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Community-Based Practice Through Civic Engagement

4th term
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
2 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Gundula Bosch

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Do you find yourself looking for meaningful ways to contribute to educational projects in the community, and at the same time learn with and from community partners about how to assess the educational outcomes of civic engagement projects? Have you ever wondered how you can live community engagement even if you are not on campus? Are you interested in finding out how to appraise the effectiveness of community-based projects?

Examines a participatory, online service-learning approach to enable students regardless of geographical location to engage in real-word, community-based, educational projects. Acquaint students to work with Baltimore-based community organizations through critical reflection on issues of equity and professional practice. Emphasizes the application of professional skills to real-world issues. Discusses the limitations and ethical aspects inherent to civic engagement work. Prepares students to develop evaluation plans and materials for the organizations’ identified programs. Emphasizes translation of experiences with Baltimore Community-based organizations into local contexts. Focuses on building reciprocal partnerships that reach beyond “consultancy.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the importance of equitable partnerships in professional practice to advance community outcomes.
  2. Explain the importance of socio-historical aspects in addressing an educational problem in a community context
  3. Find programmatic evaluation needs in Baltimore community-based organizations’ identified programs
  4. Propose equitable, community-driven, and scientifically sound evaluation methods that support the work of Baltimore community-based organizations
  5. Construct assessment tools that measure K-12 learning, volunteer impact, and program efficiency in collaboration with partnering Baltimore Community-based organizations
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Discussion
  • 20% Reflection
  • 30% Written Assignment(s)
  • 30% Final Project

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course is part of the JHSPH R3 Graduate Science Program