Public Health 101 Fall 2013

Public Health 101
Nanocourse Director: Davie Van Vactor

Curriculum Fellow: Zofia Gajdos,

Course Instructors and Designers, with links to bios:

Graduate students and postdocs at HSPH and elsewhere at Harvard have had limited opportunities outside of traditional coursework to gain a basic understanding of the multidisciplinary areas of study within public health and the roles they each play in improving health. To provide a succinct overview and introduction to the field of public health, we have developed the “Public Health 101” nanocourse. The nanocourse will give an overview of the five core areas of public health (epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, and health services administration). Attendees will learn about various epidemiologic study designs (epidemiology and biostatistics), health behavior intervention research (social and behavioral sciences), and the built environment and health (environmental health). In the second session, attendees will use a case-based approach to integrate the skills and knowledge gained in the first session in the context of an exercise related to public policy (health services administration).

Registration is not required to attend session 1, but we are trying to get a sense of who our audience is in order to estimate attendance and appropriately target the level of the presentations. If you're interested in attending session 1, please fill our our informal pre-course survey here:

(Please note: if you are unfamiliar with the nanocourse format, please see this page for more information about registration and credit.)

Nanocourse Faculty: Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez, Dr. Myriam Afeiche, Dr. Catherine Kreatsoulas, Dr. Candace Nelson, and Dr. Morteza Asgarzadeh

Course Design Committee: Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez, Dr. Zofia Gajdos, Dr. Usheer Kanjee, and Dr. Cherie Ramirez


First Session: Thursday, October 3, 2013, 1 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: HSPH Kresge Building, Room G3
Second Session: Thursday, October 10, 2013, 1 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: HSPH Building 1, Room 1302

Note to Attendees:
If you know about key resources (e.g. introductory courses, websites, articles) that you would like to share with others, we invite you to visit the “Public Health 101 Nanocourse” group on LinkedIn:

Public Health 101 Nanocourse Material Downloads (Chrome or Firefox recommended):