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Community and Public Health Practice

Community and Public Health Practice


At UIC School of Public Health, we have a long history of working in partnership with community and governmental organizations to improve the health of the public and provide rich learning experiences for our students. The Office of Community and Public Health Practice helps to support SPH faculty, staff, students, and alumni in these community engagement activities. We currently have faculty, staff, and students working in numerous community-based projects around such areas as violence prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, maternal and child health, water quality, health disparities, asthma education and intervention, and many others. Using an action-learning model, our students are able to learn through hands-on experience with these real world public health challenges.


At the state level, the Associate Dean for Community and Public Health Practice, Richard Sewell, serves as Principal Investigator in the implementation of the Illinois State Health Improvement Plan which seeks to provide optimal physical, mental, and social well-being for all people in Illinois.  The UIC SPH MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice (MCPHP) helps to further this goal though programming aimed at developing the skills of the public health workforce to address the public health concerns of today and tomorrow.


A new initiative coordinated through the Office of Community and Public Health Practice is "Lunch with the Pros", a monthly forum showcasing a public health practitioner or faculty member. Lunch with the Pros was developed to provide students and the SPH community more exposure to the work and research going on in the field of public health.  Students, faculty, staff and members of our practicing community are welcome to attend.  Upcoming Lunch with the Pros events will be posted on the SPH event calendar.

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