public health issue within an epidemiological context, review the literature and give oral presentations on epidemiological approaches to infectious disease, including observational studies, drug resistance studies, vaccine safety, surveillance, eradication, and outbreak studies. 
  • Students will be able to analyze case studies of health issues (e.g., infant mortality and obesity), assessing the role which gender, race, ethnicity, income, and income inequality play in the production of health inequalities.
  • Students will compare public health infrastructures in developed and developing countries in relation to food borne and waterborne disease. Students will undertake literature research and prepare case studies. Students will study the components of HACCP in relation to food safety and visit a food production plant and an urban waste sanitation plant. 
  • Students will write a research paper and make an oral presentation, in which they will compare the U.S. health care system with that in another country.