Program Details

The 3-week Global Health field course in Rwanda introduces concepts of global health from a unique African perspective.
Location:
Kigali, Rwanda
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

The 3-week Global Health field course in Rwanda introduces concepts of global health from a unique African perspective. You will learn about the healthcare system in Rwanda and study a major public health concern – infection prevention and control (IPC) in healthcare settings. This topic also allows you to explore various important community healthcare services, such as nutrition programs for mothers and children, health education and promotion, and community health workers and their role.

A week of skills development through classroom learning, workshops, field visits and general cultural immersion is followed by two weeks of service-learning at Rwandan hospitals and health centers. Here, you will work hand in hand with service providers to help assess and discuss different ways to minimize public health risks.

Dates: July 21-August 10, 2019

Highlights

  • Explore healthcare concepts and programs in resource-limited settings.
  • Work hand in hand with local healthcare providers at an urban health center and a rural district hospital.
  • Gain invaluable intercultural competence relevant to your field of study.
  • Explore the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ through unique excursions and a safari.
  • Broaden your personal and professional network, and build lasting international friendships.
Setting Description:
The course gateway is Kigali, Rwanda’s political, economic and cultural center, and one of the cleanest, greenest and safest capital cities in Africa. The first two weeks of the course take place largely in Kigali’s colorful Nyamirambo neighborhood, while the third week of the course is located at the rural Shyira District Hospital in Nyabihu. Students are typically hosted at a local guesthouse or at the partner hospital. Excursions are arranged to visit attractive historical and cultural sites as well as Akagera National Park for an African safari experience.
Cost:
2,690 USD. TOTAL: US $2,690 - Tuition: US $400 - Educational costs: US $1,415 - Housing & meals: US $815 (sharing room basis), single occupancy supplement: US $330 - Health insurance: US $60

Additional Program Information

Requirements:
There are no academic prerequisites. To be eligible to apply for this course, students should be enrolled in a major or minor in public health or a related area in the health sciences, natural sciences or social sciences. Enrollment is generally reserved for sophomores, juniors and seniors, or by consent of the instructor. Graduate students are welcome to apply for participation without credits.
Scholarships:
No

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