The Region V Public Health Training Center helps strengthen the future public health workforce by connecting public health students with experiential learning opportunities. These may involve working with faculty to collaborate with practice agencies on capacity building projects, or student field placements that support public health organizations in addressing the social determinants of health.
The Community of Practice (CoP)
A virtual learning community designed to support students’ professional development and a competency-based product deliverable. In this community of practice, student interaction takes place during four, two-hour virtual meetings that cover topics pertinent to students soon entering the workforce.
Planned session topics include:
1. Getting the most out of your field placement
2. Recent MPH graduate panel – Tips and tools from peers who have recently graduated and completed a field placement
3. Creating a scientific poster – giving details on HRSA deliverables required of students completing a field placement funded by the Region V PHTC
4. Interprofessional practice – Transitioning into the workforce and working with colleagues of other professions Students also benefit from peer-to-peer discussions and work through case scenarios to apply interpersonal skills.
This strategic curriculum allows the student learner the opportunity to broaden the context of their learning by sharing experiences with a network of peers while tailoring the lessons learned in their own deliverables.