Interprofessional Service-Learning Course

This one-credit, zero billing hour interprofessional course links the experiential with the theoretical by providing hands-on professional experience in the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s surrounding community.  Students from all University programs are encouraged to enroll in this course.  Providing true service-learning is the ultimate goal of this course in which students will learn by providing the expressed need of the community.  Students will learn how community health programs run, how interprofessional teams successfully function, how to interact with patients/clients, and to report back their findings to peers and supervisors. 

Service-learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development.  Reflection is a key element of service-learning.  It is what differentiates service-learning from community service.  Equally important in differentiating service-learning from community service is reciprocity between the person providing the service and the person receiving the service.  Through the reciprocity associated with service-learning students gain a better sense of belonging to that community while community members are empowered to address and advocate for their own needs.

Service Options

Participants can select from two service options.  In addition to completing trainings and service, students are required to reflect on the service-learning experience in both informal group reflections and formal written reflections. 

Option 1: Full & Fit Community Health Initiatives

An interdisciplinary team of University of Maryland students and faculty will join community partners and neighbors in a Harlem Park/LaFayette Square Park to provide basic health services and screenings (blood pressure, healthy weight, medication counseling, HIV testing and linkage to care), healthy lifestyle planning, plus social and legal services referrals at Metropolitan United Methodist. Interprofessional Service Learning Theme Discussion: Environmental Disorder? The Broken Windows theory re-examined will be discussed. Student will complete training session prior to participating in service-learning activity and will be supervised by UMB faculty members.  Site Supervisor: Marik Moen

Recommended reading:  Sampson, R.J. and Raudenbush, S.W. (2005). Neighborhood stigma and the perception of disorder.  Focus. 24(1). Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Wisconsin. 

Option 2: Preparing the Future HIV 101

Student who enroll in the Preparing the Future (Preparing the Future is a program of the JACQUES Initiative of the Institute of Human Virology at the School of Medicine) program option will be part of a movement whose goal is to mobilize the University of Maryland’s academic and clinical campus to address the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Students will participate in HIV outreach under the supervision of the JACQUES Initiative staff at various community sites to include churches, community centers, colleges/universities and/or pharmacies in areas that are disproportionately impacted by HIV and other health disparities. Service-learning roles include recruitment, education and HIV testing (if trained). Training includes: PTF HIV 101 (3 hours; required); PTF HIV Testing Training (7 hours; optional); PTF Debrief (1.5 hours; required). Additional interprofessional enrichment/educational opportunities will be available for participating students.  Site Supervisor: Alexandra “Allie” Reitz