Students are expected to pursue robust opportunities to develop professional skills and attributes through curricular and community-based activities. Opportunities for growth include:
Community Field Service Program
The Community Field Service Program (CFSP) facilitates pathways through which students and faculty become involved in the work carried out by the Department, constituent organizations, collaborators, researchers and partners of Western University of Health Sciences. These experiences include opportunities to apply clinical, interpersonal, administrative, analytical, and leadership skills that foster learning and development through application in real world environments. As part of the informal curricula, the program provides a means through which Health Science students and faculty will a) learn through giving service, b) participate as team members, (c) demonstrate humanism, caring and compassion in the HPE and CHE professions, and d) conduct action and community-based research.
CAHP Research and Publication Center
The CAHP Research and Publication Center provides students and faculty important information related to conducting and publishing research. Through active communication and information sharing students and faculty locate others with similar research interests. All MSHS students must complete the National Institute of Health (NIH) course protecting human research participants. All proposals for scholarly enquiry must be submitted to the Associate Dean of Research in the College of Allied Health Professions prior to submission to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
MSHS Electronic Student Center
Students will maintain professional responsibility for obtaining program information, and conducting all aspects of the student life in a timely manner by maintaining frequent contact with others utilizing the Blackboard-based Electronic Student Center throughout their tenure in the MSHS program.
Annual Leadership Symposium
Students enrolled in HSCI 5204 Educational Leadership will conduct the annual Leadership Symposium during which a panel of leaders in the community will join students and faculty for an interactive experience and discussion of leadership issues affecting a) professional development, b) health education, c) healthcare delivery, and d) the ethical application of leadership to decision making.
Student Government Association
MSHS students may serve as representatives of the program within the Student Government Association to ensure the active engagement of the HPE and CHE professions in the WU student-centered initiatives and outreach.
Professional Organizations and Outreach
Students are expected to participate in professional organizations outreach throughout the academic year to promote awareness of the HPE and CHE professions, and to conduct outreach to the community. Examples of opportunities for student enrichment include the annual Health Education Week, the American Association for Health Education, the American Public Health Association, the Society for Public Health Education, the Alpha Eta Society, the annual Health Science Department Fundraiser, the Boys and Girls Club of America, the WU Alumni Association, and others.
Health Sciences Department Community Service
The Western University of Health Sciences MSHS faculty and students are involved in many community activities.
- Healthy Communities
- MSHS is promoting a positive physical, social, and economic community through community partnerships and health education activities.
- Health Literacy
- Through partnerships with the university and public libraries, community members are increasing their ability to access, understand, and use health information.
- Advocacy and Life Skills
- Through community partnerships, MSHS is advocating and meeting health educaiton needs for persons with disabilities
- Women's Health and Empowerment
- Through community partnerships, women are understanding and gaining greater control over decisions and actions that affect their health and lives.
- Community Based Participatory Research
- MSHS is collaborating with community organizations and members to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities.
I Have My Degree, Now What?
by Christa Barton, Argosy University, August 1, 2007, Volume 1, Issue 5
Have you been worried that you will have a hard time finding work in your chosen field that will have a salary and benefits that will provide you what you need? There are several ways to find employment, such as searching the want ads in the local newspaper, searching online job sites, asking friends or family, or going to potential job sites. Some search strategies will be more effective than others and all should be explored in order to facilitate the best options possible employment. Some practical Web sites that you may be able to use in your quest for the perfect job.
And don't forget to check our Job Postings page in the Alumni Career Center.