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PUBH 6001 – Foundations and Issues of Public Health : Required Texts

This introductory course into the program guides students through the history, philosophy, scientific and ethical issues, and practice of public health. The course broadly covers the core disciplines, function, infrastructure, and essential services in public health. Students will explore how the principles and practices of public health are applied in the local, state, national, and global context.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain history, philosophy, and values of public health in the United States
  2. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge
  3. Identify core functions of public health and its 10 Essential Services
  4. Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
  5. Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities

Required Texts

Turnock, B. J. (2016). Public Health: What is it and how it works. (6th Ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC. ISBN:  978-1-284-06941-9. Buy here.

American Psychological Association (APA). (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (6th. Ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-1. Buy here.

Brooklyn Historical Society Guide to Arnie Goldwag Brooklyn Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) collection ARC.002

Required Articles

Chapman, A.R. (2009). Globalization, human rights, and the social determinants of health.   Bioethics 23(2): 97-111. Access here.

Frieden, T.R. (2010). A framework for public health action: the health impact pyramid. American Journal of Public Health 100(4): 590-595. Access here.

Thirsted, R.A. (2003). Are there social determinants of health and disease? Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 46(3): S65-S73. Access here

Davis, M.V., Cannon, M.M., Reese, A., Lovette, B., and Porterfield, D.S. (2011). Public health case studies in diabetes prevention and control: innovation, partnerships, and funding. N.C. Med J., 72(5): 366-371. (Not available through the libraries)

Hepburn, V.A., Eger, R., Kim, J., and Slade, C. (2007). Structuring a framework for public health performance-based budgeting: a Georgia case study. J. Public Health Management Practice, 31(2): 173-179. Access here.

Honore, P.A., Fos, P.J., Smith, T., Riley, M., and Karmarz, K. (2010). Decision science: a scientific approach to enhance public health budgeting. J Public Health Management Practice, 16(2): 98-103. (Not available through the libraries)

Aarons, G.A., Ehrhart, M.G., Farahnak, L.R., and Sklar, M., (2014). Aligning leadership across systems and organizations to develop strategic climate for evidence-based practice implementation. Annu.Rev. Public Health 35: 255-274. Doi: 10.1146/annurev-pubhealth.032013-182447. Access here.

Bernheim, R.G. and Melnick, A. (2008). Principled leadership in public health: integrating ethics into practice and management.  J. Public Health Management Practice, 14(4): 358-366. Access here.

Schneider, M.J. (2017). An Introduction to Public Health. (5th Ed). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC. ISBN: 987-1-284-089233-3. Buy here.

The Elements of Style, Classic Editions 2018 By William Strunk Jr., Richard De A’Morelli. Publisher: Spectrum Ink Publishing/ ISBN: 13-9781643990033. Buy here.