Through its Pathways, Fieldwork, Portfolio (PFP) course series, the UWB Health Studies major helps students find their niche for a future career in the health sector. This course series complements core program courses – Introduction to Public Health; Social Dimensions of Health; Principles of Health Research, and Introduction to Epidemiology – which offer students a population-level and community-based scholarly orientation and knowledge base to understand health. Through the PFP series, students are given guidance by faculty members to identify a professional role in a health field they are interested in pursuing; explore the role in a real-world practice setting; and articulate how their learning has prepared them to be qualified, competitive candidates for employment opportunities.
The PFP course series is coordinated to help students connect the dots between academic learning and career ambitions. Students graduate from the UWB Health Studies major with a clear-minded path as to how they will contribute to meeting emergent and future challenges to protect and promote the health of populations in the U.S. and beyond.
BHS 310 Pathways to Health Studies
Introduces students to career options and professional development opportunities in the context of a self-identified professional goal, as well as a forum to plan their educational pathway within the major towards that goal.
BHS 496 Fieldwork in Health
Assists students in completing an independent internship experience related to a student's career interest in health. Faculty assist students in contextualizing learning accomplished in core major courses to professional practice and in gleaning a meaningful understanding of their internship to facilitate career development and preparation. See the BHS 496 Policy.
BHS 495 Health Studies Senior Portfolio
Directs students in developing an electronic portfolio that captures and illustrates their knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences gained throughout their time in the major. Students reflect on these assets and relate them to personal professional goals. A final electronic portfolio showcases how they are prepared and well-suited for a targeted job opportunity or graduate school.