Survey of socio-behavioral theories commonly used in public health education interventions at the individual, group, and community levels.
Review of group process roles and responsibilities of public health professionals. Group dynamics, principles related to theories and concepts underlying public health community programs. Structured laboratory experience provided.
Review of communication sources, channels, messages, reception, and effects, diffusion of health information, adoption of preventive health behavior, and mass media and social change patterns.
Concepts of program evaluation and their application to the health field. Emphasis on theoretical concepts and their application to development of practical skills in program evaluation.
Major methodologies useful in health research. Topics include philosophy of scientific investigation, field research, participant, survey research, experimental design, construction of questionnaires, and attitudes scales; the format for writing a research prospectus.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the policy environment that influences and shapes public health and the provision of health care services, to enhance understanding of the historical and political context of health policy, to develop strategies for analysis of health policy issues, and to communicate effectively in the policy environment.
This course examines value in the US healthcare delivery system. By introducing value as a concept we take on the issue of how to improve outcomes and the cost of healthcare delivery. We will think about how to measure value and understand the various stakeholder perspectives of value. We will examine ways to improve the value of healthcare delivery from the perspective of health systems, providers and policy makers. The notions of improvement, innovation and reliability to improve value will be core concepts discussed.