Strategies to increase happiness and wellbeing among public health students, faculty and staff


BACKGROUND: Public health schools equip students with skills to promote and protect health, however, little is known about what is provided to support physical, mental and social wellbeing in academic public health. AIMS: To identify programs, interventions, strategies, and tools in medical and academic settings that could be applicable to supporting mental health and wellbeing of public health professionals, students, staff and faculty. METHOD: In November 2019 (updated in January 2022), 13 databases were searched: PubMed, 10 EBSCO databases(e.g., Academic Search Ultimate, APA PsycINFO, CINAHL Plus, Education Source, ERIC, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, MEDLINE, SocINDEX), ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, and Web of Science. Inclusion criteria were randomized controlled trials, group interventions to support mental health curriculum, online tools, strategies, techniques, and programs of mindfulness, anxiety, depression, stress/distress, or burnout. Studies were limited to English and from 1998 to January 3, 2022. Websites for U.S. Schools of Public Health were searched. RESULTS: Out of 19,527 articles, 6,752 duplicates were removed. Following abstract and title screening, full-text articles will be screened for eligibility. The main themes from included studies will be shared. Preliminary findings show examples of activities to support well-being of public health professional students, staff, and faculty (e.g., providing free access to meditation apps, funding a dedicated wellness coordinator within the School). CONCLUSIONS: The literature on strategies to increase happiness and wellbeing among public health students, faculty, and staff is scarce and efforts to support physical mental, and social wellbeing for this community should be evaluated, and findings shared.