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
You can also watch a video showing what Inkululeko does here
Executive Director Jason Torreano acts as a co-leader for this summer program, alongside Lisa Olsen Guggerty.
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 Syracuse 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. Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.
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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.
Lisa Olson Gugerty
Lisa Olson-Gugerty is an Associate Teaching Professor in Falk-Public Health since 2013. She is CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) credentialed and has over 20 years of experience teaching courses in Public Health to both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, Lisa remains clinically active working as a FNP-C (Family Nurse Practicioner) in an Emergency Department. Her areas of interest are Global Health, Community Health Promotion and Social Determinants of Health in Clinical Education.
|Online portion begins:
||May 13, 2019
|Online portion ends:
||June 21, 2019
||May 24, 2019
||June 15, 2019
*Applications received after February 20 will be considered if there is still space in the program.
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|UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
|| $3,891 (2019 rate)
Additional Financial Information:
|GRADUATE (3 credits)
|| $4,860 (2019 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.
For questions on the application, please contact:
Myles Chalue, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (email@example.com
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