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Students interested in public health who would like to deepen their understanding of this interdisciplinary field by integrating theory and practical experience.

CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR IS REQUIRED FOR STUDENTS TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE. Students must have a confirmed community placement by the end of the first week of the semester.


70 hours of supervised fieldwork with an approved community health agency; weekly writing assignments to connect fieldwork with course readings; 15-20 page analysis of the effectiveness of an intervention strategy for a specific community health concern.


Federal goals for public health

Healthy People 2010 is an initiative of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The following publications are available on line. Particular sections of the longer works will be selected based on the particular field placements.

� Healthy People 2010: Understanding and Improving Health, 76 pp

� Healthy People 2010, Volume 1 (2nd edition), 608 pp

� Healthy People 2010, Volume 2 (2nd edition), 664 pp

� Tracking Healthy People 2010, 996 pp

� Companion web sites and documents

Distinctions between medicine and public health

� G. Rose. 1985. Sick individuals and sick populations. International Journal of Epidemiology 14: 32-38.

Ecological models of health

� J.G. Grzywaca and J. Fuqua. 2000. The social ecology of health: leverage points and linkages. Behavioral Medicine 26(3): 101-115.

� N. Krieger. 2001. Theories for social epidemiology in the 21st century: an ecosocial perspective. International Journal of Epidemiology 30: 668-677.

� L. McLaren and P. Hawe. 2005. Ecological perspectives in health research. J. Epidemiology and Community Health 59: 6-14.

� T.A. Glass and M.J. McAtee. 2006. Behavioral science at the crossroads in public health: Extending horizons, envisioning the future. Social Science and Medicine 62: 1650-1671.

Community-Based Public Health Collaborations

� Healthy People in Healthy Communities, 44 pp

� J.L. McKnight, 2000. Rationale for a Community Approach to Health Improvement, pp 13-18. Community-Based Public Health: A Partnership Model, T. A. Bruce and S. U. McKane, eds. (Washington DC: American Public Health Association)

� B.A. Israel et al. 2001. The Detroit Community Academic Urban Research Center: development, implementation, and evaluation. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice 7(5): 1-19.

� E. Fee. 2003. The Education of Public Health Professionals in the 20th Century, pp 222-261. Who Will Keep the Public Healthy? (Washington DC: Institute of Medicine of the National Academies)

Ethics of public health work

� J.C. Thomas et al. 2002. A code of ethics for public health. American Journal of Public Health 92(7): 1057-1109.