In my undergraduate years we were geared towards developing the nine competencies listed below. Each of these are vital components to becoming a professional. Below you'll also find the list of courses I took while at Ithaca College.
- Academic Writing
- Advanced Spanish Conversation
- Anatomy and Physiology I
- Anatomy and Physiology II
- Arabic I
- Basic Statistical Reasoning
- Community Health
- Counseling Theory and Dynamics
- Development and Evaluation of Health Programs
- Disease in Latin America
- Family Health
- General Psychology
- Health Communications
- Human Nutrition
- Human Organism
- Intercultural Communications
- Intro to Global Studies
- Intro to Health Education and Physical Education
- Intro to Health Policy
- Intro to Linguistics
- Intro to Sociology
- Mathematics for Decision Making
- Modern Latin America
- Peer Advocacy
- Personal Essay Writing
- Professional Leadership
- Psychoactive Drugs
- Research Methods in Sociology I
- Sexual Health
- Sign Language
- Spanish Conversation I
- Stress: Its Nature and Management
- Teaching Strategies
- Technology for the Professional Edge
- Women & Health
Practicum & Experiential Learning:
Butterfly Foundation Medical Mission
Operating Room Translator & Clinical Assistant
Integrative Medicine Center
Pharmacy and clerical assistant in acupuncture practice
Advocacy Center Internship
Coordinator for annual Take Back The Night event
Internship in Morocco
Wellness assessment of orphan services in the northern region
independent Study on Global Nutrition
Senior thesis literature review and research on global nutritional interventions
Content Knowledge and Skills
To understand central concepts, tools of inquiry and the organization of the discipline and use this knowledge as a basis for and within professional practice.
Diversity & Cultural Competency
To understand how individuals differ in their beliefs and values and how these may influence outcomes. To value diversity and promote multicultural understanding within the professional environment.
To effectively incorporate a variety of verbal, nonverbal and media communication techniques to enhance learning and engagement. To recognize that for some individuals English is their second language and incorporate this understanding into their professional practice.
Planning & Implementation
To implement and instruct based on the knowledge of the subject matter, programmatic goals, and with an understanding of the community's, as well as individuals, needs and abilities.
Immersion & Experiential Learning
To engage in experiential learning opportunities designed to provide a venue for applying theory to professional practice.
Assessment & Research
To understand and incorporate a variety of formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate individual and group needs, program outcomes and/or to improve the delivery of services.
Reflection & Critical Thinking
To reflect continuously on the effects of her choices and actions, recognize that reflection is important to professional growth.
To effectively use a variety of technology to enhance the delivery of services and improve professional productivity.
To recognize the importance of fostering collaborative relationships with colleagues and community agencies to support individuals development and to enhance individuals well-being.
Undergraduate Sample Work
Juvenile Delinquent Case Study:
This paper involves the semester-long case study I had with a juvenile delinquent and the literature review that related to his life circumstances, incarceration experience and aspirations.
To say the very least this project was certainly eye-opening and I without a doubt gained content knowledge on an issue I hadn't studied before. This piece is certainly of higher quality than earlier works I've produced during my college career and really has prepared me to put in hours of work researching peer-reviewed literature to develop competency.
Vaccination Opposition Paper:
This paper was suppose to be an argument paper in which I selected the controversial issue of vaccines.
This paper has a much longer story or reflective aspect then I'll share, but I'll summarize that... my professor at the time advised me against writing this paper since they clearly disagreed with the 'devil's advocate' position I was planning on taking. I decided to go through with it since I felt moved by the debate and enjoy the challenge of researching an alternative point of view. In the end I received a likely unfair grade and criticism in front of the class. However this experience has had a significant role in my life since it taught me that in the face of academic superiority I should be cognizant of the risk I am taking but ultimately be true to myself for the personal growth it will offer me.
Hand Washing Lesson Plan for Community Health Education Program:
Being that I am not a Health Education Major the concepts of lesson plans didn't enter as required tasks until my 'Teaching Strategies' course and the practice of organizing my presentations in such as way has definitely served me well. My hand washing lesson plan is one I never got to implement, though is exemplary of my preparatory skills.
Intercultural Reaction Papers:
This document is an compiled artifact of the four essential papers I wrote for my 'Intercultural Communications' course. Featuring examinations of an the autonomous and human rights struggle of an Ecuadorian indigenous rainforest tribe, Islamic fashion, Latino identity, & the collision of Asian and American cultural norms.
One of the most applicable course I've ever taken was this Intercultural Communications course. It perfectly fit with my designed concentration. And this course truly, with regards to gaining a more open world view as well as learning culturally sensitive communication techniques, was unbelievably invaluable for me as I approach public health work in our global society.