Founded by the Office of Student Affairs, the HEAL elective deepens and challenges students’ understanding of behavioral and socioeconomic issues in health care equity, the reality of poverty and the social context of disease while also providing service learning opportunities for students to develop the professional attributes needed to provide care in a multi-dimensionally diverse society.

Medical students discuss health disparities, cultural competence, and address solutions to these major problems in healthcare while also becoming involved in the local community through education, advocacy, and Healthy Harrisburg.