Posted: April 3, 2020

Public Health Screening Debate


This package of materials can be used to teach the principles of public health screening in an interactive way. The debate format – including three rounds of constructives, rebuttals, and summations – is used to help students think critically about evidence-based public health information. Two teams face off to affirm or negate the following resolution: all women with average risk for breast cancer should receive screening mammograms beginning at age 50, as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in 2009.


Denise Koo, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Virginia Watson, MA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Learner Audience

Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), Graduate Medical Education (GME), Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Professional Development (CME/CPD), Interprofessional


Systems Based Practice

Resource Type(s)

Distance Learning - Synchronous

Instructional Method(s)

Discussion, Small Group [≤12]
Discussion, Large Group (>12)


Interactive Learning, Public Health Screening, Breast Cancer Screening, Evidence-based Recommendations