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SOCĀ 214. Introduction to Public Health. (4).

This course introduces students to key public health concepts and provides a foundational understanding of the history, systems, and practice of public health. Students learn the process of how health issues in a population are identified, treated and prevented through public health efforts and utilizing epidemiologic tools. Additionally, the social, behavioral and environmental factors that impact health are examined within a public health framework. The course also explores how factors such as age, race/ethnicity, sex/gender, social class, and dis/ability status impact lifelong health. Through real world examples and the current political, economic, and cultural news of the day, students gain a clear understanding of the scope of today's public health problems and possible solutions.