Health & Human Services

Allied Health

 

Introduction to Public Health

 

ALH 5250 - 3 credit hours


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Class Description

This course is designed to help the student increase his or her knowledge concerning public health, the public health system, and careers in public health.  Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to define public health, understand and measure health, describe the public health system, describe the interaction of the government and laws with public health, describe public health preparedness and emergency response, and discuss the public health workforce.

This class is one of many classes that are required for the Health Services Management and Community Development AA degree at Cowley College.  Upon degree completion, one can go to Wichita State University to complete his or her BS degree in this discipline. 

 

Location of Class

This class will primarily be taught in the online format with some offerings at one or more of the many Cowley locations. Instructors will have both an academic and clinical knowledge of pharmacology.

Online Learning

Many think, simply because a class is offered online, that it will be easier and will not require much work. This thought is somewhat inaccurate and we want all to know about the online learning environment. This challenging class will have reading assignments from a standard textbook. Students are then expected to enter the online class environment (at least five times each week) to actively participate in instructor-guided discussion, complete homework, quizzes, short papers, and examinations. This format provides an opportunity for discussion, instructor clarification of the reading (as needed) and a Socratic dialogue between all in the course.

There is no requirement for students to meet at the college if it is taught online. If you are a dedicated and self-motivated student, this online format could be for you. If you tend to procrastinate, you may want to rethink taking this online class. This is not an easy course -- expect to spend 10-15 hours each week learning about public health.

 

Availability

This class will be offered at least once a semester.

 

Entrance into Class

There are no prerequisites for this course.

 

Healthcare Education Statement

The dominant accrediting body for healthcare organizations, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), mandated criminal record checks be performed on persons having any opportunity for patient interaction at its accredited hospitals. This includes volunteers, faculty and EMS students. A criminal record check that reveals certain crimes could result in a situation where the EMS student cannot participate in clinical rotations at a healthcare facility. As such, this student could not successfully complete the class. At the present time, this policy will not affect students who take this class because they do not participate in clinicals at a hospital. For more information on background checks,
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