Public Health Professions
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
WR 065 or WR 121 or minimum placement Wr/Comm Level 9.
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.
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.
• 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.
Readings to be assigned.
Grades are determined by weekly homework and assignments that may include interviews, discussion of assigned reading, and presentations.
General education/Related instruction lists