An Evaluation of Community Engaged Learning in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Courses
Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Courses are structured learning experiences that enhance student learning through the application of classroom content in real-world settings. The purpose of this evaluation was to understand the perceived impact of CEL courses, as reported by Master of Public Health students who graduated between 2012-2016. Data from 11 key informant interviews and 149 survey respondents resulted in five primary recommendations to sustain and improve CEL courses. Recommendations include establishing clear expectations with community partners (CPs), engaging CPs who serve more culturally-diverse populations, and providing greater instruction on transferring skills from CEL projects to students’ professional growth.
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