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Community Service-Learning

MPH students interact with children from local refugee children.

Public health emphasizes care for one’s neighbors and greater community.

Community service learning (CSL) in public health education offers an invaluable opportunity to nurture public service as a value in students before they begin their careers as public health professionals. Furthermore, CSL uniquely enhances student knowledge and professional development through a recipricol relation between the academic classroom and professional experience in the community.

CSL and CSL-intensive courses structure learning through incorporation of five essential elements:

  • reflection
  • collaboration
  • commitment
  • integration
  • evaluation.

The utilization of these elements in CSL provides a learning opportunity that is beneficial for not only students, but for faculty and community partners. Simultaneously we build transcripts and resumes.