4091.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Integrating theory and practice in public health education

The Center for Public Health Practice at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health has developed an innovative model for professional development spanning two academic years and focusing on the student's preparation for public health practice. The model incorporates the application of, reflection on and integration of academic and practice skills. The twelve-week internship, required of all students receiving the MPH, remains the focus of professional development. Key components of the preparation for the internship include self-assessment, preparation of a resume and establishing learning objectives for the practice experience. An internship agreement is established between the preceptor and the student which includes a scope of work derived from the student's learning objectives. Accomplishment of the goals is measured through the student's self-evaluation and formal feedback from the preceptor. Integrative activities occur following the internship with the focus on tying together academic and practice learning. The cycle of preparation, application, reflection and integration during the two year MPH program serves as a strong base for career exploration upon graduation. Key stakeholders in this process are the student, preceptor, academic and practice faculty and Center staff. A representative of each group will present their view of the professional development process, its challenges and rewards
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Organizer(s):Janet Savage
Chris Coombe
Sandra Dratler
12:30 PMFaculty perspecitve
William A. Satariano, PhD
12:50 PMPreceptor perspective
To Be Determined
1:10 PMStudent perspective
Chris Roebuck
Sponsor:Academic Public Health Caucus
Cosponsors:Environment; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus of Public Health Workers; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Public Health Student Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA