Online Program

A Cross-Discipline Evaluation of Practice-Based Teaching: Designing and Conducting an Evaluation of Innovative Teaching Methodology across MPH Disciplines

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Gouri Gupte, PhD, MHA, Department of Health Policy and Management, Boston University, Boston, MA
Jacey Greece, DSc, MPH, Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Malcolm Bryant, MBBS, MPH, Boston University Center for Global Health and Development, Boston University, Boston, MA
James Wolff, MD, MPH, Department of Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Donna McGrath, MS, MEd, Department of Policy, Planning and Administration, Boston University School of Education, Andover, MA
Accredited schools of public health (SPH) offering Masters in Public Health (MPH) degrees must meet specific competency requirements across five domains within the discipline.  In addition, MPH programs should incorporate opportunities for students to practice the skills associated with specified competencies, as well as other workplace skills, in public health practice settings. A pedagogical strategy such as practice-based teaching (PBT) may provide those opportunities. Limited research has been done to measure the effectiveness of PBT in attainment of course competencies within one discipline of public health, let alone across disciplines of public health.  A rigorous, multi-method evaluation was conducted for four MPH courses spanning three disciplines at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH).  Guided by a logic model and evaluation plan, the pre-test post-test evaluation was designed to assess short- and long-term goals of PBT generally, and specifically the competencies required by each course.  Each course collaborated with different agencies.  Data collection strategies included surveys of students and agency, key stakeholder interviews and focus groups, in-class observations of faculty, and document review of course materials.  MPH students are trained and expected to be multi-disciplinary in their approach to public health, just as faculty should be multi-disciplinary in their approach to high-quality and innovative teaching.  As such, the effectiveness of PBT as a teaching methodology in SPH should examine impacts across disciplines and agencies.  This evaluation provides insight into student learning outcomes, establishes best practices for faculty collaboration, and informs teaching practice across disciplines in an MPH program.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Explain the importance of rigorous, independent evaluations in innovative teaching methodology at Schools of Public Health. Describe how a logic model and evaluation plan (design, measurement tools) can guide a multi-disciplinary evaluation of teaching methodology. Discuss the process of collaboration between faculty in multiple disciplines to evaluate courses that utilize the same teaching methodology yet address very different course competencies. Identify the benefits of evaluation across MPH disciplines to the students, faculty, collaborating agencies, and school and how evaluation results can inform MPH program development. Identify measurable and important short-term and long-term outcomes of interest in the evaluation and sources to measure those outcomes.

Keyword(s): Evaluation, Public Health Curricula & Competencies

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have experience in teaching and conducting research using quality improvement (QI) processes such as Lean and Six Sigma in healthcare. I teach similar content in practice-based-teaching ”fields-based” courses on Operations management, Strategy management and Lean management in healthcare to Masters and Doctoral students in the School of Public Health and QI to residents, Fellows and faculty in the School of Medicine. I am working on numerous QI projects and have worked on national grants.
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.