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  FEBRUARY 17, 2012
ASPH Hosts Undergraduate Public Health Education Expert Panel

Expert PanelThe great interest in and need for defining the structure of and content for undergraduate public health education continues unabated.  In response, Dean Randy Wykoff (East Tennessee) led an expert panel on February 15-16 at ASPH's offices in Washington, DC. The group gathered to begin identifying and defining the critical component elements for bachelor's degrees in public health.  The product is expected to apply both to students planning to enter the workforce and to those seeking advanced studies in public health or another health profession.  Thus, a very purposeful inclusion of practice perspectives on the panel was deemed important. ASPH would like to thank the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for funding the initiative.

ASPH is also pleased to recognize strong collaboration for this effort from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR), Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).  Panel members include:

  • Dr. Susan Albertine, vice president, Office of Engagement, Inclusion, and Success, AAC&U
  • Dr. Lauren Arnold, assistant professor, Saint Louis University School of Public Health
  • Dr. Jack Barnette, associate dean of academic and student affairs, Colorado School of Public Health
  • Dr. Sarah Bass, associate professor, Temple University College of Health Professions and Social Work
  • Ms. Ruth Gaare Bernheim, associate professor and director of the MPH program and division of public health policy and practice, University of Virginia
  • Mr. Terry Brandenburg, director of public and community health education and director of the master degree in public health, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Tara Crowell, associate professor of public health, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, The School of Health Sciences
  • Dr. John Dreyzehner, commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health
  • Dean John Finnegan, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
  • Dr. Deborah Flynn, graduate program coordinator, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Ms. Jeanette Jeffrey, associate professor, Howard Community  College
  • Ms. Laura Rasar King, executive director, Council on Education for Public Health
  • Dr. Allen Meadors, senior fellow, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • Dr. Clifford Mitchell, assistant director environmental health and food protection, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Dr.Jeffrey Oxendine, associate dean for public health practice, University of California Berkeley School of Public Health
  • Dean Donna Petersen, University of South Florida College of Public Health
  • Dr. Richard Riegelman, professor, The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
  • Ms. Anita Siegel, director, Alameda County Public Health Department
  • Dr. Henry Sondheimer, senior director student affairs and student programs, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Dean Carleen Stoskopf, San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health
  • Dr. Caryl Waggett, associate professor, Allegheny College
  • Dr. Terrie (Fox) Wetle, professor of medical science and associate dean of medicine for public health and public policy, Brown University
  • Dr. Karen White, director of the division of leadership and practice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This project is taking place under the jurisdiction of the ASPH Education Committee, chaired by Dean Petersen. 

A new undergraduate public health web page will be launching soon to detail developments in the initiative. Future articles will also be in Friday Letter about the panel’s deliberations and forthcoming recommendations.