About HMAP

What is the Health and Medical Apprenticeship Program?

HMAP was created in 1984 by four UC Berkeley undergraduates with the goal to introduce Berkeley students to ethical issues and philosophical dilemmas related to the fields of health and medicine. The results of their efforts are three subprograms: the class Public Health 116 (PH116), the Field Study Internship (FSI), and the Health Service Internship (HSI).  An entirely student-run organization, HMAP continues to expose students to a broad spectrum of experiences and opportunities, covering many facets of health and medicine while emphasizing participatory learning.

HMAP Subprograms

Public Health 116 (PH116): offers an introduction to issues and perspectives related to health and medicine.  A three-unit, pass/not pass U.C. Berkeley seminar, the class is a weekly two-hour lecture (Monday 4-6pm) as well as an one-hour discussion.  Each week, guest lecturers speak about the week’s topic, which can range from public health, violence, chronic illnesses, environmental health, to healthcare economics.  Speakers share first-hand experiences in ­­­­­their fields, discuss current issues, debate ethical dilemmas, pose and answer questions, and more.  During the weekly discussion section, students delve deeper into these issues, not only exploring or perhaps questioning their own thoughts and feelings, but also learning from the experiences and perspectives of their fellow students.

Enrollment Information: PH116 is offered every Fall and Spring semester.  Please consult the UC Berkeley Schedule of Classes for more information.  PH 116 enrolls about 200 students per semester.

Field Study Internship (FSI): No prerequisites.

The Field Study Internship allows students to shadow physicians for several hours a week.  Interns are matched up with physicians in their fields of interest (e.g. pediatrics, urology, obstetrics, cardiology, plastic surgery, and so on).  Interns observe as well as interact with these physicians as they deal with patients, ethical issues, paperwork, and other duties in their daily practices.  Along with the six to eight hours of shadowing, interns also participate in a two-hour discussion section, where they share their internship experiences and explore current medical topics.  Interns receive three units of pass/not pass credit from the School of Public Health.

Health Service Internship (HSI): No prerequisites.

 The Health Service Internship emphasizes public health through community involvement.  HSI interns are placed with community organizations throughout the Bay Area.  In the past, organizations have included therapeutic nursery schools, shelters, AIDS clinics, environmental health publications, and more.  Intern duties vary depending on the placement.  Each semester, placements are made to best accommodate the needs and desires of the selected interns.  In addition to spending six to eight hours a week at their placements, interns must also attend a weekly two-hour section where experiences are shared and current issues are discussed.  Interns receive three units of pass/not pass credit from the School of Public Health.

For more information, please contact the HMAP coordinator, Kira Shea at hmap@berkeley.edu .