Audra Hamrick, Director of Public Health Practice & Service Learning, coordinates community service hours and opportunities for public health undergraduate students.
Contact Information: Office 304-293-8043
Office 3303, HSC South
Learning Outcomes for Community Service:
- Appreciate the social, cultural and environmental issues impacting community
- Gain an appreciation for how social processes and structures influence health status and prevention efforts.
- Demonstrate critical thinking through reflection of service, including the identification, framing, resolving, and readdressing of social issues or problems.
- Explore and cement individual values and beliefs
- Connect with professionals and community members
Definition of Community Service
Services offered by individuals, in this case students, which benefits a community. Community service activity helps foster civic engagement and can assist students in developing post-graduation goals and gain experience.
Undergraduate public health majors are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of community service, documented through iServe in the WVU Office of Service and Learning.
- These hours are required for all students: full-time, part-time, and dual degree.
- Public health students will select service opportunities from those identified in iServe as appropriate for public health students (see list below):
Causes listed in iServe that would be relevant to Public Health may include:
· Children & Youth
· Community Development & Governance
· Crime & Safety
· Crisis & Disaster Response
· Disability Support
· Environment & Sustainability
· Equality & Activism
· Food Security
· House & Human Need
· Medical & Healthcare
· Recreation & Wellbeing
- This does NOT include hours accrued as part of required course work, or field placement hours. But can include up to 10 hours earned through a SRVL course.
- Dual degree students completing community service hours for their other degree may use these hours to count for the public health major, where appropriate (emphasis on community services and/or public health) and to be determined on a case-by-case basis by the SPH.
Students must establish an account and track all hours in iServe: https://iserve.wvu.edu/user/login/ .
We recommend the completion of 10 to 15 hours per year in order to have all hours completed by graduation.
For Transfer Students
- Transfer students will be required to complete 12.5 hours per year (or 6.25 hours per semester) in which they are enrolled in the public health program, to be completed by their expected graduation date.
- We will accept all hours approved through the iServe system from previous majors prior to the date the students started in the public health major. Once in the public health major however, all community service hours should be accrued through an appropriate agency as listed above.
- Transfer students may transfer hours accrued in other programs (examples: global organizations, other HSc schools) into the iServe database.
The Student Association of Public Health (SAPH) meets every month and organizes social events, community health outreach and education, community service & civic engagement opportunities, professional development, and advocates for social justice. SAPH also offers an opportunity for students to discuss all aspects of student life and serves as a liaison relation between faculty and students.
- The volunteer may not be paid or compensated in any way during the placement,
- Activities must be completed through iServe with a non-profit, public, faith-based or governmental organization approved by the WVU Center for Service Learning. Students may complete service with an organization not listed in iServe, but should consult the iServe information page on the process.
- You can find service opportunities that align with public health learning outcomes on iServe by clicking this link.