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Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3182aa6560
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Public Health Grand Rounds at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Evaluation Feedback From a Broad Community of Learners

Iskander, John MD, MPH; Ari, Mary PhD; Chen, Bin PhD; Hall, Sharon PhD, MSN; Ghiya, Neelam MPH; Popovic, Tanja MD, PhD

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the relevance and educational benefit of monthly Public Health Grand Rounds (GR), an hour-long interactive lecture series featuring 1 current, relevant public health topic.

Design: Quantitative and qualitative analysis of data evaluating GR format and content submitted by 2063 continuing education (CE) participants.

Setting: Survey data submitted electronically to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention online CE system from January 2010 through December 2011.

Participants: Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, health education specialists, and other health care professionals seeking CE credits for Public Health GR.

Main Outcome Measures: Proportion of respondents agreeing or strongly agreeing that GR is using educational strategies that enhance user learning and is meeting preidentified learning objectives.

Results: On questions involving instructional strategies and delivery methods, 95.0% and 95.6% of respondents, respectively, agreed or strongly agreed that the GR was conducive to learning. More than 90% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they could describe the burden of the disease/condition in question and identify key preventive interventions, knowledge gaps, and measures of public health progress.

Conclusions: These evaluation results indicate that the GR is meeting content-specific and educational needs of diverse health care professionals. The GR models organized scientific discussions on evidence and translation into real-world impacts of decreased morbidity, mortality, and health care costs, and links public health to clinical practice. This promotes a greater understanding of the interplay of different health fields and may lead to greater and cross-disciplinary collaborations.

© 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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