Community Health Practicum

Launched in Spring 2024, the Community Health Practicum provides social sciences undergraduates with an immersive and hands-on program experience 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 prepares students to engage with the Houston community and explore potential in the health industry.

This experience is offered each spring semester.


  • Must have a declared major within the School of Social Sciences, and have completed twelve credit hours in the declared major. If a student has not yet declared a major in Social Sciences, they may apply before doing so, however, final approval is not possible until the relevant major is officially declared.
  • Preference will be given to students in their third/fourth year of study, as well as those who have completed one or more relevant courses. However, all Social Sciences majors are welcomed to apply.
  • International students must receive approval for On-Campus Work at an Off-Campus Site from OISS.
  • Applications will open each year in early October.

Once Selected

  • Students must complete all post-admission application items that will be provided after approval for the program. Failure to respond to emails in a timely manner may result in dismissal from the program.
  • Students will enroll in the associated course.
  • In the semester prior to the experience, students will have an opportunity to review the host organizations and rank those that peak their interest. Some host organizations may require an interview as part of the selection process. Final pairings are not guaranteed to reflect rankings.
  • Students will attend class once per week and are expected to meet on-site at their host organization at least ten hours per week for the duration of the semester.

Current & Past Partners

Spring 2024

Houston Aphasia Recovery Center
Houston Food Bank
PUSH Birth Partners
The Council on Recovery
University Of Texas School Of Public Health