Educating public health champions

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Robinson, S. and Brownett, T. 2018. Educating public health champions. Health Education Journal. https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896918786016
AuthorsRobinson, S. and Brownett, T.
Abstract

Objective: This paper describes a university course that aimed to create public health champions, and its evaluation. The course attracted 92 participants, over three cohorts. Participants included healthcare professionals, fitness instructors, a belly dancer, housing officers, community workers and those who worked in public health policy.

Design: The course evaluation aimed to provide a longitudinal understanding of the participants’ learning and the impact of the course in terms of developing the attributes of public health champions.

Setting: A university setting in England

Methods: The evaluation methods included questionnaires, self-assessment against UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework statements, ‘check out’ sentences post action learning set meetings, impact statements and unstructured interviews.

Results: The evaluation illuminated the participants’ experience of their learning journey, which comprised cognitive, affective and conative learning, the development of public health competences and evidence of putting the learning into public health practice.

Conclusion: Seventy six participants achieved a university certificate, based on HE Level 4 and 5 learning. There was evidence of participants identifying the underlying causes of ill health and using an evidence-based approach to planning, partnership and influencing others. Some reported actions that indicated they had become transformative leaders and public health champions. The paper discusses limitations to the evaluation and some current challenges to public health workforce development in England.

KeywordsPublic health champions; education; UK public health knowledge; skills framework
Year2018
JournalHealth Education Journal
PublisherSAGE
ISSN00178969
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896918786016
Related URLhttps://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/journal/health-education-journal
Publication dates
Print16 Jul 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited08 Jun 2018
Accepted08 Jun 2018
Accepted author manuscript
Output statusPublished
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