1. Ryan White Program, EHE Community Health Worker Program → Module 1

Introduction to Public Health (CC1.d)

This course will provide students with the definition of public health practice; foundational knowledge of public health’s historical contributions; the ethical bases; key terms and concepts; system organization; and the social determinants of health that contribute to specific individual and community health outcomes.

Course Topics:

1) Public Health Definition and Key terms
2) History of Public Health
3) The use of disease surveillance to control and prevent disease
4) Public Health Ethics
5) Social Determinants of Health
6) Health Literacy

Course Objectives:
1) The CHW student will understand basic public health principles
2) The CHW student will describe key features of the historical development of public health, including the most important achievements of public health.
3) The CHW student will understand the social determinants of health and related disparities

Core Competencies:
2. Relationship-Building
2g. Understanding the culture of institutions
9. Professional Conduct
9c. Apply critical thinking techniques and problem-solving
10. Knowledge
10a. Social determinants of health and related disparities
10e. Health behavior theories
10f. Basic public health principles
10h. United States health and social service systems

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Silvia Juarez-Berrios at silvia.juarezberrios@maricopa.gov
  • Public Health I
  • Video: What is Public Health?
  • Unit 1: Definition of Public Health
  • Video: The story of the 1918 flu pandemic
  • Unit 2: History of Public Health
  • Video: COVID-19
  • Public Health I Quiz: Due 8/15 by 11:59 pm
  • Unit 3: Surveillance and Ethics in Public Health
  • Tuskegee Institute Syphilis Study
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Unit 4: Social Determinants and Health Literacy
  • Video: Social Determinants of Health Video
  • Public Health II Quiz: Due 8/15 by 11:59 pm
  • Post Survey
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever