4179.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 - 3:30 PM

Abstract #6208

Public health in the chiropractic educational curriculum

Michael Perillo, DC, MPH1, Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD2, and Lisa Killinger, DC2. (1) Clinical Sciences, University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic, 75 Linden St, Bridgeport, CT 60661, 203-576-4279, aonorato@bridgeport.edu, (2) Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, Palmer College of Chiropractic, 75 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

There is currently no agreed on paradigm or syllabus for teaching public health in chiropractic education. This issue, originally raised in 1990 and re-introduced by the Chiropractic Health Care Section's Model Syllabus Task Force in 1998, remains in a state of flux.

The Task Force is composed of APHA members, public health teaching faculty and other interested parties. We initially performed a survey of chiropractic public health teaching faculty to determine their composition, a description of the content of their courses, and assess their perceived needs in performing their work. We combined this material with previously published analyses in this subject area, and recommendations from the task force members to develop a model syllabus.

This presentation will address some of the key questions which the author found relevant and challenging to consider during his work with the Task Force. Discussion points with include; why teach public health to chiropractic health professionals, how much public health should be included, what should courses consist of, how can public health functions be incorporated into day to day practice, how is it best to deliver this materials?

Consideration of these issues will lead to discussion of how the Task Force may address these questions in its future development of a "model syllabus", including instructor training and system wide adoption.

Learning Objectives: Present discussion of important professional and educational issues in the development of a model syllabus for public health education of chiropractic students

Keywords: Public Health Education, Chiropractic

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: Adjunct professor, Epidemiology and Public Health

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA