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International Electronic Journal of Health Education, v10 p27-34 2007

Objectives: Comprehensive training in the area of tobacco control and prevention has not been available to public health students receiving professional degrees. This study describes findings of a project designed to develop and evaluate an integrated approach to the education of Masters of Public Health (MPH) students at the University of Iowa about tobacco control and prevention. Methods: A review of tobacco use, control and prevention content in public health courses was conducted. A plan to integrate new content into six required core courses in the MPH curriculum was developed and implemented. Students' knowledge of tobacco control and prevention was assessed using a pre/post-test evaluation developed by the MPH program core course instructors. The pre-test was administered to a cohort of incoming MPH students in order to assess their current tobacco knowledge. A post-test was administered to this same cohort directly prior to graduation but following the completion of all core courses. The pre- and post-tests results were analyzed to determine the effectiveness of the integrative approach to student learning. Results: Integration of tobacco use, control and prevention content and assessment of student knowledge were successfully accomplished in all six core courses in the MPH curriculum. Student knowledge (n=37) increased significantly (p less than 0.05) from pre-test to post-test as measured on 14 items that performed well or moderately on three criteria. Conclusions: Findings indicate that tobacco content can be included and, more importantly, integrated into each of the core areas of public health as defined by the Council on Education for Public Health. Integration of tobacco content in all core courses improved MPH student knowledge of tobacco control and prevention. Constructing effective measures of student knowledge in this domain is challenging. (Contains 2 tables.)

Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Core Curriculum, Smoking, Public Health, Health Education, Drug Education, Pretests Posttests, Instructional Effectiveness, Prevention, Instructional Development, Masters Programs, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness

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Autor: Lowe, John; Aquilino, Mary; Abramsohn, Erin

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4002&id=EJ794195







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