Evaluating the Impact and Effectiveness of Community-Engaged, Hybrid, Problem-Based Curricular Models


A year ago, the School of Nursing and Health Studies launched a minor of Health Education & Promotion. The curriculum was designed with community partners and based on national competencies in health education with the goal of giving students opportunities to put theory into practice in order to address regional health challenges.  

Our team of faculty and staff has transformed into a community of practice, moving beyond course design to raising questions for evaluation and scholarship that have implications for our campus as well as to the field of public health and to higher education.

We would like to examine these questions as a learning community with others across campus who are interested in exploring best ways of assessing effectiveness and impact of CBL in blended learning formats.


1) Determine measures and strategies for program evaluation; 2) design and/or implement strategies to determine the impact and effectiveness of CBL and problem based learning in blended formats;  3) Analyze and discuss the findings; 4) prepare an abstract for a peer reviewed conference or journal (Pedagogy of Health Promotion); 5) Provide recommendations for CBLR surveys (proposed from the Carnegie work group) that measure impact of CBL.

This topic aligns with the university’s focus on community engagement and campus efforts to obtain Carnegie classification around CBL. Our group may be able to assist in piloting some of the surveys recommended the UWB Carnegie committee.