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Course Details

Course Code: PBHE211 Course ID: 3752 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course discusses the important role that public health plays in the United States. Students will examine how behavioral, epidemiological, environmental and social factors influence the public’s health, and how public health professionals develop appropriate intervention strategies to improve the nation’s health. Students will also explore future challenges facing public health professionals in the 21st century.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

1. Define “Public Health”
2. Identify the core functions, scopes and limitations of “Public Health.”
3. Describe how Epidemiology pertains to Public Health.
4. Identify methods by which Public Health can respond to the threat of new emerging infections & other diseases entities.
5. Identify how race, gender & socioeconomic circumstances can influence modern responses to public health crises.
6. Discuss why setting standards for air & water quality, food & drug safety and control and disposal of hazardous material has proved to be politically controversial.
7. Define the role that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays in assuring food and drug safety.
8. Identify factors that influence health care costs in the United States.
9. List the “Top 10 Public Health Achievements of the 20th Century.”
10. Identify the goals set by Healthy People 2020.


Please join the Discussion each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded or receive credit. The discussions are for student interaction and input and must be submitted before the week ends in order to receive full credit. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the discussions and avoid copying and pasting from websites. The Rubric is attached to discussion description.


Initial Response:

  • Post your initial response to each discussion by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should have substance where students explore, explain, and expand upon issues being discussed, and apply relevant course materials.
  • Students should analyze course concepts, theories or materials correctly, using examples or supporting evidence.
  • Initial responses should be supported by at least two references (APA referencing format is not required for discussions)

Peer Responses:

  • For each discussion, reply to at least 2 of your classmates by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Students are required to respond to at least two (2) other student’s initial postings (and the instructor) with significant comments that have substance.
  • Students should collaborate with fellow learners, relating the discussion to course concepts, add several innovative ideas, and provide considerable additional insight that relates to core concepts.
  • Peer responses should include at least two (2) of the following components: Offering advice; posing a question; providing an alternative point-of-view; and acknowledging similar experiences.
  • Peer responses should be supported by at least one reference (APA referencing format is not required for discussions)
  • All discussions can be accessed in the discussion section of the course.
  • A Discussion rubric is included in the discussion section of the course
  • More in-depth specific instructions for each discussion can be found in the discussion tab within the course.
  • Late Discussion posts receive a 10% per day late penalty. If your 2 peer responses are posted after the week is ended (after Day 7, Sunday) they receive a zero, and that the discussion is finished. You cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.
  • If there are less than 3 students in the course, only one (1) peer posting will be required. Your peer postings should challenge or expound upon at least one of the points made by your peer, and “I agree” does not constitute as an adequate response. As graduate students, you will be expected to provide comprehensive, relevant and well supported points in your assignments.

We all bring something unique to the classroom, from our understanding, our experiences, and our value systems. We honor and respect each person’s diverse beliefs to help us see beyond the classroom to be the most effective individuals we can be. Therefore, we should all be respectful of others while expressing our viewpoints and opinions. Proper Netiquette behavior is expected. Any inflammatory, demeaning or disrespectful language in a posting will be immediately removed from the discussion space.

Homework Assignments

Please review the Weekly Assignment Grading Rubric prior to submission. Assignments are due in the Assignment portion of the classroom by Sunday (Day 7), 11:55 pm. EST each week. Make sure you read and understand the directions and requirements for each Assignment. Please ensure that you cite your references in APA format with a minimum of our textbook and you may use academic outside resources. Assignments submitted late without advance notice and approval will receive a 5% per day late penalty and will not be accepted for grading after five (5) past the due date.

Assignments must follow American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines for reference and bibliographic citation. If necessary, refer to Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition or later). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. Other APA websites are available through the Library and some are listed in the Week 7- Research Paper Packet.

The paper must be typed, double-spaced with 1-inch margins in 12-point Times New Roman font with all references cited. Papers will be graded based upon: 1). the extent to which students followed directions for the assignment, and 2). overall presentation (including clarity of argument, grammar and spelling) (see grading rubric for more specific grading information).

Exams: There will be two exams during the course. The exams will be open book open notes. Students will complete the quiz off line and input responses into the Quiz Shell located in the Test and Quizzes on the Course page. The students will have unlimited amount of time to work on the quizzes but students can only submit the quizzes once as a final submission.

You must address the question thoroughly to increase your chance of full credit. All short answer or essay questions must be manually scored. This means that when you complete the quiz or exam points are not displayed. During the grading process, essay questions will be evaluated for points. All exams are due by Sunday (Day 7) of the corresponding week. Exams must be completed by the specified due dates (no exceptions). Late quizzes or exams will not be accepted.

Final Paper: An important component of this course is the research paper. Select a topic pertinent to Public Health in America. Write an 8-12 page paper that will include at least 4-6 evidence/research-based references (no Wikipedia!), an abstract, a graph or chart (data) if applicable to your topic (should not take up more than ¼ of a page).

Your research paper may include (if applicable to your topic) the following information:

  • Historical Perspective/Background information on your topic
  • Population affected
  • Environmental issues
  • Epidemiological Research
    • Data Use
    • Morbidity & Mortality Patterns
  • Public Health issues & interventions
  • Medical Response
    • Prehospital (if applicable)
    • Hospital
    • Other
  • Government response
    • Local vs. State vs. Federal
  • Economic Factors/Issues
  • Media Coverage/Communication Issues
  • Logistical Issues
    • What worked – what didn’t - why
  • Aftermath
  • Lessons Learned

The research paper should include an introduction of the topic, a body in which the topic is developed and references cited, and a well-defined conclusion. I strongly recommend that you contact me with the topic of your paper before you begin your research. The topic you choose may be too broad or too narrow, and a discussion may help you to focus so that your learning will be maximized and your paper will be the best it can be. Your paper can be turned in at any time, but must be submit no later than the last regularly scheduled day of Week 7.

Students’ final grades will be posted as soon as the instructor receives and evaluates all the work. Official grades will continue to be issued by the University on the grade report form. Instructors have 7 days from the end of the semester to submit their grades to the University. Students should not telephone the University looking for grades until at least 30 days after the end of the semester.

  • Refer to the Lessons and Resources sections in the classroom for information about all readings in this course.
  • Each week’s Lesson contains all the material for the week.
  • For most weeks, course readings are a mix of professional sources (such as peer-reviewed journal articles and governmental publications) and “popular” sources, such as newspaper articles, professional magazine articles, and websites intended for the public. All required course readings are freely downloadable from the course website or from other websites.
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.