Public Health (PHE)

PHE 101. Core Competencies for the Community Health Worker. 3 Credits.

This course is designed for students who are working toward a Community Health Worker Certificate. Students will be introduced to community health concepts, and resources and skills related to the role and responsibilities of a Community Health Worker, including: linking individuals and families to needed health services, public health agencies, and human services; playing a key role in increasing access to health care; and eliminating health disparities among vulnerable and underserved communities. Students will learn about the Core Competencies for Community Health Workers as established by the the Board of Certification of Community Health Workers. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098 or placement. Fall.

PHE 105. Essential Health Topics for Community Health Workers. 3 Credits.

This course provides students with an understanding of common mental and behavioral health issues and chronic diseases that they are likely to encounter as Community Health Workers (CHWs). Students will learn about the often complex health and social conditions of community members through the use of case studies, interactive exercises, and group discussion. The role of CHWs in prevention, treatment and care will also be examined. Topics will include mental/behavioral health, violence, substance abuse, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, weight management, asthma, and assessing the home environment. Staying positive and preventing vicarious trauma will also be explored. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098 or placement. Fall.

PHE 110. Intro to Public Health. 3 Credits.

This course provides an introduction to the core components of public health and public health practice, including an emphasis on population and prevention-based strategies for improving health. This course presents an overview of the field of public health, including historical and contemporary perspectives on major health problems; social, behavioral, and environmental factors affecting health; key players within the public health system and how they work together to implement effective public health practice, highlighting the role of disease detection and management (epidemiology), health communication and strategies for evaluating these practices. The course will also cover methods for addressing non-communicable diseases, communicable diseases, environmental diseases, injuries, and disaster preparedness. Theoretical and practical perspectives of this course will provide contemporary strategies for health promotion and disease prevention at local, state, and national levels. Prerequisites: ENG 101. Spring.

PHE 250. Practicum for Community Health Workers. 4 Credits.

This 4-credit class offers students an opportunity to learn in a work setting while obtaining practical experience in community health work (CHW). Students will contract for a minimum of 125 hours at an internship placement and participate in a weekly seminar to discuss their fieldwork and apply academic theory to practice. Students will work in settings that familiarize them with concrete examples of the core competencies of CHWs studied in PHE 100 and in class through readings and discussions. Students will also gain an understanding of industry and organizational structures, cultures, and ethics; and will strengthen their critical thinking, research, and problem-solving skills. They will keep logs of their activities and complete other written assignments for class. Students will be able to apply these hours towards the required hours of work experience for state certification. Prerequisites: PHE 101, PHE 105, PHE 110 (or corequisite), ENG 101, EOA 106, BUS 112, PSY 143 (or corequisite), HST 140 (or corequisite). Spring.