Professional Development Offerings

    Outreach provides a variety of services for the purpose of professional development. Goals for these courses are:

    • to raise awareness of the connections between environmental quality and human health
    • to develop knowledge about specific environmental health issues, especially those of local interest
    • to expand participant interest in environmental health research

    As such they increase the knowledge and understanding about environmental health among secondary school teachers, nurses, pharmacy students, and environmental quality professionals.

    • The COEC Summer Teacher Institute was expanded to include year round professional development for teachers with current science and lessons based from the existing curriculum.
      • Science Thursdays - in partnership with the Tucson Unifed School District, this program brought fifteen teachers together every six weeks to discuss environmental helath problems in the local area.
      • TCE Symposium - in partnership with the Sunnyside Unified School District, teachers in this program are implementing SWEHSC lessons about the TCE Contamination and Cleanup in Tucson.
    • The pharmacy student course uses environmental health as a context for promoting understanding of health literacy, using a service learning approach. They serve in the classrooms of teachers who use SWEHSC curriculum.
    • The environmental quality professionals in the City of Tucson have requested environmental health training from the COEC during the spring of 2007.


    PCOL 819: Health Literacy: Service Learning

    Instructor: Marti Lindsey, email
    520-626-3692, Skaggs Building Room 311

    PCOL819 is an elective service-learning course for the College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona. It is a course with lab for students with an interest in pharmacy or other health-related careers. Students attend class once per week and do service learning / volunteer work as part of the course.

    Students study health literacy, environmental health topics, and the materials to be used in their service learning experiences. They complete assignments; make very short presentations about the materials and their outreach experiences, post comments about their service learning experiences, and a final paper. New service learning experiences have been added to the course.

    Now, in addition to working in classrooms teaching about human anatomy, service can be provided to libraries & schools through a family night event.

    This course may be open for students not enrolled in the College of Pharmacy by request

    Laboratory courses must maintain a minimum of 45 contact hours per unit of credit.