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Designing a Theory Based Public Health Curriculum for Secondary School Students

Arrington, Andrea Casas (2006) Designing a Theory Based Public Health Curriculum for Secondary School Students. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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During a two-year term as an admissions counselor, I had the opportunity to interview over 60students at Armand Hammer United World College (UWC) of the American West inMontezuma, New Mexico. I learned that the internationally diverse population of secondarystudents there and at ten other UWCs across the globe were united under the UWC mission: tobecome responsible citizens, politically and environmentally aware, and committed to the ideals of peace and justice, understanding and cooperation, and the implementation of these idealsthrough action and personal example. All that I learned, combined with personal aspirations to acareer in public health and an interest in helping young people reach their potential, led me to seta goal of some day teaching public health to UWC students, and students with a similar sense ofpurpose at other schools. This thesis addresses my aspirations as it presents a public healthcurriculum that could be applied to the UWC movement.Within the thesis, I summarize existing public health curricula that target youth; describetheories and concepts that demonstrate the importance of public health curricula for adolescents;present my current progress in creating a partnership with the United World Colleges, basing thediscussion in community development concepts; consider project limitations and devisestrategies that may drive the collaboration process forward in the future; outline the curriculum development process; and present the preliminary course. This work is of great public healthsignificance because existing and future public health issues the world over require the most creative, culturally sensitive professionals for solutions. I argue that the future professionals bestsuited to tackle such an important task are the adolescents of the present because they stand in aunique position to realize their potential as individuals, family and community members,citizens, and future leaders in their chosen vocations. Investing in the public health education of adolescents is a health intervention we can all participate in and benefit from with dividends tospare.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Arrington, Andrea Casasandrea.arrington@gmail.com
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGoodman, Robert Mrmg16@pitt.eduRMG16
Committee MemberNicoll, JoanneNicoll@cidde.pitt.eduNICOLL
Committee MemberTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.eduMATERRY
Committee MemberYoo, Seunghyunsyoo@pitt.eduSYOO
Date: 7 June 2006
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 19 April 2006
Approval Date: 7 June 2006
Submission Date: 10 April 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collaboration; Diffusion of Innovations; Five Stages of Entree; Interdepence Theory; Social Ecological Model; Social Cognitive Theory; Transtheoretical Model
Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04102006-022838/, etd-04102006-022838
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:35
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:39
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/6944

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