Founded in 1997, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is one of three Centers of Distinction at Santa Clara University. The centers embody the University’s mission to unite students and faculty with Silicon Valley leaders to address significant public issues. Miller Center accelerates global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity.
(Image courtesy of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Post by: Grace Krueger, Athena Nguyen and Will Paton (2017 Global Social Benefit Fellows)
The term “pre-health” is typically associated with a certain set of traditional pathways: pre-medical, pre-physician’s assistant, pre-dentistry, pre-physical therapy, etc. These pathways encompass the well-known health careers that many undergraduate students gear their studies towards. The steps to enter typical health careers are well-defined, and universities provide a plethora of resources to prepare students to work in healthcare. Social entrepreneurship, however, isn’t a part of the typical pre-health advisor’s vocabulary. While it might not be one of the “traditional” pre-health pathways, health entrepreneurship offers students an innovative, while unconventional, path to positively impact the health of our global community. A small percentage of undergraduate pre-health students know that this option even exists. So, when given the opportunity to present our Global Social Benefit Fellowship research and lead a workshop on health entrepreneurship at the University of California Davis Pre-Health Conference, we could not have been more excited.
For over a decade, UC Davis has been hosting the nation’s largest pre-health conference. This year, 4,500 pre-health students from across the state of California came together to explore a variety of health professions through career and job fairs, keynote speakers, panel sessions and workshops. Miller Center staff Marie Haller and Karen Runde, Global Social Benefit Fellows, and Vrunda Rathod a Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) alumni with InPress Technologies, all provided unique perspectives on health entrepreneurship and how to get involved. Participants also learned how other GSBI alumni Shanti Uganda, Nurture Africa, and Koe Koe Tech are having positive impacts in different arenas of global health.