Community Engaged Learning Fellowships Program

Jocelyn Chu, MPH, ScDGreetings!

The complex nature of public health challenges calls for deep and continued engagement with the communities most impacted and requires scholars and practitioners alike to obtain the skills and experience needed to work collaboratively, equitably, and effectively across broad networks of stakeholders. Public health education has the unique opportunity to offer students field-based learning and training to sharpen skills in collaborative approaches and community engagement.  

Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Fellowships at Harvard Chan support students and post-doctoral fellows across the school in all degree programs through a cohort-based model where fellows make new connections with each other to share observations, questions, and challenges, and reflect on their approach to public health research and practice.  

Community Engaged Learning requires fellows to take on the posture of a learner, to articulate their positionality in relation to the issue being addressed, and a willingness to be proximal to the people most impacted by the issue. The practice of critical reflection is emphasized to challenge assumptions and beliefs and make meaning of the learning experience.  

I invite you to learn more about the different fellowship opportunities under the CEL umbrella and read the stories from the field by our recent cohort of fellows.  

Yours in community,

Jocelyn C. Chu, MPH, ScD

Director of Community Engaged Learning