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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus


Fall 2024 | AHS-2015-VO02 - Principles of Public Health


Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 15 (as of 07-19-24 5:05 PM)
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Faculty

Chelsea Cooley
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Danielle Lafleur Brooks

Course Description

This course provides students with an overview of public health in the United States and globally. Students will be introduced to the five core areas of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, social behavioral health, and health policy and administration. Additional topics include the historical development of the discipline, determinants of health, population health issues and interventions, and public health careers.


Essential Objectives

1. Describe the historical development of public health as a discipline and current trends within the field.
2. Identify the ten essential services of a public health system and discuss the five core areas of public health and how each contributes to a holistic public health perspective.
3. Explain the basic principles of epidemiology, including rates, risk factors, disease determinants, causation, and public health surveillance.
4. Summarize major trends of morbidity and mortality in the United States and globally, including infectious and non-infectious diseases.
5. Identify determinants of health, particularly social determinants of health, and the impact these have on health disparities.
6. Give examples of public health research methods and how research results are used to inform programs and policies.
7. Analyze the effectiveness of public health strategies, including social and behavioral and policy interventions, to improve population health.
8. Describe challenges to improving population health in a variety of settings including costs of health care, trends in disease and illness, political factors, and population demographics.
9. Create a public health plan to reduce a leading cause of mortality or morbidity within a specific population.
10. Explore the scope and diversity of career opportunities in public health, establish professional goals, and outline steps to achieve those goals through assignments such as informational interviews, job shadows, or other career-exploration activities.


Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.


Required Textbooks and Resources

AHS-2015-VO02 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

 HighLow
A+10098
A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:


CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.


Academic Integrity


CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.