2016–17 Catalog courses

The courses listed here are those published in Calvin College’s current academic catalog. Not all courses are offered in the current year.

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Introduction to Public Health

This course introduces students to the broad interdisciplinary field and history of public health in both the U.S. and globally. The course explores the social, political, and environmental determinants of health and disease, with special attention to how individual factors (such as education, occupation, race, and age) and structural factors (such as war, poverty, and health care systems) shape health outcomes. Students are introduced to both U.S. and global public health infrastructures that focus on improving and monitoring the public?s health. Several topical areas with priority interest to public health are considered such as maternal and child health, disaster management, terrorism, control of infectious disease, food production, and population growth. Students are also introduced to global health care institutions that develop, finance, and respond to global health care initiatives. Throughout the course, students are challenged to consider a variety of ethical issues integral to public health as they consider this field from a Christian perspective. Faculty employ multiple teaching methods including lecture, discussion, case studies, guest lectures, and field trips.

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Epidemiology

Epidemiology is built upon the premise that poor health outcomes are not randomly distributed in a population. By comparing the sick or injured to the well we can begin to identify the underlying causes of disease and injury. This course provides an epidemiologic approach to the study of incidence, prevalence, and patterns of disease and injury in populations and the application of this study to the control of public health problems. Students will describe the study designs used in epidemiology, learn to calculate basic epidemiologic measures, identify threats to study validity, identify public health surveillance and screening programs, and learn to draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data and reports. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: Public Health 101 and one from Statistics 143, Psychology 255, or Sociology/Social Work 255.

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Epidemiology Lab

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  • Course code: PUBH-248L
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Public Health
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Public Health Seminar

Various topics related to public health are presented by visiting speakers, faculty, and students. Public health majors must register for at least two semesters of Public Health 295, ideally during their junior and senior year.

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Internship in Public Health

This course links students to internship opportunities in public health settings where they are assigned specific public health-related responsibilities. Students work 10-12 hours (3 semester hours) or 13-15 (4 semester hours) per week under the supervision of approved agency supervisors and faculty coordinators. Students will meet with their faculty coordinators bi-weekly, write reflective journals based on assigned readings and internship experiences, and submit final written papers evaluating their internship learning. Students will also be evaluated by their agency supervisors based on achievement of learning contract goals established at the outset. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; permission of the instructor; and completion of at least five courses in the major.

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Public Health Independent Study

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Integrative Seminar in Public Health

This seminar revisits the major?s learning goals through advanced study of public health?s foundation areas of inquiry (biostatistics, epidemiology, health behavior, health care policy, and global/environmental health). Students are involved in seminar presentations and the preparation of a major integrative research paper and/or project. Prerequisite: senior standing or instructor permission; six major courses (excluding 295) must be completed or in progress.

CODE NAME CREDITS
PUBH-101 Introduction to Public Health 3
PUBH-248 Epidemiology 4
PUBH-248L Epidemiology Lab 0
PUBH-295 Public Health Seminar 0
PUBH-380 Internship in Public Health 3
PUBH-390 Public Health Independent Study 2
PUBH-395 Integrative Seminar in Public Health 3