MPH Community Engagement
A goal of the MPH program is to support public health projects that serve the community through public health interventions. Faculty and students in the MPH Program recognize the value of strong relationships with community health organizations and with community-based public health professionals.
MPH students are strongly encouraged to participate in community service projects either through an organized activity with the MPH Program or on an individual basis; to demonstrate commitment to public health's core value of serving those in need; gain experience working with community-based organizations; and, apply public health skills and knowledge.
The Student Service and Social Organization coordinates student service efforts. This organization meets monthly, conducts student led MPH Program service opportunities; serves as a clearinghouse for additional service opportunities; and provides events for students to interact socially outside of the classroom.
MPH faculty also participate in service to the public health community. Existing service projects include providing consultation and expertise to public and private community health organizations and serving in leadership positions in public health professional organizations and community organizations.
Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP)
A number of faculty and students participated in the community health needs assessment project under the leadership of the local health department and Dr. Lilian Peake, District Health Director, Thomas Jefferson Health District, an adjunct professor in the division. The comprehensive study was done under the auspices of Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), a tool developed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Please see the MAPP page for a full report or click here for pictures and audio from Medical Center Hour.