• Introduction:

    As an Academic Health Department, Public Health’s goal is to integrate research, teaching, and service to enhance the quality of the work that we do and advance knowledge in the field. Our academic partnership strengthens our ability to identify and implement innovative, evidence-based solutions for complex health challenges facing our community. Public Health is helping to keep our community healthy, safe, and thriving while preparing the next generation of public health leaders and skilled practitioners.

Academic Health Department

As an Academic Health Department, Public Health’s goal is to integrate research, teaching, and service to enhance the quality of the work that we do and advance knowledge in the field. Our academic partnership strengthens our ability to identify and implement innovative, evidence-based solutions for complex health challenges facing our community. Public Health is helping to keep our community healthy, safe, and thriving while preparing the next generation of public health leaders and skilled practitioners.

What is an Academic Health Department?

An arrangement between an academic institution and a governmental public health agency which provides mutual benefits in teaching, research, and service, with academia informing the practice of public health, and the governmental public health agency informing the academic program. Our first partnership is with the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. We look forward to building additional partnerships within our region.

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Enhanced Education and Training: By becoming an academic health department, Public Health can collaborate with educational institutions to provide structured educational programs, internships, and practicums for students. This partnership facilitates the training of future public health professionals and ensures they receive practical, real-world experience.

Research Capacity Building: Academic health departments are often involved in research activities to address local health issues. By integrating research into everyday operations, Public Health can generate evidence-based solutions and contribute valuable data to inform public health policies and practices.

Improved Community Health Outcomes: Academic health departments emphasize community engagement and outreach. By leveraging academic partnerships, Public Health can develop and implement innovative health promotion programs, disease prevention initiatives, and community interventions aimed at improving health outcomes in Montgomery County.

Access to Funding and Resources: Academic health departments may have access to additional funding sources, grants, and research opportunities that can support Public Health in expanding programs and services. This financial support can enable the implementation of new initiatives and the enhancement of existing public health efforts.

Professional Development: Collaboration with academic institutions provides Public Health staff with opportunities for professional development, continuing education, and skill enhancement. They can participate in workshops, seminars, and conferences organized by academic partners, staying abreast of emerging trends and best practices in public health.

Policy Influence and Advocacy: As academic health departments engage in research and evidence-based practice, they can advocate for policy changes that promote public health and address health disparities within the community. Public Health can leverage these partnerships to influence local, state, and national health policies.

Innovation and Best Practices: Academic health departments foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. By exchanging knowledge and collaborating with academic institutions, Public Health can adopt best practices, implement new technologies, and explore innovative approaches to public health challenges.

Networking and Collaboration: Partnership with academic institutions expands Public Health’ network, fostering collaboration with researchers, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the public health community. These collaborations strengthen the department's capacity to address complex health issues and achieve sustainable improvements in community health.

Interdisciplinary Learning: Academic health departments can bring together faculty and resources from various disciplines such as medicine, public health, nursing, social work, and others. This interdisciplinary approach exposes students to a wide range of perspectives and knowledge domains, enriching their learning experience.

Practical Experience: Students often have opportunities for hands-on learning through internships, practicums, or research projects conducted in collaboration with academic health departments. This practical experience allows students to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world settings, enhancing their skills and preparing them for future careers.

Research Opportunities: Academic health departments frequently engage in research activities aimed at addressing community health issues. Students may participate in research projects, gaining valuable research skills, knowledge of research methodologies, and insights into public health challenges and solutions.

Networking: Engaging with an academic health department provides students with networking opportunities with professionals, researchers, and practitioners in the field of public health and healthcare. These connections can be valuable for career development, mentorship, and future job opportunities.

Community Engagement: Public Health has outreach programs aimed at improving community health. Students can participate in these initiatives, gaining firsthand experience in community engagement, health promotion, and disease prevention efforts.

Professional Development: Exposure to academic health departments can contribute to students' professional development by fostering critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and a deeper understanding of public health issues. This experience can make students more competitive in the job market or in further academic pursuits.

Leadership Skills: Opportunities within academic health departments, such as involvement in planning and implementing health programs or initiatives, can help students develop leadership skills. They may learn to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders and gain experience in project management.

Exposure to Health Policy: Academic health departments often influence health policy through their research and advocacy efforts. Students involved with these departments can gain insights into health policy development, implementation, and evaluation, which is crucial for understanding the broader context of public health practice.

Student Learning Experience Options

INTERVIEW A PUBLIC HEALTH EMPLOYEE

For students considering a career in public health, this is an opportunity to talk one-on-one with an employee working in a particular field of interest. Learn what’s rewarding about the position and what challenges you’re likely to face. Come with plenty of questions and be prepared to get the inside scoop!

JOB SHADOWING

Spend a day with a Public Health staff member as they complete their daily duties. Students will get a firsthand look at how employees accomplish their daily work. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable insights about the business of public health.

PROJECT BASED

Students seeking guidance, help, and partnerships with Public Health programs to complete a project as part of a degree based program should complete an online Student Experience Interest Form so that we can discuss the possibilities with you. An applied practicum experience helps you see how the knowledge, skills, and abilities learned in the classroom can be used to solve problems and address real public health issues

CLINICAL ROTATION

For students working toward a medical degree, this opportunity allows for a placement with a Public Health medical professional such as a nurse, nurse practitioner or lab technician.

RESEARCH

Public Health welcomes students to apply to do research using Public Health data and resources. Research is essential to the evidence-based practice of public health and continuous quality improvement. All research requests must meet HIPAA and regulatory requirements, and be approved by the Public Health Research Committee.

Disclaimer: The ability to accommodate a student request may be limited by the capacity of Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. Meeting the community's needs through prevention, promotion, and protection remains the foremost mission of Public Health. Appropriate documentation from the educational institution must be in place before a student learning experience begins. Please complete the Student Experience Interest form, so we may determine if your request can be met by Public Health.

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County's Medical Director, Dr. Becky Thomas speaks with Public Information Dan Suffoletto about Public Health's recent designation as an Academic Health Department.

As an Academic Health Department, Public Health’s goal is to integrate research, teaching, and service to enhance the quality of the work that we do and advance knowledge in the field. Our academic partnership strengthens our ability to identify and implement innovative, evidence-based solutions for complex health challenges facing our community. Public Health is helping to keep our community healthy, safe, and thriving while preparing the next generation of public health leaders and skilled practitioners.

Academic Health Department