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Open Society Institute Conference on Population-based approaches to Graduate level public health education (in collaboration with the College of Health Sciences, American University of Armenia)

Yerevan, Armenia, 25-27 June 2003

Conference objectives:

  • Build upon prior OSI sponsored workshops to develop skills, techniques, and templates for the rationale design of public health curricula
  • Engage in critical discussions of core public health competencies and teaching modalities
  • Develop networks and linkages for collaborative curriculum development and the exchange of ideas

This intensive, interactive 3-day workshop will focus on competency-based approaches to curriculum development in public health. Discipline-based and functional-based approaches will be compared and contrasted through practical applications. Issues surrounding assessment and alternate teaching modalities will also be addressed.

Conference agenda (preliminary):

The following agenda is a loose guide for our activities. The aim of this conference is to engage in constructive dialogue. As such, we may follow unexpected lines of inquiry/discussion and will not be rigorously bound to this schedule. Please consider this schedule a living, evolving document.

Day 1

0900: Buses depart Hotels for AUA
Opening plenary/orientation

Discipline specific competencies

  • 1445: Small groups organized by disciplines to draft discipline specific competencies of an MPH graduate
    • Biostatistics/epidemiology (facilitator: Armenian, Room 211 [2nd floor] )
    • Behavioral Sciences (facilitator: Sullivan, Room 412 [4th Floor])
    • Management (facilitator: Ohanian, Room 404 [4th Floor])
    • Environment/Biology (facilitator: Jakab, Room 210 [2nd Floor])
  • 1600: Coffee Break [Room 501]
  • 1620: Sessions resume
  • 1800: Reception/light fare dinner (AUA Center, Cafeteria [Ground Floor])
  • 1930: Adjourn

1915, 1930 buses to Hotels


Day 2

0900: Buses depart hotels for AUA Center Synthesis 1 Discipline-based approaches

  • 0930: Opening plenary session
    • 0930: Opening remarks (Thompson)
    • 0940: Reporting of working groups (facilitators and/or other designees) {moderator: Thompson}
      • 0940: Biostatistics/Epidemiology
      • 1000: Behavioral Sciences
      • 1020: Management
      • 1040: Environment/biolog
  • 1100: Break [Room 501]
  • 1120: Synthesis activity (panel of invited speakers plus group discussion) {moderator: Armenian}

Functional based competencies

    • 1215: Functional approach (charge to working groups) {Thompson}
    • 1215: Small multidisciplinary groups working on the competencies for each core function
      • Assessment (facilitator: Armenian, Room 211[2nd Floor])
      • Programming (facilitator: Tulchinsky, Room 404 [4th Floor])
      • Assurance (facilitator: Thompson, Room 412 [4th Floor])
      • Communication (facilitator: Sullivan, Room 210 [2nd Floor])
  • 1315: Lunch [Room 501]
  • 1415: Small groups resume
  • 1545: Break [Room 501]
Synthesis 2 - Functional competencies
  • 1600: Opening remarks (Thompson) (Conference Room[5th Floor])
    • 1605: Reporting of working groups (facilitators and/or other designees) {moderator: Thompson}
      • 1605: Assessment
      • 1625: Programming
      • 1645: Assurance
      • 1705: Communication
    • 1725: Synthesis activity (panel of invited speakers plus group discussion) {moderator: Armenian}
    • 1815: Adjourn
    • 1830: Illuminated Manuscripts Museum "Matenadaran" (
    • 2000: Dinner, Monte Cristo
    • 2200: Buses to Hotels


Day 3

0900: Buses depart hotels Content specific information

  • 0930: Opening remarks/review (Thompson/Armenian) (Conference Room [5th Floor])
  • 0945: Concurrent Workshops - Knowledge & Skill Building in Public Health Education and Practice
    • Performance Assessment {Tekian, Room 404 [4th Floor]}
    • Emerging Environmental Health Threats {Jakab, Room 412 [4th Floor]}
    • Tobacco Control {Crape, Room 211 [2nd Floor]}
  • 1100: Break [Room 501]
  • 1120: Sessions Resume
  • 1300: Lunch [Room 501]
  • 1400: Small multidisciplinary groups, organized around a content topic, develop a curriculum outline for providing core competencies (functional and disciplinary) {Facilitators TBN from conference participants}
    • Tobacco Control (Room 211 [2nd Floor])
    • Infectious Diseases (Room 404 [4th Floor])
    • Emerging Environmental Health Threats (Room 412 [4th Floor])
  • 1545: Break [Room 501]
  • 1605: Presentations/reporting of small group products (Conference Room [5th Floor])
    • 1610: Tobacco Control
    • 1630: Infectious Diseases
    • 1650: Emerging Environmental Health Threats
  • 1710: Facilitated discussion drawing out key themes/ideas/lessons learned/tools, etc (panel of invited speakers plus group discussion)
  • 1800: Closing
  • 1815: Return to Hotels
  • 1845: Depart for Conference Dinner/Sightseeing en route
  • 2015: Conference Dinner at "Ashtaraki Dzor" restaurant
  • 2300: Arrive at Hotels

Note: Administrative Support for the conference and Internet/e-mail access (2 PCs) will be available to conference participants in the GMEIPO Suite [Room 201] at AUA Center from 930-530pm Wednesday through Friday.




-Institute of Medicine. Who will keep the public healthy? Education public health professionals for the 21st Century (2003)

-Institute of Medicine. The future of the public's health in the 21st Century (Proof Edition, 2002)

-Olsen J, et. al. Teaching epidemiology: A guide for teachers in epidemiology, public health and clinical medicine (Oxford University Press, 2001)

-Donabedian A. An introduction to quality assurance in health care. (Oxford University Press, 2002)
MS Powerpoint Summary of the Book

Mager RF. Preparing instructional objectives: A critical tool in the development of effective instruction, 3rd Ed. (CEP Press 1997)

AUA. AUA Guidelines for Assessment (Draft, March 2003)

AUA MPH Program. Extract from AUA MPH Student Manual 2002-2003

Guidelines for Assessment


Speaker Notes


Review: Jerusalem meeting

Review: Kaunas meeting

Review: PH-SEE Curriculum Development Working Group

What is Public Health and What Defines an MPH Graduate? [Haroutune Armenian]

Educational Paradigms in Public Health [Haroutune Armenian and Ara Tekian]

Defining Competencies - A Conceptual Approach [Michael Thomson]

Competancies and Assessment Strategies [Ara Tekian]

Charges to working groups: Descipline-based [Michael Thomson]



Workshop Notes

Facilitated Workshop: Tobacco control/Signatories to WHO Convention

Facilitated Workshop: Performance Assessment [ppt] [pdf] (Tekian)

Facilitated Workshop: Emerging Environmental Health Threats (Jakab)

Facilitated workshop: Tobacco Control

Conference Results

Discipline based competences: Quantitative

Discipline based competencies: Behavior

Discipline based competences: Management

Discipline based competencies: Environment/Biology

Functional based competencies: Assessment [Crape Byron]

Functional based competences: Programm

Functional based competences: Assurance

Functional based competencies: Communication

Workshop curriculum: Tobacco control

Workshop curriculum: Infectious Diseases

Workshop curriculum: Emerging Environmental Health Threats

© American University of Armenia | Open Society Institute 2003