The Educated Citizen and Public Health

The Educated Citizen and Public Health

The Educated Citizen and Public Health movement aims to fulfill the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies' recommendation that "...all undergraduates should have access to education in public health" as "public health is an essential part of the training of citizens". The movement is a collaboration of arts and sciences and public health organizations, including the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), , the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPH). Learn more at AAC&U's Education Citizen and Public Health initiative on their website.

Background

The Educated Citizen and Public Health movement encourages undergraduate public health core curricula as part of general education at four-year and two year colleges as well as the integration of public health throughout undergraduate education. The Educated Citizen and Public Health has been developed in conjunction with the LEAP initiative of AAC&U which aims to transform undergraduate education for the 21st century. Undergraduate public health with its emphasis on interdisciplinary education, a global perspective, community-based education and life-long learning is an excellent area of study for implementing the LEAP initiative.

Accomplishments

A Consensus Conference on Undergraduate Public Health Education was held in 2006, funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, bringing together arts & sciences, public health, and health professions' educators. Leaders of these groups agreed that undergraduate public health education should result in an educated citizenry prepared to address public health challenges ranging from AIDS to aging and avian flu to the costs of health care. Not only can undergraduate public health prepare students for professional education in public health and the clinical health professions, but the critical and analytical thinking that are part of public health education are excellent preparation for careers ranging from law to business to international affairs.

The Consensus Conference led to the APTR-AAC&U Faculty Development Program which conducted three Workshop/Institutes reaching more than 250 faculty from more than 60 institutions. A curriculum guide and recommendations for undergraduate public health education resulted from the Faculty Development Program. The recommendations include curriculum frameworks, learning outcomes and enduring understandings for Public Health 101, Epidemiology 101, and Global Health 101 as well as a framework for minors including core curricula, curricula built upon institutional strengths and experiential learning such as service-learning in public health.

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health in collaboration with the Association of American Colleges and Universities now offers an annual one-day Undergraduate Public Health Summit. Faculty from Schools of Public Health, Programs in Public Health, as well as faculty from 4-year and 2-year colleges are encourage to attend and submit proposal for workshops. For more information, visit the ASPPH.

Reports, Policy Statements, Guides and Curricular Materials

Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) in collaboration with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Association for Prevention, Teaching and Research (APTR) have developed Undergraduate Public Health Learning Outcomes for all undergraduates and Critical components elements for majors, www.asph.org/document.cfm?page=1083.

Association of American Colleges and Universities- Educated Citizen and Public Health including Successful Practices: 15 Undergraduate Public Health Cases from 4-year and 2-year colleges, www.aacu.org/public_health/index.cfm.

“10 Questions To Ask When Starting An Undergraduate Public Health Program – for Institutions WITH Graduate Public Health Education, PDF.

“10 Questions To Ask When Starting An Undergraduate Public Health Program – for Institutions WITHOUT Graduate Public Health Education, PDF.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Consensus Conference on Undergraduate Public Health Education, October 19, 2007. Full report, http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.aptrweb.org/resource/resmgr/undergraduateph/consensus_conference.pdf.

The Recommendations for Undergraduate Public Health Education are available at www.aacu.org/public_health/documents/Recommendations_for_Undergraduate_Public_Health_Education.pdf. "Public Health 101", "Epidemiology 101" and "Global Health 101".

The Curriculum Guide to Undergraduate Public Health Education, version 3.0 under full curriculum guide.

The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research's Prevention Education Resource Center (PERC) curriculum resources, www.teachprevention.org.

American Public Health Association- Integration of Core Public Health Education into Undergraduate Curricula Policy Statement 200915 available at www.apha.org/advocacy/policy/.

Healthy People 2020 Objectives for 4-year and 2-year colleges to increase public health education – see Public Health Infrastructure Topic areas available at www.healthypeople.gov/hp2020/Objectives/TopicAreas.aspx.

Healthy People 2020 Education for Health – American Journal of Preventive Medicine February 2011 lead article by HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh encouraging public health education in 4-year and in 2-year colleges.

National Media and Higher Education Press

The Nation's Health- Undergraduate Public Health Education Expands Nationwide October 2012, thenationshealth.aphapublications.org/content/42/8/1.2.full.

Washington Post- For a Global Generation, Public Health Is a Hot Field front page September 18, 2008, www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/18/AR2008091804145.html?hpid=topnews.

Inside Higher Education: Epidemiology as an Undergraduate Mainstay, www.insidehighered.com/news/2007/11/07/health.

Inside Higher Education-For Undergrads, A Shot of Public Health. April 3, 2009, www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/04/03/publichealth.

The Chronicle of Higher Education-How They Did It: Public Health and 5 College Majors on the Rise August 31, 2009. available at www.asph.org/userfiles/1145/6_Five5%20College%20Majors%20On%20the%20Rise.pdf.

Selected Publications

Liberal Education: AAC&U "Back to the Pump Handle: Public Health and the Future of Undergraduate Education" Albertine S, Persily NA, Riegelman.R 2007.

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice Who Will Keep the Public Healthy? The Case for Undergraduate Public Health Education: A Review of Three Programs; Jan-Feb 2008 Bass SB, Guttmacher S, Nezami E.

Public Health Reports, Public Health Studies as an Undergraduate Major. Gebo K, Goodyear J, David S, Yager J. November-December 2008.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Theme Issue on Undergraduate Public Health Education: 2008.

Peer Review- AAC&U-Theme Issue Liberal Education and Undergraduate Public Health Studies: Summer 2009.

American Journal of Public Health, Advising the Newest Faces of Public Health: A Perspective on the Undergraduate Student, Arnold LD, Schneider D, August 2010.

Peer Review- AAC&U- Albertine S, Petersen D, Plepys C. For the Profession and for All: Toward Liberal Education in Public Heath: Spring 2012.

Community Colleges- Publications focused on Community Colleges and Public Health

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: A Call to Action: Public Health and Community College Partnerships to Educate the Workforce and Promote Health Equity, Honore P. et. al. November 2008.

Community College Journal, Ready for Prime Time: Ramping Up Public Health Education Fulcher R. et. al. April-May 2010, www.aacc.nche.edu/Resources/aaccprograms/cwed/Pages/newsfeed.aspx.

LISTSERV

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Educated Citizen and Public Health Listserv
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