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Curriculum

Developed in accordance with recommendations from the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH), the principal accrediting body for public health programmes in the Americas, and in consultation with the Ministry of Health.

A minimum of 42 credits will be required to graduate. Students will obtain these credits by passing (>55%) eleven core courses, a practicum and a culminating project.
The programme will be delivered on an Executive style weekend schedule over two years. Students will travel to Georgetown, Guyana once per month to meet with mentors and course instructors. The first cohort of students will matriculate in August 2014.

Programme Schedule & Structure

Enduring Understandings

Students will gain knowledge and skills to address public health challenges, especially those of Guyana and the Caribbean region, in an ethical manner. These enduring understandings are translated into competencies that are accomplished through coursework, practica and culminating experiences.

Within the following broad domains, students will understand…

Health states: data, models, analyses, and surveillance

1. That health-related states vary by person, place and time, and methods for ascertaining how and why they vary
2. How to identify different types and sources of data and their strengths and limitations
3. How to determine appropriate uses for each data type and source
4. How to manage data securely
5. How to calculate summary statistics of centrality, dispersion and association.
6. How to interpret statistical results and effectively communicate data-driven health information in an audience-appropriate way
7. How to investigate and manage disease outbreaks
8. How to translate evidence about health-related states into public health action

Health systems: organization, financing and delivery of services

9. How to identify common elements
10. How to differentiate models across countries
11. Health systems’ impact on public health outcomes

Health behaviour

12. How to critique commonly referenced social and psychological determinants of health behaviour
13. How to apply theoretical principles, constructs and models used to understand health behaviours
14. How to design and assess behavioural interventions using social and psychological concepts and theories of health behaviour and determinants of health outcomes

Ethics

15. Ethical issues and the employment of ethical principles in all aspects of public health work


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