DSHS Foundations of Public Health

Texas Health and Human Services - Texas Department of State Health Services

Course Description:

DSHS Foundations of Public Health is an introduction to the public health sciences, leading public health organizations, key terms, daily practices, history, and some of the U.S. top achievements. This course was developed by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Target Audience

​​​​​​This course was designed for individuals who may be new to the field, individuals interested in public health, and those interested in pursuing a public health career.

Learning Objectives

  • Define and differentiate health and public health
  • Describe everyday tasks that are impacted by public health
  • Identify and define five disciplines of public health
  • Describe the three core functions of public health
  • Recount the early history of public health and list some of the greatest findings
  • Describe the 10 Great Public Health Achievements identified by the CDC from 2001-2010
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 0.50 hour(s) of credit for completing DSHS Foundations of Public Health
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Alexandra Lopez

Alexandra Perez
Learning Training and Development Specialist VI, DSHS

Alexandra “Lexie” Perez is currently the Learning Training and Development Specialist with Office of Practice and Learning at DSHS. Her role as a training specialist is to develop public health training curriculum to be delivered in person, virtually, and through self-pace e-learning modules. Previously, she served as a training specialist for the Career Development team with the Learning Resource Network at HHSC. Prior to that, she was a Learning and Development Supervisor at Goodwill Industries of Central Texas. In her career, she has worked in academia, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and state government. 

Lexie holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Health degree from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. Lexie is also a graduate from HHSC’s Extraordinary Contributors Program. 

In her spare time, Lexie enjoys spending time with friends and family, running, exploring new restaurants, and traveling.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 0.50 hour(s) of credit for completing DSHS Foundations of Public Health


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Required Hardware/software

System Settings 
This course is designed to work most effectively if your computer and internet connection meet certain minimal requirements. This course can be accessed using a Windows 10 PC or a Mac with High Sierra1, Mojave, or Catalina. Pop-up blockers should be disabled when viewing the course. Internet Explorer 11 (for Windows 10), or the current version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari (for Windows 10 and or Mac) is required. Many of our courses require Java and JavaScript enabled. 

Links to External Websites   
Links to websites outside this course will open in a new window or tab. Some browsers may minimize the course window. If this occurs, maximize the course window to return to the course. 

Adobe Acrobat Reader (for desktops and laptops)  
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to access some documents in this course. If you need to download a free copy of Acrobat Reader, click here.  

Internet Connection Speed 
A minimum download speed of 1.5 Mbps is recommended for an optimal experience, which is commonly the speed associated with a basic DSL or a cellular/satellite connection. A faster connection, such as cable or fiber service, with further enhance your online experience. A Wi-Fi connection is generally acceptable, but it is dependent upon one of the two services mentioned above. You can check your internet connection speed at http://www.speedtest.net/.