Enhancing Your Health Studies Degree
Many students ask Health Studies professors and advisors how they can be more competitive and prepared for their future profession and/or graduate school. Because of the breadth of the Health Studies degree, students have the opportunity to really take their specific interest and learning to a higher level and go beyond the classroom. For other students, they are not sure what area of health they want to explore. The below suggestions are great for either type of student. Advisors and professors are eager to talk to you about incorporating these and other opportunities into your education. We want to support you to reach your professional goals and help change the world!
The HEROs (Health Educators Reaching Out) are UW Bothell’s Peer Health Educators. HEROs use research to inform their workshops and events on health issues relevant to UW Bothell students. HEROs collaborate as a team and with other departments to create inclusive and diverse programs.
The notion of performing research as an undergraduate student can be a bit intimidating. But consider exploring your interests further, outside of a classroom, with a professor with similar interest who will be engaging and challenging you. Research projects not only help develop your interests, they look great on a resume and impressive for graduate school. In addition, they can lead to scholarship opportunities. You can be financially rewarded for taking your education to the next level!
UWB School of Nursing and Health Studies is proud to partner with COPE Health Scholars. The Health Scholar program gives pre-health professionals unprecedented access to direct patient care. Program participants become valuable members of the patient-care team alongside nurses, physicians and allied health professionals in clinical and administrative settings. Health Studies students interested in direct patient care, administrative leadership, policy development and more should consider getting hands on experience through this nationally recognized program.
Locations include: Everett, Seattle and Issaquah.
An internship is a short term opportunity to provide practical experience in an occupation or career field. An internship provides students an opportunity to "test the waters" and gain "hands on" experience in a career. Health Studies student have an internship experience embedded into their major requirements with BHS 496 Fieldwork in Health. However, a student can incorporate additional experiences into their undergraduate education beyond BHS 496. There are a variety of resources to get further internship experiences. Consider talking to Health Studies faculty, CBLR, and the Career Center for opportunities that fit your interests.
Fellowships are short-term opportunities lasting from a few months to several years with a focus on professional development. Typically a specific organization seeks to expand leadership in the field. Consider the following:
The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice
One year fellowship designed to advance social justice through health care advocacy work by focusing on the unique challenges facing many low-income and minority communities.
UW Center for Human Rights
The Osheroff and Clark fund provides financial resources for undergraduate and graduate students to support human rights projects that promote social change through direct action. $4000 is available to distribute; the entire amount may be issued in a single award or split between multiple awardees.
The School of Nursing and Health Studies is very excited to offer SNHS opportunities in a variety of countries. Imagine getting a better understanding of global health issues in Sardinia, Guatemala, or Togo from our very own SNHS faculty! In addition to these study abroad options students are eligible for any study abroad program across the UW. There are plenty of locations and opportunities to take you all over the world! Employers seek students who can problem solve, value diversity, learning complex issues, and discussing and strategizing solutions. Scholarships are available to support these experiences.