Introduction to Public Health: PUBH.1021


Class Meeting: Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-1:45pm
Location:  South Campus - TBD

Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Foco

Office: 540J O’Leary Library

Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:15-3:15 and Wednesdays 12:30-2:30pm or by appointment

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Telephone: (978) 934-4479

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Welcome to Professor Foco's course,
Introduction to Public Health

The survey course provides a historical and contemporary overview of public health topics and issues of importance to society. The student will gain knowledge of a methodology for understanding population health and develop critical thinking and decision-making skills in the analysis of public health issues using a population-based perspective. Students will gain an understanding of the breadth and depth of public health through exposure to current health care and policy issues through the perspective of multiple disciplines. The course will provide students with an ecological understanding of the causation and prevention of disease with an emphasis on health issues that affect society as a whole.

Required Texts

Schneider M.J. (2014). Introduction to Public Health 4th Edition. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers. ISN-: 9781449697365

Farley, T. (2015). Saving Gotham: A Billionaire Mayor, Activist Doctors, and the Fight for Eight Million Lives, New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Healthy People 2020. Available online at

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