Robert Weidling, a fifth year medical student at the School of Medicine, has been selected to participate in a scholars program that prepares public health professionals to meet population health challenges at the community and national levels.
The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program helps students develop leadership and organizational skills in public heath education through activities outside the classroom.
As a member of the program, Weidling will participate in online public health assessments, the planning, implementation and evaluation of a local community health project, and a public health leadership symposium.
Scholars learn to define and recognize evidence-based public health programming, obtain resources and carry out public health intervention, use logic models for planning public health programs and serve as public health advocates.
More than 600 students from 207 academic institutions across the country have participated in the program since its inception in 2002.
The yearlong program is sponsored by the Association for Prevention Teaching Research and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The organization is a national association of medical and health professions institutions and faculty promoting prevention and population health education and research.