Honors Global Public Health and Infectious Disease

  • PowerSchool Code: 60195X0
  • Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th graders
  • Semester: Fall Semester
  • Schedule: Monday — Friday
  • Time: 8:15am – 9:25am
  • Course Pathway(s): Health Sciences

Course Introduction

This course introduces a range of topics and issues in public health, with an emphasis on global public health. Some possible topics of discussion include the health and welfare of women and children in low-income countries, the impact of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases across the globe, food insecurity and malnutrition, demographic transition and immigration, global fertility and mortality, the stigma of mental health, and occupational health. This course will also address several impactful case studies and health and biomedical ethics controversies. As public health relies on a number of systems in order to serve diverse populations across the globe, this course will take a systems thinking and modeling approach, using authentic performance assessments with students working in teams to apply concepts learned throughout the term. This interdisciplinary course requires complex reasoning and critical thinking skills, extensive use of technology, communication, and problem-solving skills. Strong writing skills are imperative.


Completion of Biology I with a B or higher and completion of Math III through your local high school or NCVPS.


Public Health: What It Is and How It Works, 6th edition by BJ Turnock, Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2015. ISBN 978-1-284-06941-9 Textbook 2: Controversies in Public Health and Health Policy by Jan K. Carney. Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2016. ISBN 978-1-284-04929-9
Materials: Some equipment will be provided on loan from NCSSM; schools are responsible for materials. A list of additional needed materials will be provided.


Facilitator assistance will be required to set up labs and proctor assessments. The instructor will provide a list of educational websites that students must be able to access during class, including but not limited to Google Drive. Students must have computer access with a stable internet connection and appropriate permissions for web conferencing. Students in shared spaces should have individual audio devices (headphones with microphones).