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COMMUNITY-RELATED ISSUES/EDUCATION
Year : 2001  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 251-255

Evaluating a Community-based Multiprofessional Course in Community Health


Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, A tlanta, Georgia, USA

Correspondence Address:
Daniel S Blumenthal
Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


Purpose: To evaluate student response to a community health course taught using a small-group, interdisciplinary, service-learning approach. Method: Student evaluations for the course were reviewed for a 3-year period ( 1994 ± 1997 ). Results: Student evaluations of the course im proved over the 3-year period. A total of 60 ± 76% of the students indicated that they preferred the small-group experiential approach to lectures. Examination of evaluation scores for individual small groups showed that some small groups gave the course very high ratings, while others found the experience inadequate. Conclusion: A course in community health is best taught in the community rather than the classroom. A small-group approach may result in a course with considerable variation among groups as a result of variations in community receptivity, faculty skills, and perhaps other factors.


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