Online Program

A Learning Collaboratory to develop student's core professional and practice skills: An innovative approach to improving community health

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Viviana Horigian, MD, Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, South Miami, FL
Tatiana Perrino, PsyD, Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami
Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami
The University of Miami MPH Learning Collaboratory has been established to transform the learning experience of MPH students by providing opportunities to develop core skills necessary for effective public health practice. The overarching goal of the Learning Collaboratory is to develop students who will become effective public health change agents, and through collaborative partnerships with community practitioners, to simultaneously improve public health in the community.  Through mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships between students, instructors and public health practitioners, students address specific, real-world public health needs in the community by applying essential skills they learn (e.g., communication, analytic thinking). Organized in small groups around common interests (e.g., mental health), students in the Collaboratory learn about public health substantive areas while building essential competencies required to successfully develop and implement projects in collaboration with community public health organizations.  Across three consecutive semesters, the Collaboratory provides the opportunity for MPH students to complete their required Capstone Experience in a supportive and interactive group context. Under the supervision of the instructors, the Collaboratory group fosters the development of new MPH students into senior-level students prepared to become public health practitioners. These students then have the opportunity to help mentor incoming students in the subsequent year’s Collaboratory group. In this way the sustainability and impact of students’ community public health projects is guaranteed across time. This presentation will describe the structure and organization of the Collaboratory and present the measures being used to evaluate its impact at the student and the community level.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Explain the goals of the UMMPH Learning Collaboratory to transform students and public health practice; Outline the methodology used by UMMPH Learning Collaboratory; Describe the evaluation component of the Collaboratory at the student and community level; Discuss challenges and opportunities for successful implementation.

Keyword(s): Public Health Curricula & Competencies, Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences. I have lead the conceptual development of the MPH Learning Collaboratory and the design for its evaluation, in collaboration with Dr Perrino, and Dr Kornfeld, both co authors of this presentation. I am currently teaching the students of the Learning Collaboratory.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.