Workshop C

Practice-Based Learning: Why and How

Jacey Greece, DSc, MPH, Department of Community Health Sciences
Gouri Gupte, PhD, MHA, Department of Health Policy and Management
Boston University School of Public Health

Workshop Goals:
This workshop will engage participants in a discussion about practice-based learning. Practice-based learning links students to practical problems and fosters academic and agency collaboration. This is a mutually beneficial dynamic that best prepares students for the field and builds partnerships. Course assignments can include deliverables that demonstrate student understanding and can be used by the agency. Students in these courses at School of Public Health create multiple deliverables aligned with the course for various stakeholders based on the problem statement and needs of the agency. For example, students develop public/healthcare programs for agencies such as Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Medical Center, and other healthcare facilities. This has resulted in acquiring additional professional skills and internship opportunities.
The learning objectives for this session will be achieved through hands on activities, allowing for an engaging learning environment. This interactive session will address the process for establishing partnerships for practice-based learning opportunities, and articulate the benefits to students, faculty and the surrounding community in forging these partnerships. Challenges in creating these learning opportunities will be identified and discussed. Finally, we will discuss how to evaluate these practice-driven courses.

Target Audience:
Faculty interested in learning about practice-based learning and using real-life projects to develop student’s professional skills and meet technical competencies.