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
  • 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.

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  • Introduction: Service Learning and the Socio Ecological Model 
  • The Last Straw: Social  Determinants of Health
  • Entering and Exiting Communities: The Role of Culture
  • Education: Access and Privilege
  • Environment: The Impact on Health
  • Social and Health Services
  • Food Insecurities 
  • The Role of Interprofessional Health Care Teams (UMHS Transplant Team)

 

Peace Neighborhood Center Workshop

Peace Neighborhood Center, one of the community partner sites for the course, offers educational, health, and fiscal independence programs for children and families. In addition to tutoring each week, the students placed at Peace Neighborhood during the fall 2015 semester planned and implemented a budget-friendly healthy eating workshop for parents. Students selected healthy recipes, determined the price per serving size, and made samples for all of the workshop attendees. Students covered a wide range of topics related to healthy eating, including MyPlate, the importance of breakfast, and healthy snacking. Ninety percent of attendees agreed or strongly agreed that they learned something new and would cook the recipes prepared by the students for their families. This workshop was a great success and future workshops for winter 2016 are being developed.

  

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Peace Neighborhood Center Workshop

Peace Neighborhood Center, one of the community partner sites for the course, offers educational, health, and fiscal independence programs for children and families. In addition to tutoring each week, the students placed at Peace Neighborhood during the fall 2015 semester planned and implemented a budget-friendly healthy eating workshop for parents. Students selected healthy recipes, determined the price per serving size, and made samples for all of the workshop attendees. Students covered a wide range of topics related to healthy eating, including MyPlate, the importance of breakfast, and healthy snacking. Ninety percent of attendees agreed or strongly agreed that they learned something new and would cook the recipes prepared by the students for their families. This workshop was a great success and future workshops for winter 2016 are being developed.

  

“Collaboration among health professionals leads to better patient care, and allows the treatment team to address the whole person and not just their medical problem. It is also important in addressing issues that could be contributing or directly causing a patient’s health problems, like a poor living environment, and in transitioning to a more preventative approach to healthcare.” - Jennifer Ramsey, Nursing Student
FAQ
  • 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 and attend 8 interprofessional team based classes. Through class participation, reflection, and guided discussions, 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.

  • 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
  • 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, etc.) to ServiceForHealth@umich.edu.

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Friday, November 14, 2014
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