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Front. Public Health | doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00275

Designing an Interactive Field Epidemiology Case Study Training for Public Health Practitioners

 Amy Nelson1*, Lauren Bradley1 and Pia D. MacDonald1
  • 1RTI International, United States

Globally, public health practitioners are called upon to respond quickly and capably to mitigate a variety of immediate and incipient threats to the health of their communities, which often requires additional training in new or updated methodologies or epidemiologic phenomena. Competing public health priorities and limited training resources can present challenges in developed and developing countries alike. Training provided to front-line public health workers by ministries of health, donors and/or partner organizations should be delivered in a way that is effective, adaptable to local conditions and culture, and should be an experience perceived as a job benefit. In this review, we share methods for interactive case-study training methodologies, including the use of problem-based scenarios, role-play activities, and other small-group focused efforts that encourage the learner to discuss and synthesize the concepts taught. We have fine-tuned these methods through years of carrying out training of all levels of public health practitioners in dozens of countries worldwide.

Keywords: case study, workforce development, Epidemiology, training, Public Health

Received: 02 Jul 2018; Accepted: 05 Sep 2018.

Edited by:

Allen C. Meadors, Independent researcher

Reviewed by:

Debbie L. Humphries, Yale School of Public Health, Yale University, United States
Al F. Alassaf, American Institute for Healthcare Quality, United States
Todd A. Telemeco, Methodist University, United States  

Copyright: © 2018 Nelson, Bradley and MacDonald. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Amy Nelson, RTI International, Durham, United States, anelson@rti.org