Core Activities of Learning
Fellows document competency in the basic elements of public health practice through the Core Activities of Learning (CALS). The CALS focus on competency in the areas of scientific inquiry, health policy, community health, communication and program administration. Fellows share their CALS experiences with each other over the two year Fellowship term.
Specific Core Activities of Learning include:
Conduct a statewide or community-based population health survey
Prepare a fiscal analysis of a public health issue
Apply quality improvement tools to the evaluation of a local or state public health program
Use new media tools to communicate public health information
Make an oral presentation to a community group
Evaluate public health service delivery in a clinic setting from the point of view of its cultural and social accessibility and acceptability
Participate in a community-based strategic planning process on a public health issue
Participate substantially in an outbreak/field investigation
Prepare a grant application that includes a budget and workplan
Conduct a Health Impact Assessment on an existing or proposed program or policy
Fellows create a portfolio with documentation of their CALS along with an assessment of their performance.