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DNP815 Population Health

Lead Faculty: Dr. Cheryl Ahern-Lehmann

Course Description

Integrates principles of epidemiology, biostatistics, health risk assessment, behavior and disease surveillance in: a)designing, delivering, evaluating disease prevention, health promotion programs; b) minimizing health impacts of natural, manmade disasters; c) identifying, addressing emerging communicable, non-communicable disease epidemics, pandemics. Population health impacts of migration, world travel, overpopulation, environmental degradation, bioterrorism, violence, war discussed. Strategies for collaboration in design, implementation of healthcare, emergency preparedness and policy systems covered.

Learning Outcomes

  • Utilize health data to identify an existing health disparity among a subset of the U.S. population.
  • Analyze the determinants of an identified health disparity or need in a population.
  • Utilize principles of epidemiology and biostatistics to critique the results of an epidemiological research study on a disease/infection or health risk behavior in a population.
  • Analyze the impact of information technology and media forms on population health behaviors.
  • Initiate screening programs, health promotion and disease prevention interventions, healthcare system changes and policy recommendations for a subset of a population with unmet care needs.
  • Analyze an environmental problem that has health implications for a community.
  • Design an emergency preparedness plan for a community.
  • Outline how changing demographics in a region of the world can affect chronic or infectious disease trends.