Undergraduate Service Learning in Public Health

Service-learning courses allow students to integrate, synthesize, and apply classroom learning by combining rigorous academic coursework with community engagement. The College of Public Health Undergraduate Program is seeking opportunities to incorporate service learning in new and existing courses. Students may also self-identify service learning opportunities elsewhere and seek permission for experiential learning credit from the Undergraduate Program Office.

Students majoring in public health have the option to earn credit for service learning coursework related to public health through the course CPH:3750 Undergraduate Service Learning in Public Health (0 s.h.). The CPH Undergraduate Program Office makes the ultimate decision regarding whether or not a specific service learning course meets the criteria for experiential learning credit.

Who is eligible to enroll in CPH:3750 Undergraduate Service Learning in Public Health?
How do I get permission to register for CPH:3750?
What are the requirements for completing CPH:3750?

To be eligible for registration and enrollment, students should:

  • be a public health major in the College of Public Health
  • be in good academic standing as defined by the College of Public Health
  • meet the eligibility criteria for enrollment in the specific service learning course
  • have completed CPH:2050 Second Year Undergraduate Public Health Seminar (strongly recommended, but not required)

Before requesting permission to register for CPH:3750 Undergraduate Service Learning in Public Health:

  • Identify a service learning course related to public health and obtain a copy of the course syllabus from the instructor.
  • Complete the application form that includes information about the service learning course and asks students to describe how the specific service learning course will contribute to their overall educational goals and/or career aspirations. Students will be asked to upload the course syllabus to this application form.
  • Submit the application form to the CPH undergraduate academic advisor – Kim Williams (kimberly-s-williams@uiowa.edu), CPH Student Services.
  • The online application form will be circulated for signatures from the (1) CPH undergraduate academic advisor and (2) CPH undergraduate program director. All signatures must be obtained prior to receiving permission to register for CPH:3750.

In addition to completing the components of the service learning course, the student must also fulfill the following requirements for CPH:3750 Undergraduate Service Learning in Public Health:

  • The student will complete an early-term (during the third week) and end-of-term self-assessment. Online forms will be provided by the Undergraduate Program Office.
  • The course supervisor will complete an early-term check-in (during the third week) and end-of-term semester evaluation of the student’s performance (final course grade). Online forms will be provided by the Undergraduate Program Office.
  • The student must submit a final written report to the Undergraduate Program Office. The report should include a summary of the educational and service learning activities in which the student was involved and demonstration of how the activity contributed to student’s education and/or career goals. The Undergraduate Program Office will provide further guidance related to the required components and formatting of this report.
  • Present at an oral or poster presentation in a venue approved by the Undergraduate Program Office.

Questions or comments? Contact Margaret Chorazy. This page was last reviewed on March 27, 2019.