Fellows Present Teaching Innovations

Charity Scott, Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law organized panel presentations showcasing Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded fellows’ teaching innovations. Scott is the Lead Faculty for the RWJF-funded fellowship program on public health law. “All of the fellows have been creating highly innovative courses that emphasize interdisciplinary teaching and engagement with their communities,” said Scott. She is looking for ways to disseminate their innovations throughout the fellowship year.

Scott led a session on Public Health Law in the Classroom at the October 2014 Public Health Conference in Atlanta. RWJF fellow, Sarah Davis, University of Wisconsin, spoke about her new externship program that links students in community-based public health placements through an interactive on-line course.

At the November 2014 American Public Health Association annual meeting, Scott moderated a session on Community-Academic Partnerships in Public Health Law. Four RWJF Fellows described the innovations in their courses. Robert Gatter, Saint Louis University School of Law, introduced new table top exercises and lessons on public health outcomes research into his public health law course. Micah Berman, The Ohio State University’s College of Public Health and Moritz College of Law, developed a new course in which law and public health students assist the local Board of Health assess laws to meet accreditation requirements. Amy Campbell, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, has engaged in a community-based “Healthy Homes Partnership” with a local hospital. Finally, Heather McCabe, Indiana University School of Social Work, introduced a course in which law, public health, and social work students team with community partners.

These presentations give just a taste of the kinds of innovations in public health teaching that the fellowship has brought about. “By the end of fellowship program next summer, there will be ten model courses and programs across the country that will showcase best practices in teaching public health law,” Scott said.