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Academic Offerings

Students learning in ALA 106

As a HSSP first-year student, you will have the opportunity to enroll in the program's two-semester core course, ALA 106 and 109 (Perspectives on Health & Health Care), which will introduce you to a broad range of health-related issues, health professions, perspectives on public health, and opportunities in health and health care.

In ALA 106 and 109, you will:

  • Read articles on current developments in health care
  • Hear from faculty and clinicians from a wide variety of fields
  • Attend evening discussions with faculty, students, and staff from U-M's health schools as well as health professionals from the Ann Arbor community

Additional Courses

In addition to ALA 106 and 109, HSSPers also have the opportunity to take a variety of other courses.

Global Course Connection (GCC) - London, UK (3 weeks each May)

In this new GCC taught by HSSP's Academic Director, students will explore different factors related to society, policy, communities, and other constructs and examine how they differ between the United States and the United Kingdom. The U.K. has much better overall health indicators than the U.S., but their system is not perfect either. Students will think about both historical and contemporary factors to understand how these systems are so different. U.K. culture is different than U.S. culture, and therefore, students will examine how this affects perceptions and actions regarding health and health care in both places. All of this will allow students to think about the overarching question of how, if at all, the U.S. could improve its health care system by learning from the U.K. Reserved for HSSP Students

ALA 306 / WOMENSTD 305 - Interdisciplinary & Intersectional LGBTQ Health

This course, taught by Academic Director of HSSP, discusses the health disparities LGBTQ individuals face including cancer, HIV, depression, suicide, and more. Biological, sociological, and historical factors perpetuate these disparities. Race and socioeconomic status play major roles in intragroup disparities. This course uses interdisciplinary approaches to understand historical and contemporary disparities, with special attention to racial disparities within the LGBTQ population. Open to all UM students.

Professional Observations

Peer Advisor Morgan Hill with her mentor, HSSP alumna Dr. Rosalyn Maben-Feaster (2017)

Each semester, HSSP members participate in two four-hour professional observations. Students will observe health professionals at work in a variety of settings, from clinical to administrative. These experiences provide students with first-hand insight into how health professionals work and the opportunities that await them in these fields.

Professional Autobiographies

Dr. Aaron Saguil giving his Professional Autobiography - 2016

On some Tuesday nights, HSSP students attend short talks known as Professional Autobiographies. These talks are excellent opportunities for you to hear directly from practicing healthcare professionals in an informal, "fireside chat" setting. Professional Autobiographies take place four to five times each semester in the Couzens Hall Multipurpose Room. You will learn about speakers' motivations for their career choices, how their interests and experiences influenced their career trajectories, and how their passions influence their work. These sessions are also an excellent opportunity for you to connect with professionals who may be able to help or provide valuable advice during your Michigan career.

Study Groups

HSSP offers Peer-Led Study Groups facilitated by second- and third-year HSSP students. These study sessions are held in Couzens Hall study rooms and are designed to support HSSPers in popular introductory science and pre-health courses. These study groups are the same as the ones offered by the SLC (Science Learning Center), except they are exclusively for HSSP students.

The purpose of these study groups is to get together with your peers and use each other as learning resources, as well as to learn how to study for your science courses here at the University of Michigan. They are extremely helpful and cover many different areas, including: a review of class discussions and notes, study strategies, practice problems, group activities, practice exams, and other information vital to academic success. HSSPers are encouraged to actively participate in one or more study tables depending on academic need. Each group meets for only 2 hours per week. If none of the times work in your schedule, the SLC also offers study groups (you can find more information at this link).