256354 National initiative to build a prototype course on public health quality for schools and programs of public health

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 10:32 AM - 10:44 AM

Cheryll Lesneski, DrPH , Public Health Leadership Program, UNC School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC
A preliminary review of accredited Schools of Public Health reveals that little to nothing is taught about public health quality and the application of quality improvement science and methods for the public health practitioner. A common concern among public health practitioners, researchers, and experts is the lack of progress by local public health agencies in delivering services that meet the stated mission of public health, that adhere to the ethical standards for the practice of public health, and that achieve national quality aims. Funding by the US DHHS is supporting an initiative to develop a national prototype of a Public Health Quality Course, ensuring that graduates from Schools and Programs of Public Health around the nation have an opportunity to know what quality means in the practice of public health and how to apply the science of quality improvement to improve the practice of public health. This session will review the progress to date in collecting data about the current state of Public Health Quality courses in Schools of Public Health around the nation, summaries of interviews with leading experts in the area about essential topics to include in such a course, and a look at how quality is being achieved in public health and other institutions making up the public health system. A preliminary look at the proposed end-products of this endeavor, along with guidance for use in academia, will be shared with the audience.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe methods for collecting data to inform the development of a prototype course on public health quality for Schools of Public Health Discuss results from an assessment of current courses on public health quality in existing curriculum across a) a random sample of Schools of Public Health, and b) courses in Schools of Public Health known to incorporate public health quality content. Explain results from data collected and the use of this data in developing content for the prototype course. List major content areas and course materials to be produced for distribution to Schools of Public Health.

Keywords: Quality, Quality Improvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have studied public health quality and quality improvement for 20 years. My doctoral program at UNC-Chapel Hill included coursework on public health quality. My dissertation focused solely on improving the quality of public health. I currently assist public health organizations with improving the quality of public health services. I also teach this content in my classes as a faculty member in the Public Health Leadership Program, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill.
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.