The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4002.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - Board 5

Abstract #49087

Student services at a distance

Kara Brown Robinson, MS, Career MPH Program, Rollins School of Public Health, 1525 Clifton Road, Suite #113, Atlanta, GA 30322, 404-727-3317, and Shannon Shelton, Office of Student Services, Emory University, 1525 Clifton Road #113, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Distance based programs in Public Health have grown significantly. Currently, twenty-nine schools, who are members of the Association of Schools in Public Health, have some type of distance based curriculum whether that be coursework, a certificate program or degree based program in public health. With the emerging need for a trained public health workforce comes the demand for additional training. A growing number of workers are turning to distance based education as a way to fulfill their training needs while still maintaining their current employment in public health. Administrators of distance-based programs must recognize the need for alternative methods to serve these student populations.

Student Services is a general term utilized to encompass many different areas of the educational process including: Enrollment Services, Career Services, Admissions and Student Activities. The Student Services Unit is crucial in the retention of students and their satisfaction with graduate and undergraduate programs. It is this reason that distanced based programs in public health must develop alternative services to replace the traditional delivery of these programs.

This program will compare the student services component in a traditional masterís of public health program with the student services component in a distance based masterís of public health program at the same school. Additionally, alternative means to deliver these services to distance based student populations will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this program the learner will be able to

Keywords: Distance Education, Distance Learning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: The Career MPH Program at the Rollins School of Public Health.
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: Employment

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