261619 What are the critical component elements of a bachelor's degree in public health?

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 2:44 PM - 2:56 PM

Randy Wykoff, MD, MPH & TM , College of Public Health, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Elizabeth McGean Weist, MS, MPH, CPH , Director, Special Projects, Association of Schools of Public Health, Washington, DC
Undergraduate education in Public Health has seen explosive growth. The institutions housing these programs have sought guidance on the how undergraduate training in Public Health should be structured. In response to this need, the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) began the Undergraduate Public Health Project.

Using an expert panel approach, the objective of the project has been to identify and define the critical component elements for bachelor's degrees in public health that would prepare graduates to either enter the workforce or pursue further training in public health or another health profession. While the resulting model is aimed at the bachelor's degree, it provides a start for future work that might address public health minors, concentrations, and programs at two-year institutions and also advise discussions on how various levels of public health education (e.g. MPH and DrPH) can articulate with each other.

The Expert Panel is composed of leaders from: accredited schools of public health and public health programs; liberal arts and sciences universities; community colleges; academic organizations; and the public health practice field.

This session will review the model and its development and seek feedback from attendees.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the critical component elements of an undergraduate public health bachelorís degree. 2. Discuss how these elements prepare graduates to enter the workforce or pursue further training in public health or another health profession.

Keywords: Public Health Education, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I chair the ASPH Undergraduate Public Health Project and ETSU offers undergraduate training in Public Health.
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.