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Academic Offerings

Students learning in ALA 106

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

In ALA 106 and 109, you will:

  • Read articles on current developments in the health sciences
  • 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

Professional Observations

Two students before their observation with pain management doctors.

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. After completing each observation, students submit a written reflection on the experience as an assignment for HSSP's core course, ALA 106 and 109 (Perspectives on Health and Health Care I-II).

Before attending your first observation, you will be required to complete online Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) training, read and sign the UMHS Patient Confidentiality Statement, meet U-M requirements for immunizations and TB testing, and have your immunization records on file at University Health Services. As a HSSP member, you will be expected to conform to standard protocols for dress and conduct during their observations.

Professional Autobiographies

Dr. Aaron Saguil giving his Professional Autobiography - 2016

On 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, "fire-side chat" setting. Professional Autobiographies take place 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 later in their Michigan careers.

HSSP English 125

HSSP students workshopping essays in English 125

HSSP students have access program-specific sections of English Composition, which will fulfill your first-year writing requirement. HSSP English 125 is a four-credit course offered through the LSA English department and focuses on the creation of complex, analytic, and well-supported arguments that matter in academic discourse. These classes meet in Couzens Hall and are reserved for HSSP students.

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 designed to support HSSPers in popular introductory 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 and the times for the HSSP study groups are given below. If none of the times work in your schedule, the SLC also offers study groups and you can find more information at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/slc/studygroups. We highly encourage you to join a study group. Yes, it is 2 hours, but you will be studying!