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A child’s early years are an ideal time to instill healthy behaviors and attitudes that contribute to health and wellness. This concentration helps you understand how a child’s cultural, familial, and communal surroundings shape his or her development as it relates to promoting wellness and health for entire populations of young children. Develop the knowledge and skills to work with communities and policymakers in a variety of roles that promote and support child development, health, and wellness.
Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||HMNT 1001||Course||Living and Learning in a Technological World||Credits||(6 cr.)|
Imagine life without cell phones, television, or the Internet. Recent technological developments have significantly altered all aspects of human life: at work; in play; and in personal, family, and social interactions. In this course, students examine the advantages, disadvantages, and controversies of living and learning in an ever-changing technological environment. By exploring multiple perspectives, students discover how technology is changing media, culture, business, health, human behavior, and overall access to information. In a dynamic, reflective, and engaging classroom environment, students use a variety of audio, visual, literary, and artistic resources, to engage in open dialogue. Students are also introduced to the tools essential to success at Walden. Students complete the course with a personalized success plan that provides a customized roadmap and tools that they can use immediately on their journey toward the completion of their bachelor's degree. *Note: virtual, cyber, digital, and asynchronous are used to describe online environments in this course.
|Course Code||PUBH 1000||Course||Foundations of Public Health||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HLTH 1005||Course||Context of Healthcare Delivery||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HLTH 2120||Course||Health Informatics||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HLTH 2110||Course||Behavioral and Cultural Issues in Healthcare||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PUBH 3000||Course||Environmental Health||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PUBH 3100||Course||Human Disease and Prevention||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HLTH 3100||Course||Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HLTH 3115||Course||Public and Global Health||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HLTH 4200||Course||Principles of Epidemiology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HLTH 4205||Course||Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PUBH 4000||Course||Public Health Education and Communication||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HLTH 4000||Course||Introduction to Healthcare Management||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HLTH 4105||Course||Healthcare Finance and Economics||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PUBH 4030||Course||Planning Public Health Programs||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PUBH 4100||Course||Evaluating Public Health Programs||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PUBH 4200||Course||Public Health Policy for Social Change||Credits||(5 cr.)|
This course is an introduction to the principles and practice of safeguarding and improving the health of populations. Students examine the philosophies, goals, history, and organization of the field of public health. They discuss the role of the government in improving the health and well-being of its citizens. Students explore key concepts of public health, including morbidity and mortality, infectious and chronic disease, social determinants of health, and health disparities within populations.
Students in this course describe the causes and consequences of historical events on health and medical care in the United States. They explain barriers related to cost, quality, and access to health and medical care. Students examine unique and complex aspects of subsystems and classify vertical and horizontal integrated healthcare delivery systems. They compare characteristics of healthcare in the U.S. with healthcare systems in other countries. Students also identify current and future issues, trends, and forces in healthcare reform.
The focus of this course is on the application and use of information technology to support clinical and managerial decision making in healthcare. Emphasis is placed on information technology that supports the delivery of services, including the collection, storage, retrieval, and communication of data; information systems safeguards; ethical and legal issues; and information management to promote patient safety and quality of care. Information literacy and basic hardware and software concepts are addressed. Fundamental software applications, including spreadsheets and healthcare databases, are considered.
Many factors influence the health behavior and wellness of individuals and populations. Understanding these factors helps healthcare professionals reduce health disparities and address healthcare access issues for vulnerable populations. Students in this course examine the cultural and behavioral factors and issues that influence the management and delivery of healthcare services. Students develop a framework for assessing the effect of culture and behavior in a variety of settings and situations. They identify health disparities attributable to diverse cultural and behavioral factors and discuss their implications for healthcare policy. Students also engage in application-based writing assignments to further examine the goals and objectives of addressing health disparities as well as obstacles for confronting vulnerable populations.
Human interaction has a major influence on the natural world, resulting in outcomes that can impact human and environmental health. In this course, students learn the principles of environmental health and examine the short- and long-term effects of environmental hazards on human health. Students consider their own interactions with natural and human-made environments to assess the impact of chemical, physical, biological, and social elements on their health. They also explore the potential impact of climate change on population health, emerging global health threats related to the environment, and environmental factors involved in the etiology and transmission of both communicable and non-infectious disease. Using concepts and methods presented in the course, students conduct an environmental risk assessment to determine the health of home environments. They also conduct a written analysis to report their findings, identifying actions to improve inspection results.
