Thomas Jefferson University

Institute of Emerging Health Professions
SPEC: Skills for Professional Excellence in the Community


New to the Institute of Emerging Health Professions is our SPEC program, which stands for Skills for Professional Excellence in the Community.  The life of this program depends on job availability, as we strive to find job placement for each of our students (although job placement is not guaranteed).  Future offerings will be determined at the conclusion of our pilot program.

These students will come from three different tracks:

  1. Community Health Workers seeking advanced training. 
  2. Certified Peer Specialists.  If you are not a Certified Peer Specialist but are interested in becoming one, please see application here.
  3. Certified Recovery Specialists

Through advanced training, graduates of the SPEC program will learn how to build individual and community health knowledge in order to improve quality and cultural competence of needed health services through outreach, community education, social support, advocacy, and care counseling.

Program Details



Our 90-hour pilot program begins June 5, 2017.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the application, save to your computer as a PDF and send as email attachment to

Contact Us

Paula Stillman, MD, MBA
Director, Korman Center of Community Engagement

Phone: 215-503-1111