At Harvard Chan, community engaged learning and scholarship serves an important role in public health education, offering students an opportunity to explore and exercise ethical and authentic engagement with community partners and stakeholders. Based on a service learning framework, students engage in their applied practice experience and research endeavors through a process of listening to learn, self-reflection, and attention to contexts and social systems – critical skills in public health practice and leadership development.
Community engaged learning and scholarship:
- is developed, implemented, and evaluated in collaboration with community;
- responds to community-identified concerns;
- attempts to balance the service that is provided and the learning that takes place;
- provides opportunities for ongoing critical reflection and examination of social issues while situating the self within a community setting.
Harvard Chan’s Office of Educational Programs offers two fellowship opportunities for students interested in community engaged learning, the Rose Service Learning Fellowship and the Harvard-Mississippi Delta Fellowship in Public Health.