Guest Blog: Rural Health Professions Program Annual Report

Service Learning Students 2012The College of Public Health has just completed another productive and exciting year of our Rural Health Professions Program. We continue to grow and expand our service learning programs, policy practicums and internships. Our partnership with the Arizona Area Health Education Centers Program continues to strengthen all of our public health programs at the undergraduate, MPH and DrPH levels. It provides diverse opportunities for our students, faculty and community partners to develop new and innovative partnerships.
The overall goal of the Rural Health Professions Program focuses on increasing the numbers of public health students who practice in rural and under-served communities in the state of Arizona. One of our cornerstone activities to promote public health work in rural areas is offering service-learning courses to students at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Courses require out of town travel, long days, and a real spirit for public health service.
The only expense for the course is one tuition credit, but all of travel expenses are covered, including hotel, food and travel. It is a great opportunity!  Enrollment in each of the courses is limited to 15 students and you get to work closely with three faculty members and many community partners.
This year, as we gear up for the Rural Health Professions Program, we are excited to announce a vibrant service learning program including five different service learning courses,  individual policy practicums and stipends to support MPH internships in under-served areas of Arizona!
So grab your hat, put on your sun screen, pack up your backpack, grab your passport and get involved in some wonderful rich experiences in our Arizona communities and the border region. Click here to learn more about the available Service Learning Courses.

Finally, if you are planning an internship focused on a project or program in under-served communities throughout Arizona you may apply for a stipend of up to $5000 to support your internship work and collaborate with one of our five Area Health Education Centers.
You can view our 2012 Annual Report here. For more information, just contact me!
Jill Guernsey de Zapien, Associate Dean for Community Programs.

Jill de Zapien

Jill de Zapien
Associate Dean, Community Programs
Location: Drachman Hall, A317D 
Phone: 520-626-7083


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