142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Taking hands-on learning to the next level: A new model for field-based global health education

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

Kristina Graff, MPA , Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Princeton University’s Global Health Research and Teaching Program generates the scholarship fundamental to health improvements at the nexus of science, policy and social science, and educates students who will become leaders in these fields. Its defining elements are a cross-disciplinary approach, hands-on field research and a focus on the policy dimensions of global health.

The teaching program devotes significant resources to offering high-quality, fully funded, hands-on learning experiences for its students. They conduct independent research and internships in over 20 countries, based at research centers, NGOs, grassroots organizations, academic institutions, hospitals and clinics. Junior researchers mentor student projects, providing training in research and analysis methodology, and in the ethics of responsible global health research. These field experiences are life changing for many students and form the basis of their future pursuits.

Two unique aspects of the program are the focus on field partners’ working realities, and the provision of on-site advising by Princeton researchers. All hands-on learning positions are explicitly designed to ease rather than tax field partners’ human resource constraints; furthermore, student projects must address partners’ priorities - as opposed to externally driven research agendas. Because the management of undergraduate interns and researchers demands considerable time and attention, Princeton graduate students and postdoctoral fellows provide advance training to undergraduates, as well as in-person guidance in selected field sites.

With its model for partner-centered engagement combined with excellent academic and field support, Princeton’s global health program prepares students to address an increasingly complex slate of global health challenges.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe innovative models for integrating an academic global health program's hands-on learning experiences with field partners' needs and priorities. Explain the unique and essential role of of on-site mentors tied to academic global health programs. Differentiate between hands-on learning approaches that are purely student-centered versus those that are structured around field partners working realities. Identify the costs and benefits of a decentralized approach to an academic global health program's field engagements.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Research (CBPR), International Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Over the past six years I have developed and expanded a multidisciplinary global health teaching program at Princeton University that is integrated with scholarly research and hands-on learning. I have played a central role in establishing and managing a large and successful internship and field research program as part of this work.
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.