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Health Volunteers work with local governments, clinics, nongovernmental organizations, and communities at the grassroots level, where the need is most urgent and the impact can be the greatest. They focus on outreach, social and behavior change in public health, hygiene, water sanitation, and HIV/AIDS. Health Volunteers work in both formal and informal settings, targeting the groups most affected by a particular health issue.

Required Academic Coursework:

You are required to complete 15 credits of coursework in one or more of the following areas related to Health:

  • Community/Public Health
  • Civil or Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Health
  • Health Policy
  • Healthcare Leadership
  • Nutrition or Dietetics
  • Nursing
  • Water or Wastewater Treatment

Required Enhancement Activities:

You are required to complete 200 hours of internship, study abroad, employment, or volunteer experience in one (or more) of these relevant areas.

  • Community Organizing
  • Construction, Masonry, Plumbing
  • CPR Certification
  • Family Planning Counseling
  • HIV/AIDS Outreach
  • Health and Wellness Education
  • Hospice
  • Hospital, Clinic, or Lab Experience
  • Housing Resident Assistant
  • Nutrition or Dietetics
  • Public Health
  • Set Design
  • Shadowing medical professionals

Opportunities and Resources Specific to Volunteering in Health:

Health Video

Video courtesy of the U.S. Peace Corps.