Professional Development


The Community Engagement Core (CEC) provides a variety of services for the purpose of professional development. The 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 of environmental health among secondary school teachers, nurses, pharmacy students, and environmental quality professionals.

  • The CEC 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 Unified School District, this program brought fifteen teachers together every six weeks to discuss environmental health 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.


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.