Infusing professional and leadership training into public health curricula: Day One
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
: 9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
As public health training becomes more cross-disciplinary and focused on professional competencies, integration of academic training and practice is essential. “Day One” at the University of Memphis School of Public Health is a yearlong series of workshops for MPH and MHA students designed to promote professional skills in leadership, team-building, and career readiness. Using feedback from public health and health care practitioners, workshops were developed to prepare students for professional success immediately upon graduation. Workshop topics include leadership (team-building, collaboration, problem-solving, conflict management skills); professionalism (transparency, integrity); communication (effective writing and oral presentations); job search skills (resume and cover letter preparation, interviewing, social networking), and advocacy. Most skills covered in “Day One” are included in the ASPH cross-cutting competencies. Student feedback has been very positive, citing this as one of the most valuable experiences in their graduate training. Future directions would include tailoring this type training to undergraduate education, as younger students would need stronger preparation for entry level jobs in public health.
Public health or related education
Describe key elements of professional development training for public health graduate students
Identify training opportunities to develop cross-cutting competencies for public health graduate students
Keyword(s): Professional Development, Teaching
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As Assistant Dean of Students and Public Health Practice at the University of Memphis, I have over 25 years' experience in public health practice and research. My role in the School of Public Health is to assure competency and career readiness for our graduate students.
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.