Through this course, students explore the historical milestones concerning human disease and prevention, morbidity and mortality rates associated with various diseases, and the biological effects of infectious and chronic disease on the human body. Students discuss the general characteristics of disease transmission, symptoms, treatment, prevention, and control among various populations. They also examine psychosocial and behavioral factors that influence human disease.
The nature of health services, such as personal evaluations, clinical research, invasive surgeries, and end of life care, facilitates a host of ethical and legal considerations of which professionals must be aware. In this course, students examine the legal and ethical issues that are fundamental to the practice of healthcare and the conduct of health-related research. They explore a historical overview of events and milestones that have shaped the contemporary regulatory landscape. They also investigate and assess issues of privacy and confidentiality, informed consent, licensing, and malpractice, among others. Additionally, students consider ethical, decision-making models for assuring the quality, safety, and appropriateness of healthcare and services. They also apply ethical principles and legal considerations to real-world scenarios.
Through this course, students widen their perspectives of promoting health and preventing disease as they examine health issues that transcend national borders, class, race, ethnicity, and culture. Students discuss the role of the healthcare provider in preserving and promoting health among diverse populations as well as their role in illness prevention and health promotion, protection, and maintenance of targeted populations. They explore principles of epidemiology and the influencing sociopolitical factors that impact health and well-being of humankind. Students also engage in assignments designed to provide practical application of content on topical issues, such as infant mortality rates in the United States and abroad, infectious or communicable disease, and implications of global climate change on health, among others.
Students in this course focus on the principles governing the study and practice of epidemiology. Consideration is given to the various methods available to health professionals for selecting and measuring factors of interest, describing their distribution, detecting associations, and identifying populations at risk. The features, advantages, and limitations of common epidemiologic research designs are addressed. MATH 1002/1030 or STAT 3001.)
In this course, students examine the basic components required for the conduct of health-related research and provides students with the analytic tools needed to understand and assess research methods described in the scientific literature. Basic research methods are described, including surveys, observational studies, experimental and quasi-experimental design, use of primary and secondary data, and statistical techniques for analyzing and interpreting data.
Effective delivery of health education and communication often leads to improved health literacy and positive changes in behavior among populations. In this course, students receive an overview of health education and its role in improving the health of individuals as well as populations. Students review the philosophical, historical, ethical, and theoretical foundations of health education as well as effective principles for the delivery of healthcare. They also examine the primary responsibilities and competencies of health educators, trends in the field, professional organizations, national certification, and the code of ethics.
In this course, students examine management concepts and theories designed to influence and improve the performance of healthcare organizations. They identify and examine the external and internal environments of organizations as well as key management functions, roles, and responsibilities. Exploring essential aspects of healthcare management, students engage in a variety of conceptual and practical activities, such as profiling a healthcare manger, assessing the value of leadership in decision making, and comparing strategic plans. Students delve deeper into content through weekly discussions on a variety of topics, such as emotional intelligence, applications of financial management, issues of quality and safety, the purpose of strategic planning, and challenges in human resources. COMM 1001.)
An unstable economy and inflating cost of healthcare affects nearly everyone, from individuals to entire hospitals, making sound financial management increasingly important. This course provides students with a foundation for economic evaluation and financial management in delivery of healthcare services, including principles of supply and demand. Students explore the financial, political, and economic aspects of universal healthcare, and they learn the purpose and methods of financial reporting, such as using financial statements and balance sheets. They also examine financial risk and insurance principles and mechanisms for healthcare reimbursement, including Medicare, Medicaid, and other payor programs. Through written applications and other practical exercises, students gain foundational skills in fiscal evaluation and financial management, which they can apply to personal or professional financial decision making. HLTH 4000 and (MATH 1030 or ACCT 1003 or STAT 3001)
Planning culturally relevant and effective public health programs is essential to improving the health of populations. In this course, students are introduced to public health program planning and design, including the process of needs assessment. Students examine and apply various models and theoretical frameworks of program planning. They also explore fundamental competencies relating to planning, such as writing goals and objectives, selecting strategies, developing budgets, and planning for specific populations. Students learn about concepts related to program implementation, management, and evaluation as these relate to the planning process. HLTH 3115).
