CB 399: Public Health 101: Introduction to Public Health Fall 2015

Public Health 101: Introduction to Public Health

Course Director: Eric Rubin, MD, PhD

Course Instructors: Morteza Asgarzadeh, MS, MPH, PhD (Public health history and anthropology), Catherine Kreatsoulas, MSc, PhD (Epidemiology and statistical reasoning), Courtney Carignan, PhD (Environmental health and safety), Jin Lee, MA, PhD (Social and behavioral health), Christian Suharlim, MD, MPH (Health systems, policy, and management)

Curriculum Fellow:  Bradley Coleman, PhD: bradley_coleman@hms.harvard.edu

Day 1 Interest Formhttp://goo.gl/forms/AxCxPcIUlt

Graduate students, fellows, staff, and faculty without direct training in public health often have limited opportunities to gain a basic understanding of the multiple areas of study within public health and the role each plays in improving health. Many want to learn more about areas of public health but are unable to devote the 30 to 40 hours of classroom time required for a full-length course. 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:

  • Public health history and anthropology
  • Epidemiology and statistical reasoning
  • Environmental health and safety
  • Social and behavioral health
  • Health systems, policy, and management 

During session 1, attendees will learn about various epidemiologic study designs (epidemiology and biostatistics), calamities, chemicals in consumer care products, gene-environment interactions (environmental health), safety climate research (social and behavioral sciences), and health financing (health policy and management). 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.


First Session: Tuesday October 6, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: TMEC Auditorium, Harvard Medical School

Second Session A: Tuesday October 13, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: TMEC L-007, Harvard Medical School

Second Session B: Thursday October 15, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: TMEC 448

DROP DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 29, 2015


AUDITORS (Post-Docs, Faculty, or Staff) PLEASE SIGN THE INTEREST FORM TO ATTEND THE 1st SESSION. http://goo.gl/forms/AxCxPcIUlt