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The Caltech Health Advocate Course (PE80 abc) requires enrollment for each of the 3 academic terms. Weekly classes are held at the Student Health Center Wednesday evenings from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM and one Saturday or Sunday session per term. Students receive 3 units of P/F course credit per term.

As part of the Campus Safety Net, Health Advocates are actively involved in the prevention of individual and group problems, and also serve as a liaison between the Student Health and Counseling Centers and the Houses. Health Advocates act as a health information and referral source and are expected to work closely with the House Resident Associate(s) in all appropriate areas.  The Health Advocate is expected to maintain strict confidentiality on all issues of students’ physical and mental health.

Students are expected to complete reading assignments, other homework, quizzes and practical exams as assigned. The following Red Cross certifications are granted when the student passes a cumulative written exam and hands-on practical exams administered at the end of the third term:

  • Emergency Response

  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer

  • Automated External Defibrillation Training

  • Oxygen Administration

  • Preventing Disease Transmission

The catalogue description for PE80 abc is shown below.

PE80 abc. Health Advocates. 3 units (1-1-1); first, second, third terms. A course designed to involve students with health care and education, develop familiarity with common college health problems, and provide peer health services on and off campus. First term: General anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and initial emergency medical assessment; Second and third terms: CPR and first aid certification, lectures and discussions on current student and community health problems, symptoms and treatment.