Community Colleges and Public Health: Prototype Curricular Models Available for Public Comment
A set of draft prototype curricular models for associate degree and certificate programs in public health is now available for vetting by community college and public health educators, public health professionals, and other interested parties. The models are intended to assist community college educators and their public health partners in developing courses and programs in public health for community college students seeking credentials and careers in public health. All are invited to review and comment on the draft models in an online process at www.league.org/ccph through July 15.
Development of the prototype curricular models represents the second phase of the Community Colleges and Public Health (CC&PH) Project, established by the Framing the Future: The Second 100 Years of Education for Public Health Task Force convened by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). The League for Innovation in the Community College is leading the Community Colleges and Public Health Project in partnership with ASPPH.
In the project's first phase (2012-2013), an expert panel representing community colleges, public health programs at colleges and universities, and public health professions developed a report consisting of foundational and consensus statements and recommendations concerning the role of community colleges on the continuum of education for public health. The report was vetted among community college and public health educators and public health professionals, and feedback was incorporated into the revised interim report. See the Phase 1 Interim Report at www.league.org/ccph.
In September 2014, the prototype curricular models will be submitted to the Task Force for possible inclusion in its final report, anticipated for release in advance of the 100-year anniversary of the famous Welch-Rose report that launched graduate education for public health in the U.S.
The prototype curricular models were developed in cooperation with organizations representing public health education and practice, including the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), and Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP). The prototype curricular models will be revised based on feedback obtained through the current vetting process.
The second phase of the project is supported by a $45,000 grant awarded under a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Grant Number 5U36OE000002.
For additional information on the Community Colleges and Public Health Project, see www.league.org/ccph.