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Overview: 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.

MAB Mission: Mizzou Alternative Breaks provides students the unique opportunity to gain a wider perspective of the world while immersed in a life-changing week of service to people and communities around the world. As an organization, it is our goal to influence outstanding Mizzou students who will soon be the leaders and supporters of our future as a global community. Through service, leadership and the development of lasting relationships, MAB aims to provide students with an experience that offers them the seeds to grow into active and united citizens. By igniting a passion for service in our generation, MAB promotes the idea that grassroots service is something larger than a week or an event — it is a movement that starts with caring about the people around you and the community that brings you together.

MAB is guided by 7 principles, the primary of which is “Serve, Don’t Help.” We are not saviors and we do not try to be one. Instead we go to selflessly and humbly serve a community by doing service that they ask of us. Along the way we hope our students learn more about the issues the community is dealing with and more about themselves.

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)

*Prerequisites: successfully complete HS 2100 prior to trip; junior or senior standing


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 Pictures from the 2016 service trip to New Orleans. Thanksgiving break site leaders: Caroline Gjerstad & Brianna Scruggs


As a senior, Aliyha Hill participated in an Experiential Learning internship that gave her the opportunity to teach English to children in the Dominican Republic.


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