The College of Nursing and Health offers a Global Health Service Learning Course in Tanzania every other spring break. The first course took place in Summer 2013. The School of Nursing at Muhimbili University College of Nursing and Health (MUHAS) is the local host university in Tanzania. The course is interprofessional with preference given to pre-nursing and nursing majors. The students are given various opportunities to work with local health care centers and social agencies in Dar Es Salaam and adjacent communities. The service experiences include both experiential and observational learning. In the Summer of 2013 students were able to participate in health teaching sessions in the orphanage, home visits, and one on one HIV counseling sessions.
Applications are open in the Fall of every academic year. Students are responsible for the cost of the trip, which is typically around $1800. Students must attend five seminar classes before the trip and complete all the course requirements. It is important for students to be current in their immunizations. More information about the recommended immunizations can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
The course faculty for the Tanzanian experience in the College of Nursing and Health is Dr. Rosemary Eustace, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International service learning courses are in the development phase for Nepal, India and China. More information will be posted as soon as it's available. The primary contact for all international service learning experiences is the Office of the Dean at (937) 775-3133.
United Kingdom: Edinburgh and London
The Summer Ambassador Program to the United Kingdom is a study tour focusing on the past, present and future of health care and nursing in the United Kingdom. Aspects of culture, education and licensure as well as political and economic aspects will be introduced to students.
In London, students will visit health related sites such as the Science Museum, St. Thomas Hospital and the Florence Nightingale Museum. Participants will also experience classic tourist attractions including the Tower of London, the famous Underground subway system, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Students will also have a service opportunity working ina London area soup kitchen.
In Edinburgh, Scotland, participants will interact with students and faculty at a local nursing program. The group will also tour a hospital and other health related sites. Free time will allow visits to The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, or Princes Street. Optional tours, such as Loch Ness or Scottish Highlands, can be arranged at an additional cost.
The cost of the program is $1400 and includes housing, transportation within the UK, entrance fees to scheduled sights, two meals per day, and health and accident insurance.
For more information, please contact Dr. Bobbe Gray at email@example.com.