About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for BALTIMORE COMMUNITY PRACTICUM (550.864.01), a course offered by Extradepartmental at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Students conduct a project involving a defined denominator population at a community-based organization or local health department. They also participate in seminar sessions which cover basic methods of outreach to community organizations, attitudes and values about the role of professionals in community-based work, the social contract required of service professionals, and the attitudes required for effective public health practice.

Additional Faculty Notes:

The purpose of this course is to experience and explore the partnership between academic public health and the community through project-based experiential learning.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe in detail, as well as summarize, the development and operation of an on-going community-based public health project
  • Describe the organizational structure of one particular public health practice site and its relationship with its community
  • Demonstrate practical methods for promoting partnerships between communities, public health agencies, academic institutions, and community-based organizations
  • Explain the basic concepts of community-based participatory research, service-learning, and civic professionalism
  • Articulate their values and attitudes about community engagement and ways of developing partnerships
  • Demonstrate effective communication and presentation skills, as well as how to give and receive constructive feedback from peers, supervisors, and community members
  • List and briefly describe in their final presentation and paper, the ten most important items of content discuss learned from their faculty and preceptors and documented in their journal

Course Time

Tue   3:30 PM to 4:20 PM

Course Faculty


Intended Audience

MPH Students without population-health practicum experience.

Additional Faculty Notes:

The Baltimore Community Practicum Course is offered to any graduate student enrolled at JHSPH (MPH, MHS, and doctoral students). Students must apply to be a part of the course. The application process occurs in 1st term. Students must enroll in both 2nd and 3rd term for this 2 term course.

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Performance is graded on (a) the community preceptor’s evaluation, (b) participation in weekly seminar, (c) written project concept paper, (d) an oral presentation, and (e) a final paper based on the presentation.

Grading Restrictions: Pass and Fail

Administrative Contact

Mindi Levin
E-mail: mlevin@jhsph.edu