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HIV-play -AlbaniaServe 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 the pandemic, and create programs that provide emotional and financial support to families and communities affected by the disease. Photo courtesy of Peace Corps.

If you choose Health, take three courses from ONE of the following areas:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Human Development and Social Relations
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

Suggested courses (courses in any of majors listed above can count for PC Prep work in the Health sector):

  • BIOL 112 Cells, Genes and Inheritance
  • BIOL 251 Introduction to Nutrition Science
  • BIOL 341 Cell Physiology
  • BIOL 343 Immunology
  • BIOL 382 Viral Disease Ecology
  • BIOL 461 Microbiology
  • BIOL 462 Parasitology
  • CCCE 101 Public Health
  • CCCE 102 Epidemiology
  • CCCE 103 Global Health
  • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry
  • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 331 Equilibrium and Analysis
  • CHEM 371 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
  • ESEM 150 Diseases Without Borders: From Anthrax to Zika
  • PHIL 363 Bioethics
  • PSYC 116 Behavior, Health Care and Society
  • PSYC 374 Intro to Counseling Skills
  • PSYC 220 Adult Psychopathology
  • PSYC 376 Health Psychology
  • SOAN 333 Medical Anthropology and Global Health
  • SOAN 335 Health, Medicine and Society

And build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity such as:

  • 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
  • Counseling or teaching in health subjects
  • Working as a resident adviser in a dormitory, as a peer nutritionist or as a sexually transmitted infections counselor
  • Significant experience in mechanical repairs, construction, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, hydrology or set design

Examples include, but are not limited to the following volunteer and internship opportunities:

  • Achieva Resources
  • Animal Care Alliance
  • Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency
  • Aseracare Hospice
  • Birth-to-Five, Inc
  • Cutting Edge Physical Therapy
  • Fairbanks School of Public Health
  • Friends Fellowship
  • Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Care of Richmond
  • Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research
  • Jacy House
  • Premier Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Reid Health
  • Solstreme
  • Stark Neuroscience Research Institute
  • Sunrise, Inc. Therapeutic Riding for the Handicapped
  • Wayne County Health Clinic
  • Wayne County WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program
  • Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center, Inc.
  • Whitewater Eye Center
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