HHP 110 : Orientation to Public Health Professions

Transcript title

Public Health Professions



Grading mode

Standard letter grades

Total contact hours


Lecture hours


Recommended preparation

WR 065 or WR 121 or minimum placement Wr/Comm Level 9.

Course Description

Provides an introduction for students interested in health-related careers to the field of public health and its many career opportunities in behavioral and social sciences, community health (including maternal child health), epidemiology, environmental health, health management and policy, health promotion, health informatics, minority health and health disparities, public health preparedness, gerontology, and global health. Meet public health professionals in class and ‘on-the-job,’ explore public health interests and academic pathways.

Course learning outcomes

1. Explain the relationship between human behavior and health.
2. Describe and provide examples of the concepts and practice of public health, its basic functions and interventions as well as its focus on prevention to address the health needs and concerns of populations, in the United States and around the world.
3. Identify and describe personal skills and interests related to the study and practice of public health to aid in academic and career planning.
4. Explore occupations within the field of Public Health to gain an appreciation for the variety of career roles and opportunities.

Content outline

• Overview of the field of Public Health, including definition(s), history, values, concepts, and functions • Public health practice and public health strategic planning to achieve improvements in population health • Community Public Health, including racial/ethnic populations and local examples. • Role responsibilities of local, state and federal government public health agencies, including their partnerships with the community, the private for profit and not-for-profit sectors and their interaction with the primary health care system. • Introduction to a selection of public health professional careers and the public health workforce; including Public Health Preparedness, Health Promotion Health Education, Epidemiology, Public Health Management and Policy, HIV/AIDS prevention, etc.. • Overview of Global Health, including definition(s), principles, goals, international public health government and non-government organizations and examples of field practice in developing country environments • Overview of academic pathway for undergraduate public health degree, including specific orientation to transfer requirements and degree opportunities at OSU-Corvallis.

Required materials

Readings to be assigned.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Health

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