In your final year, you will participate in a hands-on field experience in a local health or community service site. Site experiences introduce you to the broad range of opportunities available to you as a future social worker working with populations such as children, older adults, immigrants and refugees, and people living with disabilities. Sites also provide experience in community outreach and advocacy that benefit all people.
UNE prepares health professions students for the 21st century collaborative workforce through Interprofessional Education (IPE). IPE captures intentional course work and learning experiences to provide opportunities that enhance health professional’s capacity in teamwork, communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution. IPE is informed by the undergraduate common curriculum and strengthened by IPE/WCHP events and clinical experiences.
As a student in our School of Social Work, you will have opportunities to participate with UNE classmates in a variety of global learning experiences. UNE's Global Education Programs are designed to enhance knowledge and understanding of the perspectives, practices, and customs of diverse populations through on-site immersion learning.
Cross Cultural Health Immersion to Ghana
UNE’s Westbrook College of Health Professions also offers a unique opportunity for a Health Care Immersion Experience in Ghana, West Africa. The experience commonly occurs in the summer and involves interprofessional groups of students and faculty who deliver primary care and related services in the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi. You work closely with community health outreach workers and professionals from the Effia Nkwanta College of Nursing and Midwifery, along with licensed providers from the Ghana Health Ministry. The work involves interprofessional collaboration, community education, and academic and cross-cultural exchange.
Clubs and organizations
Your time at UNE also includes valuable experiences outside the academic setting, with more than 90 student clubs — ranging from outdoor recreation to our student newspaper to a student theater company — allow you to interact with other students and faculty members in the ways that matter most to you.
School of Social Work Student Organization
The School of Social Work Student Organization (SSW-SO) provides a platform for students to become more involved with the School of Social Work and the greater UNE community. The organization promotes a strong sense of community and collaboration among graduate students while it also serves as a space for students to voice concerns and affect change within the program. The SSW-SO holds regular meetings, plans educational and social events, and connects with students in other academic departments at UNE. They also play a lead role each year in welcoming new students as part of annual WCHP orientation. Members of the group sit on the WCHP Graduate and Professional Association governing board and can attend departmental meetings as approved by the Director.
When students enroll in the School of Social Work, they are automatically considered members of the SSW-SO. To become actively involved, students are encouraged to attend the regular SSW-SO meetings and are welcome to participate in any of the SSW-SO hosted events/activities throughout the year.
Why join the SSW-SO?
- Promote communication and community
- Develop planning and facilitation skills
- Advance your own and other students’ interests
- Raise awareness of social justice issues on campus
- Network with students in other cohorts and programs
- Have fun
The mission of the Intramural Sports program is to provide fun and safe activities for the UNE community for the purpose of promoting growth and development, positive interpersonal relationships, and healthy lifestyles. The UNE Intramural Sports program offers all undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, faculty, and professional staff 22+ opportunities to engage in a wide variety of recreational activities. These activities are open to men and women and include both team and individual sport activities.