Concepts Of Population Health – hcs535 (3 credits)

This course addresses the epidemiological and sociological perspectives and techniques for analyzing the health status of populations. Topics focus on disease trends, distribution and determinants of health and disease, models and concepts of health and wellness, and the development of a proactive response to community health issues.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Population Health Data Sources

  • Describe the concept and uses of epidemiology through surveillance systems.
  • Examine the models and systems utilized to determine and analyze population health issues.
  • Analyze the utilization of epidemiology tools within other areas of the health care system.

Population Health Determinants

  • Describe the role of standards and their use in determining population health concerns.
  • Examine the difference between an individual- and population-based focus of health care.
  • Examine the implications and targets identified in nationally defined objectives for population health.
  • Analyze the accuracy of data to support public health interventions.

Assessment and Planning for Population Health

  • Analyze techniques available to determine the health status of a target population.
  • Describe the role of a community-based planning process and its uses in population health.
  • Differentiate between institutional and community leadership roles for the identification of population health objectives.
  • Identify the role of social marketing used in the advancement of population health.

Evaluation of Population Health

  • Identify approaches to assessing health and wellness of populations.
  • Examine the social, economic, and cultural factors related to improving the health of target populations.
  • Summarize the use of epidemiology or other data models to support managerial decisions.

Future Trends

  • Examine the challenges to improving the health and safety of future populations.

Public Health

  • Describe the core functions of public health.
  • Examine the relationship of public health within the health care system.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of public health workers.

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