Massachusetts is home to a large number of colleges and universities that are conducting groundbreaking research on important public health issues, as well as training the public health workforce of the future. DPH is currently working to coordinate our partnerships with these colleges and universities in order to:
- Promote public health as a profession;
- Create meaningful student experiences;
- Enhance capabilities of current staff; and
- Optimize public health research and practice.
As part of this effort, we have formed an Academic Partnerships Team composed of representatives from colleges and universities across the Commonwealth, as well as representatives from throughout DPH. Meetings of this group will take place at least annually. The first meeting was held on February 11, 2015; minutes from this meeting may be found at the link below.
Initial efforts of these partnerships will be focused in three areas:
- Internships - Activities in this area will focus on designing experiences that are tailored to the level of the student while contributing in a meaningful way to ongoing projects within the Department.
- Staff training - Activities in this area will focus on identifying and providing training opportunities for current staff to optimize public health practice through use of the latest knowledge and techniques available.
- Public health research - Activities in this area will focus on working together to identify potential collaborative projects and optimize use of data and evidence-based practices throughout the Department.
For more information about academic partnerships, please contact Candace Nelson.