Field Studies in Public Health: CFS 392-0

Course Type: Variable Credit (1-4 units)

This course will count one credit toward Weinberg Distribution Requirement for Area III: Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Course Description

Field Studies in Public Health was developed for students interested in health-related fields, including public health, medicine, and health policy. In this course, students will explore the field of public health and its history, both domestically and globally. Students will unpack the complexities of this field by examining current public health issues as they relate to student internships and interests. The course will provide students an opportunity to consider how public health theory and ideology align with practice and are implemented in the real world.

By the end of the quarter, students will be able to:

  • Define “Public Health” and its major areas of focus, including the core functions of public health.
  • Identify critical issues in public health, including key challenges and key stakeholders, and be able to identify potential solutions to these issues.
  • Compare and contrast public health theory to practice, based on experiences at field internship sites.
  • Enhance skills necessary for the workplace such as goal-setting, presenting, and critical analysis.

 2018-2019 Instructors: Hannah Badal (Fall and Winter) and Tawny Spinelli (Spring)


Types of Internships that relate to the Field Studies in Public Health course: