National expert to discuss future of public health education


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A century after the landmark Welch-Rose Report established the need for professionally trained public health workers, an Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) task force is setting a new vision for public health education.

    The chair of the task force, Donna Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH, dean, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, will lead a discussion Monday, April 7 at noon in the Forum room at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness, 400 E. Gray St.

    Peterson will share information about the progress of the group charged with rethinking the continuum of public health education from undergraduate through doctoral levels, and addressing new workforce needs.

    “This is a great time for us to be a part of these national conversations as our school launches an undergraduate program this fall, and as we consider changes to our graduate programs,” said Craig Blakely, PhD, MPH, dean, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS).

    Later that evening, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the SPHIS Student Government Association will host a career panel at the school, 485 E. Gray St., room 103. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about working in the profession.

    The panel will include:

    Susan G. Zepeda, PhD

    President/CEO Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

    Kraig E. Humbaugh, MD, MPH

    Senior Deputy Commissioner Director, Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning Kentucky Department for Public Health

    SteVon Edwards, MPH

    Community Health Specialist Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness

    Matthew Gronewold, PhD, MSPH, LCDR

    US Public Health Services CDC Career Epidemiology Field Officer Kentucky Department for Public Health

    Events to celebrate National Public Health Week are scheduled throughout April 7-14.

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    Julie Heflin
    Julie oversees digital content for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She began her UofL career on the Health Sciences Center campus in 2007. Prior to this, Julie was a journalist with WFPL (Louisville Public Media), and occasionally filed reports for National Public Radio.