Santé's Approach

Students will:

  1. complete core and a major at Centenary

  2. create a culture of giving

    • students will work on campus and in the community to create a culture which sees the value of giving to the community both for themselves and the world, understand how to give effectively, and therefore supports effective charitable organizations both locally and internationally.

  3. participate in two health initiatives, one local and one global

    • students will participate in all stages of implementing a health initiative: diagnose, design, fund, implement, assess

  4. develop and live by a credo

    • students will reflect on, their character traits, skills, strengths, and values, and figure out how to live sustainably and meaningfully. These ideas will be developed while consulting our best traditions and social scientific information.

Santé is designed to help Centenary students partner with local and international groups to improve the health of the least advantaged now, and graduate students who are committed to global health and prepared for careers of service, both nationally an internationally. To be effective, we research the skills, knowledge, and character traits desired by global health organizations such a USAID, the Peace Corps, the CDC, and Partners in Health. We aim for more than employability. Students are expected to cultivate a strong understanding of the ethics of poverty and health care and a commitment to creating a culture of giving so they can live lives guided by their most deeply held values. Guided by these ideals, we developed our approach.

How we arrived at our approach:

Employers dedicated to fighting poverty and disease are looking for (taken verbatim from job ads):

  1. demonstrated competence to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment and to meet deadlines with strong attention to detail and quality.

  2. demonstrated maturity, judgment, and ability to handle confidential information with discretion and professionalism.

  3. strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and juggle competing priorities

  4. strong writing skills.

  5. computer skills in word processing and spreadsheet programs (Microsoft office applications preferred). Experience with Raiserís Edge and Outlook a plus.

  6. interest in health care and social justice.

  7. proficiency in languages other than English.

  8. solid relationship-building skills; ability to interface with external constituents of all types, from students and community organizers to leading doctors, board members, and business executives.

  9. experience in event planning and execution.

  10. ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a collaborative environment.

  11. demonstrated ability to interact professionally within culturally diverse settings.

  12. experience in implementing research studies or public health program evaluations in a developing country setting.

  13. management and accounting skills.

From desired traits and a vision of a flourishing human life, we identified a set of character traits, skills, and knowledge that students should acquire:

Character traits (From Seligman and Peterson's Character Strengths and Virtues):

  1. Wisdom and Knowledge: creativity, curiosity, open-mindedness, love of learning, perspective, innovation

  2. Courage: bravery, persistence, integrity, vitality

  3. Humanity: love, kindness, social intelligence

  4. Justice: citizenship, fairness, leadership

  5. Temperance: forgiveness and mercy, humility, prudence, self control

  6. Transcendence: appreciation of beauty and excellence, gratitude, hope, humor, spirituality


  1. Organization: planning, execution

  2. Communication: written, oral

  3. Culture: language, professional behavior in culturally diverse settings

  4. Relationship building: tact, team building

Knowledge (All students will gain minimal competency in these. Each student specialize in at least one area.):

  1. Medical

  2. Social Scientific

  3. Cultural

  4. Ethical