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Reflection Essay on individual goals

Christiane Schaepe

Public Health and Global Health Patterns

Autumn 2010


The course objectives I put in the beginning of the course were: firstly to add on my body of knowledge a deeper understanding of public health by understanding the development of public health science, strategies, models, health indicators, health determining factors, public health issues. Secondly, to describe the contemporary global health situation, it's relationship to globalization and to understand the global health patterns. Thirdly to get an overview of the current research in the field of public health and to relate to ethical themes in public health.

The learning objectives I stated in the beginning of the course, have some similarities with the goals presented in the syllabus of the Public Health and Global Patterns course. One motivation for doing this was out of practical reasons. I believed that the objectives presented in the syllabus would represent the course content, hence could easily be achieved. Moreover, the objectives I picked from the syllabus were the ones I found most important and interesting for my future profession as a public health expert.

In general there was no need for making adjustments in the objectives, because they were relevant during the course and are still worth to achieve. Each goal include several minor ones, which make each goal too broad with the benefit of hindsight. Consequently, each minor goal did not get the same attention.

First goal
As stated, I wanted to gain an deeper understanding on what public health is. Definitions on public health were already familiar to me before the course started. These definitions can somehow just give an broad understanding of what public health is. Through studying the historical development on public health in chapter 2 in Beaglehole (1) and first chapter in Lindstrand et al (2), I understood better how broad the field is and what...
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