Developed by: 

Renee Turchi, MD, MPH – Professor/MCH Program Director, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health 

Renee Davis, MD, MPH – MCH Program Coordinator/Research Associate, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health 

Joel Rodriguez, EdD – Adjunct Professor, Drexel Westphal College of Media Arts & Design 

Ray Lum, MPhil, MS – Professor Emeritus, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health 

Idris Robinson, MPH – Assistant Director, Dornsife Global Development Scholars Program, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health 

Program downsizing, budget constraints, and retirements over recent years have resulted in fewer MCH-trained professionals in the workforce. The successful use of smart phones and mobile apps is described in research, clinical work & patient education, but the use of mobile apps in public health/MCH graduate education is in its infancy. We implemented a new mobile app used in the student field experience for our introductory MCH course designed to promote collaborative learning & enhance cultural competency skills. The app included a field experience checklist, web-based MCH self-assessments, organizational cultural competency assessments, online cultural competency training materials & a feature where students could share information learned at field sites with each other & the course instructor. ATMCH Innovative Teaching Award funds were used to (1) enhance & update the app to better promote & facilitate sharing & engagement; (2) create intermediate & advanced training modules in MCH communication, professionalism, ethics & leadership skills as related to web-based information sharing; & (3) introduce a “community manager” to foster a sense of community among MCH students & advance sharing to enhance student engagement & collaborative learning during MCH field experiences.  

Summary of Materials – 

  • Professional Information Sharing In-Person Training – This training was conducted by our team’s professional developer about 1 month prior to the students’ departure date for their global field experience. This gives the students time to become familiar with the app & ask questions before going abroad.
  • Community Manager Introductory Video – This video was presented to the students during the in-person training session as the community manager was not able to be present during the training. This enabled students to virtually “meet” the community manager before being asked to interact with her while using the app when abroad.
  • App Navigation Video – This video was created to help students learn to navigate the app including how to log on, how to add posts, exploring the app features, etc.
  • Asynchronous Professional Information Sharing Training – These slides are stored within the Resources section of the app & serve to highlight the key points of how to share informational professionally in an easily accessible format. The students can refer to them throughout their field experience.
  • Poster Presentation  – Made by Alex Trautman, a 1st year MPH student assisting with the project, at the Making Lifelong Connections Conference, April 2019, Madison, WI.
  • Pre-Use Student Training Evaluation Survey – This survey will be given to the students following the training before departing for their field experiences. The survey will be administered again as a post-use survey near the end of the field experience & the two will be compared. Student Use Analysis To Come!