Designing Sustainable Communities for Living and Learning

Galen Health Fellows

Who is Galen?

Galen was a highly-esteemed physician, surgeon and philosopher during the reign of the Roman Empire. Galen was a well-read scholar with a curious mind that led him to become the leading authority in medical theory. His theories held court for more than 1,400 years and his philosophic and theoretical writings influenced the development of a variety of scientific disciplines, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and neurology. Galen's legacy embodies our vision for Galen Health Fellows. He was curious and open-minded. He loved to read, study and observe patterns and relationships in the world in order to make novel connections.

Students Who Call This Community Home

Our Galen Health Fellows Living & Learning Community consists of students who are interested in diverse careers and pathways within the health profession. Our students’ majors vary but most have a designation of health science focus such as Biological Sciences, Exercise Science, Nursing, Pharmacy Public Health, and Social Work. One of the primary goals of this community is to prepare students for post-baccalaureate studies and lifelong endeavors.

Community Mission

The Galen Health Fellows Living and Learning Community promotes an inclusive environment for students who are interested in enhancing their global and local understanding of health, the social determinants of health, as well as the skills to be able to communicate health messages effectively to different audiences.

Community Vision

A student’s first year is about transitioning to university life and expectations while also laying the foundation for success throughout the rest of their undergraduate tenure, graduate school, and/or their first job and career.  The five core competencies (cultural competence, interdisciplinarity, communication, service and leadership) of the Galen Health Fellows program are key factors in providing students with a skill set that will translate into a strategic advantage in their future endeavors, whether it is graduate school and/or a career. 

Community Goals

Through active participation in community activities, students involved in the Galen Health Fellows Living and Learning Community will:

  • Gain cultural competence through interaction with persons from cultures and/or belief systems other than their own
  • Identify and develop solutions to problems from multiple disciplinary perspectives to better understand and develop solutions to complex health challenges
  • Establish and enhance critical communications skills
  • Participate in service opportunities within and beyond the UofSC Community
  • Explore and form leadership style through participation in leadership opportunities on and off campus

How to Apply

  • Access housing application on
  • List the Galen Health Fellows as the first of your required top 5 Living Learning Community preferences.
  • Submit housing application by paying $150 application fee no later than May 1, 2017.
  • Housing priority is based on your learning community preferences and your date of application to the institution.

Linked Course Opportunities

Research shows that students who participate in linked courses within the learning communities are most likely to succeed academically and engage socially. Students enrolled in the majority of the related and pre-professional tracks listed on this page will be required to take CHEM 111 and BIO 101. Students applying to live in the Galen Health Fellows community can also apply to enroll in both a UNIV 101 major specific and either a BIO 101 or CHEM 111 course. In addition, any interested Nursing majors applying to the community can also apply in BIO 243 and CHEM 102, both first semester required courses for Nursing majors. Students participating in linked courses will receive priority housing and course placement into any of the courses linked above. If you’re interested in any of these Linked Course opportunities or have questions, send an email to For more information please click here.

Related Majors

  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Exercise Science
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Social Work

Pre-Professional Tracks

  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Med
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Physical Therapy

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