To promote the integration of health, mental health, and behavioral health services so that individuals, families, and communities receive a continuum of preventive, curative, and palliative care services.
The Integrated Health Learning Community (IHLC) continually promotes the inclusion of integrated health principles into multiple fields of study and practice with the hope that the community’s specific opportunities become highly demanded and available to more students in the future.
Health care is constantly changing and needs to adapt practices to properly prepare students entering the field. The IHLC faces the challenge of growing institutions' role in social work practices that lead to reduced health care costs and inefficiencies while operating within a social work framework to improve patients' health outcomes.
Students complete placements within the University of Michigan Health System, including: University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Turner Geriatric Clinic, and Department of Psychiatry.