The College of Health and Public Affairs is actively engaged in education, research, service and community partnerships that enrich the lives of its students, faculty and staff while strengthening communities both in the region and beyond.
The college has an extensive network of partnerships focused on strengthening communities, including the following:
- The School of Social Work led a $2.3 million contract, funded by the Florida Department of Children and Families and conducted in collaboration with 14 schools of social work in Florida, to educate students for work as child protective investigators and case managers for the state.
- The Center for Community Schools and Child Welfare Innovation partners with school districts and communities throughout Florida to plan, implement and evaluate community schools based on a model developed at Evans High School in Orlando. For 2016–17, the center received $1.2 million from the state Legislature to support its efforts.
- The Doctor of Physical Therapy program partners with Cole Galloway, a nationally known scientist and innovator at the University of Delaware, to establish programs that enhance mobility in children and adults with a disability. The programs include UCF Go Baby Go! and Knights on the Go Café.
- The college’s Center for Community Partnerships supports the development of community-based partnerships that benefit the region. In 2016, the center accepted the “Outstanding Partner in Education Award” on behalf of UCF from Orange County Public Schools.
Many of the college’s students gain real-world experience while addressing needs in the community through service-learning; for example:
- Master’s degree students in communication sciences and disorders complete 400 hours of clinical training at speech, language and hearing clinics throughout the state and nation.
- Doctor of Physical Therapy students complete 34 weeks of full-time clinical training at affiliated sites throughout the region.
- Master of Public Administration students assess, analyze or evaluate programs for local public and nonprofit organizations.
- Both undergraduate and graduate students in social work complete field placements at agencies throughout the region as part of their curriculum.
- More than 500 health services administration majors annually complete a semester-long internship at a health care organization.
Regional Campus & Online Progams
- The college offers bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or minor programs at many UCF Regional Campuses.
- The college offers many online courses and several completely online programs and is a leader in online education at UCF.
Alumni Serving the Region
College alumni serve the region in many ways; highlights include:
- The police chiefs for the cities of Atlantic Beach, Apopka, Lake Mary, Oakland, Ocoee and Titusville in Florida are graduates of the college’s criminal justice or public administration programs.
- The managers of Lake, Osceola, Sarasota and St. Lucie counties are graduates of the college’s public administration programs.
- The vice president/COO of Health First Palm Bay Hospital is a two-time graduate of the college’s health managment and infomatics programs.
- The president/CEO of the Florida Health Care Coalition is a graduate of the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs.