Thursday, February 22, 2007

Public Health Independent Study

My wife, Danna, and I started our non-credit public health degree online. Our first course is Preventing Infant Mortality and Promoting the Health of Women, Infants, and Children.

My big take-away from lecture one is that 7 out of every 1000 children born in the US die before they reach their first birthday. This is twice as high as many other developed nations, though it's 100 to 200 times better than some developing nations.

Danna thought it was noteworthy that African Americans have twice the mortality rate as the general population in the US. We were also both surprised to read that 1/3 of births in the United States are paid for by Medicaid.

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