Life After Accreditation: A Lecture on Partnering with FHS
The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) has been working for two and a half
years on accreditation for its Graduate Public Health Program. Among other
things, the work has entailed continuous improvement in curriculum construction
and delivery. With this in mind, Nadim Haddad gave a lecture on November
16 in Van Dyck Hall as part of the FHS Seminar series. Haddad has been
heavily involved in the accreditation process and his talk focused in
that regard on several key issues in public health education.
Haddad's talk, entitled "Careers in Academic Practice Educators,"
explained how a proposed linkage between a group known as Academic Practice
(AP) Associates and FHS could remedy some of the partially-met deficiencies
identified by the accrediting body: the Council on Education for Public
Health. Some of them include incorporating practice experience into the
program for students; developing procedures that recognize faculty participation
in 'service'; and preparing a mission statement with measurable objectives,
targets, and timeframes.
The purpose of Academic Practice Associates, Haddad explained, of which
he is general manager, is "to bridge academia with the practice world"
and "translate academics into practice." The idea is to link
AP Associates with faculty, staff, or students from FHS with host practice
organizations, such as hospitals, other healthcare delivery facilities,
or other universities. For example, a faculty member might be 'loaned'
to a host organization for a week during the summer or take a leave of
absence to work for a longer period. One of the advantages of doing service
in this way is that AP Associates offers a way to measure this type of
work, which is often difficult to do with service. Similarly, AP Associates
could help place FHS students in settings that would provide them with
important public health practice experience, making it an integrative
culminating experience for them.
In conclusion, Haddad went through how partnering with Academic Practice
Associates would provide FHS with the type of exposure needed to prepare
mission statements, learning objectives, and core competencies that are
regional and relevant.