Community Colleges and Public Health Project Plans Second Phase
During the 2012-2013 academic year, the League for Innovation in the Community College (League), in collaboration with the Framing the Future Task Force convened by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), launched the Community Colleges and Public Health (CC&PH) project to explore the role of community colleges in the public health education continuum. An Expert Panel was formed to examine the potential roles that community colleges could play in the continuum of public health education, and the panel developed sets of Foundational and Consensus Statements. The community college and public health fields, as well as other interested parties, will be invited to provide feedback on these statements and on plans for Phase 2 of the project during a two-month period from mid-June through mid-August this year. Watch League and ASPH websites in coming weeks for information about how to provide feedback.
The feedback will be used to revise the Foundational and Consensus Statements, and will help inform Phase 2 of the project. The second phase is planned to examine the roles community colleges should play in public health education by developing prototype curricula for community college programs that can fulfill workforce needs and provide career ladders for graduates. These prototypes will be widely vetted by the community college and public health communities.
Phase 2, which begins this summer and continues through September 2014, is also being led by the League in collaboration with ASPH.
The CC&PH project plans to examine specific associate degree programs that can potentially articulate with existing bachelor's degree programs in public health or related fields. It also plans to examine associate degree or certificate programs that can build on the strengths of community colleges and fulfill workforce needs. These programs will be designed to build on a common core curricula. The potential role of a concentration or minor in public health will also be examined.
The project intends to have prototype curricula ready for review by June 2014.