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Community Health Project

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The Community Health Project (CHP) is a long-term, non-academic credit bearing service opportunity for students interested in social justice and health.

Students focus on topics including immigrant, women’s, indigent, and geriatric health, just to name a few opportunities. In order to get involved in the Community Health Project, students go through an application and matching process, service-learning pre-training, and are expected to serve a minimum of 8 hours per week with a commitment to serve throughout the academic year. Students participate in ongoing meetings where they process their experiences, learn new skills, and hear from professionals in various health and public health related fields.

Program requirements

  • Apply online here to begin the application and matching process: It is recommended that you include your LinkedIn profile as part of your application
  • Interview(s) with community partners in October and November
  • Pre-service orientation prior to November 13 program start date (invitations will go out to accepted applicants)
  • Commitment to serve at a community partner site in San Diego*
    • 8-10 hours per week (10 hours may be required if seeking academic credit)
    • Minimum 100 hours of service within the program year (November to June)
  • Participate in mandatory weekly reflection sessions per quarter (Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; limited accommodations made for course conflict during fall quarter)
  • Enroll full-time at UC San Diego with a minimum 2.5 GPA
*CHP exists to help build capacity at community partner organizations, i.e. we expand their resources to help meet community needs. If you cannot commit to at least 8-10 hours per week during the academic year, please do not apply.

Program benefits

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  • Develop numerous transferable skills that will better prepare you for health-related graduate programs, a career in public health, or non-profit work
  • Apply coursework from majors like global health and public health to a real world situation
  • Potentially receive academic credit (participants may use this experience for practicum hours if paired with an academic advisor approved course, such as AIP 197. Please note, AIP 197 requires minimum of 10 hours of service per week)
  • Gain professional experience
  • Develop networking skills
  • Earn strong letters of recommendation if you successfully complete the program
  • Your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) will be updated upon completion of the program. You can use your CCR to help demonstrate to employers, graduate/professional programs, and for awards the competencies and skills you gained through your experience.

CSI: Community Service

Phone: (858) 534-0501
Fax: (858) 534-4482

Contact Community Service staff members

Location: Price Center East, level 3 (map)
Mailing Address: 9500 Gilman Drive #0078
La Jolla, CA 92093-0078