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UMiami: Dr. Wayway M. Hlaing Leads Pilot Project Focused on the Renewed Focus on Epidemiology Education

Dr. Wayway M. Hlaing, professor at the University of Miami’s Department of Public Health Sciences, recently completed “Renewed Focus on Epidemiology Education: A Pilot Project.” The project, supported by the Leslie and Loretta Copeland Family Foundation, was conducted to collect doctoral-level epidemiology competencies and other pertinent information from PhD in epidemiology program directors or relevant leaders from accredited schools and programs of public health.

To conduct the project, a list of contact information of potential survey participants was compiled and relevant information was extracted from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) database regarding institutions conferring Ph.D. degrees in epidemiology and other related information. Faculty from the University of Miami, such as Dr.  Soyeon Ahn, as well as external consultants, such as Dr. Ross Brownson from Washington University in St. Louis, and Dean Jonathan Samet from the University of Colorado in Denver, aided Dr. Hlaing in the project.

The survey was launched from May 2019 to July 2019 and Dr. Hlaing employed several strategies to increase participation among invited and eligible respondents. Dr. Hlaing and the team also corresponded with respondents during the launch of the survey, as well as when survey participation was completed. The data management and analysis of the survey have already completed.

Once the results are disseminated via a peer-reviewed journal, such as the American Journal of Epidemiology, they will be shared with stakeholders, such as representatives from ASPPH. The results will be of value to those who are in charge of accrediting schools and programs of public health, such as CEPH.

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