Principles of Community Health – HLTH 630

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

Course Description

This course provides an overview of public health issues as they relate to community health promotion and disease prevention. Theories and models relevant to community health programming as well as the connections between local, state, and national public health initiatives are presented. Emphasis is placed on acquisition of pertinent public health data to enable practical, applied, community-wide planning and cooperation among varied stakeholders.




This course sets the foundation for the other courses in the Health Promotion specialization for the MPH degree. A proper understanding of the role of the community within the context of public health provides the framework for evaluating health disparities and developing programs to solve the critical health issues.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the role of the community in health promotion and disease prevention.
  2. Evaluate data sources for community health planning.
  3. Discuss the interrelationships of local, state, and federal initiatives in addressing community health needs.
  4. Investigate models relevant to community health planning.

Course Assignment

Textbook/on-line readings and video presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (3)

The student will complete 3 Discussion Board Forums. Each discussion will consist of a thread and at least (minimum) 3 replies. The instructor is looking for substantial, thoughtful, and critical discussions. 

Article Reviews (4)

The student will identify research articles from the peer reviewed literature addressing a community health problem from Healthy People 2020 objectives or The Community Guide. The student will then write a 3-4 page summary of the content of the article and evaluate research methodologies. Additional sources may be needed to validate the main points of the article under review. 

Research Paper

The student will explore a community related health issue identified in the Healthy People 2020 objectives. The goal of this study is to go beyond the basic framework on the Healthy People 2020 internet sources and thoroughly research printed professional literature. The student will write a 15–20 page research paper that must include a thorough discussion of the science behind the issue as well as the theory, political and policy challenges, and resources for meeting the objective. Specific assignment requirements are available in the grading rubric.

Research Paper: Bibliography

A working bibliography of 10 sources. 

Research Paper: Outline

Research Paper: Final Paper

The Final Paper must be submitted via SafeAssign.