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Course Details with Online Syllabus:
IPH-300: Introduction to Public Health

Course Code IPH-300
Course Name Introduction to Public Health
US Credits (USCH) 3
ECTS 3 x 1.5 - 1.7 (see Academic Standards)
Main Prerequisite MED1
Regular Instructor / Assigned Faculty (responsible for student interaction, validation and grading of student assignments, constructive feedback, oral examinations)

Hamza Katranji

Note: see biography under Faculty Profiles

Faculty Coordinator (responsible for entry and exit coordination and interfacing between student and instructor(s))

Laurent Cleenewerck

Note: see biography under Administration

Syllabus Specialist (responsible for maintaining syllabus database and implementation of revised standards)

Ghebrehiwet Ghebremedhin

Note: see biography under Administration

Language for this course code E
Access to e-library: yes

General Concepts and Guidelines:

It is important to note that EUCLID functions under an intergovernmental mandate to deliver programs of higher education that conform to international standards and that are fully documented (Statutes IX). Accordingly, a standard 3 USCH course,which is at least equivalent to 4.5 ECTS, represents a number of classroom instruction hours equivalent to 3 x 12.5 = 37.5 hours (lower base line) – 3 x 14 = 42 hours (higher base line).

Even in the case of courses for which lectures (audio / video) are available to cover the entirety of the material, reading assignments are mandatory.

In the case of courses that are primarily delivered by means of reading assignments, EUCLID considers that a standard 3 USCH course should correspond to approximately 600-800 pages of intense, directly relevant readings. This is consistent with generally accepted standards applicable to the USCH and ECTS systems. Moreover, EUCLID favors full textbooks over compiled chapters from heterogeneous sources.

For practical and organizational reasons, this study workload is structured in the format of one semester (about 15 weeks). This logical ‘semester’ is organized in 7 periods of ‘2 weeks’ each, the last one being a buffer and final study period. Because EUCLID has a primary mandate to serve busy government officials for its Participating States, these periods are presented as a structured approach rather than as an enforced set of deadlines. In practice, then, a student may take more or less than 14 weeks to complete the course because the intention is not to reproduce an actual semester but rather to offer a logical breakdown of the course over a flexible span of time.

In all cases, all the assignments must be submitted, approved and graded for the course to be completed.

It must be noted that EUCLID guidelines require that a comprehensive oral examination take place upon completion of all other assignments in order for the final grade to be posted and for the course to be formally completed.

See also: Academic Standards

How to Use this Syllabus:

This standardized syllabus is your study guide for this course.

Most EUCLID courses require the sequential reading of the textbooks (and other materials) listed below. By “reading,” we do not mean mere casual reading but rather intense studying with an effort to memorize (highlighting with comments and taking notes is highly recommended).

The “Course Materials” may include textbooks as well as other types of resources including MP3 downloads, webcasts, compiled PDFs, etc.

It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the Course Materials. In most cases, the resources requires for the course are available from the EUCLID online library.

Once you have completed the reading of the course materials, you must contact your course instructor or coordinator to discuss the proposed theme of the required major paper(s).

Even though the quiz assignment is sometimes considered or listed after the major papers, it is advisable to complete this assignment prior to starting work on the paper(s).

For each quiz questions, do not forget to provide a footnote reference to where (text, page) the correct answer can be found. Remember that the instructor will evaluate your ability to create intelligent questions spanning all required textbooks, offer plausible answers, and properly footnote the textbook reference.

For the paper(s), do not forget that you must comply with all ACA-401 guidelines and requirements. Always refer to the latest Word template and ACA-401 checklist which can be found on the Egnyte Platform.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Read (study) all reading assignments carefully and intensely in order to be able to memorize, re-express, inter-relate and engage the information provided.
  • Write biweekly short reaction papers (“journals”) on the assigned readings, not longer than two single-spaced pages.
  • Write 1 or 2 (as directed) high quality, publishable major papers that meet ACA-401 guidelines and that provide several properly formatted citations to the textbooks.
  • Create a quiz that demonstrates your ability to create intelligent questions with plausible answers, and provide footnotes to the correct answers.
  • Prepare carefully for the final oral examination by re-reading the required textbooks. This is not an open book exam and you should have memorized the key terms and concepts in order to be able to offer a professional articulation and presentation when examined by the instructor.

General Course Description:

This course provides a introductory overview of public health written from a US perspective, which is relevant for international students since the US system illustrates a number of successes as well as unresolved issues and challenges. The textbook provides a big-picture, population perspective on the determinants of health and disease and the tools available to protect and promote health. It examines the full range of options for intervention including use of the healthcare system, the public health system, and society-wide systems such as laws and taxation.

IPH-300 also makes use of several video presentations along the way, which serve to introduce an element of enthusiasm and realism in what may seem to be an impersonal field dominated by statistical concerns.

Course Objectives:

 - See General Course Description and Outcomes which cover the academic objectives of the course

Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student is expected to able to:

 - evidence-based public health

- use of informatics (information systems) in the field of public health

- socio-economic and behavioral dimensions

- legal and ethical issues at stake

- issues related to communicable and non-communicable diseases

- environmental health as a related field

- health and health care "industry" (systems, institutions)

- national (in this case a US textbook) and global perpectives and issues

Required Readings and Resources:

Public Health 101: Healthy People - Healthy Populations

By Richard Riegelman 

Global Health 101: (Essential Public Health)

By Richard Skolnik

+ the multimedia resources are posted in lower-resolution format to meet fair use criteria in the EUCLID Egnyte system.

