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  • Taught by Janet Place.
  • Describe the structures, functions and authority of governmental public health programs and organizations.
  • Apply the evidence-based public framework to a Public Health policy or issue.
  • Identify and validate the use of data and informatics in program development or policy decisions.

Public Health Planning

  • Taught by Janet Place, MPH.
  • Describe the structures, functions and authority of governmental public health programs and organizations.
  • Apply the evidence-based public framework to a Public Health policy or issue.
  • Identify and validate the use of data and informatics in program development or policy decisions.

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About the Course

While many attribute increasing life spans to strides in medical expertise, living longer and better has been more significantly influenced by public health achievements than any other variable. As USC faculty member Janet Place explains, “When public health is working, nobody notices.” All people deserve safe food, clean air, disease free environments and healthy drinking water – and public health professionals are key to driving the legislation and practices that focus on preventing versus responding to environmentally related illness and other disease.

Upon completion of this Certificate, students will understand and better appreciate the organizational and individual opportunities within the context of global health challenges. An introduction to strategies for collecting, analyzing and reporting data to guide evidence-based recommendations for public policy and practice support students' transition from committed observers to meaningful contributors.

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Tuition covers all three Units.

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Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3

Introduction to Public Health

An understanding of public health is critical to addressing global health challenges. Public health focuses on prevention with an eye toward stopping a problem before it starts. This Unit will provide a basic overview of public health and the public health approach for addressing community health challenges at the global, national and local levels. A common theme throughout this unit is the determinants of health, which can be economic, ethnic/racial, geographic and cultural

This Unit is designed to assist you in answering the following questions:

  • What is Public Health?
  • What is the purpose and practice of Public Health?
  • How does the Public Health System address Public Health problems?
  • What is Global Health?

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify prominent events in the history of Public Health.
  • Describe factors affecting the health of a community.
  • Describe the effects of policies, programs and services on different populations.
  • Describe the structures, functions and authority of governmental public health programs and organizations.
  • Describe public health as part of a larger inter-related system of organizations that influence the health of populations on local, national and global levels.

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Evidence-Based Public Health

Unit 2 focuses on the identification and use of evidence to develop appropriate and replicable community health interventions. Students will learn how to apply the evidence-based framework in a Public Health context, such as how to follow a process, including creating, working and evaluating a solid evidence-based plan.

This Unit is designed to assist you in answering the following questions:

  • What is Evidence-Based Public Health?
  • What is an Issue Statement and how does it apply to Public Health?
  • How are Public Health programs developed and prioritized?
  • How are Public Health programs evaluated?

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the major themes in Evidence-Based Public Health.
  • Discuss the major phases of the evidence-based approach.
  • Apply the evidence-based public framework to a Public Health policy or issue.

Data Skills for Public Health

In Unit 3 you will learn to present data effectively and describe a Public Health issue, keeping aware of potential threats to data validity. Common epidemiological methods will be presented as well as an introduction to the field of informatics.

This Unit is designed to assist you in answering the following questions:

  • What is a Data-Driven Approach and how is it used in Public Health?
  • What are some common epidemiological study designs?
  • What is the most effective method of presenting data?

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and summarize data to develop a brief statement of Public Health problems.
  • Describe an issue quantitatively and present data efficiently.
  • Assess and describe potential threats to data validity.
  • Identify and validate the use of data and informatics in program development or policy decisions.


Who should enroll: Individuals interested in shaping public health policy on a local or global scale:

  • Health Students
  • Nursing Students
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Public Health Managers
  • Public Health Officials.

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Janet Place, MPH

Janet Place has 30 years of global, national, regional, state and local experience in public health. She is a recognized expert in public health practice, workforce development, public health history, capacity building, systems thinking, violence prevention, integrated health services, rural public health, public health leadership and management.

Janet Place is a nationally recognized expert in competency development, assessment, application and training impact. She worked for five years in Southern Africa on projects to strengthen the capacity of communities to address their own health and economic development issues. She also has worked with Native American communities and rural and urban communities in the United States.

Janet Place joined the Office of Public Health Practice at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health in March 2014 after 17 years as a public health practice specialist at the NC Institute for Public Health at the University of North Carolina where for 14 years she directed the Southeast Public Health Training Center.

Janet Place received her MPH in Behavioral Science from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health in 1986 and a BA in anthropology from Lawrence University in Wisconsin in 1982.

 

The University of South Carolina

*Ranked #1 | International Business by U.S. News & World Report*

Known for its strong commitment to research and innovative programs that help students connect real world experiences with instruction, the University of South Carolina’s honors college is ranked the best honors college in the United States by A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs.

In addition, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching designated South Carolina, S.C. as a top-tier research institution with exceptional community engagement. Faculty members received more than $230 million in sponsored research awards in 2014 and filed 354 invention disclosures and 198 patent applications in the past five years alone.

The University of South Carolina is the leader in the fields of business and economics, and was named the #1 school in undergraduate international business by U.S. News & World Report for 13 consecutive years. At the graduate level, the Financial Times of London ranked South Carolina’s MBA program #1 worldwide in international business.

Earning a Certificate from the University of South Carolina means you are learning from the world’s best adding a validated strength to your career, resume and LinkedIn profile.

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Question Policy
How is the Short Course Certificate designed? Each Certificate Course is specialized content from a top university and contains three Units. Each Unit has an end of Unit Quiz which must be passed prior to moving forward. At the end of all three Units, you must pass a Certificate final exam in order to earn the Short Course Certificate.
How is the Short Course Certificate Unit graded? The Units are pass/fail in nature and the student must achieve at least 80% to pass. Students will need to pass the end of Certificate exam to complete and receive the Certificate.
How many times can I take an end of Unit quiz in the Short Course Certificate? The Unit quiz may be taken an unlimited number of times.
How many times can I take the Short Course end of Certificate exam? Students have two attempts to pass the end of Certificate final exam. Students who do not achieve the required minimum score of 80% by the second attempt will not pass the Course and will not receive a Certificate.
How long do I have to complete the Short Course Certificate Unit? You will have 90 days to finish the Short Course Certificate.
What if I signed up for the wrong Certificate? (What is the refund policy?) Your satisfaction is our goal. If for any reason you are not satisfied, you will have 3 days from purchase by which to request a refund for the Short Course Certificate. However, please note that if you have accessed more than one lesson/module/topic's worth of content, no refund will be given. For assistance, please email help@paragonedu.com.
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