Community College­University Partnership: An innovative approach towards educating tomorrow’s public health workforce


The Institute of Medicine and The Educated Citizen and Public Health Initiative suggest that an understanding of public health is a core component of an educated public and is necessary to develop social responsibility (Association of American Colleges and Universities [AAC&U], 2011 Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) . ( 2011 ). The educated citizen and public health . Retrieved from [Google Scholar] ; National Research Council, 2003 National Research Council . ( 2003 ). Who will keep the public healthy? Educating public health professionals for the 21 st century (Consensus report). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. [Google Scholar] ). To respond to this call, the University of New Hampshire collaborated with faculty from the New Hampshire Community College System to introduce the public health field through a course called Global Public Health Issues. This article will discuss the development, implementation, and evaluation of a public health course between a two-year and four-year college. It will also discuss the potential for such a partnership and public health course to encourage life-long learning and a commitment to social responsibility, allow for new course/major/minor development in public health, enable faculty to expand their expertise, broaden the attractiveness of two-year colleges, and introduce a vocation-based student population to the value of public health and the public health workforce.


Health Management and Policy

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Community College Journal of Research and Practice


Taylor & Francis

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