Community Colleges and Public Health: Phases 1-3

Phase 3: Planning for Community College Programs in Public Health (2015-2018)

Phase 3 of the project invited community colleges to submit plans for new or revised programs in public health at their institutions. A series of webinars was conducted and the Guide to Public Health and Health Navigation Education in Community Colleges prepared to assist colleges in this work. The League recognized 14 innovative community colleges for developing or enhancing courses, certificate programs, and associate degree programs in public health with Riegelman Awards, sponsored by Richard and Linda Riegelman and Jones & Bartlett Learning and presented at the Innovations Conferences from 2016 through 2019.

Riegelman Award Recipients


  • College of Western Idaho


  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Montgomery County Community College
  • Palo Alto College


  • Bakersfield College
  • Doña Ana Community College
  • Otero Junior College
  • Queensborough Community College


  • Erie Community College
  • Harford Community College
  • Itawamba Community College
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • Northern Essex Community College

Phase 2: Developing Prototype Curricula (2013-2014)

Phase 2 of the project (September 2013–September 2014) was recommended by the Expert Panel. While the first phase examined roles community colleges could play in public health education, the second phase examined the roles community colleges should play. To that end, Phase 2 included developing prototype curricula for community college programs that can fulfill workforce needs and provide career ladders for graduates. These prototypes were vetted by the community college and public health communities. The prototype curricular models are included in the Community Colleges and Public Health Final Report.

Phase 1: Foundational and Consensus Statements (2012-2013)

In the first phase (November 2012–August 2013), an Expert Panel was convened to examine the needs, opportunities, and barriers that exist to development of education in public health as part of community colleges. The Panel created a set of Foundational and Consensus Statements that are included in the Community Colleges and Public Health Final Report.

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