Mini MPH for Massachusetts School Health Professionals

The world's health needs are changing - evolving day to day, sometimes even hour to hour. It is the role of public health to investigate pressing challenges and to develop meaningful interventions that improve conditions affecting population health. School nurses in Massachusetts and other locations should have a foundational knowledge in public health in order to be more effective health and wellness leaders in both their schools and communities.


This course was developed specifically for School Nurse using lectures developed by faculty at the Boston University School of Public Health for a free, online Mini-Master of Public Health course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning.

Target Audience

School nurses in Massachusetts

Note that there are other versions of this course developed specifically for other audiences:

 

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, school nurses will be able to:

  • Explain the differences between health and public health
  • Understand how data is collected and used in practice
  • Advocate effectively for change
  • Detail the laws and policies related to their daily practice
  • Determine root causes of public health issues, and use a public health approach to address them

Lesson 1: Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how public health differs from the healthcare of individuals
  • State two early works of public health that have reduced communicable diseases
  • Describe what public health measures have contributed to increased life expectancy in the past 100 years, both in the United States and globally
  • Name two factors that produce inequalities in health
  • State the two leading social factors in the cause of death in the United States
  • Give two examples of how prevention has improved public health in the United States
  • List two global trends and one political challenge facing public health today

Lesson 2: Learning Objectives:

  • Name four key uses of data
  • List characteristics that are necessary for data to be useful
  • Calculate the incidence and prevalence of a given disease and population
  • Distinguish between absolute and relative measures of association
  • Compute the risk difference and risk ratio for a given disease and sleep characteristic
  • Describe the difference between association and causation of disease
  • Define confidence interval estimates

Lesson 3: Learning Objectives:

  • List six elements of establishing a successful coalition
  • Explain why a coalition has a lifespan
  • Know what questions to ask when establishing and maintaining productive coalitions
  • List the ways effective coalitions meet their goals

Lesson 4: Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how public health laws and policies shape population health
  • Contrast laws and policies at the federal level
  • Summarize the status of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Differentiate between Medicare and Medicaid
  • Describe the impact of hospital consolidations on health care providers

Lesson 5: Learning Objectives:

  • Contrast the definitions of health and public health
  • Describe the five steps of the public health approach to addressing problems
  • Identify fundamental causes of disease
  • Give examples of interventions for each of the five levels of the social ecological model

Lesson 6: Learning Objectives:

  • List five data collection methods for program evaluation
  • Design a basic survey questionnaire
  • List two methods of selecting a survey sample
  • Describe key components in planning and conducting interviews and focus groups
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.50 ANCC
    Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
  • 6.50 Participation
Course opens: 
12/08/2021
Course expires: 
11/13/2023
Cost:
$130.00

Course Agenda

Course Overview

Time

Module 1

Faculty

85 minutes

Define what is public health, the Triumphs of Public Health, Population Health, Health Policy, Healthy Populations

Sandro Galea,MD, MPH, DrPH, Dean of the Boston University School of Public Health.

 

Time

Module 2

Faculty

82 minutes

Quantitative Methods for Public Health, quantify associations between risk factors and outcomes

Lisa M. Sullivan, PhD, Associate Dean for Education

 

Time

Module 3

Faculty

42 minutes

Advocacy and Leadership for Change

Harold D. Cox, MSSW, Associate Professor

 

Time

Module 4

Faculty

85 minutes

Health Systems, Law, and Policy

David L. Rosenbloom, PhD, Professor

Time

Module 5

Faculty

67 minutes

Individual, Community, and Population Health

Sophie Godly, DrPH, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor

Online
United States

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine asks all individuals involved in the development and presentation of Accredited Continuing Education activities to disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies. This information is disclosed to all activity participants prior to the start of the educational activity. Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine has procedures to mitigate all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any unapproved use of pharmaceuticals and devices is being discussed.  

In accordance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies that faculty, planners, authors, and anyone who may be in control of content has been mitigated.

No faculty has any financial relationships to disclose. 

Faculty and Planners

 

Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

Dean of Boston University School of Public Health

Lisa M. Sullivan, PhD

Associate Dean for Education

Harold D. Cox, MSSW

Associate Professor of Boston University School of Public Health

David L. Rosenbloom, PhD

Professor at Boston University School of Public Health

Sophie Godley, DrPH, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Public Health

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine designates this enduring material 6.50 contact hours, none of which are eligible for pharmacology credit. 

SHIELD is a DESE-approved provider for PDPs. PDP certificates are issued for programs/series lasting 10 or more hours on a topic. CNE certificates are also issued for eligible courses. Learners may use CNE certificates toward PDPs.

Course Release Date:     12/9/2021      
Material Reviewed: 12/9/2021, 11/8/2022
Course Expiration Date:11/13/2023

Available Credit

  • 6.50 ANCC
    Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
  • 6.50 Participation

Price

Cost:
$130.00
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In order to successfully complete this activity, you must complete all components and the evaluation and posttest. 

Nurses must:

  1. Register for the course
  2. Complete all program components
  3. Complete the post-test and evaluation
  4. Claim credit/print certificate

Disclosure

THIS CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM IS INTENDED SOLELY FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES FOR QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. IN NO EVENT SHALL BOSTON UNIVERSITY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN IN RELIANCE ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM. IN NO EVENT SHOULD THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL CARE.  NO PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS BEING ESTABLISHED. IN NO EVENT SHOULD INFORMATION IN THE MATERIALS REGARDING LAWS, REGULATIONS, OR LEGAL LIABILITY BE CONSIDERED LEGAL ADVICE OR USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR CONSULTING WITH AN ATTORNEY.


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