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HLHSCI - 140 - Introduction to Public Health - Shoghig Manoukian

Course:Introduction to Public Health
Professor:Shoghig Manoukian
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Picture of Instructor Shoghig Manoukian

Hello! My name is Shoghig Manoukian and I am excited to be part of the College of the Canyons family as an instructor! As a doctoral candidate in public health with infectious disease speciality I love public health and all that we can do to prevent and treat disease! 

Course Description

This course introduces the discipline of public health including terminology, the role of public health agencies in society, public health professions, epidemiology, healthcare policy and management.

Your goal is to be able to successfully evaluate the role and efficacy of public health services in contemporary society.

  1. Course Objectives
  2. Define important foundational concepts in community/public health.
  3. Identify different public health disciplines, professions and organizations, and explain how each contributes to the field of public health.
  4. Describe historical development of public health including the most important achievements of public health.
  5. Distinguish the difference between personal and public health.
  6. Distinguish how public health differs from the traditional Western medicine approach to treating disease and illness.
  7. Demonstrate the use of basic epidemiological methods, such as the analysis of rates, and the definition of cases, population at risk, risk factors, incidence, prevalence, morbidity, and mortality.
  8. Outline strategies for prevention, detection, and control of infectious and chronic disease.
  9. Outline the process of community organizing, building and health promotion programming.
  10. Describe the interplay between health determinants, such as environmental conditions, social, behavioral, and cultural factors, and biological considerations, and explain the role of each in determining local, national, and global health organization and policy.
  11. Analyze current public health issues and describe how they affect societal well-being among specific populations of age, sex, ethnicity, minority, education, and socioeconomic status.
  12. Describe the organization, financing, and delivery of various medical and population-based services in the U.S. healthcare system.
  13. Identify, assess, and utilize credible information resources on community health current issues, such as the internet, social media, media outlets, and libraries.

What to Expect in this Course

Ask questions. There is so much to learn in public health, so be open to asking about how to be successful in the course. Weekly students can expect reading, discussion posts and homework assignments, exams, and final projects. 

  1. Regular access to a reliable computer with stable, high-speed internet connection. This can be either a personal computer, a computer in the College of the Canyons library or in the College of the Canyons Learning Center, or at a public library computer. This is so that you can have regular access to the College of the Canyons course CANVAS page. A webcam is NOT required. The College of the Canvas page can is found at “” Follow the instructions if this if your first-time logging in. You can also download the Canvas App for your smartphone! (Canvas by InstructureAYou need the following software on the computer
  2. Internet browser (Chrome works best with Canvas
  3. Microsoft Word. You can download the Microsoft Office Suite for FREE as part of your school My Canyons account (
  4. Access to your MyCanyons email.


CANVAS and Software related issues:

For CANVAS and software related issues please visit the College of the Canyons Canvas Student Support page. This page has videos, workshops, and resources to help assist with CANVAS and ZOOM issues. Here is a specific link to a How To Resource Guide for creating, resetting and accessing their account. If you are having issues with CANVAS here is a link to a Canvas Guide. When accessing CANVAS please do not forget that it is school specific, so you need to access the CANVAS page through College of the Canyons for this class. The link is at the top of the main College of the Canyons webpage

Types of Assessments

In this class there is a midterm, final, 4 homework assignments, 4 discussion posts, and a final paper that includes a presentation. 

Textbook Information

A course textbook is required. The text book is “Schneider, M. J. (2016). Introduction to public health 5th ed. (or 6th ed), Jones & Bartlett Publishers.” You can purchase this text book from the College of the Canyons bookstore “” or any other book vendor.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 09/01/2022 Sub#: 1434