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Public Health Offers New Study Abroad Programs This Summer

Cuernavaca, Mexico

Cuernavaca, Mexico

The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Office of Global Initiatives, Study Abroad & Student Exchange will launch four exciting new public health study abroad programs this summer.

Based in Latin America, Europe, and Asia, the programs are designed for students pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in public health. 

“These programs will allow students to take classes and get wonderful experience with global health issues,” said Doug Taren, PhD, associate dean of academic affairs for the UA College of Public Health.

Courses offered on the programs were selected carefully to fit seamlessly within students’ degree programs. The Accelerated Public Health Cohort in Mexico offers 12 units of core coursework.

“I think that being able to take classes at Mexico's National Institute of Public Health is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is a world-class institution. This will be a summer that can really accelerate not only time to graduation but also it will help build a resume and provide an opportunity to build lifelong relationships with fellow students and other public health professionals,” Dr. Taren said.

The Public Health Study Abroad Program offers the following programs:

Accelerated Public Health Cohort Mexico

This 10-week summer program in Cuernavaca, Mexico, offers students the opportunity to complete a full semester of public health coursework and engage in service learning in a global setting. Students will work closely with one another both inside and outside the classroom to develop a deeper understanding of the different health challenges  people face outside of the United States.  The program is open to undergraduate students.

Migrations and Health, Mexico

This field-based service-learning program in Puebla, Mexico, provides students  an opportunity for in-depth examination of the “push and pull factors” of migration and their implications for the health and well-being of rural communities in central Mexico.  Students will work alongside their Mexican counterparts to examine these issues within the ecological and social determinants of health framework. The program is open to graduate students.

Integrating Chinese Medicine and Public Health, China

This program is based in Henan, a Chinese province internationally-known for its ancient history and its origination and current practice of Chinese medicine, Chen-style Tai Ji, and Shaolin martial arts. Courses include an introduction to Chinese massage and acupuncture, Tai Ji, Chinese culture, and Chinese history. Students will visit Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and study on the beautiful campus of Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This program includes a one-week cultural site seeing tour, fully sponsored by the Confucius Institute. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Human Sexuality and Health in Northern Europe Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark

This exciting traveling program examines how issues related to sexuality are addressed in Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark. Students will visit hospitals, public health agencies and universities, and interact with governments, researchers, medical professionals and public health workers. Discover why Northern Europeans are some of the healthiest people on Earth!  The program is open to undergraduate students.

“For students interested in public health in a global context, study abroad is a natural fit,” said Harmony DeFazio, Study Abroad director. “We are pleased to be working with College of Public Health faculty and staff to develop programs that are perfectly customized to meet the needs of their students.”

For more information about the Public Health Study Abroad programs, please visit the web page.

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