The minor’s interdisciplinary approach allows you to explore a wide selection of subjects, such as anthropology, politics, biomedical science and psychology. The service requirement offers you the opportunity to assist underserved populations, both in the U.S. and overseas. To satisfy the 4-week international component of the service requirement, students have traveled to Barbados to work with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Diabetes Center; to Kenya to work with the Nanyuki District Hospital as well as the Mukogodo Girls Empowerment Program; to the Dominican Republic with a focus on community, child and maternal health with our partner, Good Samaritan Hospital; to Haiti to address physical and occupational therapy education and program development; and to Uganda, where our focus has been on maternal health and HIV outreach; and there are other destinations.
You’ll also complete a local community service program that will span at least two semesters at organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Special Olympics.
For their community service, students can choose to work in more than 60 sites in the greater New Haven region. Some of the most frequently selected are Columbus House, serving the homeless in New Haven; Elim Park, a retirement community in Cheshire; Connecticut Food Bank, the state’s largest food provider for people in need; Yale New Haven Hospital; and New Haven’s Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Service in New Haven (IRIS), which welcomes and resettles immigrants coming to the southern Connecticut region.