On October 27, the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) co-sponsored the second annual Undergraduate Education for Public Health Summit in San Francisco, CA. Held prior to the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference, the summit gathered more than 120 public health educators and professionals to discuss the future of public health education. Workshops explored a wide-variety of public health topics and fostered discussion of undergraduate programs in public health, general education development, and graduate study. Sessions included models of undergraduate education, civic engagement programs for students, curriculum articulation, evaluation and assessment, and recruiting and retaining faculty.
Awarded at the summit was the first Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education presented to Dr. Kelly Gebo from Johns Hopkins University. The award, established to encourage and recognize excellence in the teaching of public health to undergraduate students, was made possible by Linda and Dr. Richard Riegelman, founding dean of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Dr. Riegelman is also editor of The Essential Public Health Series from Jones & Bartlett Learning.
According to ASPH, the Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education recognizes one full-time, undergraduate faculty member “at a university with a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited school of public health or a CEPH-accredited program of public health.” The criteria for winning the award consists of notable efforts in starting a new program, innovative teaching techniques incorporating advanced technology, building relationships with community partners and graduate programs, collaborating with other disciplines, and exemplary student evaluations.
For more information on The Essential Public Health Series, visit www.essentialpublichealth.com/.