Michigan State University

Public Health

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Databases & Terms Searched: 

The databases searched were PubMed, Education Full Text, Global Health, and EBSCOhost. Keywords included the following in various combinations: inclusive, curriculum, pedagogy, education, instruction, teaching, classroom, public health, global health, health education, MPH, Masters in Public Health, higher education, and graduate education. Also consulted were the journals listed below. 


There is very little material on inclusive teaching in public health as such, and what does exist is often about teaching public health to medical or nursing students, not to students studying public health specifically. This may be due to the paucity of public health classes/programs at the undergraduate level. Most of the existing literature focuses on professional outcomes (students become better health practitioners), rather than educational ones (students are able to learn the material in ways that address different learning needs). Public health does have a more robust thread of research on teaching practice in informal/community health instruction (i.e., Pearson et al. 2019). 

Relevant Journals: 

Academic Medicine

Advances in Health Sciences Education

American Journal of Public Health

Critical Public Health

Pedagogy in Health Promotion


Public Health

Banerjee, S., & Firtell, J. (2017). Pedagogical models for enhancing the cross-cultural online public health learning environment. Health Education Journal, 76(5), 622-631.

Browning, D., Meyer, E., Truog, R., & Solomon, M. (2007). Difficult Conversations in Health Care: Cultivating Relational Learning to Address the Hidden Curriculum. Acad Med, 82(9), 905-913.

Calzo, J. P., Katz-Wise, S. L., Charlton, B. M., Gordon, A. R., & Krieger, N. (2019). Addressing the dearth of critical gender analysis in public health and medical pedagogy: an interdisciplinary seminar to generate student-created teaching examples. Critical public health, 29(1), 18-26.

Gillam, L., Delany, C., Guillemin, M., & Warmington, S. (2014). The role of emotions in health professional ethics teaching. J Med Ethics, 40(5), 331-335.

Greece, J. A., DeJong, W., Gorenstein Schonfeld, J., & Sun, M. (2018) Practice-Based Teaching and Public Health Training: Bringing Real-World Projects to the Classroom to Teach Intervention Planning and Communication Strategies. Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 5(1), 55-61.

Greece, J. A., Wolff, J., & McGrath, D. (2018). A Framework for Practice-Based Teaching in Public Health. J Public Health Manag Pract, 1.

Gruppen, L., Irby, D., Durning, S., & Maggio, L. (2019). Conceptualizing Learning Environments in the Health Professions. Acad Med, 94(7), 969-974.

Kas-Osoka, C. N., Bradley, L. J., Coffman, R., & Orpinas, P. (2017). Developing Online Modules for a “Health and Wellness” Course: Adapting Active Learning Strategies to the Online Environment. Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 4(4), 254-259.

Lencucha, R. (2014). A research-based narrative assignment for global health education. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 19(1), 129-142.

Ng, S., Wright, S., Kuper, A., & Md, D. (2019). The Divergence and Convergence of Critical Reflection and Critical Reflexivity: Implications for Health Professions Education. Acad Med.

Nind, M., & Lewthwaite, S. (2018). Hard to teach: inclusive pedagogy in social science research methods education. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 22(1), 74-88.

Nowakowski, A. C. H., Sumerau, J. E., & Mathers, L. A. B. (2016). None of the above: Strategies for Inclusive Teaching with “Representative” Data. Teaching Sociology, 44(2), 96-105.

Pearson, C. R., Parker, M., Zhou, C., Donald, C., & Fisher, C. B. (2019). A culturally tailored research ethics training curriculum for American Indian and Alaska Native communities: a randomized comparison trial. Critical public health, 29(1), 27-39.

Pillen, H., McNaughton, D., & Ward, P. R. (2019). A review of critical pedagogies in health and social care: findings from a ‘best fit’ framework synthesis. Critical public health, 1-19.

Reinschmidt, K. M., Maez, P., Iuliano, J. E., & Nigon, B. M. (2018). Using Active Learning Strategies Linked to CBPR Principles in a Semester-Long Class Project to Teach Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health. Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 5(1), 36-44.

Runnerstrom, M. G., & Koralek, T. (2018). Measures of Success: Exploring Student Approaches to Learning Public Health. Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 4(4), 283-293.

Sullivan, Lisa M. and Sandro Galea. (2019) Teaching Public Health. Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, MD.

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Health Sciences Librarian
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