Health Sciences

Experiential Learning

“Experiential learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience.”

Kolb, D.A.

The Office of Experiential Learning promotes active learning by:

  • Encouraging intentional hands on experience with individualized learning outcomes
  • Empowering students to connect academic concepts to real world situations
  • Offering a variety of international and domestic study abroad and service experiences

Read these articles to learn more about the benefits of experiential learning:

Alternative Breaks

The Department of Health Sciences partnership with Mizzou Alternative Breaks (MAB) affords Health Science students the opportunity to serve the local, regional, national and international community. This unique partnership allows Health Science students to serve alongside their peers and classmates.

Types of experiences
— Weekend Trips: 2-3 day experience within the state of Missouri
— Spring/Thanksgiving Break Trips: 5-7 day experience within the continental United States
— Summer/Winter International Trips: week long experience international experience

Internship credit eligibility
International trips qualify for 1 hour internship credit (HS 4975). Students must successfully complete HS 2100 prior to trip; junior or senior standing


Health Science majors are required to complete an internship prior to graduation.

Mentor programs

We offer peer and professional mentoring programs.

Study abroad

Faculty lead a variety of study abroad trips each year. Contact the Office of Experiential Learning for more information.

Undergraduate research

Health Science majors may perform, present, and even co-publish research with faculty.

Questions about internships, alternative breaks, study abroad, peer mentors or service learning? Please contact the DHS Office of Experiential Learning:


Please visit MU Connect to schedule an appointment.

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