Introduction to Public Health – HLTH 500

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 12/12/2022

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (5)

The student will complete five Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 400-500 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday day of the assigned Module: Week. The student must then post two replies of at least 200-250 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned Module: Week. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least one scholarly citation and integrate at least one biblical principle in AMA format. Each reply must incorporate at least one scholarly citation in AMA format. Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years. Acceptable sources include government websites, scholarly articles, and the Bible.

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 the student's career goals. The paper must use current AMA format and include at least five peer-reviewed or governmental sources published within the past five years.

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: Final

The student will write a 7–10 page research paper in current AMA format based upon an investigation of at least two different, current approaches to a public health problem from the peer-reviewed public health literature. The paper must include at least five references from the updated annotated bibliography assignment.

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the previous and assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and contain multiple-choice and true/false questions. Each quiz will be two hours.