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ASPPH Presents Delta Omega 2020 Innovative Curriculum Honorees Webinar: Incarceration and Public Health and Gillings MPH Core

Join ASPPH as we spotlight the honorees of the Delta Omega 2020 Innovative Curriculum Award. Learn how these awardees bridge the gap between public health academia and practice and stimulate the evolution of innovative graduate public health courses that are responsive to the educational needs of the public health work force.

  • Dr. Jessica Kruger,  Gamma Lambda, University at Buffalo, will present, “PUB 450 Incarceration and Public Health.”
    Incarceration is a public health problem. With recent events, it is imperative that we educate students on the impact incarceration has on individual and community health. This presentation will provide an overview of a course created at the University of Buffalo for undergraduate public health majors. The topics discussed, assessments, and experiential learning components will be discussed.


  • Dr. Laura Linnan and Dr. Karin Yeatts, Theta – UNC, will present, “Gillings MPH Core Innovative Curriculum.”
    The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has a long history of practice-oriented training in public health. The 42-credit competency-based, practice-oriented UNC Gillings School’s Master of Public Health (MPH) is a comprehensive, integrated degree program that trains students to solve emerging public health problems in North Carolina and around the world by providing students with a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills in public health principles and practice through didactic preparation (courses) and applied learning experiences (practicum & culminating experience).  In 2016, led by our guiding principles, we began planning for a new, integrated Gillings MPH Core and revised degree requirements. This competency-based, 15-credit, 7-course MPH Core curriculum was implemented for the first time in fall 2018 and has undergone a continuous quality improvement (CQI) process for the past two years.  Several aspects of the MPH Core are highly innovative: COMPASS (Core Online Modules for Promoting and Accelerating Student Success)  modules to onboard MPH students; an emphasis on ethics, justice and anti-racism throughout the MPH Core; the vertical (within fall and spring semesters) and horizontal (between fall-spring semesters) integration of course content; SPHG 701’s (Leading from the Inside-Out Course)  focus on critical consciousness raising to minimize harm during field experiences; a semester-long series of interprofessional practice activities; the MPH Comprehensive Exam; and, a rigorous continuous quality improvement process. The Gillings MPH Core provides students with a consistent and solid foundation of practice-based training on which to build their concentration coursework and professional work experience in the public health workforce.

Delta Omega, the public health honorary society, created the annual Innovative Curriculum Award more than 10 years ago in order to applaud the important role public health graduate education plays in the development and maintenance of a strong, active, and well-prepared public health profession. Faculty from schools and programs with active chapters may apply for this award, as long as the respective chapter approves of their submission.

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  • Featured Speakers

    Jessica S. Kruger, PhD

    Dr. Jessica S. Kruger, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, is a health educator whose research focuses on consumption and addictive behaviors, health behavior decision-making, and pedagogy in Public Health.

    Laura Linnan, ScD

    Dr. Laura Linnan, Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has overseen the re-imagining, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Gillings MPH in three formats (residential, online and distance), with 13 concentrations and an integrated schoolwide Core.  She has also worked collaboratively to achieve steady student enrollment growth and improved diversity within the 35 degree programs offered at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level; has worked with school and departmental leadership and student services professionals to re-organize how student services are delivered and overseen the revision of the schoolwide appointment, tenure and promotion process to create a more equitable system for all 230 fixed term and tenure track faculty members at Gilings School.

    Karin B. Yeatts, PhD

    Dr. Karin Yeatts, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, teaches courses ranging from undergraduate introductory public health to graduate-level introductory epidemiology, with a consistent focus on collaboration and experiential learning in the classroom.