How do public health professionals know when a program is working? This course provides an introduction to evaluating public health programs. It examines various types of program evaluations, including formative, process, outcome, and impact evaluations. Students apply concepts for designing and conducting practical, ethical, and effective program evaluations that determine whether program goals are achieved. Students also explore ways to appropriately disseminate program evaluation results.
Students in this course examine one of the most influential factors shaping the health of populations: public policy. Public health policy impacts the public's health at the local, state, and federal levels. Students explore the institutional, economic, social, ethical, and political factors that impact public policy. Students examine how public policy is developed and discuss issues relating to health advocacy within the framework of social justice. HLTH 3115.)
|Course Code||EDUC 1004||Course||Child Development||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 1005||Course||Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 1006||Course||Child, Family, and Community Relationships||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 4004||Course||Children With Special Needs||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 4005||Course||Cultural and Linguistic Diversity||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 3203||Course||Infant/Toddler Mental Health||Credits||(5 cr.)|
In this course, education professionals have an overview of physical, cognitive/language, and social and emotional development in children from birth through adolescence. Education professionals examine prevailing philosophies and theories of child development and form their own child development philosophy. Through an exploration across various developmental domains and stages, education professionals investigate the latest research and thinking in regard to conditions that affect children's learning and development, such as risk factors, developmental variations, temperament, rate of maturation, innate abilities, culture, family, community, and societal influences.
Growth and development in young children are influenced by many factors, including nutrition, safety, and health. Education professionals in this course learn about these factors and examine the professional’s role in supporting children’s healthy development within the context of early childhood care and education as well as in family and community settings. They also assess and discuss the prevention of health problems common to young children, methods of promoting wellness and fitness, child safety, emergency preparedness and procedures, and child mental health.
Complex events, such as divorce, child abuse and neglect, and illness and death of family members, are common occurrences in today's society. This course is a survey of the ways in which professionals and families work together in supporting child and family resiliency within the context of these complex issues. Education professionals explore formal and informal communication strategies; family participation in group settings; family education; advocacy for families; and the impact of family, culture, and community on children's development and learning within early childhood programs. Through this course, education professionals have the opportunity to gain the communication and conflict-management skills needed to prepare for future professional challenges in the field of education.
Educators understand that all individuals are unique with varying abilities and needs. In this course, education professionals have an overview of exceptionalities in children from birth through adolescence. They engage in coursework that highlights early identification, referral, intervention, inclusion, and the related psychosocial needs of children and their families. They discuss complexities related to labeling children, inclusion, and challenging myths and stereotypes. In addition, education professionals explore federal and state legislation that guides educational requirements.
An emphasis in this course is the importance of being responsive to the languages and cultures of individual children and their families and communities to support learning and development effectively. Education professionals broaden their understanding of culture as a framework that includes not only language and ethnicity but also gender, socioeconomic status, exceptionalities, family configuration, sexual orientation, personal interests, and many other aspects of one's individuality. In addition, education professionals reflect on their own cultural frameworks and examine personal attitudes and beliefs.
Positive developmental progress in infants/toddlers depends on many factors, including the overall promotion of mental health, prevention of occurrence or escalation of mental health problems, and the effective treatment of mental health needs. Education professionals in this course explore current research in the field of infant/toddler mental health, through which they gain practical insight on protective and risk factors in family environments; social and emotional developmental challenges; developmentally appropriate infant/toddler screening and assessment; diagnostic classification systems for infant/toddler mental health; effective intervention strategies; and collaborative services approaches. Moreover, education professionals apply course concepts through practical assignments, such as the development of a fact sheet designed to educate child development professionals about the importance of the field of infant/toddler mental health.
|Course Code||PUBH 4900||Course||Capstone in Public Health||Credits||(5 cr.)|
In this capstone course, students have the opportunity to examine contemporary global public health issues, as well as to evaluate and synthesize the key concepts and skills they have gained from this program of study. Students complete a final capstone project based on service learning, field observations, or a review of literature. All required core and concentration courses, if applicable, within the BS in Public Health.)
Choose four courses from general education, BS in Public Health, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 20 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor. Although this program requires fewer than six elective courses, you have the option to complete a minor and graduate with more than the required number of credits for this program.