Online Program

Design and delivery of a competency-based public health workforce training curriculum

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Jennifer Tsoi, MPH, Office of Public Health Practice, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Sharon Ravid, MPH, CPH, Office of Public Health Practice, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Kathleen MacVarish, RS, MS, Office of Public Health Practice, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Hope Kenefick, MSW, PhD, HWK Consulting LLC, Barrington, NH
The Foundations for Local Public Health Practice course is a 45-hour awareness level training that offers a cross-disciplinary perspective and approach to local public health practice in terms of the three core functions and ten essential services. The course is designed to provide a competency-based training curriculum for the public health workforce delivered through a combination of classroom, distance learning sessions and interactive webinars. The use of distance learning and webinar technology is intended to improve access for public health workers from different parts of the state; and to reduce travel expenses and time out of work. The audience for this course includes those new to the job and those who want to further advance their knowledge and skills from state, regional, and local perspective. Certificates of completion with contact hours are issued after participants finish all eighteen sessions and complete the required pre- and post-tests and evaluations for each session. The Foundations evaluation plan collected a combination of quantitative and qualitative data to assess the course design, instructors' teaching skills, knowledge gain and satisfaction with individual sessions and the overall course. Pre- and post-session self-administered evaluation forms were collected from all sessions over the four month period. Based on the evaluation findings, we drew a number of conclusions and developed recommendations for next steps to improve the Foundations course for future delivery, including revisions in the delivery format. In addition, statistically significant improvements in knowledge from pre to post test for most of the course's eighteen sessions.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe evaluation methodologies used to assess the success of a competency-based training curriculum. Identify lessons learned for quality improvement for future course delivery. Discuss best practices for training the public health workforce beyond the classroom setting.

Keyword(s): Evaluation, Competency

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the senior program manager for the Local Public Health Institute of MA at the Boston University School of Public Health. I have been involved in the development, coordination and implementation of classroom and online trainings for three years. I work closely with a development team on the curriculum design and our evaluator on training evaluation and quality improvement strategies. I have over 10 years of experience working with state and local 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.