As we developed the curriculum for the MPH in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP), it became clear that there were skills and competencies that might best be taught using traditional lecture or interactive faculty presentation and discussion methods rather than problem-based learning (PBL). We see some of these skills as prerequisites to PBL. We try to align these traditional learning sessions, or seminars, with PBL cases and the faculty who facilitate them. Since students, through their periodic input, helped to design the overall COPHP, we have integrated into our program design opportunities for students to take charge of organizing seminars during the second year.
Keywords: Active learning, Competencies, Curriculum, Lecture, Seminar, Skills, Student involvement, Teaching methods.