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General Course Information for COH 499: Public Health Field Practicum

Course: COH 499 - Public Health Field Practicum
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: Practical application of knowledge and skills required for a public health professional in a community agency. Students initiate agreement with an agency according to interests, abilities, and availability of approved internship sites and produce a group or individual written project addressing a significant public health challenge. Three month requirement.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply theoretical concepts of public health in a specific practice setting.
  • Demonstrate practical knowledge and skills necessary for competent public health practice.
  • Competently apply knowledge and skills to a public health program in an organizational environment.
  • Apply effective communication and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain professional relationships with agency staff and the target audiences of the agency
  • Apply needs assessment, program planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation skills to public health programs.
  • Apply effective communication and advocacy strategies to promote health.
  • Assess a given population's health status based on an ecological approach incorporating biological, psychological, social and systems dimensions to address community health problems.
  • Apply a variety of health promotion methodologies to address a given health problem in a given population group.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • MAJOR IN PUBLIC HEALTH
    • Assess the need for health promotion programs in response to the characteristics of diverse communities of interest using primary and secondary data.
    • Choose appropriate strategies and tactics to influence behavioral, environmental, and public policy change to address the health needs in a given community.
    • Describe behavioral and non-behavioral variables contributing to morbidity and mortality.
    • Describe the contributions of health disparities to morbidity and mortality among specific groups, communities, and societies.
    • Design a plan for lifelong learning incorporating high professional and ethical standards, leadership, and cultural competencies and their evolving role in society.
    • Employ a variety of strategies to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate health promotion programs in a variety of settings to meet stated goals, objectives and established standards.
    • Evaluate the progress and outcomes of prevention programs in meeting stated goals and objectives and established standards.
    • Explain the core principles of public health and their relationship to the health status of groups, communities, and populations at the local, state, national, and international levels.
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Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

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Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures