Community Health Emphasis Program

Typical Products and Tasks

Year 1 (Spring): Planning

Time Available:  3-4 hours per afternoon, twice per week


  • Literature review as foundation of the project
  • Design project of appropriate scope to meet objectives
  • Define methods and timeline
  • Select and learn appropriate research skills for the project
  • Provide volunteer assistance in community of the project
  • Create profile of sponsoring organization/community partner
  • Participate in Institutional Review Board (IRB) training; draft and submit IRB proposal
  • Conduct focus groups or in-depth interviews with people impacted by the problem and/or providers


  • Literature review
  • Profile of sponsoring organization/community partner
  • IRB proposal and approval
  • Project plan

Year 1 (Summer): Implementation

Time Available:  Eight weeks full-time (40 hours per week) with stipend

Possible Activities:

  • Gather baseline data
  • Conduct focus groups, in-depth interviews, etc.
  • Implement surveys
  • Refine literature review
  • Indentification of project barriers, possible solutions and adjustments
  • Field test the project plan; modify if necessary
  • Present baseline data and new strategies to community
  • Grantwriting classes and grant applications
  • Draft report on implementation
  • Make recommendations for future projects in this area
  • Outline analysis strategies for second year semesters one and two

Sample Projects:

  • Baseline data, project implementation, and/or field test report
  • Focus group, or in-depth interview reports (if appropriate)
  • Copies of educational program and/or materials developed (if appropriate)

Year 2 (Fall): Analysis, Continuity

Time Available:  3-4 hours per afternoon, twice per week

Possible Activities:

  • Review analysis strategy
  • If appropriate, continue collecting data
  • Meet with a biostatistician, if appropriate, to help analyze data
  • Refine and submit grant funding proposals
  • Start outlines for publishable papers and presentations
  • Research related organizations for interest in the project
  • Meet with mentors to review recommendations for future projects in this area
  • Design strategy for community evaluations of the project and products developed
  • Present preliminary project results to community
  • Develop Project Transition Plan

Sample Products:

  • Preliminary analysis report
  • Grant proposal
  • Community evaluation report
  • Presentation to community
  • Project Transition Plan

Year 2 (Spring): Presentation and Conclusion

Time Available:  3-4 hours per afternoon, twice per week


  • Report on consequences of intervention (if applicable)
  • Make recommendations for future study
  • Present project results to peers and faculty
  • Present project results to community
  • Make presentations to area faculty and first year students
  • Identify community preferences for continuation or next steps, if feasible
  • Prepare publication/abstract drafts and submit

Possible Products/Portfolio:

  • Data analysis, health products, and/or post intervention evaluation report
  • Recommendations for future student projects or follow-up in the project area
  • Copies of presentations to academic, student, and community audiences
  • Focus group reports
  • Grant proposals
  • Reflections


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