Community engagement beyond the classroom is a core element of the Wisconsin Idea, which is guided by UW-Madison’s principle that education should influence the lives of people beyond the classroom. This is especially true for the many Global Health students who strive to incorporate purposeful action into their Wisconsin Experience.
Global Health Field Experiences and a great way to explore community-based learning opportunities both internationally and locally, and we encourage all Global Health students to explore these opportunities for learning and community engagement.
The Morgridge Center for Public Service is another great resource for students passionate about community engagement. They offer a number of courses, programs, and awards to help connect students to different community partners for shared learning and growth opportunities.
Service Learning and Scholarship
Community-based learning and scholarship takes you out of the classroom to learn directly from community-members about global health issues facing their communities. There are credit bearing courses that allow you to do this locally or internationally. There are also scholarships and fellowships for projects you do with the community that are mutually beneficial and address community-identified needs.
- Global Health Field Experience Courses
- Community-Based Learning Courses
- HEX-U Undergraduate Exchange
- Wisconsin Idea Fellowship
- Morgridge Awards
Volunteering can be a way of learning more about a particular global health issue, connecting with a community and seeing the culture of an organization you are potentially interested in working for and networking with current employees. You can find opportunities on your own, or go through a more structured program like Badger Volunteers. Volunteer positions also have the potential to turn into internship and job opportunities.