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Learn hands-on, real-world problem solving in our Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) Courses.

In and of the community

Working in the community is not something we simply expect students to do in their free time. Penn recognizes the value of this work to our academic mission. ABCS courses link theory and practice through activities that make a significant difference to our neighbors in West Philadelphia and throughout the region. Through these courses, students and faculty work with public schools, local communities of faith, and community organizers to solve critical local issues in areas related to the environment, health, the arts, and education.

Diversity of options

Penn offers over 160 ABCS courses through a variety of schools and disciplines across the University coordinated through the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships. The Netter Center maintains a list of all available and upcoming ABCS courses

Nursing ABCS courses


  • Obesity and Society (NURS 313)
  • Addressing the Social Determinants of Health: Community Engagement Immersion (NURS N354)
  • Self-Care of Chronic Illness (NURS 355)
  • Innovation in Health: Foundations of Design Thinking (NURS 357) 
  • Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle (NURS 375)
  • Nursing in the Community (NURS 380)


  • Obesity and Society (NURS 513)
  • Health Education for Incarcerated Women (NURS 555)
  • Innovation in Health: Foundations of Design Thinking (NURS 573)
  • Advanced Leadership Skills in Community Health (NURS 587) *undergraduates may enroll with permission
  • Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making: Nursing of Children Clinical I (NURS 721) 
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Professional Role and Intermediate Clinical Practice (NURS 735)