The School of Social Sciences to Launch Gateway Community Health Practicum in the Spring

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The School of Social Sciences is excited to announce the launch of the Community Health Practicum, which will start during the Spring 2024 semester under the Frances Anne Moody-Dahlberg Gateway Program.

The Gateway Program provides experiential and co-curricular opportunities for Social Sciences undergraduates to apply what they learn in the classroom to real life. Internships and practica, research, international programs, and events are designed to lead social sciences majors to a thoughtful path to career development and self-discovery. The practica are predicated on a one-hour, in-person, campus-based course paired with experiential learning opportunities with community hosts. Social sciences students in the Gateway Program gain valuable insight into what it takes to build networks and become leaders in academia and the workforce.

“We recognize the diverse career outcomes of School of Social Sciences alumni, and the Gateway practica provide students with a unique opportunity for exposure to potential career paths,” said Rachel Kimbro, dean of the School of Social Sciences. “We are excited to now offer students experiential learning within the field of community health, an area where we have considerable faculty strength and student interest.”

The Community Health Practicum will provide social sciences undergraduates with an immersive and hands-on program designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience required to excel as future professionals within diverse career paths, empowering them to drive positive change and make a meaningful impact on community health outcomes. By combining academic rigor with real-world application, the practicum will prepare students to engage with the Houston community and explore potential in the health industry.

Other internships and pre-professional opportunities available through the Gateway Program include the Finance and Banking Practicum, the Consulting Practicum, Summer Fellows, and Legislative Internships. The Community Health Practicum will be offered annually every spring. For more information, or to learn about hosting a student, visit the Gateway website.

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