Mapping CEPH competencies to a public health internship program at a local health department
As public health continues to redefine itself as non-communicable disease epidemics emerge and as technology advances, we evaluated our internship program: Is HRTP in alignment with the competencies needed for the 21st century public health workforce and beyond?
In 2013, we conducted a self-audit of a typical curriculum offered to students participating in the 10-12 week summer program, evaluating the rigor and relevance of the didactic portion of the curriculum, and mapping all curriculum components to CEPH competencies. This session will discuss the review process, evaluation method, successes, challenges, and lessons learned.
Internships and field placements in professional practice provide important experiential learning, bridging the divide between theory and applied practice. Learning experiences based in the workplace inform students about professional doctrine, creed, and unwritten rules of public health practice. With careful preparation, local health departments are well-suited to partner with academic centers to offer competency-based practical experiences in order to cultivate skilled workers who are better prepared to meet current public health needs.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Describe the process used in one local health department to evaluate the integration of Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) competencies into its public health training program Assess the applicability of similar review processes into other public health practice organizations Explain how this review process may inform, guide, and improve new or existing training and workforce development opportunities at public health practice institutions Identify points of impact at public health practice institution where CEPH competencies may be integrated into new and existing training opportunities Identify points of impact at public health practice institution where CEPH competencies may be integrated into new and existing workforce development opportunities Assess the rigor, scope, and appropriateness of internship opportunities for student training opportunities Assess the rigor, scope, and appropriateness of workforce development opportunities in public health practice institutions
Keyword(s): Workforce Development, Public Health Curricula & Competencies
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a public health professional for over 15 years. For the past years, I have serves as the director of HRTP: A Public Health Internship Program (HRTP) and the Epi Scholars programs at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Both programs provide robust public health internship experiences for selected students.
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.