550.864.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 99 Credit(s)
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

    This course will prepare you to be able to do the following:

    • 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 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.

  • Intended Audience

    MPH Students without population-health practicum experience

  • Methods of Assessment

    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

  • Prerequisites


  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.