Supplemental Readings and Resources:

Introduction to Public Health, Third Edition

Mary-Jane Schneider

Useful Templates and Resources:

Word Template Use this single-spaced template (DOCX) for Response Papers
Word Template Use this double-spaced template (DOCX) for Major Papers
Quiz Template Use this single-spaced sample (DOCX) for the Quiz
Sample RP This is a sample response paper for ACA-401
Sample MP This is a sample major paper for DIP-401
Checklist This PDF is a checklist to use before submitting a paper

Organization and structure of course studies:

Period 1 (Typically, weeks 1-2)
Reading Assignments Public Health 101 - Chapters 1-5
MP3s or Videos RX for Survival - A Global Health Challenge (2005)
Method of Instruction Textbook study / Video
Tasks / Assignments Study assignments + Prepare Response Paper 1
Deliverables Response Paper 1

Period 2 (Typically, weeks 3-4)
Reading Assignments Public Health 101 - Chapters 6-12
MP3s or Videos Contagion (Movie, with Matt Damon)
Method of Instruction Textbook study / Video
Tasks / Assignments Study assignments + Prepare Response Paper 2
Deliverables Response Paper 2

Period 3 (Typically, weeks 5-6)
Reading Assignments Global Health 101 - Chapters 1-6
MP3s or Videos NOVA: Epidemic - Ebola, AIDS, Bird Flu and Typhoid (2007)
Method of Instruction Textbook study / Video
Tasks / Assignments Study assignments + Prepare Response Paper 3
Deliverables Response Paper 3

Period 4 (Typically, weeks 7-8)
Reading Assignments Global Health 101 - Chapters 6-10
MP3s or Videos NOVA: Ebola - The Plague Fighters (2007)
Method of Instruction Textbook study / Video
Tasks / Assignments Study assignments + Prepare Response Paper 4
Deliverables Response Paper 4

Period 5 (Typically, weeks 9-10)
Reading Assignments Global Health 101 - Chapters 11-18
MP3s or Videos Fork over Knives (2013)
Method of Instruction Textbook study / Video
Tasks / Assignments Study assignments + Prepare Response Paper 5 + Quiz
Deliverables Response Paper 5 + Quiz

Period 6 (Typically, weeks 11-12)
Reading Assignments Review P 1-5 Materials + Supplemental (under Period 6 Folder)
MP3s or Videos Outbreak (1995)
Method of Instruction Textbook study / Video
Tasks / Assignments Study assignments + Prepare Major Paper 1
Deliverables Major Paper 1

Period 7 (Typically, weeks 13-14)
Reading Assignments N/A
MP3s or Videos N/A
Method of Instruction N/A
Tasks / Assignments N/A
Deliverables Final exam (for ACA-401) and course completion

Special Course Comment / Review of Required Assignments to Complete Course:

 *** No supplemental comments have been entered for this course ***

In addition to the short response papers, the standard required assignments are:


The student must create a multiple-choice or missing word quiz with 10 questions, based on the textbook(s), and with footnoted references to the correct answers (with page number in textbook).

A sample is available at http://www.euclid.int/syllabi/quiz.docx  and can also be found on the Egnyte platform under Courses > ACA-401

Major paper(s):

This course requires the presentation of 1 major paper(s) (standard length is 12-24 pages using the MP template which is double-spaced).The theme is the student’s choice, but must be selected and confirmed in consultation with the assigned instructor, and be based on the required study materials.

The major paper(s) must (1) comply with all ACA-401 guidelines (2) make at least 3 properly formatted references to the textbook(s).

Final Examination:

Once the paper(s) and quiz have been submitted, this course is capped by an extensive oral examination and interactive interview conducted by the assigned instructor using web-conferencing technology (WebEx, Skype).

Composite Evaluation and Grading:

  • 10% of the final grade is based on the response papers
  • 60% of the final grade is based on the major paper(s) and quiz
  • 30% of the final grade is based on the final oral exam / closing interview.

Failure to obtain a passing grade on the final oral exam will result in course failure.

Standard grading scale and academic policies apply to this course.

Standard EUCLID Grading Scale:

Even through there is no internationally standardized grading system, EUCLID uses a scale that is fairly standard, namely:

  1. Grades are numeric (0 – 4) and convertible to letters (F – A)
  2. A+ is a novelty and is not used
  3. EUCLID has a strict grading policy and does not engage in ‘grade inflation’
  4. Grading is based on standards, not ranking within the group
  5. Because of (3), 2.35 or C+ is the pass standard for all courses, provided that a full academic review of all grades under 2.5 conclude that the student does meet requirements for graduation.

Numeric grades are converted to letter grades as follows:



Explanation / Standards



All objectives are fully met



All objectives are fully met with minor suggestions for improvement



Rarely used: All objectives are fully met with minor suggestions for improvement



All objectives are met with specific suggestions for improvement



Satisfactory output, but improvement are expected to fully meet all the objectives of the program


Almost B

Rarely used: Satisfactory output, but improvement are expected to fully meet all the objectives of the course(s)



Passing but less than satisfactory output. Improvements in more than one course standards are expected to fully meet all the objectives of the course(s)

2.5 - 2.35


Minimum passing grade: Improvements are mandated in more than one course standards are expected to fully meet all the objectives of the course(s)



Failing grade: does not meet mandatory objectives of the course(s)



Failing grade: does not meet in any way the objectives of the course(s)



Assignment to does meet in any way the objectives of the courses or contains plagiarism / academic violations



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