Community Engaged Teaching, Research and Practice: A Catalyst for Public Health Improvement
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning
The interdisciplinary field of public health promotes health among populations. Complex public health needs persist in the United States, influenced largely by social and structural determinants. Viable solutions require creativity and a commitment to change the status quo, facilitated by collaborative problem- solving. Public health education programs in the United States have a role in developing a workforce that is equipped to support these processes. Cornell University's Master of Public
... Master of Public Health (MPH) Program sought to identify opportunities to simultaneously support student learning, community capacity development, and community-centered action for public health improvement. A sequential two-phased approach was used to define curricular components and indicated pedagogical methods. Two key themes emerged: alignment of skills and abilities needed and desired by current and future public health workers and the strategic role community engaged learning could play in advancing learning and improving public health. Community engaged learning was specifically adopted as the primary pedagogical approach for a series of three courses in the Cornell MPH Program, focused on needs assessment, intervention planning, and monitoring and evaluation for improvement. These courses were designed with community collaborators, with goals to build student knowledge and community capacity in 12 domains and improve community health outcomes via collaborative work.