Service Learning for Health Professionals
Service Learning for Health Professionals (Pharmacy 503/Social Work 573/Public Health 503) is an interprofessional service-based class that explores issues of health disparities, poverty, and the medically-underserved.
- 2 credit hour course
- 20 hours of direct service with one of our community partners
- 2 hours observation with a Social Worker or a Pharmacist
- 8 discussion-based classes held on a Wednesday from 3:00-5:00pm
Service placements are available during daytime, evenings, and weekends. Students are responsible for their own transportation to placement sites.
To request permission to enroll, please send an email with your student ID number, which health profession program you are in (dentistry, kinesiology, nursing, public health, social work, etc.), and in which section (P503, PH503, or SW 573) you would like to enroll to ServiceForHealth@umich.edu.
- Why should I take the course?
This course offers unique experience for students to earn class credit for community service, engage in meaningful dialogue, and share ideas and views from their respective programs.
As interprofessional teams are becoming increasingly important to comprehensive client and patient care, the course is ideal for both undergraduate and graduate students, earning a degree in the health sciences. To learn more about Interprofessional opportunities, check out the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education.
- What will I do in the course?
Students taking the course will complete 20 hours of direct service, 2 hours of observation, and attend 8 interprofessional team based classes. Through class participation, reflection, and discussion, students will explore issues of health disparities, poverty, and the medically underserved.
- How is the course graded?
The 20 service hour requirement will be graded on a pass/fail basis. You must pass the service placement component in order to pass the class. Assignments are graded on a traditional scale.
- How is my placement site decided?
At the beginning of the semester, students will be able to rank placement site preferences based on their interest and availability. The site coordinator for the course will then match students based on availability and profession to ensure students are in interprofessional teams. If you have specific site related questions, please contact Caitlin Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When does the service take place?
Service site range in availability including daytime, evenings, and weekends.
- Do I need to have a car?
Students are responsible for their own transportation to placement sites. Though cars are helpful, many of the sites can be accessed by AATA bus routes in under half an hour.
- How do I find the course on Wolverine Access?
- Navigate to Wolverine Access (link)
- Click on U-M Course Catalog (in lower left corner)
- Click on Class Search
- Enter "Pharmacy" and "503" (or "SW" and "573" or "PUBHLTH" and "503") and unclick "Show Open Classes Only"
- Click on 001-REC Regular to open larger screen about the course
*Medical Students register through their department*
- How do I sign up for the course?
To request permission to enroll, please send an email with your student ID number and which health profession program you are in (dentistry, kinesiology, nursing, public health, social work, medical) to ServiceForHealth@umich.edu.