MHS in Clinical Leadership Summer 2022 (Term 2) Course: Community Engaged Health Improvement

MHS in Clinical Leadership Summer 2022 (Term 2) Course: Community Engaged Health Improvement

The Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership (MHS-CL) program is offering its popular CLP-217 course for the summer term 2. CLP-217 is offered on a 5-week format, from July 11-August 11. This program course is open to both degree and non-degree seeking learners. Clinicians, healthcare administrators, faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to participate as non-degree students.  In addition, some Duke employees may be eligible for the Duke Employee Tuition Assistance Program (

Summer Term 2 Course Description

CLP-217: Community Engaged Approaches to Health Improvement (5-week format)

Course Directors: Michelle J. Lyn, MBA, MHA, chief, Division of Community Health, Department Family Medicine and Community Health; lead, Community Health Initiatives and Strategy, Population Health Management Office; co-director, Center for Community and Population Health Improvement, Duke Health; and Mina Silberberg, associate professor; vice chief for research and evaluation, Division of Community Health, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

This course will provide an introduction to community engagement (CE), particularly community-engaged research (CEnR), as a tool for health improvement. Through course content, learners will gain an appreciation for the value of CE and its challenges.  They will gain basic skills in CE and will have an opportunity to strengthen those skills through a hands-on project.  Finally, they will be provided with the capacity and resources to continue to assess and develop their practice of engagement. Credit: 3.

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Define community, community engagement (CE), and community-engaged research (CEnR); explain the variety of CEnR approaches, e.g., CBPR, participatory action research, and determine when to use which.


  • Explain the benefits and challenges of CE and CEnR; understand practical and ethical issues of CE and CEnR; and understand local CE and CEnR initiatives.


  • Identify appropriate community partners.


  • Delineate the approaches used to establish and enhance collaboration with community stakeholders; understand socially-created power differentials and how they affect team dynamics; work to share power; evaluate strengths and weaknesses and develop improvement strategies for community engaged practice.


  • Collaboratively develop study designs and plans for data collection and analysis that reflect engagement and takes into consideration multiple factors, including rigor and community values and priorities; disseminate analytic results in a way that is meaningful and impactful for partners and that promotes translation of results into action. 


  • Collaboratively develop interventions that meet community needs, build on community assets, and reflect existing knowledge of population health improvement; design interventions with sustainability in mind, and collaborate to develop sustainability for successful project components. 


How to apply

For more information about summer course offerings or to apply, call (919) 681-7007 or e-mail

The Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership program is offered by the Duke University School of Medicine.