Public Health 2 is the second major course that Public Health students usually take at UC Irvine. There are many concepts that students must know and memorize for this class. Being able to understand concepts and apply them to case studies is a large portion of what determines the grade you get in the class. Be sure to read on to know the top 4 concepts you must know for Public Health 2 at UCI.

1. The 10 Essential Public Health Services

There are 10 essential public health services in the field of public health. The services are to: monitor health status, diagnose health problems, inform and educate the public about health problems, develop policies to improve community health, enforce laws to ensure safety, refer people to health services, assure a high standard of public health and personal health care workforce, evaluate the quality of health services, and research new solutions to health problems. These are all different services that are used when developing an action plan for a case study. Be sure to memorize and give examples of each public health service, because this concept will likely be on your first midterm!

2. Questions to Consider as You Prepare to Discuss a Decision Case

When reading a case study, it is important to ask as many questions as possible in order to get a clear depiction of the case. By doing so, you will be able to respond to the case properly. What may be a public health problem in one country, for example, many not be a public health problem in another country. It is always best to be specific in order to be accurate in your response. A good idea is to write all of these questions out on a separate piece of paper and answer them as you read along the case study.

3. What is the Case Study Approach

As a student in Public Health 2, you must know about the case study approach. The case study approach is being able to identify a problem and not automatically making assumptions based on the problem. A good public health official will get the entire story behind a problem before jumping to conclusions about the etiology of a disease. For example, diseases can get started from a lack of public health practices, such as hand washing. For example, it would have been a mistake to automatically assume that a disease was prevalent in a community because it is genetically passed on.

4. Background and Context of Case Studies

Knowing the background and context of any case study will allow for you to figure out the proper methods in solving the problem. This concept is usually applied to hypothetical questions on tests in the class. A good example to consider is smoking in the United States and smoking in London. There are reductions in smoking prevalence in the United States due to the emphasis that is put on the harms that smoking does to the body. In London, smoking is prevalent and commonplace for many people. Knowing why the culture is this way will help you come up with ways to target your “audience” in London and to come up with ways to decrease smoking there.

If you understand these four concepts, you are off to a great start in Public Health 2. Public Health 2 is a tricky class because you cannot memorize the notes and get an A, but instead you have to apply concepts to different case studies presented to you. Although it is a tricky class, it is a great way to train yourself to think like someone who works in the Public Health Department! If you ever need help in the class, be sure to get help from your professor.


Ari Zaed


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