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We are considering a 3-week pre-health summer program with the following features:
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A group of Earlham science faculty is working on a grant proposal to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. One sub-group, the people listed below, has an interest in developing a public health/health careers component for the proposal.
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- 12 motivated, high achieving students interested in a health career
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- 2 faculty from the sciences
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- an overaching public health project that will span the entire program
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- exposure to a variety of health careers
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- readings/discussions on humanity in medicine and ethics
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- science labs with health emphasis
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- possible Fall internship
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Questions:
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Who We Are:
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1.  Are there local public health issues that can be explored/researched/addressed by a group of motivated students and faculty during a 3 week summer course?  This program can be continued over the 4 year timeframe of the grant.
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2. Are there ways that we can work with local health care providers to expose students to the different possible careers in health?
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*Peter Blair, Biology
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*Mike Deibel, Chemistry
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*David Matlack, Biology
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*Charlie Peck, Computer Science
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*Lori Watson, Chemistry
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Our Questions:
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*Are there local public health issues that can be explored/researched/addressed by a group of motivated students and faculty during a 4 week May course, and possibly some on-going effort during the rest of the year? This program can be continued over the 4 year timeframe of the grant.
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*Are there ways that we can work with local health care providers, public and private, to expose students to the wide variety of health careers?
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* Can Earlham somehow collaborate with IU East, Ivy Tech to enhance regional pre-health, biotech education? (IU East biology professor Joan Lafuze thinks so and is eager to talk.)
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Our Current Working Idea:
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A 4-week pre-health May program with the following features:
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*12 motivated, high achieving students (rising sophomores or juniors) interested in a health career (broadly defined) each session
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*5 faculty facilitators from chemistry, biology, and computer science  (2 of whom lead a particular session, all of whom participate in the planning, development and delivery of content)
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*An overarching public health project that will span the entire program, and perhaps include a longitudinal component so that it can be modified for use each year of the grant
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*Exposure of the students to a variety of health careers (public and private)
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*Readings/discussions on humanity in medicine and bioethics
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*Laboratory and field experiments with a health emphasis
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*Specific curricular activities would include data mining of WHO, CDC, Health and Human Services, Indiana data with statistical and meaningful analysis; SIR (susceptible, infected, recovered) epidemiological modeling (CS students would create the modeling program.)
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*Above activities could enable students to help Earlham and local government agencies establish and revise pandemic and other health emergency plans.
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*Possible Fall internship component with local health care providers for students that have participated in the May session
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*Possible year-round student/faculty work on the public health project (at variable levels of effort)
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Notes
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Peter's plan:
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* In the near future we should generate a written synopsis of each particular program component. This mock 'executive summary' should include: 1) Brief summary, 2) Statement of (educational) outcomes, 3) Mode of assessment, 4) Timeframes, and 4) Preliminary budget.

Latest revision as of 14:34, 19 June 2007

A group of Earlham science faculty is working on a grant proposal to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. One sub-group, the people listed below, has an interest in developing a public health/health careers component for the proposal.

Who We Are:

Our Questions:

Our Current Working Idea:

A 4-week pre-health May program with the following features:


Notes

Peter's plan:

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