Introduction of community health, including the social determinants of health, the role of community/public health organizations within the healthcare system, and the impact of educational, social, cultural, and economic variables on individual and community health and wellness.
Exploration of the community health field including the social determinants of health, the role of community/public health organizations within the healthcare system, and the impact of educational, social, cultural, and economic variables on individual and community health and wellness.
An overview of community health research principles, standards, and processes as well as an in-depth examination of specific components and methods. Overarching content includes sampling, measurement, design, analyses, and presentation of results. Research methods examples are structured within the broad context of public and community health.
Discipline of community health in individual and public health including concepts of wellness, the determinants of health behavior, community and national health status, the history of health education and health promotion, and the influences of disparity and access on educational initiatives and impact.
Community, systems, ecological perspective with emphasis on the impact of poverty, race, class, and social causation on mental health and wellness, and introduction of the social support model.
Exploration of the role and impact of community health, health care policy, and individual identity on human sexual and reproductive health. Theories and principles surrounding human sexual health and behavior as well as the role of community/public health in promoting sexual and reproductive health as states of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being are examined.
Public health education perspective of disease control and prevention, including the basic causes, progression, transmission, and treatment of the diseases.
Overview of environmental health as a core discipline within public health including the interaction of individuals and communities with the environment, the origins and progression of environmental concerns, the potential impact on health of environmental agents, and the dynamics of environmental health in the region.
Introduction to the theory and practice of case management in community health and human services including referral and eligibility for services, planning, and systems of continuous documentation.
Coordination of health care and public health activities to achieve community health goals; the nature of health and its determinants; the use of quantitative and qualitative methods; data analysis; community mobilization and capacity building; and the impact of current national policy on community health improvement.
Opportunity to become acquainted with the implementation of the principles of community health, work as part of a team or agency, and appreciate community health worker role as professionals in community health and promotion. A minimum of 270 contact hours are required.
Topics relating to the practice of the community health profession with a focus on the integration of community/public health knowledge, methods, theories, and resources.