5109.0 Invited Session: Future of Epidemiology - Epidemiology Education in Grades 6-12 – The Epi Ed Movement

Wednesday, November 7, 2007: 12:30 PM
Based on the participation in our roundtable discussion at the 2006 APHA Meeting (The Epidemiology Education Movement), this session will focus on the status of epidemiology education in grades 6-12. To do so, a panel of presenters, who have developed epidemiology education curricula and / or programs for grades 6-12, will review the pedagogical rationale, format, content, and students’ responses to their work and engage attendees in portions of selected lessons. These presentations will be followed by a discussion, among the panelists and attendees, of the challenges of infusing epidemiology education into an already packed school curriculum at a time when standardized testing is of increasing importance. Panelists and attendees also will discuss the role of the public health community in pursuing the goals of the Epidemiology Education Movement: The session will conclude by asking attendees to consider working towards achieving these goals.
Session Objectives: Learning Objectives: 1. Review the goals of the Epidemiology Education Movement: a. Infuse epidemiology education into curricula in grades 6-12. b. Improve scientific literacy. c. Increase the number of students preparing for careers in public health. 2. Review and assess the steps that have been taken by different organizations to achieve the above objectives: a. Develop epidemiology curricula. b. Prepare teachers to teach epidemiology. c. Create demand for epidemiology education. d. Maintain momentum in interest in epidemiology education. 3. Continue discussion of identifying the challenges of infusing epidemiology education into grades 6-12 and ways the public health community can address these challenges.

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Organized by: Epidemiology
Endorsed by: Maternal and Child Health

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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