Educating public health champions

Robinson, S. and Brownett, T. (2018) Educating public health champions. Health Education Journal. ISSN 00178969.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public health champions; education; UK public health knowledge; skills framework
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work
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Depositing User: Dr Sally Robinson
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2018 16:19
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2018 15:30
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17372

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