Public Health Agency of Canada: Skills Online

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Skills Online is a continuing education program developed by, and offered through the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). It offers a collection of self-directed and facilitated modules that help build the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada: Release 1.0 (PHAC, 2007). The Modules contain content specific […]

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Using Practice Tools for Community Health

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Teaching Strategy Description: Students are divided into groups of eight. Within the group, students arrange themselves in pairs and select one of the four practice tools (see Resources). Students are given a narrative of a population health issue, (e.g. increasing non-intentional injuries among children in an urban community).  The student pairs then prepare, based on […]

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Group Work on Communicable Disease Outbreak Case Studies

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Teaching Strategy Description: Working in small groups, students are provided case studies related to communicable disease outbreaks.  They are directed to several resources to assist them to answer questions relating to communicable diseases, case finding, outbreak response, and individual, family, community, and population health (see Resources). Guided by Bloom’s Taxonomy (1956) of thinking and reasoning, […]

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Simulation in Community Health Theory Courses: Taking in the Big Picture

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Teaching Strategy Description: Though simulation is widely used for acute care practice, it can also be applied to theory classes in public health. A simulation manikin was used in a junior-level course in a low-fidelity exercise, and the manikin was used in a medium-fidelity exercise with senior students. Medium Fidelity: Early in the course, the […]

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Public Health Practicum: Mini-documentary

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Teaching Strategy Description: Students are matched with diverse agency partners to work on a variety of health promotion projects in their public health nursing practicum course. The projects span bringing preventative health teaching to non-health and marginalized settings (e.g. community centres, low income neighborhoods), community organizing to address social determinants of health (e.g. with groups […]

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Applying Public Health Ethics to Current Events

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Teaching Strategy Description: Students examine theories of public health ethics and their application to population health scenarios and consider how promotion of health equity may conflict with individual or group rights.  In seminar, they apply public health decision-making frameworks and principles of relational ethics to current situations, such as the Ebola outbreak in 2014, including […]

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Simulating Dirty Bomb Aftermath for Disaster Preparedness

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Teaching Strategy Description: This is an online simulation activity that requires students to put the skills they have learned in class to use in a simulated scenario: the aftermath of a dirty bomb detonation. The simulation looks at decontamination, mass fatalities operational sites, and the community assistance centre role. Teaching Context: Lecture on disaster preparedness […]

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Reflective Reader Groups

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Teaching Strategy Description: Students are responsible for facilitating group discussion by developing 5 – 6 questions that integrate the core concepts of the readings with community practice placements. The reflective reader strategy integrates weekly readings, media presentations, practice placements examples and critical thinking with specific weekly concepts. Teaching Context: Third year course: Community and Societal […]

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