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Community Service Courses

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 current/upcoming ABCS courses.

Nursing ABCS courses


  • Nursing in the Community (NURS 380-001)
  • Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle (NURS-375-001)
  • Obesity and Society (NURS 313-401/NURS 513-401) also available as a graduate course
  • Undergraduate Nursing and Sustainable Community-Based Partnerships (NURS 380)
  • Nurses and the Child Welfare System (NURS 358)


  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Professional Role and Intermediate Clinical Practice: Dance For Health (NURS 735-001)
  • Advanced Leadership Skills in Community Health (PUBH-588-401/NURS-587-401) undergraduates may enroll with permission