Ruby H.N. Nguyen, PhD, MHS
Associate Professor
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Culturally-specific knowledge assists in generating effective prevention and intervention strategies. The health of Asians in America is often overlooked and understudied. In this course the epidemiology of the leading causes of disease – and their relevant exposures – among Asians in the U.S. will be introduced, with specific emphasis on Asians in Minnesota. We will discuss the need for, and barriers related to, disaggregated ethnic epidemiologic data. Community-based interventions and programs that may reduce the rates of prevalent diseases will be incorporated. Local Asian community leaders will be guest discussants in class. Specific health topics will include: Hepatitis B virus, cigarette smoking, cervical cancer, mental health, and violence against women. Assignments will include short written assignments, creation of a fact sheet on a topic chosen by the student, and a class presentation. No letter grades will be given. All students are welcome, however this course is most relevant to those in public health or related health disciplines, public policy, and social services.

This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7200-104 as part of the 2024 Public Health Institute.

Enrollment for this course will open on February 22, 2024.

For more information: z/umn.edu/PHI


By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Summarize major threats to public health in the Asian American community, while supporting their summary with research and surveillance data;
  • Present an in-class critique of public health interventions and their success in the Asian American communities;
  • Construct a proposal for a public health intervention aimed at preventing or otherwise reducing the burden of disease in a local Asian American community, with the partnership of a local non-profit organization.

Registration & Cancellation

The registration fee for this course is $595. You will receive an email letter outlining program logistics two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Requests for refunds will be honored in full if a written cancellation request is received prior to the course start date. An administration fee of $50 will be charged to all refund requests received after the first day of class. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund of the program registration fee. SPH is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.

SPH will provide a certificate of attendance verifying 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 15 CPH recertification credits.

All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Contact & Questions

Email phi@umn.edu

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