5052.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Graduate Education in MCH--MCH Epidemiology, Training for Research versus Practice: Is There a Difference?

The focus of this session is on Maternal and Child Health (MCH) epidemiology training in Schools of Public Health. As the demand for MCH epidemiologists in state and local health agencies increases,it is important to determine if Schools of Public Health are preparing MCH epidemiology students for the kinds of analytic activities that are carried out by practitioners in the field. Who is training MCH epidemiologists? Are these programs training students to become researchers more likely to be associated with academe or are they training individuals with high level analytic skills who are able to use their epidemiology skills and focus to carry out the activities of the MCH planning cycle: surveillance, assessment, program planning, monitoring and evaluation, policy development, and advocacy. This session will address whether this is a false dichotomy: Is the training for MCH epidemiology researchers the same as the training for practice-based MCH epidemiologists?
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Facilitator(s):Arden S. Handler, DrPH
Discussant(s):Michael Kogan, PhD
William M. Sappenfield, MDMPH
Organizer(s):Arden S. Handler, DrPH
Part 1 
8:30 AMMCH Epidemiology Training for Research vs Practice: The Berkeley Experience
Brenda Eskenazi, PhD
Part 2 
8:50 AMMCH Epidemiology, training for research vs. training for practice: Is there a difference?
Thomas J. Prendergast, MD, MPH, Synnove F. Knutsen, MD, MPH, PhD, Barbara Frye Anderson, DrPH, RN, CHES
Part 3 
9:10 AMExperience from the Field: Training Needs for Applied Epidemiologists
Vijaya K. Hogan, DrPH
Sponsor:Maternal and Child Health
Cosponsors:Academic Public Health Caucus; Epidemiology

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA