Summer Program

The 2021 Summer Program in Population Health will be begin June 21 with three courses available on demand through the summer.

Course Format

All courses are being delivered on demand to allow for maximum flexibility for participants. Participants will complete their courses via the center’s learning management system, ScarletCanvas.

Online Course Offerings

  • Collective Responsibility at the Intersection of Racism, Social Justice and Public Health, Marilyn Laila Sampilo, PhD, MPH
    • 14.25-hour course
    • Optional live Zoom sessions available with instructor
    • Course Description: Structural racism leads to persistent disparities in physical and behavioral health among marginalized communities through a complex ecosystem of inequity. At a macro level, racism and discrimination in policies have resulted in historical injustices and legacies of systemic oppression. Structural racism intersects and interacts with various societal systems to reinforce the disadvantaged social positioning of these groups and perpetuates their marginalization. In order to move towards a more equitable society, structural racism in healthcare, related systems, and specialty fields must be dismantled and these systems must move beyond diversity and inclusion to becoming intentionally equitable and anti-racist. Because public health is uniquely positioned in its role at the intersection of population health and the healthcare system, and emphasizes health promotion and prevention, efforts must be undertaken to works towards a similar transformation. This course will provide participants with a structural analysis of public health and will help participants apply key social justice concepts to engage in efforts to promote antiracism and equity in public health.
    • Collective Responsibility Syllabus
  • Policy Interventions for Health Behavior Change, Allison Glasser, MPH
    • 12.75-hour course
    • Course Description: Policy interventions have the potential to influence health behavior on a large scale and can be implemented at the federal, state and local levels. This course focuses on state and local regulation and policy, with an emphasis on examples from tobacco control. The 2009 Tobacco Control Act provided the US Food and Drug Administration with the authority to regulate tobacco and established the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. In addition, state and local governments have used passed numerous legislative measures, including smoke-free indoor air laws, minimum purchasing age laws, and flavored product sales bans. This course highlights the vital role that state and local regulators play in complementing or enhancing federal regulation and in protecting the public from the harms of tobacco use and other risk factors. This course is geared toward public health professionals interested in understanding the impact of policy interventions on health behavior and how they can influence policy implementation.
    • Click here to view a short video of what to expect from this course!
    • Policy Interventions for Health Behavior Change Syllabus
  • Data for Action: Examples from Pandemics, Epidemics, and Other Public Health Crises, Ayaz Hyder, PhD
    • 14-hour course
    • Optional live Zoom sessions available with instructor
    • Course Description: Currently there is no shortage of public health crises. Data-informed decision-making during times of crises is critical for public health departments, health care systems and payers. In this course, two examples—the COVID-19 pandemic and the opioid epidemic—will serve as case studies on collecting, processing, integrating, and using data for action. Additional case studies may include infant mortality and food insecurity. By the end of the course, participants will be able to develop a dynamic and sustainable data-for-action strategy, to assemble and analyze data for action, and to translate data for actions that are impactful and equitable. The method of instruction will involve short lectures on data for action frameworks, guest lectures from local public health professionals and other stakeholders implementing data for action initiatives in Ohio, and hands-on training with software and other tools to catalyze data for action, such as use cases for community engagement, open data platforms and data commons, and data visualization/analytics.
    • Data for Action Syllabus

Course Registration

Registration opens on April 15 and remains open through August 31. Once registered, you have until October 29, 2021 to complete the course and request continuing education units.

Register between April 15 and June 21 and take advantage of the early-bird rate of $250 per course ($100 for students).

$350 for each course if registering between June 22 and August 31 ($200 for students).

Registration Methods

Registration is now closed for the 2021 Summer Program in Population Health

Cancellation, Withdrawal & Refund Policy 

Substitutions are welcome. Refunds for course fees will not be issued for any cancellations.

Who Should Attend

Professionals and students working in public health, health care, local and state government, community health, health data analytics and academia.

Continuing Education

Continuing education credits will be available for certified health education specialists, registered sanitarians and those certified in public health. Credit for courses will be reported to the CE Boards in October 2021 at the conclusion of the Summer Program.

Please contact the Center at or 614-292-2291 for more information about contact hours

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