FAQs: 2016 Criteria – Professional Development of the Community

  1. If our university offers a professional development activity, can we as a school/program send our community constituents to it and count it as our delivery of professional development to the community?
  2. Is student involvement in service required beyond the applied practice experience (APE)?
  3. Does student involvement in community and professional service have to be in collaboration with faculty?

1. If our university offers a professional development activity, can we as a school/program send our community constituents to it and count it as our delivery of professional development to the community?

The criterion states that a school or program advances public health by addressing the needs of the current public health workforce. The school or program must offer education/training activities in response to community-identified needs. While university-sponsored events may be useful and complement school or programmatic offerings, they cannot be the only resource for professional development offerings. The public health workforce requires specific professional development opportunities and expertise that only a public health school or program can offer.

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2. Is student involvement in service required beyond the applied practice experience (APE)?

Yes. Criterion F2 (Student Involvement in Community and Professional Service) requires that service opportunities, in addition to those used to satisfy the APE, be available to all students. These service opportunities should help students understand the contexts of public health work outside of an academic setting. Additionally, they should help students understand the importance of learning and contributing to professional advancement in the field.

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3. Does student involvement in community and professional service have to be in collaboration with faculty?

No, student involvement in community and professional service (Criterion F2) does not need to be in collaboration with faculty. Service opportunities should help students understand the contexts of the public health workforce outside of an academic setting. We do encourage programs to facilitate sharing of service opportunities between and among faculty and students as a best practice.

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