Community Health

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Dianne Roberts

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information:

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  Schedule appointments via email 

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location:  Online 

Course Support:   Nichole Phillip,, 444-4175 ext. 3823

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

Health is more than a mere personal matter. People do not live in isolation, unaffected by others. Their health is very much determined by the world they live in, and the dynamic relationship they experience within their various communities. The goal of the Community Health course is to provide an understanding of population-based verses individual-based health.  Each health problem is viewed uniquely by the population involved. These problems are impacted directly by the physical, social and cultural factors that characterize the community. This course examines community health perspectives in light of sociological, historical, educational, environmental and medical influences, with the aim of identifying strategies for preserving and protecting the health of the community.   

Course Objectives: 

  • Ability to think critically about community health issues and how they affect all persons.
  • Gain a well diverse knowledge about public health problems that occur at a community level.
  • Expand one’s understanding of communities (local, national, regional, or international),              how they are established, key stakeholders, and at-risk populations within the community. 
  • Work within small groups to facilitate active discussions with peers and learn from each  other.
  • Challenge the norms and biases that they were/are exposed to whether that is through the media, personal experiences, or their own community.
  • Engage in field work in order to gain further experience in community health, using the context of Grenada.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • To be able to articulate the differences between public, community and individual health.  
  • To understand how history influenced public health practices today.  
  • To explore the epidemiological foundations that provide validity to the science of public                  and community health.  
  • To identify behavioural, developmental, social and ecological conditions which affect the health of communities.  
  • To identify and assess conditions in the environment which influence the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.  
  • To increase students’ skills in conducting a community assessment.  

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

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SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D= 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 

Course Materials:

Text: McKenzie, J. F., Pinger, R. R., & Kotecki, J. E. (2018).  An introduction to community health (9th ed.).  London: Jones & Bartlett Learning.   

Supplementary Readings/Resources: Provided by Course Lecturer

Course Grading Requirement:

  • Attendance and active participation: 10%      
  • Group presentation: 20%
  • Quiz: 20%      
  • Mid-Term exam: 20%
  • Final assignment: 30%

Course Requirements:

  1. Attend all classes.
  2. Be punctual. 
  3. Complete all assignments and submit on time.
  4. Participate in class discussions.  

Course Schedule

Tentative Course Schedule             





  • Course Introductions: Welcome and expectations  
  • Community & Public Health: Yesterday, today and tomorrow – Key definitions     (January 18th & 20th, 2022)

Chapter 1


  • Community & Public Health: Yesterday, today and tomorrow – Key definitions and factors that affect community health (cont’d)
  • History of community and public health  (January 25th & 27th, 2022)

Chapter 1


  •  Epidemiology: The Study of Disease, Injury & Death in the Community (February 1st & 3rd, 2022)  

Chapter 3 


  • Epidemiology: The Study of Disease, Injury & Death in the Community
  • Quiz 1  (February 8th & 10th, 2022)

Chapter 3 


  • Prevention & Control of Disease & Health Conditions  (February 15th & 17th, 2022) 

Chapter 4 


  • Prevention & Control of Disease & Health Conditions  
  • Group 1 presentation – Assignment 1  (February 22nd & 24th, 2022)

Chapter 4 


  • Groups 2 and 3 presentations – Assignment 1  (March 1st & 3rd, 2022)

Students identified resources  



(Week of March 7th – 11th, 2022)

Midterm Exam 


  •  Introduction to Community Organizing & Health Promotion Programming  (March 15th & 17th, 2022)

Chapter 5 


  • Introduction to community organizing & Health Promotion Programming  (March 22nd & 24th, 2022) 

Chapter 5 


  • The School Health Program: A Component of Community Health 
  • Guest speaker  (March 29th & 31st, 2022)

Chapter 6


  • Quiz 2
  • Community Health & the Environment  (April 5th & 7th, 2022)  

Chapter 14 



  •  Community Health & the Environment  (April 12th & 14th, 2022)

Chapter 14 


  • Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs: A Community Concern (April 19th & 21st, 2022)

Chapter 12 


  • Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs: A Community Concern (April 26th & 28th, 2022)

Chapter 12  Assignment 2 Due



(Week of May 2nd – 9th, 2022)

No Final Exam for this course 

School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.