258984 ICE - A Hot Idea for a DrPH Comprehensive Exam!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 4:44 PM - 4:56 PM

Christine Moranetz, PhD, FAWHP , Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Department of Public Health Education, University of North Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health, Fort Worth, TX
Patricia Rohrbeck, MPH, DrPH, CPH , Department of Public Health Education, University of North Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health, Fort Worth, TX
Allen Applegate, MPH, DrPH , Administration for Children and Families, Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
The Integrated Competency Evaluation (ICE) is the comprehensive examination equivalent experience for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Practice degree in the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC). The ICE is based upon a personal self-assessment, a written ICE Narrative, a portfolio (binder) of competency mastery documentation, and an oral presentation highlighting the assessment and narrative. Graduate faculty members of the DrPH Program Committee are the reviewers and graders of the ICE. The DrPH Practice student has to complete a self-assessment of each of the competencies defined under the seven domains as outlined in the ASPH Education Committee DrPH Core Competency Model, Version 1.3. The written ICE narratives are organized by Domains/Competencies and provide examples of higher education/professional education outcomes, and current/past public health related work experiences where knowledge, skills and/or expertise related to the competencies have been utilized. The Portfolio (Binder) contains the written ICE narratives and the supporting documents, which demonstrate each level of mastery, referred to in the narratives. For the oral presentation, students provide a brief presentation highlighting the ICE Narrative to a review panel comprised of graduate faculty members of the DrPH Program Committee. Upon successful completion of ICE, the student advances to DrPH Candidacy and is allowed to continue with preparations for the Doctoral Residency the culminating experience of the DrPH Practice degree program. This presentation will describe the ICE process and highlight its applicability to a competency-based DrPH Practice degree program.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. Differentiate the Integrated Competency Examination (ICE) from traditional doctoral comprehensive or qualifying examinations. 2. Describe the process of the ICE. 3. Demonstrate how the ICE enhances student proficiency in all DrPH Core Competencies.

Keywords: Professional Development, Public Health Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the DrPH Program Director and developed the ICE (Integrated Competency Evaluation).
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.