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Scholarly Project Guideline for Urban and Community Health:

UCH Scholarly Projects are expected to relate to core competencies. 

Projects should: 1) include formal engagement with a community partner, and/or 2) address health disparities or important public health issues (see health priorities outlined in the Healthy People 2020 and Healthier Wisconsin 2020 health plans). 

Relevant project options include mentored community-engaged research, health disparities research, community health assessment or health improvement program (with evaluation). 

Student leaders may plan and evaluate an approved service-learning experience as their scholarly project.  Service learning experiences must equally balance student learning and community service and comply with the MCW Community Service Guidelines.  Projects resulting from a service learning experience must comply with general MCW Scholarly Project Guidelines  and meet Glassick’s criteria for scholarship.


Glassick’s Criteria applied to Community Engagement

Clear Goals

Shared goals, importance to community served, “SMART” objectives*

Adequate preparation

Knowledge of scientific background and local assets and needs; history, attitudes, structure and economic realities of partners; broad-based support/ mutual understanding

Appropriate Methods

Appropriate, valid methods chosen and carried out through participatory means, with meaningful input from the population of interest

Significant Results

Measures of inputs, process, outcomes, achievement of objectives.  Results meaningful scientifically and to community – inform local action.

Effective Presentation

Publication or presentations appropriate to stakeholders; scientific peers, community, media, policy-makers

Reflective Critique

Critical reflection on partnership, processes, results and impact to guide community action



UCH Scholarly Project Proposals should include:

  • Faculty mentor
  • Community partner and/or target community of interest
    • Community input, target population, need to be addressed, intended outcomes
  • Scholarship plan
    • Background and significance
    • Project aims/ goals
    • Methods
    • Anticipated results
    • Presentation plan
    • Reflective critique
  • Learning objectives
    • How project ties to students’ pathway goals, core curriculum
    • Students’ role on the project
  • Agreements – In addition to a Mentor Agreement form, community-engaged projects must include a letter of support from the community partner.

Contact Us

Pathways staff are located in the Academic Affairs Office.

Clinician Educator,
Physician Scientist

Meaghan Hayes

Urban & Community Health
Hilary Chavez, MS

Bioethics, Master Clinician,

Jen Kraus