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Pubh 523 - Disease detectives and social engineers

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PUBH 523 910 Disease detectives and social engineers Instructor Carolyn Cannuscio ScD Meeting time Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 7 pm Location Weigle Information Commons Classroom Van Pelt Library Office Colonial Penn Center 4th floor Office Hours Friday from 2 4 pm signup sheets will be posted in office Overview and Purpose This course will examine the fundamental challenges of public health focusing on outbreaks emergencies and chronic environmental threats as well as the actions required to remedy those threats Using a case based framework the class will study historical and recent epidemics methods used to identify the sources of those epidemics actions taken to protect the public and the social and economic ramifications of the epidemic The course will center on the actions and policies that are central to public health In particular course readings and cases are designed to illustrate a major challenge of public health that policy decisions often must be made in the setting of sparse or inadequate data How do researchers practitioners and policymakers weigh the information available secure necessary resources build political will and confront vested interests in order to protect or promote population health To answer this central question students will be expected to complete course readings prepare for each session and engage in critical thinking and dialogue in class Active informed participation during class sessions is the key to success in this course Students who participate in this class will become proficient in applied epidemiological reasoning The emphasis will be on evaluating the empirical base for public health decision making What data are available Can we trust the quality of those data What additional information would be desirable essential Research methods training will be embedded as the students learn to critique the quality of evidence used to support public action Course participants will develop a an understanding of basic



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