A public-policy practicum to address current issues in human, animal, and ecosystem health

John A. Herrmann, Yvette J. Johnson, H. Fred Troutt, Thomas Prudhomme

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Abstract

There are recognized needs for cross-training health professionals in human, animal, and ecosystem health and for public health policy to be informed by experts from medical, science, and social science disciplines. Faculty members of the Community Health and Preventive Medicine Section at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have offered a public-policy course designed to meet those needs. The course was designed as a practicum to teach students the policy-making process through the development of policy proposals and to instruct students on how to effectively present accurate scientific, demographic, and statistical information to policy makers and to the public. All students substantially met the learning objectives of the course. This course represents another model that can be implemented to help students learn about complex, multifactorial issues that affect the health of humans, animals, and ecosystems, while promoting participation in public health policy development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-402
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Education
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • emerging diseases
  • health disparities
  • one health
  • one medicine
  • policy development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Veterinary

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