189526 Undergraduate Public Health Education - The Educated Citizen and Public Health Initiative

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 10:30 AM

Richard K. Riegelman, MD, PhD , Professor and Founding Dean, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Washington, DC
The Institute of Medicine has recommended that “…all undergraduates have access to education in public health”. The Educated Citizen and Public Health Initiative, an effort of public health, arts and sciences, and clinical health professions organizations is working to fulfill this recommendation. The Consensus Conference on Undergraduate Public Health Education and subsequent faculty development efforts have recommended that all colleges and universities should offer introductory courses in public health (“Public Health 101”), epidemiology (“Epidemiology 101”), and global health (“Global Health 101”) that satisfy social science, science, and global studies distribution requirements respectively. These courses should be offered as part of general education in order to develop an educated citizenry. Students introduced to public health as part of their undergraduate education are more likely to pursue careers in public health and to support public health programs and infrastructure. Specific curriculum frameworks and learning outcomes for these courses have been developed. High quality coordinated minors in public health should be encouraged for institutions with and without schools or programs in public health including a focus area such as global health and community-based public health experiences. To encourage these efforts a faculty development program, a curriculum guide, new web sites and theme issues of public health and arts and sciences journals are being published. An ongoing effort is needed to ensure that introductory courses in public health become a permanent part of the curriculum of the 1900 colleges and universities without Schools or Programs in Public Health.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the rationale for and potential contributions of undergraduate public health education to future support for public health programs and infrastructure Describe the strategies being pursued for developing curriculum, supporting faculty and increasing the visibility of undergraduate public health education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have national and local experience teaching and developing undergraduate public health education.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research Undergraduate Public Health Consultant
Jones and Bartlett Publishers Essential Public Health book series editor and author of books that may be used to teach undergraduate public health courses Editor and author

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.