During the component of the Service Learning within the course, students are expected to have a presence in the community organization throughout the semester and reflect on their experiences. In these reflections, students use course content as a basis for their analysis and understanding of the key theoretical, methodological and applied issues at hand. During the Service Learning experiences, students draw upon the knowledge they have obtained throughout the course work and combine it with relevant service work in the community based on Healthy People goals and objectives. Students are challenged to analyze their experiences using community health-based theories. The Service Learning focuses on reciprocity in which the idea that the community and the student benefit equally from the experience.
The student reflects on when, where, how, and with whom he/she/they served for the experience. The student summarizes the experiences and focuses observations on Healthy People goals and objectives and explains this with examples. The student explains what he/she/they have learned about the needs of the vulnerable populations. The reflection includes personal growth as a result of service activities and benefits to the community partner as a result of the service activities. The student describes strengths and weaknesses of the project and challenges faced during the implementation of the project. The student describes potential ways to improve, continue, and/or expand the project. The information is expected to be well organized, uses required font, spacing, is error free, is clear, specific, and effectively worded.