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2018 Undergraduate Public Health and Global Health Education Summit Recap

The 2018 Undergraduate Public Health and Global Health Education Summit took place last Wednesday, March 7, 2018, held in conjunction with the ASPPH 2018 Annual Meeting. Thank you to all attendees, moderators, and presenters for helping make the event a great success.

The Summit began with the opening welcome session, presented by Dean Thomas Chandler, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and Dr. Laura Magaña, President and CEO, ASPPH.

Dr. Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor, Florida State University delivered the morning plenary, entitled, Finding the Sweet Spot: What We Know about How College Writers Develop — and Ways We Can Support It. She was introduced by Dr. Susan Albertine, Senior Scholar, Association of American Colleges & Universities. The session discussed researchers findings of a threefold combination of composing process, conceptual knowledge of writing, and reflective practice functions as a kind of passport for college writers. This research also focuses on writing transfer, the ability to repurpose what is learned in one setting for use in another.

Dean Randy Wykoff, East Tennessee State University School of Public Health introduced the afternoon plenary session, entitled, Liberal Education – Professional Education: Is it Time for an Intentional, Integrative Approach?, which was presented by Dr. Marc Kiviniemi, associate professor, department of community health and health behavior, and director of undergraduate public health programs, University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions, Dr. Robert Pack, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, East Tennessee State University College of Public Health, and moderated by Dr. Sara Mackenzie, senior lecturer, health services, and director, public health major, University of Washington School of Public Health. Attendees were asked to reflect on the approach within their own programs, public health workforce needs, the continuum of public health education, and also asked to generate specific action plans to take back to their programs to increase transparency in framework and systems to support students, staff, and faculty.

The Summit also included morning and afternoon concurrent sessions that included topics such as education data, study abroad programming, community college connections, CEPH accreditation, evaluation, integrative curriculum, innovative strategies for learning, preparing students for the workforce, critical conversations, and challenges of rapid program growth.

Co-sponsored by ASPPH and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the Undergraduate Summit brings together current and future leaders from institutions offering baccalaureate degrees in public health, global health, global public health, as well as those with undergraduate majors related to these fields.

Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education

[Photo: (left to right) Dr. Richard Riegelman, Dean Marjorie Aelion, Dr. Laura Magaña, Dr. Daniel S. Gerber, and Dean Donna Petersen]

The 2018 Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education was presented to Dr. Daniel S. Gerber, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Director, online MPH in Public Health Practice program, University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Dean Donna Petersen, University of South Florida College of Public Health; Chair, ASPPH Board of Directors introduced the award and Dr. Richard Riegelman, Professor and Founding Dean, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health conducted the award presentation.