Health and Human Services

Explore careers in health and human services by exploring the links below. Found a career you're interested in? Stop by our office or make an appointment with a career advisor and begin networking to learn more.

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Quicklinks: Job and Internship Resources | Student Organizations and Departmental Resources | Alumni to Know 

Job and Internship Resources

Postgraduate Health Professions, Fellowships, & Programs

Pre-Med Summer Programs

Social Work & Counseling


Human Resources

Healthcare & Public Health

Student Organizations & Departmental Resources

  • Peer Counseling - The Peer Counseling Program is a team of student volunteers dedicated to helping other students experiencing any kind of emotional problems. Recognizing that students often feel most comfortable talking with friends about life issues, the Peer Counselors receive extensive training on how to help other students.
  • Red Cross Club - Guided by the fundamental principles of the American Red Cross and its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the Red Cross Club of Washington & Lee will learn, practice and exemplify humanitarian values through mission-related service projects.
  • Wounded Warrior Project - The mission of our student group is to organize fundraising events that engage the entire W&L student body with the goal of raising money and awareness for the WWP. They provide several services that help veterans adjust to civilian life following active duty and cope with physical or non-physical injuries.

Alumni to Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with professionals. Below are alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource to you. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.

Johan Garcia Padilla '14

Johan's interest in public health was sparked by an internship through the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His exposure to different stakeholder interactions and administration in healthcare settings prompted an interest in healthcare management and the integration of healthcare from a multidisciplinary approach. Johan worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Harvard School of Public Health where he did anything from policy work to research for purposes of carefully understanding all of the elements that make healthcare administration the unique field that it is.

Kelly Shifflett '90

Kelly graduated from Washington and Lee in 1990 with a degree in psychology and completed her PhD in Life-Span Developmental Psychology at West Virginia University. After preparing for a career in academia, Kelly found that life had other paths to put before her. She has used her background as a Developmental Psychologist in several areas during the course of her career, including parenting education, curriculum development, program evaluation, community education, counseling, and early childhood education and family support services.

Allison West '94

Ms. West graduated from Washington and Lee in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and, after working for a few years, she received her Master of Social Work. Allison then worked as a social worker/therapist at a high school for youth with complex learning and behavioral challenges, and then she directed a community-based child abuse prevention program for Catholic Charities of Baltimore. She is currently an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Randl Dent '15

Randl Dent is a third-year PhD student in the Health Psychology Doctoral Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She completed her bachelor's degree in psychology from Washington and Lee in 2015, where she gained research experience in Dr. Megan Fulcher's developmental psychology lab. While at W&L, she was a psychology and sociology double major. In August 2015, Randl joined the VCU health psychology doctoral program.

Mercy Kibe '11

Mercy is a Kenyan-American third-year medical student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Prior to medical school, Mercy took a gap year to conduct research with a neurobiology lab at UAB. The year off was an invaluable experience and Mercy is happy to discuss the benefits of taking time off before medical school with any interested students.

Jamila Seaton '09

Jamila graduated Washington and Lee in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Concentration in Poverty Studies and Human Capability. When she entered W&L, she was determined to be a pediatrician, but soon realized that she was not passionate about medicine. Through the Shepherd Poverty Program, she learned more about Public Health during her summer internship at the Delta Area Health Education Center in Helena, AR. Public Health seemed to be the ideal field to combine her interests in health and research with her passion for people and patient outcomes.

Pamela Minkler '90

Pamela Minkler graduated from Washington and Lee in 1999 with a degree in Biology and then headed to medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. While completing her residency at Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency Program she fell in love both with the close-knit medical community in Lynchburg and with her husband Mike, a Lynchburg native. Pamela made the decision to depart from general practice because she and Mike wanted to start a family, and she didn't feel like she could be the kind of parent she wanted to be while under the constraints of the practice of modern medicine. Pamela opened Blue Ridge Aesthetics Center in March 2006 and started there as a solo practitioner immediately following her graduation that June. Pamela loves that she has found a niche in medicine that allows her to continue to develop and maintain relationships with her patients, utilize some of the skills she gained during her training, and avoid pagers and on call nights and weekends!

Elizabeth Yarbrough '92

Elizabeth Yarbrough graduated in 1992 from Washington and Lee with a degree in Business Administration. Not knowing what she wanted to do, Elizabeth took a job with First Union Bank at that time and became a commercial lender. After two years in that industry, Elizabeth and her husband Jim decided to start a family and had their first child, Jim, in 1996. Jim is a member of the W&L Class of 2018!After serving as the Junior League President, Chair of a community built playground, United Way volunteer and many other volunteer jobs, Elizabeth decided to return to the work force in 2009. Now with 3 teenagers, they are much more flexible about her working hours. She started her own company in 2009, called The Doctor's Bag, a healthcare marketing company specializing in building websites for physician practices and hospital systems. She has recently rebranded her company under the name LinkMD and has expanded her service line to include qualified patient lead generation, physician online reputation management, and online listing management services. She is in the process of wrapping up development of her IP, a physician database of information that can manage profiles, feed websites, and populate a physician directory and mobile app.

Alvin Thomas '14

Alvin Thomas is a research data analyst at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine working the field of organ transplantation. After graduating from Washington and Lee in 2014 with a BS in chemistry-engineering, Alvin began a Masters of Science in Public Health (MSPH) program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. His master's work in the Department of International Health focused on utilizing mobile health technologies to empower community health workers and reduce the burden of HIV in rural Uganda. He also spent time researching diarrhea in rural Bangladeshi children who eat dirt and the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Zambia.