Mentorship Book List

As of this post, our FPHTC Online Mentor Program has over 130 participants. There is about one mentor for every two mentees (1:2 ratio). As the number of program enrollments continue to increase over the summer, we thought this would be a great time to share a few mentoring resources:

  • Mentoring Health Science Professionals by Dr. Sana Loue, JD, PhD, MPH
    For mentors looking to gain tips on the mentoring process, this book provides insight into mentorship models, phases of the mentoring relationship, and ways to build successful mentoring relationships. Regardless of whether you are mentoring a faculty, student, junior employee, or cross-cultural professional, this book will have applicable suggestions.  It covers more than just your traditional mentoring basics.
  • Transforming Public Health Practice: Leadership and Management Essentials by Bernard J. Healey and Cheryll D. Lesneski
    This text provides the foundation needed for public health practice and management, focusing on developing the knowledge and skills required by the real world of public health. Administrators and supervisors looking to support their team through a mentorship program or mentors who are mentoring groups and future leadership will find this text incredibly valuable.
  • Public Health: Career Choices That Make a Difference by Bernard J. Turnock
    This is the first book about public health workers, both current and future, that details their roles and responsibilities. It is great for mentees who are looking for basic information about a career possibilities in public health.

As the summer approaches, add these to your reading list and take some time to explore your professional opportunities and enhance your mentoring experiences.

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Course: Role of Mentorship in Public Health

Mentorships are important in developing our future workforce. Sometimes formal mentorship programs are in place, where mentees are assigned to mentors. Other times co-workers or supervisors take students or employees under their wings and simply ‘show them the ropes.’

In public health, mentoring can be more crucial. It may be one way to attack some of public health’s most pressing issues, including (1) a dearth of leadership in the field, (2) personnel shortages in virtually every health specialization, (3) the needed unification of public health professionals with an eclectic array of skills and interests, and (4) better understanding and support of public health initiatives among the general public.

For those interested in deepening their current mentorship experience within the FPHTC Online Mentor Program, there are several online courses worth taking in an effort to build the skills needed to effectively coach professionals in public health.

South Central Public Health Partnership offers two online courses on mentoring in public health. They are “Coaching and Mentoring: Learn with and from Others” (3 contact hours) and “Mentoring and Coaching” (2 contact hours).

The Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice recently launched a new online course entitled “Role of Mentorship in Public Health.” In one short hour, participants will become able to:

  • Define key terminology, including formal and informal mentorships, mentor, and mentee.
  • List the benefits of a mentorship for the field of public health, the mentor, the mentee, and the public health organization.
  • Identify the key responsibilities of a mentor and a mentee.
  • Recognize the suggested activities included to support mentorships.
  • Identify strategies to initiate, sustain, and maximize a mentorship experience.

The course was developed to meet the following Public Health Core Competencies in the Leadership and Systems Thinking domain:

  • Participates in mentoring and peer review or coaching opportunities (Tier 1).
  • Establishes mentoring, peer advising, coaching, or other personal development opportunities for the public health workforce (Tier 2).

OFFERED BY: USF Health’s Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice (CLPHP)COST: Free
REGISTRATION: Go to CLPHP’s course page for instructions.

FPHTC-OMP Participants: All of the courses mentioned above are for professional development and can be applied towards program completion.

Taking the Lead on Your Leadership

“Do I have the characteristics of a good leader?” Sarah Matthews, MPH, asks herself. As the epidemiology program manager at Orange County Health Department and a participant in the FPHTC Online Mentor Program, she recently took the online course The Art and Science of Ethical and Effective Public Health Leadership from USF’s Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice (CLPHP). “What areas are mine to improve and on what do I have direct influence?” she reflects.

Photo Credit: Sean Dreilinger

These are all great questions- and ones that may not always have simple answers. But learning the basic concepts of public health leadership and professional ethics can certainly pave part of one’s path to success.

“I learned that the organizational climate is directly influenced by the leader’s leadership and management style,” says Matthews. “I also gained the knowledge that the behavior and character of a leader are the most important factors that impact your organization’s ethical climate.”

Course facilitator, and public health leader himself, Dr. Adewale Troutman stresses that leaders can often influence culture, but they cannot easily change or create new culture that is not already part of an organization.  “I found this concept profound because it gave permission to not consider it a failure in leadership if you do not succeed in changing the culture but know that you may have succeeded in influencing it,” says Matthews.

In the course, Dr. Troutman defines “vision” very simply: “you must be able to see a thing before you can have a thing.” Makes sense, right? A leader must outline and communicate his vision before he can influence change.

Some might think certain people are born leaders. But that’s not always true. One can learn leadership skills and develop their skills through self-study education, training, and experience, according to Dr. Troutman. “This course is a worthwhile step in the area of self-study education and training,” says Matthews. “Dr. Troutman simplifies the primary functions of a leader and reiterates the basics in leadership, making this course a great introduction to your leadership development.”

Click here to learn more about the FREE leadership course or click here to enroll.

Course: Public Health Leadership

What does it take to be a leader in the field of public health? Director of Public Health Practice and Leadership at USF Health (and a public health leader himself) Dr. Adewale Troutman discusses leadership in his course entitled “Art and Science of Ethical and Effective Public Leadership“.

Dr. Adewale reviews the leader’s role in creating and maintaining a shared public health vision to guide practice and community action and describes the leader’s role in creating an organizational culture that incorporates ethical standards of public health practice.

The course was developed to meet the following Public Health Core Competencies in the Leadership and Systems’ Thinking domain.

The related public health core competencies are:

  • Incorporates ethical standards of practice as the basis of all interactions with organizations, communities, and individuals.
  • Participates with stakeholders in identifying key public health values and a shared public health vision as guiding principles for community action.

OFFERED BY: USF Health’s Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice (CLPHP)
: Free
REGISTRATION: Go to CLPHP’s course page for instructions.