May 23, 2018
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) announced that Daniel Gerber, the SPHHS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a senior lecturer in Community Health Education, as well as the Director of Online and CPE programs for the School, has been selected as the recipient of the SPHHS Outstanding Online Teacher Award. The award, which is given annually by the School, recognizes excellence in online teaching. He was presented with the award during the School’s Senior Recognition Ceremony on May 12, 2018.
This past year, Gerber taught Application of Social and Behavioral Theories in Public Health, a course he’s instructed for almost every semester since he began teaching at the university in 1997.
“I learned very quickly for students to learn how to help others (i.e., their patients) change their behaviors in order to live healthier lives, then they must first examine how they change their own behaviors,” says Gerber. “Using a number of health behavior change theories the students learn which ones they prefer and how to use the theory in a practical everyday way. Over the course of the semester the student moves from, ‘Dr. Gerber, why are you asking so many questions, just give us the answer!’ to ‘Dr. Gerber, you were right – examining the theories from our own perspective is the only way anyone truly learns how these theories work and how to use them!’”
Adds Gerber, “I am honored that that students took the time to nominate me and that our faculty agreed I teach well online!”
Gerber has over forty years of national and international public health experience in eleven different countries. In 2001 he helped start the online MPH in Public Health Practice program, the second fully online MPH in the US. He has taught in the program for seventeen years and served as its director for the last ten years.
Gerber also was the recipient of the 2018 Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education, a national award given to one full-time, undergraduate public health faculty member at a university with a CEPH-accredited school or program of public health. In 2007, he and others started the undergraduate Public Health Sciences degree program. In 2008 the program had twenty-five students. Today, the undergraduate program has over nine hundred majors and was recently ranked 9th nationally for undergraduate public health programs in the country.