XML Print


School of Public Health, Jackson State University, Mississippi, United States of America.
Abstract:   (14 Views)
Development of foundational skills among masters of public health (MPH) students is challenging with regard to the mastery of delivering health education and health promotion methods.  In this case report we documented the conceptualization details and results from the formative and summative evaluations of one foundational course on health promotion implemented at a Southern US University. The course was based on the constructs of a fourth generation framework of multi-theory-model (MTM) of health behavior change that aimed at helping the students to acquire the behaviors needed for imparting the health education and health promotion methods  in the real world settings. In formative evaluation, a qualitative assessment is used, whereas, in the summative evaluation both qualitative and quantitative approaches are applied. We used a SWOT framework to conduct this study. Some of the documented strengths of the course included practical applications, interactive learning, and good use of the Canvas platform, group work, and skill building activities. The weaknesses of the course were the difficult nature of the subject and the fact that some presented methods were not clear. Some suggested opportunities for future offerings included having better environmental props, more online participation, and guest speakers. Some threats identified by the students were decrease of enrolment and possible reduction of face-to-face interactions due to online offerings. Overall, the instructor was successful in imparting skills pertaining to the methods for conducting health promotion within public health. The skill building activities and assignments elaborated in this course can be freely replicated for enhancing the learning acumen of MPH students around the world. This case report forms the basis for critical reflection among educators entrusted with designing such courses.
Full-Text [PDF 477 kb]   (9 Downloads) |   |   Full-Text (HTML)  (1 Views)  
Type of Study: Case Report | Subject: Education & Health
Received: 2018/06/26 | Accepted: 2018/12/4

References
1. Sharma M., Branscum PW, Atri A. Introduction to community and public health. San Francisco. CA: Jossey-Bass; 2014.
2. Council on Education for Public Health. CEPH. Available at: URL: https://ceph.org/ Accessed June 25, 2018.
3. Yin RK. Case study research and applications: Design and methods. 6th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers; 2017.
4. Sharma M, Nahar VK. Building skills of minority doctoral students to apply health behavior theories: A case study. Webmed Central Public Health. 2018;9(1).
5. Sharma M, Nahar VK. A case study of teaching public health to graduate students in speech language pathology. Webmed Central Public Health. 2017;8(7).
6. Sharma M, Nahar VK. A case study of teaching research methods in health promotion to African American doctoral students. Webmed Central Behavior. 2017;8(3).
7. Sharma M. Multi-theory model (MTM) for health behavior change. Webmed Central Behavior. 2015;6(9).
8. Sharma M. Theoretical foundations of health education and health promotion. 3rd ed. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett; 2017. P: 250-262.
9. Instructure. Canvas learning management
10. Anthony I. SWOT self-analysis: Student assessment and monitoring. Nurse Educator. 2016;41(3):138. [DOI:10.1097/NNE.0000000000000265] [PMID]
11. Thomas S, Chie QT, Abraham M, Raj SJ, Beh L. A qualitative review of literature on peer review of teaching in higher education: An application of the SWOT framework. Review of Educational Research. 2014;84(1):112-159. [DOI:10.3102/0034654313499617]
12. Berg KE, Latin RW. Essentials of research methods in health, physical education, exercise science and recreation. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008. P:245-258. [PMID] [PMCID]

Add your comments about this article : Your username or Email:
CAPTCHA code

Send email to the article author


© 2018 All Rights Reserved | Social Behavior Research & Health

Designed & Developed by : Yektaweb