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This is honestly a really great class and I highly recommend it. Kim-Farley is extremely experienced in his profession and it helps make the lectures more engaging when hearing about his lived experience in the field of Public Health around the world.
It's not too heavy, mostly just reading. The Jones & Bartlett site that we used for the textbook had a variety of different formats to learn the material, and you could pick which method you preferred (slides, reading, lecture, etc.). Each of the 14 chapters has a 10 question quiz associated with it (they take the grade of the first quiz attempt, but you can take it as many times as you want). Aside from that, the only other assignments were one 4 minute/3 slide presentation on a topic for "What's New in Public Health", an OpEd, the midterm, and the final.
If you do the reading the quizzes are pretty easy. Midterm and the final exam were based very heavily on the quiz questions as well as the underlined key words on the textbook website. Study for one day just using quizlet and you'll definitely get an A :-)
Lectures are recorded and pretty engaging most of the time. Lecture will start with 3/4 What's New in Public Health presentations, then move into what's new in COVID (definitely got a little bit repetitive occasionally but it made sense considering the times we're in). After a 10 minute break in between the first and second hour, Kim-Farley would often play us a clip from an interview he recently had with a radio station or news channel and ask us what we thought about it, which definitely would get a bit repetitive occasionally. We would have a few clicker questions about the chapter that was due prior to the beginning of lecture, and then with any extra time he would tell us stories from his time working overseas or for the CDC/WHO which was quite interesting. Every other week or so we would have a guest lecturer from a different field of public health come and lecture to us about their work and experiences, which was incredibly interesting and I really appreciated getting that insight from them.
Really great, easy class. Highly recommend.
Dr. Kim-Farley really, really cares about this class, his students, and the field. His passion is easily apparent, and I really appreciated that he was very intentional about getting to know his students and what helped/didn't help them. He was very welcoming during office hours, encourages student participation, both during and after class. I liked that we spent a solid .5-1hr every class just talking about COVID-19 from a public health lens. He offers interesting personal anecdotes working for the CDC and WHO and shares information about how to be happy.
The course was very straight-to-the-point. Do all the readings from the textbook and follow all the directions for the editorial (approx 500 words) and 3-4 minute student presentation. Participation was mandatory (REEF questions). The midterm and final were both multiple choice, and pretty much based on surface knowledge of the textbook (ie vocabulary). They were very easy questions if you studied key words. My only complaint about this class is that you can pretty much not pay attention during lecture and still get an A because we did not talk about the textbook at all during lecture. Lecture was reserved for student discussion, which I appreciated, but it still felt largely disconnected from the readings.
Highly recommend! Great class and even better prof.
Kim-Farley is a great professor. He really cares about student learning and engagement and is always willing to help students. His lectures are interesting, although they are iclicker heavy, the majority of class content is what you get from reading the textbook. He goes over quizzes in class and gives little lectures about happiness to break up things. He is very open and talks a lot about his experiences. The exams are a little long but not super hard, if read the textbook chapters you'll be fine. The quizzes are really easy and are on quizlet and i-clicker is free points. there is a presentation about a current public health event which also isn't bad, it's only 4 minutes. The paper for this class is an op-ed which is pretty easy. I boarder line ranted about something I cared a lot about did fine. I would recommend this class to anybody looking into public health or taking classes with this professor.
Dr. Kim-Farley is an amazing Professor! He is so kind and always willing to help. He takes the time to explain the underlying concepts whenever you need help! This is the first time that this course has been taught, but I think that he did a really great job. I liked the flipped classroom because we were able to take the time during class to have really interesting discussions, and Dr. Kim-Farley shared some of the unique experiences he has had over his career. Definitely recommend!
Dr. Kim-Farley is a cool professor and cares about student learning. This class is flipped classroom though, but you can easily find the textbook pdf online, no need to buy the book. Your grade is based on a midterm, final, participation, a short presentation, and opinion editorial--all relatively easy. Attendance is mandatory, but clickers are only based on participation. The midterm and final were fair, as long as you read the textbook and pay attention to the clickers and quizzes on the textbook site you'll easily get an A.