The presentation below is Jenny Byelick’s UIC School of Public Health Capstone project for her Master of Public Health degree, relating the introductory public health course she co-taught at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School as part of a comprehensive public health curriculum. Public health curricula at the high school level can be a vehicle for addressing health disparities and improving health outcomes among adolescents, particularly in socially marginalized communities. Public health curricula may address health disparities and contribute to the composition of the future health professions workforce; this is especially relevant when high school education programs are linked to career pipelines that Albizu Campos HS is a part of. This presentation addresses how a school course encompassed aspects of population wellness utilizing social constructionist methods of education. The course was developed adhering to a theoretical framework influenced by principles of positive youth development, critical race theory and school connectedness. This presentation also discusses lessons learned and future directions of the public health curriculum in Humboldt Park. Next steps include improving and evaluating the public health curriculum and career-linked pipeline and connecting this program with other area schools.
Congratulations Jenny on your graduation last week!