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Hlth 403r - Families and Public Health

Course Information


BYU offers a course entitled Families and Public Health that delves into the importance and role of families in the health of communities and the population.
Families are the primary producers of health from the prenatal period and early childhood up through adulthood and the end of mortal life. Yet, involving families in public health can be challenging and has largely been ignored in public health teaching, practice, and research. Through this course, we hope that you will gain an understanding of the importance of involving families in public health practice and research and that you will use the ideas you gain from this class to explore this concept further in your career.

In this class, we have two major modules:

1) In the first half of the course we will explore why families matter to public health, the theory behind families and health, and different complex issues surrounding families (e.g., such as the diversity of families).

2) In the second half of the semester, we will explore how public health can better impact families in a positive way through family engagement, involvement, and support.

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to...

  • Critically evaluate how families affect health.
  • Recognize the important role of the family in public health.
  • Analyze the family impact of existing public health interventions.
  • Identify methods to strengthen family health in public health practice.