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WPHA Webinar: Professionalism in Public Health
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When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
2:00 PM
Where: Webinar
United States

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Professionalism in Public Health
Presented by: Mark Edgar, PhD, MPH , Director of Policy, Planning and Evaluation, Public Health Madison & Dane County

Mark Edgar, PhD, MPH is the Director of Policy, Planning and Evaluation at Public Health Madison and Dane County. He has worked in many areas of public health over the last 30 years. Past positions include Evaluation Researcher at the UW Population Health Institute and Program Faculty in the Master of Public Health program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. He also previously served as the Coordinator for the Wisconsin Center for Public Health Education and Training. Dr. Edgar was an Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He received his PhD in Public Health from Saint Louis University School of Public Health and Social Justice and his Masters in Public Health from University of Illinois at Springfield. Other past positions include Director of Assessment and Planning at the Illinois Public Health Institute, Senior Researcher for Evaluation and Assessment at Saint Louis University School of Public Health, Researcher at SIU School of Medicine and Director of Epidemiology at the Adams County (IL) Health Department. Dr. Edgar has years of experience working with state and local health departments and human services programs; schools of public health, medicine and nursing; and not for profit organizations in several states. His work has focused on, assessment, workforce development, evaluation, policy and program development, and public health research in both academic and practice settings. 


This webinar uses video, lecture and discussion to provide public health students and early career public health professionals an opportunity to explore issues related to professional behavior in the workplace, ethical issues that arise in the course of public health practice and methods to present oneself in a professional manner when seeking job opportunities and launching a new career in public health.


  • Define professionalism in public health practice
  • Describe examples of professional behavior in public health practice
  • Define ethical behavior in public health practice
  • Describe examples of ethical behavior in public health practice
  • Recognize and describe behaviors and actions that may be considered unprofessional or unethical in the work place
  • Identify methods to effectively pursue job opportunities in the public health system



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