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Critical Health Challenges Assignment Design Grants

Devising sustainable solutions to today’s critical health challenges requires vision and effort informed by multiple perspectives.  Natural and social sciences, behavioral sciences and business, engineering and education – all of these and more will be necessary for achieving healthy people and healthy communities.  The expertise expected of health professionals now includes an ability to respond to complex health situations and issues through the exercise of broadly informed critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills.  For instance, the new MCAT 2015 – designed to prepare tomorrow’s doctors for both challenges and advancements in human healthcare – enlists a new conceptual format that requires (1) an integrative understanding of socio-cultural and behavioral health determinants and (2) the ability to apply scientific inquiry and reasoning skills.  No doubt, the new MCAT is precipitant to reform in other graduate health admission tests and criteria. 

To prepare students for these challenges and opportunities in the U.S. healthcare milieu, faculty members are invited to apply for a competitive $1,000 grant focused on creating high-level problem-solving assignments related to Critical Health Challenges.  Possibilities defy enumeration but could include antibiotic usage, genetic testing, epidemic preparedness, ethical and statistical rigor in clinical trials, occupational health crises, vector borne diseases, and as many more as your grasp of health horizons and controversies will suggest.  In order to apply for this opportunity, the assignments must be taught in a 2014-2015 course wherein students outside of the applicant’s discipline can enroll and are likely to succeed.

This initiative is designed for faculty to make progress towards the following outcomes:

  • Integrate socio-cultural, behavioral, and public health determinants of health challenges into real-world learning assignments; and
  • Develop innovative formative and summative assignments that align with course objectives;

Ensure assignments take into consideration the scientific inquiry and reasoning skills needed to achieve improvements in human health through research, practice, and/or policy.


  • Develop and submit a plan in consultation with the CFI to accomplish design goals.
  • Partake in group consultation sessions designed to assist with course alignment and innovative assignment design.
  • Attend a 1-2 day event during May Symposium, during which time additional consultation services will be offered and ideas showcased (May 12-16, 2014).
  • Complete and submit final assignment(s) by August 1, 2014.
  • Contribute assignments to an online assignment library.

Applications are no longer being accepted for this grant.

This initiative is co-sponsored by the College of Health and Behavioral Studies, the College of Science and Mathematics, the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services, and the Pre-professional Health Programs.