Lifelong learning for public health practice education: A model curriculum for bioterrorism and emergency readiness

Debra Olson, Mary Hoeppner, Susan Larson, Anne Ehrenberg, Agnes T. Leitheiser

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In 2002, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (UMNSPH) adopted an approach that supports basic, advanced, and continuing education curricula to train current and future public health workers. This model for lifelong learning for public health practice education allows for the integration of competency domains from the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice's core public health workforce competency levels and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Bioterrorism and Emergency Readiness Competencies. This article describes how UMNSPH has implemented the model through coordination with state planning efforts and needs assessments in the tristate region of Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. In addition, we discuss methods used for credentialing practitioners who have achieved competency at various levels of performance to enhance the capacity of the public health preparedness systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-64
Number of pages12
JournalPublic health reports
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008


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