HLT 665 Public Health Practicum Entire Course Week 1 to 16

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HLT 665 Topic 1 Graded Discussion

Discussion Question 1: An important competency in public health, according to the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH) is health communication. Define health communication and provide an example of how it is used in public health. Explain how the community influences public health.

Discussion Question 2: Briefly describe your practicum work. What methods does your practicum site apply to communicate health information to the public? How have you applied this competency in your practicum work?


HLT 665 Topic 2 graded discussion

Discussion Question 1: The ASPPH identifies informatics as a key public health competency. Define informatics and provide an example of how it is applied in public health.

Discussion Question 2: How does your practicum site use public health data to promote population/community health? How have you applied this competency in your practicum work?


HLT-665 Topic 3, Public Health Communication and Social Media

Discussion Question 1: Healthy People 2020 calls for the various sectors in public health to “to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge.” Applying an evidence-based approach to the work of public health is essential to meeting health goals and sustaining valuable resources. Describe the key elements of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and how they can be applied in public health.

Discussion Question 2: Has your practicum site put evidence-based public health (EBPH) into practice? If so, in what way? If not, what have been some challenges to implementing EBPH?


HLT 665 Topic 4 graded discussion

Discussion Question 1: Describe an organizational barrier and a personal barrier to implementing evidence-based public health (EBPH). What are some strategies to overcome these barriers?

Discussion Question 2: After reviewing the key elements of evidence-based public health (EBPH), what recommendations would you make to your practicum site regarding applying EBPH?


HLT 665 Topic 5 graded discussion

Discussion Question 1: Consider the following scenario: You are a program manager at a local public health department tasked with increasing physical activity of adults in your community. How would you begin the planning process? Outline five initial steps you would take in planning a strategy to address this issue.

Discussion Question 2: Describe the nature of work of your practicum site. Are there specific goals and objectives to be met? How does the organization measure effectiveness and quality of their services?


HLT 665 Topic 6 graded discussion

Discussion Question 1: Describe an issue or problem in public health that could be addressed with a policy change, including:

  • Who or what is affected by the current state of affairs and in what way?
  • What needs to be done differently to improve the problem/issue?
  • What type of policy (i.e., city/county/state ordinance, business/organizational policy) would you recommend?

Discussion Question 2: Describe a policy or regulation that affects your practicum work and/or your practicum site’s work. How do you and/or the organization regulate and monitor policy to ensure compliance?


HLT 665 Topic 7 assignemnt, SWOT Analysis

Discussion Question 1: There are several leadership models that can be applied in health care and public health. Of particular interest to GCU is the servant leadership model. What is “servant leadership”? How does it differ from other models of leadership?

Discussion Question 2: Review the assigned article “Character and Servant Leadership: Ten Characteristics of Effective, Caring Leaders.” Which of the 10 characteristics of a servant leader do you think most apply to public health? Why?


HLT 665 Topic 8 graded discussion

Discussion Question 1: What is a community leader? Give some examples of types of community leaders in public health. What are characteristics of effective community leadership?

Discussion Question 2: One of the attributes of a community leader is an ability to influence others toward some kind of action (e.g., join our coalition, give to our cause, and stop smoking). If you were recruiting new partners for a coalition to address childhood asthma, who would you approach? How would you articulate why they are …….?


HLT 665 Topic 9 graded discussion

Discussion Question 1: Define professionalism. What behaviors and skills ……for effective professionalism in the workplace? What professional behaviors and skills are essential to the work environment where you are completing your practicum?

Discussion Question 2: Observe a team in practice within your practicum site. Reflect on the group’s communication and cooperation. How well did this group interact as a team? Are there areas that could be …..?


HLT-665 Topic 10 graded discussion

Discussion Question 1: Describe professionalism in the context of public health. What skills, attributes, and behaviors are …..of the public health professional? What distinctive characteristics of public health would be necessary to implement in order to fully support your community?

Discussion Question 2: Professionalism in public health involves valuing a commitment to lifelong learning and professional service. Outline three goals you will strive to achieve over the next 3 years that will help you strengthen and improve your professionalism skills.


HLT665 Topic 11 graded DISCUSSION

Discussion Question 1: What is cultural and linguistic competence? How does this competency apply to public health? Why is this important to the practice of public health?

Discussion Question 2: Reflect on your own cultural and linguistic competence. How confident are you in your ability to address the needs of diverse communities? How do you think you could improve your level of cultural and linguistic competence?


HLT-665 Topic 12 graded discussion

Discussion Question 1: The National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards in Health and Health Care serve as a guide to advance and sustain culturally and linguistically appropriate services within organizations. Review the CLAS Standards and identify one that most resonates with you, or is most relevant to your interests in public health. Prepare a rationale for the implementation of you selected standard.

Discussion Question 2: Reflect on the cultural and linguistic competence of your practicum site. How does your practicum site respond to the diverse needs of communities? What recommendations would you make to improve their organizational cultural and linguistic competence?


HLT665 Topic 13 graded discussion

Discussion Question 1: Review the “Correspondence of the 12 Ethical Principles with the 10 Essential Public Health Services” section of the assigned reading, “Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health,” developed by the American Public Health Association. Select one of the 12 ethical principles discussed in the reading and describe a situation in which that principle applies in public health. How does this affect a public health practice?

Discussion Question 2: Review and reflect on the “Values and Beliefs Underlying the Code” section of the assigned reading, “Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health,” developed by the American Public Health Association. Which of these values and beliefs most resonates with you or is most relevant to your interests in public health? Why?


HLT-665 Topic 14 graded discussion

Discussion Question 1: There are issues in public health that pose ethical dilemmas because it is necessary to weigh the concerns of both the individual and the community. Describe an example of a public health ethical dilemma. What is the primary public health interest in this example?

Discussion Question 2: Reflect on your own ethical decision making. What values and beliefs will guide fair and just decision making in your own public health efforts? How do these relate to GCU’s emphasis on applying Christian values and ethics to the workplace?


HLT 665 Topic 15, Benchmark Professional Portfolio
HLT-665 Topic 15, Reflection of Your Practicum Experience
HLT 665 Topic 15, Sample Practicum Work
HLT665 Topic 15, Cover Letter and Resume

Discussion Question 1: Systems thinking in public health examines the relationship between systems and behavior. What is an example of a system in public health? How does this system impact behavior of the individual?

Discussion Question 2: Describe an example of systems thinking applied in public health. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this approach?


HLT 665 Topic 16

Discussion Question 1: Summarize your practicum experience and describe the most important things you have learned.

Discussion Question 2: What role do you envision yourself having in public health? What are three steps you will take to build your public health career?hlt 665 entire course