Epidemiology education is increasingly recognized as a core science necessary for career preparation throughout the health sector, and graduate epidemiology instruction is continually being reevaluated to ensure students receive appropriate training. Recent work has also focused on the potential for epidemiology to be formally incorporated as a stand-alone discipline in undergraduate education and even integrated into wide-scale high-school science learning. As epidemiology educators, however, we face a tremendous challenge in that we should appreciate differences in students' instructional needs and goals (e.g., concepts and skills) at each educational level. In this article we propose an epidemiology learning continuum for students from high school through graduate school. We call for a student-centered instructional approach to best hone learners' grasp of concepts and skills. Furthermore, we propose scaffolded learning to help epidemiology students to develop more advanced insights and abilities as they progress in the field. This approach will not only best serve the discipline but also is well-aligned with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health's "Framing the Future" initiative for public health education for the 21st century.
- epidemiology instruction
- public health
- science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
- STEM teaching and learning
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