Department of Health Sciences Partnerships
The Department of Health Sciences has partnerships with several professional organizations, corporations and the healthcare and biomedical community. Listed here are some of the examples of these partnerships.
The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and National Science Foundation
The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) develops, implements, and evaluates a diverse range of educational activities and projects. The signature program of the Center is Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER), a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote greater engagement of undergraduates with the sciences in institutions of higher education in the US and selected other countries.
NCSCE has funded a SENCER-NSF grant authored by Professors Marcia Walsh, Kathleen FitzPatrick, Birgid Hopkins, and Mary McHugh. The Merrimack College Department of Health Sciences plans to use the award to support the development of a major curriculum that teaches science through complex public issues in health and fitness, and to community action in support of local and global health and wellness. Using the “cluster” model to underscore connections among courses, civic engagement and social responsibility are the cornerstone of their program, uniting all facets of a major educational experience that is meaningful and relevant for students. By coupling science teaching and learning to important public issues, and to civic engagement through community service and experiential learning throughout the major curriculum, the Department's goal is to produce graduates who are professionally competent, aware of the complex issues in health and human performance, and who are prepared and inspired to serve their community. For more information, download the November and December SENCER e-newsletters.