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Journal:   KNOWLEDGE AND HEALTH   SUMMER 2010 , Volume 5 , Number SIXTH IRANIAN CONGRESS OF EPIDEMIOLOGY; Page(s) 0 To 0.
 
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A SUMMER PROJECT COURSE FOR MPH STUDENTS; THE 10-YEAR EXPERIENCE OF TEHRAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH

 
 
Author(s):  HOLAKOUIE NAIENI K., AHMADVAND A.R., POOYA B.
 
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Abstract: 

Introduction: The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at School of Public Health redesigned the traditional MPH summer project and developed a six-week summer course project for MPH students from 1998. Since that time, three hundred students have participated. The purposes of this course are to provide MPH graduate students with an opportunity to identify problems that affect the health of a defined population (community assessment) and determine the availability of resources within the community to adequately address these problems.
Methods: The authors began a retrospective cohort study of program graduates and other graduates to understand the effect of the program on students' perceptions of their competency and their ability to develop, implement, and evaluate a public health assessment as one of their core competencies. A questionnaire containing both closed (visual analog scale [VAS]) and open-ended questions was developed and distributed electronically to all graduates. They were asked to reply by a deadline. The questionnaire included questions about respondents specific skills on collection and interpretation of data; evaluation of health resources; identification and prioritization of health problems (Community Assessment); and development of strategies and plans of action for addressing these problems (Community Diagnosis); Scores were analyzed using a spreadsheet program.
Results: On average, groups were consisted of 4 persons. This project-based course helped the graduate students highly improve their skills in assessing and prioritizing community problems (67.4%), collecting and analyzing data (72.1%) and resources (52.5%), considering community diagnoses (39.6%) and improve their practical skills (55.8%). When asked about recommending this project-based course to newer and junior MPH graduate students, nearly 76.8% of the students stated that they would highly recommended it.
Conclusion: It seems that this summer project course has improved MPH graduate students’ competency and ability to develop, implement, and evaluate a public health assessment project as one of the core competencies for Public Health Professionals for 21st century. Graduate students differed in their ability and opportunity to implement and make use of their experiences after completing the MPH course in their real work life; but they all agreed that this course should be part of the curriculum for every healthcare professional. When asked to score for “the degree to which you recommend this course to other MPH and medical students”, nearly 80 percent of them said “highly”. There seems to be some prerequisites in planning and implementing such training courses: They all should be tutor or mentor-facilitated. The tutor or mentor should be familiar with the problems and issues of the chosen districts. An explanation session and problem-solving before the course helps students to streamline the process of data gathering and analyzing. It is better to encourage and document well-done projects.

 
Keyword(s): SUMMER PROJECT COURSE, MPH
 
 
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APA: Copy

HOLAKOUIE NAIENI, K., & AHMADVAND, A., & POOYA, B. (2010). A SUMMER PROJECT COURSE FOR MPH STUDENTS; THE 10-YEAR EXPERIENCE OF TEHRAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH. KNOWLEDGE AND HEALTH, 5(SIXTH IRANIAN CONGRESS OF EPIDEMIOLOGY), 0-0. https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=191980



Vancouver: Copy

HOLAKOUIE NAIENI K., AHMADVAND A.R., POOYA B.. A SUMMER PROJECT COURSE FOR MPH STUDENTS; THE 10-YEAR EXPERIENCE OF TEHRAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH. KNOWLEDGE AND HEALTH. 2010 [cited 2021July30];5(SIXTH IRANIAN CONGRESS OF EPIDEMIOLOGY):0-0. Available from: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=191980



IEEE: Copy

HOLAKOUIE NAIENI, K., AHMADVAND, A., POOYA, B., 2010. A SUMMER PROJECT COURSE FOR MPH STUDENTS; THE 10-YEAR EXPERIENCE OF TEHRAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH. KNOWLEDGE AND HEALTH, [online] 5(SIXTH IRANIAN CONGRESS OF EPIDEMIOLOGY), pp.0-0. Available: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=191980.



 
 
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