Section 4: Health, Illness and Society

Help patients and families in hospice and elderly residential settings. Opportunities include offering empathy, as well as emotional and practical support, in the context of supervised care, education, and therapy. Learn about a variety of contemporary topics related to the field of health care and health promotion.

Lectures and discussions for this section occur on Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m.


  1. Attendance at lectures and small group discussions, two hours per week
  2. Discussion participation
  3. Responsible participation in placements, four hours per week
  4. Completion of a weekly journal
  5. Class exam

Transportation: M-Bus, AATA,  personal vehicle or a UM vehicle.

Most of the placements can only be started when a student has been through all the orientation and processing steps required by the particular site. Explanation of these requirements will be given on the first day of class. At this meeting the volunteer coordinators from each site will give you the information you need to begin the process of becoming a volunteer. Please do not miss the first day of class.

Primary Placement Sites:

  • Evangelical Homes
  • Glacier Hills Senior Living Community
  • Vibrant Life
  • Brookdale Senior Living

Secondary Placement Sites:

  • Washtenaw Promise
  • Green Apple Preschool
  • Mott Children’s Hospital
  • Discovery Center

All senior centers require proof of a negative TB test prior to going to site (see Psych 211 Information tab).