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Public Health: Public Health Advocacy

PH 395 OL1 (CRN: 61854)

3 Credit Hours

About PH 395 OL1

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Dates: July 3 - August 11, 2023; Open to graduate-level Public Health students; All other students require instructor permission; Must submit the request at Students will be notified if permission is granted; contact student Advisor, Vika Pleshakova at for any questions. Asynchronous online

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Section Description

In this course, we will learn to effectively use our voices and positions within public health to move towards health equity, health promotion, and dismantling the many disparities present in our society through advocacy work. We will explore the steps required to develop a public health campaign and connect what we learn to major issues in our society. We will evaluate the importance of stakeholders, awareness, education, and community connectedness in the context of public health advocacy. Lastly, we will utilize discussion-based practices to explore existing public health campaigns and enhance communication skills and practices when advocating for positive health outcomes and health equity. Some of the course objectives include: 1) Identify and utilize the steps needed to develop a public health campaign for advocacy work. 2) Identify effective communication skills and strategies when speaking to legislators, stakeholders, and community members about advocacy work. 3) Analyze the role of legislation and government in public health policy, policy reform, and implementation of new bills, policies and laws. This course is part of a pilot program that will be using Brightspace, UVM's new learning platform that is replacing Blackboard. Since only a limited number of courses will be piloting Brightspace this coming semester, you are still likely to have course in Blackboard as well. For more information on Brightspace:

Section Expectation

This is a course offered through the Master of Public Health Program. This is a completely online and asynchronous course. Each module will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday. Each week, there will be required readings/videos, lecture materials, at least one graded assignment, and a discussion component. Weekly comprehension quizzes will be due at the end of each module and there will be additional assignments due throughout the course, including a final assignment. Per University policy regarding work required for a three-credit hour course, students should expect to spend at least six to eight hours a week outside of class on this course.


Grades will be based on major course criteria including the following: participation on Yellowdig, course quizzes, and various assignments throughout the course, including but not limited to a final assignment.




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