Online Program

Creating an evidenced based MPH fieldwork model: From research and implementation through evaluation and dissemination

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Caite Wolak, MPH, Department of Public Health, Temple University, College of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA
Freda Patterson, PhD, MS, Department of Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Anne Frankel, PhD, Department of Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Jessica Boyer, MPH-MSW, College of Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Jennifer Ibrahim, PhD, MPH, College of Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Background: The Masters in Public Health (MPH) fieldwork experience is intended to provide students a practice-based forum to utilize knowledge and skills acquired through coursework.

Objective: The objective was to revise our fieldwork model to be a more comprehensive, evidenced based approach allowing students to develop research and evaluation skills as well as gain experience in the development and delivery of public health initiatives in a community setting.

Methods: Over the 2013-2014 academic year, a faculty work group was formed. Fieldwork courses used by other schools and programs of public health were reviewed and feedback from student evaluations, community partners, and fieldwork site supervisors about workforce development needs were incorporated. Fieldwork objectives and course content were mapped to core and concentration competencies.

Results: The resulting MPH fieldwork model presents four primary objectives and one process objective that all students completed: (1) use of empirical methods to identify a public health problem; (2) use of social science and public health models to develop and implement a feasible solution; (3) use of quantitative and/or qualitative data and methods to evaluate a programming component; (4) interpretation and dissemination of findings to relevant community stakeholders. The process objective required professional development targets to be completed.

Implications: This model provides MPH students more latitude to conduct their fieldwork in a variety of settings and to develop a wider array of competencies. It also helps ensure that all MPH students develop both research and practice based skills. In this first year of implementation, evaluation is ongoing.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the development and key components of a comprehensive MPH fieldwork model which provides all MPH students with both research and practice experience. Describe how a comprehensive, evidenced based MPH fieldwork model was implemented in a program of public health. Apply the objective based fieldwork experience described to design or refine current MPH fieldwork models and coursework in other schools and programs of public health.

Keyword(s): Public Health Curricula & Competencies, Practice Guidelines

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have served as the fieldwork coordinator for the department of public health at Temple University for the past four years and have experience with the development of fieldwork curriculum.
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.