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Service Learning

Mobile wellness: UD a partner in community diabetes screening program

Students in the College of Health Sciences at UD take advantage of service and experiential learning opportunities in all kinds of ways. For more information, complete our INTEREST FORM, or simply contact Sarah LaFave at lafave@udel.edu

Service Learning Courses

CHS students in HLTH320 learn about chronic illness in the classroom and through volunteer visits to patient homes

Service Learning Courses in the College of Health Sciences include:

  • BHAN403, Adapted Physical Activity: in which students design, implement, and evaluate appropriate physical activity programs and interventions for individuals with special needs participating in a variety of clinical settings (e.g., schools, community centers, private clubs, camps, sport leagues, institutions, clinics, or group homes).
  • HLPR815, Health of Older Adults: in which students work in collaboration with older adults to promote healthy cooking, and to celebrate Older Americans Month.
  • HLTH320, Chronic Illness: From Person to Policy: in which students learn about chronic illness from a variety of perspectives, including through hands-on volunteer experience with community members living with cancer, MS, ALS, heart failure, and other chronic illnesses.
  • NTDT350, Nutrition in Older Adults: in which students spend 30 hours in the community, focused on a training program for feeding older adults at a nursing home, Meals on Wheels, and a health fair that focuses on food preparation and mental health issues.

These are just 4 examples of the dozens of service learning courses at UD. To learn more about service learning on campus, visit UD Office of Service Learning.

Student Organizations

CHS students in the Assistive Medical Technologies Club modify UDGoBabyGo! ride-on cars for kids with limited mobility

Service-Oriented Registered Student Organizations in Health at UD include:

  • Assistive Medical Technologies (AMT): a group dedicated to designing, building, and distributing cost-effective models of assistive medical devices to allow for non-discriminatory access and availability to various groups of people.
  • Canine Companions for Independence: a group that trains assistance dogs to be placed with adults and children who have physical or mental disabilities, free of charge. CCI dogs may be placed with any adult or child who is in a wheelchair, has autism, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, hearing loss or many other disabilities.
  • Lori’s Hands: a group that provides in-home volunteer assistance to people in the Newark community living with chronic illnesses.
  • YesUCan Extension: a group that creates opportunities for people with disabilities to stay active. This includes helping them exercise, socialize, and have fun! There are a variety of different options for the participants such as the 1:1 exercise program, adapted fishing, the Wednesday Night Swim, and many more. Yes U Can Extension provides volunteers for all of these programs so that adults in the community can participate free of charge.
  • These are just 4 examples of the hundreds of student organizations at UD. To learn more about student organizations on campus, visit UD Student Central.

    Service Learning Scholars

    CHS students research the effects of Wii exercise on the balance and fitness of older adults

    The University’s Service Learning Scholars Program provides highly motivated students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a service-learning project for 10 weeks in the summer in a setting outside of the classroom. Scholars work in a Delaware community agency (nonprofit, governmental, community-based action research or service-based corporate activity) and simultaneously pursue academic reflection under the guidance of a UD faculty mentor. In this immersion-learning experience, students spend the bulk of their week working in the community and one-quarter of their time in academic reading, discussion and reflection.

    To learn more about Service Learning Scholars, visit the program website or contact Sue Serra, serra@udel.edu

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