The following are a selection of leadership-related courses offered by the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership (CPHPL). Actual course offerings or course titles may change year to year, and students are advised to check the online course catalog for the most up-to-date listing.

Spring 2017:








Preparation for Public Health Practice
Innovate Health: Practical Skills for Solving Public Health & Healthcare Problems

PH 291A, (CCN 32593) 2 units Spring 2017
Tuesdays, 4pm - 6pm, and a discussion section
Location TBD
Instructors: Jeff Oxendine, MPH, MBA; Lisa Peterson, MPH; and guest leaders from public health and healthcare

We are in an era of serious and unprecedented public health problems. This poses both challenges and opportunities for future public health leaders. What skills are needed to:

  • innovate and adapt in a rapidly changing world?
  • successfully prepare for and be more competitive for internships and your next jobs in the current work environment?
  • understand your unique strengths, and how you can leverage them to make a difference?

Find out in PH291, where you'll have the opportunity to practice and build essential leadership and professional development skills while working in interdisciplinary teams to compete in an innovation challenge. You'll come away from the course with the mindset and ability to apply practical skills, best practices, tools and techniques for crafting solutions to real world problems you want to tackle.


Fall 2016:

Health Policy Advocacy
PH220D (CCN 29809), 3 units 
Wednesdays, 2pm - 5pm, 714C University Hall
Instructors: Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH and Harry Snyder, JD 

This course focuses on data-based strategies using persuasive written and oral communication skills necessary to preserve and/ or improve the health status of the populations. The course will allow students to understand and situate the important role of focused public health advocacy in the spectrum of public health practice. Students will develop research, organization, and coalition-building skills necessary to produce an effective advocacy campaign. The course identifies the roles of those involved in the making of policy and demonstrates the use of appropriate channels and technologies to influence health policy change. 


Preparation for Public Health Practice: What Can You Do With a Degree in Public Health?
PH291A (CCN 30147), 1 unit 
Tuesdays, 4pm - 6pm, 104 Barrows
Instructors: Jeff Oxendine, MBA, MPH and Patricia Wakimoto, DrPH, RD 

The field of public health is dynamic and ever-changing. It's estimated that in the next five years there will be a need for over 250,000 public health professionals. The shortage of health leaders and professionals provides great challenges as well as opportunities for those entering the field. This course is designed to provide you with a dynamic experience in learning about the breadth of career opportunities for those with a degree in public health while exploring the field of public health foundation. Over the course of the semester, you'll have the opportunity to: meet and network with public health professionals from a wide range of disciplines in a series of panels, as they share their expertise on a designated topic and insights into their own career paths; hear from graduate students who'll share their experiences and perspectives of field placements in a variety of work settings; and focus on ways you can advance your own professional development in targeted sessions. This course is open to graduate and undergraduate students. Workshop topics will include:

  • 08/30: Course Introduction
  • 09/06: Individual Development Plan
  • 09/13: Health Policy and Advocacy 
  • 09/20: Perspectives on Working in Health Policy and Advocacy Organizations 
  • 09/27: Professional Skills Development - LinkedIn Workshop
  • 10/04: International Health: Global Health Work Settings 
  • 10/11: Professional Skills Development - Network or Not Work 
  • 10/18: Private Sector Consulting Groups
  • 10/25: Opportunities with Federal, State, and Local Health Agencies
  • 11/01: Healthcare Startups, New Media, and Health Information & Technology
  • 11/08: Health Care Delivery Systems
  • 11/15: Environmental and Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
  • 11/22: No Class - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • 11/29: Community Health Centers: Working with Diverse Communities
  • 12/06: Professional Skills Development - Navigating the Workplace Culture: Working with Teams, Working with Differences, and Working Intergenerationally

This class is especially valuable for students with interests in many aspects of public health who want to narrow down their focus by getting exposure to diverse professionals in the field. The prominent speakers were often leaders in their respective disciplines and discussed their career paths, interests, emerging trends, and current motivations for working in the field. The course allows plenty of time for question and answer and is especially useful for networking opportunities. I highly recommend it, especially for undergraduates considering a future degree in Public Health.

- Danielle Lerer, MPH Health Policy and Management 2011