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Grant Funding to Support Academic Service Learning in Ferris’ Public Health Program

Ferris State UniversityOne of Ferris State University’s newest degree programs is poised to develop its academic service learning opportunities, supported by an Engaged Department Initiative grant from the university’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

The Public Health program received one of two $5,000 awards, according to Margaret Wan, the program coordinator for the College of Health Professions’ Master of Public Health degree.

“We have many specialties within our program,” Wan said. “This will be very conducive for students who focus on Environmental Health Sciences, for example. They need more hands-on experience, rather than sitting and learning by lecture.”

Wan said that since Public Health is in its inaugural year, the college sees great opportunities, and minimal difficulty arising from their efforts to include academic service learning in the curriculum.

“Ferris is well known for providing practical experience to its students,” Wan said. “We will strive to offer experiential learning, giving those in Public Health opportunities to develop their critical-thinking skills, and problem-solving capabilities.”

Fathima Wakeel, the program coordinator for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health and faculty member Anuli Njoku also collaborated on the successful grant application.

“We will be expanding our rural health focus with support from this initiative,” Wan said. “Eventually, we would also hope to develop study abroad opportunities, and offer assistance where our students make their visits.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Ferris State University’s Public Health program will use an Engaged Department Initiative grant from the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to bolster its academic service learning opportunities.