2007 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 24, 2007
HUB West Ballroom

Session Description


Community-Oriented Public Health Practice: A problem-based learning graduate degree program

Bud Nicola, Caren Goldenberg - Health Services


The Master in Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) is an innovative program that prepares students for careers as public health practitioners. It combines rigorous academic preparation with a commitment to social justice and community involvement. The COPHP program is uniquely structured to build practical skills that its graduates will apply in community settings - as problem-solvers, innovators, advocates, and leaders in addressing health problems.

COPHP graduates will complete their degree work with a solid foundation in the core disciplines of public health: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, social and behavioral science, and health services management. Just as important, they will acquire invaluable public health competencies.

The COPHP program is built on a unique philosophy and approach, as well a challenging, case-based learning method, problem-based learning (PBL). The program uses PBL because it continually reinforces the practical skills that public health practitioners will need throughout their careers, such as working in teams, recognizing and deconstructing problems, and collecting, analyzing, and presenting information clearly and persuasively.





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