George Washington University, United States
Dr. Connie Evashwick is a healthcare executive who thrives at the nexus of management and academia, health care delivery systems and public health. Dr. Evashwick holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from Stanford University and a master's and doctoral degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Evashwick is an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University and at San Diego State University. She has published over 100 articles, has just completed her 14th book, and has been editor of two journals, including Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion. She served as the Dean of a School of Public Health in the USA and has worked with epidemiologists as faculty, students, and colleagues. Dr. Evashwick has been a Visiting Scholar in six countries and is currently a Visiting Professor at Tampere University.
Epidemiology is central to public health. Without the study of the health of populations and communities, public health cannot be effective in preventing, ameliorating, or eradicating diseases. Three recent studies by our research team suggest how epidemiology might enhance its role as the driver of transdisciplinary research and evaluation. Our first study was a review of the literature pertaining to the education of the public health workforce. We found 375 studies published in peer-reviewed literature between 2000 and 2015. Only a few articles examined multi- or trans-disciplinary education. Joint education of epidemiologists and biostatisticians was reported only twice. A second study examined the sub-set of 86 articles between 2000 and 2017 that focused on evaluation of education. Only five studies evaluated education that served more than one discipline. The methodological sophistication of the evaluations was disappointing. The expertise of epidemiologists in research methodology was absent. Yet, these evaluations took place in schools of medicine and public health, where epidemiologists are core faculty members. The third initiative was a thematic analysis of articles submitted to a special journal issue on contemporary education for healthcare executives around the globe.