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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" (www.matenadaran.am)
    • 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]
Application
  • 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.

 

References

Materials

-Institute of Medicine. Who will keep the public healthy? Education public health professionals for the 21st Century (2003) http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10542.html

-Institute of Medicine. The future of the public's health in the 21st Century (Proof Edition, 2002) http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10548.html

-Olsen J, et. al. Teaching epidemiology: A guide for teachers in epidemiology, public health and clinical medicine (Oxford University Press, 2001) http://www.oup-usa.org/isbn/0192630660.html

-Donabedian A. An introduction to quality assurance in health care. (Oxford University Press, 2002)
http://www.oup-usa.org/isbn/0195158091.html
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)
http://www.ceppress.com/Itemdetail.asp?CatID=1&SubCatID=24&ProductID=210

AUA. AUA Guidelines for Assessment (Draft, March 2003)
http://chsr.aua.am/OSI2003/docs/Reference/AssessmentGuidelines-Complete.pdf

AUA MPH Program. Extract from AUA MPH Student Manual 2002-2003
http://chsr.aua.am/OSI2003/docs/Reference/AUAOSI-ExtractMPHManual.pdf

Guidelines for Assessment

EXCERPTS. STUDENT INFORMATION MANUAL


Speaker Notes

Welcome

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



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