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Bridging Research and Practice Through Competency-Based Public Health Education

Scharff, Darcell P. PhD; Rabin, Borsika A. MPH, MS; Cook, Rebeka A. MPH; Wray, Ricardo J. PhD; Brownson, Ross C. PhD

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: March-April 2008 - Volume 14 - Issue 2 - p 131–137
doi: 10.1097/01.PHH.0000311890.91003.6e
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Reducing the gap between Research and practice is gaining much needed attention. Schools of public health can play a Role by ensuring that students are taught the necessary knowledge and skills to translate Research into practice and to effectively disseminate Research and other public health information. Competency-based education is one mechanism by which this can occur. In this article, we introduce a set of competencies specific to translation and dissemination. We describe the process used to develop the set as well as the ways in which we have begun to use these competencies for curriculum Review and development. In this way, other schools and training programs in public health can begin to design curricula that will prepare their students to Reduce the gap between Research and practice. Graduate students will thus be effectively prepared to Respond to the changing demands of the field of public health.

This article shows how Research and practice can be bridged through competency-based public health education. In this article, a set of competencies specific to translation and dissemination has been introduced.

Darcell P. Scharff, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri.

Borsika A. Rabin, MPH, MS, is Research Assistant, Department of Community Health, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri.

Rebeka A. Cook, MPH, is Health Educator, City of Grapevine, Texas.

Ricardo J. Wray, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri.

Ross C. Brownson, PhD, is Professor, Department of Community Health, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri.

Corresponding Author: Darcell P. Scharff, PhD, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, 3545 Lafayette Ave, Salus Center, St Louis, MO 63104 (scharffd@slu.edu).

The authors thank the task force on Translation and Dissemination at Saint Louis University School of Public Health: Bernie Backer, Paula Ballew, Gene Carroll, Kanak Gautam, Debra Haire-Joshu, Jenine Harris, Richard Kurz, Tim McBride, Nancy Mueller, Catherine Nolan, Margret O'Neall, Nancy Murphy, Fernando Serrano, Chris Smith, William True, Nancy Weaver, and Kristen Wilson.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.