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  1. Erwin, Paul Campbell MD, DrPH
  2. McNeely, Clea S. DrPH
  3. Grubaugh, Julie H. MPH, CHES
  4. Valentine, Jennifer MSN, RN
  5. Miller, Mark D. MS
  6. Buchanan, Martha MD


Academic Health Departments (AHDs) are collaborative partnerships between academic programs and practice settings. While case studies have informed our understanding of the development and activities of AHDs, there has been no formal published evaluation of AHDs, either singularly or collectively. Developing a framework for evaluating AHDs has potential to further aid our understanding of how these relationships may matter. In this article, we present a general theory of change, in the form of a logic model, for how AHDs impact public health at the community level. We then present a specific example of how the logic model has been customized for a specific AHD. Finally, we end with potential research questions on the AHD based on these concepts. We conclude that logic models are valuable tools, which can be used to assess the value and ultimate impact of the AHD.