Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the crisis wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, public health programs are booming.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the crisis wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, public health programs are booming. According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, the more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the single admissions application form (which students can send to multiple schools) saw a hefty 20% increase in applications to MPH programs for the current academic year, to nearly 40,000.
SPHHP’s own statistics, in the green and orange graphs, corroborate that story with growth in enrollment in several of the school’s programs. “The pandemic has shown the world the value of public health,” said Jean Wactawski-Wende, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions. “The growth in our public health programs is clear evidence that young people are heeding the call to join this meaningful field.”
Patricia Ohtake, assistant vice president for interprofessional education (IPE), will be one of seven nationally recognized IPE experts developing a measurement instrument to standardize assessment of institutional progress toward IPE program implementation using a framework developed by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). IPEC convened the expert panel as part of its project “Leveraging the IPEC Competency Framework to Transform Health Professions Education.”
Ohtake, PT, PhD, FNAP, has led UB’s IPE effort since 2017. She is also an associate professor in the Physical Therapy Program.
IPEC is made up of 21 national health-professions associations, and promotes and encourages efforts to advance interprofessional learning experiences. Its work helps educational programs prepare future health professionals to take part in the growing trend of team-based patient care, with the ultimate aim of better patient outcomes.
At UB, IPE helps students in public health, health professions, medicine, dentistry, nursing and other fields build team-based competencies like working together respectfully and growing their understanding of the roles each discipline plays in patient health.