SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES

PUBLIC HEALTH

SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES

PUBLIC HEALTH

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Learning Goals

Upon completion of the BSPH Program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society.
  2. Identify the methods and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice.
  3. Identify the basic processes, approaches, and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations.
  4. Relate the underlying science of human health and disease to opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course.
  5. Identify the socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities.
  6. Apply the principles of project implementation, including planning, assessment, and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
  7. Explain the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U. S. health system as well as to the differences in systems in other countries.
  8. Describe the legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy as well as the roles, influences, and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government.
  9. Apply public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology to promote public health.

Health Education Specific Competencies:

  1. Assess needs, assets, and capacity for health education
  2. Plan health education
  3. Implement health education
  4. Conduct evaluation and research related to health education
  5. Administer and manage health education
  6. Serve as a health education resource person
  7. Communicate and advocate for health and health education

Note: Learning Goals adapted from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH [Recommended Critical Component Elements of an Undergraduate Major in Public Health]) – http://www.aspph.org/ and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC [Responsibilities and Competencies for Health Education Specialists])- http://www.nchec.org/