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At the heart of our work is an approach called Practice-Based Teaching (PBT), which seeks to connect organizations all over the world to students and faculty within BUSPH classrooms.

We utilize the PBT approach to engage BUSPH masters and doctoral students, under the guidance of experienced faculty, to develop tailored solutions for specific public-health problems faced by partner organizations. Projects are designed and executed to follow the PBT Steps Framework that was developed by co-founders Jacey Greece and James Wolff. This framework involves five sequential steps.


STEPS Framework

PBT collaboration provides benefits to the agency and the communities they serve — while also training students for the public health workforce.

Securing Partnerships for PBT
Technology & Training for PBT
Engagement & Implementation of PBT
Presenting Deliverables of PBT Collaboration
Sizing Up the Results of PBT Collaboration

Foundation = PBT Course Design

  • Foundational Knowledge
  • Professional Development
  • Teamwork & Leadership
  • Self-Direction
  • Reflection
  • Skill-Based Competencies
  • Assessment
  1. Securing Partnerships: We receive requests from partner organizations looking for support. During this first step, we work closely with participating organizations to understand their specific needs and context, establish clear expectations, and identify specific, actionable project deliverables.
  2. Technology and Training: In the early stage of each project, our team engages participating organizations to provide access to, and training on, technology, infrastructure and learning management systems that enable seamless collaboration and remove barriers to problem-solving.
  3. Engagement and Implementation: This step is focused on rapid-cycle problem-solving to achieve specific, actionable project deliverables. It involves a high degree of collaboration and communication among students, faculty, and organizations. A key focus during this step is on creating high performing teams, strengthened by ongoing feedback and real-time optimization.
  4. Presenting Deliverables: Once project work is complete, this step involves stakeholder presentations (either in person or virtual, depending on geography) detailing project deliverables. This step can involve presentation to and engagement of broader stakeholder groups, such as at conferences or convenings.
  5. Sizing up Results: The final step involves an assessment of the collaboration, scopes of work, and final deliverables. We seek to determine process effectiveness, success against objectives, utility of final deliverables and collaboration to the organizations, and student achievement and competencies developed.

Want to learn more about PBT?

Read more about the STEPS framework and its benefits here, or download the full article below.

A Framework for Practice-Based Teaching in Public Health

Long TermThe Effectiveness and Flexibility of Practice-Based Teaching- A Long-term, Cross-disciplinary Evaluation

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