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Clark University    
 
    
 
  Nov 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

ID 233 - Approaches to Community Health


What makes a community healthy? Why do some community members thrive, while others consistently experience health disparities?  The social determinants of health - the conditions in which people are born, live, work, play and age have significant impact on individual and population health.  Similarly, the factors that influence community health and wellness are complex and inter-related such as health literacy, availability of services, culture, and social and behavioral norms, these issues require multi-disciplinary coordinated approaches across sectors.  In this course, you will learn:

How to assess a community’s health and how to identify needs using evidence-based methodologies

How to identify and select evidence-based approaches to solve problems

How to empower and mobilize community members to engage in community health improvement efforts

Paying particular attention to vulnerable populations, we will examine challenges and barriers communities face, as well as current movements that promote social justice and health equity across a variety of current and emerging threats to community health. 

NOTE: This course will satisfy the requirements for the Graduate Health Certificate in Community and Global Health and the MHS in Community and Global Health

Prerequisites: ID 106 Healthy Cities , or ID 108 What is Public Health? , or ID 121 Culture, Health, and Development: What Makes Us Sick?  

Anticipated Terms Offered: Fall