3 credit hours

This course provides a big picture overview of community-based programs to address public health issues. The course goes beyond the process of delivering basic EMS services such as staffing an ambulance, stocking the cabinets and budgeting, to review community-based risks that result in calls for service. The course will evaluate a broad range of risks such as issues of the elder (falls, accidental overdose) cardiac arrest (bystander CPR and community AED programs), drug addiction problems (heroin and meth overdoses), and other current and anticipated public health issues. The course will examine effective approaches to managing these risks; including not only EMS but other stakeholders and students will consider how to work collaboratively with these organizations. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze current public health issues that increase the demand of the emergency response system in a community of any size, including data collection and the identification of community stakeholders.
  2. Identify or create effective programs to address public health issues, including programs to assist the elderly (falls, Accidental overdose), cardiac arrests (bystander CPR and community AED programs), drug addiction (heroin and meth overdoses), community paramedicine, and other health issues.
  3. Formulate a comprehensive public education program to address a public health issue in the student’s community.
  4. Prepare a business plan for a community risk reduction program for the student’s community, including a cost / benefit analysis.
  5. Identify evaluation criteria to determine effectiveness of community risk reduction programs, including elimination of ineffective programs. 

Mark Johnston