Task Force Releases Revised Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The APTR Healthy People Curriculum Task Force has revised the Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework. This Framework is the first structured and comprehensive curriculum agenda for integrating clinical prevention and population health into the education of students across the health professions disciplines. The academic community is encouraged to apply this Framework to curriculum design, evaluation and accreditation efforts.
“The Task Force believes future generations of health professionals need to understand the critical importance of population health and clinical preventive services in the health care system” stated David Garr, MD, Task Force Facilitator. “As health care reform increases the focus on prevention, the system that educates practitioners must stand ready to prepare students for a changing environment. This Framework provides the structure for that education to take place.”
First released in 2004 and revised in 2009, the 2015 Framework includes common, core subject matter and increases the opportunity for education and training in interprofessional teams. The Framework revision now consists of 23 domains within four updated components: 1) Foundations of Population Health; 2) Clinical Preventive Services and Health Promotion; 3) Clinical Practice and Population Health; and 4) Health Systems and Health Policy. The revision process took place over the course of one year with three draft revisions and web-based public comment. It is a key product of a Task Force that has worked together since 2002 to advance prevention education for all clinicians.
The Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework is part of the Task Force’s Education for Health agenda which seeks to integrate prevention and population health into K-12, college, health professions, and continuing education programs. The Task Force collects data for a series of objectives that form an educational underpinning for Healthy People 2020: ECBP 12-19 (http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/educational-and-community-based-programs/objectives#4181)
The Task Force is convened by APTR and includes: The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Dental Education Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and the Physician Assistant Education Association, and, as well as two resource organizations: The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. The work of the Task Force has been supported by the DHHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.