In recent years, there has been an increase in collaborations between universities and local community agencies. During the 2005-2006 academic year, the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health began a community—university partnership with Hosanna House Inc., a local community service center. The initial phase of this partnership included holding a departmental community development course at the community service center. Information from student journals, course evaluations, and key informant interviews were used to describe the attitudes and perspectives of the students, course instructor, and key informants toward this experience. Overall, this experience positively affected the personal and professional development of the students and was well received by faculty and staff within the academic department and community service center. The authors anticipate that this information will promote and serve as a reference for similar community—university partnerships at other schools of public health.
- community development
- community—university partnerships
- public health education