Development of a Learner-Centered Curriculum for a Rural Public Health Program
Methods: Five PH faculty and an instructional designer collaborated during New Faculty Immersion Week and New Faculty Transition Program (NFTP) workshops in Fall 2014. Immersion Week activities aimed to clarify vision, mission, and competencies of BSPH & MPH programs; plan and organize course development; map program curricula; and determine program assessment measures and instructional design. NFTP objectives included gaining teaching skills and knowledge, establishing supportive networks of colleagues, and identifying relevant university resources. With NFTP assistance, faculty conducted and reflected on Small-Group Instructional Diagnoses (SGIDs), facilitator-led mid-semester formative assessments of students’ learning experiences. Minutes from program meetings, NFTP workshops, and SGIDs were compiled and summarized.
Results: Faculty reported Immersion Week, NFTP workshops, and opportunities to discuss feedback with colleagues all impacted their teaching. Faculty discussed how data from SGIDs illuminated variance in students’ learning needs and opinions of their experiences. Subsequently, eight learner-centered BSPH courses were developed in Fall 2014, with two delivered in Spring 2015.
Conclusions/Recommendations: Recommendations and lessons learned from these methods provided faculty with effective learner-centered teaching strategies, incorporated into course development and illustrated in course evaluations. Further research may elucidate these findings.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Describe learner-centered teaching strategies and processes faculty can use to develop a learner-centered approach. Describe how a learner-centered public health program can enable graduates to address needs of rural populations.
Keyword(s): Public Health Curricula & Competencies, Rural Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I obtained my bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in public health, have extensive experience working in this field, and am currently a public health faculty member.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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