Building a Public Health Practicum

Reflections on Course Design

  • Sheena Ghanbari Serslev University of California San Diego
  • Nancy Binkin University of Callifornia San Diego
  • Paul Hadjipieris University of Callifornia San Diego
Keywords: backwards design, public health practicum, experiential learning, team-based learning, educational development, course redesign


Building a meaningful practicum for undergraduate students is a rewarding and labor-intensive process. This paper describes a professor’s experience in designing an experiential capstone public health course with support from faculty developers. Utilizing backwards design and deliberately integrating team-based learning strategies, this reflection shares the strengths and challenges of creating and implementing this course. Considerations for future community engaged coursework are also explored.

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