This course will be delivered in two formats, beginning with an online-supported module students will complete prior to traveling to South Africa. During the online module, students will explore techniques and methods for working collaboratively with communities and focus on topics such as participatory planning models, cultural competency, and empowerment. During part two, students will travel to a global community (Grahamstown, South Africa) where they will participate with local community partners to implement and evaluate a mutually-designed program. Students will also have the opportunity to visit local NGOs, local community clinics, attend lectures by SU and Rhodes University faculty and local community experts, and immerse themselves in the history, education, health, and culture of South Africa. During part three (another online module), students will complete final assignments and evaluate their learning and experiences.
In South Africa, students will work closely with Inkululeko, an educational non-profit organization headquartered in Grahamstown. As per their website: "Inkululeko’s mission is to provide South African township youth with the skills, support and guidance necessary to apply, attend and succeed in university; to challenge the bigotry of low expectations for township youth; and to provide sustainable, positive change; student-by-student, generation-by-generation."
More information on Inkululeko can be found here
Executive Director Jason Torreano acts as a co-leader for this summer program, alongside Dr. Mary Ann Middlemiss.
Students arrange and pay for their own round-trip transatlantic flight to South Africa on the recommended flight . Transportation for program-related field trips are arranged by SU Abroad and are included in the program fee. You'll be housed in shared rooms in hotels/hostels rented by Syracuse University for the duration of the program. Meals are not included. Additional information will be provided to confirmed applicants.
Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.
*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change. SU Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.
South Africa: A Global Health Education Experience
HTW/NSD 400/600, 3 Credits, Undergraduate/Graduate
*Public Health and Nutrition students may substitute this course for HTW 304 or NSD 511
*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.
Dr. Mary Ann Middlemiss
, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor of Public Health, Falk College, Syracuse University and faculty mentor for several campus-community projects which consistently receive the Chancellor’s Award for Public and Community Service. She teaches undergraduate health promotion and community health education classes. Her professional presentations, publications, and grants focus on addressing the health concerns and health disparities of local and global communities and creating campus-community partnerships. During the summers of 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Dr. Middlemiss traveled to Grahamstown, South Africa to pilot global health programs developed by Syracuse University public health students, in collaboration with Rhodes University students and local community members.
|Online portion begins:
||May 15, 2017
|Online portion ends:
||June 23, 2017
||May 26, 2017
||June 16, 2017
*Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.
|UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
||$3,468 (2016 rate)
Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.
Additional Financial Information:
|GRADUATE (3 credits)
||$4,329 (2016 rate)
We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:
Air travel: $1,800
Books & Supplies: $ 150
Personal: $ 500
Meals: $ 500
These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.