142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Framing the Future of Education for Public Health: Recommendations for the 21st Century Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Donna Petersen, ScD, MHS , College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Robert Meenan, MD, MPH, MBA , School of Public Health, Boston University, Boston, MA
Ruth Gaare Bernheim, JD, MPH , MPH Program, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Harrison Spencer, MD, MPH, CPH , Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, Washington, DC
The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) convened Framing the Future: The Second Hundred Years of Education for Public Health (FTF), which charged a Master of Public Health (MPH) Expert Panel, composed of academicians from Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited schools and programs along with practitioners, to study the MPH degree in the first half of the 21stcentury and to lay out recommendations for reshaping the future of the degree. 

The panel was informed by the FTF's Blue Ribbon Public Health Employers' Advisory Board which provided a report entitled Public Health Trends and Redesigned Education in September 2013 and members of which, among other stakeholder groups, vetted the draft MPH report in two survey rounds in the fall and winter of 2013.  In January 2014, the panel released the A Master of Public Health Degree for the 21st Centuryreport that aims to address the needs of graduates and employers for modern public health practice.

The speaker will present on the four major changes recommended for the MPH degree in the report:

  1. The MPH needs to become more of a specialized, skills-based degree
  2. It would no longer be required to provide the five basic public health science courses 
  3. The core becomes tighter and more integrated
  4. The practicum and capstone, in general, should relate to the specialization

along with a brief description of the development process, and will solicit attendee comments and feedback on adopting, adapting, and/or implementing the panel’s assertions.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Explain the four major areas of change recommended by the expert panel for the MPH degree of the future Examine the panelís recommendations in light of oneís own academic program and/or needs as an employer Provide comments on the report to guide the field in next steps for adopting, adapting, and/or implementing the panelís assertions

Keyword(s): Workforce Development, Curricula

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have 30+ years of academic and practice experience in public health. I am a dean of an accredited school of public health. I am the chair of the Framing the Future Task Force of which this expert panel is one component. I served on the panel in an ex officio capacity. I am responsible for the recommendations made by each panel and can speak quite knowledgably about the topic.
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.