Developing Communication Skills in Future Public Health Practitioners through a Public Health Writing Program
Since 2011, the PHWP has served 213 students. Session evaluations indicate that: (1) 98% (n=204) of sessions were helpful; (2) 96% (n=204) of appointments increased the student’s information and/or skills in writing; and (3) 98% (n=44) of appointments increased the student’s confidence in writing. The program has become an established resource for students' learning experience with over 20% of students using the program visiting more than three times during their degree program. Future directions include expanding student outreach and adapting program offerings to other employer identified professional communication needs, such as oral and technological communications. The presentation will discuss lessons learned in designing, implementing, and evaluating a PHWP to improve future professionals’ practice in public health communication.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Communication and informatics
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Identify challenges in teaching professional communication skills. Describe how to design, implement, and evaluate a practice-based and competency-based public health writing program. Discuss lessons learned in adapting a program to educational and practice needs.
Keyword(s): Public Health Curricula & Competencies, Communication
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the coordinator of the Public Health Writing Program at Boston University School of Public Health through my position as the Educational Resource Coordinator. I manage all aspects of the program including program design, implementation, and evaluation.
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.