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Johns Hopkins University

The People, Power, and Pride of Public Health

Johns Hopkins University via Coursera


The People, Power, and Pride of Public Health provides an engaging overview of the incredible accomplishments and promise of the public health field. The first module includes interviews with legendary public health figures whose work led to millions of lives saved with vaccines, air bags and car seats, and the federal Women Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. The second module brings key public health tools to life -- including use of data, communications, and policy - through discussions with experienced professionals who have used these tools to save lives. The third module includes a "Carpool Karaoke"-style trip through Baltimore County, Maryland with NACCHO President Dr. Umair Shah to see and hear real public health workers talking about how they serve their communities.
Learners will come away from this course with a deeper understanding of the public health field and a greater enthusiasm for their own work in public health.
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  • Pride: The Success of Public Health
    • In this module, we’ll hear from three public health heroes about some incredible accomplishments that have saved millions of lives in the United States and around the world.
  • Power: The Tools of Public Health
    • In this module, we’ll discuss examples of how public health saves lives with data, messaging, and policy changes.
  • People: Public Health in our Communities
    • In this module, Harris County Health Officer Dr. Umair Shah drives “carpool karaoke”- style around Baltimore County, Maryland to hear from real health department workers about their work.

Taught by

Beth A. Resnick, MPH and Joshua Sharfstein, MD


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  • This short course has a uniquely creative way to drive its points home, drawing on (American) public health luminaries who have made unprecedented impact through their efforts and presenting a working and believable public health system at the level of the community. I highly recommend this course for those who remain undecided on their desired professional paths.

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