Community and Public Health

5 Credits

Module Description

This module focuses on the engagement of a health care organization with the community. It builds on the leadership, IT, and finance modules to examine how an organization affects and is affected by its community. The complex relationships of community health, public health, and population health are explicated. Learners build their capabilities in applying analytical frameworks and performing concrete tasks to add to their e-portfolio.

Module Objectives

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Relate concepts of leadership, information technology, and finance to community engagement.
  • Define and differentiate community health, population health, and public health.
  • Describe the components of a community’s health system.
  • Analyze the characteristics of a community, its residents, and its health care stakeholders.
  • Guide the conduct of a community health needs assessment.
  • Develop and implement a community health improvement plan.
  • Assess the power structure of a community.
  • Plan an effective advocacy campaign for a health issue involving the community.
  • Measure and explain changes in community health status.
  • Articulate the parameters essential for sustainability of a community-oriented program within a health care organization.
  • Analyze the business case for a health care organization to be involved with the community.
  • Communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders about community health issues.

Meet the faculty of Module 4: Community and Public Health, the fourth learning module in the MHA@GW program:


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