Region V Public Health Training Center

Foundations of Public Health Practice

This is an introductory course offering CHES and CPH — Free
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3-5 minutes


2.00 hours


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This module was designed to address 12 foundational learning objectives of public health. The module is divided into four parts - you will hear from University of Michigan faculty as well as practitioners from the Great Lakes region about the core philosophies of public health, the importance of evidence-based practice, the various factors that influence health, and the necessity of taking an ecological perspective to population health. 

What You'll Learn

  • Explain public health history, philosophy and values.
  • Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services.
  • Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health.
  • List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US.
  • Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
  • Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge.
  • Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health.
  • Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health.
  • Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health.
  • Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities.
  • Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease.
  • Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health.

Competency Terms

Public Health Science Skills
Foundation of Public Health

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