The Engelhard Project for Connecting Life and Learning focuses on teaching to the whole student by bringing health and wellness issues into the classroom in a way that supports student knowledge gain and encourages students to reflect on their own attitudes and behaviors.
Using a curriculum infusion approach, Georgetown faculty link academic course content to health and wellness topics through readings, presentations, discussions led by campus health professionals, and reflective writing assignments. In addition, fitting with Georgetown's focus on social justice, some courses extend those discussions and reflections into work in local communities. The project strives to create meaningful connections between faculty, students, and campus health professionals and encourages the practice of one of Georgetown's most important Jesuit principles, cura personalis, or care for the person, while engaging in personal growth and learning.
Since the project’s inception in 2005, more than 7,500 students have taken Engelhard courses taught by more than 60 faculty members in the following departments: Accounting, Anthropology, Art, Biology, Business, English, Family Medicine, Foreign Service, German, Government, Health Studies, Health Systems Administration, History, Human Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Affairs, Justice and Peace Studies, Management, Mathematics, Nursing, Operations Information Management, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, and Theology.