Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HE 251
Course Title:
Community and Public Health Issues
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Course Description

Examines cultural, social, behavioral and environmental public health issues. Investigates the causes and potential solutions for current community health issues, and overviews the organization of community and healthcare agencies. Explores career opportunities in community health. Includes community-based learning. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Examine the cultural, social, behavioral and environmental factors and issues that influence the health of the community.
  2. Understand the organization, role and functions of community health.
  3. Analyze how community health conditions influences the personal health of individuals.
  4. Identify community health professions, know job functions, and educational requirements.
  5. Provide a historical context for current public health issues.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Written examination
  2. Critical analysis of material
  3. Group problem solving
  4. Course activities and discussion
  5. Student presentation

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)



Critical thinking

  1. Compare
  2. Predict
  3. Hypothesize
  4. Problem solving
  5. Decision Making

Communication skills

  1. Oral and written communication
  2. Computer literacy
  3. Cooperative group work

Intrapersonal skills

  1. Values clarification

Information Access skills

  1. Collect qualitative and quantitative data
  2. Evaluate validity


  • Discuss national and global public health trends that may affect America€™s health.
  • Explore the social, economic and cultural environments that affect community health.
  • Participate in a service learning experience at a health organization. Use reflection process to measure success and impact of the experience.
  • Identify community health professions; know job functions, educational requirements.
  • Understand the current roles and function of federal, state, local and international public health agencies in the public health.
  • Analyze how to change public health policy.
  • Explore cultural, social, and gender factors that affect the quality, cost and barriers to health care.
  • Examine the macrosocial issues that affect health in urban and rural environments.
  • Explore how government, business, agencies and individuals can focus on environmental improvement.