2023 Summer Program Courses

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Environmental Epidemiology: A Brief Introduction for Public Health Professionals 

Description: The environment consists of where we live, work and play. Therefore, some critical questions about environmental and occupational exposures are: What are the sources of bias and confounding and how do these errors affect interpretation of environmental health studies? How can we minimize these errors through careful study design, statistical casual inference methods and emerging computational procedures, such as systems science methods? This course will examine these questions from the perspective of translating findings from environmental epidemiology studies into public health practice, especially addressing environmental health disparities. By the end of the course, participants will be able to critically assess environmental health data, scientific studies and reports, and reviews across a range of environmental exposures and health outcomes. Learning modalities will include short lectures, interactive group activities, and individual assignments. 

Graphical and Inferential Statistical Programming in R for Environmental Epidemiology 

Summary: In this course we consider graphical, descriptive and inferential statistical methods for exploring data sets that arise in the context of environmental epidemiology. Focus will be on expanding R programming skills as we illustrate statistical inference and model construction related to the understanding environmental epidemiological data, along with the impact of selection bias and violation of conditions necessary for their validity. 

Innovative Evaluation Approaches for Emergent Public Health Needs 

Summary: This course is an introduction to evaluation’s core concepts and methods. The knowledge-building workshop will explore several evaluation approaches and associated tools (for example logic models, root cause analysis, human-centered design) with a focus on equity.  Students will have the opportunity to do hand-on activities and bring real-world examples from their health departments into the workshop.

Using Data for Decision Making 

Summary: Decision making in health care can be complex. Information may need to be, among other factors, timely and accurate to support effective decision making. It is not enough to have access to volumes upon volumes of data. These raw data must be distilled down into easily consumed packets of information. One way to accomplish this is through the use of data visualization — at its simplest, the synthesis of the bytes and bits of raw data, from one or a variety of sources, into charts, graphs, maps and other visual communication tools that uncover hidden patterns, relationships, communicate information and inform action. This lab-based workshop will provide hands-on training at the conceptual and practice levels to empower you to identify a problem that can be supported by data visualizations and build conceptual frameworks and tools to visualize data to solve the problem. 

Strategic Change and Change Management  

Summary: This course is designed for individuals who are responsible for implementing strategic initiatives and leading change management efforts within their organizations, recognizing the unique challenges facing public health and healthcare organizations and their leadership. The course will provide participants with practical tools and techniques to successfully implement strategies and manage change and will cover topics such as the key elements of effective strategy implementation, identifying and overcoming barriers to change, building a culture that supports change management, creation and implementation of action plans, and the evaluation and process improvement associated with organizational change. 

Skills for Budgeting & Financial Management

Summary: This course will describe financial analysis methods applicable to programs and will support organizations to consider the application of an agency business plan. Participants will engage in the following topics:

  • The income statement and the statement of changes in equity
  • The role of finance
  • Planning and budgeting

Strategic Communications

Summary: In Public health, effective communication saves lives. Public awareness campaigns are often at the heart of public health initiatives. However, limited resources and expanding scopes also require communications to be highly efficient in ways that will deliver maximum impact with minimal investment of time, money and capacity. This course will provide practical education and training to public health practitioners researchers, local and state government, and students to explore and define forms of audience-centric messages, data and tools, strategies to leverage trusted messengers to distribute communications, and more. The course will leverage small group and participant interactions to develop materials that can be used within participants home organizations

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