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WashU, Tennessee: Academic-Practice Partnerships Are Growing

Partnerships that provide students with practical experience are increasingly offered by accredited schools and programs of public health, according to research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Tennessee.

Jenine Harris

Researchers surveyed 117 schools and programs of public health, of which 55 percent said they had academic health departments (AHDs). “Partnerships are valuable for providing students with opportunities to apply classroom theory and knowledge to real world settings,” wrote Dr. Paul Erwin, lead author and head of the Department of Public Health at the University of Tennessee.

The partnerships also benefic academic research and practitioners, added Dr. Jenine Harris, a co-author and Associate Professor at the Brown School.

The level of partnerships reflected in the study moves public health closer to recommendations by the National Academy of Medicine. “The isolation of academic institutions from practice, although not completely resolved, at least appears via our study to be substantially lessened,” the authors conclude.

The study was published in the July-August issue of Public Health Reports.  To read more: