The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will offer a service-learning course to all UMB students for the fall 2016 semester.
Students will receive hands-on, professional experience with community health programs by working with partner organizations in the community surrounding UMB.
Through service learning students will learn how community health programs are developed, organized, implemented, and evaluated as well as how interprofessional teams successfully function, how to interact with individuals and groups living in our community, and how to report on their observations to peers and supervisors.
Students who wish to take this course will register through their school’s normal registration process.
Course Description and Requirements
Course Name: CIPP 970: Interprofessional Service, Social Justice, and Our Community
Semester Offered: Fall 2016
Course Credit: 1 credit hour (tuition free)
Hosting School: University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate School
Instructor: Jane Lipscomb PhD, RN
Office Telephone: 410-706-7647
Course Introduction & Goals
This course links the experiential with the theoretical by providing hands-on professional experience in the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s surrounding community. Students from all University programs are encouraged to enroll in this course.
Providing true service-learning is the ultimate goal of this course in which students will learn by providing for the expressed need of the community. Students will learn how community health programs (broadly defined) are developed, organized, implemented and evaluated, how interprofessional teams successfully function, how to interact with individuals and groups living in our community, as well as how to report back their observations to peers and supervisors. Students will work with organizations with which the University has formed partnerships to meet the course learning objectives. Students will be required to reflect on the service-learning experience in formal written reflections.
Service learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development. Reflection is a key element of service learning. It is one of the elements that differentiates service learning from community service. Equally important in differentiating service learning from community service is reciprocity between the person providing the service and the person receiving the service. Through the reciprocity associated with service learning, students gain a better sense of belonging to that community while community members are empowered to address and advocate for their own needs.
Course Co- Pre-Requisites
Co-registration in CIPP 971 encouraged.
Students will be matched with at least one student from another professional school and select from among several community-based projects underway at the UMB Community Engagement Center for their service learning experience. All students will spend some of the required hours “out in the community” meeting our neighbors, where they live, work, and play. Each student, under the mentorship of CEC staff, will complete a total of 40 hours of service-learning, a minimum of five hours of classroom training (with faculty), and a series of assignments (see Grading below). The classroom content will include principles of service learning, community engagement and strategies for working in a reciprocal relationship with community partners. Students will work in small inter-professional groups two to three students for their service learning/project.
We will meet in-person 3 times over the course of the semester. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Community Engagement Center (1 N. Poppleton St. – BioPark area). During this meeting students will receive an orientation to the class, principles of service learning and your Southwest Baltimore neighbors/community. All meetings will take place in the Community Engagement Center. The second meeting will serve as a mid-semester group check in and peer mentoring. The final meeting will be a presentation about your “take home” product and discuss your experiences in the course.