Program Planning


Public Health (PUBH)

Public Health (PUBH)
Faculty of Health Sciences


Public Health 1000

Introduction to Public Health
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course will provide an introduction to individual and population health by exploring health as an evolving and multidimensional concept shaped through historical, cultural, psychosocial, economic and environmental contexts. The values, goals, interdisciplinary roles and settings for public health practice will be explored. Models for community health, health promotion, and population health will be introduced.
Note: This course will be of interest to students in Psychology, Sociology, Native American Studies, Health Care Management, Nursing, and Addictions Counselling.
Students are advised to ensure that this course will count in their program.

Public Health 2000

Population Health
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Population health is examined through the determinants of health. Historical and theoretical perspectives will be explored with a focus on chronic disease prevention, injury prevention, health promotion, and healthy aging.
Prerequisite(s): Public Health 1000

Public Health 3000

Canadian and Global Perspectives
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Health disparities are examined within the Canadian population and global contexts. Poverty and the health of indigenous populations will be explored with a focus on community development as an approach to public health practice.
Prerequisite(s): Public Health 2000

Public Health 3050

Junior Practicum in Public Health
Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-18
This course will provide students the opportunity to work with individuals and groups, addressing health promotion within varied cultural contexts. Service-learning will assist students in applying theoretical knowledge within organizational or community settings. Concepts of health promotion, chronic disease prevention, injury prevention, and epidemiology are integrated into practice.
Prerequisite(s): Public Health 2000
Grading: Pass/Fail

Public Health 3420

Public Health Ethics
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Ethical principles and values are introduced to explore the tension between individualistic notions of human rights and the communitarian concern for the well-being of communities in public health practice.
Prerequisite(s): Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Recommended Background: Public Health 1000;
Public Health 2000

Public Health 4000

Advanced Public Health
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Public health and population health promotion strategies will be explored within a historical context. Health promotion strategies will focus on communication, social marketing, and healthy public policy.
Prerequisite(s): Public Health 3000

Public Health 4050

Senior Practicum in Public Health
Credit hours: 9.0
Contact hours per week: 0-0-27
This course provides students the opportunity to work with organizations and community groups to address population health issues. Concepts of population health promotion, collaboration, intersectoral collaboration, and partnerships will be explored through work in community settings.
Prerequisite(s): Public Health 3050
Grading: Pass/Fail

Public Health 4995

Undergraduate Thesis
Credit hours: 6.0
Contact hours per week: Variable
This is a challenging, work-intensive, research-oriented course in which students will conduct research, report orally on the work, and submit a report in the form of an undergraduate thesis which will be made publicly available. In consultation with their Thesis Supervisor, students will undertake an undergraduate thesis focused on a public health issue.
Prerequisite(s): Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours);
A cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher
Note: Contact hours will vary. Students should be aware that this course involves regular contact with the Thesis Supervisor as well as considerable independent work.