An Online Learning Community and Course (October 2015 – April 2016)
Registration Deadline: September 30, 2016
Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases. Overall, it is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country or region of the world. Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, administering services and conducting research. Public health works to limit health disparities. A large part of public health is promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility.
We will explore a variety of topics in public health by doing some light reading beforehand, and then hearing from folks who work in it everyday. Guest speakers will lead discussion on the online platform, and introduce you to their role and the problems at hand. There will be 8 webinars and each will feature one guest speaker who will present their perspective on a current topic in public health, and who will answer your questions related to the discussion. Depth of knowledge will be prioritized, not breadth — that is why we will devote more than one webinar session to each topic so as to hear different perspectives and gain a more complete comprehension of each topic. Speakers will mostly be public health officials but may also include doctors, psychologists, frontline volunteers, etc.
We invite you to join our Public Health Scholars Facebook group for the year to help you connect/discuss/post further articles on public health topics. Joining is optional 🙂
Eight online webinar sessions will be provided over the year (each 1-1.5 hours long) in which:
- You are to attend no less than 6 sessions.
- Prepare of each session:
- Reading prep (20 mins) per session
- Pre and post webinar quizzes (3 mins each)
- Complete a final project
Why will I LOVE this Scholars Program?
Trying to describe public health is like asking fish to identify the water! It’s so easy to take all the benefits we reap from the tireless work of public health officials for granted. Once you realize all the subtle, but profound, ways you are saved from suffering everyday, you will be inspired to forward the mission! By joining this Scholars Program, you will be able to “identify the water” — see more clearly and better appreciate all the ways public health professionals touch our lives. Through this journey together, we will encourage you to “Stay curious”, “Go forth, and be useful!” Good luck!
 CDC Foundation