Dr. Beth Canfield-Simbro

Teaching Area(s): Health and Public Health

I like to use case studies and activities to bring the content to life because public health should be fun! We will watch movies, interview public health professionals, listen to guest speakers and develop careers skills.

Public Health Learning Objectives

A public health major will prepare you for a rewarding career that focuses on improving the health and well-being of communities. Your workdays will be filled with multiple projects, interactions with co-workers and the public, and the challenge of meeting one or many health crises. Public health professionals work in many different settings:

  • Health departments
  • Hospitals
  • Research laboratories
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Foundations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Wellness centers
  • Health insurance corporations

Public health learning objectives:

Upon completion of the public health degree students will be able to:

  • Successfully use problem-solving skills to address complex public health problems
  • Effectively and persuasively communicate public health ideas to a target population in written and verbal format using a variety of media
  • Demonstrate leadership
  • Develop expertise in the five areas of public health: social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health services management and policy
  • Analyze determinants of morbidity and mortality
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate small-scale public health interventions
  • Conduct a community needs assessment
  • Act as a resource person in public health
  • Synthesize the tools and principles of public health as applied to a new public health problem
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