Journal issue highlights teaching and learning for Global Health Promotion 

New Insights for Dynamic, Rapidly Growing Educational Programs Across the Globe

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 18, 2020 – The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) proudly announces publication of “Pedagogy for Global Health and Health Promotion,” a special theme issue of its peer-reviewed journal Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (PHP).

The March 2020 issue features nine articles and a guest editorial describing innovative approaches to the rapidly growing undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and fellow training and professional preparation programs in global health promotion. Just as infectious diseases readily spread across borders, today there is an unprecedented opportunity to learn from global educational programs about core foundations, frameworks, strategies, and goals to best prepare the health promotion workforce for 21st century global health challenges.

In addition to faculty, the articles covering pedagogy philosophies, descriptive best practices, and coaching approaches will be of interest to deans, administrators and public health practitioners engaged in the global health enterprise.

Co-guest editors Bojana Berić-Stojšić, PhD, MD, MA, CHES,® Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD, and Leah C. Neubauer, EdD, MA, write, “Although global health is a vast and complex field, there are universal goals and competencies that are necessary to guide effective teaching and learning.” Over the last decade, associations and credentialing entities have published “essential characteristics of learning requirements and expected learning outcomes, skills, qualities, and characteristics of today’s global health professional.”

Several articles describe educational immersion programs in global health promotion. As part of the two-year Master of Public Health program, Columbia University students must undertake a six-month, continuous, mentored professional practicum experience in a low- or middle-income country. Some 300 students have graduated from this program in the past 10 years, with practica in 75 countries at global health agencies, academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and community-based organizations.

Another article describes key insights from a partnership between a U.S. public research university and a Chinese university that enables U.S. faculty to teach introductory health care management courses in China.

In her inaugural editorial as PHP Editor-in-Chief, Cheryl Merzel, DrPH, MPH, emphasizes that the global reach of public health obliges us to consider the influence and importance of cultural context in educating future and practicing professionals as well as the need to address the bidirectional pedagogy process between teachers and learners.

Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is a quarterly journal that advances the art and science of teaching and learning, and how it contributes to the formation and ongoing development of the health promotion professional working in any site and population.

Online access to the theme issue is available as a standard SOPHE membership benefit via My.SOPHE. Non-members can create a free profile at to access the full text and some 1,200 other SAGE titles for 30 days.

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