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Tuesday, April 23, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Advancing Healthy People 2020 Through Health Policy: Learning Modules

APTR and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) are pleased to announce the development of a new resource to enhance prevention and population health education. This curriculum resource will provide innovative teaching materials on Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives that are easily-accessible and easily integrated into existing curricula.

Through an RFP process, APTR and ODPHP selected Temple University Department of Public Health in Philadelphia, PA to develop the online Healthy People 2020 education modules. The project will be guided and supported by an advisory committee composed of public health and health professions educators, and federal partners.

Using Healthy People 2020 as a framework, the purpose of this project is to build a series of educational modules that address policy approaches to advance health.  The fourteen modules can be used individually to supplement an existing course or combined to create a stand-alone course for the education of undergraduate, graduate and/or professional students; modules can be adapted to the specific audience by using the appropriate exercises and student assessments. Each module will include readings, powerpoint slides, video lectures, in-class activities, student assessments, and an instructor’s guide. Several modules will include case studies to demonstrate practical use and associated challenges of implementing health policy to accomplish Healthy People 2020 goals.


Each of the modules will address specific topics across a range of areas related to Healthy People including significant policy initiatives, existing and emerging research, and implementation/community examples.  In addition, the modules will be created by faculty and public health practitioners from various training and backgrounds, providing students with a look at the career trajectories of professionals involved in public health. Temple University faculty will collaborate with public health faculty from Drexel University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, as well as several community partners in Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.


Proposed Learning Modules:

  1. Preparedness
  2. Case Study on Maternal, Infant & Child Health 
  3.  Nutrition and Weight Status
  4. Access to Health Services
  5. Public Health Infrastructure
  6. Case Study on Mental Health and Mental Disorders
  7. Injury & Violence Prevention
  8. Tobacco Use
  9. Healthcare Associated Infections
  10. Case Study on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health
  11. Substance Use
  12. Social Determinants of Health
  13. Health Information Technology
  14. From Learning to Practice

This resource is made possible through a cooperative agreement between ODPHP and APTR who share the goals of integrating Healthy People 2020 concepts into the curriculum of public health programs and schools, and promoting Healthy People as a valuable tool for assessing public health outcomes in the community. Public health practitioners, faculty, researchers and clinicians should be approaching all health improvement projects with the nation’s health objectives in mind.


The learning modules will be free and available to educators and students on the APTR website beginning in October 2013. Instructor Guides will be available exclusively for educators.

For additional information, please contact Vera Cardinale, MPH at

1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 610  |  Washington, DC 20036

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