The development and delivery of course modules depend on a volunteer faculty. The volunteers might be public health professionals who are academic or service-based, in the current workforce or retired. Teams of at least five people in different roles share the load to deliver modules. Volunteers can act as:
-Tutors: In this role, you would spend around 2-4 hours a week guiding the online discussions - for one of the 5 topics (over two weeks) that make up each Module.
We ask you to:
-Post a pre-prepared discussion question to open the discussion of the topic for the students.
-Respond to the student postings regularly during the 2-week period and encourage participation.
-Summarise the discussions at the end of the 2-weeks.
-Support marking assignments during July.
There is a guide and a course with more information regarding how to be a good online facilitator. Also, on the Tutors Corner, we share discussions regarding academic issues. We also ask for some of the tutors to help with the setting and marking of assignments.
-Module leader: This role includes acting as the tutors' team leader in each course, answering tutors' questions, and participating in the Education Committee. It involves around 2
hours a week during the entire semester. This role is performed in collaboration with the Academic Coordinator and supported by the Student Support Officer.
-Dissertation supervisor: The Dissertation is the final part of the MPH award and extends over 2 semesters. Students can only enroll in this if they have passed 8 modules/units at the
Masters level. The idea is not to perform a research project, but to plan one. The role of the academic supervisor includes guiding the student academically through the choice of health
problem, the review of the literature, and writing up a proposal. This is done in conjunction with a module leader who coordinates the dissertation module. The academic supervisor is
asked to read draft(s) of the student’s dissertation, provide feedback, and is expected to be accessible by the student and in regular email contact with the student.
-Open Online Course support: We also have a sister site for self-paced learning available to anyone, for continuing professional development rather than for academic credit
https://nextgenu.org/course/index.php?categoryid=181. Support for development and updating of these courses is also welcome.
Individuals or organizations. We welcome suggestions from those who wish to collaborate and join this initiative in any capacity, including suggestions for the development of new course modules, and from individuals or organizations. If you would like to join in, please fill out our Tutor Registration Form.
Modules currently offered can be seen here, and those planned or in development include Environmental Health (including Climate Change), Global Health, Global Mental Health, Substance Use and Public Health, and Humanism in Health and Health Care. Development team members are welcome in each of these. Any individual or organization who would like to join in the process of developing a new module is invited to suggest a topic to us.
What will I get out of being a tutor?
-Work with a diverse and interesting group of colleagues from many countries.
-Develop partnerships and collaborations with individuals and institutions in many different settings.
-Keep up to date with advances in international public health.
-Get up to speed with developments in IT and the open-source approach - a new way for individuals and organizations to develop collaboratively and share the products of their work.
-Have a teaching role with lots of support.
-Receive a certificate recognizing your contribution each semester for use in your portfolio or for continuing professional development.
-And, of course, feeling good about being able to help build capacity to deal with major health problems in settings where this is so much needed.
Getting started as a tutor
Please complete a short registration form which will give you access to the courses website. Please note that the registration form times out if left idle for too long and may generate an error message at the point of submission. We would advise that you prepare your responses on a Word document or in Notepad first and paste them into the registration form to avoid errors.
For those who have joined us as a tutor, thank you for joining the Public Health U family.
The first thing to note is that there are two websites: the general site where you are now and the educational platform (called Moodle) on which the courses are based – this is at https://mphcourses.nextgenu.org/ and to access it, you will need a username and password.