Oral Session: The Art of Teaching

March 23, 2020 - 3:00pm ET


Moderator: Amanda Lynch, MS, MCHES® 

Demystifying Health Advocacy Using a Layered Approach During 

Undergraduate Training for Public Health Education Majors
Heidi Hancher-Rauch, PhD, Angelitta Britt-Spells, PhD, MPH, Amie Wojtyna, PhD, MPH and Sara Kwiatkowski, BS 

Evolving Professional Preparation Programs through Constructivist Pedagogy 
Meagan Shipley, PhD, CHES® and Elisa "Beth" McNeill, PhD, CHES® 

Formative Assessment: A Powerful Process for Improving Learning 
Rebecca Foco, PhD, MCHES®

Learning Objectives: 

1) Describe examples of high impact practices in professional preparation programs. 

2) Examine strategies for implementing high impact practices and developing pre-service educators’ professional knowledge, skills, and behaviors. 

3) Discuss the pros and cons of using high impact practices as the foundation for professional preparation programs. 

4) Describe the reasons health advocacy should be actively taught in undergraduate health education programs. 

5) Describe how one undergraduate program successfully layered advocacy skill development for public health education students throughout academic training. 

6) Analyze ways individual health education programs might use the lessons learned here to apply within their own programs. 

7)Discuss the benefits of using formative assessment in their health education courses Incorporate formative assessment processes into their health education courses.

Amanda Lynch, MS, MCHES®

Meagan Shipley, PhD, CHES®

Texas A&M University

In 2014, Dr. Meagan Shipley received her PhD in Health Behavior from Indiana University and joined the Department of Health; Kinesiology at Texas A&M University as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Shipley teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in school and community health. She has updated several courses to incorporate high impact practices, which include service learning, writing intensive courses, capstone projects and courses, and study abroad field trips. Dr. Shipley is the faculty advisor for the health education honorary, Eta Sigma Gamma, which received the Chapter Excellence Award in 2018 and 2019 in recognition of their efforts in teaching, research, service, and advocacy. Dr. Shipley also received the Dr. Robert Snyovitz Emerging Professional Award from the American School Health Association in 2018.

Elisa Beth McNeill

Texas A&M University

Dr. Elisa Beth McNeill is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University [TAMU]. Serving as the Coordinator of the Health Education Teacher Certification Program. Beth is a 30 year teaching veteran having experience in K-12 and higher education. She possesses her masters' degree and Principals Certificate in Educational Administration and a PhD in Health Education. She is a co-author of the textbook, Health Education: Creating Strategies for School and Community Health. She has serves on the Board of ASHA and Eta Sigma Gamma.

Heidi Hancher-Rauch, PhD

Director, Public Health Program and Associate Professor of Public Health, University of Indianapolis

I have a Ph.D. in health promotion and disease prevention from Purdue University and have practiced in the field for more than 20 years. She has been a university faculty member and researcher for approximately 15 years, the last 12 of those at the University of Indianapolis. Her areas of expertise include health policy and advocacy, program evaluation, and evidence-based health promotion. She teaches courses including Health Policy and Advocacy; Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation; and Leadership in Public Health. She currently serves as the director of the Public Health Program at the University of Indianapolis. Heidi provides professional service as the Board Trustee for Advocacy & Resolutions for SOPHE, serves on the SOPHE Advocacy Committee, is a member of the Top 10 Steering Committee, and previously served as the director of InSOPHE Advocacy for two terms.

Angelitta Britt-Spells, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Public Health, University of Indianapolis

Amie Wojtyna

Asst Professor, University of Indianapolis

Sara Kwiatkowski, BS

Rebecca Foco

Associate Teaching Professor/Undergraduate Program Coordinator BSPH, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Rebecca Foco, PhD/MCHES® serves as an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Public Health in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML). In addition to teaching a variety of public health and health education/promotion courses, Dr. Foco serves as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the BS in Public Health program and has overseen a significant revision of the curriculum for that program. Dr. Foco has won several teaching and advising awards during her tenure at UML and has served as a college teaching fellow.

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