India—Fall 2018: This new program focuses on learning about the origins of yoga and meditation in Ayurvedic Medicine. Up to 10 graduate students will travel to Pune, India to learn about public health, integrative health and use of traditional healing systems in a cultural context. The program builds on Prof. Shanta Dube’s research on the impact of stress on health and practices that can counteract the stress response, build resilience and promote wellbeing.
Brazil — Summer 2018: The program will provide an educational and cultural opportunity for 10-15 graduate and undergraduate students interested in global public health research with a focus on collective health, health promotion and epidemiology as conducted in Salvador, Brazil. The program will include: in-class instruction, weekly public health field trips in the city of Salvador, cross cultural lectures, and an applied research project as well as language instruction and homestays. Students will also participate in excursions in the state of Bahia.
Uganda — Summer 2018: This program provides an educational, applied, and cultural opportunity for up to 15 undergraduate or graduate students interested in public health, research and practice of alcohol misuse and harm (including violence, injuries, and HIV) in Uganda. Students will be introduces to public health issues from a global perspective. The program builds on Prof. Monica Swahn’s research in Uganda over the past seven years and her current appointment as a Fulbright Scholar at Makerere University in Kampala.
Dominican Republic — Spring Break 2018: This seminar study abroad program offers a 10-day overseas academic adventure on the southern coast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to increase their cross-cultural awareness, while studying social justice and health disparities from an international, comparative perspective.
Brazil – Maymester: This program will provide an educational and cultural opportunity for 10-15 graduate students interested in global public health research with a focus on collective health, health promotion and epidemiology as conducted in Salvador, Brazil.
Uganda – Maymester: Students will study a variety of public health issues, engage in community-based research, provide support to local organizations and experience the culture and natural beauty of Uganda.
Israel – Summer: This approved student exchange program offers 12 graduate credit hours in eight weeks, and internship sites offer students the chance to work in their field of study while creating connections with Israeli health professionals. To request more information about the Israel exchange program, click here.
In May 2018, Prof. Monica Swahn lead students interested in global health on an educational and cultural learning adventure in Uganda, focused on public health research into alcohol misuse and harm. The program built on Dr. Swahn’s ongoing research in Uganda.
During the 2017 Maymester, Prof. Monica Swahn lead a three-week study abroad program adventure –a course on alcohol and harm in Uganda. The course covers the basic research on alcohol and harm through lectures, site visits and field trips to organizations that seek to prevent or treat alcohol problems in their community and country. The course also provides an up-close view of vulnerable communities and their residents, particularly the youth.
During the 2017 Maymester, Prof. Christine Stauber led a study abroad to Salvador, Brazil, where our students learned about global public health research with a focus on collective health, health promotion and epidemiology. Students lived with Brazilian families, which provided them with additional insight into the daily lives of people in this city, the capital of the state of Bahia and home to a unique Afro-Brazilian culture.
In May 2016, students from the School of Public Health traveled to Kampala, Uganda, to learn about the global epidemiology of alcohol use and alcohol-related harm, particularly among young people living in the city’s slums. Their three-week course included visiting a rural village, meeting with organziatons working in alcohol abuse prevention and spotting wildlife during a daylong safari.
In May 2016, students from the School of Public Health visited Salvador, Bahia, Brazil to learn about global public health issues facing the country, including the Zika virus outbreak and the related issue of microcephaly. Students also spent time learning about Afro-Brazilian culture and took in the natural beauty of Bahia with a visit to Lençois.
In July 2015, students from the School of Public Health and the Department of Geosciences visited Shanghai, China. Their two-week course put them in the classroom and community, side by side with Chinese students from top-ranked Fudan University. The program focused on the use of mapping technology to study public health challenges in China.
In May 2015, the School of Public Health study abroad program visited Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. This experience included academic lectures at the Institute of Collective Health apart of the Federal University of Bahia. Students learned about health disparities, social determinants of health, historical and cultural aspects of life in Salvador and the country’s universal health care system.
In May 2014, the School of Public Health’s first study abroad program took students to the Dominican Republic. The program was focused on gaining a global perspective of health disparities, particularly in the context of the complicated relationship between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.