Academic Training offers a full academic semester or individual modules for multidisciplinary instruction between public health and architecture, health impact assessment, planning and transportation engineering. It includes learning goals, units, reading, assignments, sample syllabi, and student reports.
GENERAL COURSE DESIGN GUIDANCE
Effective learning objectives should be action oriented, student centered, measurable and precise. Bloom’s Taxonomy of Verbs is a useful resource for developing clear and concise learning objectives. The 7 Cs of Communication (clarity, completeness, conciseness, concreteness, correctness, courtesy, consideration) should also be used as guide for both developing course content and interacting with students.
Once learning objectives are developed, they should be used to inform and create other aspects of the course design such as assessments, instruction strategy, and the syllabus. This is a concept known as Backwards Course Design.
In addition, Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions offers insights on navigating the various cultural influences and backgrounds often found in the academic setting that may impact the way students learn and engage.
ACADEMIC TRAINING IN PLANNING
The Field of Planning deals with the design and regulation of land use and transportation systems while projecting future outcomes and bringing together technical, political and economic processes. In the early 1900s, planning and public health professionals worked together to protect public health and prevent the spread of disease by developing zoning laws to influence the built environment. However, the disciplines followed different paths with public health focusing on a clinical model, and planning on policy development and physical form. These two fields are re-connecting now as many chronic diseases are associated with the built environment and the individual behaviors that cumulatively lead to negative health outcomes.
Connections between Planning and Public Health generally fall in the domains of design to promote activity, policies to foster equity and safety, and programs that focus on social, mental, and physical health dealing with issues such as food access, connectivity, and physical activity.
BEPHC provides interdisciplinary undergraduate, graduate, or continuing education curriculum at the intersection of Planning and Public Health. This curriculum is flexible enough to be offered as a full semester course, individual units or single class modules or individual assignments. Additionally, this website offers links to helpful websites, organizations, conferences, videos, and other web resources.
ACADEMIC TRAINING IN ARCHITECTURE
The Field of Architecture is concerned with both design and building. Architecture’s connection to Public Health generally falls under the domain of design promoting physical activity and green building.
BEPHC offers links to helpful websites and organizations that bring together Architecture and Public Health training at the University-level and for professionals, in addition to opportunities for faculty and other users to share comments, amendments and develop collaborations at the intersection of the built environment and health.
ACADEMIC TRAINING IN TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING
Transportation Engineering is the process of managing transportation systems to work at optimal efficiency. Transportation Engineering’s connection to Public Health generally falls under the domain of creating systems to promote active and safe transportation.
BEPHC provides interdisciplinary undergraduate, graduate, or continuing education curriculum on Transportation Engineering. This curriculum can be offered as individual units, single class modules or individual assignments. Additionally, this website offers links to helpful websites, organizations, and case studies related to Transportation Engineering and Public Health.
ACADEMIC TRAINING IN HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is “a combination of procedures, methods and tools by which a policy, program or project may be judged in terms of its potential effects on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within the population” (World Health Organizations, 1999). Health Impact Assessment is a tool primarily used to examine the Public Health effects of policies, programs and projects.
BEPHC provides interdisciplinary undergraduate, graduate, or continuing education curriculum on Health Impact Assessment. This curriculum is flexible enough to be offered as a full semester course, individual units or single class modules or individual assignments. Additionally, this website provides professional training materials for conducting Health Impact Assessments.