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Public Health: Public Health & Health Policy

PH 301 OL1 (CRN: 61857)

3 Credit Hours

About PH 301 OL1

Course focuses on current public health issues, barriers to improving population health, and policy tensions between science, economics, education, politics, government, media, and public health.


Related Programs

Certificate of Graduate Study in Epidemiology, Certificate of Graduate Study in Healthcare Management and Policy, Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health and Master of Public Health (MPH) Online


Dates: May 22 - June 30, 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 survey course we will debate amongst our selves some of the top Public Health problems and concerns happening today. You will learn about the compelling need for creative and multidisciplinary solutions, and how stronger policies to improve the health of the public might be accomplished. ***This course is part of a pilot program that will be using Brightspace, UVM's new learning platform that's replacing Blackboard. Since only a limited number of courses will be piloting Brightspace this coming semester, you are still likely to have courses in Blackboard as well. For more information on Brightspace:***

Section Expectation

Students will be expected to participate in all aspects of the course, including the required readings, lectures, and videos. Active engagement in the online discussion forum (YellowDig) is required and access to Blackboard, Yellowdig, and Microsoft Word is necessary. The required text is: Turnock’s Public Health: What It Is and How It Works (7thed). Birkhead, G.B, Morrow, C.B., Pirani, S.B.: Jones & Bartlett Publishing (2020). ISBN: 978-1-284-18120-3.


1. Discussion (15%) - using Yellowdig with expectation for community involvement 2. Quizzes (20%) - 3 quizzes at beginning of semester 3. Topic Presentations (20%) - You will be asked to make a 6-8 minute audio presentation on one of several public health topics 4. Written Assignments (45%) - 3 writing reflections




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