Past Courses

The following courses are a sampling of past offerings from the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership:

Culture, Public Health Practice and Eliminating Health Disparities: From Ideas to Action in the 21st Century
PH 204F, (CCN 76106) 3 units Spring 2016
Instructor: Iman Nazeeri-Simmons, MPH

Public health literature and practice make frequent reference to the terms culture, cultural competence, race, racism, ethnicity, and health disparities. Understanding these terms, their complex meanings and current application in public health practice is the subject matter of this course. By the end of the course students will be able to describe the concepts of culture, race, racism, ethnicity, cultural competence, cultural humility, health disparities and their use in public health theory and practice; identify and describe the application of these concepts in local public health practice; and demonstrate an understanding of these concepts and their application in public health practice through the completion of a group project.


Advocacy In Action
PH220D (CCN 76156), 3 units Spring 2016
Instructors: Laurie True, MPH and Harry Snyder, JD

Gain practical experience while learning how to impact health policy and create change! Through a field placement with advocacy organizations, students in this course gain exposure to practical advocacy opportunities, deepen advocacy skills, and explore career paths. 


Health Communications in the Digital Era:
Social Media, New Media, and Digital Innovations for Good
PH290.002 (CCN 76339), 3 units Spring 2016
Instructors: Diego Castaneda, DrPH, MPH and Lisa Peterson, MPH

Experiment, play, & engage with students from all disciplines as you learn to wield social media tools, create your own new media productions, & lead digital innovation initiatives for social good in real world health communication projects with local public health and nonprofit organizations. Join us in this virtual and in-classroom/in-the-field experience: lectures & tutorials inside and outside of the classroom / engaged discussion & hands-on activities in the classroom and with community partners. Check out our course blog - Social and Digital Innovations for Health Communications.


Politics, Policy, and Practice in Public Health
PH 298.061 (CCN 76636), 2 units Spring 2013
Instructor: Mark B. Horton, MD, MSPH
We will explore how public health is actually practiced in state, local, and community settings, and how public health policy is made and implemented. Through lectures, readings, guest presentations, and case studies we will investigate both traditional and new approaches to the practice of public health. Students will grapple with the barriers to change that face public health agencies as they try to meet the needs of communities in the 21st century. We will ask how broad social issues can be framed in public health terms so that policy makers, the public, and community organizations can view those issues from new perspectives.
Dr. Horton is a pediatrician and former Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer; Director of Health for the State of Nebraska; Director of Public Health and Health Officer for the County of Orange; and Vice President of Community Programs at Children’s Hospital San Diego. He has 18 years of clinical experience and has held several academic appointments, in addition to his formal public health training.
mHealth: New Horizons for Health Through Mobile Technologies
PH 290.004 (CCN 76240), 1-4 units Fall 2012 and 2013
Instructors: Caricia Catalani and Lisa Peterson
This new course will introduce participants to the world of mHealth through exposure to effective, innovative, & affordable mobile health tools. Participants will learn from video and multimedia presentations on current initiatives around the globe, engage in dialogue with engineers and developers at the leading and trailing edges of technology, and articulate their own mHealth ideas by linking real world challenges with technological opportunities. Be sure to check out the mHealth course blog here!

mHealth: The Experiential Learning Course
PH 290, 2 units Spring 2013
Instructors: Caricia Catalani and Lisa Peterson

mHealth: The Experiential Learning Course engages students in real mobile health technology projects. Partnering with existing mHealth research and implementation projects around the Bay Area and the globe, individual students and student groups will have the opportunity to contribute to improving conditions of underserved communities via mobile technology -- from outreach & education text messaging projects, to voice-based advocacy campaigns, to the establishment of national health information systems. Students will choose among opportunities presented by partnering organizations such as ISIS, World Health Partners, InSTEDD, Partners in Health, CommCare, UC Berkeley, and more around issues from maternal and child health to HIV/AIDS to environmental health.  Students with their own independent projects are welcome to join.  Class meets once a month for support and skills building sessions such as: multimedia design & communications tools, online & crowdsourced fundraising, and project management 2.0 for the modern office.

Video & Public Health Leadership: Using Video & New Media for Advocacy, Participatory Evaluation, & Action Research
PH 290.005 / Spring & Fall / 2010 - 2011 and 2011 - 2012
Instructors: Caricia Catalani & Ellie Schindelman
More information on this course is available here.
This new course provides students with critical knowledge and experience in video production, participatory new media, visual methods for research/evaluation, and advocacy, while exploring the topic of leadership development. We will introduce new media practices future leaders will need to be at the cutting edge of research and advocacy.  Students will learn these skills in the context of a real world evaluation for the School of Public Health Center for Health Leadership. Students will participate in designing the research questions, carry out the research using video, and produce media products used to communicate their findings.
The course is divided into 2 semesters, with students participating in one or both semesters:
Fall 2009: Basic video pre-production and production skills (all welcome).
Spring 2010: Professional video editing, post-production, & strategic online/offline distribution skills
I love this class!  Not only is it a ton of fun, but it also provided me with some very practical tools for public health practice. Video is a great way to communicate research findings to a wider audience, advocate for public health campaigns, and add a participatory element to public health research and practice.  So it’s super awesome that the Berkeley School of Public Health has a class devoted to the use of video in public health! I’m also acquiring countless new skills in video production, video editing, storytelling, teamwork, and leadership.  For example, I now know that asking for “feedforward” (rather than feedback) from your teammates is a great way of improving your teamwork skills as you move forward with a project.  I’m excited to take these skills into my eventual career as a public health professional.

- Emily Buzzell, MPH December 2010

The New Science of Leadership, Sustainability, Health and Happiness
PH 290.005 / Fall 2010
Instructors: Rick Foster, Greg Hicks, and Catherine O'Brien, Ph.D.
More information on this course is available here.
This 10 week course examined how leadership, health, and personal happiness in our organizations and communities are all important components of global sustainability. Students learned a scientifically-validated roadmap of nine behaviors that will allow them to be more in control of their lives, have an impact on the world, and be successful leaders who create high performance teams and organizations. Based on the Foster/Hicks Model, which is widely used in major medical centers and some of today's most innovative global companies, along with the groundbreaking work on sustainable happiness created by Dr. Catherine O'Brien of Cape Breton University, this course was highly interactive, fast-moving, and practical.