2009 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 21, 2009
HUB Ballroom

Session Description



Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom

Bud Nicola, Erika Strong, Josh Fogt (Health Services, Community-oriented Public Health Practice Program)

As the only practice-based track in health services the masters in public health, Community-oriented Public Health Practice extends learning beyond the classroom by putting its students in community-based settings throughout their two years. The goal is to apply advanced public health competencies in practice and give students opportunities to see how theory is put to use.

The curriculum is based on case-based and problem-based learning, which situations learning objectives on public health competencies in real-life cases for the students to investigate. Many of these cases involve working with community partners to help them in a variety of different projects. The practicum component in the first year and the capstone project in the second year are two more areas where students are working with agencies both in the Seattle area and internationally to address public health problems.

Indeed, much of the learning in the program intentionally comes through these different practice experiences, setting COPHP apart from most traditional MPH tracks that are based in research.



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