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Proposed Guidance Definition of Academic Public Health Practice from the A and P Public Health Practice Subcommittee

Academic Public Health Practice is the application of public health scholarship, knowledge and skills to practice settings through collaboration with government entities, policy makers, community and advocacy organizations, non-governmental organizations, and health care delivery systems.

Faculty engage in academic public health practice through interdisciplinary research and technical assistance when they connect with practitioners to bring science and practice skills to the process of assessing problems, developing interventions, and assuring effective implementation and evaluation of those interventions. Public health practice also includes advancing scholarship through publication, teaching, and communication efforts that convey the skills and tools needed to translate research into practice applications.

Academic public health practice is distinct from academic service. Service activities are those that contribute to governing and sustaining academic environments and professions. Examples of academic service include peer review of manuscripts and proposals, leadership in professional associations, and participation on School committees.

Contributions to Academic Public Health Practice are evidenced by leadership, high quality peer reviewed reports and publications, funding, and impact on the policies and practice of public health.

Examples of evaluation criteria have been compiled by the Association of Schools of Public Health and include:Research on practice attributable to the faculty member represents a contribution to moving a discipline forward.

Additional examples and guidance are presented in Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), Demonstrating Excellence in Academic Public Health Practice, June 1999.

Publications on Academic Public Health Practice