Practice-based Community Health Research (EPH 542b)

Poster Session at APHA

Sarah Weingarten, Camille Fonseca and Adriana Collings present their practicum work at a poster session of the American Public Health Association annual conference.

The Practice-based Community Health Research course provides opportunities for students to work with local organizations. First offered in 1968, many alumni who completed this course remember the experience as a formative part of their MPH training. Dozens of local organizations have benefited from these projects.

As the course is currently designed, students develop skills in planning and designing practice-based community health research projects. Course content is based on an ecological framework, principles of public health ethics, and a teaching strategy of significant learning experiences and team-based learning. In the current climate of evidence-based practices in public health, this course will help students develop skills in turning practice activities and data into evidence. Assignments are built around a practicum project designed and implemented on behalf of a local agency or organization. Some recent field reports are available below. 

Community organizations interested in benefiting from such a project, and serving as preceptors to MPH students, are encouraged to contact Debbie Humphries for further information.

2018 Field Action Reports

Spring 2018 Prospectus

Project Prospectus

Information sessions:  
Tue. Oct. 31 - noon - 1:00 pm, LEPH 216
Thur. Nov. 2 - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, LEPH 216

We have implemented several of the groups recommendations with positive results. Yale student groups have met our need for actionable suggestions that directly impact the health status of our very vulnerable and underserved guests.

Catherine Zall, Executive Director, New London Homeless Hospitality Center

These students are like having a mini consulting group. We knew there were disparities. This study confirmed our suspicions and gives us a basis to find the funding to address it.