The Courier Program is one based on service learning, and our approach to service learning includes the following:
- We believe in providing experiential educational opportunities in real-life applications to supplement and enhance knowledge of rural and public health while providing needed support within the community, community partner agencies, and clinic site partners.
- We believe in providing reflection opportunities to enhance dialogue, critical thinking, and comprehension.
- We believe in creating opportunities that allow Couriers to address real problems which make their vocational goals relevant, while also fostering a sense of cultural humility, community responsibilities, personal ethics, and self-efficacy.
- We believe in providing intentional opportunities for Couriers to see Social Determinants of Health, and reflect upon the complex nature of personal health and its effect on the healthcare system as whole while fostering a sense of cultural humility, and we believe in providing opportunities for growth, a deeper thought process, and rich reflection upon their experiences.