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Serve on the Front Lines of Global Health. Health volunteers work within their communities to promote important topics such as nutrition, maternal and child health, basic hygiene, and water sanitation. Volunteers also work in HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs to train youth as peer educators, develop appropriate education strategies, provide support to children orphaned by a pandemic, and create programs that provide emotional and financial support to families and communities affected by the disease.

Students interested in health may focus on a concentration in: Nursing; Public Health; Health Communication; Pre-med; Biology; Technical Education; or Environmental Education.

Students are required to take three courses from the following:

  • BI/CH 76: Environmental Health
  • BI 216 & 317: Epidemiology
  • BI 310: Community Nutrition
  • BEN 300:  Biomedical Instrumentation
  • CO 248: Health Communication
  • EG 31: Fundamentals of Engineering   
  • EG 390,391: Senior Design
  • NS 112: Health Care Delivery (Service Learning)
  • NS 301: Health and Wellness
  • NS 330 Public Health (with optional practicum in Nicaragua)
  • NS 332: Public Health for Non-Nursing Students
  • PBH 101: Global Public Health and Social Justice
  • PBH 201:  Public Health, Disease, and Injury (new for fall 2018)
  • PY 281: Community Mental Health


Students must also build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity, such as:

  • NS 112: Healthcare Delivery Systems: Students work with local elementary schools, hospitals, or the Hope Dispensary low-cost pharmacy to create and implement health education initiatives
  • Volunteer or work experience in such areas as HIV/AIDS outreach, hospice, family planning counseling, emergency medical technician (EMT) or CPR teaching/certification, maternal health, and hands-on caregiving in a hospital, clinic, or lab technician setting
    • i.e. local hospitals, Yale Oncology Fellowship, Lourdes Pilgrimage, internship at Americares or Catholic Medical Mission Board
  • Counseling or teaching in health subjects
  • Working as a resident advisor in a dormitory, as a peer nutritionist, or as a sexually transmitted infections counselor
  • Intern with the Global Scholars Program at a relevant site such as Starfish International in The Gambia, where students can practice health education or carry out a health-related research project
  • Significant experience in mechanical repairs, construction, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, hydrology, or set design


Students are required to have field experience hours and service learning courses determined or confirmed in writing by the faculty member teaching the course.

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