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Courses - Spring 2024
Public Health Science
Open Seats as of
02/28/2024 at 10:30 PM
Special Topics in Public Health Science; The Public Health Lessons of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Retrospective Examination
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The long-term social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are only now beginning to become evident, especially with regards to public health policy and practices. This course will provide a retrospective analysis of the pandemic from a variety of social and public health perspectives with the aim of discussing what went right, what went wrong, and how these perspectives may shape future pandemic preparedness and public health policies and practices. Students will be introduced to a variety of topics related to the pandemic to gain the proper background and context for further discussion, such as the history of previous pandemics, the biology of SARS-CoV-2 and the major players in governmental policy and decision-making processes. Students will then examine the major policy and health-practice related decisions made during the pandemic and discuss the positive and negative impacts of these decisions from a variety of perspectives, including their own lived experience. Using the knowledge and perspectives gained during these discussions, students will draft their own pandemic policy and action plan in response to a hypothetical future pandemic.