Health Sciences and Medicine Living-Learning Community



Clinics and classrooms. Internships and mentorships. Community service and world impact. Join the co-ed Health Sciences and Medicine Living-Learning Community and get a head start on a career in a health profession.



Whether you want to be a physician, biologist, or occupational therapist, this learning community provides experiences that foster interprofessional interactions and empowers you to make a difference at Mary Baldwin University and beyond.


  • Get a jump on graduate school and your career in a health profession.
  • First semester, weekly meetings with a counselor for customized academic advising and career planning
  • Priority registration for classes
  • Option to earn your bachelor’s degree in three years
  • Complete prerequisites for admission to graduate programs, such as physician assistant (PA), physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), dentistry, pharmacy and medicine


Academic and co-curricular opportunities will set you on the right path.

  • Résumé-building experiences such as clinical shadowing, internships, and research and conference participation
  • An academic and career support network including undergraduate advisors, graduate student peer mentors, and professional contacts
  • Once-a-month panel discussions featuring speakers ranging from physicians to physical therapists



Your journey to change the world starts in MBU’s own backyard.

  • Internship placements in the community
  • Volunteer opportunities with regional free clinics
  • Complete year-long case studies, then apply your knowledge to service projects with local schools


Your living-learning community experience will take you past the boundaries of MBU.

  • Participate in rotating field trips to places like the clinical labs at Augusta Health Hospital.
  • Your first-year experience will culminate with a field trip to Washington, D.C., with destinations that include the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Museum of Health and Medicine.


You’ll have the opportunity to interact with the graduate community at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. Learn about the interprofessional design of the school’s curriculum and how this approach will benefit you during your career.

  • Participate in discussions with faculty
  • Find a graduate student mentor
  • Observe classes


How do I apply? Simply complete your regular application to MBU and indicate your interest in the Health Sciences and Medicine LLC. There is no additional application for the LLC. If you’ve already applied and been accepted, send an email to and let us know you’re interested.

What are my major options? You have six:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health Sciences
  • Math
  • Psychology

What are the financial benefits? Health Sciences and Medicine Living-Learning Community students are eligible for a program-specific merit scholarship. You may also save a year of tuition by completing your undergraduate requirements in three years.

Do I have to graduate in three years? We will give you the resources and plan to complete the program in three years, but you are not required to do so.

Will I be able to study abroad? May Term is the perfect opportunity for students in the Health Care and Medicine Living-Learning Community to study abroad and have meaningful international experiences led by MBU faculty. If a student wants a longer study abroad, it may take longer to graduate.

How does the Murphy Deming guaranteed interview program work? Mary Baldwin undergraduates who are interested in applying to graduate programs in the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences should meet with Dr. Jennifer Hancock, health sciences advisor, to ensure that they are on track to complete the baccalaureate degree and all prerequisite coursework for admission into our graduate programs. Students who meet all admission requirements as outlined on our website,, are guaranteed an interview for the PA, OT and PT graduate programs. The interview is not a guarantee of admission into a program.

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Paul Deeble
Director, Health Care and Medicine Living-Learning Community