Advancing Public Health Awareness and Knowledge Among College Students
In this study, the authors survey student awareness and knowledge of, as well as personal interest in, public health, health promotion and prevention. In doing so, they query a wide range of preventable communicable and chronic diseases, risk behaviors, and environmental issues. Based on their data analysis, they propose recommendations and offer examples regarding the design and implementation of ways in which public health may be infused into college curricula. They share engaging initiatives that may be included in basic public health courses to attract diverse student groups and that provide opportunities to assure active, community-based learning.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Describe the importance of a public health education to college students. Assess the current awareness and knowledge of public health among college students. Formulate a minimum of two recommendations for the design and implementation of public health into college curricula.
Keyword(s): Public Health Curricula & Competencies, College Students
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the former Director of the University of New Hampshire's (UNH) MPH Program. I am currently a faculty member in the UNH Department of Health Management and Policy and I teach public health courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to coming to academia, I practiced public health, for ten years, at the local and state governmental and private consulting levels.
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.