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Baltimore Community Practicum

2nd Term
Variable Credit
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Class Time(s)
Tuesday, 3:30 - 4:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year


Conducts a project involving a defined denominator population at a community-based organization or local health department. Participates in seminar sessions that cover basic methods of outreach to community organizations, attitudes and values about the role of professionals in community-based work, the social contract required of service professionals, and the attitudes required for effective public health practice.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe in detail, as well as summarize, the development and operation of an on-going community-based public health project
  2. Describe the organizational structure of one particular public health practice site and its relationship with its community
  3. Demonstrate practical methods for promoting partnerships between communities, public health agencies, academic institutions, and community-based organizations
  4. Explain the basic concepts of community-based participatory research, service-learning, and civic professionalism
  5. Articulate their values and attitudes about community engagement and ways of developing partnerships
  6. Demonstrate effective communication and presentation skills, as well as how to give and receive constructive feedback from peers, supervisors, and community members
  7. List and briefly describe in their final presentation and paper, the ten most important items of content learned from their faculty and preceptors and documented in their journal
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% The community preceptor's evaluation
  • 20% Participation in weekly seminar
  • 20% Written Assignment(s)
  • 20% Presentation(s)
  • 20% Final Paper
Special Comments

Students must apply to the Baltimore Community Practicum course. Applications open on the 1st day of 1st term each year. Students will be able to review all available projects for the year, and determine which projects they are most interested in pursuing. More details can be found online at Once students apply to the course and are accepted, students will be granted permission to register for the course. Students must enroll in both 2nd and 3rd terms of the course each year. Weekly seminars will run at the following times: 2nd term - Tuesdays from 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm; 3rd term - Tuesdays from 12:15 pm - 1:05 pm