The Institute of Medicine has recommended that “…all undergraduates should have access to education in public health.” To bring this goal alive, the Consensus Conference on Undergraduate Public Health Education, funded by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, developed recommendations to expand and enrich undergraduate learning outcomes by incorporating public health curricula into general or liberal education. Teaching materials on undergraduate (college level) public health are organized in PERC according to the three frameworks decribed below.
TEACHING INTRODUCTORY PUBLIC HEALTH
PERC and TeachPublicHealth.org have responded to the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine and the Consensus Conference on Undergraduate Public Health Education by providing three concise curriculum frameworks for public health courses that are designed to fulfill general education requirements. These frameworks may also be used as required curricula for minors in public health or global health.
Public Health 101
Public Health 101 takes a multidisciplinary “population health” approach using a social science perspective. It emphasizes the historical and current roles of public health and introduces students to basic epidemiological concepts of rates, causation and public health surveillance. Determinants of health including environmental, behavioral, biological, and socio-economic factors as well as access, quality and cost of medical care are central to the course. Options for intervention are evaluated from multiple perspectives. The course emphasizes health issues that affect society as a whole as well as those that affect vulnerable populations. Short case studies will be used to illustrate teaching methods that challenge students to think through current issues in public health.
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Epidemiology 101 teaches methods of epidemiology as an application of the scientific method. Basic study designs are presented including case-control, cohort studies and randomized clinical trials. Past, current, and potential future applications of epidemiology are presented including their relevance to media reporting of scientific research. Ethical implications of epidemiology research are integrated throughout the course. Epidemiology is used to teach the scientific method by developing and testing hypotheses from data and rigorously drawing analytical conclusions. Epidemiology can be taught as a laboratory science with formal laboratory exercises that will be illustrated using case studies.
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Global Health 101
Global health 101 is a cross-cutting interdisciplinary field integrating social and behavioral sciences as well as quantitative and laboratory sciences. Course work in global health can be taught using a curriculum framework that includes: the health-development link; health systems and their impacts on health; culture and health; human rights and ethics the burden of disease; and global institutions and cooperation to improve global health. Biological understandings of disease are integrated throughout the course. Global health curriculum provides an opportunity to use public health as a vehicle for studying global interdependency.
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www.TeachPublicHealth.org is the online home for undergraduate public health education. This website is devoted to providing resources and curricular materials to teach introductory college level courses in public health.
The curriculum guide is designed to assist faculty who are developing undergraduate courses in public health as well as educational administrators and faculty curriculum committees who are designing undergraduate public health curricula. It assumes that the primary purpose of undergraduate public health is to produce an educated citizen.
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Educated Citizen and Public Health Initiative
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Educated Citizen and Public Health Initiative serves the broader higher education community, setting the stage for integration of public health perspectives within a comprehensive liberal education framework. The initiative aims to connect and inform, to bring undergraduate study of integrative public health to all baccalaureate institutions, to foster interdisciplinary and inter-professional collaboration, and to link to other initiatives that address human health and environmental sustainability.
Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition
The future health of the American population depends largely upon the knowledge and ability of the next generation of health leaders, practitioners and researchers. The Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Program, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by the College Board, acknowledges the importance of an epidemiological curriculum in the classroom as well as opportunities for students to become engaged in the field of epidemiology. The “Epidemiology Teaching Units for the High School Classroom” were authored by a working group of academicians, instructing at both the high school and college levels. These introductory instructional units are designed for teachers and faculty to freely download and use in the classroom. Each teaching unit identifies subject areas, level of difficulty, and knowledge prerequisites. Although they were designed for advanced high school instruction, they are appropriate for introductory undergraduate education.
To become more acquainted with epidemiology and explore a suggested approach in teaching elements of the science, read the Intellectual Framework, which will orient you to many important principles of epidemiology.
Epidemiology Framework developed based upon the use of YES materials.
The YES program facilitates a national scholarship competition, and since 2004, has awarded approximately $500,000 in college scholarship awards each year to high school juniors and seniors who submit outstanding research papers in the field of epidemiology. To learn more about the YES competition, teaching units, or the YES program, please go to www.collegeboard.com/yes.