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Public Health: Public Health Elective

The purpose of this rotation is to provide the student with an overview of public health and COVID-19 pandemic health management issues. This course combines online learning with practical public health experiences, including case investigations. Students will receive a general introduction to COVID-19, pathogenesis, epidemiology, preparedness, messaging, testing/screening, handwashing/disinfection, personal protective equipment and quarantine. This rotation is not intended to transform the student into an expert, but rather to provide the student a survey of the discipline.

(*Modules adapted and used with permission from Nova Southeastern University – Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine)


  • Briefly explain the pathogenesis of COVID-19 infection in humans.
  • Identify the clinical manifestations of COVID-19 infection.
  • Describe testing tools used to screen for COVID-19 infections.
  • Identify specific potential interventions in the management of COVID-19 disease.
  • Describe routes of transmission of COVID-19.
  • Identify key epidemiological measures applied to the COVID 19 epidemic.
  • Identify important aspects of epidemic messaging. Discuss approaches to reducing spread of COVID-19.
  • Describe preparedness initiatives applied to the COVID-19 epidemic.
  • Describe osteopathic manipulative techniques which could be used in patients with COVID-19 infection.

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