The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research is pleased to have the following representatives serve on the Framing the Future Task Force:
Anthony Schlaff,MD, MPH
Director, Public Health Program
Tufts University School of Medicine
Ruth Gaare Bernheim, JD, MPH
Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences
University of Virginia School of Medicine
David I. Gregorio, ScD
University of Connecticut Health Center
Director, Graduate Program in Public Health
The task force
, convened by the Association for Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), intends to rethink the continuum of education in
public health from undergraduate through doctoral levels, from
interdisciplinary and interprofessional perspectives.
The Framing the Future Task
Force tasked a Master of Public Health (MPH) Expert Panel with
updating the MPH degree. In January, the
panel released their report titled, "A Master of Public Health Degree for the
21st Century: Key Considerations, Design Features, and Critical Content of the
Core.” This report is
intended to be a consensus document that will have a key role in
affecting CEPH’s future deliberations on the shape of public health
is critical that ASPPH and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) hear from programs and faculty with concerns
about the proposed direction of this report. The
major thrust of the report is to shift the focus of the
MPH degree away from a common core and towards specialization.
approach is summarized in the following four statements taken from the report:
MPH should be designed as an advanced degree focused on specialist
education that is directly responsive to the needs of students and their
An in-depth concentration should be a distinguishing element of a 21st century MPH degree.
The core should typically comprise no more than a third of the content or credits of a newly designed PH degree but may be more…
practicum and the culminating experience in the MPH degree should be
considered primarily as elements of the concentration rather than as
elements of the core.
report explicitly states that core competencies, some of which are
listed below should be taught, "at the level of knowledge and
comprehension,” whereas specialty competencies should aim at, "higher
levels of learning including analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.”
Partial list of core competencies listed by the report, to be taught at the level of knowledge and comprehension:
a) Concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, analysis and interpretation.
b) Evidence-based reasoning and informatics approaches.
health …..approaches, and interventions that identify and address the
major health-related needs and concerns of populations.
d) Concepts of project implementation and management.
health-specific communication and social marketing, including technical
and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic
f) Respectful engagement with people of different cultures and socioeconomic strata.
of effective functioning within and across organizations and as members
of interdisciplinary and interprofessional teams.
The report makes no mention of combined degrees, and
how, if at all, the curriculum relates to those with other disciplinary
expertise seeking to also study public health.
share this report with your faculty and your practice
partners. If you think the core competencies,
including the ones listed above, should be mastered at a higher level
than comprehension, and/or if you think the combined degrees need to be
considered in any attempts to re-design the MPH, it is critical that
your voice be heard.
Provide Your Comments/Input
APTR has created two avenues for providing feedback.
- Members of the Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health may post to a forum to have an online discussion
Framing the Future-MPH Programs Forum
- Fill-out the from below-available for use by all: