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ASPPH Presents: New Undergraduate Curriculum Introduces Students to Alzheimer’s and Dementia, a Rapidly Growing Public Health Issue

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are a new horizon for public health that future public health professionals will need to address. Why? About 5.4 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer’s, the nation’s most expensive disease. Three in four people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias have one or more other chronic conditions. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s is projected to roughly triple in the U.S. by 2050.

In partnership with Emory University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alzheimer’s Association have created a free, flexible curriculum for teaching undergraduate public health students about Alzheimer’s and dementia. A pilot of the curriculum was conducted earlier this year with faculty and students from schools and programs of public health. The final version of the curriculum will be available for download from the Alzheimer’s Association website in early December; the pilot version is available at

The webinar features an overview of the curriculum, its unique design and ways one or more of its modules can be easily integrated into existing public health courses. Staff from the Alzheimer’s Association and Emory University discuss the curriculum and the pilot results. Two faculty members share their experiences with piloting the curriculum with undergraduate public health classes.


Molly French, MS, Alzheimer’s Association

Tara Redd, MEd, MCHES, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Cheryl J. Dye, PhD, Department of Health Research and Clemson University Institute for Engaged Aging, Clemson University

Jean Marie Place, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Health Science, Ball State University