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Practicum, Research, Teaching and Peer Advising Opportunities


Practicums offer students the opportunity to earn credit that can fulfill the HPHY List C requirement. Practicum experiences vary – some provide hands-on learning, others may enable students to observe professionals in the field.  Practicums ideally should allow students the opportunity to apply classroom learning to real world situations and explore potential career interests.

Practicum credit hours = HPHY 409 credits are P/N only and repeatable up to 15 total credits. However, only 4 of these credits may apply toward your elective upper-division credits (List C) in human physiology.

**NOTE** To earn practicum credit, students must complete paperwork and registration prior to beginning practicum hours.  Earning practicum credits for work already in progress or completed is not permitted.

Note on credits: 3 hours per week = 1 credit hour. Need more than one credit? Go to “change variable credits” link after registration, to change.

There is one practicum opportunity that is embedded within the HPHY department, and another offered through the University Health Center. See below for more information:

HPHY Practicum – Athletic Training

HPHY 408 (Opens PDF)

HPHY 409 (Opens PDF)

UO Health Center Practicum – Physical Therapy

Pre-PT Overview (Opens PDF)

Pre-PT Application (Opens PDF)

Find many more experiences here:
Career Center
Study Abroad office
Health Professions Program advisors

Students may also take the initiative to create their own practicum experience – the opportunities are limitless!

Once a practicum position has been secured, students will need to complete one or both of the following forms:

HPHY 409 Practicum Applicaton

Request for Individualized Study Form


A limited number of Undergraduate Research Assistant volunteer positions in a HPHY research lab are available for HPHY majors.  Potential benefits include:

  • an opportunity to learn more about research in our field
  • direct mentoring from a research faculty member or graduate student, which could lead to a more personal letter of recommendation
  • authorship on abstracts or papers
  • experiences that will prepare you for graduate school
  • a resource for working on a honors thesis (through the department) or an Honors College Thesis

Students interested in lab positions should review the various HPHY labs, and be selective about which they are most interested in.  Contacting the primary investigator (PI) to inquire about openings can happen any time of year.

A more formal application cycle happens mid-winter term.  HPHY majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA who are freshman, sophomore or junior standing will be invited to an information session to learn about opportunities in HPHY labs.  Students that attend the session and follow up by completing an on-line application are guaranteed that PI’s will view their information and be considered for any openings at that time.

Explore HPHY research laboratories.


Students who have earned a minimum B- grade on all core A&P courses (HPHY321 – 325 & 371) are eligible to apply to be a Learning Assistant (LA).  LA’s are crucial to the success of A&P courses so the expectations for participants are high.  Applications are typically due mid-way through the term preceding the term in which the LA experience is desired.  The amount of time required to participate varies (~3 – 6 hours).  Students may volunteer or earn List C credit (30 hours/term = one credit).

Students may also apply to be a course grader.

Contact the course instructor for more information.

Peer Advising

Peer advisors are junior and senior HPHY majors who assist students during drop-in advising hours. Peer advisors are a vital component of the department of Human Physiology’s advising team. Not only are HPHY peer advisors familiar with major and general education requirements, they are also trained to assist students with interpreting their degree guide, helping with schedule planning, and developing graduation plans.

Peer advisors offer a perspective that professional advising staff cannot. From experiences with various professors/instructors, to balancing academic stressors and navigating UO systems, peer advisors are ‘in the trenches; and have valuable viewpoints to share.

The peer advisor application process begins during winter term.  Students interested in applying may pick up an application in the HPHY main office (122 Esslinger) early winter term.  Students offered positions will begin training and shadowing current peer advisors during spring term (two hours per week).  Peer advisors then begin working with students the following academic year.  Peer advisors are expected to be available every term (excluding summer) for a minimum of two hours per week.


  • Analyze degree guides and inform students of their progress towards graduation.
  • Develop will-balanced, accurate academic schedules.
  • Generate graduation plans that take into account students’ individual circumstances.
  • Answer phones and schedule appointments.
  • Work in a team environment to organize academic and professional development workshops.
  • Attend team meetings (1/term)
  • Participate in other events/projects (fundraising, develop HPHY apparel, etc.) as determined by the team.

 Exceptional listening skills and attention to detail are required!