Our future's brightest: Leveraging interdisciplinary graduate student teams to deliver innovative approaches to an urban health disparity
This paper presents lessons learned from a novel, interdisciplinary case competition that involved graduate and professional students from both health-related and non-health related disciplines across a major urban research university. Attitudes towards and learning outcomes related to interdisciplinary education, public health, and health disparities as reported by both students and faculty involved in the competition are presented. This paper also shares innovative solutions to one urban health disparity - child obesity - developed by students in the competition.
Implications for educators and community leaders include how to engage a broad array of graduate and professional students in address pressing issues in communities surrounding the academic institution, how to encourage effective participation and collaboration among interdisciplinary team members, and how to enhance and expand interdisciplinary education efforts through a thoughtful and targeted interdisciplinary case competition.
Learning Areas:Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Describe the potential for interdisciplinary case competitions involving graduate and professional students to produce innovative solutions to urban health disparities. Identify critical student development opportunities as a result of participation in an interdisciplinary case competition. Describe interdisciplinary approaches to address one urban health disparity (child obesity) developed by graduate and professional students.
Keyword(s): Problem Based Learning, Students
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As an assistant professor, I led the development and implementation of an interdisciplinary case competition among graduate students to address child obesity as an urban health disparity. I secured internal funding, brought together faculty from across the university, leveraged participation from community groups, and developed materials associated with the competition.
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.