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APTR has convened representatives from law, economics, environmental engineering, informatics, social work, and undergraduate liberal arts and humanities to make recommendations for integrating population health content into their curricula.


Executive Summary

To improve the public’s health, it is necessary to integrate population health competencies into health professional training programs and build relationships between academic institutions and health care delivery systems. In order to broaden the reach of population health education into other disciplines and professions that impact the determinants of health, APTR convened a Health in All Education Invitational Meeting at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA in June 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to demonstrate the importance of integrating population health principles into higher education interdisciplinary education practices, to discuss examples of CDC collaboration with non-traditional disciplines, and to explore opportunities to promote interdisciplinary learning to prepare for collaborative, interprofessional practice. The meeting examined the relationships between higher education and public health as well as the range of current and recent partnerships between CDC and the academic disciplines of law, economics, social work, environmental engineering, informatics, and undergraduate liberal arts and humanities. A meeting report summarized the group’s preliminary recommendations for integrating population health principles into higher education practices. 

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APTR is currently convening representatives from law, economics, environmental engineering, informatics, social work, and undergraduate liberal arts to serve as an Advisory Group that will make recommendations for population health integration into courses of these non-traditional disciplines. APTR will also work with CDC to encourage relationship-building opportunities between the Advisory Group organizations and CDC Centers, Institute and Offices (CIOs), with the mutual goal of reinvigorating or fostering new collaborations. This group recognizes that most public health problems in the US cannot be solved by public health and healthcare alone but requires interprofessional collaboration among disciplines that can impact all the determinants of health.

Objective: APTR will convene a Health in All Education (HIAE) Advisory Group to make recommendations for population health integration into courses of six non-traditional disciplines. 

Performance Measure: A report is produced that explores recommendations for population health integration into courses or curricula of six non-traditional disciplines, with a special emphasis on pandemic preparedness and response.

Participating Organizations:

  • American Association of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME)
  • American Economic Association (AEA) – Committee on Economic Education
  • American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
  • Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Convener: Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)

Each organization representing a non-traditional discipline designated a faculty or organizational leader to represent them on the Advisory Group. A population health faculty leader from the APTR membership, Ruth Gaare Bernheim, JD, MPH, serves as the faculty advisor. 

CDC has identified Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from relevant Centers, Institutes and Offices (CIOs) to pair with the discipline-specific representatives for the purpose of networking and discussing possible collaboration.


  • HIAE Advisory Group members will review various definitions of population health and select or create a definition that resonates with all the disciplines in the group.
  • HIAE Advisory Group members will review three population health curricular frameworks to identify knowledge content areas relevant to their disciplines and will organize them into a discipline-specific framework. Frameworks will include the APTR Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework for Health Professions, the Undergraduate Public Health Learning Outcomes, and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) MPH Foundational Competencies.
  • Advisory Group members will explore their organizational resources and faculty-provided exemplars being promoted for teaching COVID-19 pandemic issues in their discipline. They may also reach out to faculty in their disciplines to identify curricular guidance documents and education resources such as curricula, syllabi, teaching modules, case studies, assessments, and exemplars of population health curriculum integration.
  • Each discipline will match the curricular resources identified from their organizations/ membership with the corresponding content areas of their discipline-specific Frameworks, and will draft brief recommendations for integration.
  • Advisory Group members will list 8-12 examples of how professionals in their field are involved in and affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. This will demonstrate the ways other fields are involved in the response, and how that differs from and complements the classic public/population health response.
  • Advisory Group members will review, edit, and disseminate a slide deck and final report produced by APTR.



Academic Partnerships to Improve Health focuses on improving the health of individuals and communities through workforce activities to enhance population health education for medical, nursing, and public health students. Since 1984, APTR has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve and increase partnerships and interprofessional collaborations to improve health outcomes and health equity. APTR, along with three other associations, is the recipient of the CDC Cooperative Agreement: "Collaboration with Academia to Strengthen Public Health Workforce Capacity."


This project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS), Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD), Population Health Workforce Branch, Academic Partnerships to Improve Health Program through a cooperative agreement with APTR (# 5 NU36OE000008-00).


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