253232 Continuing Educational Needs of the APHA Membership

Monday, October 31, 2011: 1:10 PM

John Neuberger, DrPH, MPH, MBA , Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
Henry Montes, MPH , JHM Consultation, Potomac, MD
Lynn D. Woodhouse, M Ed, EdD, MPH , Interim Dean and Professor of Community Health, Jiann- Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Delois Dilworth-Berry, ACSW, LCSW, LMHC , Administrator of Social Services, Indiana Public Health Administration, Carmel, IN
Carl H. Rush, MRP , Community Resources, LLC, San Antonio, TX
Kim Tran, BS , Department of Health Science, Towson University, Towson, MD
Niaman Nazir, MBBS, MPH , Department of Preventative Medicine, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City
Annette Ferebee, MPH , Continuing Education, APHA, Washington, DC
In order to obtain data concerning the educational needs of the APHA membership, individuals in all 28 Sections and six SPIGS were surveyed by e-mail and Zoomerang. Out of 22,048 members surveyed, there were 5,057 responses; a response rate of 22.9%. The leading educational credential of those responding was an MPH (n=2,367). The leading workplace setting was a School or Program of Public Health (n=1,034). There was a U-shaped distribution of years of membership in APHA, with 46.9% indicating membership of 1-3 years and 19.9% indicating membership of 16 or more years. Although 53.6% (n=2,707) indicated that they had attended the APHA annual meeting in the past five years, only 5.6% (n=285) had attended a Learning Institute. Overall, 75.9% (n=3,836) indicated an interest in obtaining additional public health training. Among the MPH core courses, Epidemiology had the most positive responses (n=1,122), whereas among all the potential areas mentioned, Epidemiology ranked fifth. Overall the top five areas mentioned for continuing education were Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills (n=1,792), Policy Development and Program Planning (n=1,664), Health Disparities (n=1,269), Program Evaluation (n=1,204), and Epidemiology. When Epidemiology section members were excluded, the relative ranking dropped from fifth to seventh. The vast majority of participants preferred to receive their educational materials on-line regardless of age grouping or years of membership. The sample was more representative of place of employment and less representative of gender. Recommendations are made for improvements in the survey and for updating APHA's records.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Explain the educational survey methodology. Describe the educational needs of the APHA membership. Describe the preferred means of delivery of educational material. Explain the relative ranking of Epidemiology among all educational needs.

Keywords: Health Education, Epidemiology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conducted this research while a member of the APHA Education Board. I have served on the Education Board for over 6 years and have contributed to the workforce subcommittee that is responsible for providing this information to the full board.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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.