Healthcare Today Engaged Living Furman UniversityLearn about various aspects of the healthcare industry. Consider the major challenges and issues facing patients, providers, and communities while examining the roles and responsibilities of different healthcare professionals. Learn how to develop the skills and competencies required to be a successful member of a healthcare team. Visit local healthcare agencies and learn from healthcare professionals.


Fall: Select from one of the following two healthcare focused seminars:

FYW-1217: Autism and Technology (which fulfills the first-year writing seminar graduation requirement) offers a focus on understanding the experience of autism, a developmental disorder affecting communication and social interaction, from multiple perspectives, and how to design and use technology systems to support these individuals. Explore how autism affects individuals across the life-span and a spectrum of abilities. Critically examine current technical and non-technical approaches to supporting individuals with autism and their caregivers, and design new educational and assistive technologies for autism.

FYW 1282: Mental Health and Stigma (which fulfills the first-year writing seminar graduation requirement) introduces students to disorders of mental health and the influence of stigmatization of mental healt disorders on a person's well-being. Topics such as additiction, anxiety and depression, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder will be covered. Basic neurobiology for each disorder will be presented and different forms of stigma associated with mental health in the media will be explored.

You do not enroll in a specific class for the spring semester but instead participate in coordinated field visits led by the Pre-Health advisors to local healthcare facilities to gain a greater insight into how the healthcare system works, learning firsthand from local and national healthcare experts. Organizations may include the Greenville Health System, The Hawkins Foundation, National Healthcare Corporation, and Greenwood Genetics. ​​

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