PUBHLTH 698W: Worcester MPH Practicum

PUBHLTH 698W: Worcester MPH Practicum

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Directions: Before registering for PUBHLTH 698W Worcester Practicum, please describe the proposed practicum experience by completing the information requested below. Please return your completed form to the Worcester MPH Program Director, Dr. Jacalyn Coghlin-Strom at Jackie.coghlin-strom@umassmed.edu

1. Describe all educational and professional activities that will be included in your practicum work. 

2. List a minimum of five goals for the practicum. What do you hope to achieve through the practicum?

3. Describe the type of organization or setting for your practicum experience (e.g. hospital, health department, research group, federal agency, etc.).

4. Provide the practicum supervisor’s name, title, and e-mail address.

5. Identify at least five specific competencies from the list (below) that you plan to enhance during your practicum. For each competency, explain in 2-3 sentences how each competency will be attained through the practicum experience.

Competencies for the MPH Degree

Biostatistics

1.

Describe and correctly apply core and intermediate-level statistical methods to the study, design management 
and analysis of population health data

 

2.

Understand the assumptions, applicability, strengths and limitations of core and   intermediate-level statistical 
methods and be able to select appropriate methods and measures for different types of health data

 

3.

Correctly use data management and statistical software and computing technology to collect, manage and
analyze population health data

 

4.

Collaborate on applied population health research

 

5.

Communicatesstatistical findings to lay and professional audiences

 

6.

Apply statistical findings to the development of evidence-based interventions to improve population 
health

 


 
Community-Based Public Health and Health Equity

1.

Analyze critical health inequalities confronting urban populations by social and economic determinants 
such as race, ethnicity, income and neighborhood

 

2.

Identify aspects of public health ethics and values of social justice that affect public health practice and 
decision-making

 

3.

Apply a community-based participatory framework to addressing health issues confronting communities

 

4.

Effectively ccommunicate public health information through oral, written and visual presentation

 

5.

Conduct a community health assessment

 

6.

Develop a plan for an evidence-based public health program

 

7.

Use information resources to gather and analyze public health data

 

8.

Analyze and interpret public health literature

 

9.       Synthesize theories, methods and practice of public health to address income inequities within communities

 Community Health Education

1.

Identify theories from psychology, sociology and health education that apply to behavior change and 
maintenance

 

2.

Identify models for health program planning

 

3.

Develop theory-driven health education programs

 

4.

Plan and write proposals for program funding

 

5.

Plan budgets for public health programs

 

6.

Use group dynamic strategies for problem-solving

 

7.

Design and manage the application of group processes for change

 

8.

Develop strategies to support organizations to play a stronger role in health promotion and disease 
prevention

 

9.

Involve communities in the design of appropriate intervention strategies

 

10.

Develop and train peer-education and train-the-trainer strategies

 

11.

Develop and/or incorporate culturally sensitive and age appropriate health education materials

 

12.

Develop, produce and evaluate media campaigns to create health consciousness

 

13.

Incorporate process, impact and outcome evaluation into program development

 

 

Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

1.

Predict and prevent health, safety and environmental risks from processes, work tasks, the built 
environment and other economic and/or social activities

 

2.

Identify and describe environmental and occupational sources of chemical, biological, physical and/or 
safety (CBPS) hazards

 

3.

Evaluate the human health risks from CBPS hazards using qualitative, quantitative and/or instrumental 
assessment methods

 

4. 

.

Recommend appropriate engineering, personal protection or administrative controls and policies for CBPS 
hazards and evaluate their effectiveness

 

Epidemiology

1.

Describe and correctly apply core and intermediate-level principles and methods to the design of epidemiologic 
studies

 

2.

Understand the strengths and limitations of common epidemiologic study designs

 

3.

Understand the limitations of and identify issues related to causal inference in epidemiology

 

4.

Correctly use data management and statistical software and computing technology to collect, manage and
  analyze epidemiologic data

 

5.

Collaborate on applied population health research

 

6.

Interpret epidemiologic findings

 

7.

Communicate epidemiologic findings to lay and professional audiences

 

8.

Apply epidemiologic findings to the development of evidence-based interventions to improve population 
health

 


  General Public Health

1.

Discuss approaches for improving the health status of populations, including a specific initiative for a 
target population

 

2.

Applt principles of planning, development and practice of organizational and community initiatives that 
relate to program planning, policy formulation or research

 

3.

Use audience-appropriate written and oral communication to convey public health information

 

4.

Develop collaborative public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and 
traditions of the communities being served

 

5.

Differentiate among evaluation methods in relation to their strengths, limitations and appropriate uses

 

6.

Analyze the effects of political, social and economic policies on public health systems at the local, state, 
national and international levels

 


  Health Care Policy and Administration
 

1.

Demonstrate knowledge of political, economic and social context of health policies

 

2.

Examine, analyze and explain the intended and unintended consequences of national policies and reforms

 

3.

Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations

 

4.

Discuss the legal and ethical bases for public health and health services

 

5.

Demonstrate leadership skills for building partnerships

 

6.

Appy principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational 
and community initiatives

 

7.

Explain methods of ensuring community health safety and preparedness

 

8.

Apply systems thinking for resolving organizational problems

 

 

Health Policy and Management

1.

Demonstrate knowledge of the context of public and private health-care systems, institutions, actors
and environments in which health care and public health policy are made and   health care is delivered

 

2.

Apply theoretical/conceptual models and leadership principles relevant to developing health policy and 
administrating health programs

 

3.

Analyze the legal, economic, ethical and health bases and implications of public health policies that affect 
urban populations

 

4.

Describe and apply strategies for advocating for effective public health policies and programs

 

5.

Evaluate public health programs and health policies and apply evaluation results to their improvement

 

6.

Describe how non-public health policies  (e.g., education, environment, criminal justice, housing, employment)
can mitigate or exacerbate health disparities and influence the health of urban populations

 

7.

Articulate the skills needed for building partnerships and collaborating across programs, organizations and 
sectors to develop effective public health programs and policies

 

8.

Describe and critique theoretical and conceptual models relevant to health care seeking, access, use, quality, 
costs, health, health policy and health-care decision-making

 

9.

Apply economic concepts and theories to the analysis of health care policy and management issues and to 
inform decision-making and policy development