Introduction to Public Health – HLTH 500

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will provide a broad overview of the practice of public health. It is intended for those with a limited exposure to the field or in need of a refresher of analytical and critical thinking skills prior to beginning a graduate level course of study. The course will specifically address basic algebraic and probability concepts, review the use of peer-reviewed literature, introduce students to literature citation using the AMA style, and provide a framework to approach public health practice.




Some students are less prepared than others to begin graduate studies. The problem may arise because of undergraduate performance earlier in undergraduate studies, lack of exposure to courses in the discipline, or the time elapsed since undergraduate studies were completed. This course provides a framework to address these identified or self-perceived weaknesses in the student early in his or her study of public health.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Outline the scope of public health practice within the context of a biblical worldview.
  2. Contrast public health interventions with curative medical interventions.
  3. Apply basic algebraic and probability concepts to a public health problem.
  4. Evaluate the utility of various forms of literature in research.
  5. Create a bibliography using current AMA style.

Course Assignment

Lecture presentations and notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, include at least 2 references in current AMA format, unless otherwise specified in the prompt, and integrate at least 1 biblical principle. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be 200–250 words.

Public Health Essay

The student will write a 5–7-page research-based paper describing the practice of public health and how a public health degree relates to his or her career goals. The paper must provide insight into the student’s understanding of the scope of public health practice and the importance of community interventions to solve population-based problems from a biblical worldview. The paper must use current AMA format and include at least 5 peer-reviewed or government sources.

Research Paper Annotated Bibliography

The student will select 15 peer-reviewed articles from the past 5 years of public health literature and generate a bibliography using current AMA format. The student will also write a 150–200-word synopsis/critique of each article to be included as an annotation in the bibliography.

Research Paper

The student will write a 7–10-page research paper on a chosen public health problem in current AMA format. The paper must include at least 5 references from peer-reviewed sources.

Exams (2)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the previous and assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice and short answer questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will be cumulative in order to evaluate all course components. It will be open-book/open-notes; contain multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, and at least 1 essay question; and have a 2-hour time limit.